Bedrooms 1, Sleeps 2, Ratings 6 9.9/10
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|Le Manoir des Granges||Self Catering||Flexible||6||12||6||Cots, extra single beds|
Our wonderful, child friendly, Main House at Le Manoir des Granges is a beautiful Perigordine house, built in 1889 in the local golden sandstone, surrounded by private, spacious gardens. Suitable for 12 people but there is space in one or two of the bedrooms for a cot. You will find a private 12 x 5 metre swimming pool in its own separate garden which is fenced for safety. Just in front of the house is a fabulous stone patio, built especially for outside dining and, most importantly, for your bbq! We have both charcoal and gas bbqs for you to use.
Inside there are 6 en suite bedrooms, a rare amenity, offering a 3 double, 2 twin and one king sized beds. Five have a bath with shower, while the king sized bedroom has a shower suite. We also have cots and highchairs available for the little ones.
The spacious entrance hall connects to the large dining kitchen, which has many modern features including dishwasher, large electric double oven, two fridges (one for the drinks perhaps?!) and all the pots and pans you need to cook a lovely meal. A separate freezer is situated in the laundry room.
In the living room armchairs and sofas surround a stone fireplace, where guests can light log fires on cool evenings, supplemented by the oil-fired central heating. There is also hi-fi, flat screen tv with both French and English satellite channels and a blue-ray player. The book-lined library is on a mezzanine within the living room where you will find books to suit all tastes. A separate laundry room and drying area houses the washing machine.
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The kitchen has everything you need to provide cooking facilities for large groups.
A large, double electric oven with 5 gas burners, microwave, two fridges, dishwasher, food blender coffee machine and granite work surfaces throughout. Plenty of pots, pans and roasting/baking trays. Two sinks!
The dining area has a large bespoke oak dining table and chairs seating up to twelve people.
Highchairs are available.
You will also find cling film, foil, washing up liquid, oil, salt, pepper, kitchen roll and a variety of spices.
2 sofas, armchairs, English and French satellite tv, hifi, radio, wi-fi, blue-ray player all help to make the living room a lovely comfortable room.
Plenty of books available. A small selection of games and puzzles.
Large open fireplace and central heating to provide warmth on cooler days or evenings.
3 rooms with double bed and en suite bathroom (shower over bath), toilet and washbasin. One of these is situated on the first floor, the other two are on the second floor at the top of the house.
1 king size bed with en suite shower room, toilet and washbasin, situated on first floor.
2 twin bedded rooms with en suite bathroom (shower over bath), toilet and washbasin, situated on first floor.
As described above.
Extra toilet downstairs on ground floor.
Oil fired central heating throughout.
Open fireplace for burning logs in the living room.
Some indoor games available.
Some outdoor games available - badminton raquets, boules, football + mini football net.
Free wifi but, please note, we are rural France so the speed is not fast! 5mb is the best we have ever had. There is an excellent 4G reception in the area.
Large garden with large stone patio in front of the house.
Separate garden area with the large, private swimming pool to one side. The pool measures 12x5m and is secure with fence, locked gate and hedges. Thermal pool cover will keep the pool at a lovely temperature for most of the year.
Orchard area in front of the property with walnut trees, apple, pear, cherry and peach trees.
Table tennis table situated under the walnut trees is available for all.
Plenty of parking available on site, off road.
We have large barns available for storing bikes, bike carriers etc.
The house is child friendly and has been road-tested by many different ages. We have cots, highchairs, baby bath, potty, baby play mat, a few toys, plastic plates and cutlery, a food blender and stair gates. The stair gates can be used at the top of the main staircase and at the bottom and top of the stairs leading to the second floor. It is not possible to place a stair gate at the bottom of the main stone staircase.
The front steps and stairs may present a slight obstacle to someone with mobility impairment.
We feel the house is not suitable for a wheelchair user but we are happy to be contacted to discuss your individual situation. We do have two smaller gites which are perfect for someone using a wheelchair.
