There is a certain mystery surrounding the beginnings of the house and some authorities 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 substantial dwelling on the site at thistime.ﾠ However, the core of the present house is believed to date from the 17th century as the sundial on the front of the house bears the date of 1699, together with a Latin saying "Non omnes qui mane micant sub vesperelucent".ﾠ 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 evening".
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, giving the impression that the house was fortified at some point in its history. There are other clues around the house that lends support to this theory such as the small round opening in one of the bathrooms, through which one can imagine firing an arrow or musket…
The Pigeonnier stands on nine mushroomed topped stone columns which were designed to keep out rats. It is considered to be one of the finest pigeonniers in France and is much photographed and painted.
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 situated just along the road from Le Manoir and you are welcome to use the couple of sets of clubs you will find in the house. The internationally renowne Chateau des Vigier 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 23 arched roman style bridge. There you will find a bakery, grocery store, tabac, and a post office. Every Friday evening during summer the village holds its not-to-be-missed Soiree Gourmande; an alfresco dining occasion in the grassy square behind the church attended by residents and visitors alike. There 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 with its chateau 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 river Dordogne.
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