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Le Petit Manoir Vitrac: Best possible location, Sarlat 5 min, Pool, Close to all - Le Bois - Le Petit-Manoir

Bedrooms 2
Space 764 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights



Le Bois - Le Petit-Manoir

Sleeps 4 in two bedrooms. Fully equipped kitchen, satellite TV, computer with internet access, Wi-Fi, private garden & barbecue. Our family lives on the property and we are here to give you the warmest welcome. Le Bois has the official 4 star rating from the French government.

About the property

Le Petit Manoir Vitrac

One of the most beautiful properties in the area in an exceptional location.

We are situated in Vitrac, 5 minutes south of Sarlat and 900 meters from the Dordogne River, in the center of the most beautiful and historic part of the Dordogne region. Both quiet and peaceful but close to everything, we are ideally located to explore all the sights.

We live in the manor house on the property and we are here to provide a warm welcome, help and assistance to our guests.

Since 2006.

Our three charming cottages, Le Pommier, Le Rosier and Le Bois (shared pool) or larger and detached Les Chênes (private pool) are perfect for your self-catering holiday rental while you explore the beautiful Dordogne valley.

Best possible location for visiting the most beautiful and historic part of the Dordogne region - Charm and comfort - Beautiful and peaceful environment - Many years of enthusiastic guests - Awarded official French government 4 star rating –Warm and friendly welcome - Wi-Fi - Sat TV - Private garden with barbecue - Chlorine-free heated private pool for Les Chenes and shared for Le Pommier, Les Rosier and Le Bois.

Within the golden triangle of Montfort, Beynac and Sarlat, five kilometers south of Sarlat and near the 12th century village of Vitrac. The property consists of a group of vast and imposing original stone buildings surrounded by three hectares (7 acres) of park and private forest.

A prized south of Sarlat location, just a few hundred meters from the Dordogne river, yet within five minutes by car (even in July and August) from the medieval charm of Sarlat, the capital of Perigord Noir, its excellent restaurants, shops, markets and festivals. Both quiet and peaceful, but close to everything and not isolated. Our three charming cottages, Le Pommier, Le Rosier and Le Bois, and larger Les Chênes are perfect for your self-catering holiday rental while you explore the beautiful Dordogne valley. Very comfortable and full of character, each has a large private garden, barbecue and use of a chlorine free heated swimming pool.

SARLAT: Sarlat is by far the most important tourist site in the region. Over a million visitors discover or re-discover this medieval jewel every year. It has one of the largest medieval urban areas in the world and the greatest number of historical monuments per square kilometer in Europe. Starting in 1964 the town has been restored and renovated revealing a veritable treasure trove of Medieval and Renaissance art to the public. The 1978 film version of “Les Miserables” was filmed extensively in Sarlat, but also in nearby Domme, with the stunning Beynac Castle standing in for the famous Toulon Jail. Sarlat’s wonderful architecture and medieval style buildings and stone roofs have made a backdrop for a score of other top motion pictures since, which has added to it’s fame and it’s fortune.

BEYNAC: The cliff-clinging Chateau de Beynac soars 150 meters straight up above the Dordogne river. Apart from the impressive location, Chateau de Beynac is also a fascinating castle to visit and explore. You can see many of the ancient rooms, dungeons, kitchens and living quarters. In 1189 Richard the Lionheart, the king of England, seized the castle by scaling the cliffs below and entering through the toilet holes that are suspended out over the cliff. They are still there today and can be visited. Beynac has served as a location for several films, including Jeanne d'Arc by Luc Besson, in 1999.

OTHER THINGS TO SEE : Our own personal website contains a comprehensive guide of all the must-see attractions in the Black Perigord including a map, beautiful photos and a brief description in five languages. You will also find a map of nearby stores and recommended bakeries (with opening hours and days closed), pharmacies, post office, bike rentals, a farm selling directly fresh foie gras products, etc. and a lot of other useful information.

More Details

Karen McLeod-Kowalik
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Polish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 March, 2017

About Karen McLeod-Kowalik

I am originally from Houston and live in France with my family since 2001 and love it. I garden a lot, play piano, go on walks, teach English to local French kids, and travel in the off-season.

Karen McLeod-Kowalik purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Karen McLeod-Kowalik chose Perigord Noir

A few quotes from our Guest Book:

This is a little piece of paradise in the heart of the beautiful Dordogne.

What a magic spot you have here in France.

You have a beautiful property.

Thanks for creating such a pleasant refuge from the world.

This setting is truly beautiful and well located.

The gite is perfect; we loved the pool and the gardens.

This is undoubtedly the most well-equipped gite I have ever stayed in!

The cottage was just what we needed- we could not have asked for more.

…the grounds are marvelous…

What a wonderful place to stay!

We will recommend this place to any travelers we meet.

Le Petit Manoir has been the perfect location for us to explore the Dordogne.

We absolutely love the gîte and its location.

The property is located in the best possible place for exploring the Dordogne.

The location was ideal and close to many beautiful attractions.

Easy access to plenty of great places.

It's been one of the best accommodations I have ever stayed in!

The accommodation was suberb - thank you!!

Level of specification seldom found or even imagined in a holiday let.

The gîte itself is utterly charming…

The Gite is incredibly cozy and beautifully decorated.

We were charmed by your lovely gite.

Everything was perfect…

Le Petit-Manoir was absolutely terrific.

Lives up to its website...

…we feel like cherished guests…

Le Petit Manoir - hideaway for the soul.

We confess having experienced PARADISE!

We arrived tired - we leave renewed.

We had a great time in Petit-Manoir. It's like a little paradise.

