What our guests think about Le Manoir
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Cork, Ireland. Date of stay: July/August 2018
We had a family wedding nearby so we decided to base ourselves at le Manoir for a fortnight holiday taking in the wedding as well. All rooms ensuite were perfect for ten adults sharing. It was very hot during our stay and we toured the nearby areas and also relaxed by the pool. Visits to St Emilion and Bergerec along with a tour of a nearby vineyard organised by Charmaine were all easily accesable by car. Local markets are also well worth a visit. Charmaine had no problem booking nearby excellent restraunts and also a good hairdresser for four of us on the morning of the wedding. I would have no problem recommending “le Manoir” for any type of holiday. While it is very peaceful and tranquil you can also find nearby plenty of places to visit, good class restraunts if you dont feel like eating in. Also I might add that every utensil you might need to cook is in that great kitchen including a dishwasher with tablets supplied so no arguing about who might be washing up!!. Charmaine was always at hand ready and willing to help out, no job too big or too small. It gets our 5 stars.
Tipton, UK. Date of stay: August 2018
An amazing house set in stunning grounds real historic French setting. There were 6 adults and 1 child and we all had huge period bedrooms with stunning period featured bathrooms. Weather was amazing and the owner of the house was really helpful and looked after us really well .Would 100%book this property again .swimming pool and lakes are a must see, views to die for . .
And from 2017:
Manoir de Gurson is a magic place
Dortmund, Germany. Date of stay: April 2017.
It was our third stay at the most lovely and peaceful place and again: We all had done hard work the weeks before our holiday and it took not more than a few hours to feel so relaxed. Again we enjoyed the kitchen and the cooking and of course the sightseeing with our bicycles. Thanks Charmaine for a wonderful stay!!!
Relaxing and comfortable
UK. Date of stay: May/June 2017
The Manoir is spacious and comfortable, it is shabby chic, rather than ultra modern, but that is part of its charm and everywhere was spotlessly clean. Charmaine (the owner) was attentive, but never intrusive and made us and our dogs feel so welcome. We wanted for nothing during our stay and cannot recommend it enough. Superb!!
Wiltshire, UK. Date of stay: 2017
We stayed at Le Manoir de Gurson in August 2017. From the minute we arrived, our party of two families (4 adults and 5 kids), all felt instantly at home, both from the stunning setting and of course the wonderful welcome Charmaine gave us. Throughout our stay, Charmaine was the perfect host and hits the perfect balance between giving guests their privacy whilst still being on hand to help when she can. We visited St Emilion whilst staying which was well worth it and only half an hour away. The monolithic church tour was incredible. On Charmaine's recommendation, we also visited Chateau La Plante for a wine tasting with the lovely Jacques Mornaud. Incredibly priced, fantastic wine! For those that like to fish, we caught numerous black bass up to 2lb on small plugs and carp up to 6lb on boilies although they seemed to like floating croutons more!! The lake is also full of small roach which you can catch on maggot or sweetcorn. The wildlife is stunning: we saw Deer, Coypu, Terrapins, Kingfishers and the resident Heron. The nearby Lac De Gurson is 10 minutes by bike and offers swimming and canoeing. All in all a wonderful stay with no negatives! Charmaine even let the kids push her in the pool!!
Wine, Sunshine, Good Value, A Time To Relax.
Stuttgart, Germany. Date of stay: September/October 2017
We felt welcome from the moment we were collected by Charmaine from the Montpon-Ménestérol station. Over the week of our stay, we explored the grounds and on separate occasions we saw three Roe Deer, two Kingfishers, two wild cats and numerous fish jumping in the lakes. Not to mention the Herons and birds of prey, Lizards scurrying up and along the walls in the Sunshine, some friendly Wasps and a Frog chorus at night from the lakes. Ray had cut a path out that ran around the grounds which was ideal for a good stomp or just a walk-about. The pool is great for a splash, the water refreshingly cool after a hot day. At night, after dinner, the stars returned and with no Moon during our stay we were treated to a dazzling display. Near to St Emilion, Le Manoir de Gurson is a must for those interested in exploring and drinking in the rich wine culture of France. We were taken to see Chateau La Plante which was a delightful experience. Jacques is a dear and his wine is top quality. We bought 4 bottles. I strongly advise you book out some time to experience this wonderful place, whether it be for a course or for all the family. It's just great to escape the rat race for a while. A peaceful place to let your troubles fade away...
