Impressive former 19th century residence, with heated pool and glorious gardens

Sleeps: 14
Bedrooms: 7
Weekly price guide: £2502-£7773
Pool: Yes
Type: Villa
Property Ref: MAN3097


General Description

Look out at the Dordogne vineyards and rolling hills around you as you relax in the glorious gardens of your manoir, surrounded by the summer scents of lavender, roses and jasmine. Close to the delights of both Eymet and Bergerac, this is a fine place to holiday with family or friends looking to relax in this alluring region of southern France.

The former 19th century residence of the local mairie, this country abode is both elegant and stylish following an impressive restoration in recent years. With seven bedrooms spread over the main house and cottage, the property has retained much of its historic charm with original flooring, exposed stone walls and oak beams. This is contrasted with 21st century luxuries such as air-conditioning throughout, a home cinema room, a gym and an especially grand bar and games room in the converted barn.

Even the heated swimming pool is stylish with its limestone terrace and glass panelled safety gate, ideal for young families. The gardens are full of flowering colour and there are fruit trees and a vegetable garden; help yourself to aubergines, chillies or whatever may be growing that season. The 15-acre estate includes lawns, meadows and the owner’s vines; in this beautiful setting you are truly immersed in the Dordogne countryside.

Pass vineyards and summer fields of sunflowers as you drive to Eymet, a much-loved bastide town on the banks of the Dropt river. With its atmospheric square of restaurants, charming weekly Farmer’s market and occasional night markets in July and August, it’s a wonderful place to spend time soaking up the Dordogne ambience around you.

Bergerac is also close by, a must for wine and food-lovers with its Maison des Vins, twice-weekly market and excellent restaurants as well as being ideal for families with boat trips and other child-friendly attractions nearby. Also within a short drive you will find summer canoe trips on the Dordogne or Dropt rivers, incredible walking trails, horse-riding and mountain biking as well as magnificent châteaux and vineyards.

The most intrepid explorers could even venture as far as Bordeaux, just over an hour by train from Bergerac. That said, with its picturesque gardens, a superb pool and such outstanding features, it'll be hard to leave the beauty of this property for too long.

Accommodation Facilities

Manoir Interiors (two floors):
- Living room.
- Kitchen, well-equipped including large oven, gas hobs and coffee machine.
- Open-plan dining area.
- Bedroom 1 with king-size double bed and en suite bathroom with shower and WC.
- Bedroom 2 with 2 x double beds.
- Bedroom 3 with queen-size double bed.
- Bedroom 4 with queen-size double bed.
- Bathroom with bath, shower and WC.
- Bathroom with shower and WC.
- Ground floor WC.

Separate Cottage Interiors (two floors):
- Living room.
- Kitchen and dining area.
- Bedroom 5 with queen-size double bed.
- Bedroom 6 with queen-size double bed.
- Bedroom 7 with queen-size double bed.
- Bathroom with bath, over-head shower and WC.
- WC.

Converted Barn:
- Games room with snooker table and table tennis.
- Bar.
- Chairs by fireplace.
- Home cinema (in barn loft).
- WC.

Outside Grounds:
- Heated swimming pool (14mx5m) fenced with safety gate, open approximately May to end-October.
- Poolside terrace.
- Al-fresco dining terrace by manoir.
- Al-fresco terrace by cottage.
- BBQ and pizza oven.
- Boules.
- Vegetable garden and fruit trees.
- Lawned gardens.

Additional Notes:
Baby and Toddler Equipment: cot(s) and high chair(s).
Chef/cook available (payable locally).
Arrival time: 4.00 p.m.
Heating costs included.
Linen and towels included.
Pool towels included.
Pool heating charge included. Please note that like all heated pools, pool heating and water temperature are reliant on weather and outside temperatures.
The pool is open approximately May to end-October. Please note that pool opening dates are subject to local weather conditions and pool maintenance requirements and that cooler months may not be suitable for swimming.
Minimum stay: 7 nights. All other durations on request.
Pets welcome: on request only and with prior agreement with the owner.
Smoking outside only.
French Visitors Tax payable locally (typically costs €1-€3 per adult per night- please enquire if exact amount is required).
Weddings are on request only and subject to prior arrangement with the owner and additional charges. Stag/hen parties and other special events are not allowed.
Please note that bookings more than 12 months in advance are on request only and with prior agreement with the owner.
These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Local Area / Activities

This property is set in the southern Dordogne countryside with glorious views over rolling fields and vineyards.

