Paradise - with private pool
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Gite | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
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 2014, we have 2 art holidays led by Murray Ince (one week already full-booked), a writing retreat led by Ros Barber, a yoga holiday with Lucy Pireel, and a Nordic Walking holiday with Nikkii Barnett. Prices start at only £500 per person, which includes 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. New for 2013: free Dordogne Golf Pass, 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)|
|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||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|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||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Swing set, Private fishing lake or river|
|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;
Wi-fi internet access;
Table tennis in the garden.
Telephone available for landline calls to Europe, USA, Australia and more.
We can give you lots of information on trips out, including guided tours of St Emilion, bike rides, bike hire, hot-air ballooning, boat trips, canoeing or kayaking, karting, paintballing, and a host of other activities.
|Further details outdoors|
Le Manoir is totally secluded;
Private pool has a jacuzzi feature and can be illuminated at night;.
8 single sun loungers, one double;
Tables and chairs for outdoor dining;
Table tennis and outdoor toys in the garden;
Plenty of parking spaces;
Free fishing in the lakes;
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!
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.
Pool/beach towels (2€ each per week);
Cot and toddler bed available for 20€ supplement each;
Extra departure cleaning if necessary: 80€;
Central heating/wood: payable per consumption.
Optional extras: Wine tasting at Le Manoir, catering, babysitting/child-minding and maid service.
The Aquitaine/Dordogne 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 de Lonchat
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.
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.
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, cycling, bird-watching, botany, star gazing (spot the shooting stars and satellites), photography, painting, reading and lazing by the pool - all at Le Manoir.
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14 Aug 2014
"a lovely peaceful place"
We stayed here with our family for a week. Charmaine and Michael were excellent hosts, very attentive to our needs and giving good local advice on where to visit. The house itself is great, with a fan… More
19 Apr 2014
"All the majesty"
Charmaine was a very polite and pleasant host. She really knows how to welcome you, make you feel at home and then give you your space. It was a very pleasant experience for us. The rooms were stunning. They had everything you needed including a lot of space and private bathrooms. The location was pretty much far from everything but close enough. That was part of it's charm. All the majesty of the scenery out back was breathtaking. Almost too much to take in during one sitting. We would love to go back tomorrow if we could!
26 Oct 2013
"Therapy for Your Mind"
I went to visit Manoir with my mom and friends and we had a great stay. The nature around is beautiful and it is a great place to rest. The rooms were nice and clean. There is also a nice view of the lake behind the Manoir and an old ruin, which adds to the peaceful atmosphere. There are plenty of activities to do and it is a good strategic place if you want to visit Bordeaux or Bergerac. So even though it might not be the best place for nightlife and parties, it is definitely the best for getting your head out of the busyness of your city life.
2 Sep 2013
"Traditional French manor house with a warm, family welcome"
We were very much looking forward to our 2 week break at Le Manoir de Gurson having booked online back in October 2012. All communication from Charmaine was conducted in a timely and professional manner and this gave us great hope that we would have a fantastic family holiday - and we did. The house is not your modern, chic box but more in line with a typical French manor house and is all the better for this.
We were welcomed by Charmaine who immediately made us feel at home and had arranged for several grocery items to be collected for us before we arrived so that we didn't need to move from the house for a couple of days.
The welcome barbeque on the first night was just brilliant, with Tim cooking pork steaks (sorry to have the biggest one Tim - I know you had your eye on it!), chicken and mergazze along with a big salad and more that enough red wine (hic) - a really brilliant welcome and very appreciated given the long drive we had just completed.
All the rooms have very high ceiling making them an ideal escape from the midday sun and they are all tastefully furnished and fully equipped. There are a couple of areas around the house that were beginning to show their age a little (down stairs toilet in particular) however, that said the house was clean and tidy upon our arrival and Charmaine and Timothy did a mid stay clean half way through our holiday.
The kitchen is big enough and well equipped for a large family but be careful of the decorative bar that runs along the edge of the work surface - a couple of us caught our fingers in it while opening and closing the draws - ouch!
The house is ideally located with just a 5 minute car journey in to Villefranche de Lonchat (small village with boulangerie, village stores (super expensive), a small bar and restaurant) and a fantastic night market (Friday nights) with wonderful food where all the village come out and eat, dance and drink! The nearest town is Montpon (10 minutes further on) and this is where you will find a large selection of shops and a fuel station (Intermarche). There is a Lidl there too which is even cheaper than the Intermarche - and their 2008 Rioja is a steal at 3Euro (I know...I know...when in Bordeaux and all that - but I couldn't resist!!).
