• 12
  • 7
  • 4
  • 17th century Manoir set in beautiful grounds
  • Original character features
  • Private tennis court and swimming pool
  • Shops 20min walk, restaurants 15min drive

With its well-preserved circular towers and large, enclosed courtyard, there’s an almost Disney-esque perfection to this magnificent Dordogne manor house, though local history tells us that it’s every inch authentic. Built in the late 16th century by a local family and subsequently home to French nobility, the Manoir d’Ardis still retains its sense of grandeur over 400 years later.

The house is large and very practical for two or even three families holidaying together. Your accommodation is divided between the main house and a separate, self-contained annexe, both of which open onto the central courtyard. The annexe – an ideal base for teens – is slightly more modern in style than the rest of the house, which is an eclectic mix of old and new.

The interiors are characterful and comfortable, but the biggest draw here for a family is the outdoor space. With a private tennis court, a heated swimming pool, table tennis and lots of open grassy spaces surrounded by ancient woodland, you’ll find plenty to keep all ages happily relaxed and entertained for hours. And if all you want to do is read and rest, there is plenty of outdoor seating at various key spots around the grounds, so you can follow the sun’s leisurely journey across the sky from morning coffee to wine o’clock.

The local area

Manoir d’Ardis is just 7km from Périgueux, gastronomic capital of the Dordogne and one of the undisputed highlights of the whole beautiful region. There’s a mouth-watering market here every day of the week, with myriad restaurants in its pretty historic streets. Closer to home is Coulounieix-Chamiers (1km), with a small café, bakery and basic shops and services.

After food, water is the other big regional attraction: take a boat ride around Brantôme (30km), the Venice of the Périgord, swim or fish in the lake at St-Armand-de-Vergt (27km) or explore the River Isle by kayak from Périgueux (5km). Dordogne also claims 1001 individual castles, and you’ll find famous names such as the Château de Hautefort and the Château des Milandes less than an hour’s drive away.


Accommodation

Layout

  • 7 bedroom villa (sleeps 2-12)
  • Changeover day – Saturday

Ground floor

  • Living room
  • Dining room
  • Kitchen includes hob, oven, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, dining table
  • Double bedroom (160cm bed) with en-suite shower room and WC; accessed off the living room and with doors to the courtyard
  • Double bedroom (160cm bed)
  • Single bedroom (2 x 90cm pullout beds)
  • Shower room with WC

First floor

  • Double bedroom (160cm bed) with en-suite bathroom with shower and WC
  • Twin bedroom (2 x 90cm beds, can be made up as a double on request)
  • Single bedroom (140cm bed)

Annex

  • Living/games area
  • Double bedroom (160cm bed)
  • Bathroom with shower and WC

General

  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Simpson Travel representative
  • Washing machine and tumble dryer
  • 2 cots (no linen) and 2 highchairs
  • iPod dock
  • Satellite TV, Video, DVD and CD players
  • Piano
  • Heating (extra charge)
  • Fireplace (wood included)
  • Weber gas barbecue
  • Private tennis court
  • Table tennis
  • Badminton
  • Croquet
  • Private swimming pool 12 x 6m (depth 1.2m – 2.5m), electric security cover, open April to end October, pool heated to 26°C free of charge between mid-April and mid-October only (weather permitting), pool can be heated during the first two weeks of April and the last two weeks of October for a charge of €200/week (payable locally)

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 linen change for stays of two weeks or more
  • 3 hours cleaning per week and end of stay clean included
  • Additional cleaning €17/hour (minimum 3 hours)
  • Swimming lessons and tennis coach available on request
  • Massages available on site (prices on request)
  • All services payable locally
  • Prices quoted are subject to change

Getting there

  • Airports
    Bergerac 49km
    Brive-la-Gaillarde 77km
    Bordeaux 140km
  • Ferry ports
    Caen-Oustreham 576km
    St-Malo 618km
    Le Havre 718km
    Cherbourg 780km
    Calais 838km
  • TGV stations
    Brive 83km
    Angoulême 88km
    Libourne 97km

Access times

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

Location

  • Dordogne region
  • Shops (Coulounieix-Chamiers) 20min walk or 5min drive
  • Restaurants (Périgueux) 15min drive
  • Brantôme 30min drive
  • Lascaux caves 45min drive
  • Bergerac airport 55min 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.

Bergerac 49km/45min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London City British Airways Sunday All season
London Stansted Ryanair Sat/Sun All season
East Midlands Ryanair Sunday 25 Mar – 21 Oct
Liverpool Ryanair Saturday 31 Mar – 27 Oct
Leeds Bradford Jet2 Saturday 26 May – 29 Sep
Southampton Flybe Sunday 1 Apr – 9 Sep
Birmingham Flybe Sat/Sun 1 Apr – 9 Sep
Manchester Flybe Sat/Sun All season
Edinburgh Flybe Saturday All season

Brive-la-Gaillarde 77km/1hr drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Stansted Ryanair Saturday 21 Mar – 27 Oct

Bordeaux 140km/1hr 30min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Gatwick British Airways Sat/Sun All season
London Gatwick easyJet Sat/Sun All season
London Luton easyJet Sat/Sun All season
Bristol easyJet Sat/Sun All season
Liverpool easyJet Sat/Sun 12 May – 1 Sep (Sat)
1 Jul – 2 Sep (Sun)
Belfast easyJet Saturday 12 May – 1 Sep
Edinburgh Ryanair Saturday 31 Mar – 27 Oct
Southampton Flybe Saturday 26 May – 25 Aug
Birmingham Flybe Sat/Sun 31 Mar – 2 Sep

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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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