It would be hard to say enough about how wonderful our stay was.

We've stayed in gites before which were nice but this was simply wonderful.

This will be our only place to stay in future.

The peace and tranquility is superb.

XXXXX ratings are spot on!

The accommodations were fantastic.

A beautiful gite in a stunning area!

This place is one of the loveliest places I've been to!

Staying at Le Petit Manoir is an unbelievable treat

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks Karen and Peter for a lovely week at le bois, and for the very warm welcome, had a great week here in the Dordogne with our children, swimming, sightseeing, (zip wiring through the trees in a forest) and eating out in the lovely garden at the back of our gite. We loved it so much here we have booked again for next year (our third year in a row!)

Best wishes to you both and see you again next summer!
Aug 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for Le Bois - Le Petit-Manoirin Sarlat-la-Canéda in Dordogne

Property Type:
  • cottage (semi-detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 764 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Computer Available
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Sleeps 4.
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 6 garden chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(11 traveller reviews)


An Inviting Homebase for Touring the Dordogne Region

  • 5 of 5

This VRBO gem nearby the town of Sarlat provided us with a very central location from which to reach a variety of beautiful towns to visit, including Montfort and Vitrac which are within walking distance. Others, however, like Beynac and Marqueyssac are closer than 45 minutes drive and of course, Sarlat, (5-6 minutes drive away) is the nearest large shopping centre close to our home, Petit-Manoir. The town of Sarlat itself is a wonderful place to shop and in particular to explore the old town centre - a beautifully maintained French slice of history. The Petit-Manoir was also a centuries old country estate with spacious and park like grounds. Furthermore, our hosts and owners, Karen and Peter were a gracious, thoughtful and well organized couple who went out of their way to ensure that we were comfortable and that we enjoyed our stay. We would highly recommend Le Petit- Manoir to anyone! However, we would suggest that one should have a vehicle in order to take advantage of the many incredible sights and activities within the Dordogne region. Thanks Karen and Peter for your patience and delightful sense of humour.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A well presented Gite in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

A lovely Gite in a beautiful location. We had a wonderful relaxing holiday staying in le Bois, Le petit-manor. Great private garden and very clean and well maintained property and

swimming pool to have that afternoon dip in.

Karen and Peter most welcoming and helpful. They have great pride in their beautiful house garden and gites. I would happily recommend to anyone. Vitrac is a great location to explore the Dordorgne. Days close by and days further afield. Great walks direct from the Gite. Sad that the river was in full flood for the two weeks we were there and we could not do our planned canoe trips. This just meant more dog walking and exploring. Cannot wait to return.

Karen gave great customer service from day of booking all the way through our holiday, thanks Karen 😀👍

  • Review Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, Canada

Authentic French Country Lifestyle

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our week at Le Petit Manoir. After spending two weeks in the heart of Sarlat, it was nice to spend some quiet time in the countryside. There are three apartments here that have been constructed out of an old stone barn. They are absolutely beautiful - bright and clean with all of the modem amenities you could ask for.

You can spend your days on your own private patio or lounging by the swimming pool. There are a number of small towns and villages close by to visit and many castles and chateaus to tour. Shopping is as close as Sarlat which is only a few minutes drive away.

The owners are on site if you have any questions or need some advice, but are unobtrusive and respect your privacy.

  • Review Submitted: May 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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The property was exceptional!!

  • 5 of 5

First of all the grounds of Le Petit-Manoir are beautifully maintained with lush greenery, flowers, a garden and fruit trees. Although, we were too busy touring the area to use it, it also has a big and very pretty swimming pool. The apartment was clean and the layout was awesome with a very nice kitchen, bbq grill and a nice place to sit outside. It felt very private. Peter and Karen know the area very well. They are gracious property owners and can answer any questions that you may have. They gave us great direction on interesting and fun things to do. I would definitely recommend and have recommended this property to friends and relatives. I can promise that you will not be disappointed if you stay at Le Petit -Manoir.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect place to discover Dordogne

  • 5 of 5

Le Petit Manoir is really beautiful, the accommodation is nice and charming, the view to the garden as well as the great pool are great for a relaxed holiday. The very advantage is the location because it's just outside Sarlat, next to the river Dordogne and not far to castles, caves or the famous Vezere valley for sightseeing the lots of activities like canoeing, swimming etc.

The hosts Karen and Peter are very helpful and have good ideas what to do and where to go. For us, their homepage is structured very well so that we could inform us before the holidays about the whole area.

We would definitely recommend the property to our family and friends and hope to come back one time.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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A great location and very comfortable accomodation

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed at Le Bois one of the 3 gites. The gite was very clean and comfortable and thankfully had air con as we had a heat wave (41c on a few days). The pool was fantastic - great pool furniture and plenty of room.

Wifi and TV very good (most English speaking channes we have experienced to date).

Le petit Manoir is about 10 mins from Sarlat but very convenient to lots of the attractions in the Dordogne. he web site is also full of useful information on the attractions with a handy location map as well as recommended restaurants.

Karen was a very welcoming and cheerful host and keen to help if required.

Best attractions,

Canoeing on the Dordogne - we used the local company in Vitrac and it was a really great experience. It is great value and a super way to see the countryside - 6 hours sounds a long time - but with a break for lunch, a swim etc it flies in.

Chateau de Milandes - great exhibition of birds of prey as well as a tour of the chateau and the Josephine Baker exhibition.

La Grotte de Saint Christophe - a fascinating exhibition of how life was lived on caves and building built into a rock face.

Finally I would recommend Le Petit Manoir - it is a well run establishment.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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