Manoir Altheas

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Sleeps: 8 - 10 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4
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Ideal for Kids Walk to Village On-Street Parking Romantic

Imagine the sophistication of a modern, airy Parisian apartment, set in a house in the Dordogne. This is Manoir Altheas, a holiday home built in 1800 and restored to the height of elegance. Each room embodies style, ease and an authentic sense of Périgord charm. Set into the hillside over two floors, you’ll admire the lush flower gardens reached from the upper level and large traditional windows that bring the fresh country air inside.

Step into the marble tiled hallway of this 19th century French maison and walk through to the sitting room with its high ceiling, ornamental fireplace and a cabinet with Smart TV (Netflix/Prime etc) and a DVD player. There is a light-filled dining room next door showcasing more antique pieces, alongside a modern shower room.

Following the wide curved staircase to the upper floor, you will surely find yourself spending most of your time relaxing in the glorious contemporary kitchen and lounge with doors opening out to the large stone terrace overlooking the gardens above. There are four bedrooms on this floor – three doubles (two with king-size beds) and a twin – alongside two bathrooms (en suite to two of the bedrooms or accessed via the landing). An independent one-bedroom garden cottage, furnished with equal taste and classic style, sleeps two further guests if required.

Relax on the large stone terrace soaking up the sun or make the most of the shady awnings as you enjoy al-fresco Périgord feasts accompanied by good local wine from the many Bergerac vineyards nearby. The private garden is simply idyllic, like a step back in time – admire roses, hibiscus, apple and cherry trees as you wander along its different levels with rustic stone steps. The garden is not overlooked and opens out to rural farmland and countryside so typical of the Périgord - it is truly your very own peaceful paradise.

Stroll along the lane to the pretty village of Lanquais with its old sandstone houses, little square and local school, then continue on to the nearby restaurant, a relaxed and friendly auberge serving French fare. Also within walking distance is the grand Château de Lanquais, open for summer visits, and a tranquil lake for picnics and walks.

It’s less than a 10-minute drive to Lalinde, a bastide town by the banks of the Dordogne, home to inviting restaurants, food shops and a wonderful Thursday morning market. Don’t miss the lovely Sunday morning market in the medieval village of Issigeac whilst other picture-perfect villages close by include Trémolat, Limeuil, Beaumont-du-Périgord and Monpazier.

Play golf in stunning surroundings, enjoy tennis in the local village, follow a wealth of walking and cycling routes and visit vineyards around Monbazillac, Saussignac and Pécharmant or even as far as Bordeaux and Saint-Émilion.

Of course, Bergerac and Sarlat-la-Canéda are also fine days out for more historic architecture and gastronomic delights or stay closer to home as you canoe along the river, dine out in authentic local restaurants and experience the captivating beauty of the Dordogne.

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What you should know…

  • The 8-person price is for the main house only (4 bedrooms/3 bathrooms) whilst the 10-person price also includes the separate garden cottage.
  • Guests need to be able to safely manage the many stone steps and different levels across the beautiful garden.
  • There are some closed rooms on the ground floor. The stone terrace and gardens are accessed via the upper level's kitchen and lounge.
  • Despite the village setting, a car is necessary to be able to reach shops and fully explore this beautiful part of the Dordogne and beyond. Parking on the street less than 20m from the front door.

This home is a part of our Great Value Collection!

Our great value homes:

  • may be traditionally styled for a laid back feeling
  • may have some simple amenities and features
  • mean that you can enjoy top holiday destinations for less!

Property Features

Wi-Fi/Internet BBQ Washing Machine Dishwasher Microwave Coffee Machine Smart TV Table Tennis DVD On-Street Parking

1)    Main House only - 4 bedrooms/3 bathrooms (8-person price)
Main House and Cottage (10-person price)

Main House Interiors

Ground Level

-    Entrance and hallway
-    Living room with decorative marble fireplace, Smart TV (Netflix, Prime video etc) and DVD player (in TV cabinet)
-    Formal dining room
-    Shower room with shower, sink, WC and washing machine

Upper Level and Garden Access

-    Open-plan lounge and kitchen-diner with doors opening out to stone terrace overlooking the gardens. Kitchen fully-equipped including electric oven, halogen hob, dishwasher, large fridge and separate freezer, ice-maker, kettle, filter coffee machine and toaster 
-    Bedroom 1 with king-size double bed
-    Bedroom 2 with king-size double bed
-    Bedroom 3 with double bed
-    Bedroom 4 with twin beds and doors opening out to terrace and gardens
-    Bathroom with bath, sink and WC (accessed via bedroom 1 or landing)
-    Shower room with shower, sink and WC (accessed via bedroom 3 or landing)

