Sunday, 12 October 2014 10:21 | Australia
We had a lovely time in your glorious region. The simple gems like kayaking the pretty river Vezere from St Leon, cooking the BBQ for the 14 of us chez vous using local produce,visiting Marius the donkey at Le Moustier during a fun terrace meal at Napoleonienne. Oh, and strolling scenic St Genies and St Amand de Coly, both recommended by you, enjoying very much the new PIP, gardens at Eyrignac, and the clinging villages beside the Dordogne escarpments.
Another activity literally on the doorstep and within view of your *** home was La Roque St Christophe. We all agreed that this living museum was not to be missed.
To be able to call Le Manoir des Granges our home for a week was a perfect holiday in every way. It is also very cost effective per couple.
The accommodation provided a bathroom of their own for every one of the seven couples that made up our party, over the main house and Tobacco barn.
We had ample outdoor and indoor living space to all socialise together, a pool which we unexpectedly did use in the third week of September because the weather was good, and the appreciated washing machine and clothesline, with the added help of running off on an excursion and having Philippa kindly put the clothes on the line!
That is well beyond the call of duty, as was phoning restaurants for us, running up to close all bedroom windows when an unexpected hailstorm came, and advice on hidden gems so thank-you again Philippa and Paul, it did not go unnoticed.
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 14:50 | Shilton, Oxon. UK
In June 2014 a group of eight of us enjoyed a week in the main house at Le Manoir des Granges. It suited us perfectly and we used all six bedrooms, which are very comfortable and well equipped, as is the rest of this lovely house. It is situated in the most beautiful spot, right opposite Roque St. Christophe, and we had daily flying displays from the peregrine falcons which were nesting there, as well as being serenaded every night by the nightingales in the woods nearby. The weather was just about perfect and the pool so inviting that we didn’t see nearly as many of the local attractions, of which there are a plethora, as we had intended. We did manage to visit a couple of the wonderful local markets, Rocamadour – not to be missed, and various caves and gardens in the vicinity. We also enjoyed an idyllic and delicious lunch at Le Dejeuner sur l’Herbe on the banks of the river at St. Leon sur Vezere. There was so much to see and do in fact, the house was so comfortable, and Paul and Philippa so welcoming and helpful, that we have just booked in again for another week next June, and we can’t wait!
David & Shirley Cuthbertson, Tim & Celia Edwards, David & Jean Roberts, Penny Pearce and Helena Wright, Shilton, Oxfordshire, UK
bernie and kathy brooks
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 14:22 | tunbridge wells kent
We spent 5 days in the Haybarn in mid April whilst house hunting in the area. It was a wonderful place to stay. We were made to feel very welcome and Paul and Philippa were excellent hosts - helpful and thoughtful. The gite itself was comfortable, very clean, well appointed and private. We love this area - the countryside, Montignac, the Vezere river and the numerous restaurants. In fact as a result of our visit we are buying a farmhouse not far from Montignac! I thoroughly recommend Le Manoir des Granges and would not hesitate to return. Bernie and Kathy
Pedro and Itzi
Monday, 05 May 2014 21:33 | Vitoria (Spain)
We have enjoyed a lot at Tobacco Barn in particular and the Dordogne area in general. The only bad thing was that it was only 3 days. My friends, my wife and me were very happy and we think that your home is a very recommended place to spend time in the Dordogne. We want to say thank you too for their nice treat.
john and diana stubbs
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 08:14 | france
We had a family get-together in the largest gite (Main House) and found it excellent for our needs. It is spacious, well appointed and beautifully situated with much to do and see in the near vicinity. Philippa and Paul were on hand and very helpful with a couple of bottles of wine and a bowl of walnuts to welcome us. Would recommend it.
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 11:56 | Brechin, Canada
Paul and Philippa were welcoming, knowledgeable, accommodating and helpful. They helped us to be well set before we even arrived in several ways, including booking a reservation at the closest restaurant for our first delicious meal. (Then they also assisted us by booking a hotel and suggesting more good restaurants for our next destination.) Their suggestions for meals in nearby restaurants were appreciated as they were all accurate and well enjoyed. The gite was spacious, comfortable and nicely decorated. Everything we needed was provided. The location was close to all of the medieval castles, rivers and other sites we were interested in. Within 800 metres of our gite was a series of caves dating back 55 thousand years. These caves could be seen from the gite. We feel our stay was even better than anticipated in every way!!
Mike and Lainey
Saturday, 21 December 2013 11:20 | England
Great location with plenty of space for all generations to be free to do their own thing and come and go as they wished, yet retaining the essence of togetherness for an extended family holiday or event. Designed so family was able to dine together and be together at all times of the day. Two Swimming Pools an enormous benefit with chairs and seating aplenty. BBQs put to good use and adequate to feed 17 people! Local supermarket very handy and good value. Also Bakery and local restaurants excellent. Made to feel so welcome by Paul and Philippa Ward the owners who were on site at all times for advise and assistance when needed. Will certainly go again, and hopefully so will the grandchildren and our relations.
Catherine and Steve
Saturday, 21 December 2013 11:20 | New Zealand
We spent 5 nights at the Haybarn and thoroughly enjoyed our time. The cottage is spacious and well equipped for a self catering holiday. The website pictures accurately depict the property and its facilities. Paul and Philippa are warm and generous hosts who gave us some very good advice about local attractions and restaurants, and Philippa's walnut cake was delicious! The location is great as it is near enough to the small town of Montignac with supermarkets and other shops but is in a tranquil setting near the Vezere river with a view to La-Roque-Saint-Christophe. It is a perfect base for exploring the villages of the Dordogne. We highly recommend this property.
Maik and Petra
Saturday, 21 December 2013 11:17 | Germany
Apart from your extraordinarily nice hosts Paul and Philippa, what makes this place stand out is its location right at the center of a region that is incredibly rich in historic and prehistoric sites. One of them, the cliff city of Roque St. Christopher, is right across the river, maybe 300 meters from the house, and provides scenic background when you're lounging by the pool. It is, of course, also very much worth visiting. Countless other sites lie within less than an hour's driving distance, among them the famous Lascaux cave.
The apartment itself is cozy and comes with a fully-equipped kitchen, so just staying there for a calm a lazy day or more is definitely an option.
Bruce and family
Saturday, 21 December 2013 11:16 | USA
We spent a week at this beautiful and centrally located vacation home and loved every moment. Paul and Philippa are terrific hosts, as they were so friendly and helpful, yet allowed us all the privacy we needed. They have several different units, ranging in size, but The Tobacco Barn unit was perfect for us. The beds and bathrooms were comfortable and clean, the kitchen was fully equipped, and the outside area was beautifully maintained.
The property is directly across the River from the Le Roque St. Christopher cliff dwellings, a beautiful sight, and centrally located for all the caves, attractions, restaurants and small towns that abound in the region. Paul and Philippa will help you with choices and reservations, if needed.
Right down the road about a mile is a wonderful campground, where you'll find a nice little pub with a very generous happy hour. Make it a point to stop in.
All in all, a great value and a comfortable home away from home in maybe the most beautiful region in all of France.