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5 Star Luxury & Comfort with Heated Swimming Pool in Beautiful Countryside - Manoir Les Gaillardoux 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars

 Heated Swimming Pool
  • ID: 169
  • 5 Stars Manoir ( 490 sq. m. )
  • Nightly £ 438
  • Weekly £ 5,250
  • Bedroom(s) 6
  • Sleeps 12
  • Bathroom(s) 7
Average guests rating:      5 / 5 ( 13 Reviews )
Highlights: 5 Star Luxury, Heated Swimming Pool, Private 3 Acre Park & Orchard, Master Bedroom suite with Jacuzzi, Fully equipped Gourmet kitchen, Ideal base for exploring the area, WiFi, Sleeps 6 - 12, Praised by previous guests for its comfort


French Manoir combining 17/18th century regional architecture with 21st century luxury and 5 star facilities. Enjoy the heated swimming pool, 1.25 ha park/orchard & beautiful views. WiFi. Sleeps 12.


18th century Manoir Les Gaillardoux, a Manoir for all seasons with year round comfort, is an ideal base from where to explore the seasonal charms of French rural life and gastronomy in the unspoiled hills and valleys of the Causses du Quercy Blanc... starting from the stylish comfort of this authentic 18th century manor house which happily bears witness to its 300 year history.

Did you know...
British author, Oscar Reynard, used Manoir Les Gaillardoux as a retreat to finish his book “A Clean Pair of Hands” in 2013 - “A gripping family saga set mainly in France and loaded with several parallel plots, thrills and intrigues, the book encapsulates topical revelations about how France is dealing with social change and its inheritance of political corruption.” www.OscarReynard.com

What is special about a holiday at Manoir Les Gaillardoux?
The opportunity to connect with this exclusive and attractive property and respond to its invitation to relax in style within the privacy of its welcoming walls...

Imagine a stone-built 17th/18th Century Manoir with tall windows, tiled floors, large fireplaces and wooden beams, set in its own secluded and private 1.25 hectares of park and orchard in sunny rural SW France: Welcome to Manoir Les Gaillardoux in the heart of the Quercy Blanc! Come and enjoy its salt water heated swimming pool, the comfort of its 6 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, the cool space of its 3 lounges and the charm of dining under the stars on its spacious elevated terrace...

Can you already feel the warm breeze under the trees, the singing of the birds and the buzzing of the bees in the lavender? Time for a cool drink? The American fridge-freezer will dispense cool water or ice cubes just when you want them. Fancy an easy grill? The large Australian BBQ awaits you on the terrace. Don the big apron and show your mastery! The local butcher and the farms around supply excellent meat and poultry, the street markets abound with fresh produce and local delicacies. After all, you are in a gastronomic heaven and the kingdom of Malbec wines!

Or, if you prefer, we can arrange for a cook or a Chef to come and bring the local gastronomy to your table... A festive end to a happy day... Even if our generously equipped kitchen is of gourmet cook standard, you are on holiday!

Don't worry about the washing up: there is a double dishwasher in the kitchen and we can also provide housekeeping help. Just come and relax!

Coming early or late in the season and dreaming of a log fire? Just look at our spacious dining room and the log piles outside the door: nothing easier than creating a cosy atmosphere, with candles on the long walnut refectory-style table and matching sideboard, and dimmed lights under the beams. A little music from the Bose music centre too, perhaps? Create your favourite ambiance...

And when dinner is over, how about a game of billiards? Or a stroll in the park listening to the nightingales?

Guests at the Manoir enjoy spacious, generously furnished, comfortable and well-equipped accommodation, maintained to a very high standard.

Manoir Les Gaillardoux is centrally heated and warm in winter, cool in summer and comfortable in all seasons. It offers space and privacy: the Master bedroom suite has a large bedroom with double bed, boudoir, dressing room and en-suite bathroom with double washbasin, large shower, Jacuzzi and separate WC. A further five bedrooms each with en-suite shower room (WC, double washbasin, shower) with plenty of storage space for personal toiletry. Hair-dryer in each bedroom suite, ample towels and the beds are made as double or twins to suit your needs, of course.

