Le Manoir de St Christophe France, South West & The Dordogne

Built of pale golden stone, shuttered in white and flanked by dark cypress trees, the Manoir de St Christophe looks like an artist’s impression of the perfect French manor house, tucked away in the heart of the Dordogne countryside. Unashamedly romantic and tastefully practical, this is a beautiful base for one or two families looking to indulge in a week or two of fine French living.

The house is set in two acres of private grounds, with lawns for playing on and lots of lovely outdoor spaces for eating, drinking and chatting long into the mellow stillness of evening. Solar lanterns and fairy lights enhance the romance, and the gardens are equally appealing by day, whether you seek the shade of the vine-covered gazebo or follow the sun across the sky beside the south-facing private swimming pool.

The three main bedrooms are decorated with Renaissance-inspired fabrics and local antiques, and the effect is somehow sumptuous without being remotely stuffy. The five bathrooms are appropriately modern, and there are three further bedrooms on the top floor suitable for older children or teenagers looking for a little private space. And as if all of this delightful décor and space was not enough to seduce you, the Manoir is just a five-minute walk from Peyzac-Le-Moustier, where you’ll find the essential boulangerie, shop, bar and restaurant.

Accommodation:

  • 6 bedrooms (sleeps 8)
  • Changeover day – Saturday

Ground floor:

  • Entrance hall
  • Shower room with WC, 2 utility cupboards with washing machine
  • Fully equipped kitchen with range oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge freezer, dishwasher, Nespresso coffee machine and drinks fridge
  • Dining room with balcony overlooking the Vézère river valley to the north. Double French doors leading to south-facing pool terrace.
  • Sitting room with sofa, armchairs, wood stove and TV

First floor:

  • Double bedroom (180cm) with en suite shower room and WC (also accessed from corridor)
  • Double bedroom (180cm) with Juliet balcony
  • Double bedroom (180cm) with shower and washbasin
  • WC

Second floor:

  • Double bedroom (150cm) with en suite bathroom, shower and WC
  • Single bedroom (140cm)
  • Family room with twin bedroom (90 cm beds) leading onto double bedroom (150cm) with en suite shower room and WC

General:

  • Simpson Travel telephone representative
  • Private heated salt water swimming pool - 13m x 5m (depth 1m-2m), security alarm, pool ladder and steps
  • Weber barbecue on south-facing dining terrace
  • Vine covered gazebo with outdoor seating
  • Washing machine, iron, ironing board
  • Hairdryers in all bedrooms
  • Telephone for local calls
  • Wide screen TV, iPod/iPad dock, CD player & DVD player with large selection of movies
  • Holiday library and games, pétanque, croquet, bridge, backgammon
  • Cot with mattress (linen not provided) and high chair available on request

Complimentary Wifi:

  • All properties with Wifi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails
  • We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected

Services:

  • Bed linen, bath and pool towels are provided.
  • Weekly bed linen and towel change for stays of two weeks or more.
  • End of stay clean included
  • Additional cleaning available on request 20€ per hour (minimum 2 hours)
  • Services payable locally

Location:

  • Dordogne region
  • Restaurant (Le Moustier) 5min walk
  • Shops 5min walk
  • Lascaux Caves 22min drive
  • Sarlat 35min drive
  • Bergerac airport 1hr 10min drive

Access times:

  • Check in time: 4 – 7pm
  • Check out time: 10am
  • We all had a thoroughly enjoyable holiday with our every need well catered for. Mrs Hamer - May 2017

The house lies in the Vézère valley, and has much to explore within just a few kilometres of the front door. Peyzac-Le-Moustier village is a five-minute stroll, and you can easily drive or even walk to visit the troglodyte caves of La Roque St Christophe (1km), the Maison Forte de Reignac (3km) and the Prehisto Park (3.5km). Le Moustier was the site of the discovery of the first Neanderthal skeleton in 1908 and gave its name to the Mousterian Era of prehistory, characterised by use of tools.

Neighbouring St Léon-sur-Vézère is classified as one of the ‘most beautiful villages in France’ and the entire Vallée de la Vézère is a UNESCO World Heritage on account of the abundance of prehistoric shelters and painted caves. Lascaux, known as the Sistine Chapel of Prehistoric Art, is located 15 minutes away: its new interactive visitors' centre will open in 2017. 

