Villefranche-de-Lonchat holiday gite rental with private pool, beach/lake nearby and balcony/terrace and walking

Paradise in 98 acres, with private pool - perfect!

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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

Charming 4* traditional French manoir nestling in 98 acres.

Sunny terrace, private swimming pool, garden, secluded grounds overlooking the hidden valley, fishing lakes, fields and woods.

Five bedrooms, all en-suite

Fully-equipped kitchen.

Perfectly private.

Staff available if required.

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 have 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 2016, we have art holidays led by Murray Ince 16th-23rd April, 14th - 21st May, 2nd - 9th July, £700 per painter and £500 for non-painting partner), and an Art Appreciation holiday 8th-15th October) at £800 per painter and £550 for 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, 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, and canoeing/kayaking are all nearby.

New for 2016: horse riding on site.

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
Rooms 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 4 En suites
Check in time: 16:00
Check out time: 10:00
Nearest beach Lac de Gurson (swimming lake with beach) 2 km
Will consider Corporate bookings
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
Notes Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, Yes, smoking allowed

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player, Staffed property
Pool Private outdoor pool (unheated)
General Central heating, TV, Telephone, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Furniture Single beds (2), 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, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Not suitable for wheelchair users
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. Tennis courts nearby.

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

Further details

Ideal for families, friends, weddings and special occasions.Included in price:Free welcome pack for all bookings (bread, butter, confiture, tea, coffee, milk, sugar, and wine);Free welcome barbecue or meal for 2 or 3 week reservations;Bed linen, bath towels;High chair, cot and toddler bed if required;Departure cleaning, if left in clean and tidy state.Not included:Pool/beach towels (2€ each per week);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, Indian Head massage, Massage.

The 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.


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.

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29 Sep 2015


"A great place for my first visit to the Dordogne area."

Friendly service from arrival to departure - nothing was too much trouble. Good sized well furnished bedroom with plenty of drawer and hanging space, a comfortable bed and the quiet location guaranteed a good night's sleep. Good sized shower with plenty of really hot water. Nothing negative to say about the property.

12 Aug 2015


"Rural tranquility"

Set in pretty Dordogne countryside you can really get away from the crowds at this property whilst remaining within striking distance of lots to see and do. Excellent welcome from the owners who are on hand to help in any way.

20 Jul 2015


"Fantastic family holiday in Rural France"

To say this exceeded our expectations would be an understatement. We were really looking forward to a different holiday in the countryside enjoying the sights and sounds of wildlife (all are here) but the fun and excitement the children (3 boys and 2 girls) got from the equestrian centre was exceptional. Our two girls rediscovered their love of and confidence in horses (back cantering and jumping within a week). The view from the swimming pool is great with no end of eagles and falcons to track in the sky the peace interrupted by the splash from the lake when one of the carp jumps to catch a hovering fly! A great place to start the day with breakfast and finish with a BBQ or just snacking on wine and cheese late into the evening while chatting. Bikes and fishing rods are all provided and we were disappointed that we did not do more of both activities (ample excuse to come back). Other highlights were the trips to St Emilion for lunch and wine tasting. Further wine tasting at Chateau La Plante is a must. We also used the house as a base to explore the Dordogne and Vezere valleys and Sarlat is a great town. In short our stay at Manoir de Gurson was really special and the children want us to go back soon.

29 Jun 2015


"Comfortable and well appointed House with friendly and helpful owner"

The House is large and comfortable - all 6 bedrooms are en suite - and cool when the going is hot. The kitchen is well supplied with high quality cooking utensils, crockery, glasses, cutlery and excellent kitchen equipment, My only comment is that there should perhaps be a washing machine solely for guests as the shared machine is not always free. All the rooms are well furnished and the sitting room is very comfortable with its leather sofas,as is the dining room, though we did not use it. There is a large television, many DVDs, games and books. Outside there is enormous space for exploring the grounds, round the lakes and woods, visiting the horses, or lazing on the terrace, which, though not large, has pleasant areas, with ,for sitting and eating in sun or shade. The pool is smallish but very welcome, though small children using it would need to be monitored carefully. The House is in very attractive countryside with lots of vineyards, of course, but with easy access to the small town of Villefranche (excellent restaurant) or the larger Castillon, which has an very good market.on Mondays. Bergerac is overrated but just worth a visit, and Bordeaux, which is glorious, is easily managed in a day. (use the train and avoid Bordeaux traffic. We caught the train from Castillon). The owner and her associates do not intrude but are immensely warm, helpful and friendly when approached - we greatly enjoyed getting to know them and ended the holiday with a contest at Petanque, which they won. The BBQ prepared for guests on the first night, very thoughtful after long journeys, to enable us to meet Charmaine and her family and helpers, was quite superb and made us feel very welcome. One small caveat. The House has good wi fi but reception on mobile phones can be patchy. I would wholeheartedy recommend this House and area.

14 Jun 2015


"Séjour très agréable au Manoir de Gurson en Dordogne"

Séjour très agréable dans ce Manoir très spacieux, particulièrement calme et situé en pleine nature. Nous avons apprécié la qualité de la literie et le confort des chambres, comportant chacune douche et WC. Nous avons aussi passé quelques soirées agréables au coin du feu, dans un décor chaleureux Les propriétaires ont été particulièrement accueillants, et absolument charmants tout au long du séjour

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!

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!

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