The two living rooms, the Grand salon (drawing room) and the Petit salon, are spacious and bright, and there is comfortable seating for at least twelve guests in the drawing room – an ideal atmosphere for a cosy winter get-together or a smaller intimate party. And, let's not forget the billiard room, also with a second TV and DVD player.

The Manoir offers entertainment for all the family: LCD wide screen satellite TV with DVD player, quality music centre, billiard room with further TV and DVD, and wireless broadband internet access.

Manoir Les Gaillardoux sits in its own 1.25 hectares (3 acres) of park and orchard, offering space and privacy, and areas of shade and sunshine for play or relaxation.

There are “boules” to play “petanque” in the court yard and our large, partly-walled salt water heated swimming pool faces south and can be enjoyed from late spring to October. Suitable for children, with steps and a gentle slope leading to diving depth, the pool has a sound ringing security alarm but is not fenced. 12 loungers with cushions and some sunshades for your comfort are arranged on a stone paved terrace around the pool.

If you like the charm of stone buildings, then you will also love our large coach house, barn and round 'pigeonnier' – all fine examples of the local architecture.

On your arrival ...
Enjoy the experience of arriving at a welcoming, sparkling clean Manoir, feel at home and start your holiday straight away with a cool drink while you peruse our Welcome Book, full of ideas and information to help you make the most of your precious holiday.

Our weekly fee includes thorough cleaning of the interior of the Manoir before your arrival, weekly cleaning for multiple week rentals, weekly change of bedding and a generous weekly supply of bath and pool towels, laundry washing products, and other everyday necessities… Optional maid and catering services are available by prior arrangement.


Address: Parc naturel régional des Causses du Quercy Blanc, France
Post Code (Zip):
Latitude / Longitude: 44.337945 / 1.5462620000000697
Airport Toulouse - Blagnac International 60 minutes
Bakers Fontanes 2 km
Beach Cahors (River Lot) - July/August 16 km
Doctor in Lalbenque 8 km
Hospital Cahors 16 km
Market Lalbenque 8 km
Restaurant La Grange 1 km
Shops Fontane 2 km
Town Cahors 16 km
Train Station Cahors 16 km
Village Montdoumerc 2.5 km


Located just 16 km south of Cahors, the Manoir is easy to find from the two main roads running north and south. We are just 2 km from the D820 (previously N20), and 8 km from the "Cahors South" junction of the A20 motorway.

Getting here
Easy access by road: From exit 58 on A20 (Paris-Toulouse)> South on D820 for about 5km > East on D59 for 1km.

By Train
For guests coming by train, Cahors station (on the main line from Paris to Toulouse and beyond) is 16 km away.

By Air
Toulouse Blagnac International Airport is about an hour by road (motorway). The low cost airlines fly also into Bergerac airport, less than two hours away, and for private flyers, Lalbenque private aerodrome is just 6 km away. Also the new Brive airport is just over 1 hour away by motorway.

Car rental is available in Cahors and from Toulouse Airport or station. Taxis are available to be booked. details in our Welcome Book.

Area description

The Lot region around Manoir Les Gaillardoux has many activities for you to enjoy based around its rivers, pre-historic caves, gastronomy, vineyards, villages and history. With its historical association with the Cathars, the Lot has played a role in the rich history of France and beyond: historical links with England started with the accession of Eleanor of Aquitaine. From 1152, Quercy was part of the kingdom of England, but was extensively fought over until 1450, when the English left Cahors. A famous Bishop of Cahors became Pope in Avignon during a "break in relations" with Rome.

The Lot is still popular for visitors with its medieval villages and history to explore, with similar features to the Dordogne and Languedoc (being in the middle), but is far less crowded. Activities around the Manoir Les Gaillardoux and in the region of Lot include:

History, Culture, Chateaux, Wine and Gastronomy.
The region boasts many intact spectacular cliff-top fortresses and historical remains. Le Pont Valentré, a magnificent medieval bridge at Cahors, the 11th century cathedral at Cahors, and the medieval village of Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, on its rocky promontory dominating the Lot valley, are all under half an hour's drive from the Manoir. The privately-owned, stunning 15thC Chateau de Cieurac near Lalbenque has been recently restored and dominates the view over a suspended valley.

