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Domaine de Thenac

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Gageac-et-Rouillac | Bedrooms: 7 | Sleeps: 12

Rates: from £8,154 per week

Domaine de Thenac, with its original building dating back to 1746, is situated in the heart of the wine growing area known as 'Perigord Poupre' close to Bergerac and the Dordogne river.  Following an extensive recent renovation, this commanding, yet family-friendly estate, surrounded by its own paddocks and separate stud offers elegant Château refinement enhanced by luxurious, modern facilities and activities including a wonderful beach volleyball court, private heated swimming pool, table-tennis and its own woodlands.

Domaine de Thenac offers 700 square meters of comfortable and spacious living spaces, accommodating up to 12 guests in five en-suite king size bedrooms with views over the paddocks and one further double and a twin bedroom that share a shower room, ideal for children. The estate is only a short drive from the famous sweet wine producing area of Monbazillac and 40 mins from the world-famous vineries of St. Emilion, one of the principal red wine areas of Bordeaux. With the original settlement dating back to Roman times, the Château is very close to the site of the first and last battle of the 100 years' war. The area is steeped in historic sites and facts dating from this period. Today, home to a renowned stud for breeding race horses, guests will benefit from a heated pool, fully modernised kitchen, excellent bathrooms and space to wine, dine and relax in comfort, space, with a nod to its historical past.


Ground Floor:

  • Entrance hall with formal dining table for 14 guests, opening to the pool terrace
  • Formal drawing room with fireplace and wooden floor
  • Guest toilet
  • Large kitchen with fireplace, TV, music system, breakfast table, 'Lacanche' cooking range and American fridge with stairs down to the summer kitchen opening onto the pool terrace
  • Bedroom 1: King size bed (180cm) with views over the paddocks and small en-suite shower room
  • Bedroom 2: King size bed (180cm) overlooking the paddocks with en-suite shower room
  • Bedroom 3: Large king size bedroom (180cm) with en-suite bathroom (free standing bath and shower) overlooking the paddocks

Left Wing - Upper Floor:

  • Bedroom 4: King size bed (180cm) with large en-suite bathroom (walk-in shower and bath tub)
  • Bedroom 5: King size bed (180cm) with en-suite bathroom (walk-in shower and bath tub)

Left Wing - Lower Floor:

  • TV/Living room with fireplace
  • Laundry

First Floor:

  • Bedroom 6: One small double bedroom
  • Bedroom 7: Twin beds (90cm each) ideal for children
  • Shared shower room for bedroom 6 and 7

Kindly Note:

  • Children should be supervised and should not approach the horses in the neighbouring stud or paddocks.
  • The owners and their dogs live in a cottage at the entrance to the estate.

1st Monday of May, Snail Festival (Bertric Burée)
Nearly 100,000 snails are cooked in huge vats and devoured by locals and visitors from all over France. An all day event, in traditional French style, which involves the consumption of lots of white wine and a huge evening feast. Great fun day for the whole family as they normally host a brocante (equivalent of a car boot sales), fun fair, bar and market where they serve food including snails, beef or confit de canard (duck) and lots of wine. Great fun and always on the first Monday in May.

2nd Sunday of May, Strawberry Festival (Beaulieu)
The main event is the baking of a giant strawberry pie, but it is accompanied by a market with regional produce and French and international music and dance performances. The medieval, cobbled streets, a splendid Romanesque abbey, and the Chapel of the Penitents offer a magnificent setting for these strawberries! Entertainment for the whole family; horse riding, wooden exhibition, face painting, wooden games, various workshops (cooking, arts and crafts), parade and races, nature sports events (canoes, making kites, fishing simulator), plus street entertainment and magicians.

Pentecost Sunday, Rocamadour AOC Cheese Festival (Rocamadour)
This festival of Rocamadour AOC cheese is celebrated on Pentecost Sunday each year. There is a competition for the best farmhouse cheese, cheese tasting, traditional music, face painting and feasting. A chance to shop at a wonderful cheese market as well being able to taste all the wares. From the Rocamadour AOP throughout the 25 past editions of the event, they have given us a tour of French cheese gastronomy; and what diversity! Cow, goat, sheep, known and less known.

Mid July, Fete de la Madeleine (Duras)
This is a three day festival in Duras, which traditionally celebrates Baroque music. There is local camping in the château grounds, BBQs each evening, as well as a fireworks display. A rough guideline for the programme is below but is always subject to change. Saturday: Grilled sandwiches and concert with the group Sangria, entry is free. Sunday: Grilled sandwiches and concert (free admission). Monday: Grilled sandwiches and concert with Mickaël Vigneau and Collective Métissé. Closing the three-day festival with fireworks.

Late September, Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (Rocamadour)
A hot air balloon fiesta in Rocamadour in late September. This gathering of European hot air balloons forms a stunning sight against the backdrop of the pilgrimage town of Rocamadour. Attracting some 20,000 spectators, it pays to get your viewing spot early.

