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Paul and Philippa Ward

Advertiser since: 2005
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Speaks: english, french
Bedrooms 6
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Paul and Philippa Ward

Advertiser since: 2005
Speaks: english, french
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Calendar last updated:
March 6, 2015
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Bedrooms 6
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


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.

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Details for Le Manoir` 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, 6 Bathrooms

The main house at Le Manoir des Granges is a typical Perigourdian manor house, built in 1822 in local golden sandstone, on three floors with a natural slate roof. It has been restored to a high standard and retains many of its original features. The house is surrounded by mature, spacious gardens, with an orchard of apple, peach, fig, cherry and walnut trees. It has a 12 x 5 metre swimming pool set in a private garden, fenced for safety. The area surrounding the pool is sunny with sun loungers umbrellas and a large walnut tree for shade. Inside, there is a well equipped farmhouse kitchen with all the modern necessities for those who love cooking, a 5 burner gas range, dishwasher, 2 fridges and a dining area which comfortably seats 12. Off the hall is a cloakroom with WC. The lounge is comfortably furnished with a stone fireplace for log fires on cooler evenings, satellite English and French (freeview) TV, DVD and Hi Fi and a well stocked library area.
  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Paul and Philippa Ward (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2005
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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.
Jun 2014
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Bedrooms 6
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
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Le Manoir`
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews

Dreams can come true !!

  • 5 of 5

We had dreamed of a quiet Gite, sun glinting off a pool, surrounded by historic villages, lazy rivers and pastoral French scenes .We were taking our Golden Retriever on her first trip abroad so needed space and dog friendly owners , and we hoped to meet some nice folk along the way .

We stayed at the Haybarn in early September. The accommodation is a lovely converted farm outbuilding within the grounds of Le Manoir des Granges ,a delightful old manor farm set amongst open fields and fruit trees. Owners Philippa and Paul ,were everything good hosts aspire to be . Their thoughtful approach to each of their guests has to be experienced to be fully appreciated , for they have time for everyone and know just when to offer advice , conversation or privacy ,that only comes with experience. As an old saying goes, we arrived as strangers but left as friends.

Our stay was very comfortable , the Haybarn’s bed has set new standards for holiday comfort, and the Gite has everything we could have wanted and more. The pool is kept spotless and we could mix with the other guests as we chose around the barbeque and pergola .

There are beautiful walks from the Gite , up into wooded hills, down along the banks of the river Vezere or into the hamlet of Peyzac Le Moustier for the morning collection of Baguette or Croissant .

Every day we found a new restaurant to try, another Chateau to visit or a walk to explore ,all within a very short drive from our Gite. The Haybarn offered such a warm welcome that we ventured out early to try and get back to spend more time sitting in the gardens, soaking up the afternoon sun and chatting with the other guests . By the end of our week we were loath to leave and have pledged to return for a longer stay next time.

From reading this you would be forgiven to think we are related to Philippa and Paul , but read all the other reviews and you will come to the same conclusion, they add all of their lucky guests to their growing family of admirers and they collect the praise well deserved after giving us all the holidays we have dreamed of.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Everything we hoped for and more! 7 couples.

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I arrived with 6 other couples of friends and family and big hopes for repeating similar experiences to those we had already had in this glorious region. All achieved. And moreover the simple gems like kayaking the pretty river Vezere from St Leon, cooking the BBQ for the 14 of us chez nous using local produce,visiting Marius the donkey at Le Moustier during a fun terrace meal at Napoleonienne will be remembered. Oh, and strolling scenic St Genies and St Amand de Coly, both recommended by Paul, enjoying very much the new PIP, gardens at Erinyac, and the clinging villages beside the Dordogne escarpments.

Another activity literally on the doorstep and within view of our amazing home from home was La Rocque St Christophe. We all agreed that this living museum was not to be missed.

To be able to call Le Manoir des Granges our home for a week was a perfect holiday in every way.

It is also very cost effective per couple.

The accommodation provided a bathroom of their own for every one of the seven couples that made up our party, over the main house and Tobacco barn.

We had ample outdoor and indoor living space to all socialise together, a pool which we unexpectedly did use in the third week of September because the weather was good, and the appreciated washing machine and clothesline, with the added help of running off on an excursion and having Philippa kindly put the clothes on the line!

That is well beyond the call of duy, as was phoning restaurants for us, running up to close all bedroom windows when an unexpected hailstorm came, and advice on hidden gems so thank-you again Philippa and Paul, it did not go unnoticed.

