Manor House | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 12
Manoir Les Gaillardoux, a Manoir for all seasons with year round comfort, offers you the opportunity to celebrate Christmas and New Year with your family and friends in a cosy environment in the heart of rural SW France, an area of gastronomic delights, at the height of the Black Truffle season. Enjoy Christmas and New Year in style at the Manoir for 15 nights from 21st December to 4 January, for the special rental price of €9,000.
2013 - Did you know...
British author, Oscar Reynard, used Manoir Les Gaillardoux as a retreat to finish his book “A Clean Pair of Hands” - published this year! “A gripping family saga set mainly in France and loaded with several parallel plots, thrills and intrigues, A Clean Pair of Hands encapsulates topical revelations about how France is dealing with social change and its inheritance of political corruption.” Find out more on www.OscarReynard.com
Imagine a stone-built 17th/18th Century Manoir with tall windows, tiled floors, large fireplaces and wooden beams, set in its own secluded and private 1.25 hectares of park and orchard in sunny rural SW France: Welcome to Manoir Les Gaillardoux in the heart of the Quercy Blanc! Come and enjoy its salt water heated swimming pool, the comfort of its 6 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, the cool space of its 3 lounges and the charm of dining under the stars on its spacious elevated terrace...
Can you already feel the warm breeze under the trees, the singing of the birds and the buzzing of the bees in the lavender? Time for a cool drink? The American fridge-freezer will dispense cool water or ice cubes just when you want them. Fancy an easy grill? The large Australian BBQ awaits you on the terrace. Don the big apron and show your mastery! The local butcher and the farms around supply excellent meat and poultry, the street markets abound with fresh produce and local delicacies. After all, you are in a gastronomic heaven and the kingdom of Malbec wines!
Or, if you prefer, we can arrange for a cook or a Chef to come and bring the local gastronomy to your table... A festive end to a happy day... Even if our generously equipped kitchen is of gourmet cook standard, you are on holiday!
Don't worry about the washing up: there is a double dishwasher in the kitchen and we can also provide housekeeping help. Just come and relax!
Coming early in the season and dreaming of a log fire? Just look at our spacious dining room and the log piles outside the door: nothing easier than creating a cosy atmosphere, with candles on the long walnut refectory-style table and matching sideboard, and dimmed lights under the beams. A little music from the Bose music centre too, perhaps? Create your favourite ambiance...
And when dinner is over, how about a game of billiards? Or a stroll in the park listening to the nightingales?
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 6 bedrooms|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Toulouse 95 km, Nearest railway: Cahors 16 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Private outdoor pool (heated), Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (heated)|
|General||Central heating, CD player, Telephone, Fax machine, Pool or snooker table, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms of which 6 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (6), Cots (1), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 12|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (heated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors||
Equipped to welcome up to 12 guests in style and comfort...
Manoir Les Gaillardoux is centrally heated and warm in winter, cool in summer and comfortable in all seasons. It offers space and privacy: the Master bedroom suite has a large bedroom with double bed, boudoir, dressing room and en-suite bathroom with double washbasin, large shower, Jacuzzi and separate WC. A further five bedrooms each with en-suite shower room (WC, double washbasin, shower) with plenty of storage space for personal toiletry. Hair-dryer in each bedroom suite, ample towels and the beds are made as double or twins to suit your needs, of course.
The two living rooms, the Grand salon (drawing room) and the Petit salon, are spacious and bright, and there is comfortable seating for at least twelve guests in the drawing room – an ideal atmosphere for a cosy winter get-together or a smaller intimate party. And, let's not forget the billiard room, also with a second TV and DVD player.
The Manoir offers entertainment for all the family: LCD wide screen satellite TV with DVD player, quality music centre, billiard room with further TV and DVD, and wireless broadband internet access.
|Further details outdoors||
Remember: Manoir Les Gaillardoux sits in its own 1.25 hectares (3 acres) of park and orchard, offering space and privacy, and areas of shade and sunshine for play or relaxation.
There are “boules” to play “petanque” in the court yard and our large, partly-walled salt water heated swimming pool faces south and can be enjoyed from late spring to October. Suitable for children, with steps and a gentle slope leading to diving depth, the pool has a sound ringing security alarm but is not fenced. 12 loungers with cushions and some sunshades for your comfort are arranged on a stone paved terrace around the pool.
If you like the charm of stone buildings, then you will also love our large coach house, barn and round 'pigeonnier' – all fine examples of the local architecture.
On your arrival ...
Enjoy the experience of arriving at a welcoming, sparkling clean Manoir, feel at home and start your holiday straight away with a cool drink while you peruse our Welcome Book, full of ideas and information to help you make the most of your precious holiday.
Our weekly fee includes thorough cleaning of the interior of the Manoir before your arrival, weekly cleaning for multiple week rentals, supply and change of bedding and a generous weekly supply of bath and pool towels. Also laundry washing products and other everyday necessities… More services available by prior arrangement, including airport collection. Please ask for details and quote.
Rental payable in 2 instalments, by bank transfers to owners' euro account:
On reservation, to secure booking: 50% of total rental fee for period + 50% of refundable deposit
6 weeks prior to arrival: balance of rental fee + balance of refundable deposit.
* We regret that pets are not allowed.
The Midi-Pyrenees region
Discover Midi-Pyrenees and particularly the Lot region ...
The scenic Causses du Quercy Blanc are an elevated limestone plateau with extended views over a rolling hilly and wooded landscape. The area enjoys a sunny, dry climate with mild spring and autumn weather yet relief from extreme summer heat, making it possible to live outdoors for a large part of the year.
The Quercy region is sparsely populated and is well-known for its picturesque medieval villages, many of which have shops, cafés, restaurants and traditional street markets. You will find much to delight you in the local delicacies, such as the rare black truffle and the goose and duck “foies gras” which can be enjoyed at a number of restaurants for all occasions within easy reach of the Manoir. The Lot is also well known for the “black wines” of Cahors. Most of the local chateaux and vineyards welcome visitors for guided tours and wine tasting.
We can help you organise a Gastronomic Discovery Programme to suit your taste.
The area around Manoir Les Gaillardoux is a lively centre of cultural and sports activities based around its rivers, pre-historic caves, gastronomy, vineyards, villages and history.
It boasts a rich architectural heritage and a wide range of cultural activities: spectacular cliff-top fortresses and historical remains; at Cahors, Pont Valentré, the magnificent medieval bridge, and the 11thC cathedral; the stunning 15thC Chateau de Cieurac near Lalbenque, and the medieval village of Saint-Cirq-Lapopie to name but a few, all of which are less than a half hour drive from the Manoir. The limestone geology throughout Périgord and Quercy has resulted in series of caves with stunning pre-historical cave paintings which are open to the public.
With spectacular sculptured rocky landscapes, the wide river valley of the Lot and smaller rivers like the shallow Célé attract water sports lovers for boat hire, fishing, canoeing, swimming and picnicking. The area also provides opportunities for cycling, walking, caving and golf, as well as adrenaline-raising activities such as Go-karting, sightseeing flights, parachuting and gliding at the nearby Aerodrome of Lalbenque.