The Gate House is a beautiful lakeside retreat in the grounds of the Chateau D'Arnac in the Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne. Ancient plane trees line the approach to this secluded gem, the perfect setting for a romantic break or honeymoon. It is not certain when the Gate House was originally built, but parts of the Chateau date from as early as the 12th century and the area has a rich history with guests such as Richard the Lionheart who is thought to have stayed here. The Gate House was rebuilt in the 1900s, but many of the original features remain in this rustic chic retreat.
The natural surroundings of the Gate House are perfect for romantic drives, bike rides, walks, rock climbing and horseriding. Guests can visit the moors of the Plateau de Millevaches, the Brive regions, the forests of the Tulle and the gorges of the Dordogne. The fertile valleys of the Auvézère and Vézère rivers are a sight to behold. There are many historic sites in the area, well worth a visit as well as a variety of beautiful gardens and natural sites, including some impressive caves. Guests can follow trails from the Santiago de Compostela pilgrim route, which has many important artisitc and architectural sites along the way.
With many rivers in the region, keen fishermen have a wealth of waterways to choose from and for more active guests, canoeing is available. Traditional arts and crafts are on offer in the region, from copperware and lace to locally made liqueurs.
Sample the local cuisine, from hearty potato pies and dumplings to Limousin lamb and beef accompanied by morel & chanterelle mushrooms and truffles. Treat yourself to freshwater fish such as trout and pike and round off your meal with a delightful fruit tart. There are many markets in the area where guests can find some tasty morsels to take home or cook up in the Gate House kitchen.