We very much hope to return.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Just about perfect

  • 5 of 5

In June 2014 a group of eight of us enjoyed a week in the main house at Le Manoir des Granges. It suited us perfectly and we used all six bedrooms, which are very comfortable and well equipped, as is the rest of this lovely house. It is situated in the most beautiful spot, right opposite Roque St. Christophe, and we had daily flying displays from the peregrine falcons which were nesting there, as well as being serenaded every night by the nightingales in the woods nearby. The weather was just about perfect and the pool so inviting that we didn’t see nearly as many of the local attractions, of which there are a plethora, as we had intended. We did manage to visit a couple of the wonderful local markets, Rocamadour – not to be missed, and various caves and gardens in the vicinity. We also enjoyed an idyllic and delicious lunch at Le Dejeuner sur l’Herbe on the banks of the river at St. Leon sur Vezere. There was so much to see and do in fact, the house was so comfortable, and Paul and Philippa so welcoming and helpful, that we have just booked in again for another week next June, and we can’t wait!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Comfortable and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

The suites were great, the location and view outstanding. The hosts were always accomodating and extremely helpful. T he English TV was appreciated.

  • Submitted: May 17, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review for your stay. We are always grateful when people spend a few moments to tell others about their experience. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday and would love to welcome you back in the future.


Nearest Airport
72 Kilometres
Bergerac Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
774 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
28 Kilometres
Golf de Lolivarie, Saint Germain de Belves
Nearest Train
26 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
35 Kilometres
Junction 17 A89/E70
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Le Moustier
Car: necessary

Les Granges is situated in Le Moustier near to Montignac and the beautiful village of St Leon sur Vezere. Close to Lascaux caves, the towns of Sarlat, Beynac, Domme and Perigueux. Directly opposite is La Roque St Christophe, the site of a small Bastide town dating back 55,000 years and inhabited up to the 16th century. This kilometre long cave carved into the rock thousands of years ago, is lit up at night and makes a spectacular view from the property. There are many historic sites dating back to Prehistoric times, caves, grottos, cave paintings, all situated in the most beautiful countryside. This area has been made famous by Jean Auel's Earth's Children books. The sixth and latest one, Land of Painted Caves, was published in 2011. Many of our customers come to stay to see the area linked to these books.

The Perigord is noted also for its gastronomy, foie gras, truffles, confit de canard, wild mushrooms and walnuts! We are surrounded by pretty villages, all with markets at least once a week, giving our renters the opportunity to experiment with the local produce. As well as walking, cycling, canoeing and golf there is a Budhist centre and a Hammam very close so you can either be active or relax!

Other Activities: Canoing, paintballing (30mins), Microlite tuition

Golf: There are four 18 hole courses and three 9 hole courses in the Perigord region. Most are between 35minutes and one hours drive from our property, others are slightly further but well worth the drive!

This is an excellent website which gives you all the information you need.

There is also information about a free golf pass which gives you discount on all the courses in the region.

Ski: No Skiing.


Rates & Availability

From £225 Per night

Peyzac le Moustier Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Low season
Jan 3 2015 - May 29 2015
4 night minimum stay
May 30 2015 - Jul 3 2015
4 night minimum stay
High season
Jul 4 2015 - Aug 28 2015
7 night minimum stay
Aug 29 2015 - Oct 2 2015
4 night minimum stay
Low season
Oct 3 2015 - Dec 18 2015
4 night minimum stay
Dec 19 2015 - Jan 8 2016
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Notes Different rates available for groups of 8 or less in four bedrooms or less - please enquire.

Heating supplement will be charged from December to end March.
There will be a charge for a supply of log
30% Non-refundable deposit is required to secure the booking, balance payable 10 weeks before arrival.
A final cleaning charge of €80 is payable on departure.
Refundable breakage deposit of €500 required on arrival.
Tax de sejour is included in the price.
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Peyzac le Moustier Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 250 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double
    Bedroom 6 - 1 double
    Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
  • The bedrooms are on the first and second floor and are all thoughtfully decorated and furnished, for the comfort of our guests. We have six bedrooms with a combination of double, twin beds and one king sized. All bedrooms have en suite bathrooms. All bedrooms have room for a cot.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 12 beach chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • caves
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • paragliding
  • swimming
  • tennis
Elderly and infirm - please contact owners to discuss whether house is suitable for individual circumstances. A Chef can be arranged if required - please contact owner to discuss. Maid service and a babysitter can be arranged if required - please ask for details.

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