My wife and I rented two of Le Petit Manoir's gites, Le Pommier and La Tourette. We added La Tourette because our daughter and a friend joined us for part of the time and some friends for the rest so we wanted the added space for privacy and for the extra bathroom.Was it necessary, no. Are we glad we did? Yes.
It would be hard to say enough about how wonderful our stay was. First of all the Dordogne region is gorgeous. It's called the land of 1001 and one castles and if you jump in the car, you can visit an unbelievable locale in any direction you go. In fact, if you walk off the property, make a couple of lefts, you'll spot a sign that says Montfort 1 km, and you can walk to a castle! (It's private so no touring but a great photo op.)
The gites at Le Petit Manoir are gorgeous and have every amenity you might want. And if you don't find it, just ask your hosts. I asked if there was a way to plug my iPod into the TV sound system and Peter brought over a little clock radio that accepted iPods so we had music. And when my voltage converter wouldn't fit into the new French plugs, he grabbed a hacksaw and solved the problem. Karen and Peter are unbelievably nice, and if they speak English as if they were Americans, they are. (Actually Peter is from Poland but lived in the US for many years.)
The property is lovely, Forcet the dog is great. Too bad they can't control the weather, but hey, nobody can do that.
You're about a ten minute drive from Sarlat. That means you can't walk out your door and be in a quaint city, but on the other hand when you do walk out your door you've got a lovely garden, a heated pool and great short hikes. It's perfectly peaceful at night, and just as peaceful and quiet during the day. And when you want to visit all the other great places, you won't have to deal with a Sarlat traffic jam going out or back into town. I'd looked into renting a gite in town and I'm glad I didn't. Yes there's a ton to see in town, but you also want to spend some time sitting in the garden reading a book on your vacation, away from the hordes of tourists.
I know I'm sounding like I own a piece of the place, but I'd never met Peter and Karen before we arrived and if we found it and the Dordogne perfect, well it just is. We were speaking to the brother of an artist in Beyzac who's been living there for the last ten years (he's Dutch) and when he said it's like heaven, we couldn't have agreed with him more.
And I haven't even talked about the food. La Treille, a restaurant that's a two minute dirve away, is fantastic but there are so many to choose from. The ones that cater to tourists in Sarlat are so so, but the little ones in the countryside are incredible. There's Le Petit Paris. And the Hotel Esplanade in Domme is out of this world. They're not cheap, but the prices are still half of what you'd pay in Paris, and the food far better. And we quite enjoyed the local wines, the Bergeracs and Cahors.
If we don't go back in the near future it's only because our bucket list is long, but staying at Le Petit Manoir in the Dordogne region of France is an unbelievable treat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Best location * Charm and 4 star comfort * Beautiful and peaceful environment * Private garden with barbecue * Chlorine-free heated swimming pool * Warm and friendly welcome 5 minutes from Sarlat * 900 m from the Dordogne river * French and international TV * Computer with internet access plus Wi-Fi Three charming cottages, Le Pommier, Le Rosier and Le Bois, perfect for your self catering holiday rental while you explore the beautiful Dordogne valley. Within the golden triangle of Montfort, Beynac and Sarlat the property is exceptionally beautiful. Situated in the center of the most beautiful and historic part of the Dordogne region. ... more less