Château Soulac is located within the jurisdiction of Juillac, standing on top of a natural rock formation overlooking the Dordogne river and valley. Originally called Château du Soulat, it is a fortified residence of the 17th century, having originally started as a 14th century Monastery and Chapel, remnants of which are still visible in the present day layout of the building.
Purchased by the Bonapartist family in the nineteenth century it was transformed extensively into the Château that you see today. The creation of the central square courtyard, and the Château’s four corner towers, and high central tower to the main entrance, provided symmetry and order to a largely medieval property.
In the mid twentieth century it became part of the French National Stud (“Haras Nationaux”) until 1996, which can still be seen in some of the features around the Château.
Since being purchased by its current owners in 2007, the Château has undergone two years of renovation and restoration work achieving a understated mix of ancient and modern design throughout.
Accommodation and the grounds.
Sleeps: maximum 16 adults + 2 young + possible 3 young
MAIN HOUSE: 5 bedrooms + 3 bathrooms + 1 shower room + 2 separate WC
8 people + possibly 1 (one room is a small double with no bathroom)
- Master bedroom + bathroom (bath/shower, shower area, basin x 2, WC)
- Double bedded + bathroom (bath/shower, basin, WC)
- Double or Twin bedded + bathroom (bath/shower, basin, WC)
- Double + shower room
- Small double / no bathroom.
THE PERCH: 2 bedrooms + shared bathroom + separate WC / 2 people + 2 children
- Family Suite: Double bedded & through to Twin Room . Shower room (shower, basin) + separate WC
THE POOL HOUSE: 3 bedrooms + 2 bathrooms + 2 separate WC / 4 people + 2 occasional
Ground Floor: 2 sep WC+basins.
- Small double – to use upstairs ensuite.
- Double room + single bed + ensuite bathroom (bath/shower, basin, WC)
- Double room + ensuite bathroom (bath/shower + basin + WC)
THE GATE HOUSE: 1 bedroom + shower room + separate WC / 2 people
First Floor: Double room. Bathroom on ground floor (shower unit, basin) + separate WC.
Between the main château and its three apartments, Le Soulac sleeps up to 22 people. However, the smallest configuration, where they rent just the Gate House (still very much part of the chateau courtyard configuration) sleeps only two adults. The main chateau building, accommodates up to eight people in four beautiful en suite rooms. They guarantee that they can find a configuration to suit your party.
There are several entertaining spaces within the main château, including the ‘chapel’ winter dining room, the summer dining room with conservatory doors, a large modern family kitchen/dining area and a salon. The library/study area, TV room, open fireplaces and underfloor heating add to the excellent amenities offered.
Set amongst the 8 hectares of grounds are woods, a hard tennis court, table tennis, badmington and a lovely swimming pool within a walled surrounding.
Of the 20 or so weddings I shoot I France every year Chateau Soulac has to be one of my favourites. I have been shooting weddings here since 2010 and it always lovely to return to shoot special weddings in this spectacular venue.
It’s proximity to Bordeaux makes it an ideal choice for a weekend wedding and it’s location on the coteaux above Pessac sur Dordogne where is nestles between some very good but lesser known vineyards producing some specularly good reds makes it an ideal place to explore if you are a wine lover.
While we are on the subject of wine the Chateau is only about 30mins from St Emilion, arguably the heart of the Bordeaux wine region with it’s amazing restaurants from Michelin starred to humble brassieres, it’s not to be missed.
All in all this is a perfect wedding venue secluded yet with breathtaking views over the Dordogne. A superbly well appointed house which will provide lasting memories for you wedding in France