This section tells you about the amenities, ecological facts, things to do and activity holidays that you can enjoy when staying in the beautiful 4 person ecological gite The Wine Lodge at Chateau Feely or the 2 to 3 person Wine Cottage at Chateau Feely, both with stunning views and access to the stunning 4*12m salt water pool on a 35 acre organic farm.
♦ Walk up to saussignac (1km) enjoy the castle and the life of our beautiful village, Saussignac is a certified ‘territoire bio engagé, an engaged organic territory meaning it has more than 22% organic farms and no pesticide use for the village maintenance. Visit the co-operative café for a coffee.
♦ Breakfast on the balcony or the terrace, admire the stunning views of the organic vineyards and dream about what you will do today: birding and deer-spotting is excellent especially at dawn and dusk.
♦ Walk the organic wine trail, we have marked on the 14 hectare organic estate and admire the wonders of nature wild orchids and horsetail, a plant from the age of the dinosaurs.
♦ Take a picnic bag for a magical walk on local roads of Saussignac or picnic under the trees on the farm. Our small oak forest and picnic pastures provide great entertainment for adventurers young and old.
♦ Pick fresh fruit from the tree and eat it immediately for a taste sensation: the fruit season begins with cherries in May and ends with grapes in September / October when you can taste all the varieties and wonder of the variety of flavours.
♦ Take a delightful walk to the Relais de Monestier for lunch (5km)
♦ Read a book in the hammock under the cool shade of the trees in the park (the two houses have a small library and we have many more books on wine and wine-related novels available in the tasting room / wine school).
♦ Drink the wine of the vineyard you can see: taste, see, smell and feel the terroir.
♦ Walk to the Le Mélange restaurant for a delicious dinner with Melanie and Charlie or to the wonderful 1500 café with Mike and Lee and then have a romantic walk in the moonlight.
♦ Stargaze with the naked eye or go further with the telescope available in the tasting room. Being rural means little light pollution and a fabulous starry dome in the sky.
♦ Walk to Chateau des Vigiers for lunch (about 6km) at the Bistrot.
◊ A 12*4m salt water swimming pool
◊ WIFI broadband
◊ Large beds (king size)
◊ Allergen-free cushions, pillows and duvets and organic cotton sheets and towels
◊ Herb garden with a variety of culinary herbs
◊ A 1 hour tour and tasting at Chateau Feely
◊ A bottle of wine Chateau Feely wine as a welcome gift
◊ Yoga mats are available if you would like to practice (you can also book a yoga class with Caro Feely, a RYT500 registered yoga teacher).
◊ A concierge service is available (for example, if you are arriving late and need items stocked in the fridge or other service, do not hesitate to let us know) 50 euro service fee + cost of shopping
◊ Full length mirrors and hair dryer included
Baby gear: cot, high chair and bath is available on request.
Ten Ecological Reasons to stay at Chateau Feely
♦ You are surrounded by an organic farm, which guarantees no pesticides, herbicides or systemic fungicides in the air close to your accommodation. See our top ten reasons to choose organic.
♦ We provide environmentally friendly cleaning products
♦ In your holiday home you will find recycling compartments and advice on how to use them in France
♦ In your holiday home you will find how to contribute your vegetables and fruit waste compost heap on our natural farm
♦ Both houses are ecologically built with organic paint, natural insulation and low power heating solutions. With each renovation, we make the accommodation more environmentally friendly.
♦ Rainwater is captured from two rooftops to use the gardens and the farm. All toilets are equipped with dual flush water saving systems.
♦ For lunches in the tasting room and for breakfasts if you are B&B we provide organic and local products.
♦ We used eco-design in the Lodge and tasting room with overhangs for a natural temperature management and skylights in the hallways to avoid lights during the day.
♦ We continually reduce our consumption of electricity (we know we can do more), sheets and towels of naturally dried outside, we use a heat pump to heat water and underfloor heating in the Wine Lodge.
♦ We use a green energy supplier – all our electricity is from renewable energy. See a list of Chateau Feely environmental actions as a farm and winery business here.
♦ Sheets and towels are organic cotton
♦ We share our passion for organic and eco life with guests. We invite you to visit an hour with us to learn more about organic farming.
Ten Best things to do in the region
◊ Canoeing on the Dordogne. Five minutes from us in Gardonne, you can rent a canoe to paddle on the river. We are fortunate to have the cleanest large river of France, the Dordogne, near to us. For families and couples this is a great day out in the summer. Take a picnic, stop on an island to eat and swim or sunbathe.