Le Manoir De Gurson definitely has that 'WOW factor'.
U.K. Date of stay: July-August 2016
I have just returned from our extended family holiday at Le Manoir. My party comprised of 8 adults and 2 children aged 18 months and 20 months. Some of the group flew in to Bergerac airport and the rest of us drove from Cherbourg. Due to a ferry problem the guests who drove arrived 24 hours late which left those at Bergerac airport in need of transport to Le Manoir. This was no problem as Charmaine kindly collected those herself in her car and provided them with a welcome meal on their first day. When all our party were eventually together on the second day Charmaine and her son Tim provided and joined us for a lovely BBQ which we had in the evening sunshine on the poolside patio. A good chance to get to know each other and a brilliant start to our stay. When we arrived at Le Manoir and we saw the house for the first time from the top of the drive we all said, "Wow". The house is truly impressive. The five en-suite bedrooms were all a good size and the big kitchen, lounge, dining room and downstairs entrance hallways provided plenty of room both for group socialising and for those who wanted a quiet space. The kitchen is equipped with every appliance and gadget you will need. The next door barn houses the laundry room which is available for guests' use. There is free wifi with internet access of good speed. Also British television and a DVD player. The private pool is at the rear of the house by the patio and lawned area from which there are extensive views over the surrounding countryside and the fishing lakes on the estate. The nearby Lac de Gurson is about 20 minutes walk away and has a sandy beach with toilets, canoe hire as well as bar/restaurant facilities. There is free car parking as well. The nearest town of Villefranche de Lonchat is about a 20 minute cycle away and has a couple of small shops selling the everyday necessities. Every Friday evening the town hosts a 'night market' which is a must for it's range of food. Members of our group visited Arcachon (less than 2 hours by car), Bordeaux ( about an hour by car), and the nearer beautiful towns St Emillion and Aubeterre. Even more locally, the quiet roads are ideal for cycling. The Dordogne is about 30 minutes away with opportunities for canoeing and sightseeing. So, Le Manoir is ideal for those who just wish to laze by the pool (or play table tennis, boules, go fishing or cycling) and also for those who wish to tour the local area including the renowned vineyards of St Emillion. All our group enjoyed our stay at Le Manoir, particulary the space in the house. There is nothing to dislike. This review would not be complete without a special mention for Charmaine who, without being intrusive, was always on hand for any query about what to do/where to go etc.and nothing was too much trouble for her. She always has a smile and obviously loves her job. Whilst Le Manoir is a fantastic venue for a holiday Charmaine adds the final touch. Thank you so much.
Peace in paradise
Jersey. Date of stay August 2016
Charmaine was the perfect host in the perfect location. There is nothing more we could have asked for. The photos don't do the Maison justice and our breath was taken away as we pulled up the long drive towards to the property. Each bedroom having an en suite was perfect and everything about the house was great. Charmaine was on hand to answer any questions and give us advice on all the local events and attractions. Thank you
A peaceful getaway!
Jersey August 2016
Set in the most remote and beautiful location, this picturesque manor is the perfect location for those who want some peace and quiet. Coming from a very busy lifestyle, this venue allowed us to completely unwind and relax. Charmaine was a fantastic host and gave us a warm, friendly welcome and each day gave us some brilliant ideas for things to do. We tried the lake near by, the wine tasting, the canoeing and the festival. All were super and are a MUST! This manor is an awesome place to enjoy some real family time and I strongly recommend to all.
Jersey. Date of stay August 2016
Just perfect for all the family to be together. Everything you need us at hand and Charmaine was so helpful, even recharging our car battery for us. Perfect setting if you want total peace. Thank you.
Wonderful house in idyllic setting
U.K. Date of stay August 2016
We spent just over a week at Manoir de Gurson and it was tremendous. The house is grand and wonderfully set. We spent most of our days next to the pool overlooking the lakes which were at the bottom of the valley at the end of the garden. All of the rooms were extremely spacious and spotless. You have enough room to spread out... and then some (they're massive). The host is extremely knowledgable, charming and made our week even more relaxing. She came up with all of the best places to visit so we didn't have to think of it ourselves. Overall, a lovely stay and i would most definately recommend that you visit!
Wiltshire, UK. Date of stay: July 2013
We booked the Manoir de Gurson for a group comprised of 7 adults and 2 children (aged 6 and 8) for a one week self catering holiday, Both the property and hospitality of the owner were exceptional and exceeded our expectations.
