|Property type||chateau / country house|
|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Bring your family and friends to Manoir Les Gaillardoux, where you'll drink in the sights and sounds of the French countryside. Sunny terraces overlook 3 acres (1.25 hectares) of private, secluded parkland, where spring and summer each bring an abundance of flowers to life. Wander the orchards, flitting between silver poplars, or simply lounge beside the heated saltwater pool.
A secret from the owners? There's prime summer star gazing on the southern terrace. Before the night's star show commences, have a barbecue al fresco on the terrace among bursts of lavender buds - comme c'est joli!
Local artisans poured heart and soul into the restoration of this old stone manor and coach house. Their efforts, combined with the owners' loving care, have earned Manoir Les Gaillardoux a 5-star rating from French Ministry of Tourism. Your host Josiane is happy to arrange catering for occasions big or small, extra cleaning, or transportation. As one guest put it, "Josiane was a pleasure...from beginning to end."
The towns of Quercy are full of pleasant adventures; scour the local markets for truffles (the season peaks from December to March), or the finest foies gras. Wineries, too, are abundant here. Any oenophile should head 16 km north to Cahors, the heart of the eponymous wine region. Grapes have grown since Roman times on the banks of the winding River Lot - today the deep red Malbec is king.
When you return with your culinary treasures, throw open the garden-facing windows while you cook in the open, sleek chef's kitchen and serve your creations in a dining space for 12 inside or outside.
En suite bathrooms adjoin each of the 6 guest rooms; the manor can sleep up to 12 in total privacy and comfort. The master boasts a separate boudoir, dressing room, and spa bath, while the other bedrooms have either two twin beds or a double, according to your preference. Meanwhile, original architectural details - the tall windows, rough wooden beams, and expansive stone fireplaces - recall a storied past.
Outdoor enthusiasts will be drawn to the River Célé, where you can fish, canoe, swim, or simply picnic on the banks. True thrill-seekers will find heaven at the nearby parachuting school while diving from a plane towards the countryside! Historical sites dot the region - in just a daytrip, move from prehistoric limestone caves, to cathedrals, to cliffside fortresses. If the weather outside is blustery, indoor entertainment abounds; a billiards room and two living rooms (the Grand and Petit Salons) can host cosy, convivial parties.
If you're searching for escape in the French countryside, let the siren song of Manoir Les Gaillardoux enchant you. Let it become your maison de rêve.
We spent 4 years looking for our dream home in South West France. Our intention was to find a Manoir or small castle which would combine an authentic regional look with the potential to become a secondary home to match our vision for comfort, style, space and privacy. The idea was that we would inhabit it part of the year and let it to likeminded guests during the summer. The South West of France was a favourite for us, because of its relatively sparse population, the gastronomy we knew well and loved, the conviviality of the locals and the dramatic scenic landscape, and of course the weather!
We had about given up finding our dream property when we suddenly found ourselves standing in the courtyard of 18th century Manoir Les Gaillardoux. We had hardly got inside that my husband and I knew we would buy it. Which we did 3 days later when we signed the "compromis de vente"! That was in the autumn of 2005. The sale was completed at the end of November 2005 with Christmas looming close. So, there we were, with our future dream house in need of tender care.
Now, the task to make the dream vision come true! Time to begin the restoration... An epopee which ended well when the dream vision became reality in 2006!
Exciting for us - and for everyone of the 17 artisans and Francoise, their gifted leader! We set 21 April as the Inauguration Date, when everyone who had contributed to the restoration would be invited with their spouse or companion to show what they had accomplished. We would also invite several prominent personalities from the region to join us. An opportunity for everyone to shine ... or hide. The last chandelier was installed on 20 April. The furniture was in place. On D-Day, the caterers were ready with the buffet dinner and the champagne was cool. We welcomed 84 guests on that day and many artisans shed an emotional tear. We had met our goal - on time! Bravo !!!
From then on, we and our Summer Guests could enjoy Manoir Les Gaillardoux...
Over the past 10 years, we have had the immense pleasure of welcoming wonderful guests from the UK, The Netherlands, USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Belgium... They tell us that they have fond memories of their holidays at the Manoir and in our region...
For instance, from Debbie, an American architect who lives and works in Paris and London:
"A landmark house in one of the most beautiful parts of France! Le Manoir des Gaillardoux was a spectacular point of departure for the birthday week in September. The house is an amazing piece of architecture as all the architects and designers in the group agreed. It was a perfect setting for my friends from around the globe to gather and share a week of cooking; sampling; visiting; celebrating and thoroughly enjoying each other’s company in this wonderful region full of historical and natural sites to visit; fabulous restaurants, products and wine to sample and a gracious lifestyle to experience.
