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Château du Rayet

Address: Chateau du Rayet, Villéreal

Neighborhood: Dordogne




Expert Review

It’s obvious an artist was behind the restoration of this 17th-century manor surrounded by a 13th-century moat. It took a year for painter and Belgian expat, Anne Vanhellebus, to restore it from near ruins to an impeccable manse with a palette of neutrals that’s occasionally punctuated by vibrant swathes of color from her large-scale abstract paintings and Renaissance-style portraiture. The meals are another work of art. Refined takes on local fare are served in gorgeous surroundings – the region’s mild weather permits eating al fresco in the pebbled courtyard most of the year. During mating season, expect to be serenaded by a frenzied frog choir. The place is perfectly situated for exploring the market in the medieval center of nearby village, Villéreal.

Tags: moderate | notable chef | historic

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