Le Manoir du Vignoble

Dordogne & Gironde

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  • Ground floor: Entrance hall with doors to rear garden. Cloakroom. Dining room (TV, feature fireplace). Kitchen/diner (feature fireplace, oven, microwave, dishwasher) with door to front terrace. Living room (feature fireplace) with door to front terrace and rear garden. Steps down to vaulted room with billiard table. Suite comprising double bedroom (TV) with en suite bathroom and separate WC. Spacious reception/games room (table tennis) with kitchenette, living area (TV, DVD, CD) and French windows to exterior. Steps down to laundry room (washing machine, WC). Central heating throughout the house (payable locally). WiFi (in dining room and courtyard area).
  • First floor: (Stairs lead from entrance hall) Large landing. Two double bedrooms (TV), both with en suite shower room. Stairs lead from main living room to double bedroom (four poster bed, TV) with en suite bathroom. Stairs lead from reception/games room to dormitory with 6 single beds and en suite shower room.
  • Outside: Front terraces. Open grounds of lawn, fields, lake and vineyards. Children's games area (swings, slide, sandpit, wendy house). Barbecue. Private parking.
  • Private heated swimming pool (12m x 6m) with Roman steps.

To the south of Bergerac lies a picturesque scene of undulating countryside interspersed with pretty villages and fields of vines. Here, the vineyards are an intrinsic part of the landscape and indeed the local life. It is amidst this setting that we came across Le Manoir du Vignoble, a beautiful property owned by a local viticulturist whose vineyards form part of the grounds around the house.

The façade of Le Manoir du Vignoble is that most attractive combination of pale stone walls with a steep tiled roof of original local tiles in hues of burnt sienna, rusts and browns.

Dormer windows framed by stone complete the impressive appearance. The front of the house faces the circular driveway, in the middle of which is a lawned area dotted with trees. Stone steps lead up to the small terrace and the entrance to the house.

Behind the traditional stone façade is an imposing and spacious interior. High beamed ceilings and exposed stone walls throughout the ground floor invoke a sense of grandeur, complemented by the impressive tall stone fireplaces, reminiscent of those found in châteaux, which can be seen in the dining room, living room and kitchen.

An atmospheric underground vaulted den has become the place in which to have a game of billiards. The sleeping accommodation takes on a more modern feel with a mixture of oak flooring, painted walls and up to date en suite facilities. At the far side of the main accommodation is a large reception/games room with its own kitchenette, living area with TV, DVD and CD players. From here, stairs lead to a dormitory, complete with its own en suite, a fun arrangement for children and teenagers.

French windows open out on to the grounds that surround the property. At the rear, steps lead down to the pool area, perfectly positioned to take in the open vista of vineyards and countryside. Slightly further away but still within the grounds is a small lake where fishing is allowed.

The nearby town of Sigoulès (4km) provides basic amenities whilst to the north the town of Bergerac (12km) sits on the banks of the River Dordogne.

From the old port, where you can take boat trips along the river, cobbled streets lead into the 'vieille ville' where half timbered buildings adorned with flowers house a variety of cafés, restaurants and shops. Scenic routes through the countryside lead you to a number of pretty villages, including Issigeac, Monbazillac, and Eymet.

The owners live in a separate house to one side of the front courtyard and do not use any of the facilities.

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Great Things to Do Near Le Manoir du Vignoble

Wander around the famous wine town of Saint-Emilion (56 km).

It is the first wine growing area listed by UNESCO and definitely worth a visit. There is also a huge monolithic church carved out of limestone rock, as well as miles of underground tunnels and caves.

Saint-Emilion is not too far from Bordeaux,

a beautiful city and home to good wine and food and, with so many things to see and do, it's a trip not to be missed.

Visit the Château of Monbazillac

(10 mins drive away) with its fine collection of XVIIth century furniture, vineyards and a wine museum. Discover the wonderful wines that are grown in this area by tasting them at the Château.