The grounds of the property were an absolute delight and everyone in our group took to exploring the fields, woods and lakes at least once. We saw plenty of local wildlife including deer, kingfishers and owls.
The property itself was ideal for a group as each room had its own bathroom which for a group mostly comprised mostly of adults was essential, especially when we needed to get an early start in the morning. The catering and dining facilities were also excellent and we put the large BBQ to good use on 2 occasions.
The terrace was tranquil and relaxing (when the kids weren't around!) and the pool was a perfect depth for ages 6+ (at 1.2m) and ideal for adults inclined to take a refreshing afternoon dip. In the evenings when the sky was clear the potential for stargazing was staggering (see photo)!
As a base the property was excellent for experiencing all the region had to offer. We enjoyed visits south and west towards Saint-Emilion while also travelling north to enjoy the excellent food at the night market in Le Pizou and canoeing/kayaking from Montpon-Menestrol.
Liked best: Every room having it's own bathroom
Liked least: Couldn't find any glassware for beer, but it is a wine region!
Mangement response: There is now a supply of beer tankards and glasses, as well as those for wine and champagne.
U.K. Date of stay: August 2015
Set in pretty Dordogne countryside you can really get away from the crowds at this property whilst remaining within striking distance of lots to see and do. Excellent welcome from the owners who are on hand to help in any way.
Fantastic family holiday in Rural France
Ireland. Date of stay: July 2015
To say this exceeded our expectations would be an understatement. We were really looking forward to a different holiday in the countryside enjoying the sights and sounds of wildlife (all are here) but the fun and excitement the children (3 boys and 2 girls) got from the equestrian centre was exceptional. Our two girls rediscovered their love of and confidence in horses (back cantering and jumping within a week). The view from the swimming pool is great with no end of eagles and falcons to track in the sky the peace interrupted by the splash from the lake when one of the carp jumps to catch a hovering fly! A great place to start the day with breakfast and finish with a BBQ or just snacking on wine and cheese late into the evening while chatting. Bikes and fishing rods are all provided and we were disappointed that we did not do more of both activities (ample excuse to come back). Other highlights were the trips to St Emilion for lunch and wine tasting. Further wine tasting at Chateau La Plante is a must. We also used the house as a base to explore the Dordogne and Vezere valleys and Sarlat is a great town. In short our stay at Manoir de Gurson was really special and the children want us to go back soon.
All the majesty
Amsterdam, Netherlands. Date of stay: April 2014
Charmaine was a very polite and pleasant host. She really knows how to welcome you, make you feel at home and then give you your space. It was a very pleasant experience for us. The rooms were stunning. They had everything you needed including a lot of space and private bathrooms. The location was pretty much far from everything but close enough. That was part of it's charm. All the majesty of the scenery out back was breathtaking. Almost too much to take in during one sitting. We would love to go back tomorrow if we could!
French Watered Retreat Of Beauty & Peace
Devon, UK. Date of stay: July 2013
We visited with a two family group of 9 in July 2013. We were looking for a large house with a pool with fishing and in a central location hence why we chose Le Manoir. Charmaine was a more than accommodating host when we arrived very late the first day and was very quick to rectify any concerns or help with requests. The house and grounds are perfect and set in a beautiful part of France. It has a couple of lakes in the grounds which would suit amateur fishers and an amazing pool setting looking over the lakes. My kids were happy it had WiFi and also British TV. The rooms were large and in good order but there is no air conditioning or fans and it was a really hot few weeks. We have travelled widely as a family and normally visit Spain as we love it so we thought we would give the kids a different perspective to try.
The local in Villefranche is great and the Spanish owner is friendly with a great vinyl collection. You will also not have a bad coffee in France, for that I applaud them as a coffee addict!
Liked best: The Swimming Pool Area
Great house with friendly and helpful owners
Somerset, UK. Date of stay: August 2012
We spent a week at the Manoir with our two sons and friends. A very attractive house in the old French style, well furnished and appointed and set in the midst of beautiful countryside. We made full use of the relaxing pool area which has stunning views especially at sunset.
I can't speak too highly of the owners who contrive to be both unobtrusive and extraordinarily helpful. They provided excellent advice on local facilities/things to do both before and during our visit, as well as extras such as a free barbecue on our arrival. When the bike I had booked turned out to be too big for me to ride they magically produced another one from the barn, again without charge. Nothing was too much trouble.
