Splendid residence, listed, ideally standing on an emerging rock, the chateau de Montastruc mixes grandeur with simplicity, character and serenity, history and modernity.
Antique troglodytic site, then a fortress, arranged progressively through its 1500 years of history, the chateau de Montastruc in Perigord is today a large and luminous family Country-House and a welcoming haven of peace, perfectly located in relative proximity to the major touristic sites of Dordogne.
11 kilometers away from Bergerac and 15 kilometers from the Bergerac-Dordogne-Perigord airport, the chateau de Montastruc is offered in its entirety for vacation rental and can accommodate in great comfort up to 20 people in residence for a romantic and perfect vacation in a country house in France.
Ideal site for large family reunions, vacations with friends, significant events celebrations, or a typical French-Wedding, the castle and its grounds can be yours for an entire week, including daily service.
10 bedrooms and many other rooms spread over more than 1000 square meters, a swimming pool of 15×6 meters and a large estate can all be yours…
History and famous characters
Through the 5th century, the invasion by the Germans in 407, followed by the Visigoths’ and finally, by the annexation of Aquitaine to the kingdom of the Francs by Clovis (507), bring Montastruc into the High Middle-Age. These troubled times lead its inhabitants into the caves and galleries of its emerging rock, later fortified and isolated by deep moats.
Fief of the d’Abzac since the 13th century, Montastruc changes hands through alliances and goes to the Ferrand de Mauvezin, the Peruse des Cars, the du Garrich d’Uzech, and then in 1849, goes to the marquis de Lostanges de Saint-Alvere followed by the Loeff in 1936. After the last war, it is owned by the Ordonneaux, and then changes hands briefly before coming in 1998 to Philippe Raynaud de Fitte and his wife Ségolène de Marcellus. This is the beginning of an extensive and meticulous restoration work…
The revolution period does not affect Montastruc. More recently, in May 1940, HRH the grand duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg and her family exiled themselves in the chateau de Montastruc, ex-filtrated from Luxembourg in extremis by France before the arrival of the German troops. They remained there for a few months under the protection of a section of Senegalese riflemen, before gaining Portugal… On June 16th 1940, they were joined in Montastruc by the last empress-queen of Austria-Hungary Zita, sister of Felix of Bourbon- Parma, husband of Charlotte of Luxembourg. On her way to exile towards Spain via Bordeaux, Zita transited through Montastruc with her 8 children of which her elder son Otto of Habsburg, archduke of Austria.
Current owner Ségolène de Marcellus is of direct descent from Marie-Louis Andre Charles (alias Lodoïs) de Martin du Tyrac, 4th count of Marcellus ( 1795 - 1861 ), who after difficult and animated negotiations, purchased the statue known today as Venus de Milo, and brought it back to France where it was offered on March 1st 1821 to the king Louis XVIII who donated the statue to the Louvre.
A life-size resin casting of the Venus with patina realized by hand and identical to the original was produced in November 2015 by the workshops of moulding of the Louvre Museum and is presented in Montastruc.