We planned our holiday in France around being able to visit Chateau Villars after seeing it advertised in the Coeliac UK magazine and we weren’t disappointed! Apart from being in gluten free heaven, the hospitality shown by the two owners, Kevin and Bill was outstanding.
Villars is in the Dordogne area of France. The chateau itself is charming and the grounds are fantastic, with a pool and outdoor eating area.
We happened to be staying on the two nights the restaurant was open to the public, so we ate there at our own table, but on the other nights you eat ‘en famille’ with the owners and other guests. I think this would be fun as Kevin and Bill are very interesting and sociable.
The food can only be described as a 5-star eating experience – gluten free or otherwise. We stayed in July 2012 so I was not thinking about my blog at that stage so I don’t have any photos of the food, but if you can go there, you will not be disappointed. Freshly made bread rolls are on the table and they, along with everything else, was delicious. The kitchen is 100% gluten free, but they do have normal bread for non-coeliacs.
Then, can you imagine this scene anywhere else you have stayed when you come down for breakfast in the morning? A ‘Gluten free console’ with GF bread, dedicated toaster, GF cereals etc!!. I can tell you, this was a welcome relief after having cheese for breakfast seven days in a row in a hotel buffet. I took a photo just because I was so excited 🙂 If you have non-coeliac travelling companions, they have ‘normal’ food available in a different area of the breakfast room.
Your hosts can advise you on places to tour around the area, and they are happy to take you on a walking tour. We had a car so visited the gorgeous village of Brantôme (which had a market on the Friday we visited) and then to the larger town of Périgueux. I don’t think there is a huge amount to do within walking distance, but the Chateau environment is so relaxing you could easily just spend your time there reading, riding the bikes, swimming and, of course, eating!!
Chateau de Villars
Rue du Moulin