The Manoir is in an excellent position for wine buying and the owners put us in touch with several local growers, as well as arranging a tour. St Emilion is also close by with its wine shops and first rate restaurants.
If you're a golfer there are good courses in easy reach - Charmaine recommended Chateau Vigiers which also has a wonderful restaurant if you're feeling extravagant.
I would recommend the Manoir very highly for a relaxing holiday in one of the most beautiful and interesting parts of France.
Liked best: Helpful owners
Warm and idyllic country setting
Victoria, Australia. Date of stay: July 2012
5 Adults and 5 children stayed comfortably in the spacious Manoir. We were warmly welcomed and nothing was too much trouble. We would highly recommend the welcome BBQ. The standard of all the rooms was very high, beds were comfortable and the kitchen spacious and well fitted out. We were provided with excellent local knowledge of markets, places to see and things to do. The owners were happy to assist with any bookings or information. The kids had plenty to do with a lovely pool, table tennis and other games provided. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would like to visit again sometime.
Liked best: Friendly and helpful owners.
Liked least: GPS found it difficult to locate the property as it is off the main road.
Rundum ein wunderschönes Erlebnis
Dortmund, Germany. Date of stay: April 2011 + March—April 2012.
Ich war letztes und dieses Jahr in den Osterferien auf dem wunderschönen Anwesen von Charmaine und das war Urlaub, Erholung pur. Die Lage des Hauses, die Großzügigkeit des Hauses, die Ruhe und die diskrete Freundlichkeit der Besitzer waren dafür ausschlaggebend. Ich empfehle diesen Ort ohne jeglichen Einwände!
All around a great experience
I stayed on this beautiful estate during the Easter holidays last year and this, and it was a vacation with pure relaxation. The location of the house, the and the generosity and quiet, discreet friendliness of the owners were decisive. I recommend this place without any objections!
One of the very best places to go and stay
Dortmund, Germany. Date of stay: March—April 2012.
The place, the house, the lakes and last but not least the owners make this place to be one of the loveliest places we have been to. We are a group of friends that share their holiday for bicycling once a year and for 12 years we have been going to France. We have been to several nice places. But there is something about the Manoir de Gurson which makes it special: the air made us sleep wonderfully; we've seen birds which we had almost forgotten existed; we shared hospitality and friendliness with Charmaine and family. Well, we will come again next year. Thank you very much, Charmaine, for the holiday (and for helping out with flour, breakfast egg, shampoo and whatever we were missing :-) .
Liked best: looking out of the windows to see the lakes, trees, nature
Liked least: heater was hard to regulate (needs thermostat)
Mangement response: The thermostats are now in hand
A lovely country escape
Melbourne, Australia. Date of stay: December 2011.
I stayed at Le Manoir with my partner late December 2011, just before Christmas.
The first thing you will notice is the clean air, and the expanses of green that surround you. It is like stepping into another time.
The manor has 2 floors, but there is one bedroom located on the ground floor which would be convenient for any guests with special needs. The remainder of the ground floor contains a foyer, a sitting room, a lounge room with a wood heater and a television (it receives both French and English cable channels), as well as a full kitchen with all the modern amenities you are used to, but still maintaining its old-world charm.
Upstairs there are 4 bedrooms with en suites, all decorated impeccably. The room we stayed in had double basins, a heated towel rail and a spa bath in the en suite. The bed was extremely comfortable, and I had the best sleep I have had in months. This was also helped by the lack of disturbing light or noise.
Our hosts were extremely hospitable, and had plenty of advice on nearby places to visit and good walks to do.
There is a nearby wine cellar located in front of ruins, which is also famous for growing giant vegetables, and has donkeys wandering the grounds. There is also a nice walk down to the lake.
The grounds of Le Manoir are complete with a swimming pool, and their own lakes.
It would be the perfect place to have a family holiday, a family reunion, or even a wedding.
We can't wait to go back!
Liked best: The wonderful hospitality and the comfortable bed
Liked least: Nothing
Amazing location in the heart of rural France
Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. Date of stay: July 2011.
We stayed at Le Manoir de Gurson last month travelling from Seattle. The location is great for families who just want to relax in a beautiful setting and your close to great food and great wine which is a short drive away. In the summertime definitely check out the night markets that serve great rural French fare. Also check out St. Emilion which is also a short drive away.
