Chateau Lotoise, design castle with heated pool close to Sarlat

Chateau in France, Region Midi-Pyrenees
5/5 ( 3 Reviews)


This spectacular château, with a private heated pool and decorated to a high standard, is located between Gourdon and Sarlat. It’s ideally positioned in the Lot on the edge of Périgord Noir in Dordogne, nearby other well-known castles and some beautiful towns to visit. The domain is set on the edge of a picturesque medieval village with easy access to all local amenities and close to the Dordogne River. Castle can be booked also through the name is Chateau Lotoise (secure payment)

Chateau Lotoise is a 15th century medieval château and, this makes it an unforgettable experience to spend your holidays there. The original medieval château was built circa 1440 and served as a defensive structure to protect the inhabitants against the British during the 100 Years War. The castle was modified during the 16th and 17th centuries and the current residential wing dates from the early 20th century with cellars from the 17th century. It has recently been renovated to adjust to modern High Standards.

The domain includes an entrance gate with renovated guest house (independent building and is always rented together with the chateau in the high season). This guesthouse has one large bedroom and two guard rooms in the entrance towers converted into two bedrooms with one queen size bed and one single bed suitable for teenagers or adventurers, bathroom, kitchen and simple living-room on the ground floor in the gite.
There are several floors in the Chateau. There is the cellar with two large rooms with original domed ceiling from the 17th century and underfloor heating, which can be used for weddings or your own private party…
On the ground floor there is a large reception room divided in two parts with an impressive fireplace and satellite TV/DVD and WIFI. In the convivial dining room you’ll find an open stone fireplace and a table that suits 14 people. The dining room leads to the modern, fully equipped kitchen and to the terrace with spectacular views over the cliff… (your are 80 meters above the ground….)

On the first floor are four magnificent private double bedrooms with glorious en-suite bathrooms. The fifth bedroom, in the tower, is an exclusive and very romantic room with a ‘spa’ bathroom, an incredible four poster bed and a huge fireplace. All the rooms and bathrooms have recently been carefully renovated and decorated to a style befitting their historical past.

There is a sizeable garden flanking the driveway with a beautiful huge pool (4 x 12) for you to savour the wonderful French summers and watch the sunset while having a nice barbecue at the pool. The many terraces and the massive walled, medieval garden sets you above the valley below, while providing wonderful areas to enjoy the tranquillity and silence that the grassy park affords you.

Together with the Gîte the chateau can easily lodge 14 to 16 people. Price is based on the Castle only, cottage is an extra 500 euros. Airconditioning, Table tennis, mini foot, badminton, internet, Tennis court in the village 100meters away. Here you will find also a restaurant, shop and post office. Gardener and maid (2 hours every other day).

Special services: we also offer the service of a Private Chef, Catering, Holistic Massage at the chateau, Golf Outings and a Private Wine Guide who can take you on a tour, this all to make your French experience an unforgettable one….

History: According to local legend there are underground tunnels linking the domain to the châteaux of Gourdon, Rocanadel, Masclat and Fenelon. During the French revolution the vendor threw golden keels in the well to collect at a later date, he never came back and they remain unfound. The original castle was burnt down during the revolution in a protest over corn. The subsequent château has taken its place and offers a more open and welcoming feel. Perched on top of a cliff facing due south and west this château is unique not only in its positioning but also in its rich heritage.


Zip/Postal Code: 46300
Latitude/Longitude: 44.797678 / 1.349051
Nearest airportBergerac20 km
Nearest beachDordogne River8 km
Nearest restaurantMilhac400 meters
Nearest train stationGourdon15 km



Accommodation, facilities, utilities

Listing type
Chateau , 400 sq. m.
8 Bedroom(s), 16 Sleeps
Cot: 1
Double: 6
Put-up: 1
Single: 4
Sofa: 2
6 Bathroom(s)
Baths: 5
Bidets: 3
Showers: 6
Holiday type
Romantic holidays
Self catering
Private car park
Secure parking
6 Cars
Off street
Air Conditioning
Broadband Internet
Hot water
Tv Cable
General facilities
Balcony / Deck
Billiards room
Charcoal Grill
Electronic Security
Gas Grill
High Speed Internet
Water supply
Indoor facilities
Air conditioning
CD Player
Coffe Maker
DVD Player
Iron and Board
Outdoor facilities
Swimming pool
Cleaning extra
Laundry extra
Linen provided
Towels provided
Local activities
Horse riding


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-Nightly rateWeekly rateMonthly rateMin. StayChange-over
Rate summary €400 - €930 €2,500 - €6,500 - 5 Nights -


