Chateau de la Treyne was built in 1342 and is a romantic dream castle overlooking the Dordogne river in southwest France, in the Quercy /Périgord region, located smack in the heart of one of France’s most renowned gastronomic areas. With a Michelin starred gourmet restaurant decorated in good taste and discreet luxury.
Overhanging the Dordogne, the castle combines the authenticity of past, the stamp of comfort and the highest quality standard of a listed site... The French formal garden is surrounded by 120 hectares of forest.
Philippe and Stéphanie Gombert handle the art of living to perfection: rich and refined bedrooms, breakfast in the shade of ancient cedars, Dinners take place either in the Louis XIII formal dining room, classified as a historic monument, or out back on the romantic, freshly renovated terrace jutting out over the Dordogne River, weather and availability permitting.
For your personal recreation, you will enjoy on the hotel grounds an assortment of outdoor amenities including an infinity heated pool, a quick tennis court, 300 acres of woodland and a formal garden.
To make your stay even more enjoyable, the hotel is happy to make any arrangements you want for a variety of recreational activities from cycling, canoeing and caving to horseback or even hot air balloon riding!
This region has a rich and interesting heritage which Chateau de la Treyne is delighted to make you discover through some of the most beautiful sights to catch!
All the rooms are accessible by elevator and equipped with: Air conditioning, Direct telephone, Newspaper, Non smoking, Safe, Minibar, Free Wi-Fi, TV.
Overlooking the Dordogne Valley, Château de la Treyne (14th-17th century) is a residence famous for refined taste and discreet luxury.
Situated on a listed site, the château is surrounded by a French garden, lined by century-old cedars and a large park with rare species of trees.
Extended by a private forest of 120 hectares, the Château de La Treyne offers the tranquillity that discerning travellers searching for nature and authenticity are looking for.
The building of the fortress of La Treyne, in 1342 according to the earliest written records, is probably due to Guillaume and Hughes de Roffilhac. On the 27th january of 1356, on the Avignon Bridge, Noble Guillaume de Rofflihac swore homage – naked head, on his knees and with clasped hands – to ” Glorious man, Lord Guillaume of Beaufort, knight, Viscount of Turenne for the castle or the fort or future fort in the locality of La Treyne, on the edge of the Dordogne “.
In the 12th may of 1462, the Viscount of Turenne gave the seigneury of La Treyne to the noble man Annet du Cluzel ,” with all justice haute, moyenne et basse “, certainly for the Roffilhac branch was died out. The knight Annet du Cluzel got to build the church of Meyraguet in which he was buried. His stone recumbent figure, picturing him with his armour of knight, is still visible in the seignorial chapel, on the left of the transept of the church of Meyraguet. In the 7th may of 1519, noble Jean de la Treyne, noble Annet du Cluzel’s son, married noble Jeanne de Coustin de Bourzolles.
In 1540, Jean de la Treyne swore homage to the King for “the castle, the woods, the allowances and full justice ” he had received from the Viscount of Turenne, François de la Tour III, Order of the King knight and captain of hundred men of gentle birth of his House.
In 1533, Louis de Cluzel is chosen as Lord of La Treyne. At the time of his death; he was murdered in 1592; the seigneury of La Treyne is granted to his son, Jacques Galiot du Cluzel, a squire who swore homage to the Viscount of Turenne, in the 2nd december of 1600.
In 1607, after the death of Jacques Galiot du Cluzel, without posterity, Jean de La Ramière, Pierre and Galienne de Cluzel’s son, took the title of Lord of La Treyne. The history retains the seigneury of La Treyne passed, in 1607, from the Cluzel to the La Ramière. Howewer, if we considered the women and the men devolution should have been equal, The Cluzel were still in possession of the seigneury of La Treyne. Just as in 1711, when Marie of La Ramière brought La Treyne to her husband Jean III of Cardaillac.
Pierre de La Ramière, husband of Galienne de Cluzel, Lord of La Treyne was such a leading light in his party and in his family that he earns our attention. Pierre, so-called “The Captain”, embraced the Protestant religion. He was credited with the victory of La Roche l’Abeille, in Haute-Vienne, on June 25, 1569. During this battle, Henry of Navarre, only 16 years old , took up arms for the first time under the watchful eye of his mother, Jeanne d’ Albret. The friendship between the will-be King of France and his comrade in arms Pierre de La Ramière dates from this period. (facsimile of the Henri IV letter to Pierre de la Ramière).
However, Henry of Navarre, rousing the cavalry with its famous words, “Let my white panache be your rallying point, you”ll always find it on the way of honour and victory”, had to abjure Protestantism to conquer the throne of France, allegedly with the remark, “Paris is well worth a Mass.”( 1594 ). Meanwhile, La Treyne, which was an Hugenots den, had been set on fire in 1586 by order of the Duke of the Mayenne, Lieutenant of King Henri III. In 1662 a decree of the Parliament of Toulouse ordered the destruction of La Treyne, already ruined by the fire, “considering the rebellion and excesses ” of Jean de la Ramière’s son, guilty of lese-majesty.
Jean de La Ramière died in 1616. His remains were buried, at night and by force, by his sons in the seignorial church of Meyraguet in spite of a royal decree which prescribed the bodies of the deceased having belong to the reformed Protestant religion couldn’t “be buried in the catholic cemeteries or in the churches on the pretext that the graves of their fathers are still there or they have some rights on the seigneury.” Once the wars of Religion were ended and a period of relative calm began, the La Ramière repaired their dwelling of La Treyne. So, in King Louis XIII ‘s time, they restored the castle, lowering the square tower of the XIVth – the former dungeon was less and less necessary to defend La Treyne – They joined side by side a main building flanked by a big round tower and the north of the square tower.
