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The Haybarn is our most spacious gîte for a couple. It overlooks the swimming pool, and has a very large private terraced area, with plenty of space for outdoor barbecuing and dining. The double bedroom has views down the valley, and an ensuite bathroom. The living area has many natural stone features, exposed oak beams in its high ceiling, and a corner fireplace with a wood-burning stove for cooler evenings. A satellite (freeview) TV is available for guests. The kitchen is fully equipped with a fan oven with gas burners, a microwave, and a fridge.
A superb 19c manor house with private pool set in a private garden & 4 gites with shared pool, most have wonderful views of La Roque St Christophe. The house accommodates 12 people in 6 bedrooms with 6 en-suite bathrooms. The 4 gites, totally separate from the main house, have all been renovated and furnished to the same level of comfort as the house and share a second swimming pool. The largest, The Tobacco Barn, sleeps 5/6 guests in 3 en-suite bedrooms. The 3 other spacious gites - the Hay Barn, Walnut Store and La Roque Terrace - are each designed for 2 people. Each unit is fully self-contained, with kitchen, lounge, bedroom and en-suite bathroom, and has a private terrace with outdoor dining and BBQ. Alternatively the house and 4 gites would be suitable for large groups of up to 24 people - perfect for parties and weddings. The property is five minutes walk from local restaurant and boulangerie and perfectly situated for all places of interest the Dordogne has to offer.
Le Moustier: Situated between Montignac, famous for the Lacaux cave paintings, and Les Eyzies with its many prehistoric sites, the small village of Le Moustier derives its name from the prehistoric Mousterian era due to an important skull find there. It has a restaurant, bar and a boulangerie and the house is only 5 minutes walk from the village. Les Granges placed on the side of the river Vezere opposite La Roque St Christophe, a limestone cliff face with caves carved into the rock which were inhabited for over 55,000 years from the prehistoric era to the middle ages when over 5,000 people lived on the site. These kilometre long caves are illuminated at night and make a spectacular view from the property.
The surrounding area: Many local towns offer traditional street markets. Montignac in particular hosts an excellent market twice a week, and nearby Rouffignac has a splendid Sunday morning market, where local farmers exhibit freshly picked vegetables, plump ducklings, fresh foie gras and enormous selections of local cheeses. The Perigord is a gourmets paradise and there are many excellent local restaurants offering the best of the areas cuisine.
The property is excellently placed for walking and cycling with all tracks well marked. There are plenty to choose from and range in severity from easy to strenuous!
Other local activities include canoeing on the Vezere or the Dordogne rivers, horse riding and tennis, golf, hot air ballooning and river cruises all within 30 - 40 minutes drive.
The Dordogne Region: The land of a thousand chateaux, the Dordogne or Perigord as it was known, is split into four regions named for their natural features. Noir(black) region of dense forests, Vert(green) spruce trees, Pourpre(purple) vines and Blanc(white) natural limestone. Due to its natural beauty and abundance of medieval towns, chateaux and villages, the Perigord Noir is the jewel in the crown of the Dordogne. The Vezere Valley, with its predominance of prehistoric sites, makes this region one of the most visited. The medieval towns of Sarlat, Les Eyzies and the vibrant city of Perigueux and many traditional villages, each with a character of their own, including Domme, Rocamador, Beynac, Le Roque Gageac, Montignac with the famous Lascaux caves, St Leon sur Vezere, makes the region a real sight seeing experience.
We were both born, and grew up, in Leicester, England. We met in 1976, when Paul was working as a graphic designer and Philippa worked, in the same office, as a secretary. We moved to Leeds, West Yorkshire, later that same year because Paul was offered a new job. Philippa decided to train as a nurse and qualified in 1980.
Paul and Philippa Ward purchased this barn in 2010
We came to the Dordogne with our daughters, Charlotte and Nicola, for some wonderful camping holidays and fell in love with the region. From that very first holiday we said that we would love to come and live here. We never expected to be able to realise our dream!
We especially loved the Vezere Valley and when we saw Le Manoir des Granges for sale on a website we arranged a viewing. It was the last of 4 properties; there was no competition! The location is amazing with view across to Roque Saint Christophe. A village with a lovely restaurant and a boulangerie in walking distance. Only 10 minutes drive to Montignac for the supermarket and market.
