Dovecote Manoir

Sleeps: 14 - 20 Bedrooms: 8 Bathrooms: 9

Overview

Wedding Venue Pool Ideal for Kids Walk to Village All Bedrooms En-Suite Ideal for Parties Stag/Hen Allowed

Dovecote Manoir is on the border of two exceptional regions - near enough to the Dordogne for foie gras and great wines, whilst benefiting from the warmer and drier climate of the Lot.

Just a five-minute stroll across the 23 arch Roman style bridge takes you to the village bakery, grocery store, bar/tabac/restaurant and post office. The desirable villages of Eymet and Duras are a short drive away.

This 17th-century manor house, linked to the Knights Templar, is steeped in history  and even boasts one of the finest Pigeonniers in France, which is a National Monument. The house full of rustic charm and beauty with terracotta floors, exposed wooden beams and thick, stone walls which keep the house cool.

Its two hectares of grounds offer a pretty and romantic walled garden lined with lavender, a lawned courtyard and pergolas of wisteria and ivy. In the rest of the grounds there are many secluded areas to simply sit and enjoy your surroundings. There is also a large private swimming pool, table tennis and boules pitch for the more active guests. The outside dining table is perfect for late afternoon lunches and dinners under the stars whilst devouring all the delicious local delicacies purchased from the local markets.

Dovecote Manoir is a charming and idyllic base for a holiday or celebration and is ideally located with absolute tranquillity and privacy yet close to amenities, with a village within walking distance and the surrounding area full of wineries, historic chateaux, caves and famous towns including Bergerac, Bordeaux and Toulouse.

Oliver Approved

What Oliver loves…

  • Peaceful and secluded location protected by a walled garden, yet within walking distance of the village restaurant, boulangerie and shop
  • Idyllic venue for a charming and unforgettable wedding in the beautiful courtyard or restored barn with experienced owners to assist you with every need
  • There are plenty of activities including a swimming pool, table tennis, boules and bicycles!
  • The house is beautifully decorated with all the modern appliances yet still maintaining the rustic charm of this traditional French Manoir.

What you should know…

  • Dovecote Manoir can sleep up to 20 guests in 8 comfortable and spacious en-suite bedrooms between the main house and the spacious apartment (parties of up to 14 guests may book the Manoir only - see rates tab)
  • The Manoir is spread over three floors
  • One bedroom is accessed by an external staircase

Property Features

Private Pool Internet Air-Con BBQ All Bedrooms En-Suite Cable TV Bicycles Provided Indoor Games Outdoor Games Table Tennis DVD Working Fireplace Heating

1) Manoir + Apartment (20 pax)
2) Manoir Only (14 pax)

The Manoir

Ground Floor

- Large entrance hall
- Large fully equipped kitchen with all modern appliances and a large kitchen table and sofa corner and access to the garden
- Utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher and second fridge
- Formal dining room with long table for 14 guests
- Sitting room with leather sofas and plasma screen TV
- Bedroom 1: double bed (160cm) and en-suite bathroom
- Guest WC and shower room with WC
- Sun room opening onto the garden and overlooking the pond

First Floor

- Landing
- Bedroom 2: large double bed (160cm) with separate child’s bedroom/day room with Zanzibari bed and en-suite bathroom with WC
- Bedroom 3: large double bed (160cm) with en-suite bathroom with WC
- Bedroom 4: twin beds or super king-size bed (on request) with en-suite shower room with WC. This room is only accessed by a private outside stone stairway

Second Floor

- Landing with pull out bed for two
- Bedroom 5: large double bed (160cm) with en-suite shower room with WC
- Bedroom 6: large double bed (160cm) with en-suite bathroom with WC

The Apartment (accessed by external staircase and located on one floor)

- Open plan kitchen, dining and sitting area. The kitchen is fully equipped with all modern appliances and a large island. There is a wooden dining table, a plasma screen TV and comfortable sofas (one converts into a bed for two)
- Bedroom 1: twin beds or super king size bed (on request) with en-suite shower room with WC
- Bedroom 2: double bed with en-suite shower room with WC
- Terrace accessible through French doors from the living area with views over the pool

The Barn (available for events)

- Beautifully restored barn (180m2) which can seat up to 150 guests
- French Themed Bar with zinc counter in converted cattle shed
- Large commercial kitchen
- Guest WCs