Please ask us for help and advice.
We live on site and we are very happy to purchase any baby items required for your stay. Nappies, milk, wipes etc. Send us a list and they will be waiting for your arrival.
We can make reservations for restaurants and help with recommendations about where to go and what to do. We have had 9 years for feedback from other guests as to what is suitable for which age range.
We are flexible on arrival/departure day apart from July and August when it has to be a Saturday changeover.
We were both born in Leicester, England. We met in 1976, when Paul was a graphic designer, Philippa was a secretary. We moved to Leeds for Paul's work, Philippa trained and qualified as a nurse. We have two married daughters, Charlotte and Nicola. In 2008 we took a gap-year to go travelling. In 2009 we worked as couriers for Eurocamp on Elba. We did the same job in 2010 on a campsite in the Dordogne and found our property, quite by chance, on the internet. Time for a new chapter in our lives!
|Year property purchased||2010|
|Why this location?||During our family holidays in the Dordogne we loved the area so much we said we would love to live and work here. We never dreamed that it would become a reality.
There is spectacular scenery around every corner. The colour of the stone buildings is warm and sunny. There are so many places to visit and things to do that it will keep you busy, or entertained, for as long as you like.
Castles, such as Beynac on the side of the Dordogne river. Chateaux, such as Castelnaud and de Losse. Caves with the original cave paintings, such as Font de Gaume, or the world famous Roque Saint Christophe opposite our property, where cavemen lived. Gardens, such as Marqueyssac which has panoramic views across the Dordogne river and valley.
Go canoeing, walking, cycling, bird watching or just sit and relax. Enjoy a quiet picnic, wander around the beautiful villages, visit the fabulous markets.
Restaurants galore where you can eat delicious duck meals.
|Unique benefits of property||Our property consists of one large 6 bedroom house, one large gite (Tobacco Barn) with three bedrooms and three smaller gites (Haybarn, Roque Terrace and Walnut Store) each with one bedroom. One of the unique aspects of our properties is that all our bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms.
The house can be rented on its own or in combination with one or more of the smaller gites, giving our property the flexibility to suit a couple, a family or a large group.
With two swimming pools and plenty of outdoor space, patios and terraces for outside eating, you can enjoy the sun from morning till night.
When the house is rented on its own, it has its own private gardens, pool and space. The four smaller gites are separate with their own swimming pool.
The Walnut Store and Roque Terrace are suitable for people who use a wheelchair and for those with impaired mobility. They each have a lovely, large, wet-room style shower room.
Paul and Philippa live on site so are always on hand to help.
The amazing new replica of Lascaux caves. Bigger and better than anything we've had before! Using new technology this visit is more interactive than the previous Lascaux II. Book online at www.lascaux.fr
The new building has been made to blend into its surroundings and is fully wheelchair accessible.
Children will love it too!
Set on a plateau overlooking the Dordogne river and valley, these gardens are a great place to visit for gardeners and the whole family. Children will love running through the parkland and playing in the play areas. During the summer there are candlelit evenings with music; take a picnic and enjoy a new experience. www.marqueyssac.com
Beautiful gardens with views. A lovely visit for people who are gardeners. www.eyrignac.co.uk
Situated just across the valley from our property. Excellent for all the family. Pre-history at its best. http://www.roque-st-christophe.com/?lang=en
Experience the world of cavemen. How they lived, where they lived, a fascinating insight into their lives.
One of Frances' top 100 villages. Beautiful, calm, quaint, set at the side of the river Vezere. Sit and watch the canoes go past while you enjoy a beer, glass of wine or a picnic lunch.
This is a lovely 'theme' park. It has something for everyone. http://www.lebournat.fr/en/index.php
Craftsmen, animals, a fairground, restaurants.
Perfect for children but adults will enjoy it too!
Highly recommended by all our visitors but beware, there is a torture chamber!!
