Nature Immersion at French Château Retreat

Lacave, France



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An Undisturbed Back-to-Nature Experience, 14th Century French Cliffside Château Overhanging The Dordogne River, 300 Acres of Formal Gardens with Ancient Forestry, Guided Nature Excursions with Skilled Instructors


4 day programme


Private Retreat On-demand: Available between April and October


No. of guests: Enjoyable for solo-travellers and 2 or more guests 


Every detail of this experience can be personalised to your individual interests and needs


Sensitively integrated as if one with the dense forestry and weathered limestone cliff overlooking the tranquil waters of the Dordogne River. Observe nature’s far-reaching beauty, identifying valued lessons for a slower, more restful approach to personal wellbeing on the Nature Immersion at French Château Retreat. 

With soaring sights of a bountiful green and the sun warming the earth as a new day stirs. Begin quiet mornings solo, as a pair or with friends and family, savouring unparalleled feelings of ease, as the attention turns faithful to being fully present in the companionship of nature. 

Synchronise mobility, strength, energy flow, balance and breath in a choice of Yoga, Fitness or Pilates. Each demonstrating a varied combination of precise, controlled movements with balance and flexibility that lay the foundation for enriching the body and mind. Exercises will be adapted to personal abilities, ensuring suitable participation for all, whether holding prior knowledge or unfamiliar and curious. Tempting exploration and discovery that lie beneath the vast expanse of landscape strewn with flourishing, seasonal blooms and rich biodiversity. Wander and go deep into the magnificent terrain on a guided hike, led by a well-versed instructor. Winding along footpaths that delight the senses with endless and heart-stopping views, embraced by a renewed appreciation and acceptance of what it feels to be. Embark on an excitement-fuelled adventure with a guided e-bike excursion. Disappearing into the wilderness, where the charm and chants of nearby wildlife bring you into the heart of nature, allowing recalibration of all manners of wellbeing. Instil an added spell of serenity and relaxation with a personalised in-room massage, infused with nature-inspired rituals to soothe and uplift the body and mind from the everyday tones. Throughout the programme, guests will also have access to the property’s outdoor heated swimming pool and tennis court. Replenish the body each day with energising meals, freshly prepared by the chefs of the property’s Michelin starred restaurant. 

Ensconced by 300 acres of exceptional French formal gardens and forestry made up of century-old Oak, Chestnut and Red Beech trees. Sectioned amongst elegant specimen trees, Cedars of Lebanon and Mexican Honey-Locust. Château de la Treyne is equal parts attractive and unassuming, carrying over 700 years of history in the Dordogne Valley, South West of France. The property meticulously unifies reverence for its past and realisation for the present, reflected through natural materials, classic motifs and resplendent colours, paired with modern amenities. Promising to cultivate an authentic art-de-vivre. Rich in UNESCO World Heritage Sites that are sparsely dotted throughout the region and within easy access from the estate. Dordogne is a vared playground for cultural discoveries and outdoor exploration that appeals to all generations.

For all-inclusive 4-day, 3-night single occupancy in the Superior Room, the price is £2,616pp.

Items listed in the What’s Included are for one 1 guest

What's included

  • X2 Physical Activity
  • X1 Guided Hike
  • X1 Guided E-Bike Excursion
  • X1 Personalised In-Room Massage
  • Outdoor Heated Swimming Pool and Tennis Court Access Available
  • Individually Assigned Work-Out Equipment Upon Request
  • Daily Refreshments and Complimentary Large Bottle of Water
  • Field-To-Fork Gourmet Meals
  • Accommodation and Toiletries

The Expert

Melanie Oliva

A sports enthusiast and athlete since young, Melanie enjoys sharing her passion for moving with others. While at the same time, increasing awareness to the body and discovering exhilarating fun engaging in a range of movement-based exercises and activities. Soon after, she became a fitness instructor and found her way to Pilates and Yoga, which she now practices and teaches full time. After attending a 200hr TTC in Bali, each class guided by Melanie will guide individuals into an open space of mindfulness and consciousness, both to themselves, others, their thoughts and breath. She believes it is important to feel every sensation in the body as it serves a valued lesson of being present in each moment.


Taking on a resonance for its unparalleled heritage, guided by an ageless beauty of French opulence. Each room at Château de la Treyne embodies individual character, expressed through careful combinations of materials, furnishings and colour schemes. Keeping to a promise of sumptuous spaciousness and easiness made for living, indulging and relaxing. Which also brings authenticity and comfort together in harmony, flooded in natural light and impeccable views.

Room Types

Superior Room

The essence of the French concept art de vivre - elegant and timeless, is embodied by the Superior Room. With impeccable views of the Dordogne River or flourishing French formal gardens from the double-panelled glass window and doors. The room design is kept minimalistic, following a neutral palette of soft greys and beige, dressed in dark-wood and gold-framed furniture. Reserving full attention to enjoy the moment and accumulate new memories. Each Superior Room is equipped with a king size bed or twin bed, well-sized walk-in shower or bath. Toiletries included.

Deluxe Room

Proud and decadent, binding a slice of history in its display. The Deluxe Room doubles as a calm oasis to relax and unwind. Reclaimed solid oak furniture, parquet de Versailles flooring and beautiful Louis XVI furniture highlights grandeur with a soft-spoken, welcoming atmosphere. Each Deluxe Room is equipped with a four poster bed or king size bed, a bathtub and shower, with palatial views of the Dordogne River. Toiletries included.