Outside Grounds

- Private swimming pool (size: 12x5m) with remote controlled retractable solar powered cover (water temperature: 24-26°)
- Poolside terrace with reclining sun loungers, parasols and tables
- 3 acres of secluded and private lawned gardens with lavender and plants
- Outside dining tables
- Boules pitch
- Courtyard
- Pigeonnier

Facilities

- Wi-Fi
- Air conditioning in the apartment
- Fans in the Manoir
- Sat TV
- Table Tennis
- 2 bikes
- 2 sets of golf clubs
- 2 charcoal barbecues and bag of charcoal
- Books
- Games

Location

About the surrounding area of Dovecote Manoir
Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant <1hr to Airport Canoeing/Kayaking Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Horse Riding Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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Dovecote Manoir is located on the border of the Dordogne and the Lot et Garonne regions, surrounded by beautiful countryside, vineyards and chateaux. The property is ideally situated to explore and discover this fabulous part of France with activities for all to enjoy including horse riding, kayaking, hiking, cycling, wine tours and many towns to explore.

If you prefer to stay local, there are many activities within walking distance or just a short drive away. There is a small 9-hole golf course just up the road and there are a couple of sets of clubs in the Manoir which you are welcome to use. There are also three more courses at the internationally known Chateau des Vigier, 20mins drive away. The nearby village of La Sauvetat du Dropt is within walking distance and offers all the necessary amenities including a bakery, small supermarket, bar/tabac/restaurant and a post office. Throughout the summer months, the village hosts a Soiree Gourmande every Friday evening, serving an al fresco meal of locally produced food and wine, on the square and everyone is made very welcome.

The pretty village of Eymet is only a short drive away and is certainly worth a visit, especially as it is  a key location in the 2017 Tour de France. There are ruins of the original castle, picturesque streets, many restaurants, a weekly market every Thursday and a night market during the summer.

The lovely village of Miramont de Guyenne also has a weekly market.

Similarly, Duras, with its famous chateau, medieval clock tower and Maison des Vins, is a popular town to visit.

The ancient town of Bergerac is characterised by its charming medieval features and original cobbled pavements. Boasting boutique shops, restaurants and pavement cafes it is most appreciated on foot. Situated in the renowned Dordogne, Bergerac is a real gateway to the surrounding wine region. Indulge in the famous Maison des Vins before exploring the countless wineries and vineyards in the beautiful countryside.

During the summer months, the town is thriving with regular markets, concerts and festivals. The whole family will enjoy a boat trip up the river, with the opportunity to see local chateaux and typical French villages. Within the local surroundings, Bergerac has a whole host of activities on offer, including caves, castles, bowling, water parks and lakes, to name a few.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Bergerac / Bordeaux / Touloluse

(30km-30mins / 120km-1h30mins / 200km-2h10mins)

Nearest Village La Sauvetat-du-Dropt/Eymet/Miramont de Guyennee

(600m-7mins walking/6km/6km)

Nearest Town/City Marmande / Bergerac

(26km-30mins / 30km-30mins)

Nearest Restaurant La Sauvetat-du-Dropt/Eymet

(600m-7mins walking/5km-4mins)

Nearest Bar/Pub La Sauvetat-du-Dropt

(600m-7mins walking)

Nearest Beach Arcachon

(160km-2h)

Nearest Golf Golf Boissec / Golf de Vigiers

(2km-20mins walking / 23km-24mins)

Nearest Train Station Marmande/Bergerac

(26km-30mins/30km-30mins)

Nearest Supermarket St Pardoux Isaac

(5km-6mins)

Nearest Shop La Sauvetat-du-Dropt/Eymet

(600m-7mins walking/5km-4mins)

Nearest Tennis Lauzan/Eymet

(11km-14mins/4km-5mins)

Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Babies & Toddlers Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Animal farm
  • Walk to Village
  • Walk to Restaurant
  • <1hr to Airport
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Horse Riding
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Playground
  • Boules/Petanque
  • Badminton
  • Pool inflatables
  • Board games
  • Bicycles Provided
  • Indoor Games
  • Outdoor Games
  • Table Tennis
  • DVD

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting/childcare services

Extras available at this property (on request only):

- Cook
- Housekeeping
- Shopping service
- Baby sitting
- Transfers
- Wine tours

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

Enjoy gourmet dining experiences with our new Chef Service!
We’re now offering our customers the chance to enjoy some unforgettable eats with our new Chef Service! Choose from booking a single sumptuous meal with a private chef for that special occasion, or hire a chef to cook your meals for all or part of your holiday - it’s as flexible as it is delicious.

