Manor House | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
Delicious boho-chic pad for friends. Dunk in the salt water pool, go wine-tasting, hang out in trendy Cap Ferret then back to unwind in total peace
Airy and light-drenched with a bohemian twist. Manoir Laurette is an elegant 200-year old stone manor house filled with curios, artwork and furniture collected from around the world– an artist's work bench is now the dining room table, a striking fireplace is watched over by stag's head, an Andalucian flamenco dress hangs on a wall.
In other lives the building has been a coach house, winery and a restaurant, now it's a fabulous get-away-from-it-all for groups and families in search of some serious relaxation. Four bedrooms share one large, pleasant bathroom, the fifth bedroom has access to a shower room. A huge high-ceilinged living room flows into a basic yet attractive kitchen and then round into a pretty dining room. The house is perfect also for yoga, writing or painting courses. Outside there's a large garden with fruit trees, a cypress avenue, lily pond (frog concerti!) and salt pool.
Manoir Laurette is slap bang in the middle of wine-tasting country, the steepled church in Lorette is a two-minute walk and for trips out sup champagne and oysters in Arcachon or hang out in chic Bordeaux.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||ARCACHON 120 km|
|Nearest Amenities||10 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: BORDEAUX OR BERGERAC 50 km, Nearest railway: MARMANDE 10 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
The Aquitaine/Dordogne region
The Aquitaine/Dordogne region is perfect for exploring the best of what France has to offer! Chic cities, wine tasting, beaches and medievil towns are abundant.
The cultural cities of Bordeaux and Bergerac are both within 1hr drive. The architecture and ambience of Bordeaux is unmissiable. Stroll through elegant streets, visit the stunning Opera house and dine in style at one of the cities many gastronomic restaurants. Historic Bergerac offers relaxed shopping and sight seeing with a leisurely meal on the river or near the square.
The medieveil towns of St Emilion and Sauveterre are a short vine filled drive away for lots of wine tasting and elegant gift shopping. A must for wine lovers and only 45min drive. The stunning medievil town of Montpazier is also close by. There are numerous picturesque towns en route to both of these places worth exploring.
The whole area is rich in vineyards and sunflower fields..ideally set up for cycling and walking. Archchon, Cap ferret and La Rochelle are the nearest coast towns and offer many sport activities and the chance to sample some of France's finest sea food.
The nearest Village to Manoir Laurette with full amenities is Monsegur, which is a 10minute drive away, here you will find a bank, weekly market, restaurants and an excellent chocolate shop! La Reole and Duras are 15minutes away and also have lots of amenities and are nice to explore. Duras has a stunning chateaux.
La Reole and Marmande both offer Le Clerc/Intermarche supermarkets for large food shopping and also shops/restaurants/bars etc. Also local markets on certain days of the week, the best of which is St Foy De Grande, 45minutes away for home grown produce and meat etc. Monsegur and Duras both have excellent night markets in the summer months for taking in the true essence of the South of France.
The Manoir is located within 20/30min drive from two lakes that it's possible to swim in, both have a nice sandy beach.
The nearest coast town is Archahon,which is 1.15hrs from the Manoir, west of Bordeaux. It has the largest sand dune in Europe and the town itself is a charming unspoilt tourist spot, with excellent restaurants and cafes and shops. Long clean beaches. Very French with few overseas tourists - a real gem!
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4 Aug 2014
"The best holiday house we have ever stayed in"
We have just come back from the most wonderful week at Manoir Laurette. The house is beautiful. It is creatively designed and decorated to a very high standard throughout. It is extremely comfortable … More
19 Aug 2013
"Idyllic! The perfect location for rest and relaxation."
Stunning house, grounds and gentle rolling countryside made this a perfect location for a truly relaxing time. 11 adults ranging from 20 to 80 years travelled and ample space for all. Superb bedrooms … More
9 Aug 2013
"Wonderful relaxing "away from it all" holiday home - ideal for families"
We (4 adults and 6 children ranging in age from 4 to 13) stayed at Manoir Laurette in July 2013. The weather during our stay was hot so we made great use of the newly installed salt water pool, beaut… More
9 Mar 2013
"A much needed retreat."
I have stayed twice at Manoir Laurette with a group of friends, once at the height of summer and once during the Christmas period, On both occasions the Manoir proved the perfect locale for a relaxing and inspirational getaway. At once a cosy French farmhouse and yet something more grandois.
In the balmy southern summer sunbathing and pool dips by day, by evening candelit starlight garden dinner parties.
In the winter waking to a foggy dawn without, a still and cosy old house within. My favourite spot was laying in front of one of the log fires.
We took trips to Monsegur for the weekly night market, where you can find a genuine experience in rural french culture, complete with local delicacies, wine and music.
Also a short journey to Saint-Émilion a stunning wine town, in fact probably the most beautiful French town I have visited.
And of course not far from Bordeaux, should you crave a slice of the cosmopolitain or the coast.
