Our journey to becoming a French wedding venue began when our daughter announced that Le Manoir would be the perfect place to get married. The work on transforming the property was considerable, but after twelve months of thoughtful restoration and lots of hard work her dream became a reality!
With the huge success of our daughter’s wedding we decided to open Le Manoir to other couples, so now your dream can also become a reality.
From the moment of your arrival, you can relax and take full advantage of our extensive facilities. The rustic charm of our property gives you a sense of tranquillity and the surrounding region is a food & wine lovers’ paradise, with plenty of markets, restaurants & vineyards to visit in the days leading up to your wedding.
Your wedding day is guaranteed to be a massive success at Le Manoir. Wherever you decide to hold your blessing, be it in the high ceilinged, stone walled Barn, in the ivy and wisteria covered courtyard, beside the historic Pigeonnier, or even in the church in La Sauvetat du Dropt (subject to the approval from the church authorities), it will undoubtedly be special.
Whatever the weather you will have the facilities at Le Manoir to make your special day truly memorable.
The property offers so many opportunities for that perfect photo. It seems that around every corner another chance appears; whether it be the large but secluded courtyard bordered by wisteria and ivy covered walk ways, our famous Pigeonnier, the secret garden, the pretty wells or the wild garden, the list goes on and on.
The interior of the house offers its own charm with high beamed ceilings and the antique wooden staircase.
The barn, rebuilt in 1872, has an area of almost 180 square metres, giving plenty of room to host up to 150 people. The width of the barn is spanned by massive beams from which hang five huge chandeliers, complemented by the uplighters along the wall accentuating the beautiful exposed stone of the building.
The French themed bar occupies the old cattle shed on one side of the courtyard. The original mangeoir (cattle feeder) has been retained and there is a substantial zinc-topped bar counter. A large commercial kitchen and modern ladies and gents toilets complete the facilities.
"We first saw the venue while the barn was undergoing a refurbishment and fell in love with it. We were so impressed with the plans and, having met Angela and Roddy and seen their taste reflected in the Manoir’s decor, we had complete confidence in the project.
We were not disappointed and, in fact, the finished product surpassed our expectations. From the Pigeonnier to the generous sized barn, the whole venue is magical. We draped fairy lights everywhere which helped to enhance that wonderful twinkly feeling. In addition to its beauty, the whole place is very well equipped and has a trendy, purpose- built bar. There are so many different areas on site so there are little surprises around every corner. On the day after our wedding we had a picnic in the back garden/pool area and it felt like a completely new and fresh venue to that of the wedding day! We set up games all around and everyone had so much fun.
The neighbouring village is so picturesque and we (and our guests) really enjoyed exploring the area. Eymet (also very pretty) has a number of nice restaurants/bars and had enough accommodation for our guests.
All of our guests adored the experience and we have received so much feedback about how incredible they thought the venue was. Some examples: "Best wedding venue ever", "such a magical place", "I've already suggested that my sister get married there".
Angela and Roddy were incredibly kind and helpful throughout. They went out of their way to make sure we had the perfect day, even sourcing some children's cots for us and booking a restaurant for us during our stay. They genuinely cared which made the day even more special.
In short, we cannot recommend this place enough!" Clodagh and Nick
From the moment Mum and I peeked through the gates of Le Manoir, I knew it was ‘the venue’. There were only two obstacles; the first being that Chris, my boyfriend of 6 years, was yet to propose and the second being that I needed to convince Mum and Dad that this was the house that they wanted to retire to. Six months later Le Manoir was theirs and another year or so later Chris and I were engaged. There began the 18 months of blood, sweat and tears that culminated in the best day of our lives. This obviously did not include the mammoth overhaul that Dad and Mum had already completed inside the house itself.
The wedding. The festivities began with my hen party and the boys’ ‘bring and braai’ on the Wednesday. The girls had a picnic in the garden sitting on all of the beautiful, brightly coloured, kikoy cushions under the tree by the petonque pitch. Whilst the tree is normally used as a sunshade in this case it was used to shield us from the drizzle! We then headed out for a wine tasting, tour and dinner whilst the men made use of the multiple barbecues available!
The day before the wedding, Thursday, was at Golf de Boissec, or Golf ‘Rustique as we like to call it. It is a fantastic 9 hole golf course 2km away from the house. Christine and Christian, the owners, were only to happy to help with our pre wedding texas scramble. The teams were England versus the Rest of the World and despite my team losing it was a fantastic way to bring many of the guests together before the big day. We were able to buy drinks there but also take along our own picnic lunch.
Our day arrived and I was truly touched to see all our family and friends painting beautiful signs, hanging all the hearts, helping to decorate the tables and setting up the secret garden. Seeing Mum see the barn for the first time all ready to receive its first guests, filled me with such pride; they had achieved what they had set out to do and the results were beyond all of our expectations, it was perfect.
As we are Scottish we were overjoyed to discover the Bordeaux Pipe Band, and hired one of their pipers for the day. Arriving at L’Eglise Saint Germain in Nicole, the resident 2CV, being greeted by the village residents in the bar across the road and then walking down the aisle to the sounds of Highland Cathedral was so special.
Deciding to make the most of the gorgeous Lot-et-Garonne weather many of the guests, led by the piper, walked back to Le Manoir from the church, over the picturesque Roman Bridge. With quite a few of the guests (and Chris) in kilts and the bag pipes playing it really made for a memorable occasion!
The courtyard was setup beautifully for our cocktail hour (or two) and the guests were happy to mingle whilst we had our family photos in front of the 500 year old pigeonnier. The barn itself was stunning, we had hung paper lanterns from the beams and had covered the tables in paper hearts matching our colour scheme. The hearts that were hung earlier in the day were along the wall behind the top table. It was the perfect size for the 135 guests that we had and plenty of space for the band too. Once the buses had left the die hards retired to ‘Le Bar’ where they continued to toast to our happiness til the wee hours of the morning.
Our recovery day was the almost as perfect as our wedding day with Chris and I having a bit more time to relax in the sunshine with family and friends. There was volleyball in the pool, petonque tournaments, a buffet lunch under the massive tree in front of the house and lots of lounging in the courtyard. We were so sad when it all came to an end!
Thank you to Le Manoir, to my incredible parents, for making our day(s) so special, we can’t ever thank you enough. Kirstin and Chris xx