A) Single Meal Service: A chef will travel to this villa and whip up a fantastic meal for you and your guests. The chef will arrive with all the necessary ingredients as well as the talent to turn them into something unforgettable. They’ll serve the meal and clear up afterwards - an easy and entertaining way to enjoy a top quality meal in your very own villa!

B) Full Chef Service: If you really want to kick back and relax, we can arrange for a chef to cater for the duration of your holiday (or part of it). With a range of options from simple family catering to full-on haute cuisine, we can organise a meal plan and a price to suit your needs. So why worry about self-catering when you can have everything taken care of?

Of course, before booking this service, we suggest you contact the property owner as they might already offer a similar cook or chef service in-house. To find out more simply visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs.

Event information

The traditional rustic charm of this rural French Manoir lends itself as the perfect venue for your dream wedding or special event.

Throughout the property and its private grounds, there are many special locations for you to choose where your event will take place. Whether it be in the high ceilinged, stone walled barn, the ivy and wisteria decorated courtyard, beside the historic Pigeonnier or in the nearby village church of Monteton, it will certainly be a memorable and spectacular event.

The restored barn can seat up to 150 people for a delicious locally prepared meal followed by dancing and drinks served at the zinc topped bar. This venue is self-contained with a large commercial kitchen and modern toilet facilities.

The owners hosted their daughter’s wedding at the venue and, therefore, are full of knowledge and advice from their own experience, which they are happy to share. They can recommend caterers, photographers, bands, entertainment, flowers, beauticians, wine suppliers and any other services you may desire. The Manoir is a fabulous venue with all required facilities onsite, and with expert knowledge at your disposal.

Ceremonies may proceed next to the beautiful Pigeonnier, in the courtyard, or for a more traditional affair, in the village church of Monteton.

The surrounding villages and towns offer a great selection of additional accommodation for all your friends and family permitting the celebrations to extend over a few days, and allowing you to fully appreciate the delights of this Manoir and the region.

The minimum stay for weddings is 5 nights.

Please note that surcharges may apply for all weddings and other special events.

Do not hesitate to contact the Oliver’s Travels Concierge team and our dedicated wedding consultant for more information about rates and availability.

Terms & Conditions

Security deposit £1000 for holiday rentals/£2000 for weddings (to be paid by bank transfer when paying the balance)
Arrival time 4.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes
Linen & towels included? Bed linen, bath & pool towels included.
Pets welcome? On request only
Changeover day Flexible
End of stay cleaning included? Yes. Mid-stay clean (linen change, emptying of inside bins) when staying for 2 weeks also included.
Smoking Allowed? Outside only
Minimum stay 7 nights for holiday rentals, 6 nights for weddings.
Heating costs included? £500/week when required during winter months
Pool heating charge? The pool is open from end of April to October and is not heated.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
September 22nd 2018 - October 5th 2018 - - - - £3,961.00
October 5th 2018 - December 19th 2018 £1,132.00 £1,562.00 £1,992.00 £2,422.00 £3,395.00
December 19th 2018 - January 5th 2019 - - - - £5,658.00
January 5th 2019 - March 23rd 2019 £1,132.00 £1,562.00 £1,992.00 £2,422.00 £3,395.00
March 23rd 2019 - June 29th 2019 - - - - £3,961.00
June 29th 2019 - September 6th 2019 - - - - £5,658.00
September 6th 2019 - October 4th 2019 - - - - £3,961.00
October 4th 2019 - December 18th 2019 £1,132.00 £1,562.00 £1,992.00 £2,422.00 £3,395.00
December 18th 2019 - January 4th 2020 - - - - £5,658.00
January 4th 2020 - March 21st 2020 £1,132.00 £1,562.00 £1,992.00 £2,422.00 £3,395.00
March 21st 2020 - March 25th 2020 - - - - £3,961.00