The limestone geology throughout Périgord and Quercy has resulted in series of caves, open to the public, where stunning pre-historical cave paintings can be seen.

If you are interested in French chateaux, 13th century Chateau de Mercues, 30 minutes drive, and 14th century Chateau de Cieurac, 15 minutes drive from Manoir Les Gaillardoux, are well worth visiting. Mercues, previously the summer home and ancient dwelling of the Counts and Bishops of Cahors, is now a Chateau-Relais with a gastronomic restaurant and superb views over the Lot valley.

Cieurac is a bijou of a chateau with a long tormented history and very fine architectural features. It has been sensitively restored over the past 20 years and is now privately owned and occasionally open to visitors during the summer. Our guests are especially welcome in both chateaux, as they are in a number of gastronomic restaurants and chateaux vineyards.

And for lovers of wine there are several estates open to visitors 365 days a year for tasting the variety of full-bodied reds of the Cahors vineyards, mostly situated to the south of the magnificent river Lot.

The area offers many wonderful opportunities for cycling, walking and open-top motoring, while the rivers provide perfect locations for water sports, including boat hire, fishing and canoeing. The limestone geology throughout Périgord and Quercy provides deep caving opportunities.

Golf is available at various nearby clubs located between 5 km to 30 km from the Manoir, and tennis courts found 4 km and 10 km away are open to the public. Bicycles can be hired locally.

A new go-kart track near the Aérodrome de Cahors at Cieruac offers excitement for all ages – a specially designed circuit with electric go-karts for children aged 3 to 6, small go-karts for children aged 7 to 13, and full size go-karts with a speed of up to 80 km/hour for adults and children over 14.

Local events
Numerous local festivals and cultural activities recalling more recent history take place throughout the year.

The Lotois (residents of Lot) are convivial people and welcome their summer visitors. A number of local music and theatre festivals animate the summer months. In addition, many villages hold their own “fetes”, often including a market, music and dancing, fireworks, special meals and sometimes even a cycle or running race.

In July and August each year, the banks of the Lot river at Cahors are transformed into a beach where you can swim in the river, enjoy games and activities, and picnic with friends and family.

The nearest market to Manoir Les Gaillardoux is held at Lalbenque on Saturday mornings, where fresh, local, seasonal products can be purchased direct from the producer.

The Cahors market takes place on Wednesday and Saturday mornings, in the heart of the medieval city at the foot of Saint-Etienne Cathedral. Here, you can find all the colours and flavours of the local produce, from "foie gras" to Cahors wines and including delicious local fruit and vegetables. Cahors also has a "permanent" food market held in a square building near the Cathedral.

Other weekly markets take place within an easy drive of Manoir Les Gaillardoux.

Flying and Aerial Activities
Within five kilometres of the Manoir is an aerodrome with a tarmac runway and flying, gliding and parachuting schools. Why not fly in on a private plane and use the local airport?

Parachuting – Centre École de Parachutisme de Cahors
The Cahors parachute centre offers the opportunity to experience a one-off tandem jump with a qualified instructor – following a short training session on the ground, you will hop into the plane with an experienced instructor for a tandem jump from up to 4000 m. After a short free fall, the parachute opens and you have several minutes to enjoy the beautiful views of the countryside during a peaceful descent. If you wish, your jump can even be filmed!

Gliding – Centre de vol à voile Lotois
In this often noisy and hectic world, a trip in a glider is an ideal way to get away from it all while enjoying a bird’s
eye view of Manoir Les Gaillardoux and the surrounding countryside of the Causses de Quercy and the Lot. The gliding centre offers leisure flights with an experienced glider pilot.

Alternatively, if you hold a gliding licence that is valid in France, bring your own glider and the club will launch it for you. There is plenty of parking at the Manoir for your glider in its trailer.

Flying & Sightseeing Flights
The Aéroclub de Quercy offers leisure flights and flying lessons in a light aircraft or microlight – fly over the Manoir Les Gaillardoux and have a stunning bird’s eye view of the Causses de Quercy and the Lot region.