Visit the medieval Bastide towns of the Dordogne,

such as Beaumont-du-Périgord, Eymet, Monpazier, Issigeac....as well as Villeréal and Monflanquin in the Lot-et-Garonne. The best time to go is on market days when these towns are really buzzing.

Spend a morning at one of the markets

for example, Bergerac on a Wednesday and a Saturday, Issigeac on the Sunday or Eymet on Thursdays and see how the French shop for food. Every market has stalls teeming with produce - the best way to shop for lunch!

Step back in time and see how the gentry lived during the Renaissance at the Chateau de Lanquais,

one of the jewels of the Dordogne, with its fully furnished apartments (28 km)

Enjoy a glass of local wine on the terrace

and admire the view across the vineyards that stretch out in front of you.

Visit the owner's wine cellar.

The owner of Le Manoir du Vignoble makes some excellent wine - call in to his cellar for a 'dégustation', just a short walk from the house.

A trip to Bergerac is a must

the old centre is a beautiful jumble of cobbled streets, timbered houses, little shops and cafes overlooking the squares. Sit on the riverbank and watch the boats go by.

The famous golf course of Château des Vigiers (18 hole)

is not too far away, about 12 km. Have a game of golf and then come back and relax by the pool.

Take a drive in the surrounding area

to see all the vineyards and chateaux which offer tastings of the local wine. The gentle countryside is dotted with little villages too - stop off for a coffee or some lunch.

Sail up and down the Dordogne River on a traditional barge,

discovering the wonderful landscape as seen from a boatman's view. Lunch and dinner are served on the barge. Departure from Creysse (20 km).

Whilst in the area around Creysse,

visit the Pécharmant vineyards and the wonderful Château de Tiregard in the heart of a working vineyard - visit the cellar and the formal gardens and, of course, taste the wine.

Take the children to Aqua Park Junior Land,

10 mins from Bergerac in the direction of Bordeaux. There are four pools, with a water slide and direct access to the river for canoeing. Mountain biking, quad bikes, beach volleyball, table tennis are always on offer. The park is open daily from May to September from 10.00 to 01.00 the following morning - floodlit at night!

A boat trip

In the pretty town of Lalinde is a canal that used to be very busy in the 19th century with working boats travelling up and down. The sleeping beauty has been inscribed as a historical monument and has now awoken to offer trips up to Limeuil on a gabarre. Embarkation takes place in Bergerac.

Visit gardens

Less than an hour away, near the pretty town of Cadouin, visit the Bamboo garden of Planbuisson and a step further the Gardens of the Chateau de Limeuil with its 60 different species of trees and its old mill. Or, a little closer, at Vélines, is the garden of Sardy, an English and Florentine inspired garden around an XVIIIth century building.

A Gallo-Roman villa

In the little village of Montcaret, 37km west of Pomport, a Gallo-Roman villa has been discovered. Classified as a Monument Historique, excavations have revealed two mosaic-floored rooms that span more than 400m ², thermal baths and swimming pool mosaics. Its remains are dated between the first and fourth centuries BC. This set is one of the finest Roman sites in the Southwest. There is also a museum.

Bowling and mini golf

Enjoy a family game of bowling or mini golf at Saint-Laurent-des-Vignes. Open every day from afternoon until 2am!

Visit Beynac and Sarlat

The architecture of these medieval towns is fascinating. Climb through the village at Beynac to the castle and church perched high on the cliff then enjoy the Menu du jour beside the river. In Sarlat, wander the narrow streets of the old town and visit the cathedral.

Nearby

Towns

Monbazillac 10 mins
Sigoulès 10 mins
Bergerac 16 mins
Eymet 20 mins
Issigeac 20 mins
Villeneuve-sur-Lot 60 mins

Airports

Bergerac 15 mins
Bordeaux 60 mins
Toulouse 165 mins
Times are approximate

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