Sarlat is just 30 minutes drive from our property and is completely beautiful. A medieval town which has retained its wonderful buildings and ambience. The Saturday market is world renowned and, as such, gets very busy which adds to the pleasure. Get there early during July and August, have breakfast in one of the lovely cafes, indulge in the wonderful items and foods on sale, then come back and put them on the BBQ.
Lascaux II has been superseded by Lascaux 4.
Based in Montignac, this is the site of the cave paintings discovered 70 years ago by a group of young boys.
Lascaux 4 will open in the autumn of 2016
This must be one of the best locations for an intergenerational group holiday in the Dordogne. We have had a number of these holidays in France and they have all been excellent but this has been the best location.
We went in August when everything is open and the weather was good - too hot sometimes.
Paul and Phillippa are knowledgeable hosts who can point you in the right direction for many kinds of experience. A lovely river is just across the road from the house. We went canoeing down river for hours, the children 10/12 yr olds spent hours swinging on a rope over the river at Le Leon and jumping in. The walkers in the party borrowed detailed maps from Paul and Philippa and walked the hills. There are many many caves from cro-magnon times with cave drawings and paintings and then the medieval buildings with a cliff house and remains of a cliff village were enjoyed by all. There are day markets and night markets in villages close by. The village of St Leon a few KM up the road is said to be one of the prettiest 150 villages in France. We went there many times. The restaurant of Le Petit Leon (open 3 months of the year) had the best food we have probably ever had. Try the chef's special. The many medieval towns including Bergerac, Sarlat and Perigord were a wonderful surprise.
We stayed as a group of 12 in the main house but as we hope to return, we looked at the one and three bedroom gites which have been adapted from surrounding farm buildings. They look great.
The house is marked on google maps which made our journey even simpler. On arrival we were warmly welcomed to the house by Paul and Philippa. We were a group of 7 adults and 4 children – aged 8 to 11.
The house is very well equipped and maintained. It’s a treat that all the bedrooms have ensuites. The pool provided a welcome relief from the high temperatures. The kids loved played with inflatables left by the previous people and their own ( enjoy the boat :) ) we also played table tennis under the shade of a walnut tree. The house has lots of room for us - we could sit together in the kitchen or out on the patio.
We all had breakfast round the big table in the kitchen. A daily walk to the local bread shop to collect croissants / pain au chocolate was a must during our stay. We also walked to the Roc St Christopher (my son loved the snack bar there) and the local restaurant (amazing food). The restaurant owners looked after us so well for our celebration.
The owners were really helpful, including making an appointment at the local doctor for one of our group. We absolutely loved our stay at the house.
The house is in a great location – many places to visit within a short drive. The stars at night are wonderful. Thank you Paul and Philippa.
What can we say! It's wonderful to know that everyone had a good time and that you really enjoyed everything that the house, pool and area had to offer. Thank you so much for a glowing review. We hope to welcome you back another time.
We have been there in may 2017. We were 6 men , who travelled to this region to play golf.
We rented the Manor House, 6 sleeping rooms, each with an separate bathroom.
Everything was o.k., it was very clean and comfortable.
In the evening we prepared our own meals, the kitchen is fully equipped and so we could enjoy our holidays.
Paul and Philippa are very sympathical hosts, absolutely unobtrusive and discreet, but always within rich, if you need any help or informations.
Our decision is clear: We will come back!!!
Thank you for the review of your stay and of our lovely house. We are always glad to know that everyone enjoyed their time and that you found the house well equipped for all your needs.
We will, of course, look forward to your next visit, which will be your 6th one!
Le Manoir is of a very high standard and perfectly clean throughout. The facilities are very good with everything you need. Paul and Philippa are fabulous hosts with an extensive knowledge of the local area and were always happy to help with anything we needed. We would definitely recommend the property to our friends and family and we look forward to our next visit!!!
Thank you so much for taking the time to review our lovely house. We are very glad to know that you are happy to recommend us to your family and friends and that you had a great holiday.
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