LE MANOIR - THE PROPERTY
Le Manoir is a beautifully renovated, 17th century village manor house providing approximately 400 sq m of living accommodation in a walled, hedged and fenced garden of approximately 2,000 sq m. With 5 bedrooms (providing 4 king beds and 2 singles) and 4 bathrooms (2 en suite), Le Manoir can comfortably accommodate 10 to 12 guests. Principle rooms within the house include Kitchen, dining room, wine cellar, 3 separate family / sitting rooms, games room; 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, two of which are en suite. Outside, Le Manoir provides a lawned garden, 2 large sun terraces and swimming pool.
The property has been sympathetically renovated throughout, ensuring that the very best of the many period features of the house have been retained, while also benefiting from the inclusion of modern and stylish fixtures and fittings throughout.
Le Manoir is located in the small hamlet of Le Bourg, situated between the historic towns of Figeac and Rocamadour within the National Park known as the 'Causses Du Quercy' in south, central France. The “Causses” is an upland limestone plateau and area of outstanding natural beauty situated between the scenically stunning Dordogne and Lot river valleys and bordered by the historic towns of Cahors, Figeac, Brive-La-Gaillarde and Sarlat. Conveniently located on the border between the French administrative “departments” of the Dordogne and Lot, Le Manoir provides a unique, luxurious and convenient vacation base from which to explore and enjoy all that this wonderful region of France has to offer.
SEE AND DO
The extent of things to see and do during your holiday at Le Manoir is as diverse as the landscape itself. An ideal location to explore the Dordogne and Lot River Valleys; The Countryside of the Causses Du Quercy; Historic Castles & Chateaux; the Medieval towns of Rocamadour: Sarlat; Cahors and Figeac; The Cahors Vineyards; Enchanting Villages such as Martel, St-Cere-Lapopie and Autoire; The Caves of the Gouffre De Padirac and Lacave; Markets, Fetes and Festivals; World Leading Prehistoric Sites including the Cave Paintings of Lascaux and Le Pech Merle; Sport and Recreation activities including Kayaking, Canoeing, Rock Climbing, Paragliding, Cycling, Hot Air Ballooning, Golf, Horse Riding, Swimming Pools, Aqua Parks; Zoos and Animal Parks.
Whatever your interest, be it food; wine; history and culture; music and the arts; nature; sports & recreation - or simply just chilling-out, relaxing and taking it very easy – then Le Manoir and its surrounding area has something especially for you. Here are just a few of the many and varied activities that await you, your friends and family during your holiday at Le Manoir.
The culinary home of foie gras and truffles and a region renowned for the freshness and quality of its meat, fish, cheese, fruit and vegetables, you can rest assured that a holiday at Le Manoir will satisfy the wants of every budding gastronome. Whether it’s enjoying fine-dining or wholesome country fare in one of the area’s excellent restaurants; exploring the region’s produce at the many farmers markets; or taking cooking lessons under the instruction of a experienced local chef and putting your newly honed skills to the test for friends and family in Le Manoir’s wonderful kitchen – all are possible during your holiday at Le Manoir.
With vineyards nestled either side of the delightfully meandering River Lot, immediately to the west of the historic city that gives these unique wines their name, Cahors is one of the eldest regions of wine production in the whole of France. The true birthplace of the Malbec grape, and the benchmark wine against which the South American and other New World wines of the same grape varietal are judged, the vineyards of Cahors have been producing their uniquely deep, dark, rich and powerful red wine since before the Romans invaded Gaulle. Whether it’s a bespoke visit to specific wine producers, a casual tasting tour of the Cahors vineyards or a desire to learn more about the general process of viticulture in the region, all can be arranged during your stay at Le Manoir.
Sites of Historic Interest
It’s of little surprise that a region, once occupied by the Romans, so determinedly fought over by the French and English during the Middle Ages, and more recently the focus for resistance to fascist tyranny during the Second World War, now offers the visitor such an array of fascinating historic sites, buildings, villages and towns to explore and enjoy. From the fairy tale castles of Baynac, Castelnaud and Montfort rising high above the cliffs of the Dordogne river; the picture post-card villages of Martel, St-Cirq-Lapopie and Autoire; the medieval towns of Sarlat, Figeac and Cahors; to the pilgrim site and village of Rocamadour perched precariously 1,500 ft above the Alzou River gorge – the historic sites of the region offer something of interest to everyone.
The Subterranean World
The prevalence of limestone rock throughout the region has supported the creation over millions of years of a fascinating subterranean world ready to be explored.The cave systems of the Gouffre De Padirac and Lacave are both located within close proximity of Le Manoir and offer two of the most extensive cave systems open to the public in Western Europe. Both systems offer the visitor a fabulous opportunity to explore on foot and by boat the immense caverns, stalactites, stalagmites and other rock formations that have made these systems famous.
Sites of Pre-historic Interest
Discoveries made over the course of the past century or so have confirmed that the valleys of the Dordogne and Lot have been inhabited by man and its Neanderthal ancestors for thousands of years. The intricate cave paintings of Lascaux and The Pech Merle offer the visitor a fascinating insight into the importance of this region in man's evolution.
Access to the property and region by road, air and rail is very straightforward. By road, Le Bourg is located approximately 20km to the east of junctions 55, 56 and 57 of the A20 auto-route, all of which are situated between the cities of Brive-La-Gaillarde (to the north) and Cahors (to the south). The A20 provides rapid connection via the motorway network to Paris and the ferry ports of the English Channel and Brittany to the north and north-west, and to Toulouse and the Spanish ferry ports of Bilbao and Santander to the south and south-west.
The region is also very well served by air with the four closest airports to Le Manoir being Brive-Le-Gaillarde; Rodez; Bergerac and Toulouse. Brive and Rodez, the closest, are located within 60 miutes drive time from the house. All four airports are served from the UK by either Easyjet and / or Ryan Air. Toulouse, the region's largest airport provides connection to international destinations.