Peyzac le Moustier Chateau / Country House Rental Photos and Description
Self-catering house with private pool & 4 self-contained gites with shared pool
A superb 19c manor house with private pool set in a private garden & 4 gites with shared pool, most have wonderful views of La Roque St Christophe. The house accommodates 12 people in 6 bedrooms with 6 en-suite bathrooms. The 4 gites, totally separate from the main house, have all been renovated and furnished to the same level of comfort as the house and share a second swimming pool. The largest, The Tobacco Barn, sleeps 5/6 guests in 3 en-suite bedrooms. The 3 other spacious gites - the Hay Barn, Walnut Store and La Roque Terrace - are each designed for 2 people. Each unit is fully self-contained, with kitchen, lounge, bedroom and en-suite bathroom, and has a private terrace with outdoor dining and BBQ. Alternatively the house and 4 gites would be suitable for large groups of up to 24 people - perfect for parties and weddings. The property is five minutes walk from local restaurant and boulangerie and perfectly situated for all places of interest the Dordogne has to offer.
Le Moustier: Situated between Montignac, famous for the Lacaux cave paintings, and Les Eyzies with its many prehistoric sites, the small village of Le Moustier derives its name from the prehistoric Mousterian era due to an important skull find there. It has a restaurant, bar and a boulangerie and the house is only 5 minutes walk from the village. Les Granges placed on the side of the river Vezere opposite La Roque St Christophe, a limestone cliff face with caves carved into the rock which were inhabited for over 55,000 years from the prehistoric era to the middle ages when over 5,000 people lived on the site. These kilometre long caves are illuminated at night and make a spectacular view from the property.
The surrounding area: Many local towns offer traditional street markets. Montignac in particular hosts an excellent market twice a week, and nearby Rouffignac has a splendid Sunday morning market, where local farmers exhibit freshly picked vegetables, plump ducklings, fresh foie gras and enormous selections of local cheeses. The Perigord is a gourmets paradise and there are many excellent local restaurants offering the best of the areas cuisine.
The property is excellently placed for walking and cycling with all tracks well marked. There are plenty to choose from and range in severity from easy to strenuous!
Other local activities include canoeing on the Vezere or the Dordogne rivers, horse riding and tennis, golf, hot air ballooning and river cruises all within 30 - 40 minutes drive.
The Dordogne Region: The land of a thousand chateaux, the Dordogne or Perigord as it was known, is split into four regions named for their natural features. Noir(black) region of dense forests, Vert(green) spruce trees, Pourpre(purple) vines and Blanc(white) natural limestone. Due to its natural beauty and abundance of medieval towns, chateaux and villages, the Perigord Noir is the jewel in the crown of the Dordogne. The Vezere Valley, with its predominance of prehistoric sites, makes this region one of the most visited. The medieval towns of Sarlat, Les Eyzies and the vibrant city of Perigueux and many traditional villages, each with a character of their own, including Domme, Rocamador, Beynac, Le Roque Gageac, Montignac with the famous Lascaux caves, St Leon sur Vezere, makes the region a real sight seeing experience.
Details for Le Manoir` 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, 6 Bathrooms
- Events Allowed
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets considered
- wheelchair inaccessible
About Paul and Philippa Ward
We were both born, and grew up, in Leicester, England. We met in 1976, when Paul was working as a graphic designer and Philippa worked, in the same office, as a secretary. We moved to Leeds, West Yorkshire, later that same year because Paul was offered a new job. Philippa decided to train as a nurse and qualified in 1980.
Paul and Philippa Ward purchased this chateau / country house in 2010
Why Paul and Philippa Ward chose Peyzac le Moustier
After we had our two daughters, Charlotte (1982) and Nicola (1983), we came to the Dordogne for some wonderful camping holidays and fell in love with the region. From that very first holiday we said that we would love to come and live here. We never expected to be able to realise our dream!
We especially loved the Vezere Valley and when we saw Le Manoir des Granges for sale on a website we arranged a viewing. It was the last of 4 properties; there was no competition! The location is amazing with view across to Roque Saint Christophe. A village with a lovely restaurant and a boulangerie in walking distance. Only 10 minutes drive to Montignac for the supermarket and market.
What makes this chateau / country house unique
Our property offers flexible accommodation for a variety of group sizes. From 2 people to 23 people. Accommodation for mobility impaired.
We are centrally located for visiting all the main sites of interest. Two swimming pools and all our bedrooms are en-suite.
Guestbook comments from the owner
We first booked one of the smaller gite guesthouses at Le Manoir des Granges, but shortly after Philippa contacted us and offered to upgrade us to the main house for the same price (they had a large group that wanted multiple smaller gites.) So that was a pleasant way to start our interaction!
My wife and I were traveling with our two toddler daughters and my parents. We were extremely pleased with the house from the moment we arrived. The exterior of the house is gorgeously maintained. There is a large old cast iron gate enclosing a garden/patio/yard that seems meticulously manicured with flowers and shrubs. The yard is fully enclosed which allowed the kids to play freely without us worrying about them wandering off. There is a second fully enclosed area with a lovely pool. While it was still too cool to swim while we were there, the kids still enjoyed wading in the pools steps. In warm weather the pool area would be an amazing place to relax. The patio has a large table where we ate every lunch and dinner. It looks out onto troglodyte dwelling on the opposite side of a large field and river, and was a wonderfully calm and picturesque place to eat or have a glass of wine.
The interior of the house is charming, comfortable and very well maintained. There's an enormous kitchen/dining room, we cooked there a few times and were very happy with it. The living room is comfortable and well decorated, and was decked out with a stereo, TV, dvd player and nice book collection. We made use of all of these at one time or another whether it was my mom perusing books about the area or the kids watching a movie before bed.
The upstairs bedroom and bathrooms were very comfortable and clean, nothing over the top yet totally sufficient.
We had one or two minor maintenance issues when we were there (it's an old farmhouse, so these things are expected), and Paul was basically at the house instantly and the issues were resolved within 24 hours. We were very pleased with how attentive both Philippa and Paul were. We'd ask for a recommendation on a restaurant, and within 5 minutes Philippa would have a reservation made for us (good suggestions, too!).
So, all in all, out stay here exceeded our expectations and I am sure if we visit Dordogne again this is the only place we will think to stay.