On arrival, we were met by the Manoir’s very gracious house manager, who introduced us to the house and all of its wonders, the handsome grounds; the meticulously designed accommodations and the extremely high standard of equipment at our disposal during our stay. No detail has been overlooked in the planning of this holiday house and a stay here feels like coming home. The house offers many spacious areas for guests to gather or to seek a moment of solitude. The pool area and the terrace off the dining room and kitchen were favourites for most, the sumptuous stone stairwell was mine.
Many thanks to the owners who went out of their way to assist in making this a very special memory. Being very exacting, I was extremely pleased as were all of my guests. Le Manoir provided perfect accommodations, beautiful interiors, furnishings and outdoor spaces - a wonderful setting for this week of celebration and the formal dinner party. Merci infiniment pour le Manoir and all of our wonderful memories.”
This house is exceptionally beautiful. The furnishings and maintenance are impeccable and it is both elegant and comfortable. The owner went out of her way to help us with every aspect of our stay, and was exceptionally generous with her time in providing information about the house and area prior to and throughout our stay. In this region of France I cannot imagine a more perfect place to stay.
Guest gave 5 star rating.
"In July, 2011, our group of family and friends spent two very happy weeks at this lovely house in a beautiful and unspoiled part of France. All of the rooms are large, well furnished and equipped, including the kitchen. There are two large refrigerators and two automatic washing machines. Most importantly the beds are comfortable. Our party of 8 had more than enough room for everyone never to feel at all crowded. Overlooking the garden and the fields beyond is a spacious patio, equipped with two big tables, huge umbrellas, and a first class gas barbeque. At the front there is a large swimming pool. The Manoir, about ten minutes south of beautiful Cahors, is situated in bucolic splendour on a large property looking out upon working farms and the hilltop town of Montdoumerc. Scores of wine estates are nearby, many offering tastings and restaurants. Many great sights and weekly markets are within an easy drive. We all had a great time."
Discover Midi-Pyrenees and particularly the Lot region.
The scenic Causses du Quercy Blanc are an elevated limestone plateau with extended views over a rolling hilly and wooded landscape. The area enjoys a sunny, dry climate with mild spring and autumn weather yet relief from extreme summer heat, making it possible to live outdoors for a large part of the year.
The Quercy region is sparsely populated and is well-known for its picturesque medieval villages, many of which have shops, cafés, restaurants and traditional street markets. If you have a sophisticated palate you will find much to delight you in the local delicacies, such as the rare black truffle and the goose and duck “foies gras” which can be enjoyed at a number of restaurants for all occasions within easy reach of the Manoir. The Lot is also well known for the “black wines” of Cahors. Most of the local chateaux and vineyards welcome visitors for guided tours and wine tasting.
We can help you organise a Gastronomic Discovery Programme to suit your taste.
The area around Manoir Les Gaillardoux is a lively centre of cultural and sports activities based around its rivers, pre-historic caves, gastronomy, vineyards, villages and history.
Our Welcome Book contains lots of information to help our guests make the most of their holiday, enjoy the local folklore and activities - and of course taste the local gastronomy and Malbec wines.
The Quercy boasts a rich architectural heritage and a wide range of cultural activities: spectacular cliff-top fortresses and historical remains; at Cahors, Pont Valentré, the magnificent medieval bridge, and the 11thC cathedral; the stunning 15thC Chateau de Cieurac near Lalbenque, and the medieval village of Saint-Cirq-Lapopie to name but a few, all of which are less than a half hour drive from the Manoir. The limestone geology throughout Périgord and Quercy has resulted in series of caves with stunning pre-historical cave paintings which are open to the public.
With spectacular sculptured rocky landscapes, the wide river valley of the Lot and smaller rivers like the shallow Célé attract water sports lovers for boat hire, fishing, canoeing, swimming and picnicking. The area also provides opportunities for cycling, walking, caving and golf, as well as adrenaline-raising activities such as Go-karting, sightseeing flights, parachuting and gliding at the nearby Aerodrome of Lalbenque.
The Manoir is located just 16 km south of Cahors and is easy to find: less than 2 km from the N20, and 8 km from the Cahors South junction of the A20 motorway, part of the Paris to the Pyrenees network of motorways.
For guests coming by train, Cahors station (on the main line from Paris to Toulouse and beyond) is 16 km away. Toulouse Blagnac International Airport is just over an hour by road (motorway). The low cost airlines fly into Toulouse airport and into Bergerac airport which is less than two hours away, and for private flyers, Lalbenque private aerodrome is just 5 km away. Car rental is available in Cahors and from Toulouse Airport or Station. Local taxis and mini coaches available for booking in advance.
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My Standard Rate
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||A$1,411|
Our weekly fee includes thorough cleaning of the interior of the Manoir before your arrival and after departure + all beds made + a generous weekly supply of bath and pool towels + weekly cleaning for multiple week rentals + weekly supply of fresh towels and change of bedding. Also laundry washing products and other everyday necessities… Optional extra services available by prior arrangement, including cooking and airport collection. Please ask for details and quote.