Charmaine and family were amazing hosts and nothing was too much trouble. I would recommend Le Manoir to anyone looking for a unique French countryside vacation and can assure you'll be well looked after and have a truly unique and relaxing break.
Liked best: Warm weather and a lovely pool to entertain 4 kids
Beautiful surroundings, total relaxation
Date of stay: July 2011
Have just spent a fabulous week at the Manoir de Gurson. Charmaine and family are great hosts for who nothing is too much trouble.The Manoir has good sized en-suite bedrooms of good quality. The lounge and dining room are well furnished and contain good quality furniture. Sky TV and a laptop are available if you want UK TV and to be able to maintain email contact. In addition there is a good selection of music. The kitchen is sizeable and contains fridge, freezer and dishwasher. The fridge size could be improved as I think you would struggle for space if there were 10 of you. It would also benefit from a few more serving dishes for large parties.Most of our eating was outside on the terrace which had a great view over the three lakes. The outside furniture was standard white plastic with the only down side being there were only 3 sunbeds. The lakes were great and as two of our party fished many a pleasant relaxing moment was spent with a cold beer and a rod by the lake. Is a wonderful place for a relaxing week with friends or family. Location is very much in the country and we did have problems finding Le Manoir however there are new signs and I think that will solve the problem.
Management response (August 2011):
We always want our Guests to have a lovely time here, and welcome suggestions.
To make holidays even better, we have added several items: Indoors - The tv now has European channels in several languages; 2 fridges; we have supplied several more serving dishes, large salad server, ice maker, and extra utensils.
Outside: there is a swing hammock, an outdoor table-tennis table, extra sunbeds, and the new Manoir road signs have been installed.
Wonderful house in idyllic setting
U.K. Date of stay August 2016
We spent just over a week at Manoir de Gurson and it was tremendous. The house is grand and wonderfully set. We spent most of our days next to the pool overlooking the lakes which were at the bottom of the valley at the end of the garden. All of the rooms were extremely spacious and spotless. You have enough room to spread out... and then some (they're massive). The host is extremely knowledgable, charming and made our week even more relaxing. She came up with all of the best places to visit so we didn't have to think of it ourselves. Overall, a lovely stay and i would most defiantly recommend that you visit!
Great location and house
U.K. Date of stay: July 2016
The chateau is very large and homely with all the amenities you need. The bedrooms are large and airy. The location was perfect in the summer due to the many night markets and festivals in this peaceful place.
Fabulous house and charming owner
U.K. Date of stay: July 2016
The title description of this house couldn't have put it better - it is paradise and perfect! The house itself is stunning and the location does provide a get-away-from -it -all vacation whilst still being only a short drive from local villages. The local knowledge provided by the owner meant that we were immediately able to make the most of the area. We particularly enjoyed a local food festival and the wine tour at Chateau La Plante. Charmaine was on site but very discreet yet always on hand for advice and suggestions. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who wants to be in this area.
The Perfect holiday rental : beautiful house with breath-taking views
U.K. date of stay: July 2016
We enjoyed our stay at Manoir de Gurson immensely. The house is stunning and set in the most breath-taking location. The children were sold on the long drive up to the entrance! ...but the views from the pool surpassed even that! We passed many a happy evening admiring the sunset across the valley from the terrace. Charmaine is the perfect host! On hand to give advice and help out when needed but very mindful of her renters privacy. She gave us some excellent tips for trips out - highlights being the market at Le Puce and wine-tasting at Chateau la Plante- not to be missed! I would highly recommend holidaying here. The house is beautifully furnished with huge amounts of space for everyone; the location is ideal - sufficiently rural to be peaceful but within striking distance of lots of amenities; and the views are spectacular. Definitely 5 stars!