Garden Cottage Interiors (separate to main house)

-    Open-plan living and dining area with CD player and small library
-    Open-plan kitchen, well-equipped including dishwasher, large fridge with freezer section, oven and hob
-    Bedroom with double bed
-    Shower room with shower, sink, washing machine/dryer

Outside Grounds

The stone terrace and beautiful gardens are accessed from the open-plan lounge and kitchen on the upper floor of the main house

-    Large stone terrace with awnings
-    Al-fresco dining table and chairs
-    Weber-style barbecue
-    Large garden (different levels with many stone steps)
-    Small orchard


About the surrounding area of Manoir Altheas
Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant <1hr to Airport Watersports Canoeing/Kayaking Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Tennis Nearby Cycling Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites Boat Trips
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Manoir Altheas and its beautiful gardens are set on the edge of a pretty Dordogne village less than a 10-minute drive to the historic riverside town of Lalinde, only 18km from Bergerac.

The nearest airports are Bergerac (17km) and Bordeaux (123km) and there is a train station in Lalinde (7km) with direct departures to Bergerac, Bordeaux Saint-Jean and Gare de Sarlat. A car is necessary to be able to fully explore this fantastic region – parking is on the street within 20m of the front door.

It’s lovely to be able to stroll into the small, authentic village of Lanquis with its school, church, pretty square and charming old houses – Lanquis has been referred to as one of the Dordogne’s prettiest villages. Walk a little further along the village road to a friendly restaurant serving good quality French cuisine – the restaurant terrace is especially pleasant on warm summer days.

Just south of the village is Château de Lanquais, a 5-minute walk away, usually open for visits in the summer (also look out for occasional festivities and events across the season). Close to the château, Lac de Lanquis is an attractive spot for lakeside picnics and peaceful nature walks.

The next village is Couze-et-Saint-Front (4km) with a boulangerie, pharmacy and charming small restaurant. Cross over the Dordogne River to reach the bastide town of Lalinde (7km), home to a good-sized supermarket, inviting food shops and lovely restaurants. It’s a joy to potter around this historic town thanks to its picturesque riverside setting and medieval houses – don’t miss the excellent Thursday morning market (and smaller market on a Saturday morning).

There are some wonderful marked walking/hiking trails and cycling opportunities nearby (bike hire can be arranged near the train station in Lalinde) as well as canoeing/kayaking along the Dordogne and riverside beaches for summer swimming. Discover summer watersports along the river near Trémolat (18km) and boat trips from Bergerac.

Golf-lovers note that the reasonably challenging 9-hole course at Château les Merles is just 10 minutes by car, also home to a great restaurant and terrace, whilst Château des Vigiers (40km) and Golf de la Marterie (35km) are two larger courses to consider.

Other stunning places to visit across the Dordogne include Issigeac (13km), a delightful medieval village famed for its characterful Sunday morning market, and pretty riverside villages such as Trémolat (18km), Limeuil (25km), La Roque-Gageac (50km) and Domme (60km).

Heading south are the bastide towns of Monpazier (28km) and Monflanquin (40km), both officially classified as France’s ‘Plus Beaux Villages’, whilst the much-loved towns of Bergerac (18km) and Sarlat-la-Canéda (58km) are brilliant days out. Not to mention a wealth of vineyards including the sweet wines produced at nearby Château de Monbazillac (20km) or venture further afield to the world-famous vines of Saint-Émilion (74km).

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Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Bergerac Airport


Nearest Airport 2 Bordeaux Airport


Nearest Train Station Gare Lalinde


Nearest Village Lanquais

(Around 200m to village square)

Nearest Restaurant Restaurant on edge of village

(Within 700m)

Nearest Supermarket Intermarché Super Lalinde


Nearest Town Lalinde/Bergerac


Nearest City Périgueux


Nearest Golf Golf Du Château Les Merles


Nearest Tennis In the village

(Short walk )


Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

Families will love the many outdoor activities across the Dordogne. Play tennis in the village (arrange via the local mairie), visit Château de Lanquais (usually open in the summer months) and enjoy a peaceful picnic and walk around Lac de Lanquais, all within walking distance.

The Dordogne River is just a short drive away – look out for canoeing and kayaking, other seasonal watersports near Trémolat, riverside beaches, pretty villages and boat trips (from Bergerac).