Local Food & Gastronomy
Local delicacies
First and foremost is the renowned (and rare) black truffle, sniffed out by trained pigs and shaved into dishes for a luxurious, heady twist. Other local delicacies include geese and duck in every guise, from magret to foie gras, while Toulouse is the home of the classic cassoulet.

As far as cheeses are concerned, prestigious Roquefort, Bleu des Causses and the small, round, melt-in-the-mouth pebbles from Rocamadour vie for attention on the cheese board, along with other cheeses made from goat, cow or ewe's milk.

And to finish your meal, why not try a Gâteau à la broche (spit-roast cake) or Pastis gascon, with its extremely delicate layers of raised puff pastry? In the summer months, the sweet melons of Quercy and Lectoure provide a refreshing alternative.

Cahors wines
The area is renowned for the “black wines” of Cahors and some particularly good white wines. The name “black wine” dates back to the time when the local wine-growers heated some of the grape bunches or the ‘musts’, resulting in very dark wines.

A recent innovation is the ‘New Black Wine’, produced from 100% old Malbec vines in a similar fashion to the wines exported to England as long ago as the 13th Century. Most of the famous chateaux and local vineyards welcome visitors for guided tours of the vineyards and cellars, and offer wine tasting and an opportunity to purchase wines.

Further afield, world-famous Montbazillac, a sweet, perfumed white wine ideal with "foie gras" and desserts, is produced in the Bergerac area to the north-west.

Nearby towns
Nearby villages offer a range of shops, markets, pharmacies, doctors, dentists, minimarkets, butcher/charcuterie, grocers, bars and restaurants, not to mention the wonderful boulangeries that sell locally made bread, viennoiseries and patisseries. A new Carrefour supermarket with petrol station is located 10 km from the Manoir.

Cahors, just 16 km away, is the principle town of the Lot region and is the centre for the wine growing area, with modern supermarkets and traditional cafes, restaurants, markets and a theatre. A number of medieval villages, including St-Cirq-Lapopie and Mercues, are within a 30 minute drive.

The regional capital city of Toulouse has year-round cultural attractions and top quality shopping. Sharing the region’s rich historical past, Toulouse has a great number of places to visit and things to do.

The Local Area
Once you find your way around, which is a pleasure in itself as there is a combination of efficient motorways and attractive rural drives between villages, you will discover the region’s vibrant history and traditions of food, cooking, and rural living, often wondrous and always fascinating.

Accommodation, Facilities and Services

Property type: 5 Stars Manoir

Board: Self Catering

Bedroom(s): 6 ( 12 Sleeps )
  • Cot: 1
  • Double Room with en-suite: 6
  • King Bedroom with Ensuite: 6
  • Twin Room with en-suite: 5
Bathroom(s): 7
  • Baths: 1
  • Jacuzzi / Hot tub: Yes
  • Separate Toilet: 2
  • Showers: 7
  • Wash basins: 16


  • Long term rentals: No
  • Pets: No
  • Smoke: No smoking
  • Children: Yes, great for kids
  • Wheelchair: No
  • Eldery or infirm: Not suitable

Holiday type

  • Family
  • Group
  • Rural


  • Countryside
  • Garden
  • Lake
  • Village

General facilities

  • Boot Room
  • Central Heating
  • Electricity
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Gas Grill
  • High Speed Internet (10 Mbps+)
  • Internet
  • Parking
  • Pool Table
  • Swimming Pool - Heated
  • Terrace
  • Water Supply
  • Welcome Hamper
  • WiFi

Indoor facilities

  • Blender
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooker
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD Player
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Hair Dryer
  • Highchair
  • Hob
  • Iron and Board
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Satellite TV
  • Television
  • Toaster
  • Tumble Drier
  • Washing Machine
  • Wine Fridge

Outdoor facilities

  • Barbecue
  • Boule / Pentanque
  • Garden Furniture
  • Patio


  • Catering (extra)
  • Chef (extra)
  • Housekeeper (extra)
  • Linen Provided
  • Towels Provided


