YOURS TO ENJOY THROUGHOUT SUMMER/AUTUMN:
500sm / 5,300 sq ft of stylish, comfortable and private 5-star accommodation + heated pool, in a secluded 12500sqm / 3-acre park, in sunny, gastronomic Occitanie, SW France, for up to 12 guests.
Conveniently situated in the epicentre of Toulouse, Albi, Rodez, Rocamadour, Sarlat, Villeneuve-sur-lot and Agen - ideal for exploring the region.
THERE ARE SEVERAL WAYS YOU CAN ENJOY LIFE AT MANOIR LES GAILLARDOUX depending on the time of the year:
EXCLUSIVE-USE SUMMER & AUTUMN RENTAL
This is where extended 3-generation family groups can hire the whole Manoir for special celebrations and enjoy the house and park throughout the long days and warm nights of July, August, September and October.
MINIMUM BOOKING PERIOD 7 NIGHTS - Arrive / leave on Saturdays or Wednesdays.
The Manoir also offers a special BnB formula for couples seeking to enjoy the area outside the main holiday season. PLEASE ENQUIRE.
LONGER STAY ALTERNATIVE
Alternatively, if you are thinking of buying a property or retiring to live in France, longer stays at the Manoir may be arranged, with experienced assistance to help you with your plans.
THE PROPERTY - SPACIOUS, SECLUDED, BUT NOT ISOLATED:
Large, luxury house, 250-year-old Manoir Les Gaillardoux is an exceptional rental property for lovers of space, comfort and privacy, to enjoy long summers by the private heated pool or to explore the autumn and spring attractions of the area from a warm comfortable and base.
Most of our guests arrive by road from the A20 motorway, just 10 minutes away.
• Toulouse International airport is about one hour by road.
• Brive airport is also around one hour
• Bergerac airport is just under 2 hours away.
You can travel by rail, but it requires planning, train changes and plenty of time to reach Cahors station, from where you can hire a car.
There’s plenty to do and easy driving through scenic landscapes. This is one of the least populated areas of France but enjoys good roads with usually little traffic. It’s a pleasure to leave the main routes to cruise through the countryside and maybe stop at an interesting village café.
• Horse riding
• Water sports, canoeing
• Rock climbing
• Street markets
• Village fetes
• Dinosaur sites
• Cave paintings
• River trips
• Fine dining or quick food. The range is enormous
• Vineyard visits and tastings
• Duck – specialist restaurant and open-air dining 3km away
• Brasseries and street cafes in Lalbenque and Cahors.
PLENTY TO DO FOR ALL GENERATIONS, at the Manoir and in the countryside around it.
We can help you to find things and help with reservations if needed.
Swim or splash in the pool, from dawn to the depth of night. There are enough loungers around the pool for all 12 guests to soak up the sun, and plenty of garden tables, chairs and parasols.
A LAND THAT TIME FORGOT
Dinosaur tracks, caves and fossils are very popular with budding archaeologists. Explore medieval chateaux and villages and discover dark and fantastic stories of the area...
On the other hand, you may be more interested to attend local street markets, gastronomic restaurants and folkloric village events, visit a vineyard or enjoy a beer whilst sitting on the shaded terrace of a café, watching the world go by.
In the ancient province of Quercy, you will find, hidden away, some of the most attractive rural architecture in France.
Fortified towns known as “Bastides” perch precariously high up on the hilltops giving wonderful panoramic views of the breath-taking landscapes surrounding them.
Some 700 bastides were built in SW France to improve security in the troubled times following the destruction wrought during the Cathar wars.
Quercy is home to several 'plus beaux villages de France’. One of which, St Cirq Lapopie, is 38 minutes away from the Manoir. The area is dotted with numerous atmospheric market towns with cobbled streets and half-timbered or honey-coloured stone houses, set amid rolling hills, fertile farmlands or shady woods.
History has left its mark on the region from the river sculpted causses (limestone plateaux), prehistoric dolmens and painted caves, to medieval castles.
Cahors, the ancient capital of Quercy and the existing capital of the Lot region (16 km from the Manoir) is a bustling and vibrant city. Squeezed in a loop of the river Lot and overlooked by rocky hills, Cahors is famous for its 'black' wines which are reputedly the darkest in the world, and its trademark Valentré Bridge, a remarkable example of French medieval architecture which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The southern Lot region experiences a temperate micro-climate of drier weather compared to regions further south and warmer weather compared to regions to the north, with long hot dry summers and cold but short winters.