For outdoor enthusiasts there is fishing, kayaking and canoeing on the Vézère River below the property. For a lazier day out you’ll find a range of shops, bars and excellent restaurants in Montignac or Les Eyzies (15 min drive from the house), while Sarlat, the medieval gem of the Périgord Noir, is a 30 min drive.

Getting there

  • Airports
    • Bergerac 65km
    • Brive-la-Gaillarde 76km
    • Limoges 157km
    • Bordeaux 181km
  • Ferry ports
    • Caen-Ouistreham 613km
    • St-Malo 682km
    • Le Havre 715km
    • Cherbourg 756km
  • TGV stations
    • Brive-la-Gaillarde 62km
    • Libourne 135km
    • Angoume 130km

 

Although this property is booked on an accommodation-only basis, we can arrange your flights for an extra charge of £25 per person, plus the cost of the flights themselves.

Below are the flight options available, including the most convenient airports in France to help you reach your destination as quickly and easily as possible.

Brive-la-Gaillarde 76km/1hr 5min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Stansted Ryanair Saturday All season

 

Bergerac 65km/1hr 15min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London City British Airways Sunday All season
London Stansted Ryanair Sat/Sun All season
Bristol Ryanair Saturday 3 Jun - 30 Sep
East Midlands Ryanair Sunday 26 Mar - 22 Oct
Liverpool Ryanair Saturday All season
Leeds Bradford Jet2 Saturday 29 Apr - 30 Sep
Southhampton Flybe Sat/Sun 1 Apr - 9 Sep
Exeter Flybe Saturday 1 Apr - 9 Sep
Birmingham Flybe Sat/Sun 1 Apr - 9 Sep
Manchester Flybe Saturday 1 Apr - 9 Sep
Edinburgh Flybe Saturday 1 Apr - 9 Sep

 

Bordeaux 181km/1hr 45min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Gatwick British Airways Sat/Sun From 22 Apr (Sat)
All season (Sun)
London Gatwick easyJet Sat/Sun All season
London Luton easyJet Sat/Sun All season
Bristol easyJet Sat/Sun All season (Sat)
23 Apr - 22 Oct (Sun)
Liverpool easyJet Saturday 13 May - 7 Oct
Belfast easyJet Saturday 13 May - 23 Sep
Edinburgh Ryanair Saturday All season
Southampton Flybe Saturday 27 May - 2 Sep
Birmingham Flybe Sat/Sun 26 Mar - 9 Sep

 

Limoges 157km/1hr 55min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Gatwick British Airways Sunday 28 May - 17 Sep
London Stansted Ryanair Sat/Sun All season
Birmingham Flybe Saturday 27 May - 30 Sep
Leeds Bradford Ryanair Sunday 2 Apr - 22 Oct
Manchester Ryanair Sunday 2 Apr - 22 Oct
East Midlands Ryanair Saturday All season
Southampton Flybe Sat/Sun 3 Jun - 9 Sep (Sat)
4 Jun - 3 Sep (Sun)

 

 

  1 April 8 April 15 April 22 April 29 April
Le Manoir de St Christophe 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  6 May 13 May 20 May 27 May
Le Manoir de St Christophe 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  3 June 10 June 17 June 24 June
Le Manoir de St Christophe 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  1 July 8 July 15 July 22 July 29 July
Le Manoir de St Christophe 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  5 August 12 August 19 August 26 August
Le Manoir de St Christophe 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  2 September 9 September 16 September 23 September 30 September
Le Manoir de St Christophe 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  7 October 14 October 21 October 28 October
Le Manoir de St Christophe 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD

†  Flight availability is limited on your chosen dates.

Please call us for assistance with your holiday on 020 8392 5872.

Please note the maximum capacity of the villa is 8 persons.


Please note that some properties are available for a two week duration only during peak summer periods.