Car is essential
  • Private Car Park
  • Stairs
  • Steps


Local activities:

  • Canoeing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Horse riding
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Walking

Other activities:

  • Ancient Monuments (2 km)
  • Art Gallery (16 km)
  • Boat Trips (10 km)
  • Canoeing (18 km)
  • Cathedrals (16 km)
  • Fishing (3 km)
  • Flying (8 km)
  • Go Karting (6 km)
  • Golf (15 km)
  • Historic Houses / Chateau (10 km)
  • Horse riding (10 km)
  • Museums (16 km)
  • Tennis (2.5 km)
  • Vineyards (5 km)


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Check in: 16:00, Check out: 10:00

Our weekly fee is payable in 2 instalments, by bank transfers to owners' euro account:
- On reservation, to secure booking: 50% of total rental fee for period + 50% of refundable deposit
- 6 weeks prior to arrival: balance of rental fee + balance of refundable deposit.
Our weekly fee includes thorough cleaning of the interior of the Manoir before your arrival, weekly cleaning for multiple week rentals, supply and change of bedding and a generous weekly supply of bath and pool towels. Also laundry washing products and other everyday necessities… More services available by prior arrangement, including airport collection. Please ask for details and quote.

We regret that pets are not allowed.

Guest ReviewsWrite a review »

A lovely destination for a family holiday
By Emma M , London for a stay in August, 2013

Manoir Les Gaillardoux is a charming property in a beautiful setting. The Manoir has been thoughtfully renovated to a high standard and makes for a very pleasant stay in the French countryside. It is a lovely destination for a family holiday and we had a very enjoyable time. The road cycling around the area is good, with breath-taking views and quiet roads. We visited Cahors twice and took the children karting - which they loved! We also visited some of the pretty medieval villages. It is worth booking river boating or bike hire in advance in the summer months. We very much enjoyed our stay and will recommend to friends.

A stunning house, with so much to do
By Kiran S , London for a stay in August, 2013

Manoir les Gaillardoux is stunning, and much bigger than we expected. The view from the master bedroom is breath-taking, and the house has been decorated beautifully inside and outside. There is so much to do around the house, from lounging by the pool, cooking on the BBQ, playing petanque - or pool if it rains - that there is no need to leave. If you do, Cahors is very nearby, and the market is well worth a trip. I could happily spend more than a week here - and it is best to do with a large group to use the house to its full potential.

Lovely holiday at the Manoir
By Duncan P , Bedfordshire for a stay in July, 2013

I just wanted to send a quick note before we leave tomorrow morning. We've had a lovely holiday at the Manoir and everyone has enjoyed staying at this wonderful house. 13 days of sun and one massive electrical storm to entertain the children were just what we hoped for! I'd just like to say that we've been renting properties similar to the Manoir for the last 10 years and this has unquestionably been the most well organised holiday we've had, in one of the best houses.

Fantastic Holiday
By Sue P , Dunstable for a stay in July, 2013

We are now returned and getting back into the swing of things at home having enjoyed a fantastic holiday at the Manoir. I know Duncan has already given you some feedback but we were very impressed with all of your assistance which made it a very special holiday for us and the rest of our family. Thank you again.

A landmark house in one of the most beautiful parts of France!
By Mrs B for a stay in September, 2012

Le Manoir des Gaillardoux was a spectacular point of departure for the birthday week in September. The house is an amazing piece of architecture as all the architects and designers in the group agreed. It was a perfect setting for my friends from around the globe to gather and share a week of cooking; sampling; visiting; celebrating and thoroughly enjoying each other’s company in this wonderful region full of historical and natural sites to visit; fabulous restaurants, products and wine to sample and a gracious lifestyle to experience.

On arrival, we were met by the Manoir’s very gracious house manager, who introduced us to the house and all of its wonders, the handsome grounds; the meticulously designed accommodations and the extremely high standard of equipment at our disposal during our stay. No detail has been overlooking in the planning of this holiday house and a stay here feels like coming home. The house offers many spacious areas for guests to gather or to seek a moment of solitude. The pool area and the terrace off the dining room and kitchen were favourites for most, the sumptuous stone stairwell was mine.

