Rocky landscapes, caves and cave paintings make this an exciting area. It is also steeped in history with the Dordogne River having been the front line in the Hundred Years War between France and England and the Wars of Religion that followed. In the Marzac area ten old houses have been renovated that used to house the people working in the palace. The castle is now being renovated.
Château Marzac lies in a quiet and private spot, and there are plenty of opportunities for the perfect combination of physical activity and peace and relaxation.
Château Marzac was rebuilt in the 16th century after having burnt down during the Hundred Years' War during alternating attacks by the English and French. Remains of the old castle built in the 10th century still exist in the cellar.
The château is a typical defence fortress built on the top of the rocks and with the Vézère River winding its way around it - in some places 30 metres below.
Vegetables and fruit used to be cultivated in the garden. We know this because the château windows look out on the opposite side. Enjoying the view of an ornamental garden with flowers and flowering bushes was not a favoured pastime then.
Today the garden is looked after in the old style, and it is divided into four squares surrounded by a box hedge and the characteristic wall and gate.
The ten surrounding villas were inhabited by the employees of the castle and their families. These families were busy hunting, keeping animals and cultivating wheat for flour. The grain was ground in the bakery that is now used as a place to live in - the ‘Fournil'. The baking oven still exists and has been gently renovated.
The land around the castle is rented out for agricultural use so you can have your holiday in a living farming environment. There are professional hunters in the area as well to keep an eye on the game.