Chateau / Country House, 4 Bedrooms, 4.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 8)
About Charles Nagy
As avid travelers, Anne & Charles see the wild places of the planet shrinking due to the encroachment of human activity. With that, wild animals no longer have the space and freedom to live their lives normally. To try to redress this balance in their own small way, they have set up a charity wingsoverafrica, to work with wild animals in Africa to help them co-exist with humans. They have purchased a small light aircraft to help with environmental activities, initially in South Africa, but are now operating in Ruaha National Park in Tanzania, conducting Elephant surveys and anti poaching activities. If you wish, you may visit the owners website for more information on their activities.
Charles Nagy purchased this Castle in 2005
Why Charles Nagy chose Saint-André-d'Allas
We always wanted a vacation home in France, and when we first visited the Dordogne, we were blown away by the beauty of the countryside, the history, the medieval villages and the Chateaux.
What makes this Castle unique
Watch the sunset from our tower which enjoys a 360 degree view of the surrounding countryside, whilst sipping a glass of champagne. Breakfast at the pond in the shadow of the tower, watching the frogs on the lily pads.
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Perfect holiday location
Wonderful property with lots of character. Well equipped. Beautiful location.
Glad you had a great time, we appreciate you staying with us!
Wonderful place to stay with the family, photos don't do it justice!
We were fortunate enough to spend a full week at this beautiful property with friends of ours - 4 adults and 4 children.
The tranquility of the surrounding area was amazing along with the views. The kids had a blast exploring the property, splashing in the pool and playing at the tennis courts (across the road). The pond was a hit although very overgrown and not anywhere as clean as the photos show. No matter, the kids loved sitting and watching the frogs!
The space atop the turret was a sanctuary for our morning cup of coffee as well as our evening after-putting-the-kids-to-bed nightcap! The overall layout of the house is great, the kitchen is super functional although with 8 people there were only 8 sets of cutlery and dishes (6 bowls) so we were doing dishes it seemed non stop.
The local patisserie, which is an easy walk, had the best croissants and baguettes! Beynac and Castelnaud were easily accessible by car as was Gouffre de Padirac. Sidenote: we rented bikes and rode out to Beynac, which I wouldn't recommend with younger kids (ours ranged from 3 - 8). In fact, I would rethink renting bikes in that area due to the rolling hills and changes in elevation along most routes.
Overall we would return to stay at Charles and Anne's property in a heartbeat!
Wonderful place to gather for vacation
Family and friends spent a week in this lovely home for a week. The house was comfortable and well-equipped. The property was spectacular, with beautiful views and various places to dine, to sit and read, or to enjoy the sun by the pool. Charles and Anne couldn’t have been more welcoming and responsive. Thank you!
Excellent 'Petit Chateau' - unique!
We stayed here for 2 weeks at the end of Aug / start of Sept 2018.
What a great property with lots of quirky and unique features!
Wonderful grounds with fantastic views over multiple aspects. Nice clean pool. Spotless gas BBQ with multiple different areas to choose from to dine. little pond with bridge that our 3 year old loved to stand by and watch the frogs. So many things to mention, but the most impressive for us was the tower where you could go to enjoy a glass in the evenings with views right over the valley.
On the practical side there is all the equipment you might need for a 2 week stay including washer / dryer, dishwasher, microwave, toaster, multiple bathrooms, etc, etc.
There was one negative point that I would mention, which may not bother everyone, but it was a little tricky with a toddler and a newborn baby... There are a number of fig trees at the front of the property next to the pool. I guess we were unlucky with our timing as the fruits were at their most ripe and were dropping to the floor at a rate of what must have been 50 per day! This, unfortunately, attracted a really large number of wasps and hornets. Some days it wasn't too bad, but on the worst days we decided not to use the pool as they were not shy around the kids and wouldn't leave them alone.
I must say that nobody was stung and I don't really like to even bring it up because, this aside, the place really is perfect and it is probably only isolated to a very short part of the season. But I thought I should mention in case anyone has allergies, since I know that can be serious.
We would happily stay again as the place is amazing, but probably not in the same 'fig ripening' period!
Thanks so much for that wonderful review. We are very sorry about the wasps, but we are in the process of giving the fig tree a serious trimming, so it will produce less figs this year, and what figs it will produce will not fall on the pool area. Also, we are fitting a summer pool cover, to help maintain the pool temperature and also to prevent leaves etc falling into the pool. Things should be much improved for future guests.
A couple of flaws but otherwise perfect!
This place is wonderful. If you have a large family or are multiple couples this is the best place to stay near the medieval village of Sarlat. It is only 6 km from the town so perfectly located but in quiet, secluded countryside. The view from the master bedroom and bathroom is fabulous across a valley with woodlands and farms in the distant. In hot weather--which we experienced from the middle of June, the swimming pool is a godsend. The rooms are tastefully decorated and comfortable and the bathrooms--especially the master bathroom on the first floor is fabulous with bath, nice enclosed shower, great view and lots of storage space. The living room is comfortable although the chairs and sofa could use a bit of refurbishing. The kitchen functional although the two half size (European) refrigerators are small. About 4-5 terraces so can eat outside in nice weather. Parking spaces for 2 cars.
Nothing in this world is perfect and there are a few (correctable) flaws--First, the internet is not very good. Doesn't seem to work at all on ground floor outside the living room and kitchen/dining room Our impression is that he internet in general in France (whether in Paris or countryside) in general is lousy and the thick stone walls don't help (although keep you cool in hot summer!) but contributing may be what seems to be a very old router that should be replaced with a new more powerful one. Second in warm weather this is bug heaven. Swimming pool gets filled with them because uncovered--owner says he's been trying to get proper sized cover that used to be on there but disintegrated but having difficulty. Hopefully will replace it soon. Not sure French use screens at all but a screen on the master bedroom would allow window to be open more often without bugs.
Otherwise this place is truly wonderful for multiple guests and shouldn't be missed. Owners are very responsive to emails etc and a very good cleaning staff comes once/week on Saturdays, same for gardener, and swimming pool maintainer. All speak English.
A magical place to stay
We spent a wonderful two weeks with family and our oldest friends in this beautiful house. The tower and its circular staircase was a big draw for our teenage son; and aperitifs at the top every evening a highlight for the adults as we watched hot air balloons gently drifting across the valley. The house was very comfortable and each bedroom having its own bathroom was a bonus. The location was ideal for us, near Sarlat with many places to see - Beynac was our personal favourite - and things to do within easy reach. The owners were very helpful before we arrived and quick to answer any queries too. We couldn't have wished for more and were sad that we had to leave.
Thanks so much for that lovely review. We are so happy you enjoyed your stay!
A magnificent historical area, famous for the 100 years war between England and France in the middle ages. Near the fabled Dordogne river, with a chateau on every corner, with hundreds of chateaux in the area. This is also a famous area for pre-history, with Lascaux caves a few kilometers away and many other pre-historic attractions, plus canoeing, walking & cycling trails, balloons and microlight flights. With great restaurants and vineyards nearby, it is truly a wonderful summer destination for all the family.