Escape to the Chateau in Southern France
Escape to a French country Chateau...perfect for a intimate wedding or family gathering. The Chateau de Balsac, a designated historic landmark, has been renovated to welcome guests from around the world.
A 16th century Chateau with a square tower (castle keep) dating from the 11th Century. You'll be transported to the past via spiral staircases made of stone, mullion windows and 'meurtriers', from which defenders peered. And you'll enjoy the comforts of home.
The park hosts friendly animals and shade trees. The chateau is open to guests all year.
The Chateau de Balsac has accommodations to suit all needs: A large guest house that accommodates 8 adults; two luxury suites that accommodate up to 3 people with views over the park and beyond; or the entire chateau, which sleeps up to 18 adults.
We love old buildings, so we've taken great care to upgrade the facilities while keeping the charm.
Amenities & Services
The host table: enjoy local cuisine in the comfort of our home. We strive to use local ingredients and produce from our garden.
We can assist you with your plans for your visit. Let us know what you are interested in and we can help with all the details. Also, we are happy to recommend and book local restaurants for you.
Enjoy a day or evening in our large private park. We have a traditional french garden and plenty of special places to get away from it all
We have loaner bicycles for our guests to use to explore the area. Borrow them for a few hours and visit an ancient priory or ride to a local winery.
Pool & Hot Tub
Enjoy a refreshing swim on a hot day in our 'petite' salt-water pool. Or, after a day of hiking or sightseeing, soak in our hot tub under the stars.
The Chateau's rooms double as event spaces, some large enough to accommodate groups of fifty persons seated. We regularly host weddings, business meetings and artistic programs and family reunions. Enjoy a unique location for your event.
The view of the Chateau from the East as you enter the property.
Relax at the end of the day in our saltwater pool
A vaulted room from the 15th Century houses the Chateau's dining room. A large wood burning fireplace completes the space.
Activities While You Visit
Step Back in Time
Visit the well preserved chateaus in the area, starting with the Chateau de Balsac. There are numerous chateaux open for visits within the area including Belcastel and Bournazel.
Enjoy Local Wines
The Aveyron is an up and coming wine region, unique due to the confluence of Mediterranean, Atlantic and Massif Central mountain climates. The local area, known as the Rouergue, is hilly and full of plateaus and valleys; single variety grapes are cultivated extensively in the deep red soils. Local winemakers welcome us to visit and taste, so ask us for a map, or to arrange a trip for you.
Visit our Friendly Animals
Relax in our park and visit with our pet goats, sheep and chickens -- they love attention from guests and will eat right out of your hands.
Float Through History
Spend the day or just the afternoon on the Lot River, traveling past medieval villages and castles. Enjoy a picnic prepared by the Chateau or enjoy one of local restaurants for lunch or dinner.
Explore the Most Beautiful Villages in France
Drive, hike or bicycle to one of 10 local villages designated as the most beautiful in France. Visit Conques, Peyre, Najac, Estaing and enjoy the peace and tranquility of these places that time forgot.
"Even though temperatures were nippy outdoors during our winter stay, the rooms were always toasty with radiator heat. I was impressed with the lighting and internet accessibility throughout this ancient building. The showers had good water pressure and plenty of hot water. For supper we enjoyed a quiche made from fresh eggs from the chateau chickens, and a beautiful variety of local cheeses and Marcillac wines. "
-- Stella and Dave