Suggested General Activities
  • Market - enjoy a trip to market in a town close to your villa and buy fine meats, olives, oils, wines and cheeses of the region.
  • Private Art Class - try your hand at landscape painting as a professional artist teaches you the fundamentals in your own villa for a half or full day. Alternatively, painting activities can be arranged for children in Bergerac whilst they tour the town
  • Boat trip - why not take an organised boat trip up the river to see the town of Bergerac and the nearby countryside from a different perspective
  • Shopping - take a day for a shopping tour through Bordeaux where you find Rue Sainte-Catherine, the longest shopping street in Europe
  • Wine tour - enjoy an educational day with an emminent wine writer and professor in the Dordogne - take a full day excursion to St Emilion, Pommerol or the Medoc with lunch, mini train trip through the vineyards and private tasting of selected vignoble
  • Wine lesson - enjoy a day as a guest of an emminent wine writer and professor in his own home - your day would include a class introducing the vine and its properties, the wine making process, tasting and a five course lunch with selected wine
  • Enjoy a truffle tour hosted by the owner of a local truffle farm
Suggested Sporting Activities
  • Cycling - France provides wide, empty roads and flat or rolling countryside suitable for biking
  • Boules - this typical French game can be played nearly everywhere; many towns provide dirt, gravel, hard-packed sand squares as playing surface for Boules
  • Mountain Biking - rent a bike (in Limoges for example) and discover the beautiful countryside
  • Golf - enjoy a round of golf at one of the many courses in the region
  • Swimming - Beach at Dune de Pilat near Bordeaux, Limoges has an Olympic size pool
  • Climbing - find a wall in Limoges
  • Tennis - in Limoges, 50 tennis courts
  • Sailing - rent a yacht in Bordeaux
  • Kite-surfing - go with the wind in Bordeaux
  • Windsurfing - about 6 excellent windsurfing schools with rental facilities for equipment
  • Horse riding - enjoy the scenery of the Dordogne from horseback. Sessions can be booked to suit a range of ages and abilities
  • Canoeing - spend a day canoeing down the Dordogne, a great family activity which can be enjoyed at a leisurely pace and include a lunch stop
Selection of Local Attractions
  • Bergerac, Maison des Vins (Wine Rooms)
  • Bergerac, The Costi Museum - Open from July to August, rest of the year on demand
  • Bergerarc, Chateau de Monbazillac - Open from March to October
  • Bergerac, Velines/ Sardy Gardens - Open from Easter to 1st November
  • Bordeaux, Palais Gallien - June to September
  • Bordeaux, Saint-André Cathedral - Open all year round
  • Bordeaux, Casa de Goya - Open all year round
  • Bordeaux, Jardin Botanique de Bordeaux - Open all year round
  • Périgueux ,Cathedral of St Front - Open all year round
  • Périgueux, Amphitheatre - Open all year round
  • Périgueux, Musée de Vésunna - Closed in January
  • Limoges, Le Jardin Botanique de l'Evêché - Open all year round
  • Limoges, Le Grand Théâtre de Limoges - Different program all year round
  • Pau, The Musée National des Parachutistes - Open all year round
  • Pau, La Cité des Abeilles (bee city) - Open all year round (from Nov to Feb only Saturdays and Sundays)
Time Zone

GMT + 1 hour



Currency Information

The official currency is the Euro (€). Coins are available in 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50, cent , €1 & €2 denominations. Notes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500 denominations.

Money Matters

Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here (though a limited number of merchants have American Express accounts) and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in-country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.

Tipping Suggestions

Tips in restaurants are usually added on at 10/15 % of the bill. However, it is often a subject of controversy whether this amount actually goes to the waiter or not, therefore it is your choice whether to tip more.

Arrival & Departure Formalities

Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have:

  • A signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points.
  • Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application.

The South West is in a temperate zone that is far enough in the north to experience all four seasons. The region has pleasant and warm spring weather. There are hot summers with an average temperature around 30°C. Daylight in the summer averages between 8 and 9 hours. Autumn in the South West is also pleasant, with warm daytime temperatures and cool evenings. The days can be quite short during the winter months, with an average number of sunlight hours between 2 and 3 in December and January and temperatures below the freezing mark.


It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and take out appropriate travel and medical insurance.


Electrical service in France is supplied at 220-240 volts/50 hertz.

Driving Info
  • Traffic from the RIGHT has right of way, except at roundabouts or if their road has a white line across it.
  • You should always be carrying in the car your Passport or national ID, driver's licence, the car insurance papers and ownership (rental) papers.
  • An international driving licence is not required. Your locally issued driving licence, as long as it is accompanied by your passport, will suffice.
  • National speed limit is 50kmh (31mph) in towns, 90kmh (56mph) on secondary non-urban highways, 110kmh (68mph) on dual carriageways, 130kmh (80mph) on motorways (autoroute). Speeding fines: 30 - 300 Euros. Minimum driving age is 18.
  • For use of the motorways (autoroute) it is invariably necessary to pay a toll before access. Payment can be made by coins or by credit card.
  • There are strict laws concerning drinking and driving. Blood alcohol levels must not exceed 0.05%. There are random breathalyser tests carried out regularly by the police.