Accueil charmant par la propriétaire avec plein de petites attentions
France. Date of stay: November 2015
Accueil charmant par la propriétaire avec plein de petites attentions (vin, beurre, confiture, lait, fruits, etc ... à disposition à notre arrivée). Le logement est très bien équipé. Les chambres sont spacieuses. L'endroit est magnifique et très isolé. Nous avons eu un problème de coupure de courant très tard dans la soirée et les propriétaires sont intervenus aussitôt avec le sourire. Merci à Charmaine
Comfortable and well appointed House with friendly and helpful owner
U.K. Date of stay: June 2015
The House is large and comfortable - all 6 bedrooms are en suite - and cool when the going is hot. The kitchen is well supplied with high quality cooking utensils, crockery, glasses, cutlery and excellent kitchen equipment, My only comment is that there should perhaps be a washing machine solely for guests as the shared machine is not always free. All the rooms are well furnished and the sitting room is very comfortable with its leather sofas,as is the dining room, though we did not use it. There is a large television, many DVDs, games and books. Outside there is enormous space for exploring the grounds, round the lakes and woods, visiting the horses, or lazing on the terrace, which, though not large, has pleasant areas, with ,for sitting and eating in sun or shade. The pool is smallish but very welcome, though small children using it would need to be monitored carefully. The House is in very attractive countryside with lots of vineyards, of course, but with easy access to the small town of Villefranche (excellent restaurant) or the larger Castillon, which has an very good market.on Mondays. Bergerac is overrated but just worth a visit, and Bordeaux, which is glorious, is easily managed in a day. (use the train and avoid Bordeaux traffic. We caught the train from Castillon). The owner and her associates do not intrude but are immensely warm, helpful and friendly when approached - we greatly enjoyed getting to know them and ended the holiday with a contest at Petanque, which they won. The BBQ prepared for guests on the first night, very thoughtful after long journeys, to enable us to meet Charmaine and her family and helpers, was quite superb and made us feel very welcome. One small caveat. The House has good wi fi but reception on mobile phones can be patchy. I would wholeheartedy recommend this House and area.
Manager's response: We have changed our wi-fi provider, so reception should be better.
Tranquil paradise - great accommodation for fun and relaxation
Sussex, U.K. Date of stay: July 2014
11 of our family stayed here for a week at the end of July 2014, ranging from a 1 year old, twin 10 year old boys, a number of errm thirty-somethings(!) and the folks.The house itself is beautiful with everything you could possibly need. Set in beautiful surroundings, and the pool and garden area is to die for!We had plenty of barbecues out on the patio at night. Plenty of fishing in a choice of three lakes on the grounds. Mountain biking was great fun too.Charmaine and her team on site are there to help, advise and cater for your every need.A magical place, and a great time was had by all. Definitely recommended!
A lovely peaceful place
U.K. Date of stay: July 2014
We stayed here with our family for a week. Charmaine was an excellent host, very attentive to our needs and giving good local advice on where to visit. The house itself is great, with a fantastic pool and plenty of room for the kids to run around. A lovely peaceful place, I would thoroughly recommend it.
Teddington, U.K. Date of stay: August 2014
This is our second (but definitely not last!) holiday at Le Manoir - and it never disappoints. As mentioned by other reviewers Chamaine et al are the perfect hosts, there is nearly always someone available to answer any questions (or lend you some mustard) and their knowledge of the area is fantastic!The welcome barbecue was brilliant - no need to shop and cook - lots to eat (and drink - a few sore heads the next day!)The peace and quiet is amazing and the weather was fantastic too - not too hot but none of the threatened rain either.Fishing was great - plenty to be caught and so peaceful too - my husband spent many a late afternoon alone with his rods enjoying the early evening sunshine.The house is amazing - so much space and so many bathrooms - every room is en suite so there is no fighting over the shower.The only thing that marred the holiday was having to leave - but we will definitely be back!
Therapy for Your Mind
Slovac Republic. Date of stay: October 2013
I went to visit Manoir with my mom and friends and we had a great stay. The nature around is beautiful and it is a great place to rest. The rooms were nice and clean. There is also a nice view of the lake behind the Manoir and an old ruin, which adds to the peaceful atmosphere. There are plenty of activities to do and it is a good strategic place if you want to visit Bordeaux or Bergerac. So even though it might not be the best place for nightlife and parties, it is definitely the best for getting your head out of the busyness of your city life.
Charming paradise "in the middle of nowhere"
Berlin, Germany. Date of stay: September 2013
We enjoyed a 3 week holiday in a perfect surrounding: there is only nature around, all is quiet, the most sympathetic hostess welcomed us with a superb barbecue on our arrival, even our dog was heartily appreciated.
Le Manoir is a fantastic place to stay, very convenient in every way, large bedrooms (each one with private bathroom!), super kitchen, really enough space for everyone. The veranda and garden are simply perfect: when swimming - you overlook the peaceful valley below. And the friendliness of the owners is just wonderful!