Set just outside a small hamlet, it's a short drive to the nearest village where you will find a boulangerie and small shop with essentials whilst the pretty bastide town of Eymet is also close by with its cafes, restaurants and supermarket. In a picturesque setting on the Dropt river, Eymet has some fine medieval architecture and a lovely weekly market on a Thursday morning. Look out for occasional night markets in July and August in the main square, an atmospheric place in the summer with its cafes and restaurants.

Food-lovers who are seeking some of the wonderful cuisine that the Dordogne is so well-known for have a great choice of excellent places to eat in the region. Bergerac, Monbazillac and Issigeac all have fine restaurants which are reasonably priced. The Michelin starred Le Vieux Logis in Trémolat is also a special place to visit, perhaps combined with a day out on the Dordogne river.

There are many excellent wineries to visit in the area, some only within a 15-minute drive or so. The Maison de Vins de Bergerac will also appeal to wine enthusiasts when visiting this remarkable historic wine-town so close to this property.

You'll discover all sorts of regional delights at local farmer’s markets, some of the best being on a Sunday morning in Issigeac (also one of France's 'Plus Beaux Villages') or a Saturday and Wednesday morning in Bergerac.

Other idyllic villages to visit include two more of France’s 'Plus Beaux Villages', Monflanquin and Monpazier, as well as bastide towns such as Beaumont-du-Périgord and Lalinde or delightful Limeuil on the Dordogne river. Take a boat trip on the Dordogne from Bergerac, hire canoes near Gardonne or head south to La Sauvetat-du-Dropt in the summer for kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddle-boarding and whitewater river trips on the Dropt river.

There is also a train service from Bergerac which takes you to the stunning market town of Sarlat-la-Canéda, taking one hour, or head west to the magnificent wine city of Bordeaux, around 75 minutes by train.

Local Amenities:
Nearest Airport: Bergerac Airport (16km)
Nearest Airport 2: Bordeaux (135km)
Nearest Airport 3: Brive–Souillac Airport (145km)
Nearest Train Station: Gare De Bergerac (20km)
Nearest Village: 7km
Nearest Shop: Bakery and small village shop (7km)
Nearest Restaurant: Eymet (12km)
Nearest Supermarket: Eymet (12km)
Nearest Town/City: Eymet/Issigeac (12km)
Nearest Golf: Golf Vigiers (25km)

Kids Activities Close-by:
<1hr to Airport
Canoeing/Kayaking
Cycling
Horse Riding
Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
Tourist Towns & Villages
Historical Sites

The Dordogne offers great activities for families with children of all ages. There are some wonderful walks through the beautiful countryside and perfect picnic spots plus of course all the prehistoric caves and historic châteaux of the Dordogne.

You can take a boat trip along the Dordogne from Bergerac or hire canoes for a day out on the river near Gardonne. There are also summer river sports on the Dropt river with kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddle-boarding and whitewater river trips in La Sauvetat-du-Dropt.

Just outside of Bergerac you will find the town's Aquapark with swimming pools, slides and chutes and there’s also a go-karting centre nearby. Port Miniature will also amuse little kids and adults alike with its tiny boats on the lake just east of Bergerac.

Crossing the nearby border into Lot-et-Garonne, Parc en Ciel is another great family day out with tree-top activities, mini-golf and a natural swimming pool as well as a range of playgrounds.

A little further away, the area around Le Bugue has lots of attractions for children such as Jacquou Parc with its rides and animals, the Aquarium du Périgord Noir and Parc Le Bournat, an old French village attraction with rides.

Price Guide

These prices are a guideline only, please use the calendar at the top of the page to search availability and prices for specific weeks. Then you have the option to book the property online.

Low Season: £2502
High Season: £7773

Security deposit: €500 paid via bank transfer to the owner approximately one month prior to arrival and refunded refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection

Key Features

  • Swimming pool
  • TV
  • Internet access
  • Air conditioning
  • Fire / Stove
  • BBQ
  • Cot available
  • Pets considered
  • Golf nearby
  • Watersports nearby
  • Heated pool

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