• Family restaurant and source of delivered food is a 10-minute walk away (1Km).
• Nearest mini-market 2.5 km
• Gastronomic restaurant 8 min drive
• Medical, dental, supermarket, petrol, weekly street market, other shops 15 min drive
• Bike hire, the aerodrome, another great lunchtime restaurant, and the Ratz brewery, 10 mins away.
• It is also possible to drive a short distance through lovely undulating countryside on almost empty roads, for a round of golf in a wonderful landscape at a club where the family can re-join you at the clubhouse for lunch.
When you return to the Manoir you can sip a glass of local Ratafia aperitif, Pernod with ice, or the locally brewed Ratz beer. Feeling lazy? Read a book or doze in the shade of the silver poplars.
If you are a nature lover, you may be lucky to catch a glimpse of shy golden orioles flitting between the trees.
When it’s dinner time, you can stay outside and cook on the gas barbecue or, have a full meal prepared by a local chef. Then, after a convivial dinner and a few glasses of Coteaux de Quercy red wine, sit out and count the stars appearing in the magnificent southern sky. Outdoor dining is after all, one of life’s great luxuries.
The south-facing terrace looks out over 3 acres of secluded parkland, across field to the low hills beyond. You will find many different types of mature trees, including figs, pomegranates, cherries, plums, apples and pears. Later in the season, walnuts and olives can be harvested along with sloes for homemade aperitif preparation. The herb garden, a step outside the kitchen, supplies quantities of rosemary and thyme for those who like to cook, and the local lamb goes particularly well with them.
If you do choose to cook in the semi-professional kitchen, you have:
• Gas and induction hobs,
• Two ovens,
• American fridge/freezer/icemaker/watercooler,
• Dishwasher, with consumables
• Plenty of granite workspace
• Double sink
• A high level of utensils and food processing equipment.
The laundry room has:
• Two Miele washing machines with supply of consumables
• A condenser dryer for rare days when you can’t dry clothes outside
• Iron and ironing board
• Clothes frames for drying
Most guests eat in the dining room, though there is enough room for small groups to eat in the kitchen or you can pass the results of your cooking straight out of the window to the large teak dining table shaded by a pergola on the terrace.
Guests say they spend most of their time on the terrace in the morning, then indoors on the hottest days and in the pool later in the day. The heated pool is sterilised with salt rather than chlorine, so is kinder to the skin and eyes.
THE COMFORT FACTORS
We have allowed no compromise in modern living standards, style and convenience. This is an elegant, classical 18th century, stone-built manor house, full of character and quirks.
All six double bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms and wcs, something you don’t often find in larger French rental properties accommodating up to 12 guests.
The bedrooms can be configured with large double beds or two singles, according to individual requirements. These practical facilities helped the Manoir to win the coveted five-star rating from the French Tourist Ministry, one of only five properties in the region to achieve this distinction
Attention to comfort and privacy applies throughout the property with nearly 5,300 sq ft of internal space. The 4 reception rooms offer unusual opportunities to escape the throng and perhaps enjoy a quiet conversation over a drink with people you don’t meet very often, play pool with friends, or read a good book from the extensive library of French and English titles.
Inside, the house remains agreeably cool in summer within its 70 cm thick stone walls, an environmentally-friendly alternative to air conditioning and warm in winter.
Outside the main season, individually controllable central heating ensures comfort in every room whilst independent water heating is strategically placed so that everyone can have a shower at the same time without running out of hot water. A water softener is installed, so those who are sensitive to hard water need have no concerns.
WI-FI & HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Free Orange wi-fi, which normally runs at a download speed of 4.0Mbps, flat screen TV with a Sonos sound system, DVD player, and several Bose radio CD players, one linked to wi-fi global radio. Mobile phones work well here as the microwave tower is 1 km away.
PARKING AND ACCESS
Once inside the property, you can drive close to the main entrance or the second service entrance. There are no parking restrictions and plenty of off road space to park. The carriage house provides covered parking for up to 5 vehicles, if it not in use for parties, and there is probably room for around 15 cars around the site.
There is one ground-floor suite for guests with limited mobility