Gite | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

Imagine a haven away from it all,

Where you can relax and your stress levels fall.

5 bedrooms allow you to spread out in style,

With views of the country for mile after mile.

Le Manoir is offering all this and more,

With 98 acres for you to explore.

There is so much to see, and so much to do:

Do it all, or do nothing – it's just up to you!

Let Le Manoir de Gurson weave its magic spell over you! Here is where you can get away from it all, and simply relax, or use it as a base for discovering the area. Everyone is surprised at how quickly they unwind from the moment they come down the 500-metre drive and step into the entrance hall. The secret could be that Le Manoir is in the middle of 98 acres of beautiful scenery, with lakes, fields and woods - and even a hidden valley. A real piece of paradise.

We also run fully-catered residential courses for 1 or more people. In 2015, we have 4 art holidays led by Murray Ince (16th - 23rd May, 23rd - 30th May, 19th - 26th September, and 26th September - 3rd October) at £650 per painter and £450 for non-painting partner), and a writing retreat led by Ros Barber (Sunday 28th June - Friday 3rd July) at £600 per writer and £450 per non-participant. Prices include accommodation, all meals and tuition, with no single supplement. Please contact us for more information, or see our website (Le Manoir de Gurson).

Self catering wine weekends for up to 10 people also available. Please contact us for more details.

Situated in the wine-growing area of South West France, Le Manoir is the perfect base from which to explore the region, or you may prefer to just enjoy the peace and tranquility in a stunning setting.

All bedrooms enjoy private en-suite facilities. Wood burner in the lounge. Fully equipped kitchen (including dishwasher, 2 fridges and ice maker).

Free Wi-fi connection.

Separate laundry room with washing machine (9kg), tumble dryer, iron and ironing board.

The sun terrace is the perfect place for outdoor dining, or just enjoying the views with a glass of wine. The private pool overloooks the hidden valley, has a jacuzzi function on the Roman steps, and can be illuminated at night.

Smoking is permitted outdoors only

Although Le Manoir is self-catering, we can arrange for a chef to prepare some or all your meals. Also available: baby sitting, child minding, maid service and extra cleaning.

Walking, cycling, tennis, horse riding, canoeing/kayaking and zorbing are all nearby.

There are several excellent golf courses within easy driving distance. Free Dordogne Golf Pass available, allowing you to play at 7 courses at reduced cost.

Whatever you choose to do, you are assured of a warm welcome at Le Manoir, and a holiday to remember.

Size Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms
Nearest beach Lac de Gurson (swimming lake with beach) 2 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 4 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Bergerac 32 km, Nearest railway: Montpon-Menesterol 12 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, Yes, smoking allowed

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property
Pool Private outdoor pool (unheated)
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 4 En suites
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Private fishing lake or river
Access Parking
Further details indoors

All bedrooms are en-suite, one having a separate large bathroom, and one is on the ground floor;

Good selection of DVDs, books and board games;

Playstation with games, and piano keyboard;

Laptop provided;

Wi-fi internet access;

Table tennis in the garden.

Telephone available for landline calls to Europe, USA, Australia and more.

Further details outdoors

Le Manoir is totally secluded;

Private pool can be illuminated at night;

Sun loungers;Tables and chairs for outdoor dining;

Table tennis and outdoor toys in the garden;

Plenty of parking spaces;

Free fishing in the lakes;

Horse riding on site;

Walks in the woods;

Superb views in every direction.

We can arrange treasure and scavenger hunts for children.

Le Manoir is in a natural setting, so it is possible to see deer running across the fields, hear the nightingales, and watch kingfishers, dragonflies and turtles near the lakes.

Because there is no light pollution, star gazing is a pleasure. Lie out under the night sky (we provide sofas and mattresses), marvel at the Milky Way, and look for shooting stars and satellites!

We can give you lots of information on trips out, including guided tours of St Emilion, bike rides, bike hire, walking routes, cycling routes, hot-air ballooning, boat trips, canoeing or kayaking, karting, paintballing, and a host of other activities.

