Manoir de Sourzac

The Dordogne & South West , France

  • 15
  • 8
  • 6
  • 17th-century manor house
  • Ideal for family gatherings
  • Private heated and gated swimming pool
  • Private tennis court and games room

If you’ve ever tried to arrange a holiday for a large group, you’ll know that finding somewhere that suits everyone is a challenge, but we think that this 17th-century manor house offers a near-perfect solution for a multi-generational gathering. Deep in the heart of the Dordogne, surrounded by open countryside, Manoir de Souzac offers a host of excellent facilities and a great location within an hour of the most celebrated sites of the region including the caves of Lascaux, the valley of the Vézère and the vineyards of St Emilion and Bordeaux.

Le Manoir is owned and run by an experienced French hotelier, who converted the house with style and a considerable amount of insight into what he believes his guests appreciate. Quality materials have been used to complement the existing features – original beams and monumental fireplaces. The Manoir has spacious and very comfortable living and dining areas, with a well-equipped kitchen opening onto a beautiful covered terrace for dining outdoors. So naturally there’s a large swimming pool which can be heated, as well as swings, table football, a games room and table tennis for the children. Those who like to keep active will appreciate the gym room, bicycles and private tennis court, but with plenty of comfortable lounging spaces both inside and out, there’s no need to overly exert yourself if you don’t want to.

The layout of the interior is a little eclectic as you might expect in a 400-year-old building. There are eight bedrooms in all, one of which is on a lower level next to the games room, making it the ideal den for teens. The kitchen is small in comparison to the cavernous living room, but has everything you need to cook for large gatherings, up to around 16. Alternatively, the owner, Eric, is available to cook dinner on request, leaving you free to relax and enjoy this authentically lovely place. Mussidan, 5km away, has shops and supermarkets, or for a foodie day out, Périgueux is around 40 minutes by car.

The local area

The Dordogne region in the heart of the southwest is an area rich in all the delights France has to offer. Beautiful dramatic scenery greets you at every turn: castles perched high over the Dordogne River valley, the spectacular Gouffre de Padirac caves, tranquil rivers winding their way through limestone cliffs. Our earliest artists descended 17,000 years ago into the caves near Lascaux, on the Vézère River, to paint in breathtaking colour the animals they hunted; you can visit a replica cave, as well as many other prehistoric sites in the area. The fortified ‘bastide’ towns of Monpazier, Eymet, Villefranche, and others are remarkably well-preserved witnesses to turbulent times. The mighty donjon of Bourdeilles castle looms imposingly, while Brantôme (the ‘Venice of France’) wears a more serene aspect, the beautiful Benedictine abbey gazing contemplatively down onto the river Dronne.


Accommodation

Layout

  • 8 bedroom manor house (sleeps 15)
  • Changeover day – Saturday

Ground floor

  • Living room
  • Sitting room
  • 2 dining rooms
  • Kitchen with oven, hob, fridge, freezer, kettle and dishwasher, opening onto covered terrace
  • Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and WC
  • Twin bedroom (can be made into a double) with en-suite downstairs bathroom and WC accessed via a steep spiral staircase

Lower garden level

  • Games room
  • Double bedroom with en-suite shower room
  • Separate WC

First floor

  • Double bedroom (can be made up as twin beds) with en-suite bathroom with WC
  • 2 double bedrooms
  • Twin bedroom
  • Single bedroom, simply furnished and suitable for children
  • Bathroom
  • Separate WC

General

  • Simpson Travel telephone representative
  • Complimentary wifi
  • Washing machine and dryer
  • 3 cots (linen supplied) and 2 highchairs
  • Telephone and fax
  • 5 Satellite TVs, video, DVD and CD players
  • Safe
  • Heating (included)
  • Fireplace (wood included)
  • Fans
  • Tennis court (tennis balls and rackets are not provided)
  • Table tennis
  • Games room
  • Billiards
  • Bikes
  • Table football
  • Swings
  • Gym in separate building
  • Barbecue
  • Private swimming pool 12m x 6m (depth 0.8m – 2m), security alarm, fenced-off, can be heated on request for a charge, open all year

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 bookings of one week or more
  • Cleaning 2 hours per day included
  • Additional cleaning €15 per hour (minimum 2 hours)
  • Cook €150 per meal for 12 guests (additional guests €15) plus cost of food and wine; price include table preparation, service and clearing up 
  • All services payable locally
  • Prices quoted are subject to change

Access times

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

Getting there

  • Airports
    Bergerac 34km
    Brive-la-Gaillarde 100km
    Bordeaux 115km
    Limoges 131km
  • Ferry ports
    Caen-Ouistreham 574km
    St-Malo 592km
    Le Havre 641km
    Cherbourg 753km
    Calais 863km
  • TGV stations
    Libourne 70km
    Angoulême 88km
    Bordeaux 101km
    Brive 108km
    Agen 121km

Location

  • Dordogne region
  • Restaurant (Sourzac) 2min drive
  • Shops (Sourzac) 2min drive
  • Périgueux 30min drive
  • Saint-Émilion 50min drive
  • Bergerac airport 30min 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 34km/35min 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

 

Brive-la-Gaillarde 100km/1hr 10min drive

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

Bordeaux 131km/1hr 15min 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 131km/1hr 50min 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

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.

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    4.5/5

    Position, view, serenity, privacy

  • Comfort

    4/5

    Space, style, overall furnishings

  • Facilities*

    4.5/5

    Property enhancements

  • Amenities*

    4/5

    Proximity to beach, restaurant and shops

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

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.

Read more on our The Dordogne & South West region page

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