Booking Conditions

YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE INCLUDES
  • Prices are in pounds sterling and are for the accommodation only for the guests named on your invoice
  • The assistance of the property owner, housekeeper or concierge
  • Information book in your accommodation
YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
  • Any breakages, damage, losses, extra cleaning or outstanding accounts incurred during your stay 
  • Visas 
  • Holiday travel insurance
  • Airfares, car hire or transfers
FOREIGN OFFICE ADVICE BEFORE YOU TRAVEL
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INFANTS
One cot and one highchair are provided free of charge in our self-catering properties.  Additional cots and highchairs may be available upon request.
 
PLACING AN OPTION
In order to allow you to co-ordinate your holiday arrangements with friends and family, in many cases we are able to hold an option for up to 24 hours before confirming your booking.
 
PAYING FOR YOUR HOLIDAY
In order to confirm your booking a deposit of 30% of the accommodation cost is required.  This payment is non-refundable. The balance payment for your holiday should be paid at least 10 weeks prior to your departure. We accept most debit cards and credit cards, and personal cheques. All payments made by credit card will be subject to a 1.25% charge* reflecting our incurred costs. (*American Express is subject to a 2% charge.) 
 
Please familiarise yourself with our full booking terms including our cancellation policy here.
 
SECURITY DEPOSIT
Most of our self-catering accommodation is privately owned and sometimes it is the owner’s main residence, which they vacate for the summer season. In order to protect the furnishings and fittings, some owners require a security deposit which is collected 3 weeks prior to departure. The deposit will be refunded in full within 7 days of your return provided there is no damage or additional cleaning required and the property remains in the same condition as upon arrival. If a security deposit is applicable, the amount required will be stated in the Details section of the property. Please alert the owner/caretaker to any breakages or damages during your stay.
 
A Security Form may be presented to you by the owner or caretaker on arrival and on departure for your signature.
 
TRAVEL INSURANCE
It is compulsory that all our guests have comprehensive travel insurance and we will need full details of your policy at the time of booking or before you travel.
 
FINAL DOCUMENTATION
Your travel documents are available to download and print 2 weeks prior to departure via our Manage My Booking facility on our website provided you have paid in full.
 
PASSPORTS AND VISAS
It is your responsibility to be in possession of a valid passport and any necessary visas. EU citizens do not need a visa to travel to France. If you are a non-EU citizen then you should check with your own embassy for the entry/re-entry requirements necessary for your journey. Children not on an accompanying parent’s passport before October 1998 are now required to hold their own passport if they are under 16 years. If you do not have a passport, it is recommended to apply at least 6 weeks before your holiday. Passports should be valid for 6 months after your return date.
 
 
ACCOMMODATION AND USEFUL INFORMATION
 
Air-conditioning and heating
We have indicated in the property descriptions which accommodation has air-conditioning included in the holiday price. Heating is available in some of our properties during the low season weeks, which is normally included in the holiday price.
 
Animals and wildlife
As in all rural communities, indigenous animals are an essential part of the way of life. The braying of a donkey, crow of a cockerel or the barking of a dog is not a complaint that receives much sympathy from the locals! Care should be taken to minimise the presence of insects and animals in your accommodation. Keep surfaces clean, dispose of refuse regularly and ensure that food is not left uncovered. Cats and dogs are often resident where an owner or manager lives on the property. If you are allergic to cats and/or dogs please ensure that you check the suitability of your chosen accommodation with us prior to confirming your booking.
 
Barbecues
We have specified if a barbecue is available at your accommodation. Please note that often in summer, due to the hot weather, use of your barbecue may not be allowed and/or strict rules for its use may apply. The local or national government reserves the right to introduce new rulings at any time, often with little prior notice, prohibiting the use of barbecues to reduce the risk of fires. Where a barbecue is not provided, it is usually because the surroundings are considered a fire risk or inappropriate for the use of barbecues.
 
Beach/pool towels
Beach/pool towels are provided in all our self-catering properties and these are normally laundered weekly.
 
Beds
Please note that a double bed could be two single beds placed together. French bed sizes vary and can be 140cm.
 
Check-in and check-out
You will usually be able to occupy your accommodation between 4-7pm and you should vacate it on the day of departure before 10am. Please refer to specific property details for exact times. 
 