Discover tree top adventures at AccroZarbres (30km) just north of Bergerac. Close to Bergerac town you will also find soft play, bowling, go-karting and Port Miniature, a little lake with miniature boats for children to sail.

Not to mention the many grand Dordogne châteaux and glorious gardens across the region. One especially popular place for families is Château de Bridoire (23km) with indoor and outdoor games, dressing-up, re-enactments and a labyrinth in the château gardens.

Heading north instead, around half an hour away is Le Bugue and the Vézère valley. The town and its surrounding area offer great activities for families including the Aquarium Périgord Noir, Jungle Golf, a pre-historic themed maze and the old-fashioned theme park, Le Parc Bournat. Outside the town, Le Bois des Lutins 24 offers tree-top trails and nets whilst this region also has many fascinating caves and a wealth of pre-historic sites.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Walk to Village
  • Walk to Restaurant
  • <1hr to Airport
  • Watersports
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Tennis Nearby
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Table Tennis
  • DVD

Services Available

  • Maid Service Available


Oliver's Extras

  • Maid Service 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

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!

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Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit £1000 charged to client's credit card prior to arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 4.00 p.m.
Departure time 10:00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes (see below for heating).
Heating costs included? Heating is only available in September, if required, and it is subject to an extra cost - please enquire.
Linen & towels included? Yes.
End of stay cleaning included? No. Extra cost of €250 per week (main house) and €50 per week (cottage), payable locally in cash on arrival. This is for a standard changeover clean. Guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Smoking Allowed? No.
Pets welcome? Not allowed.
Tax French Visitors Tax payable locally in cash (typically costs €1-€10 per adult per night - please enquire if exact amount is required).
Changeover day Saturday. All other changeover days on request.
Minimum stay 7 nights. All other durations on request.
Other Ts and Cs The 8-person price is for the main house only (4 bedrooms/3 bathrooms) whilst the 10-person price also includes the garden cottage.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, stag/hen parties and any special events are not allowed.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jul 16th 2024 - Sep 7th 2024 £2,235
Sep 7th 2024 - Jun 21st 2025 £1,651
Jun 21st 2025 - Sep 6th 2025 £2,235
Sep 6th 2025 - Jan 17th 2026 £1,651

Prices based on an occupancy of 10 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jul 16th 2024 - Sep 7th 2024 £2,942
Sep 7th 2024 - Jun 21st 2025 £2,245
Jun 21st 2025 - Sep 6th 2025 £2,942
Sep 6th 2025 - Jan 17th 2026 £2,245

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jul 16th 2024 - Sep 7th 2024 €2,660
Sep 7th 2024 - Jun 21st 2025 €1,965
Jun 21st 2025 - Sep 6th 2025 €2,660
Sep 6th 2025 - Jan 17th 2026 €1,965

Prices based on an occupancy of 10 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jul 16th 2024 - Sep 7th 2024 €2,942
Sep 7th 2024 - Jun 21st 2025 €2,245
Jun 21st 2025 - Sep 6th 2025 €2,942
Sep 6th 2025 - Jan 17th 2026 €2,245

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jul 16th 2024 - Sep 7th 2024 $2,895
Sep 7th 2024 - Jun 21st 2025 $2,138
Jun 21st 2025 - Sep 6th 2025 $2,895
Sep 6th 2025 - Jan 17th 2026 $2,138

Prices based on an occupancy of 10 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jul 16th 2024 - Sep 7th 2024 $2,942
Sep 7th 2024 - Jun 21st 2025 $2,245
Jun 21st 2025 - Sep 6th 2025 $2,942
Sep 6th 2025 - Jan 17th 2026 $2,245

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile

How long have you owned the property?
Since October 2006.

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
The beautiful, solid, golden sandstone walls and tranquil setting with its large garden on the edge of the quiet village of Lanquais.

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

Visit the many vineyards in the area, complete with wine tastings, with regions such as Monbazillac, Pécharmant and Saussignac on the doorstep. Hire a canoe on either the Dordogne or Vézère rivers.

Really eat?
Confit de canard. Foie gras. Truffle omelette.

Really see?

The medieval Chateau de Lanquais – 8 mins walk..
The prehistoric caves of Lascaux and Les Eyzies – 45min/1 hour drive
Chateau des Milandes – home of the singer Josephine Baker – 40 min drive.
The world famous wine town of Saint Emilion – 1 hr drive.
The Bastide towns of Montpazier, Molières and Beaumont, all less than 30 mins drive.
The small medieval town of Issigeac with its wonderful Sunday market – 15 mins drive.
The larger medieval town of Sarlat with its shops and restaurants and Saturday market.

