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Child Friendly holiday estate in the Dordogne - La Porcherie



Updated: 22-Oct-2016
A cluster of 5 properties, sleeping from 2 to 13

At Le Manoir de St Marcel you will enjoy high quality holiday accommodation in a lovely setting - An ideal base for exploring the area. Le Manoir de St Marcel is especially suitable for families with children of all ages. Ask about our baby pack.

Pets are also made welcome.

Fantastic restaurant, just 2 minutes walk away.

The estate is big enough that you are sure that your children are far away from roads, & other dangers.

It is however, small enough, in that you will soon get to know your fellow holidaymakers & their families.

Particularly popular is the large solar heated pool, & play - barn for toddlers.

Nancy & Peter will be on hand throughout your stay to ensure your comfort & enjoyment.

The Properties

All the properties are self contained & are situated around a grassy courtyard. Bed linen is included in the price, as is a welcome pack, which provides the food items to “get you going.”

Children welcome & catered for.: Book now for 2014 at the same rate until the new tariff is released.

Please ask if you require cots, high chairs, bouncy chairs, baby monitor, or anything from a long list of baby equipment available to you FREE of charge.

More Details

Details for holiday barn La Porcherie, 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, 1 Bathroom

This is an interesting property that has been charmingly restored.

It is very popular with both couples and families. Entrance to the property is from an attractive sunny patio area with garden furniture and a large BBQ. There are large French doors giving access to the spacious sitting/dining room with comfortable chairs and sofas including a bed settee and satellite TV. There are also doors off the patio into the kitchen with gas cooker and fridge. Stairs from the kitchen lead to a pretty first floor bedroom with some low beams and a further private and secluded patio area and garden. From the kitchen a door leads to the bathroom with full size bath, toilet and large basin. A stone arch leads to the shower room with washing machine and then a door through to the lower bedroom with twin beds.

  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Nancy & Peter owned two hotels in Scotland prior to embarking on this 'lifestyle' business.

Nancy, who is originally from Singapore, has always been in the hospitality industry, bringing to this a level of genuine friendliness, but also a professional approach to your well-being & comfort.

Call Owner
Speaks English, French, Mandarin, Chinese, Japanese (Nancy)
Peter Austen
Le Manoir De St Marcel, St Marcel du Perigord
24510 St Alvere France
Bergerac C of C., Le Manoir De St. Mar
VAT Reg NoNone

4 Reviews

based on 4 holidaymaker reviews


Superb stay

  • 4 of 5

We stayed the first week in Le Manoir with family and friends - such a fine place to host a goodly number of people. So easy to cater, to eat together and yet to keep some degree of independence as well. The main big room, the terrace and the pool - so well appointed.

Then the two of us shifted to La Porcherie for the second week (once the rest of our group went home). Peter and Nancy provide such good customer service (including the delivery of croissants and baguettes each morning). So nice to have a large pool for regular swimming. And the local village is delightful - one restaurant which is very good indeed; also a Friday night community gathering with food and music. And St Marcel is so conveniently placed for exploring the region - whether kayaking on the Dordogne or exploring the replica cave at Lascaux. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your kind review. It was super to meet you.
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Back again.....

  • 5 of 5

And, no doubt, it won’t be our last stay here.

A warm welcome from Peter and Nancy makes you feel at home straight away.

This was our third stay at Le Manoir de St Marcel and it’s always interesting to meet other guests who have also stayed there multiple times. There’s obviously something about the place.

La Porcherie comes with everything you need including a welcome pack, which can be useful if you haven’t made a quick stop at the shops on your way.

The large lounge/dining room is a perfect retreat if the sun gets too hot as it’s very easy to keep the room cool by closing the curtains. The kitchen is equipped with all the cutlery and crockery you need and, handily, has a dishwasher. The washing machine is an added bonus.

The choice of two terraces means you can enjoy as much of the sunshine and fresh air as you want with the lower one making an ideal spot to enjoy fresh croissant for breakfast as the sun starts to warm up.

Le Manoir is a great base for exploring Dordogne with all its chateaux and vineyards and is within easy driving distance of local amenities and airports.

Free wifi, swimming pool, games barn, Peters infamous BBQ and a local marche nocturne. What more do you need?

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Never want to come home!

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a place to chill out, hide away and relax, this is the perfect spot for you. With a young child to keep happy, here we have found the perfect balance of ‘do nothing’ and ‘let’s explore’. If you want to immerse yourself in French culture, or stick to speaking English all your holiday, either is possible at Le Manoir.

La Porcherie is a characterful and unique property, a former pigsty with the beautiful rustic charm of Perigordian sandstone wall construction. Comfortable and well equipped, one of five properties on the estate, La Porcherie is a real gem. Set in meadow and wooded surrounds, this quiet and tranquil place offers a nature-filled haven. Birds and butterflies abound.

