I have a thing for spectacular buildings. The more princess-like, the better. Chateau De La Treyne has literally been pulled out of a Fairy Tale and carefully positioned on top of a cliff overlooking the Dordogne river. If the exterior is only seen to be believed, then just wait until you take a look inside with me…
Every room in the house has been lovingly restored. Some to reflect the older history and some to suit guests with a more modern taste. Ever the fans of rich culture and history, we chose to stay in one of the older themed rooms and we couldn’t have been happier. Our room, the Louis XIII has a glorious four poster bed, views over the beautiful river and a sitting room, as well as a huge shower, jacuzzi bath and views from the bathroom over the formal French Garden.
The houses history dates back to the 1300’s and now boasts a beautiful pool, tennis courts, a chapel and of course stunning views over the Dordogne River.
We immediately unpacked and went to stretch our legs in the garden.
Before G&T’s on the terrace watching the swallows and swifts swooping and gliding on the evening breeze, while Pepi hunted little lizards and found shade to lie in.
Dinner required something a little smarter than our Roadtrip clothes, so we showered and slipped into something a little fancy, completely unsuspecting of that fact that we were about to experience one of the greatest fine dining experiences of our lives so far.
The Salon Louis XIII at Chateau de la Treyne looks as though it has always been that way, but in truth it’s taken years to bring it back to what it once was. High wood panelled ceilings make it feel open and inviting while light floods in from the tall French windows and a humungous fire place claims one whole wall ensuring that the room is welcoming even in the coldest months.
We took to our seats as the sun started to descend, flooding the room with the most beautiful golden light, only enhanced by the flickering candles on each table.
Bread and three types of butter (strawberry, lemon and paprika) were placed on the table as we made our drinks selections. A glass of champagne for me and wine pairings for Ben then we relaxed into the murmur of conversation around the room.
The appetiser was a trio of Foie Gras Soup, Smoked Salmon wrapped in Radish and another creamy salmon cloud of heaven on top of a blini style base.
The palette cleanser, a lentil and milk reduction.
Truffle risotto for starter.
When we’d finished our starter, the lovely owner Stephanie Gombert (who had previously been introducing herself to each and every guest, making sure they were having a lovely stay) ran over to us and ushered us outside to see the sunset after Ben had earlier said he didn’t want to miss it. It set far in the distance, beyond the rolling hills, as the last of the birds danced in the dusk light before heading back to its nest.
The restaurant Manager Erick kindly fetched us from the terrace as our next course was ready to arrive. The Lamb Chops stole the show for the main course with an assortment of perfectly prepared vegetables and pastries arranged around the plate.
Followed by one of the best cheese chariots either of us have ever seen – at this point I was really starting to struggle and skipped the cheese.
An amuse bouche was presented following the cheeses; a heavenly cherry mousse with a glace cherry carefully constructed by chef Stephane, concealing a delicious cherry sorbet. This dish tasted like black forest gateaux, which also happens to be my favourite cake, so you can imagine I was pretty happy.
Lemon cheesecake with raspberries and basil ice cream served as pudding.
Before petits fours and sweets were brought out along with tea and coffee.
We were thankful for the lift, to take us the few floors up to our glorious suite where we very quickly settled into a happy food induced coma in our glorious four poster bed.
The morning came with thick mist outside the windows, which lightly drifted in through the window on a cool breeze, taking with it the morning chorus of bird song. It didn’t take long for the sun to burn through and push the mist far down the river valley.
We had a choice of where we wanted to have breakfast. The Green Lounge, our room or the gravel courtyard overlooking the river and formal gardens. Keen to soak up the sun, we took a table outside, overlooking the river.
The garden was teaming with the sights and sounds of nature and Pepi was very happy to snuffle around in the leaves and plants while we ate our morning feast of pastries, cold meats, cheeses, yoghurt, fruit and omelette.
With just a few hours to ourselves before check out and the next leg of our road trip, we took to the gardens once more, blessed with wall to wall sunshine and a wonderfully hot day to enjoy the roses and ponds.
Experiencing just a one night stay at Chateau De La Treyne was all it took for the hotel to shoot right into the top three hotels we have ever stayed in. It’s a truly special place, perfect for a romantic weekend away (TripAdvisor even ranked it in the top four most romantic hotels in France!), anniversary, Wedding (the chapel is SO dreamy!) family get together or even a birthday party (the whole house is available for exclusive hire). We’ve vowed to return one day and stay for longer, especially as we didn’t even get time to relax around that gorgeous pool!
Until then, let’s hit the road in the Jag for our next adventure.