The house is littered with books of all kinds and there are also bikes, a guitar and even a HD projector and DVD player, providing the creature comforts when necessary.
I may be coming accross as somewhat enamoured of the place, that is simply because I am. I went to France to find something and in Manoir Laurette I found it; escape, peace, fun and inspiration.
4 Mar 2013
"Artistic house and beautiful surroundings that truly inspired me"
I rented the house with my partner and my mother in November for a long weekend. We took the train down from London to Marmande station- lovely trip- and settled in straight away.
Some highlights include:
-The house - absolutely stunning. So artistic and eclectic, but also luxurious with the finest bed linen and really comfy beds
- Mushroom picking in Laurette's beautiful gardens
- Cycle rides in the beautiful (and thankfully quite flat) local countryside
- Lunch in medieval St Emilion followed by wine sampling in the many wine shops..oops and I bought a persian rug
- Walking through the typical French market of La Reole speaking to local producers of goats cheese and donkey milk soap
- Lora- so sweet and helpful. She gave us loads of advice about what to do, where to go and made fabulous organic breakfasts for us
I would definitely recommend Manoir Laurette for a couple or family. I felt so relaxed after a long weekend there and it brought out my artistic side - I felt really inspired and positive after my trip.
27 Feb 2013
"Manoir Laurette is a wonderful country house filled with romance..."
I recently spent an amazing week at Manoir Laurette - owned by Lora Munro - with a few friends..... The whole environment is filled with romance. With extensive mature gardens to roam in and a spacious interior with carefully chosen tasteful furniture this creates the perfect atmosphere in which to relax. Lora's passion for books, the arts, international cooking and life in general is thoroughly in evidence throughout the property. There is real 'heart' in Manoir Laurette.
Manoir Laurette is perfectly placed for wonderful excursions to visit all the many vineyards in the local area. It is surrounded by them! We did a fabulous day trip to St Emilion and to Duras, both brilliant places to visit and enjoy all the splendid architecture and local restaurants. Also we did a cycle ride to Monsegur and greatly enjoyed 'market day', and made several other spontaneous cycle trips locally. But in many ways the best day for me was a quick drive into Bordeaux where we lapped up the amazing cosmopolitan atmosphere of this impressive city.....only an hour away by car. The highlight here for me was the baroque exhibition of costumes and opera sets and designs from recent productions at the Bordeaux Opera - one of France's most famous opera houses - truly stunning in every way, and brilliantly and evocably presented.
I would unhesitatingly recommend Manoir Laurette as a perfect place to stay, set in glorious countryside, but within very easy reach of so many beauty spots - and of course with 2 airports only 50 minutes drive away, and that amazing city of Bordeaux. It was perfect for my holiday retreat away from all the stresses of working life in the UK.
When I returned home after my stay I felt totally relaxed. Thank you Lora for creating an amazing holiday experience in your beautiful house!
William Pool - August 2012
23 Feb 2013
"Exquisite bohemian wonderland"
This is a cool place. I've visited a few times over last year, always at different seasons which has reallty interesting to see how the vibe changes. The last time it was December so it was all about log fires, guitars and crisp winter walks. We explored Bordeaux which was magical with the Christmas markets and took a day trip to nearby villages with cobbled streets and tiny shops. The grounds are spectacular and I imagine it would be so tranquil sunbathing in the gardens as it's such a peaceful place. Bedrooms have antique furniture and there are art/ culture books all over the house which I found very inspiring. I'd say you definately need a car but that's not really unusual for this part of France.
21 Feb 2013
"Manoir Laurette offered me a countryside heaven so relaxing I am hoping to return yearly, even only for weekend."
I rented Manoir Laurette for two months in the fall of 2012, staying solo, with my friend, and with my partner. I cannot recommend this place enough. Upon arriving I felt immediately at home but also awed at the tasteful bohemian and modern style, words that seem antagonistic to a french country manor! But boy, does Lora make it work! When she is there, she is such a joy to be around, cutting lavender and flowers here and there for the guests, providing scrumptious (and stunningly presented!) breakfasts, telling stories of her dancing and her adventures over tea. I lounged around in the garden near the flower beds reading poetry or listening to the music played by my friends, I came inside for an afternoon tea, in the evenings we all cooked together, and at night after my bath I fell asleep in love to the sound of the wind, the stars, and the small pond frogs, only to wake up to soft sunlight, big white french windows, and birds chirping. From the second floor is a gorgeous view of the sunset. The garden reminds me a little bit of Versaille, but obviously much more contained! I spent weekends in Bordeaux or on the beach at Arcachon, I made friends with the locals in Monsegur and La Reole over coffee in the cafes, or the weekly market trips, and I explored the vineyards and the miraculous Eglise in the surrounding hamlet. Would have loved to play tennis, but did not yet have my equipment. Renting a car will help you get the most out of this trip, and perhaps bring a computer to watch some of the great selection of movies Lora has, but it is no short of possibilities even if you decide to stay more secluded and offline. The perfect place to paint, or write a novel. Thank you Lora!
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