Cleaning
All our properties are cleaned for your arrival. The details section of each property has further information regarding the cleaning schedule. If additional cleaning is required, please contact us to arrange this in advance of travel. Please note additional charges will apply.
 
Distances and timings
Please note that all walking and driving times stated are approximate estimates only. Transfer times are also approximate estimates only and do not include any waiting time.
 
Electricity
The voltage in France is 220-240v and is compatible with appliances used in the UK but you will need a plug adaptor. These are widely available in high street shops, airports, and on cross-Channel ferries.
 
French time
The time difference between the UK and France has been standardised and France is always one hour ahead of the UK. Arrival and departure times at villas are given in French time. 
 
Health and safety
Simpson Travel is committed to raising the standards of health and safety throughout all our destinations. Our guests’ safety and wellbeing is of the highest importance to us. However, please note that since many of our properties are private homes, it is not always possible to meet the same exacting standards as in the UK. In your accommodation we will provide any necessary health and safety information. We ask you to familiarise yourself with this information and the property on arrival, particularly when travelling with children, and to raise any concerns with the Simpson Travel telephone representative.
 
Internet access and wifi
Internet access and wifi is available when stated in the relevant accommodation description details. Please note there may be restrictions with the availability and speed of the service transmitted by the local provider and technical issues may cause temporary withdrawal of internet facilities. We are unable to accept responsibility for any down time or consequences of using this service and refund/compensation cannot be offered due to circumstances beyond our control such as adverse weather conditions.
 
Linen and laundry
Bed and bathroom linen is provided weekly. For your convenience all of our properties in France have a washing machine and most have a tumble dryer.
 
Money
Banking hours vary throughout France. Some banks are open weekdays from 09:00 to 17:00, often with a long lunch break which can be from 12:00 to 14:00; others open on Saturday and close on Mondays. A few banks still close at 15:30. Most Post Offices offer Bureau de Change services and are open for much longer hours, sometimes 08:00 to 19:00 on weekdays, and on Saturdays 08:00 to 12:00. 
 
Avoid taking large denomination Euro notes as they may not be easily changed due to strict money-laundering regulations. Supermarkets will not accept 500 Euro notes for purchases below 200 Euros. 
 
Automatic teller machines, available in all towns and some villages, make a charge for international cash withdrawals. Users are allowed only two attempts at entering their correct PIN before the card is retained by the machine and can only be retrieved from the bank. 
 
Motoring in France
We recommend you check with a motoring organisation in case of any changes or additions to the information below.
 
Breakdown on a motorway: 
1) Emergency telephones are located every 1.5 miles (2.4km) on the motorway
2) Each phone is linked to the local police station which can automatically locate you and send out an approved repair service
3) The repair service rates are regulated and vary between 70 and 90 but be aware that between 18.00 and 08.00, as well as on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, the service rates go up by an additional 25%.
 
Children: Children under ten years of age may not travel in the front seat, except babies aged less under nine months and weighing less than 9kg, strapped into an approved rear-facing baby seat. Never fit a rear-facing baby seat in a seat with a front airbag. Children in the rear seats weighing 9-15kg must sit in a child seat and over 15kg on a booster cushion in conjunction with a standard seat belt. 
 
Drinking and driving: The maximum permitted level of alcohol is 0.05 per cent, lower than the UK limit. The penalties for exceeding the limit reflect the severity of the infringement and range from an on-the-spot fine, confiscation of driving licence, confiscation of vehicle and a term of imprisonment. Random tests are permissible in France.
 
Driving licence: The minimum age for driving in France is 18 on a full UK licence. European insurance cover is required.
 
Drugs: Saliva drug tests have been introduced in France, with similar penalties to those for drivers shown to be under the influence of alcohol. 
 
Fines: French police are authorised to levy on-the-spot fines for a variety of motoring offences and will give a receipt. Credit cards are not accepted. Drivers with insufficient means to pay may have their licences confiscated until they are able to pay.
 
First aid kit: A vehicle first aid kit, although a wise precaution, is not compulsory in France.
 
Fuel: Unleaded petrol, 95 and 98 octane, LPG and diesel (known as ‘gazole’) are available in France. 
 
