Le Donjon du Château
Welcome to our guest house, the former donjon or castle keep of the historic Chateau de Balsac. This medieval tower was built beginning 1175, and has been continuously occupied since that time. Now it’s been converted to a comfortable, three-story lodging with views of the surrounding countryside. Some of the rooms have 15 foot arched ceilings while others have beautiful fireplaces and mantels.
The guest house is large and can accommodate 8 people very comfortably. Each upper floor has two spacious bedrooms and a shower room. The bottom floor has a kitchen, dining and sitting room. A private courtyard, private entrance and dedicated parking are included.
The Chateau is our new home – we recently moved to southwestern France from California, and are restoring and renovating the entire property to be able to welcome our friends from America and to meet new friends from around the world.
We are now taking reservations for 2019 & 2020. The price of the accommodation is very reasonable: The entire guest house can be rented starting at € 145 per day with a one-week stay (€ 1,015/week). Our nightly rate for shorter stays in the gite is a bit higher ( € 285), and we encourage you to look up our Chateau chambres d’hote for elegant accommodations by the night or weekend.
A Medieval Place
Here is what is included with the fee:
- 1st bedroom: one large (full) bed
- 2nd bedroom: two twin beds
- 3rd bedroom: two twin beds
- 4th bedroom: one large (king) bed
- linens, soap, towels
- access to washer and dryer
- kitchen, cookware and dishware
- oven, stovetop, microwave
- patio, barbecue, outdoor furniture
- wifi and access to laptop computer
- access to swimming pool and large park
Here is what is not included, but can be added for an additional fee:
- mountain bikes
- Vespa scooter
- dining at the chateau; Table d’Hôte offered three times per week
- grocery delivery
- biweekly cleaning
- post-departure cleaning
Sorry — PETS ARE Not ALLOWED!
Dining – Table d’Hôte
Fresh, French, Aveyronnaise – California Style
Join us in the chateau dining room to sample Aveyron’s unique gastronomy. Living close to the land and food production provides ample opportunity to create tasty, healthy and innovative cuisine. Our menus focus on vegetables fresh from our garden and produce from local farmers and purveyors. We serve dinner 3 nights a week by reservation (Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday).
The undiscoverd gem…
Balsac is a small village located in the beautiful region of Aveyron. Aveyron is a special place that is picturesque, authentic and tranquil – yet with a world-class modern museum and top-rated restaurants in picture-perfect villages (10 Les plus beau villages – the most of any department in France). The Aveyronais are friendly people with a rich history based on the land and as a visitor you benefit from that connection by enjoying the fine products (Rochefort cheese and other regional specialties) as well as a pristine environment without the crowds – even in the height of summer.
The village of Balsac is perched on the edge of a plateau with extraordinary views overlooking the vineyard-covered valleys toward Valady and Clairvaux. When you visit the Donjon du Château in Balsac – you have hiking and biking access right out the front gate to many beautiful villages or you can travel further afield to explore numerous other interesting locations.
Aveyron is the center of a triangle formed by the cities of Toulouse and Montpellier and the mountains of the Massif Centrale. The landscape and climate are varied – from the garrigue (arid, rocky Mediterranean hills and steep, plunging gorges) in the south, to verdant valleys in the northwest, to the windswept plateaus in the northeast, and to the undulating valleys and mesas around Rodez.
The departement (equivalent of a county) has a rich and accessible history – elements of the Roman presence are scattered throughout, as are buildings and legends from the time of Charlemagne; the still-spoken Occitan language of the medieval troubadours; Renaissance riches; the legacy of the French Revolution and Napoleon’s empire…and monuments to the WWII Resistance.
Here’s what’s nearby:
- Rodez and its Soulages art museum at 15 min
- Weekly Markets (every day plus evenings in the summer) 15 to 30 min
- Cycling, Hiking Golf, Tennis – 10 min
- Conques (a beautifully-preserved village and UNESCO World Heritage Site) at 30 min
- The Aubrac Plateau and Laguiole at 30 min
- The Lot Valley and the most beautiful villages in France (such as St-Geniez d’Olt, Ste-Eulalie d’Olt, St-Côme d’Olt, Espalion, Estaing, Entraygues…) 30 min to 1 hour
- Exceptional restaurants (5 Michelin-starred restaurants) 15 min to 1 hour
If you have more time:
- Albi and the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum (UNESCO World Heritage Site) at 1 hour
- Micropolis (“the city of insects”) at 1 hour
- The Millau Viaduct
- Roquefort and its cheese caves at 1.5 hours
How to find us
3 Chemin de la Fontaine 12510 Balsac France
Our GPS coordinates are Lat: 44.4021347, Long: 2.4434137000000646
Le Donjon du Château is located 5 minutes from the Rodez Airport (with 3 flights daily to Paris)
Directions from the Airport: Turn left onto the D840 heading northwest (3rd exit on the roundabout) for 1.8 Kilometers. Turn left onto D626 and travel for 3.7 kilometers until you reach the village of Balsac. At the intersection go straight past the church and make an immediate right on Chemin de la Fontaine. Le Donjon du Château is on the right-hand side of the street, 25 meters from the Church Square.
Directions from Rodez: We are located 15 kilometers from Rodez. Take the D840 towards Decazeville, turn left 7 kilometers from Rodez (you will see a sign for Balsac D598). Follow the road for 7 kilometers until the village of Balsac. At the first intersection, turn left past the church and make an immediate right on Chemin de la Fontaine. Le Donjon du Château is on the right-hand side of the street, 25 meters from the Church Square.
Ask us for travel tips, maps, brochures and other advice for exploring the region’s architectural, historical and natural resources.
+33 7 82 89 98 88
+33 5 65 58 18 54
3 Chemin de la Fontaine 12510 Balsac France