Check in: 16:00 / Check out: 10:00
Payment options
Visa, Mastercard, Paypal, Bank transfer
Payment: 40% first payment, 60% 6 weeks before arrival, 1000 euros security deposit which will be returned to you after departure
Security deposit
1000 euros (cheque is possible)
Pets: No
Smoke: No smoking
Children: Yes, great for kids
Long term rentals: Yes
Elderly or infirm: Not suitable
Wheelchair: No

By Several reviews on 24-Nov-2018
Several reviews of the Chateau Lotoise

(08-2018) Dear Lydia,

Thank you very much, we had a wonderful stay at Chateau Lotoise. Our extended family (5 adults, 2 children) found everything we needed in the chateau. The croissant and bread from the local bakery were a delicious start to every day. We ventured out to the wonderful sites around the local countryside each day, then returned to our beautiful swimming pool and relaxing space in the chateau.

(Please feel free to use the above as a reference for future guests.)

One question, will the 1,000 Euro security deposit be returned via credit card? Would you please let me know the information for receiving it?



(07-2018) Dear Lydia,
We choose Chateau Lotoise as a dream Location to celebrate our Wedding there:
And we are most happy to say, that our dream came true!
The Chateau appeared in reality even more beautiful then we imagined it and its certain magic kept us in wonder and breathless over the whole stay!
Absolutely everything about the Chateau and as well the area was just perfect and we already start planning our next stay there!

Best Wishes and thank you so much!!!

Tanja & Nikolay

(07-2018) Dear Lydia,

Thank You very much for your mail!
We are back to Flensburg and working again, but with our thoughts we are still in Milhac!
We had the most wonderfull time and our Dream Wedding came true.

Of course we will write a positiv review and send you pictures .
And in the future we will search your services for renting holiday houses in that area of Dordogne.
We are in love with it!!!

Best Wishes and Kind Regards to You!

Tanja & Nikolay

(09-2015) Dear Lydia,

We had e perfect time in the castel and there ist absolut nothing that you could do better. Thank you for everything. I will send you some photos as soon i have them.

Kind regards,

Hanin L

(08-2015) The Most Amazing Place Ever!”

We could not have been more please with a vacation rental. It is in a beautiful little town where you will be hard pressed to see one other car a day. There is a great restaurant about 250 feet away, and not much else in the town. If you are looking to relax and venture out for day trips, book this place immediately. It was perfectly quiet. No noise, no people, no issues at all. It is by far my favorite place so far. We did so much using this as our base, from outdoor markets in sarlat, to canoeing down the river, to hiking, to visiting the monkey sanctuary, to a cave tour! You will not be disappointed. The beds are all nice. You do have to climb stairs or ladders to reach them BUT its worth it, no doubt. We had a party of 16 people and everyone was happy. The guard tower apartment was an added bonus. Small bedrooms but still amazing! The views are beyond description. The estate sits above the valley and its beyond beautiful. The grounds were all well kept and the pool was perfect! I am hoping it is available the next time we visit because I cannot imagine staying anywhere else. It was that good. The people in the area were all sweet and didn't make us tourists feel bad at all. Everyone was welcoming. Just driving around in the surrounding area is a great way to spend a day.

(08-2015) Morning Lydia,

The week was brilliant and the wedding truly magical. I will send some photos to you when I have some. We did get the water back in time thank goodness!! Please do pass on our thanks to pascal for allowing us to use his beautiful chateau for our wedding. All of our friends loved it there and all want to return! We are now in beaulieu-sur-doredogne about an hour away from Milhac staying at chateau D'arnac. Thank you for your kind offer - I'm guessing we may be a lttle out if the area now!

Many thanks again for all you and your team's help.

You have been fab!

Carrie Anne and Jonathan x


Thank you for the email.

First let me say we had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed staying at Chateau Milhac.

The only feedback we have is to suggest to the owner that they lay some kind of pathway (maybe just gravel) from the gatehouse doors to patio outside the house door. We found that even with no rain (just dew in the morning) the walk was generally muddy which meant we had to continually clean up mud from shoes and the house floor.

Once again thanks for everything


(7-2014) Hi Lydia,

Thanks. Definitely we had a wonderful time. I will have some great photos
and will send them on when I get organised.
Overall, I want to say it was a FANTASTIC experience, the location is simply magnificent, the house, the space, the gardens etc. All absolutely amazing. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and would definitely recommend.
J. C.