All throughout our stay, we were given this advise from Charmaine who really couldn't have done more to be a fantastic host and who had the canny knack of knowing when to be around and when to make herself scarce.
The facilities of the house were excellent, the pool was superb, the patio just perfect for a quiet cuppa first thing in the morning, breakfast with the family, sunbathing in 30 degree heat, long relaxed lunches under the parasols and all rounded off with a family meal whilst the sun sets. Perfect.
In conclusion, a wonderful house offered by wonderful hosts in an amazing location with superb facilities. All this means you will be guaranteed a relaxing, memorable holiday and you really will want to go back again (I know we will!).
Thanks Charmaine - see you again soon!
4 Aug 2013
"Fantastic large self-catering family property"
We booked the Manoir de Gurson for a group comprised of 7 adults and 2 children (aged 6 and 8) for a one week self catering holiday, Both the property and hospitality of the owner were exceptional an… More
30 Jul 2013
"French Watered Retreat Of Beauty & Peace"
We visited with a two family group of 9 in July 2013. We were looking for a large house with a pool with fishing and in a central location hence why we chose Le Manoir. Charmaine was a more than accommodating host when we arrived very late the first day and was very quick to rectify any concerns or help with requests. The house and grounds are perfect and set in a beautiful part of France. It has a couple of lakes in the grounds which would suit amateur fishers and an amazing pool setting looking over the lakes. My kids were happy it had WiFi and also British TV. The rooms were large and in good order but there is no air conditioning or fans and it was a really hot few weeks. We have travelled widely as a family and normally visit Spain as we love it so we thought we would give the kids a different perspective to try.
For me personally I generally found the French a little lacking when it came to customer service & courtesy particularly in tourism sites, compounding the general opinion, even walking out of the local Aqua Park in Bergerac as the woman actually huffed and walked off because we couldn't understand her.
We found that they speak or pretend to speak very little English however every other song on the radio was in English & they wore clothes with union jacks & stars & stripes on. There was a reluctance to help even if you attempted to speak French, but found out if I said the word in a French animated form and added 'ie' on the end to great amusement they actually understood me, not kidding try it!
I got the feeling they have no time for tourism so you have to enjoy it on our own terms as we did very much. St Emillion is a magical beautiful day out, the wine vineyards are amazing, Bergerac is beautiful, Bordeaux in very good for retail therapy, the local Lac De Gurson was just being finished but we did enjoy it with free Kayaking too. There is also another great local lake, kayaking on the Dordogne etc. The French like to gather in squares, talk & eat from stalls and play live music which is fun and the food is great.
Other than that the shop opening times are very random and they go to bed early so be sure to seek a booking or be careful about just turning up after 8pm at a restaurant. They don't do lively bars & nightlife here but the local in Villefranche is great and the Spainish owner is friendly with a great vinyl collection. You will also not have a bad coffee in France, for that I applaud them as a coffee addict!
The bakery's are great but dangerous for your waist line. The Pan Au Chocolate are delicious compared to the one's we buy from home. If you order a steak well done by the way it will still come back with blood, I see the French like to eat meat a lot and not that well cooked %-# This could explain a lot :-)
9 Jun 2013
"A wonderful week with some lovely people"
Painting, fishing, visiting places of interest, including nearby towns and vinyards were all facilitated by our hosts who put themselves to a great deal of trouble to ensure we had a wonderful holiday. The outstanding grounds hosted nightingales and orchids, coypu and some splendid coarse fishing.
The accommodation was of a very high standard and eating 'en famile' with other guests and our hosts was a delightful way to round off each day.
A great place to be for an active holiday break or just to lounge around!
17 Dec 2012
"Beatiful views with a 10 minute walk to the beach on the lake! Perfect!"
We had a great family holiday, the location is great, vineyards, lake with a beach and pony rides, we had a great time! Thanks again to our faboulous hosts!
13 Nov 2012
"Great house with friendly and helpful owners"
We spent a week at the Manoir with our two sons and friends. A very attractive house in the old French style, well furnished and appointed and set in the midst of beautiful countryside. We made … More
12 Aug 2012
"Warm and idyllic country setting."
5 Adults and 5 children stayed comfortably in the spacious Manoir.
We were warmly welcomed and nothing was too much trouble. We would highly recommend the welcome BBQ.
The standard of all the rooms was very high, beds were comfortable and the kitchen spacious and well fitted out.
We were provided with excellent local knowledge of markets, places to see and things to do. The owners were happy to assist with any bookings or information.
The kids had plenty to do with a lovely pool, table tennis and other games provided.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would like to visit again sometime.
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