Summary - Beautifully restored manor house set in 2 acres of enclosed gardens.
Sleeps 12 guests in six en-suite bedrooms.
Private heated pool 12m x 6m, level depth of 1.4m.
Large pool house with summer kitchen and WC.
Wi-Fi internet and UK TV.
Served by 3 airports within a 90 minute drive.
Built in the 19th Century and previously owned by the same family for over 150 years, Le Manoir is a restored manor house set in the heart of the Perigord Vert. An area of outstanding beauty, with rolling green hills and forested deep valleys, the region is famed for picturesque villages and ancient market towns.
Whether guests are seeking an active vacation or a period of relaxation reclining by the heated pool, Le Manoir provides a tranquil base from which to experience authentic France.
There are a wealth of local attractions, from exploring the local history and UNESCO-listed caves to visiting spectacular castles and verdant gardens, there is something nearby to cater to every taste.
Le Manoir is set within an enclosed 2 acre garden, offering families a safe space to relax and play. The large south-facing terrace makes an ideal dining venue in warmer months, with views across the garden onto the village and 12th century church. The garden itself is mainly laid to lawn, creating plenty of space for ball and racket games, while the ancient lime trees provide some cooling shade in the summer.
The large private salt water pool and pool house face south and provide an ideal spot for guests to lie back and unwind. The pool house contains a summer kitchen with a fridge and good sized gas BBQ and has an open log fire, comfortable seating and covered dining table for up to 12 guests.
The village of St Sulpice d'Excideuil has a population of just 335, the majority of the villagers have lived locally for many years, enjoying the rural location, but with city access just a short drive away.
The fortified 12th century church is at the heart of the village, with a small bar and bustling village shop opposite, stocking local produce, fresh bread and food essentials, and baking pizzas to order at the weekend.
The Perigord Vert is the ideal region to explore, be it on foot, bicycle, canoe, horse or even velo-rail. There are numerous historic and picturesque towns and villages with their restaurants, shops and vibrant markets. Spectacular castles and gardens are within easy reach as are pre-historic caves, family friendly zoos and farms. The lake near St Yrieix not only has a beach and extensive children's play area, it also hosts an impressive water-skiing site. Elsewhere for those with a head for heights, rock climbing or ballooning are also available.
LE MANOIR DETAILS:
Living Space - Formal and informal sitting rooms, both with direct access to terrace.
Wood burner in the informal reception room.
Reception hall with seating.
Original spiral staircase to upper floors.
Highchairs and changing mats available.
Separate laundry room.
Dining/Kitchen - Fully equipped kitchen with adjacent dining room seating 12, opening onto raised terrace.
Wood burner in dining room
Bedrooms - Four large bedrooms with king sized beds.
Two large twin bedrooms (alternative double bed available upon request).
400 thread count cotton bedding and silk filled duvets.
Three full en-suite bathrooms with shower and separate baths, three en-suite shower rooms.
Secluded spots - Large roof terrace with seating.
Reading area on each floor, with desk and books.
Seating areas around garden.
Pool and Pool House - Heated salt water pool with wide steps for easy access.
12m x 6m constant depth (1.4m)
Electric operated safety cover.
Large stone terrace with sun-loungers.
Range of pool toys.
Open fireplace with comfortable seating area and covered dining table for 12.
Summer kitchen with sink, fridge and good sized gas BBQ.
THE AREA DETAILS
The area is renowned for its passion for food and top quality produce. The local town, Thiviers (5 miles), is self-proclaimed as the 'Capital of foie gras' whilst the nearby village of Sorges (15 Miles) claims to produce the best truffles in the world.
Within a short distance are also an abundance of thriving market towns, including Thiviers, Excideuil, Brantome, Sarlat and Perigueux all of which showcase the best of local produce in their twice weekly markets.
During the summer months there are also numerous Night Markets where visitors may enjoy sociable alfresco dining on long trestle tables alongside local residents.
The World famous caves of Lascaux are within an hour’s drive of Le Manoir. A UNESCO world heritage site, the caves were discovered in 1940 and renowned for their Paleolithic paintings. Closer to home, the caves at Villars and Tourtoirac are also spectacular and highly recommended.
The Dordogne region is reputed to have 1001 chateaux and castles, many of which are open to the public and can be visited during the summer months. Hautefort, Jumilhac-la-Grand and Losse are all fine examples and are within easy reach.
There are also a number of impressive gardens that can be visited, among them Jardin de Marqueyssac with its 150,000 topiary boxwoods and les Jardins du Manoir d’Eyrignac, with its seven gardens, ranging from the white-themed garden to topiary sculptures.
Brantome, ‘The Venice of Perigord’, is an idyllic village with a Benedictine abbey founded in the 8th Century, which along with Perigueux and Sarlat-la-Caneda, offers visitors ancient beautiful buildings and vibrant streets. While St Jean de Cole is nearest of the five acclaimed ‘Les Plus Beaux Villages de France’ in the area and makes an ideal stopping off place for a leisurely coffee or beer.
The Perigord Vert is the ideal region to explore, be it on foot, bicycle, canoe, horse or even velo-rail. The lake near St Yrieix not only has a beach and extensive children's play area, it also hosts an impressive water-skiing site. Elsewhere for those with a head for heights rock climbing or ballooning are also available.
Arnac-Pompadour has a vast castle overlooking a spectacular racecourse and the police horse centre at Brantome comes very highly rated. The Parc zoo at Reynou caters well for families as do the various farm visits available in the area.10 minute drive to local market towns of Thiviers and Excideuil.