What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
Look out for the lovely Redstarts and Black Redstarts feeding in the garden. The best local red wines of the area are from Pécharmant, some of the best local whites from Montravel.



  • Had a lovely time at Manoir Altheas

    on 18/08/2023

    Had a lovely time at Manoir Altheas.
    Oliver's Travels provided excellent directions and information about the house and location. The property manager, Beatrice, is wonderful.
    I was able to obtain a friendly and reliable taxi driver who took me wherever I wanted to go. The local restaurant (the only one in this tiny hamlet!) serves good traditional food.
    Do be aware that the steps to the upstairs and main part of the house are steep and winding.
    Better to travel lightly!

  • Lovely

    Created on 04/08/2023

  • Lovely

    on 31/07/2023

    Lovely welcome. Clean house. Lovely garden.

  • Lovely house

    on 10/09/2021

    So great to get away at last and to such a lovely house. Decorated and furnished with immaculate taste and so spacious. We still remember sitting for hours and hours on the garden terrace watching the sun go down.

  • Amazing house

    on 28/08/2021

    Amazing house with great character and charm in a quiet village surrounded by beautiful countryside. What’s not to like? We loved every minute of our stay.

  • Comfortable and relaxing

    on 22/09/2019

    We just wanted to let you know what a wonderful time we had staying in your beautiful house. We loved all the little details of the interior décor and the house was very comfortable and relaxing. As wine lovers, it was fantastic to be so close to many top-quality vineyards which we enjoyed visiting. The garden is an absolute delight and completely private, backing on to farmland as it does. A real haven of peace. We will undoubtedly return.

  • Thank you so much! It was amazing!1

    on 06/06/2018

    We had the most fabulous stay at Manoir Altheas. It is I think the nicest gite we have ever stayed in, and we visit France relatively often. The house was really spacious and exquisitely decorated, some rooms looked as though they came straight from the pages of a magazine, and had pretty much everything we needed to look after ourselves when we stayed there. The garden too was an unexpected delight. Even in the rain we all sat for hours under the canopy just relaxing and taking everything in. I was slightly apprehensive that it might be a bit of a bind not having much to do in the village itself but we were all (from my 5 year old child to my 67 year father) happy to while away the time in the garden. The restaurant down the road was also great for a drink in the evening if we wanted to go out, and we also had two really great local meals there. I’d definitely recommend it. There is also so much to do in the local area, which is really beautiful in itself. Bearing in mind we were there out of season, we could’ve easily filled two weeks without having to travel more than 25km from the town. Lastly, we were so touched by the welcoming gifts Richard had left for us including a birthday gift for my daughter and a bottle of non alcoholic fizz for her birthday. It really made us feel welcome in their home. If you decide to visit I’m sure you will enjoy your stay.

  • A lovely accommodation

    on 10/07/2017

    Good evening, We are delighted with the accommodation at Manoir Altheas - very lovely and all works beautifully.

  • A lovely house

    on 22/08/2016

    Thanks for letting us stay in your lovely house. We enjoyed the house and location very much.

  • We hope to come back

    on 10/08/2016

    We greatly enjoyed our stay. It is a perfect situation - in the heart of the stunning Dordogne but happily hidden away from the most touristy areas. We felt that it was a great privilege to feel as though we were staying in someone's beautiful home rather than a 'rental property'. Your home is so beautifully decorated and the garden was wonderfully peaceful - a real haven. We certainly hope to come again.

  • Thanks for letting us stay in your gorgeous house

    on 03/07/2016

    We're en-route home so thanks for letting us stay in your gorgeous house, I practically had to pry my wife's fingers from the doorframe this morning when it was time to leave. I'm sure you've heard this before but if you ever feel like selling up please drop me a line!

  • We enjoyed this fabulous house

    on 21/06/2016

    Arrived safely and enjoying your fabulous house. We went to the market today in Issigeac and had a lovely day.

  • A stunning home

    on 01/06/2016

    We are feeling very happily settled into your beautiful home. Thank you! It really is stunning, both inside and the surrounding area.

  • A wonderfully relaxing house

    on 19/04/2010

    A wonderfully relaxing house with every comfort, furnished with impeccable taste.

  • We will be back!

    on 16/04/2010

    A beautifully decorated, elegant home in a wonderful corner of France. Utter bliss. We will be back!

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