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Paradise in 98 acres, with private pool - perfect! Gite

  • 5 bedrooms
  • 10 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Paradise in 98 acres, with private pool - perfect!

Excellent 4.5/5 Excellent – based on 26 reviews

  • Gite
  • 5 bedrooms
  • 10 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Description from owner

Description

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

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 Isle of Wight artist Murray Ince is hosting the Painting and Drawing holiday 8th-15th October (£700 per painter and £450 for non-participant). Prices include accommodation, meals and trips out. Please contact us for more information, or see our website (Le Manoir de Gurson).

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.

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.

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.

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.

Further details indoors

All bedrooms offer wonderful views, are en-suite, one with a separate large bathroom, and one on the ground floor;

Good selection of DVDs, books and board games;

Wi-fi internet access; Table tennis in the garden.

Telephone available for free 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.

Location description from owner

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 cannot 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. 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. An experience not to be missed.

Lac du Gurson (3 minutes) - a very large open-air swimming lake, sandy beach, fountain, adventure playground and free pedaloes, 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 (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 24th July 2016; a treat not to be missed.

Montpon-Ménestérol (15 minutes): canoe/kayak centre, 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, excellent for Young children, with water slides and fountains. There's a mini-golf, and a bowling alley there, too.

Bergerac - a lovely old town, always well worth a visit. Find the statues 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 is 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 in the area.

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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Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Car advised
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden

Families

  • Great for children of all ages
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Cot available
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: King Bed
    Bedroom 2: King Bed
    Bedroom 3: King Bed
    Bedroom 4: 2 Single Beds
    Bedroom 5: King Bed
  • 1 Family bathroom, 4 En suites, 1 Toilet Only

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Private outdoor pool (unheated)
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Private fishing lake or river
  • Bicycles available
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Staffed property
  • Table tennis
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Telephone
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Access

  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Policies

Check in time:16:00, Check out time:10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
Payment
This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
Smoking
Yes, smoking allowed
Cancellation policy
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About the owner

Charmaine B
Response rate:
100%
Calendar updated:
18 Aug 2016
Years listed:
5
Based in:
United Kingdom

Languages spoken: English, French


This Gite has 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms and sleeps 10. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 11 Dec 2007. Located in Dordogne, it has 26 reviews with an overall rating of 4.5. The average weekly rate varies from £863 to £3156.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 18 Aug 2016.

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

Reviewed 29 Sep 2015

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.

“Rural tranquility”

Reviewed 12 Aug 2015

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.

“Fantastic family holiday in Rural France”

Reviewed 20 Jul 2015

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.

“Comfortable and well appointed House with friendly and helpful owner”

Reviewed 29 Jun 2015

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.

“Séjour très agréable au Manoir de Gurson en Dordogne”

Reviewed 14 Jun 2015

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

“All the majesty”

Reviewed 19 Apr 2014

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!

“Therapy for Your Mind”

Reviewed 26 Oct 2013

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.

“Traditional French manor house with a warm, family welcome”

Reviewed 2 Sep 2013

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!

“French Watered Retreat Of Beauty & Peace”

Reviewed 30 Jul 2013

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 :-)

“A wonderful week with some lovely people”

Reviewed 9 Jun 2013

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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