in the country: Manor House Estate, Bardou, France
Manor House Estate in Bardou is an estate built in the reign of Henry IV set on 13 hectares of rural countryside in the Dordogne region of France. The property is made up of a 5-bedroom main house and a 2-bedroom guest cottage which can be together. Both spaces have been beautifully restored and decorated with an eye for rustic detail and romantic touches. This Perigordian Manor House brims with the charm and nobility of its 400 year of existence.
The house maintains its original features including a panelled dining room that was installed by the same artisan that completed the state rooms at Versailles. The house is brimming with antiques but maintains the atmosphere of a comfortable family home. Enjoy absolute privacy in this meticulously maintained property. The estate includes a heated swimming pool and hard surface tennis court. Table tennis is provided and there are immaculate lawns for croquet and badminton (included). Activities such as horseback riding, canoeing, fishing, golf, and wine tasting are a short drive from the house.
The main house has a generous salon that opens up to a terrace with amazing views of the countryside. The living room has high beamed ceilings and leads into the fully equipped kitchen and paneled formal dining room. A second sitting room is on the ground floor. Each of the 5 bedrooms has en-suite bathroom.
The guest cottage is 1500 square feet and is comprised of a modern kitchen, a living/dining area with sofa bed, master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, and twin room with two single beds and a sleeping loft. Cots and other baby equipment available on request. A heated swimming pool is adjacent and hard surface tennis court are also on the estate. Click here for slideshow of Guest Cottage
The area is full of historical chateaux, medieval towns (with weekend markets!), and many opportunities to golf, fish, canoe, and even take a ride in a hot air balloon. Wine tasting and vineyard tours can be arranged as well.