Your British hosts, Nancy and Peter are very experienced in welcoming younger families to their holiday homes and various safety needs and equipment for younger children have been well thought out. They are both friendly and discrete, helpful without being intrusive and are always willing to offer advice on local attractions, places to eat or shop.

There is a large pool, shared with other guests (apart from those at Le Manoir itself who have another for themselves). Never busy, the pool is a wonderful facility for active children or parents who want a relaxing dip during the last sunshine of the day. The games barn with table tennis and pool table is also an attraction.

Le Manoir has a communal covered space where those renting the properties can meet up in the evening to share a glass or two of Bergerac, exchange stories and chat. We have enjoyed spontaneous get-togethers and planned outdoor meals with other guests in the warm evenings.

A special place where you and your family can forget the rat race, enjoy the outdoors, good food and friendly people and build lasting memories. If you wish to write or paint or draw in peace, the tranquillity of Le Manoir is ideal. The perfect antidote to the stress of modern British life. Give Le Manoir a try, je ne regretted rien.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 8, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Just returned from this little oasis in France, felt I had been transferred to another planet and the word “relax” started the second we arrived.

Set in the most beautiful countryside, we settled into a comfortable and well equipped Gite. There are 2 swimming pools on site which are far enough away if peace and quiet is required but still only a short walk if you need to cool down. The areas and gardens surrounding the Gite are well kept with beautiful wild flowers mixed with a variety of other plants which attract a stunning array of wildlife. Butterflies are many in number and species including some rare types that can no longer be found in the UK.

Peter and Nancy are great hosts and nothing was too much trouble. Always on hand if needed but never intrusive and even ensured we had fresh bread delivered for breakfast.

The Gites are situated around 15 – 20 minutes’ drive from some of regions most beautiful towns and villages and the nearby market in Issigeac is not to be missed. These Gites are perfectly placed to enable guests to sightsee without having to travel for miles but due to the location, offer a private and comfortable area to come back to after a great day out.

I have already booked with Peter and Nancy for next year and would highly recommend this accommodation to anyone who is thinking of traveling to this area.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 25, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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From the Owner

We spent a long time researching the area with no prior prejudices, or favourites, so that you need look no further! Le Manoir De St. Marcel is absolutely in the right geocentric location for your visit to the Dordogne! To the West you have the vineyards of Bergerac, & further on, St. Emillion. To the South, just a 15 minute ride to the River Dordogne, with all the chateaux, forts & canoeing it has to offer. To the East Sarlat, & the popular sites of the Dordogne. Finally, 20 minutes to the North is Perigueux, a wonderful old city. Yes! - You will find Le Manoir De St. Marcel is ideally located for your holiday. - Many guests return year after year. - They know!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bergerac at 24 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Lou Peyrol at 100 Metres Nearest Ferry : St Malo at 600 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Chateau Le Merles at 8 Kilometres Nearest Train : Lalinde at 8 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Perigord at 40 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Lou Peyrol at 100 Metres Car: necessary

Families with younger children will find plenty to amuse the children without leaving the estate.

Canoeing on the Dordogne is popular with older children (and their parents!).

Centrally placed between Bergerac. Issigeac Sarlat & Périgueux.

Easy reach from Bergerac airport, & close to St. Alvere & Lalinde.

There is a wealth of historic towns, markets & other attractions to visit.

- From Le Manoir De St Marcel, you can stroll to the restaurant in St Marcel, where you will enjoy 'Haute-cuisine' in a very child friendly environment.

Golf: You may enjoy a discount at our local golf club - Please ask for details.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
17 Sep 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
24 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
7 Jan 2017 - 12 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
13 May 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
24 Jun 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
15 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
14 night minimum stay
for 14 nights
26 Aug 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
16 Sep 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
23 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
6 Jan 2018 - 11 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0
Refundable Damage Deposit £100
Stay tax £0 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 7 years.

Bookings for 2014 & subsequent years made before the tariff is published enjoy 2013 rates!
Tourist tax is payable locally currently at 55c/night per adult.

Please contact Peter for your special very cheap long-stay rental rates.
You have the possibility of helping around the estate for even further reduced rates.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 22-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

Le Manoir De St. Marcel rests on a South facing side of a valley. The views across the valley which is mostly wooded, make for a relaxing ambience. The 5 properties are nestled around a grassy quadrangle. Built in the local sandstone, they form a picturesque backdrop for your holiday. Well away from public roads they provide a beautiful, safe, environment for you, your family, & dog.

Property Type

  • barn


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • Babysitter

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 125 m²


  • Bathroom
  • 2 parts to this. Contains a bath, & seperate shower cubicle.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Master Bedroom - 2 Double Bed, With a sledge bed. Space for a cot.
  • Bedroom - 2 (Downstairs). - 2 Single Bed, With space for a cot.
  • 1 double, 1 twin


  • Bicycles ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • What have I missed? Please contact me - Peter, with any other questions. I will be delighted to try & answer.

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