We have 5 double or twin bedded rooms available for guests. Each room has just been fully renovated to a very high standard and furnished individually, with particular care taken over the comfort of the beds. Quality ensuite showers, toilets,and washbasins are provided and one room has a bath. Breakfast is taken in the old wine chai or on a wooden terrace which leads directly to a large swimming pool with superb views of the Chateau de Theobon. Guests can also make use of their own kitchen. Each room is equipped with high-speed internet.


At Chateau Lavanau, you can relax by the pool, do some wine tasting, paint the fabulous scenery, work in the studio, enjoy a round of croquet, or just make the most of the beautiful region.
As visitors will notice, Chateau Lavanau grows plums as well as vines. And the Lot et Garonne with its fertile soil and gentle south facing slopes, is world famous for ‘Pruneaux d’Agen. But the area also has a wider variety of agriculture than any other French region. So on the same farm you will commonly find maize,wheat, sunflowers and grapes being grown alongside blonde d’Aqitaine cattle being reared for their fine meat. Not forgetting the small but supremely delicious Garriguette strawberries.
Meals in restaurants,especially at midday, are incredible value with generous portions and at least 3 courses.
The region is full of medieval remains, Eleanor of Aquitaine the only person ever to have been Queen of England and France knew it well. Richard the Lionheart her son spoke only Occitan.
The Chateau at Duras and the bastide of Eymet reflect the architecture of the period. The knight’s Templars had a fortress at Puyguillem and the fresco masterworks in the church of Aurillac are of the highest quality yet remain little known.
The area around Chateau Lavanau is perfect for walking and cycling. Local activities include horse riding in Bernac, Karting in Bergerac, excellent golf at the chateau de Vigiers Country Club, ballooning at Villeneuve, Canoeing/kayaking at Auriac.
For those visitors seeking a contemplative change the Buddhist monks at nearby ‘Plum Village” are happy to welcome people on their regular retreats and conferences.
Qualified mountain guide Michael Noulhianne, who lives near us here, undertakes guided hikes through the beautiful Duras countryside, in order to explore the flora, fauna and local history.  Architectural sites include Romanesque churches, archaeological remains of fortresses, and villas, as well as ancient water mills and windmills.
Hikes can be rounded off with a wine tasting followed by a visit of the imposing Medieval Chateau de Duras.
Bookings can be made by mail: michael.noulhianne@hotmail.com , and by phone +33 (0)647 52 49 63, or contact me if you are going to stay here.
You can visit his website:    http://www.rando-decouverte-pyrenees.com


Art Studio

The studio at Chateau Lavanau takes 10 to 12 people at a time, and is equipped with 5 easels in addition to a large work surface.
Brushes, pencils and pens are available but paper, canvas and paints are not.
Lessons cover drawing, watercolour, oil and acrylics. Classes are held weekly, and group residential visits can also be arranged with a group’s own tutor.


Room Rates:
80.00 euros per night per room including breakfast.
Supplementary beds: 20 euros a night including breakfast. Free for children under 5 years old.
Cots free.
Reservations cancelled up to 30 days before date of arrival: no charge
Reservation cancelled up to 15 days before date of arrival: 20% of stay payable
Reservation cancelled less than 15 days before date of arrival: Full amount payable.