Many regions in France have their ‘secret’ destinations - smaller, privately-owned historic properties with beautiful gardens and authentic furnished interiors - and the Chateau du Fréchou is one of them.

Tucked away in a small Gascon village between Nérac and Condom, the Château du Fréchou has panoramic views of the beautiful Vallée de l’Osse. Dating from 1280, this venerable chateau forms part of one of the most admired groups of buildings in the region

A Renaissance gatehouse leads to Italianate gardens with yew topiary, an historic orangery and a romantic dovecote; a C14th gothic bridge leads to a Jardin Clos. The medieval and Renaissance interiors contain C17th and C18th antiques and works of art.

The Château formerly belonged to Lord François de Laugnac, instigator of the most famous political assassination in French history. This was the murder in 1588 of the powerful Catholic Duc de Guise, first cousin to Mary Queen of Scots.