Le Manoir de St Christophe

The Dordogne & South West , France

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  • 6
  • 5
  • Spacious and exquisite 19th century manor house
  • Breathtaking views of the Vézère valley
  • Private heated swimming pool
  • Walking distance to bakery and local restaurant

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.

The local area

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 minute drive.


Accommodation

Layout

  • 6 bedrooms (sleeps 2-8)
  • Changeover day – Saturday

Ground floor

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

First floor

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

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

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/hour (minimum 2 hours)
  • Services payable locally

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
    Angoulême 130km

Access times

  • Check-in time: 4.00 – 7.00pm
  • Check-out time: 10.00am

Location

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

Flights

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)

Car hire

Although this villa is booked on an accommodation-only basis, we can arrange car hire for you at an additional cost. 

Chose from the car options below:

Car hire prices vary depending on the time of year. The first price shown covers 1 April – 30 June and 26 August – 31 October; the second covers the peak season of 1 July – 25 August.

Choose from the options below:

  • Group B: Opel Corsa 3dr or similar – £189/£231
  • Group C: Citroën C3 or similar – £203/£238
  • Group CA: Peugeot 208 or similar – £378/£406
  • Group D: Opel Astra or similar – £266/£336
  • Group DA: Citroën C4 e-HDi or similar – £469/£533
  • Group E: Lancia Delta or similar – £322/£385
  • Group EA: Citroën C5 e-HDi or similar – £476/£511
  • Group F: Opel Insignia or similar – £259/£329
  • Group FA: Peugeot 508 e-HDi or similar – £469/£553
  • Group CMPV: Nissan Note or similar – £287/£357
  • Group MMPV: Citroën C4 Picasso or similar – £308/£399
  • Group SSUV: Peugeot 3008 or similar – £364/£518
  • Group SSUVA: Peugeot 3008 or similar – £497/£574

All our cars include comprehensive insurance with zero excess. For this particular destination, the undercarriage, tyres and windscreen are not included in the cover.

Car specifications

Group B – 1.1 litre engine, 1 large and 2 small suitcases

Group C – 1.2 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group CA – 1.2 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group D – 1.4 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group DA – 1.4 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group E – 1.8 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Group EA – 1.8 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Group F – 2 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Group FA – 2 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Group CMPV – 1.4 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group MMPV – 1.6 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group SSUV – 1.6 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Group SSUVA – 1.6 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Customer Feedback

Excellent service was received and our villa was lovely. As soon as I returned home from our trip I went straight back to the Simpson Travel website to see other delights that could tempt us as a family. We will be using Simpson Travel again and again without a doubt.
Mrs Payne - August 2017

Great accommodation, described accurately. Representative in France available as required, and gave some good advice for our time in France
Mr Aston - July 2017

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From the Dordogne’s forest-covered hillsides to the undulating countryside of Lot-et-Garonne, these fertile landscapes have long played their part in human history – the famous Lascaux cave paintings testify to that. For a taste of spectacular coastline on your holiday, head to Charente-Maritime or find a lakeside beach that’s perfect for a picnic – this region is known for its abundant food and excellent wines. Choose a restaurant in an ancient village square and enjoy the sense of history repeated.

And for a place to stay in Dordogne and the South West, explore our collection of luxury villas.

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