We love walking, cycling and birdwatching - we can do all of these in our free time!
Our property offers flexible accommodation for a variety of group sizes. From 2 people to 23 people. Accommodation for mobility impaired.
We are centrally located for visiting all the main sites of interest. Two swimming pools and all our bedrooms are en-suite.
We stayed in the Haybarn for five nights in April 2014 whilst house hunting in the area. The gite was comfortable, very clean, well appointed and delightfully situated. Our hosts were welcoming and helpful and nothing was too much trouble. The setting - within sight of the Roque St Christophe and the Rivere Vezere - is impressive, the surrounding area peaceful and beautiful. Montignac is close by and a lovely town and there are numerous pretty villages and good restaurants in the vicinity. Sarlat, Domme and Beynac are an easy drive and worth visiting. All in all I would definitely return to the gite - though we liked the area so much we are buying a house near Montignac ourselves!
We stayed 6 comfortable nights in the Haybarn gite during mid-October. It seemed even larger than pictured, was very clean, quiet, and private. The property's setting and views of the Vezere valley are incomparable. There were several excellent restaurants within 2-3 kilometers which Paul and Phillippa were happy to book for us. They were also helpful with recommendations about sights to see-the cave at Rouffignac, just up the road, and the chateau, Les Milandes, were favorites. A relatively easy drive from Paris, we would love to visit again. Highly recommended!
We enjoyed our stay in this clean and comfortable gite. The pool was beautifully clean and well maintained and really necessary in the 30 degree plus temperatures we experienced during our stay.
Our hosts, Paul and Philippa, looked after us really well with nothing being too much trouble.
The immediate surroundings of the gite are very pretty and one can go for a stroll along the banks of the nearby Vezere river - lovely during the warm evenings.
We particularly enjoyed some meals at the Auberge du Pont in the nearby village of St Leon.
I would recommend "Le Manoir" to friends and family without hesitation.
We had a great two week stay at the Hay barn . It's comfortably and fully equipped to a high standard with the added benefit if a fenced terrace at was much appreciated by our boxer dog Bonnie. The other three gites and the main house are similarly excellent so there are lots of options for different holiday groupings from couples to larger groups yet each retains private space if required. Paul and Philipa are very welcoming ,helpful and knowledgable hosts and all the facilities are very well maintained. The location is excellent for the vezere historic attractions and close to the sarlat / domme section of the dordogne . Lots of attractions for the energetic nearby cycle and walking trails and of course canoes on the rivers. The village shop is a three minute walk for the daily baguette and there a lots of options for eating with short car rides and menus to suite all tastes and budgets . The bastides of the Lot and vineyards at Bergerac and cahors are within striking distance for a day out and really as in the case in this area there is too much variety to cover in a fortnight - which is why we hope to be returning to this excellent property in the not too distant future
This was our second visit to Paul and Phillippa. Three years ago we got engaged here and this summer we returned with our one year old. It was a very different experience as a result but no less enjoyable! The haybarn is a lovely space and the private terrace is great for evenings in the sunshine. The pool is great and you can largely expect it to yourself. The local area is beautiful and entirely unspoilt. The Roc de St Christophe is well worth a visit as is the auberge in the village for lunch (or dinner if you haven't a toddler in tow): huge dishes and reasonably priced. St Leon also has a number of restaurants in a beautiful setting. There are plenty of places you can go that are further afield but you don't need to. Paul and Phillippa are fantastic hosts and we look forward to going again at some point in the future, though we may have outgrown the haybarn by then!
We once again had an amazing time in the Haybarn. Paul and Philippa went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed, and the Haybarn was a great size for us and our 18-month-old. We will definitely be back!
Our first 2-week stay at the Haybarn a couple of years ago was so delightful that we returned for another 2 lovely weeks this year. The location is perfect, being both quiet and scenic, with the Roque St Christophe right across the Vezere, an excellent restaurant/bar and a boulangerie within easy walking distance, and within minutes of some of the best archaeological places to visit, like: Lascaux, Rouffignac, the Font de Gaume, Castel-Merle, Les Eyzies and its museum, and many more. Paul and Philippa can tell you more about these, and, since they are English, you will be able to understand them, should your French be not up to par. I only regret giving them a good review in that I want to return to the Haybarn and hope that popularity doesn't make it hard to book!