Liked most: the quietness and freedom.
Traditional French manor house with a warm, family welcome
Cornwall, UK. Date of stay: August 2013
We were very much looking forward to our 2 week break at Le Manoir de Gurson having booked online back in October 2012. All communication from Charmaine was conducted in a timely and professional manner and this gave us great hope that we would have a fantastic family holiday - and we did. The house is not your modern, chic box but more in line with a typical French manor house and is all the better for this.We were welcomed by Charmaine who immediately made us feel at home and had arranged for several grocery items to be collected for us before we arrived so that we didn't need to move from the house for a couple of days.The welcome barbeque on the first night was just brilliant, with Tim cooking pork steaks (sorry to have the biggest one Tim - I know you had your eye on it!), chicken and mergazze along with a big salad and more that enough red wine (hic) - a really brilliant welcome and very appreciated given the long drive we had just completed.All the rooms have very high ceiling making them an ideal escape from the midday sun and they are all tastefully furnished and fully equipped. There are a couple of areas around the house that were beginning to show their age a little (down stairs toilet in particular) however, that said the house was clean and tidy upon our arrival and Charmaine and Timothy did a mid stay clean half way through our holiday.The kitchen is big enough and well equipped for a large family but be careful of the decorative bar that runs along the edge of the work surface - a couple of us caught our fingers in it while opening and closing the draws - ouch!The house is ideally located with just a 5 minute car journey in to Villefranche de Lonchat (small village with boulangerie, village stores (super expensive), a small bar and restaurant) and a fantastic night market (Friday nights) with wonderful food where all the village come out and eat, dance and drink! The nearest town is Montpon (10 minutes further on) and this is where you will find a large selection of shops and a fuel station (Intermarche). There is a Lidl there too which is even cheaper than the Intermarche - and their 2008 Rioja is a steal at 3Euro (I know...I know...when in Bordeaux and all that - but I couldn't resist!!).All throughout our stay, we were given this advise from Charmaine who really couldn't have done more to be a fantastic host and who had the canny knack of knowing when to be around and when to make herself scarce.The facilities of the house were excellent, the pool was superb, the patio just perfect for a quiet cuppa first thing in the morning, breakfast with the family, sunbathing in 30 degree heat, long relaxed lunches under the parasols and all rounded off with a family meal whilst the sun sets. Perfect.In conclusion, a wonderful house offered by wonderful hosts in an amazing location with superb facilities. All this means you will be guaranteed a relaxing, memorable holiday and you really will want to go back again (I know we will!).Thanks Charmaine - see you again soon!
5 star accommodation and surroundings
Thames Ditton, U.K.Date of Stay: August 2010
Having spotted Le Manoir de Gurson online we wondered whether our expectations would be met, none of our 11 strong group were disappointed... The Manoir was very clean, with extremely spacious rooms. Each bedroom had it's own style, delightfully comfortable beds and tastefully finished en suite bathrooms. All the facilities throughout the property were in good working order. The decor was classic (recently redecorated) and the beautiful furniture thoughtfully arranged.Charmaine, who lives next door, not only cooked us a delicious welcome BBQ, but throughout the booking process and our stay the 'can do' attitude was a fabulous. She was to hand to answer queries, offer suggestions of local markets and sightseeing visits and arranged local restaurant bookings/ wine tour and would have organised further activities if requested. We were made to feel as welcome additions to the family.Saying that our party had complete privacy, with the freedom to roam throughout the 98 acres and carry out whichever activities we had a whim to undertake (fishing / golf / table tennis / basketball...). The patio and swimming pool were areas we used the most, and perfect for BBQ's, reading in the shade, sunbathing and meals en-masse with breathtaking views in every direction.The property was perfect for our group (ages ranging from 6 to 75) and the location ideal for exploring the Dordogne region (although some of our party only left the Manoir a couple of times during our stay as they were more than content within the grounds).Since our return (only a couple of days ago) our glowing reviews of the property have prompted friends and colleagues to want to visit Le Manoir, and we hope to stay again in the not too distant future.I shouldn't really have written too glowing a review, as we don't want this place to become booked up / or to miss out on the opportunity of visiting Le Manoir in the future, however others should experience this place, it is stunning having so many positive attributes, impossible to include in this review... go visit!!