  • Lamonzie St. Martin (5 minute drive) has a small grocery shop, baker, patisserie, pharmacy, and post office


  • Bergerac (10 minute drive) has 4 large supermarkets
  • St Foy La Grande (12 minute drive) has 2 supermarkets


  • The closest restaurants are just a 5 minute drive away. Bergerac (10 minute drive) offers a wide selection of good restaurants. There are two Michelin starred restaurants within a 10 minute drive from the property.

Other activities:

  • Golf course (10 minute drive), many local markets every week, wine festivals throughout the summer and wine tours
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    Availability Information

    • Our villas are normally rented on a Saturday to Saturday basis throughout the year. However, shorter breaks and alternative arrival days might be available outside the High Season. Please contact your Abercrombie & Kent Villa Consultant for further details.

    • Please note that the standard check-in time at our properties is between 4-7pm and that we ask guests to vacate the property by 10am on departure day, unless otherwise agreed in advance.

    Rates Information

    • The above rates are on a per villa, per week basis. For further information on our villa only and A&K Concierge services please see our 'Villa Rental Options' page. An A&K Villas Travel Consultant will be happy to discuss your specific holiday needs – simply complete the quick ‘Make an Enquiry’ form or call us on 0845 618 2205.


    • Cost of utilities including water, gas and electricity.
    • Maid service 3hrs per week.
    • Arrival set of pool towels, household and bed linen (weekly change for bookings longer than 7 nights).
    • Final Cleaning.
    • Private swimming pool (16mx5m) with pool alarm.
    • Pool heating (Temperature max. 24 degrees).
    • Wi-Fi Broadband Internet.

    Extra Services

    • Extra maid service available on request at €30/hour.
    • Cook service (local cuisine) is available on request.
    • Pre-arrival grocery shopping is available. A service fee of EUR 60 is charged plus the cost of groceries. This service covers up to EUR 200 worth of groceries. This service is included within our A&K Hosted offering.
    • We are also able to arrange additional activities to enhance your holiday experience such as guided touring and sightseeing options, tutored wine tasting, bike rental, tennis or golf courses, yacht charter or art classes. Please see the activities tab for further ideas or discuss additional activities with your Travel Consultant.

    • Please note that all services confirmed in advance are non-refundable.

    The villa

    Because everyone’s concept of a villa holiday is different, we have created a formula designed to offer privacy, flexibility and the freedom to run your own holiday or call upon us to help open up a world of possibilities. Our villas are normally rented on a villa-only weekly basis and are ideal for those seeking independence and privacy. We’re on call in case you need us and we provide a change of towels and bed linen during the week, but otherwise there no inclusions. 

    A&K Concierge upgrade

    For additional support, comfort and a slice of pampering why not upgrade to our A&K Concierge service. Included is an airport welcome on arrival with assistance for onward transportation; the services of an A&K Concierge – whose local knowledge provides you with invaluable assistance and recommendations; an orientation of the local area; a fully stocked drinks fridge; maid service; the ingredients for your first evening’s supper and breakfast delivered on the first morning of your stay. For full details of concierge inclusions speak to an A&K Travel Consultant on 0845 618 2205.

    The finishing touches

    Ever dreamt of driving through the Chianti hills in a red Ferrari, or along the Moyenne Corniche to Monaco in a Bentley? How about sailing along the Cote d'Azur to St Tropez in a private yacht or speed boat? Sometimes the home is all that you need, but if you're lured into culture, excitement, activity, improving your cooking or simply dabbling in landscapes, then speak to one of our Villa Specialists for an insight into what we can arrange. These are what we call our ‘Finishing Touches’.

    The list is by no means exhaustive and we always welcome requests, however obscure you may think they are! Our local offices enable us to control the quality of the services on offer and the depth of knowledge our local teams have is impressive. Our aim is to provide guests with the authentic sights, flavours and experiences of the region they are staying in.

    If you would prefer to discuss your specific requirements, whether it’s in relation to the property or about your stay in general, please do contact us using the Enquire page or please do give us a call for a chat.

    • Barbecue Facilities
    • Beach Volleyball
    • Coffee Machine (Espresso)
    • Dining Area (Outdoor)
    • DVD Player
    • Internet Access (Wireless Broadband)
    • iPod Docking Station (iPod Included)
    • Recreation (Petanque/Boccia/Boules)
    • Swimming Pool (Heated)
    • Swimming Pool (with Pool Alarm)
    • Table Tennis
    • TV (Cable/Satellite)
    • Washing Machine & Dryer


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    Reasons to book your holiday with us

    • Over 50 years' experience
    • 24/7 support before, during and after your stay
    • All of our properties have been hand-picked and visited by a member of the team
    • Travel Consultants are based in the UK with local offices to assist with planning every detail of your stay
    • Option to upgrade to a Concierge stay to make the most of your visit
    • Option to book additional trips and services via our local offices

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