New attraction: Horse riding on site - horses and ponies.

Further details

Ideal for families, friends, weddings and special occasions.

Included in price:

Welcome Pack (bread, butter, confiture, tea, coffee, milk, sugar, and wine);

Welcome barbecue or meal for 2 or 3 week reservations;

Bed linen, bath towels;

High chair and playpen;

Departure cleaning, if left in clean and tidy state.

Not included:

Pool/beach towels (2€ each per week);

Cot and toddler bed available for 20€ supplement each;

Extra departure cleaning if necessary: 100€;

Central heating/wood: payable per consumption.

Optional extras: Wine tasting at Le Manoir, catering, babysitting/child-minding and maid service.

The Midi-Pyrénées region

The South West of France is one of the most beautiful regions, and enjoys milder weather due to the Gulf Stream. The summers are long, and the winter is usually very mild indeed, but we can't guarantee it!

Le Manoir is in the heart of the wine growing region, with vineyards next to many of the roads in the area.

A local cycle hire company will deliver bikes to the door.

There are several excellent golf courses within easy driving distance. New for 2013: ask us for your free Dordogne Golf Pass, allowing you to play at 7 courses, including Chateau de Vigiers, at reduced cost.

From Le Manoir, one can see the ruins of the Chateau de Gurson, steeped in history, with donkeys keeping watch.

No visit would be complete without a trip to St Emilion, Bordeaux or Bergerac.

Villefranche

Domaine de Coquelicot, an organic wine producer gives free wine tasting, as does Chateau de Gurson, both within walking distance . Chateau la Plante also gives a free tour and wine tasting, 10 minutes away by car. An experience not to be missed.

Lac du Gurson (3 minutes) - a very large open-air swimming lake, sandy beach, fountain, restaurants and cafés.

Tennis at Lac de Gurson or St Martin de Gurson.

Villefranche de Lonchat (5 minutes), our nearest town, once a fortified English stronghold or Bastide. There is a handful of small shops, cash machine, and a weekly market in the town square. The baker will deliver fresh bread each morning, if requested: a lovely way to start the day! The Fête Cantonale, a great day out for all ages, will be held on Sunday 28th July 2013; a treat not to be missed.

Montpon-Ménestérol (15 minutes): canoe/kayak centre (with cycle hire and zorbing), beach and bars, banks, petrol station, shops, supermarket, cinema.

Castillon la Bataille (20 minutes) - weekly colourful market on Mondays, right on the Dordogne river. Re-enactment of The 100 Years' War July/August. Also banks, fuel, supermarkets and shops.

St Emilion (30 minutes) - one of the most important wine areas in France. There you will find the largest monolithic chuch in Europe, and the view from the top of the tower is well worth climbing the 196 steps!

Lac Jamaye (40 minutes), with free boating.

Aqua Park near Bergerac, 40 minutes.

Bergerac - a lovely old town, always well worth a visit. Find the statue of Cyrano de Bergerac!

Bordeaux (1 hour)- a beautiful, very old city, with magnificent buildings. Always plenty to do and explore.

Dune de Pyla (95 minutes) - largest sand dune in Europe. Climb the stairs for a splendid view (at 108 metres above sea level) of the ocean and surrounding area. Option to go back down on the sand - a unique experience.

Sarlat la Canéda (90 minutes) - east of Bergerac. Famous for its night markets. Also in this area are the prehistoric caves of Lascaux and Chateau Castelnaud (with demonstrations of a working trebuchet).

Why not book a hot air balloon trip? The nearest place is an hour away, at Le Fouilloux. It's a great way to see Le Manoir and the beautiful scenery of the area from a different perspective .

There are also Châteaux, Gardens, grottoes and tourist areas, weekly markets, night markets, music and events.

For those who just want to sit back and do little there are plenty of good walks, horse rising, cycling, bird-watching, botany, star gazing (spot the shooting stars and satellites), photography, painting, reading and lazing by the pool - all at Le Manoir.