Prices based on an occupancy of 20 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
September 22nd 2018 - October 5th 2018 - - - - £5,093.00
October 5th 2018 - December 19th 2018 £1,892.00 £2,500.00 £3,108.00 £3,716.00 £5,093.00
December 19th 2018 - January 5th 2019 - - - - £5,658.00
January 5th 2019 - March 23rd 2019 £1,472.00 £1,944.00 £2,417.00 £2,890.00 £3,961.00
March 23rd 2019 - June 29th 2019 - - - - £5,093.00
June 29th 2019 - September 6th 2019 - - - - £5,658.00
September 6th 2019 - October 4th 2019 - - - - £5,093.00
October 4th 2019 - December 18th 2019 £1,472.00 £1,944.00 £2,417.00 £2,890.00 £3,961.00
December 18th 2019 - January 4th 2020 - - - - £5,658.00
January 4th 2020 - March 21st 2020 £1,472.00 £1,944.00 £2,417.00 £2,890.00 £3,961.00
March 21st 2020 - March 25th 2020 - - - - £5,093.00

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
September 22nd 2018 - October 5th 2018 - - - - €4,214.00
October 5th 2018 - December 19th 2018 €1,204.00 €1,634.00 €2,064.00 €2,494.00 €3,612.00
December 19th 2018 - January 5th 2019 - - - - €6,020.00
January 5th 2019 - March 23rd 2019 €1,204.00 €1,634.00 €2,064.00 €2,494.00 €3,612.00
March 23rd 2019 - June 29th 2019 - - - - €4,214.00
June 29th 2019 - September 6th 2019 - - - - €6,020.00
September 6th 2019 - October 4th 2019 - - - - €4,214.00
October 4th 2019 - December 18th 2019 €1,204.00 €1,634.00 €2,064.00 €2,494.00 €3,612.00
December 18th 2019 - January 4th 2020 - - - - €6,020.00
January 4th 2020 - March 21st 2020 €1,204.00 €1,634.00 €2,064.00 €2,494.00 €3,612.00
March 21st 2020 - March 25th 2020 - - - - €4,214.00

Prices based on an occupancy of 20 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
September 22nd 2018 - October 5th 2018 - - - - €5,418.00
October 5th 2018 - December 19th 2018 €2,013.00 €2,621.00 €3,229.00 €3,837.00 €5,418.00
December 19th 2018 - January 5th 2019 - - - - €6,020.00
January 5th 2019 - March 23rd 2019 €1,566.00 €2,038.00 €2,511.00 €2,984.00 €4,214.00
March 23rd 2019 - June 29th 2019 - - - - €5,418.00
June 29th 2019 - September 6th 2019 - - - - €6,020.00
September 6th 2019 - October 4th 2019 - - - - €5,418.00
October 4th 2019 - December 18th 2019 €1,566.00 €2,038.00 €2,511.00 €2,984.00 €4,214.00
December 18th 2019 - January 4th 2020 - - - - €6,020.00
January 4th 2020 - March 21st 2020 €1,566.00 €2,038.00 €2,511.00 €2,984.00 €4,214.00
March 21st 2020 - March 25th 2020 - - - - €5,418.00

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
September 22nd 2018 - October 5th 2018 - - - - $4,955.00
October 5th 2018 - December 19th 2018 $1,416.00 $1,846.00 $2,276.00 $2,706.00 $4,247.00
December 19th 2018 - January 5th 2019 - - - - $7,078.00
January 5th 2019 - March 23rd 2019 $1,416.00 $1,846.00 $2,276.00 $2,706.00 $4,247.00
March 23rd 2019 - June 29th 2019 - - - - $4,955.00
June 29th 2019 - September 6th 2019 - - - - $7,078.00
September 6th 2019 - October 4th 2019 - - - - $4,955.00
October 4th 2019 - December 18th 2019 $1,416.00 $1,846.00 $2,276.00 $2,706.00 $4,247.00
December 18th 2019 - January 4th 2020 - - - - $7,078.00
January 4th 2020 - March 21st 2020 $1,416.00 $1,846.00 $2,276.00 $2,706.00 $4,247.00
March 21st 2020 - March 25th 2020 - - - - $4,955.00

Prices based on an occupancy of 20 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
September 22nd 2018 - October 5th 2018 - - - - $6,370.00
October 5th 2018 - December 19th 2018 $2,366.00 $2,974.00 $3,582.00 $4,190.00 $6,370.00
December 19th 2018 - January 5th 2019 - - - - $7,078.00
January 5th 2019 - March 23rd 2019 $1,841.00 $2,314.00 $2,787.00 $3,259.00 $4,955.00
March 23rd 2019 - June 29th 2019 - - - - $6,370.00
June 29th 2019 - September 6th 2019 - - - - $7,078.00
September 6th 2019 - October 4th 2019 - - - - $6,370.00
October 4th 2019 - December 18th 2019 $1,841.00 $2,314.00 $2,787.00 $3,259.00 $4,955.00
December 18th 2019 - January 4th 2020 - - - - $7,078.00
January 4th 2020 - March 21st 2020 $1,841.00 $2,314.00 $2,787.00 $3,259.00 $4,955.00
March 21st 2020 - March 25th 2020 - - - - $6,370.00

Owner Profile

How long have you owned the property?
Since September 2013 and it took us 11 years to find the perfect place.