A great place for a large family holiday with kids
Plymouth, U.K. Date of stay: August 2011.
The owners could not have been more helpful, nothing was too much trouble. Excellent facilities (pool, 2 fishing lakes, golf range and walking) in a lovely setting. Top marks for children of all ages.Liked best: The pool and outdoor facilities.
Beautiful, peaceful location with charming hosts!
Guildford, U.K. Date of stay: August 2011.
A lovely manor house with many recreational facilities both indoor and outdoor. The location and countryside are beautiful with plenty to do nearby. The owners couldn't be more helpful.Liked best: Location
Very family orientated
Portsmouth, U.K. Date of stay: August 2011.
Charmaine & family were very welcoming when we arrived, we had asked them to do a BBQ on our arrival. They treated us like family, they were very informative about local attractions & points of interests. Charmaine arranged for the local baker to call with fresh bread etc each morning. Jef was so helpful, nothing was to much trouble. I would definitely go back again.Liked best: the way we were made to feel welcomed.Liked least: leaving
Teddington, U.K. Date of Stay: July 2010
The welcome barbeque was wonderful, especially after the long drive, and the hospitality provided by Charmaine and the children was unsurpassed!Fabulous location, we spent many an evening drinking wine overlooking the lakes where, incidentally, my husband spent many happy hours fishing.The photographs really do not do justice to the countryside. The house was clean, well equipped and extremely comfortable.Charmaine was on hand to answer any questions we had (and to lend us bits and pieces on occasion!) but made sure we had as much privacy as we wanted.The pool was lovely but not used as much as it could have been as the weather was a bit iffy (but better than England was!).We had some lovely day trips out to St Émilion, St Foy le Grand, Bergerac etc. as well as visiting one or two vineyards and going horse riding (never again!).We especially loved the night of the shooting stars where we were made comfortable on the front lawns to gaze heavenwards for hours!The only drawback was the distance to the nearest shops / supermarkets so we had to be very organised with our shopping lists!All in all a fantastic place, with wonderful hosts. Thank you very much for making our stay so memorable and we hope to see you again next year!
A very warm, friendly atmosphere in a beautiful part of France
Date of stay: June 2010
I would recommend Le Manoir to anyone who wants an authentic rural experience in the Dordogne. Charmaine is very friendly and make a real effort to keep guests happy. The Manoir itself is in a great location right next to a very pretty lake and surrounded by picturesque farms and countryside.
Beautiful house in wonderfully peaceful location.
Review Submitted: June 18, 2010 Date of Stay: July 2009
We arrived to an unexpectedly warm welcome where Charmaine cooked us a wonderful BBQ with local wines; a great treat after a long drive from Kent. Throughout our stay, we were made to feel very welcome by our hosts who live in the adjoining house to Le Manoir and they were always ready to assist with anything we needed from local information such as nearest shops, markets and vineyards to 'guided' mushroom hunts through the woods on the property. Our children enjoyed the horse riding and the grounds were a great place for adventure and exploration. The accommodation was as we expected with great bedrooms/en-suite facilities, a huge living & dining room (that we hardly used due to the glorious weather) and a large family kitchen. Our stay was a totally relaxing and thoroughly peaceful experience and a good base for exploring the western end of the Dordogne. If you're a cyclist, the surrounding areas were an absolute pleasure to ride with great surfaces, no potholes and all motorists appearing extremely courteous. We'd like to wish our hosts every success as they continue with their ongoing development plans for Le Manoir, which can only improve what is already a fantastic holiday destination for those who seek the tranquility of the countryside rather than the crowds of the better known towns further east in the Dordogne Valley.
Beautiful views with a 10 minute walk to the beach on the lake! Perfect!
U.K. Date of stay: August 2012
We had a great family holiday, the location is great, vineyards, lake with a beach and pony rides, we had a great time! Thanks again to our fabulous hosts!
A wonderful week with some lovely people
Date of stay: June 2013
Painting, fishing, visiting places of interest, including nearby towns and vinyards were all facilitated by our hosts who put themselves to a great deal of trouble to ensure we had a wonderful holiday. The outstanding grounds hosted nightingales and orchids, coypu and some splendid coarse fishing.
The accommodation was of a very high standard and eating 'en famile' with other guests and our hosts was a delightful way to round off each day.
A great place to be for an active holiday break or just to lounge around!
Liked best: The sense of being truly welcomed to such a delightful setting.