History of the Château


A Wedding Present

A gift of love, of passion, with some eccentricity thrown in for good measure is why the Château La Thuilière is here today.

In 1889 the prosperous Mr Michel Petit bought, from the Marquis de Foucault, some land belonging to the nearby Chateau de Bridoire, land comprising woods and fields bordering the river Isle, meandering through the district of St Front de Pradoux.

He chose the most appealing spot on this newly purchased land to build a charming chateau, which he intended as a fabulous summer residence for his fiancée, Madame Claire Angeline Beguerie.

Saintly Associations

The legend of St Front was the inspiration for the Tudor style of architecture used in the Château's construction.

St Front was the apostle sent by Peter to preach the Gospel in France. He lived in Perigueux, capital of the Dordogne, where the cathedral is named after him, and spent some time in the village of St Front de Pradoux, where a rectory was built in the 18th century to honour him..

According to legend, St Front killed a dragon that was menacing the village, thus becoming a symbol of the triumph of courage over adversity.

Château Today

Château La Thuilière is a 19th-century Tudor style manor house located in the Aquitaine countryside. It offers spacious rooms, a garden and restaurant available upon prior reservation. Free private parking is available.

The rooms at Château La Thuilière are equipped with a king-size bed. Each room has a private bathroom. Some feature an original 19th-century fireplace and overlook the chateau’s park.

Open for dinner with prior reservation, La Thuilière’s restaurant serves regional cuisine with a modern twist. Local organic ingredients are used when possible. Breakfast is served in the old chateau’s kitchen, at an antique monastery table.

Guests are invited to explore Thuilière’s garden and surrounding woods or relax with a book in the lounge. There is also a drawing room with a fireplace and honesty bar.