Mobile phones: The use of hand-held mobile phones while driving is strictly prohibited.
 
Priority: All roads of any significance have right of way known as 'passage protégé'. In built-up areas, however, for roads of equal importance, France still operates a system of priority for traffic coming from the right, 'priorité à droite'. At the entrances to roundabouts carrying the sign ‘Vous n’avez pas la priorité’, or ‘Cédez le passage’, traffic already on the roundabout has priority. If a French driver flashes his headlights, he is not allowing you to go first but letting you know he has the right of way.
 
Radars: Radar detection devices are illegal in France and their use may result in a heavy fine. Even devices that are not in use may be confiscated by police and the driver fined. 
 
Seat belts: Seat belts are compulsory for front and rear seat passengers.
 
Vehicle Registration Certificate: You must carry your vehicle registration certificate (V5C) or, if the vehicle is not registered in your name, a letter from the registered owner giving you permission to take the vehicle into France.
 
Noise and building works
Traffic, farm work, roadwork, animals and other sounds form part of everyday life, however, what constitutes ‘noise’ to one person may not be a problem for another. Please let us know if you have any special needs regarding this. Occasionally, building work is unavoidable as we do not control such work and may not know about it in advance. Whenever possible, we will notify you of any work that we believe may affect your holiday.
 
Occupancy
Only guests named on your invoice are entitled to occupy the accommodation.
 
Satellite television & DVD players
French satellite broadcast systems and DVD players sometimes operate on a different system to those in the UK. Some DVD players at our properties cannot play UK DVDs. Satellite channels available in the UK may not be available in France, and at some villas programmes may be broadcast in French only.
 
Seasonal facilities
Some facilities are subject to weather conditions and the general season, for example swimming pools, restaurant terraces and courtyards, pool bars, local restaurants, and they may be limited or unavailable at the beginning or end of the season. Please do not hesitate to check with us, should a particular facility be a necessity to you.
 
Sewage systems
Most country houses in France have septic tanks to handle the sewage system. It is essential that nothing other than toilet paper and natural waste be put down the toilet. Blockage of the system can lead to unpleasant smells and may take days to clear. A repair charge may also be payable.
 
Swimming pools
Swimming pool details are given on our website. Pool dimensions are approximate only and, unless specified otherwise, pools are freshwater and unheated. Dates when pools are operational are subject to the prevailing weather conditions at the time of opening and closing and we cannot be held responsible if poor weather means the pool is opened later, or is closed earlier in the season.
 
Upon arrival at your accommodation, we kindly ask you to acquaint yourselves with the pool’s safety and hygiene rules. All our pools in Corsica and mainland France comply with French law and are fitted with one of the following forms of security: fence, alarm or cover. Some pools are ‘infinity pools’ which have an exposed pool edge with an unprotected drop. This maximises views and is an attractive feature of the pool. We recommend that you do not sit, lean or walk on the unprotected edge. Children must be supervised at all times.
 
Telephone 
To call the UK from France dial 00 44, the STD code minus the 0 then the number. 
 
Villa owners
Whilst the owners or staff of some properties may live on site and tend to the grounds, they are aware that you value your privacy, and will do their best not to intrude. We do ask you, however, to allow them reasonable access to the property so that they can maintain the grounds and keep them in good order.
 
Welcome Pack
We offer a welcome pack in all our self-catering accommodation consisting of a small selection of staple items.
 

Our choice of French properties is diverse, ranging from simple charm to genuine luxury and style. Much of our portfolio is privately owned, and price alone is therefore not a universal guide. We contract all our accommodation in person, and each property has its individual appeal.

To help you make the right choice based on your own priorities, we have devised a simple grading guide to be considered in conjunction with each individual property description, awarding up to a maximum of five stars for the below categories.

Grading Criteria:

Location

Position, view, serenity, privacy

Comfort

Space, style, furnishings and interiors

Facilities*

Property enhancements

Amenities

Proximity to beach, restaurant and shops

*

For further clarification on Facilities, please view the 'Details' tab for each property or speak to one of our experienced sales consultants.

Grading for this property:

Location

Comfort

Facilities

Amenities