Manoir de Moncé

Saint Aquilin, Dordogne

A beautiful Dordogne estate for up to fourteen in calm countryside with old stones, contemporary colours and bathrooms, superb kitchens, fine pool


3 places


Sleeping from 2 – 8

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

A dream come true. Four friends from Munich dreamed of restoring a rundown French country house and sharing it with like-minded travellers. And here it stands, on the edge of a pretty valley, an enchanting, rambling house of wobbly roofs, rose-clambered walls and mullioned windows. Blessedly, it hasn’t been over-restored and the fading, slightly flaked lime render gives the country house a hopelessly romantic patina. Inside, it’s a feast of colour and glorious old stone. The L-shaped building, with the medieval tower at its hinge, can be taken as a whole or as three independent gîtes: Bel Etage and the Studio for eight, the South Wing for four, and the Apartment for a couple. Each has a dining kitchen, a large open fireplace, gorgeous bathrooms; both mix rustic with contemporary; bedrooms are all inspiring with fabulous beds, interesting art and colourful fabrics. The room in the tower is circular, of course. Look out over endless lawns stretching out to the forest. It is totally quiet here. Walk or cycle in the lovely Dordogne countryside, visit local châteaux, caves, towns – and farmers’ markets for superb local produce and specialities that you’ll prepare in your fine big kitchen. 


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 1 week. Arrival/departure on Sundays. Parking on-site.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Restaurants 10-minute drive.


Nightly price
from €43
Weekly price
from €300
Damage deposit
Extra bed/sofabed available €50 per person per week.
1 House for 4
From €1132 bedrooms
1 House for 8
From €1284 beds4 bedrooms
1 Apartment for 2
From €431 bed1 bedroom



Fabulous hosts and a wonderful relaxing rural location. We shared the property with two other couples that had children of a similar age. Our host made us feel incredibly welcome as soon as we arrived. Welcome drinks on the first night was a great touch and a good way to get to know the other guests. The property is absolutely stunning and decorated to a high standard. It was a wonderful holiday.

Sarah, London

We had the most relaxing and peaceful stay at Monce. It is a very special and secluded place to unwind. The apartment was beautifully furnished and very well equipped. The pool area is lovely and the pool is a great size, although quite cold in October! We will definitely be back!

Katie, Hampton

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Nikolaus von Grundherr

  • Culinary: Don’t miss the local markets, they are a treasure of great products and atmosphere.You are welcome to search for ceps in the oak woods of Moncé, collect wallnuts and sweet chestnuts (Marons) as well as harvest ripe fruits and grapes in the garden
  • Nature: Donkey Valentine, Horse Felicia, our four legged guests graze in the southern part of the gardens and love to be fed on carrots. Birdlovers experience an amazing natural spectacle in spring/early summer. Stars: Starwatchers will stay up all night
  • Culture: From end of June until beginning of September every Friday Open-Air Blues and Culture Jazzevenings in the nearby village of Douchapt. Dancing after sunset - very frensh ! Visit the Brocante Markets especially Verteillac - first Sunday each month.
  • Excursions/Attractions: Less noted than newly opened Lascaux 4 but almost as impressive (and very near) are the Grotte de Villars near Brantome. Once on your way to Brantome we strongly recommend to visit the Castles of Bourdeilles and Puyguilhem.
  • Outstanding: An impressive jewel is the beautiful village of Aubeterre s. Dronne with the Rock Church St.Jean from 8th century being the largest monolithic church in Europe; do not miss Saint-Jean-de-Côle rated as one of the prettiest villages in France.
  • Farming: Our tenant grows organic crops on the land of Moncé - no pesticides nor artificial fertilizers are used. You are staying in an ecological intact environment and will see animals, insects and plants which you might not have seen nor heard before.