Many thanks to the owners who went out of their way to assist in making this a very special memory. Being very exacting, I was extremely pleased as were all of my guests. Le Manoir provided perfect accommodations, beautiful interiors, furnishings and outdoor spaces - a wonderful setting for this week of celebration and the formal dinner party. Merci infiniment pour le Manoir and all of our wonderful memories.

Spacious enough to accommodate our large group of 11
By U. Family for a stay in August, 2012

We spent a wonderful week in the Manoir which was spacious enough to accommodate our large group of 11. There was something for the older and younger members of our party. A splash in the pool or just a game of petanque on the gravel. The Manoir is tastefully restored and decorated. There are plenty activities to choose from. As the villa is close to Cahors, shopping trips are within reach. The Manoir is also close to some vineyards which are worth the visit; driving back to London with some extra wine cases proved to be more challenging than expected. We also enjoyed the picturesque villages in the area. Breakfast and dinner outside on the patio were a pure treat. Thank you again for making our stay memorable.

2 wonderful weeks
By Ann Hayward , Kent for a stay in August, 2012

In August 2012 we spent 2 wonderful weeks at Manoir Les Gaillardoux. We were a family party of 10, with ages ranging from 9 years to the mid-seventies.

The house accommodated our varying needs to perfection. With 6 young people ensconced in the cleverly adapted wing with billiard room, TV and access to their own outside entrance through the small conservatory, whilst the rest of us luxuriated in the quiet and elegant main part of the house. Everything in the Manoir has been tastefully done with an eye for comfort and peace. The well-facilitated kitchen and laundry area made our day-to-day living so easy whilst holidaying with my family. The grounds were well tended and gave one private areas to read, ruminate or just enjoy the beautiful country views, whilst the more active members of the party were occupied in the pool area or just lounging on the comfortable sunbeds.

I totally recommend the enchanting Manoir to anyone who wishes to holiday in tranquil and elegant surroundings whilst exploring this beautiful area of France.”

Perfect place for our summer holiday
By Caitlin C , London for a stay in July, 2012

The Manoir was the perfect place for our summer holiday. We were a group of 3 families with children ranging from 20 months to 8 years old. We loved the peaceful and picturesque location and it was lovely to allow the children to play and roam around the beautiful property. The views from the property are stunning and we enjoyed many meals outside on the patio just taking in the gorgeous countryside and slow sunsets. The Manoir itself is very spacious and comfortable. We all slept very well and also enjoyed cooking in the well provisioned kitchen. Our days were spent either exploring the surrounding area or in the pool. Some of us also went skydiving one day at the local aerodrome which was fantastic and so close by! I would definitely recommend the property and hope we get the chance to visit again.

Two very happy weeks
By Jeff Green for a stay in July, 2011

In July 2011, our group of family and friends spent two very happy weeks at this lovely house in a beautiful, unspoiled part of France. All rooms are large, well-furnished and equipped, including the kitchen. Most importantly, the beds are comfortable. Our party of 8 had more than enough room never to feel crowded. The spacious patio has two big tables, huge umbrellas, and a first class gas barbeque. At the front there is a large swimming pool. The Manoir, ten minutes south of beautiful Cahors, is situated in bucolic splendour on a large property. Scores of wine estates are nearby, many offering tastings and restaurants. Many great sights and weekly markets are within an easy drive. We all had a great time.

Fantastic Holiday
By Mr & Mrs C Bucks for a stay in June, 2011

What a fantastic holiday we had at Manoir Les Gaillardoux in June 2011. The accommodation was superb and the Manoir furnished to a very high standard, with all bedrooms having en suite bathrooms. A perfect location for several people who want to enjoy a holiday together but, at the same time maintain their own space. The Manoir is enormous with many places to relax, read or just be on your own for a while. Situated in a perfect location surrounded by beautiful countryside, with Cahors only a short drive away. Plenty of great restaurants and wine tasting, if you desire. We ate mostly at the Manoir as the excellent cooking facilities there made the catering so easy and so relaxing. We hope to return there again soon.

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