Why the Chateau de la Treyne is the Perfect Chateau Hotel in Dordogne France

The Chateau de la Treyne is a fairytale castle perched on a cliff overlooking the Dordogne River below.   Isolated and romantic white stone walls capped with black turrets, Chateau de Treyne is every Beauty and the Beast castle ever imagined. You see the hulking mass first across a steel bridge crossing over the Dordogne and can easily imagine a misunderstood prince/beast hiding from the superstitious peasants below. We found this Relais & Chateaux hotel exceeds expectations in every respect not just the amazing location with its far reaching views over the French countryside  The Dordogne famously has more than 1000 chateaux, so its perfect place to try a chateau hotel. Even with a choice among chateau hotel Dordogne lovers single out Chateau de la Treyne as unique for its beauty and exceptional hospitality.

Chateau Hotel in Dordogne

Originally built in 1342, the Chateau de la Treyne France was destroyed by the King’s forces during the Religious Wars of the 16th century. The  owners of the Chateau at the time were supporters of the Protestant side. The Chateau de la Treyne was rebuilt in the 17th century when the owners returned to the Catholic religion.

A book details the extensive work done at the Chateau de Treyne to get it to current luxury standards.
A book details the extensive work done at the Chateau de Treyne to get it to current luxury standards.

The chateau was passed along among various lines of the family until 1910.  A wealthy industrialist bought the chateau and fixed it up.  The formal gardens were put in by a famous French landscape designer. The Gombert family have owned and operated the Relais & Chateaux hotel since 1982.

Fun fact! The Louvre storied some of its priceless Egyptian antiquities in Chateau de la Treyne during World War 2. 

Chateau de Treyne has 17 rooms some of which are suitable for families. There are 5 categories of rooms which range from the master suites to the standard rooms. 

Even amongst the hotels Dordogne France can boast a view of the river itself.
Even amongst the hotels Dordogne France can boast a view of the river itself.

Our luxury room overlooked the Dordogne River. The room was decorated in a charming red and white toile fabric.  The whole thing would have been even more romantic if our son wasn’t on his sofa bed in the corner of the room! 

Our romantic hotel room at the Relais Chateaux Dordogne France
Our romantic hotel room at the Relais Chateaux Dordogne France

The bathroom is spacious. I found the fixtures a bit old fashioned, for example, the corner Jacuzzi.. There is a separate (and great) shower. 

A nice welcome touch was the tray of baked goodies the pastry chef had left with a welcoming note in our room. 

A tray full of baked goodies welcomed us to our room at the Chateau de la Treyne
A tray full of baked goodies welcomed us to our room at the Chateau de la Treyne

There is a tiny little elevator that you can use to access all the floors. We, however, preferred the wide stone staircase with its cute little windows overlooking the Dordogne River. 

Family-Friendly (and Pet-Friendly) Chateau Hotel Dordogne

Although a fancy Relais Chateaux Dordogne hotel, we did not find Chateau de la Treyne to be stuffy. Both children and pets were made to feel welcome at this luxury hotel in Dordogne France.

Chateau de la Treyne Restaurant 

The Chateau de la Treyne restaurant has been rated as a one Michelin star restaurant. Located in the Louix XIII room on site, the restaurant is open for dinners. This room is a masterpiece of traditional luxury – a massive fireplace, coffered ceiling, tapestry lined walls and Aubusson rugs. 

The fabulous room in which the Chateau de la Treyne restaurant is located.
The fabulous room in which the Chateau de la Treyne restaurant is located.

The chef Stephane Andreiux uses regional products and flavours. He has been at the Chateau de la Treyne restaurant since 2001. You have a choice of set menus or a la carte as well as an extensive wine list.

Our dinner from the a la carte menu was superb. My husband and I both had foie gras to start. For the main course, I had fish and my husband and the veal. 

The Chateau de la Treyne restaurant is known for its use of foie gras.
The Chateau de la Treyne restaurant is known for its use of foie gras.

