Auberge de Castel-Merle

Sergeac, Dordogne
Bed & Breakfast

A hidden edge-of-hamlet paradise with unfussy rooms overlooking courtyard or woods. Great views, brilliant hiking & 10km to the Lascaux cave


8 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


High above the valley of the Vézère is an atmospheric inn where a Templar castle once stood; views from the terrace, where you breakfast leisurely, perhaps on truffle omelettes, are peerless. The place has been in Anita’s family for generations, her archaeologist grandfather adding stones from his own digs (Les Eyzies, the capital of prehistory, is nearby). Gentle, helpful and full of good stories, she and Christopher love the place. Years ago they renovated the buildings with great care, keeping the traditional look, and using walnut wood from their own land to restore bed heads and doors. Pastel, pelmets and painted flowers on the walls clothe the dining room; modest, air conditioned bedrooms in country style have beams, stone walls and wooden floors; shower rooms are neat and compact. Some rooms overlook the courtyard, others the woods. Christopher is an enthusiastic truffle hunter; Anita makes beautiful cakes. The hamlet is charming – you can walk to it – and the forest hiking is a joy so bring your walking boots. Great value.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Check out
By 11am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights in high season.
2 October - 1 April.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Wine €9-€28. Picnics and light snacks available on request. Restaurants 10-minute walk.


Nightly price
from €82
Singles €69-€79.
7 Doubles
From €82
1 Twin
From €88


3 wonderfull days in the heart of the verzerevalley: knowledgeable and friendly owners, ideal located for Montiniac, Sarlat and beautifull small villages. Great breakfast and a very nice restaurant in walking distance - romantic! Uti&Willem Darmstadt

Wilfried, Darmstadt

Beautiful setting perched on a rock above the river and with views to the neighbouring villages and beyond. Our bedroom was very clean & comfortable. The breakfast is incredible - almost everything is home made. Chris and Anita are among the best hosts I have ever encountered. Lovely people and full of knowledge and advice for the local area. A memorable experience.

Kristy, London

This Auberge is exactly as described. Rustic, unfussy décor and with wonderful views across the valley. Christopher and Anita are charming hosts and their knowledge of the area, based on a life time living here, means that they are really well placed to describe the best places to visit and to eat out. Breakfasts are generally simple but we treated ourselves to Christopher’s truffle omlette on the last day, which was delicious, with very generous helpings of truffle, which Christopher finds himself in the surrounding woodland.

Liz, Devon

We stayed for only two nights but wish we could have stayed longer. We arrived in an outside temperature of 44C but the room was cool and comfortable and the ambience of Auberge de Castel-Merle is a welcoming one that is totally fitting with it's location in a small Dordogne village. Christopher's cooking was great and the outside dining with wonderful views added to our experience. A very relaxing and beautiful location.


I had rarely heard my husband speak of any hotel with such effusive compliments as he has of Castel-Merle. We returned to the Auberge Castel-Merle for 6 nights in May because we often dreamed of our 3 previous stays …the gorgeous views, the wonderfully delicious food & the warm hospitality of our hosts, Anita and Christopher, who are delighted to share their knowledge of the many cultural and natural sites in the area. We are planning to return in the future to continue exploring the wealth of pre-historic offerings. The beautiful and peaceful garden and grounds are welcoming after a hectic


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Anita Castanet & Christopher Millinship

  • Fully Qualified French lessons one to one with our daughters who used to teach at the alliance Francaise in Scotland
  • The Lascaux caves 10 km away.Canoing down the river VézèreThe medaeval town of Sarlat 20 km. The troglodite fortresses of the Roc St Christophe and La Maison Fort de Reignac,and La Madeleine.
  • The National Museum of Prehistory at Les Eyzies and the prehistoric caves of;Fond de Gaume,Les Combarelles,Cap Blanc,and Rouffignac. We are also 10-minute form new Lascaux exhibition.
  • The chateaux; Losse,Comarque,Puymartin,Hautefort,Sauveboeuf.Beynac,Castelnaud,Fenelon ..........
  • Beautiful villages of the Vézère Valley(classified by UNESCO); Sergeac,St Leon sur Vézère, Fanlac, StAmand de Coly.
  • Bird watching, Black Kites, Buzzards, Ravens, Falcons. Someone even saw a Golden Auriol. Many public footpaths start directly from the Inn. We supply maps and walking sticks! Canoeing on the Vézère from St Leon or Thonac.