(8-2013) Hi Lydia,
Just to let you know that we had a fantastic holiday at Chateau Milhac. The pictures don’t do the Chateau or the views justice it is simply a beautiful and tranquil setting, yet an easy drive to the river and tourist attractions such as Sarlat.
Imogen our 4 year old daughter learnt to swim in the pool and by the end of the holiday was doing a length all by herself ?, and my son Rory spent most evenings entertaining us playing the piano.
We met Pascal and his lovely family and enjoyed a great evening and dinner with them.
We had a superb time and we all miss it already ?, so these are not criticisms only suggestions that may make life even easier for guests next year when they stay at this incredible place.
Thank you for all your help in arranging the booking for us.
Best regards Nathan

(8-2013) Hi,
A great place to stay for a family exploring Perigord-Noir. The chateau setting is majestic while the house is completely modern. The chateau sets the framework for a visit to Perigord-Noir: in the country overlooking valley farmland from a cliff, which means looking down and over thick fog in the morning. The house is mostly new and has four comfortable, private bedrooms with adjoining baths, powerful air conditioning, a well-equipped luxury kitchen, and so on. The guest cottage is simpler but totally charming. The audience for such a special place will be a self-selecting group. For experienced France travelers who can get by in French, this chateau setting is awesome, as is Perigord-Noir. Because Perigord-Noir is more off-the-beaten-track for anglo-saxon tourists, prices of everything seemed to be about half of those in other regions. There were a lot of tourists, but they were mainly French and some Dutch families, with children of all ages. There's a lot to do within a concentric circle of less than an hour, but some level of energy and sense of adventure are required. Sarlat was our default for dinner or free time exploration. Lastly, our free advice to Perigord-Noir explorers is to check out the historical fiction books of Robert Merle (starting with Fortune de France, which is being translated into English for next summer) and the mysteries of Martin Walker, either before coming or while staying at this marvelous chateau house.
Recommended for: Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children

(6-2013) Lydia,
Photos did not do justice to the Chateau. It was superb! Everything about it was first rate. Everyone in our party of thirteen loved it. We could have stayed at the Chateau the entire time every day and done no sightseeing!
We've had no experience with French chefs but we thought Julien was outstanding.
Thank you. Walter and Mary

(6-2013) Hi,

This place could not be more beautiful or unique. I was among 10 friends from San Diego who stayed here for a week. We each had to pinch ourselves regularly to believe we were actually staying in such a magical place. We all admired the skill and thought that went into updating it and making it so comfortable. We had a few problems with appliances, but we contacted the local manager and received prompt attention. The town of Milhac is tiny and charming and a wonderful place to walk. The one restaurant in town, O' Chemin de Lune, is excellent although only open for dinner. The town is a great home location to take day trips from. It was a dream vacation. There are a few things I would point out though that make this not a place I'd recommend for people who have trouble with stairs. Three of the 5 bedrooms in the main house have narrow and steep stairs between their private bathroom and the sleeping area. It's a bit of a challenge in the middle of the night. Staying in the cottage and tower rooms would be like living in a fairytale, but they are also up very steep and narrow stairs, and the two tower bedroom occupants must walk on a narrow cat walk and pass through the main bedroom to use the bathroom. This would be super for a family, but not so good for some adults. Altogether we could not have had a better time.

Mrs. B

By Libor on 24-Nov-2018

Dear Lydia

our stay in the chateau was excelent. We enjoyed the holyday. Nice and remarkable place.

We are thinking to go there again next year.

Thanks a lot.


By Mary on 24-Nov-2018

Dear Lydia,

Bill and I stayed in Europe well beyond our week at Chateau Lotoise. In fact, we just returned home last night! Our travels took us to Tuscany, Florence, Venice, Luxembourg and Amsterdam. So please forgive this delayed response.

We all loved the chateau. It was a far more special stay than at an ordinary hotel and a unique experience for us to stay in an actual castle! Just as important we appreciated the modern renovations and conveniences. It was the only place we stayed in Europe that had a clothes dryer! The dining room was our favorite as it allowed all eight of us to gather and socialize. The terrace off the dining room was a great place to sit and sip a glass of wine as we reviewed places we had visited during the day. The views of the valley and surrounding countryside were stunning!

That said, we have a few suggestions:

1). We would have loved to have a binder that gave the history of the chateau. When was it built, approximately? Was the moat ever filled, and if so, how did they get the water there? Who were some of the owners over the years? Who made the extensive renovations? We would have been fascinated with that.

2). Create a manual for the operation of ALL the appliances in English. What may seem intuitive for a native was most confusing to us. That included the dishwasher, clothes washer and dryer. Also make sure they are all in good operating condition. We had to call for assistance on the dryer only to find out that there was a tray under it that had to be emptied of water.

A listing of restaurants and markets in relatively close distance would have been helpful.

Thank you for offering a lunch for two at your friend’s restaurant. Unfortunately time did not allow us to use it. We did enjoy a dinner at the village restaurant just down the hill.

Thank you for the opportunity to provide feedback.

With kind regards,

Mary L.

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