This restauration of La Treyne was complete in 1643 when Gédéon The First, Lord of La Treyne swore homage to the Viscount of Turenne, Frédéric-Maurice de la Tour The First, Duke of Bouillon and Prince of Sedan “For the Castle and the Seigneury “
His son, Gédéon, embraced the catholic religion at the end of the XVIIIth century acccording to his will on April 5, 1701, terminating nearly two centuries of Protestant resistance. Pierre, son of Gédéon II, died in 1710 after having made his will for his sister Marie de La Ramière, who was to marry Jean III of Cardaillac, Lord of Végennes (Canton of Beaulieu on the Dordogne in Corrèze), artillery captain, knight of Saint-Louis, the following year. Jean III, deceased on March 20, 1752, was buried in the church of Meyraguet.
At the time of the death of his wife, Marie de La Ramière, lady of Cardaillac, the seigneury of La Treyne is devoluted to their son , François-Emmanuel de Cardaillac, who married young lady Jeanne of Montalembert on January 28, 1748.
By letters patent of the King of December 29, 1759, François-Emmanuel was granted the barony and the marquisate of Cardaillac in Quercy. So, François-Emmanuel, Marquis of Cardaillac, swore homage to the King for the grounds and the seigneury of La Treyne and Meyraguet from 1760 to 1778. He died in 1782.
During the Second World War, André Chamson, a famous writer of the French Academy, took charge of the department of Egyptian Antiquities to the Louvre Museum and he looked after some priceless treasures of the museum, temporarily stored in La Treyne to be protected; among which the famous ” Squatting Scribe”.
His daughter, Dominique Hébrard , relates this episode in her book ” La chambre de Goethe “. André Chamson was grateful for this stay and admired the outstanding beauty of the site, so he went on protecting La Treyne by listing it as picturesque site of the Lot (Ministerial Decree november, 6th, 1946).
On April, 10 th, 1954, Mister Santiard and Mrs Bulteau joined their passion for the works of art by purchasing the castle. They made major renovation works both outside and inside. From that time, the Château de la Treyne served as a case to present their magnificent collection of Renaissance (XVI-th century) furniture and objects which one can admire nowadays in the Bourdeilles Castle (Dordogne).
Since 1982, the Gombert family, native from Aveyron (they hold themself just trustee of this beautiful house) work with passion to keep the castle alive with cultural events (exhibitions, concerts) and make it appreciate by its hosts.
This historical record has been written thanks to the archives collection of the Château de la Treyne, set by Jean de Cardaillac at the departmental archives of the Lot and to Jean Calmon’s article headed ” Le Château de La Treyne et ses seigneurs “and published by the Bulletin de la Société des Etudes du Lot (1st quater, 1957).
With a rich architectural heritage, like the Dordogne, this beautiful region counts small citadels of the middle-ages, abbeys and charming churches with the patina of centuries as well as numerous dream villages clinging to the rocks (Rocamadour, La Roque Gageac, St Cirq-Lapopie, the preferred village of the French).
The proud châteaux of Castelnaud, Montal, Fenelon are guarding the valley.
It is also a territory full of caves (Lacave, Lascaux, Pech Merle, Font de Gaume...) and abysses (Padirac).
The landscapes are splendid: rich forests alternate with plateaus and meandering rivers allow the discovery of the region by canoeing or kayaking, whilst admiring its beauty.
Nature is generous as far as delicious products are concerned: truffles, foie gras, ceps, chestnuts and walnuts without forgetting the vineyards around Cahors.
Chateau de la Treyne has been successfully organizing seminars for 15 to 30 people with accommodation up to 50 people without, for meetings or conferences for many years. These include breaks and lunch.
The Romanesque chapel in the garden can be made exclusively available to you. A private dining room will ensure comfort and intimacy.
Do you want to organize a family celebration in an idyllic setting? Would you like to make your friends happy and invite them to celebrate an event with you? You can make exclusive use of the château for one or several days with all the necessary service.
On site you can benefit from our large outdoor heated infinity pool (20m x 7m) which is marvelously situated in our large park and surrounded by a beach with stones from the region.
Our tennis court is ready and waiting for you should need to burn off some of our chef’s cuisine.
The UNESCO has listed the Dordogne as a world biosphere reserve. On site, you can fish in one of the most well stocked rivers in France. The Dordogne has its source in the Massif Central and flows through our region before it ends in the Atlantic Ocean. Many anglers enjoy fishing pikes, pike perches, roaches, eels and lampreys. We suggest that you go fishing with a real pro who will take you to unusual places on the Dordogne.
For golf lovers, the Golf du Mas del Teil offers an 18-hole course in a panoramic setting of greenery. There is a special green fee arranged for the guests of La Treyne.
There are numerous paths for cycling and that are perfect for sports lovers.
One of the most beautiful tree climbing circuits in the Southwest is only a few miles from the Château de la Treyne. An adventure to discover with your family.
The dining room Louis XIII is delightful in its majestic old world style. Two stories high with a huge fireplace with carved wooden surround that extends from floor to ceiling, the room has an ornate wood panelled ceiling, tall French windows and elegant furnishing. Each table and all the serving tables are set with candelabras. The evening sun shines in and the effect was extremely romantic.
Terrace overhanging the river Dordogne. With stunning views of the river, making this the perfect place to spend a summers evening.
A 20, exit n° 55 (Souillac sud), D 43, towards Lacave (6 km); Pinsac, after the bridge over the Dordogne.
Brive-Vallée de la Dordogne 30 km
Toulouse (Intl) 180 km
Souillac 6 km
N 44° 51’ 01'' E 01° 31’ 38''
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