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- Spacious and exquisite 19th-century manor house
- Breathtaking views of the Vézère valley
- Private heated swimming pool
- Walking distance to bakery and local restaurant
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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. 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-minute drive from the house), while Sarlat, the medieval gem of the Périgord Noir, is a 30-minute drive.
- 6 bedrooms (sleeps 2-6)
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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-filtered swimming pool 13m x 5m (depth 1m – 2m), security alarm, pool ladder, steps, heated to 25 degrees (exact temperature not guaranteed)
- Security deposit £500 payable 2 weeks before departure
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- 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
- Ferry ports
Le Havre 715km
- TGV stations
- Check-in time: 4.00 – 7.00pm
- Check-out time: 10.00am
- Dordogne region
- Restaurant (Le Moustier) 5min walk
- Shops 5min walk
- Lascaux Caves 22min drive
- Sarlat 35min drive
- Bergerac airport 1hr 10min drive
The villa was an ideal home for a family holiday (5 adults, 2 children – 80 to 8) and its position in the Dordogne was such that lots of places were accessible. The problem was deciding which was better the villa or the attraction.
David Cowley – August 2019
Couldn’t have wished for a more romantic place to celebrate my 50th with my family. Blessed with fine weather, lovely food and drink, and amazing places to visit, Le Manoir couldn’t have been more accommodating. We would all love to return!
Melissa, Adam, Alice, Pat, Stephen, Sharon & Daisy – July 2019
Our second visit to Le Manoir! We enjoyed another lovely holiday, relaxing by the pool, exploring the area, canoeing and eating in the many lovely restaurants. Thank you for making everything run so smoothly, and your hospitality.
Bill, Linda & the boys – July 2019
We have enjoyed this beautiful house so much – the pool, the garden (magically lit at night), bird song, smell of lavender. Do try the Auberge in the village – wonderful hosts, everything home cooked – and if you love pre-history then tour the small cave ‘Grotte du Sorcier’ is incredible with one of the few representations of a human in cave art.
Barbara, George, Rachel, Kieran & Jess – June 2019
Fabulous time staying in this wonderful place. So many beautiful places to visit: Sarlat, Domme, Beynac, and we would also recommend a canoe trip down the Dordogne River. Lots of nice restaurants listed in the villa book, of which we sampled a few. We would definitely recommend this place to family and friends.
Kerry, Simon, Tracy & Mark – June 2019
A fantastic holiday, thoroughly enjoyed by the whole family. The Simpson Travel team was excellent and our accommodation was amazing. Wouldn’t hesitate to use Simpson Travel again.
Sandra Thomas – August 2019
Le Manoir is a beautifully presented home with great charm, set in lovely private gardens. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend it for a peaceful stay in a lovely location.
Mrs Fisher-Hawkins – July 2019
Simply magical – we have finally found somewhere we'd love to come back to. Absolutely ideal for our young family, nothing more you could ask for. A wonderful stay.
The Mills Family – June 2019
Le Manoir de St Christophe was perfect for all our holiday needs especially as we had an age range from over 70 to 6 years.
Mazoe Young – August 2018
Le Manoir de St Christophe is a truly magical house – beautifully furnished inside and out. The location is ideal with daily walks for croissant and bread just a few minutes away. It totally exceeded our expectations..
Stephanie – August 2018
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.
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