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Lovingly Restored 18th C. Manor, Amid World-Class Gastronomy & Outdoor Life

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms6
Space 490 m²
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

French Manoir with 6 en-suite bedrooms offers comfort, style, privacy and space

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.

More Details

Owner
Josiane Wileman
Member since: 2010
Speaks english, french, spanish
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
100%
Calendar last updated:
16 March, 2017

Why Josiane Wileman chose Lot

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...

What makes this chateau / country house unique

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.” 

Guestbook comments from the owner

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.
Aug 2015
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Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house rental in Montdoumerc, France

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 490 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • soap
  • Broadband Access
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • water cooler
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure , En-suite with bedroom. Double wash basins + storage space
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower enclosure , En-suite with bedroom. Double wash basins + storage space
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower enclosure , En-suite with bedroom. Double wash basins + storage space
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower enclosure , En-suite with bedroom. Double wash basins + storage space
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower enclosure , En-suite with bedroom. Double wash basins + storage space
    Bathroom 7 - shower enclosure , with washbasin. Accessible from swimming pool and garden.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , shower enclosure , jacuzzi , En-suite with Master. Jacuzzi/spa bath and separate shower.
  • In all, Manoir Les Gaillardoux has 8 WCs (6 en-suite with bedrooms and 2 cloakrooms with washbasin), 7 shower rooms (also with jacuzzi bath in the Master bedroom suite). The 7th shower room is off the laundry room and easily accessible from the swimming pool and garden. We supply ample quantities of hand, bath and pool towels and change them weekly on Saturdays. Should there be the need to wash any in-between, there are 2 Miele washing machines and a dryer in the laundry room. The washbasins are sitting on large shelves with another shelf below, to give plenty of storage space for personal toiletries. We supply a hair-dryer in each bedroom suite. Windows and good ventilation in all en-suite bathrooms/shower rooms. Controllable electric towel dryers in each en-suite shower room, for our guests' convenience. There is a separate shower room with washbasin and separate WC/cloakroom on the ground floor, easily accessible from the swimming pool or the garden.
Bedrooms:
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , 1 cot , En-suite
    Bedroom 2 - 2 single bed , En-suite. Beds can be made as 2 singles or 1 large double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 single bed , En-suite. Beds can be made as 2 singles or 1 large double
    Bedroom 4 - 2 single bed , En-suite. Beds can be made as 2 singles or 1 large double
    Bedroom 5 - 2 single bed , En-suite. Beds can be made as 2 singles or 1 large double
    Bedroom 6 - 2 single bed , En-suite. Beds can be made as 2 singles or 1 large double
  • Manoir Les Gaillardoux's Master suite is about 60 m2 and comprises a large double bedroom, a boudoir, a dressing room, a bathroom with double wash basins, large shower and a jacuzzi bath, separate en-suite WC with further washbasin. In this bedroom, the bed is a large double bed. There are tall windows to the East, South and North with view over the park and rolling countryside . The other 5 double bedrooms, each have their own en-suite shower room, each comprising double washbasins, large showers and WC. Each of these bedrooms has 2 large single beds, which can be linked to make an extra-large double bed or kept apart as 2 single beds. Beds are made for our guests prior to their arrival. All linen and towels (including for the pool) are supplied and changed weekly. The Manoir is thoroughly cleaned before arrival and after departure. These and the weekly clean on Saturdays are also included in the rental fee. A cot and child high chair are available on request.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • deck chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Veranda / Loggia ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • wooden decking
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • paragliding
  • snorkelling
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Cook, chef, maid services can be provided for a fee. The kitchen is a 'gourmet kitchen', with easy to use quality equipment and manuals to help with initial use. The Manoir is equipped for comfortable dining, indoors in the dining room, or outside on the terrace - and generally for comfortable and gracious living. Our Welcome Book is full of useful addresses to help our guests orientate themselves quickly and make the most of their holiday. Local activities are communicated weekly. Taxi service and people carriers can be arranged to and from airports and restaurants. The well furnished heated salt water swimming pool is a favourite spot with our guests. It is open from mid-May to mid-October. Sometimes longer, weather permitting. The large garden offers areas of shade and sunshine for play or relaxation and, depending on the season, our guests can help themselves to fruits from our trees: cherries, plums, figs, walnuts, apples...

Reviews

5/5 -
(1 traveller reviews)

Lovingly Restored 18th C. Manor, Amid World-Class Gastronomy & Outdoor Life
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews
5

review of Manoir Gaillardoux

  • 5 of 5

"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."

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is gratifying to receive such a positive reference from our guests. We aim to give a very personal service to help guests plan their visit and make the most of their holidays – for instance by sharing our “Bonnes Adresses” (our recommendations for restaurants, vineyards, places to visit, etc.). These are found in our Welcome Book, which provides a wealth of information to help our guests quickly orient themselves.
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Map

Nearest Airport
90 Kilometres
TOULOUSE International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Montdoumerc
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Nearest Train
16 Kilometres
Cahors
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
A20
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
La Grange
Nearest Ski
230 Kilometres
Pyrenees
Car: necessary

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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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday chateau / country house in Montdoumerc, France

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
A$8,573
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit A$1,458.05

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.

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  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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