Top-end holiday homes in France range from the grandiose French chateaux to the more homely and
comfortable French manor houses. 5 star French Manoir Les Gaillardoux is a fine example of the latter,
combining old stones and features of a 17th and 18th century French chateau with 21st century equipment,
luxury and 5 star comfort. In its 1.25 hectare park and orchard, It offers style, space and privacy for up to 12
discriminating guests in 6 double suites, each with own ensuite toilet and large shower room. The swimming
pool is heated, and the south facing terrace is just off the dining room and kitchen for outside meals
and barbecues under the vast open skies.
Easy to reach and well connected
The manor is situated in the ancient region of the Lot in the Midi-Pyrenees, which is still characterised by its
medieval villages and historical associations with the Cathars. It lies on high ground between the historic
market town of Cahors with its medieval bridge and cathedral, 20 minutes away, and the very fashionable city
of Toulouse, with the nearest large international airport less than 1 hour away. It is in the Midi Pyrenees
holiday region, south of the Dordogne and east of the modern-time downsized Aquitaine region, and with easy
access to the Languedoc region and the Pyrenees further south.
The new Brive airport is about 1 hour away by motorway. Bergerac, with its small international airport, is
about 110 km away, Bordeaux about two and a half hours drive and Carcassonne about 2 hours drive… and
Lalbenque, the traditional capital of the Black Truffle, only 8 minutes away.
Those who have experienced a Dordogne holiday or a Languedoc holiday will find the Lot region has similar
attractions, rolling hills, open vistas, and spectacular river valleys, but is less crowded. The Lot is one of the
least populated areas of France, though when you venture out, you will discover that it is far from sleepy;
within five kilometres of the manor there is an aerodrome with tarmac runway for visitors with private
aircraft, and flying, gliding and parachuting schools.
For feet-on-the-ground holidays there are opportunities for a range of magical eating experiences that can be
enjoyed in all seasons, 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 theCahors vineyards, mostly situated to the south of the
magnificent river Lot.
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.
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.
Welcome to Manoir Les Gaillardoux in Midi-Pyrenees, for a
traditional, picturesque, gastronomic and thoroughly French
holiday in South West France !