◊ Spend a day on the property of wine in our school of French Wine Adventures wine
◊ We are 45 minutes from St Emilion. Explore the World Heritage vineyards, the village and taste the wines. Even closer you can find the town of Bergerac (20 minutes) where a self guided trail takes you through the old town and the Maison des Vins offers tastings of wine or the walled town of Sainte-Foy la Grande (15 minutes).
◊ Visit the local markets like Gardonne (a bike ride 4km) on Wednesday and Sunday or Issigeac.
Traditional markets within 30 minutes drive from the Château Feely include:
- Sunday – Issigeac, Gardonne
- Monday – Le Fleix, Duras
- Tuesday – Port Sainte-Foy
- Wednesday – Bergerac
- Thursday – Eymet
- Friday – Sigoules
- Saturday – Bergerac, Ste Foy La Grande, Duras
◊ For an excellent market experience and cookery class get up early and do the Sunday or Tuesday market and cookery class with Ian Fisk of Cook Dordogne. Their cookery school offered background research to Martin Walker for his 13th Bruno Chief of Police book ‘A Taste for Vengeance.’ (If you love the Dordogne you’ll love Martins books). Or if getting up early isnt for you consider Cook Dordogne’s Friday gourmet lunch experience. The cookery school is 1 hour 20 mins from Chateau Feely.
◊ For restaurants Le Mélange restaurant or the 1500 cafe in Saussignac (10 min walk), Family Moutier in Monestier a real perigord experience, the Relais de Monestier and Chateau Vigiers which features a bistro and a Michelin Starred gourmet restaurant ‘Les Fresques’. For families the Pizzeria Gardonne is good and reasonable. Further away but still within 20 minutes there is an almost endless choice, including Au Fil d’Eau in Port Ste Foy, La Table du Marché and L’Imparfait in the old town of Bergerac and La Tour des Vents in Monbazillac which also has a Michelin star.
◊ Discover the magnificence of the prehistoric caves of the region as Lascaux, painted about 20 000 years and considered the “Sistine Chapel of prehistoric art”. On seeing Lascaux Picasso said: “We have not invented anything” (with ‘modern Art).
◊ The Gardonne train station 5 minutes can transport you to Bordeaux (a little over an hour on the train) and save you from fighting traffic in a day of exploring this world famous city.
◊ Spend a day exploring the castles, villages perched on the cliffs and gardens on the road to Sarlat, in the heart of the Dordogne. Beynac, the castle where Richard the Lion Heart lived most of his adult life and the beautiful Gardens of Marqueyssac
◊ Visit the market in the morning and cool off at the beach of the river to the port of Sainte-Foy (15 minutes drive)
◊ Explore the castle of Monbazillac and Chateau de Bridoire beautiful castle also known as the castle games since you can play many games in this medieval castle that makes it a great visit for families. Both are about 20 minutes by car.
Special interest holidays
YOGA & YOGA RETREAT:
Your host, Caro Feely, is a RYT500 hatha /vinyasa yoga teacher and offers yoga classes for guests at Chateau Feely. Discover the five tibetans and the salute to the sun that Caro Feely introduces in her third book ‘Vineyard Confessions‘ and the yoga explored in her fourth book Cultivating Change. Hatha / Vinyasa classes tailored to your needs. Caro is passionate about yoga.
WALKING WINE HOLIDAYS IN SOUTH WEST FRANCE
Enjoy a couple of days walking in the vineyards. We offer multi day walking tours and single day walking tours. We can also offer maps so you can self guide. We are passionate about the beautiful landscape that surrounds us.
CYCLING HOLIDAY IN THE DORDOGNE
Chateau Feely is perfectly situated close to the border of Dordogne, Gironde and Lot. If you are bringing your bike/s we have a safe place to store your bike/s and there are laundry facilities in both gites. We also have a super bike hire partner. We can make circuit suggestions for loops/ cycle routes from Chateau Feely.
FOR WRITERS – WRITERS RETREAT:
Authors often need quiet holiday, away from the distractions of home and office. If you are looking for quiet, Feely Wine Lodge or Feely Wine Cottage may be the perfect place for your writer’s retreat. Caro Feely, a published author (Grape Expectations, Saving our Skins, Vineyard Confessions, Cultivating Change, Saving Sophia and Wine, The Essential Guide). Caro has experience of both publishing with a publisher and of self publishing. She offers private writer’s workshops on site. Caro can advise on both kinds of publishing having experienced both. Caro offers a one hour workshop creative writing and a one hour workshop on steps to getting published (€60 euro per private workshop).
Throughout the year, we can organize English language courses with our partner
FRENCH COOKERY CLASSES WITH A PROFESSIONAL FRENCH CHEF:
We have a French chef, Claire Hauchecorne, who will be delighted to do a class for you in your accommodation at Chateau Feely. We need notice for this so please get in touch before you arrive as Claire can be busy in the season.