On Our Doorstep

Enjoy the relaxing sounds of nature at Le Manoir. Swim in the private pool taking in views over the hidden valley, sunbathe on the terrace, or go fishing in one of our 3 lakes.   Why not take a stroll around our private 98 acre estate where rare orchids, large pine cones, chestnuts and mushrooms  (depending on what season you arrive) can be found.  We often enjoy beautiful sunsets and bright starry skies.  Natural beauty is plentiful here.  

   The ruins of the Château de Gurson can be seen from the grounds and our guests have special permission to visit them.  Read more about the blue flagged site  'Lac de Gurson,' which is within walking distance or a 4 minute drive away!  Its beach, fresh water swimming lake, lifeguards, nautical activities, hiking, fishing lakes, adventure playground and sports, such as tennis and volley ball, provide many opportunities to fill your leisure time.  Read below for information about cycling and walking routes from Le Manoir.

    Our local baker can deliver fresh produce to the door and within a 2 minute drive are restaurants such as L'un des sens and La Guardia.  

Wine Lovers

You'll be spoilt for choice. We are surrounded by vineyards where you can have free wine tastings, and, for connoisseurs, we are only 30 minutes from St. Emilion, the most famous World Heritage site and wine area in the world.  We can arrange a private wine tasting and dinner at Le Manoir if you don't want to drive back afterwards. Read more about wine here.

For children

 If you would like to experience the forest in an original way read more about 'Accrozarbres,' a zip wire heaven for all your family and friends. Take a look at what's available at Lac de la Cadie if you love adventurous water sports. There's free canoeing at the Lac de Gurson between July and August and you can have a go stand up paddle boarding there too. For children: there are a number of theme parks towards Bordeaux. At Bergerac there is an Aqua Park, go-carting, bowling, discos, night clubs and more.  We can organise treasure and scavenger hunts at Le Manoir.  There is also mini golf in Bergerac for children.

For Arty Types

The beauty of the Dordogne is yours to capture from the grounds and beyond.  Whether you are a 'plein air' painter or a photographer, the beauty of this region is sure to inspire creativity. The rolling vineyards, winding country roads and rustic architecture are a few of many elements to embrace and hold in your composition. Spectacular sunsets and starlit skies are natural phenomena to  behold.  We run catered art holidays which are very popular (read more in our catered activity section).

Cultural Explorers

The Dordogne region is famous for its wine and gastronomy.  Local markets take place in village settings, selling local produce including specialities of the region: foie gras, strawberries, sausages walnuts, and much more.

    Almost every summer night there is an evening market or soirée, where you can 'eat, drink and be merry', listening to music and dancing the night away.  On Tuesday evenings in summer, there is a night market at Le Pizou, with fun for all the family.  Music, dancing, stalls, games - a real treat.

    Every Friday evening in summer, there is a music night at nearby Villefranche de Lonchat, where you can have a meal, sample the wine and enjoy the region. There are many spectacular events, the most famous being "La Bataille de Castillon", re-enacting the 100 Years War under the backdrop of the night sky.

    There are many fêtes and festivals throughout the region everything from jazz to traditional celebrations.  The annual Fête Cantonale every year in July, is a wonderful day out for all ages.  With music, dancing,  classic cars, floats, processions, live demonstrations (such as sword fighting, hay-making and bread straight from the clay oven), barrel rolling, shepherds on stilts, farm animals to see and pet, hire wire walking, stalls, food, drink, music, and more, finishing with a firework display! Click here for photos and a video of this lovely event.

    For historians: There is a wealth of Châteaux, Bastide towns, monuments, museums and churches.​  For archaeologists: There are grottoes, caves and prehistoric monuments to explore, such as the caves at Lascaux and the Celestine Grotto.

For Sporty Types

Bike hire: A local company delivers to the door at a very reasonable cost.  Choose from several interesting routes in the area, and enjoy cycling past vineyards, châteaux, lakes, and more. Read more about bike hire and suggested trips.

    Walking:  The are lots of lovely walks starting from Le Manoir.  We can supply a detailed map of the area, with all the footpaths marked out, so you can choose your own route.

    You can enjoy fresh water swimming and tennis (in season) at the Lac de de Gurson (less than a 4 minute drive).   

   Read more about golfing and fishing opportunities.  Read more about canoeing, kayaking, and cycling in Montpon-Ménestérol and St Foy la Grande, both 15 minutes away.  If you would like to experience the forest in an original way read more about 'Accrozarbres' a zip wire heaven is for all your family and friends.

Do want to try something different?  How about fly boarding on Lac de la Cadie?  You could also jump on a jet ski or have a go at wake boarding or water skiing whilst on your visit there.  Read more about what nautical activities are available there.

Fishing

You can just stroll down to our lakes and catch carp, perch and black bass, some as large as 50 cm.  You may be lucky enough to see rare turtles, dragonflies, kingfishers, colourful lizards and even deer!  Other fishing lakes are close by.​

Golf Dordogne

We offer a free Dordogne Golf Pass​, allowing you to play at 7 excellent courses, including the famous Château de Vigiers, for a reduced fee.   Read more about golf courses in the Dordogne.

A drive away

Other places to visit include Périgue​ux, Brantôme, Bergerac, Bordeaux, Arcachon, Dune de Pyla.​

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