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
The character and history of the place, but also its ability to be comfortable and homely at the same time. There are other, but very hard to explain, it is its atmosphere, for one and also, it’s like having our own secret place as because of the walled garden at the front and the hedges around the property and pool, we can be completely private but so close to amenities.

Are there any interesting stories in its history?
It is believed that it belonged to the Knight Templars, which means there must have been a structure here in the 14th century. There are a number of examples of the Manoir being used for defence – supports for a long since gone tower, slit windows and a very small round one that can be seen out of from one of the toilets, from which a gun must have been fired!
On the property is the Pigeonnier, which is a National Monument. It was built in the 16th century and has nine columns. The sundial on the Manoir has the date 1699 on it and it is believed that this was the year that a major renovation took place – the removal of the tower and extending the house and re-roofing it.

Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
Sadly, not.

For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...
Really do?

Go along to as many of the markets around especially Eymet and Issigeac. Don’t miss the Soiree Gourmande of La Sauvetat du Dropt – every Friday night in July and August.

Really eat?
Anything with duck in it.

Really see?
Visit the Bastide towns in the area.

What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
Take advantage of the wild garden at le Manoir.
Take a walk around the dam of Lac Escourou.
Take a microlight flight from Miramont de Guyenne.

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Reviews

  • Beautiful house and location

    Posted by Cathy S on 20/09/2016

    The house is even more beautiful than it appears on the website with amazing facilities, loads of space to play games, lovely hideaway corners in the gardens for quiet drinks, easy to get to yet in the depths of the countryside, large bedrooms with comfortable beds, a well equipped kitchen, good sized swimming pool and very helpful hosts discreetly on site to answer any questions. We were only there for a week but can't wait to return for more!

  • A wonderful place to stay

    Posted by William B on 17/08/2016

    Three families of 4 stayed in July/August. An easy drive from Bordeaux or Toulouse. The House is huge and easily accommodated us with space to spare - the photos on the website do not do justice to this lovely place. Fabulous grounds and a great, well sized pool. Outbuildings with Bar (!) and a spacious recent barn conversion which would be ideal for a wedding or other large celebration. The nearby village is an easy stroll with a nice local restaurant and a fun village eat-out once a week. Good supermarket less than a 10 minute drive away. We cannot wait to return.

  • Our dream wedding!

    Posted by Clodagh and Nick on 04/06/2016

    We first saw the venue while the barn was undergoing a refurbishment and fell in love with it. We were so impressed with the plans and, having met Angela and Roddy and seen their taste reflected in the Manoir’s decor, we had complete confidence in the project.
    We were not disappointed and, in fact, the finished product surpassed our expectations. From the Pigeonnier to the generous sized barn, the whole venue is magical. We draped fairy lights everywhere which helped to enhance that wonderful twinkly feeling.‎ In addition to its beauty, the whole place is very well equipped and has a trendy, purpose-built bar. There are so many different areas on site so there are little surprises around every corner. On the day after our wedding we had a picnic in the back garden/pool area and it felt like a completely new and fresh venue to that of the wedding day! We set up games all around and everyone had so much fun.
    The neighbouring village is so picturesque and we (and our guests) really enjoyed exploring the area. Eymet (also very pretty) has a number of nice restaurants/bars and had enough accommodation for our guests.
    All of our guests adored the experience and we have received so much feedback about how incredible they thought the venue was. Some examples: "Best wedding venue ever", "such a magical place", "I've already suggested that my sister get married there"‎.
    Angela and Roddy‎ were incredibly kind and helpful throughout. They went out of their way to make sure we had the perfect day, even sourcing some children's cots for us and booking a restaurant for us during our stay. They genuinely cared which made the day even more special.
    In short, we cannot recommend this place enough!

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