There is a certain mystery around the beginnings of the house and some articles even make reference to it being linked to the Knights Templar, which was disbanded in the 14th century.


What is known is that the Pigeonnier in the grounds of Le Manoir dates from the 16th century and has been a National monument since 1953. The existence of such a structure means there must have been some sort of a dwelling at this time.  However, the core of the present house is believed to date from the 17th century as the sundial carries on it the date of 1699, together with a Latin saying "Non omnes qui mane micant sub vespere lucent".  Apparently, this saying is often found on sundials, and roughly translated means, "not everything that sparkles in the morning light, is found again during the night".


Stone corbels, which would have supported a turret of some description can still be seen in the dining room and from the terrace at the back of the house. This gives the impression that the house was used to defending its position at some period of time and there are other clues around the house that lends support to this theory, including a small round opening, in one of the bathrooms, through which one can imagine firing a gun…


The Pigeonnier is often photographed and appears on the internet.  It is one of the best examples in France and has nine columns.

The History


The property is an excellent base from which to take full advantage of this picturesque and varied part of France.

In the immediate area there is an abundance of activities and local attractions offering something for everyone; numerous vineyards, restaurants, villages with their frequent day and night markets, and for the more energetic beautiful areas to explore be it walking, cycling or kayaking.


A small nine hole golf course, Golf Boissec, is just along the road and you are welcome to use the couple of sets you will find in the house. The internationally renowned golf course of Chateau Vigiers has three nine hole courses and is 20 minutes away.


The nearest village of La Sauvetat du Dropt is just a five minute stroll across the lovely 24 arched roman style bridge takes you to a bakery, grocery store, tabac, the excellent Ma Maison restaurant, and a post office.  Every Friday during summer it holds their not to be missed Soiree Gourmande; an alfresco dining occasion in the grassy square behind the church attended by residents and visitors alike, where you can sample locally produced food and wine whilst listening to live music.


Other villages in close proximity are Eymet, a picturesque bastide village with a vibrant night market during the summer months, Duras and its castle and famous chocolate and prune factory shop, and the much photographed medieval village of Issigeac and its Sunday market.


Relaxing day trips are possible to the vineyards of Bergerac and St Emilion, and the scenic Dordogne.


The Area
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