House

Chateau Plagne

Bétaille, Midi-Pyrénées, France

The Château Plagne is located in the south-west of France, in the Dordogne valley, which was designated a biosphere reserve by Unesco in 2012. A retreat consisting of 5 cottages and 2 guest rooms in the main house. This dates from the 17th and 18th centuries and was formerly a large winery.

Martina and Achim Schriever bought the property in 1998 after 30 years of being uninhabited and began renovating it. Since 2007 the house has been used as a guest house and the hosts understand it as their job to make their guests feel like they have arrived at friends and the focus is on relaxation and enjoyment.

The Château Plagne also offers a variety of creative and sporting workshops. The offer includes drawing, painting, photography, sculpting, music, yoga, oenology and always combines activity with table delights. It doesn't take much to relax and decelerate: The calm, the good air, a walk or a good book at one of the two salt water pools, you quickly escaped the hectic world and live in the here and now.

A new project is pending in 2020: vegetable cultivation in our own beautiful permaculture garden, natural and organic. This means that guests in the holiday homes can supply their own kitchen with vegetables and herbs and in the Château kitchen, guests benefit from the fresh ingredients that are prepared there.


Rooms + Rates

per night
Cottagefrom70 €
Double roomfrom85 €

Sustainable

ArchitectureDuring the renovation, great value was placed on ecological, natural materials, especially local types of wood and natural insulation materials such as wood wool. All construction work was done in-house and with the help of friends and local artisans. In addition, there are still new construction projects after the holiday season.

FoodDuring the course week there is a full culinary supply with a rich breakfast, a lunch snack and in the evening a nice menu or a buffet with selected organic wines. Outside of the courses there is an offer to enjoy the breakfast buffet every day and the menu or buffet 2-3 times a week. The kitchen also responds to vegetrarian or vegan wishes and pays particular attention to seasonal and regional products.

Mutual help and support are the foundation of the work at Château Plagne. Many of the seasonal employees have worked for Schrievers for many years and are supported, for example, in taking out health insurance. In addition, the local project “Vent de Vie” (Wind of Life) is supported, which organizes various events such as cabarets, for example to donate the proceeds to an autistic school or for the training of refugee families.

EnvironmentThe environment is a central issue in every activity: central heating and hot water are fed via a wood gasification stove, wood comes from our own forest, the pigeon tower is equipped with solar panels. Separating waste is also discussed with the guests and plastic bottles have been abolished. Responsible water consumption is also communicated and tap water for drinking is elaborately filtered for guests.

Well-BeingThe guests greatly appreciate the numerous courses on various topics: from creative workshops such as sculpture or acrylic painting to wine seminars. The multi-day workshops are offered by German-speaking course leaders. In addition to swimming in the two salt water pools, there is a wellness offer such as shiatsu, yoga or aromatherapy massages.


Characteristics

  • Stylish refuge from the 17th century
  • Located in the small hamlet of Plagne with only 15 houses
  • Peace, relaxation and culinary enjoyment
  • Feel as a guest as with friends
  • Various workshop offers: painting, photography, wine seminar, yoga, and much more.
  • To be found in the next town Betaille: baker, butcher, post office and a small supermarket
  • Many picturesque villages in the area (e.g. Carennac)
  • Numerous excursions and hiking opportunities, for example along the Dordogne, one of the most beautiful natural river valleys in France

Guest rooms and cottages2 rooms, 5 housesBreakfast + own cooking facilities in the apartmentsChildren welcomeWi-Fino disabled accessPoolno pets

Features

  • 5 cottages of different sizes for 2 to 6 people
  • All cottages with their own cooking facilities
  • Breakfast can be booked on request
  • Guest room in the main house including breakfast
  • Salon with an open fireplace and library
  • Evening menu can be booked by arrangement and on request
  • Maison Bonneval on the ground floor is suitable for people with reduced mobility
  • Maison Rose and Soleil can be connected and are suitable for groups of up to 10 people
  • The two holiday homes Maison Rose and Maison Soleil include a 4 x 12 meter saltwater swimming pool with its own pool house
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Rooms + Rates

per night
Cottagefrom70 €
Double roomfrom85 €

Location + Directions

By car

The Château Plagne is located just 200 km north of Toulouse. It takes about 2.5 hours by car. It takes just under 3 hours from Bordeaux (242 km), from Montpellier about 4 hours (292 km), from Limoges about 1.5 hours (130 km) and from Paris it takes a good 5 hours (516 km). The exact address can be found on the website of the Château Plagne.