In 2003, Jan van Grinsven purchased Château les Merles with the aim of turning it into a boutique hotel. With patience, love and excellent taste, he developed the castle and the surrounding estate into a stylish oasis of tranquillity and first-class gastronomy, with 15 hotel rooms and a fantastic restaurant. Every day he takes great pleasure in serving his guests all the good things that France has to offer. On the estate surrounding the Château, Jan van Grinsven is building a limited number of detached holiday villas and apartments in three phases in cooperation with REB Projects.
Château les Merles is situated in the middle of the rolling hills of Dordogne, which are overflowing with flora and fauna. The surrounding countryside is green, wooded and hilly, and because there is no industry here the region officially has the cleanest air in Europe. Moreover, it is extremely safe. The climate is very mild, with long summers and short temperate winters. Les Merles is a stone's throw from Bergerac, while the vibrant city of Bordeaux is just one hour away.
Dordogne is the birthplace of French cuisine and offers you limitless possibilities to enjoy its culinary delights. Nearby Thiviers is France's foie gras capital, and the best truffles in the world come from Sorges, a short distance away. When the hunting season opens in the autumn, you can find delicious game dishes on the menu everywhere in the region. And as we already mentioned, the restaurant at the Château is one of the best in the region!
The region around Bergerac is called Perigord Pourpre after the skin of the grape. The region's vineyards, originally built by the Romans, border those of Bordeaux and produce very interesting wines every year. The famous Chateau Monbazillac dessert wine comes from this region, as does an entire series of high-quality red wines such as those from Pécharmant.
The region around Les Merles is a delight for the senses. The area is well known for its medieval villages and towns, cave paintings, annual folk festivals and, of course, the many antique markets where you can browse endlessly as you search for that must-have item. It's a feast for the eyes and ears!
In Dordogne, you can still enjoy the traditional, unspoilt outdoor life. If you like cycling or walking, prepare yourself for some of the most beautiful routes in France. And if you like to be even more active, you can go mountain biking, swimming, jogging and canoeing. Of course, life in France is not complete without a languid game of jeu de boules under the sycamore trees. At the Château, you also have your own 9-hole, par 35 golf course nestled in between the plum trees and the vineyards.
The construction of phase 1, "La Vallée", is finished and will be followed by "Les Pruniers" and "La Forêt" later this year. The villas are built in the traditional style of the Château near the fairway of hole 1 and enjoy a splendid view over the valley. All the villas and apartments will be delivered as just a shell and can be completed according to two different styles. The third option is a custom-made villa or apartment, where the villa is completed in the style of your choice. The extra option is to built your own pool or pool house.
Château les Merles is just a 15-minute drive from Bergerac airport.
There are direct flights (90 to120 minutes) into Bergerac airport from the following UK airports:
There are also direct flights into Bergerac airport from Amsterdam, Brussels, Italy, Nice, Croatia, Austria, Corsica and Edinburgh.
All in all, from these places it takes about three hours from door to door, so your villa is accessible for short excursions and quiet and relaxing weekends. And at your request, the Château staff will make sure that your refrigerator is filled, the beds are made and the Chablis is nice and cool.¿
Two other international airports are within one and a half hour drive away, offering flights to almost all the capitals across Europe. There is also a direct flight from Aéroport de Bordeaux to Montréal.
And could you please add the following airports to the nearest airports on the right side?
Aéroport Bergerac Dordogne Périgord (international) - 8,7 miles / 14 KM
Aéroport de Bordeaux - Mérignac (international) - 76,4 miles / 123 KM
Aéroport Brive - Vallée de la Dordogne (international) - 86,2 miles / 138 KM
Chateau Les Merles,
Chemin des Merles,
Tel: 03339 872835
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