Our son ate with us at the Chateau de la Treyne restaurant.  There is a children’s set menu which includes a main course and a dessert. Our son chose to just have one of the mains from the adult menu – the lamb rack which is one of the famed dishes at the restaurant.

Lamb served three ways at the Chateau de Treyne
Lamb served three ways at the Chateau de Treyne

There was another table with children as well. Mostly though the Chateau de la Treyne restaurant was full of couples enjoying a fancy meal in a romantic setting. 

This Relais & Chateaux hotel has an extensive wine list.
This Relais & Chateaux hotel has an extensive wine list.

We also saw a couple of well-behaved French dogs in the restaurant. They trotted in like they belonged there and went under the table without a fuss.  Clearly my dog isn’t used to fine dining restaurant behaviour because she would have been sniffing around looking for attention from everyone. 

We were not lucky with the weather when we stayed at the Chateau de Treyne.  In good weather, you can dine on the terrace and watch the sunset over the Dordogne river below- simply beautiful!

The view from the terrace of the sun setting over Lacave France.
The view from the terrace of the sun setting over Lacave France.

We had coffee and petit fours in front of the elaborate woodburning fireplace which dates back to the time of the French Renaissance. It’s these little touches that set Chateau de Treyne apart from other hotels in Dordogne France.

After dinner nibbles in front of a roaring fire at this Chateau hotel in France
After dinner nibbles in front of a roaring fire at this Chateau hotel in France

Extensive Grounds

The Chateau de la Treyne is set on hundreds of acres with woodland and hiking paths. Along with the gardens, there is a heated pool open from April through October and a tennis court.

The Chateaux Midi Pyrenees are surrounded by nature.
The Chateaux Midi Pyrenees are surrounded by nature.

Exceptional Extras at Chateau de Treyne

The breakfast is also exceptional and served in the pretty Green Salon. It was easily the best hotel breakfast we have ever had. Breakfast is individually served at the table with freshly baked goods and fresh juice. 

At this Relaix Chateaux Dordogne visors enjoy both elegance in a relaxed atmosphere.
At this Relaix Chateaux Dordogne visors enjoy both elegance in a relaxed atmosphere.

My favourite design element? The fresh flowers everywhere. A totally charming yet elegant touch.

Location of the Chateau Hotel Dordogne

The Dordogne Chateau Hotel is located in the countryside between Sarlat and Rocamadour about 125 miles from Bordeaux and a 105 miles from Toulouse. The nearest airports are Toulouse and, if you are willing to chance Ryanair, Brive Dordogne (18 miles away). 

Hotels in Midi Pyrenees don’t come with a more stunning less than this clifftop location.
Hotels in Midi Pyrenees don’t come with a more stunning less than this clifftop location.

Things To Do Near This Chateau Hotel in France

The chateau hotel in France is a good location from which to base yourself for activities in the surrounding area of Perigord and Quercy. 

  • Prehistoric cave art at the Lascaux Caves with art from 17,000 years ago and the Pech-Merle cave has art from 20,000 years ago
  • The UNESCO world heritage site of Rocamadour built practically vertically into a cliffside
  • Go underground at the Lacave Caves discovered in 1902 and the cave system at Gouffre de Padirac discovered in 1889.
  • The beautiful medieval town of Sarlat-Le-Caneda
  • See the Dordogne valley by steam train on the Haut-Quercy tourist train which leaves from Martel 
  • The UNESCO designated world biosphere reserve of the Dordogne valley is full of chateaux to visit such as the 12th century Chateau de Castelnaud and the 16th century Chateau de Montal.
  • Wander through one of the best gardens in France, the Manor d’Eyrignac, famed for its topiary art.
  • Tour the vineyards in the Cahors Valley which are among the oldest in Europe and known for its Malbec
  • The region is full of summer music festivals such as the Jazz Festival in Souillac and classical music at Festival Vezere in Correze.
  • Visit local markets which are held in the nearby towns regularly, such as the Souillac market on Friday morning and Martel and Sarlat Markets held on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. 

Chateau de la Treyne France

The Chateau de la Treyne is in Lacave France. The hotel closes annually for 3 months from January to March. 

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