Prestige Room

Combining a refined manor house style with French-accented contemporary living, settle into the comforts of the Prestige Room. Overlooking the tended gardens and Dordogne River, the room follows a muted colour palette, adorned with gilded antique furnishings and ornaments. Reflective of its rightful name. Each Prestige Room is equipped with a king size bed or twin bed, a sofa bed, a porcelain basin and bath with a multi-jet shower or a Jacuzzi bath with multi-jet shower. Toiletries included.

Junior Suite

One of many outstanding features to the Junior Suite, exceptional views through the vast, mullioned windows reveal a 350 year old Lebanon Cedar and the Dordogne River. Swirling the room in a quiet and simple gentleness, a reminder of proximity to the great outdoors. Respectfully rooted to its heritage through beautiful Gothic styled furniture, patterns and materials. Each Junior suite holds a king size bed or a four-poster bed and includes a sitting room area. The spacious bathrooms are equipped with a Jacuzzi bath and multi-jet shower. Toiletries included.

Master Suite

From the furniture to aesthetics, experience a true taste of French living as it was once privately lived in the Master Suite. Appearing effortless and relaxed, making good use of space to reflect the individual personality of a period belonging to King Louis XIV. Modern comforts in each Master Suite includes a king size bed, an extra sofa bed and a separate lounge or private terrace. The main draw to the suites are the brightly-lit bathrooms installed with either a Jacuzzi bath and multi-jet shower or a huge, golden soaking tub with shower. Lending the rooms an atmosphere of relaxed sophistication, comfortable, natural and restful. Toiletries included.

Food & Cuisine

Seasons govern the art and concept of each dish produced in the property’s kitchens. Featuring ingredients sourced from the property’s ECOCERT organic gardens, which also produce succulent honeys. Paired with the head chef’s esteemed culinary expertise, that has garnered a Michelin star. Get ready to be impressed by plates of food that not only accommodate visual appetite, but satisfies the taste buds with great pleasure too.

Health, Safety & Hygiene

Your health and safety has and will continue to take central priority in everything we do. For this retreat, Balance Holidays and Château de la Treyne have worked together to introduce and adopt heightened levels of health and safety vigilance and measures guided by local health authorities, WHO (World Health Organisation) and CDC (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention) above their existing stringent standards. The objective is to provide a safe, comfortable and high-quality experience as expected from us. We also have an individual Nature Immersion at French Château Retreat determined Health & Safety protocol in place. If you wish to learn more, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you. Otherwise, please refer to our Terms and Conditions or Covid-19 Update.


A small village located South of France, carrying historic significance and a pleasant charisma prevailed by unusual rock formations, clean cut lakes and emerald forestry. Lacave offers scope for abundant outdoor adventures and discovery. A short distance from the estate, ride an electric train, go underground and uncover the land’s hidden treasures, touring the 12 chambers of sublime limestone formations and rock pools in Grottos de Lacave. Rocamadour, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is known for being host to religious monuments and fortifications dating back to the 12th Century. Attracting pilgrims from all countries over a thousand years. Offering exceptional natural beauty all seasons, venture into Causses du Quercy Regional Natural Park. A vast and wildlife-rich nature reserve spanning over 175,000 hectares of contrasting expanse, admire the iconic dry-stone walls and huts rambling on foot, bike or horseback ride. With the clear and soaring skies, it is also the perfect place to stargaze. Famed for being one of the most beautiful villages in France with manor houses and small chateaux, Autoire is nicknamed ‘Petit Versailles’ for reasons apparent to those who explore it. Treat the taste buds in Cahors, with a tasting of its distinctive dark-red wine, made up of 70% Malbec grapes. The only red-wine in Southern France to use neither Cabernet Sauvignon or Cabernet-France grapes. Additionally, the 14th Century six-arched medieval bridge and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Pont Valentré spans the Lot river, connecting to the west of Cahors.

Practical Info

A Typical Day



7:30am – 9:00am: Physical Activity Upon Choice

9:00am – 10:00am: Breakfast

10:00am – 1:00pm: Guided Activity in Nature



1:00pm: Lunch

Rest and Free Time

Spa Treatment



7:00pm – 8:00pm: Dinner

8:00pm – 9:00pm: Restorative Workshop



*As each Private Retreat is fully flexible and personalised, moulded to the demands of your wellbeing needs, the activities and timings listed in this itinerary are indicative only. The final programme schedule will be emailed to you prior to the beginning of this experience and may vary depending on factors such as local weather conditions. 


Check-in and Checkout


You will be allowed to check into your room from 3:00pm onwards on the day of your arrival. 

The property is easily accessible from six different airports. In order of proximity, these include Brive–Dordogne Valley Airport, Limoges–Bellegarde Airport, Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport, Rodez-Marcillac Airport, Toulouse-Blagnac Airport and Bordeaux Airport. While the closest train station is Brive, accessible from Gare d’Austerlitz in Paris. 

You may rent a car or book a taxi from outside the airports and train station, quoting the below address to bring you directly to the property. Reservations for taxi bookings prior to arrival is required. Alternatively, the property will be happy to organise a transfer for you. This service will entail a separate fee, not included as part of the cost of this experience. Please email, quoting “Transfer” in the subject line. 

Parking spaces are available on-site if you wish to drive the full distance. 


Château de la Treyne 

La Treyne