You enter through step free wide french doors to a spacious bright and airy living area downstairs (35m2).
There is a wide door to the disabled access suite, hardwood stairs to the upstairs bedrooms and galleried landing. A wide opening leads to the utility area with washing machine. French doors lead onto the large patio with hardwood furniture, large parasole and BBQ.. French doors open to a large exclusive patio with views across the grounds, hardwood garden furniture, parasole, large BBQ and sun loungers. Access to the pool is mostly on compacted limestone pathways. The pool has sun loungers and a parasole for shade, the many large trees also provide welcome shade in the grounds.
- Airport Transfer
- Disabled Parking
- Oxygen Hire
- Scooter Hire
- Shower Seat
- Wheelchair Hire
- Wheel In Shower
Set in gently rolling countryside and surrounded by woodland, apple orchards, sunflowers and vineyards yet only a short drive to the coast. The local lanes are a delight for a quiet stroll or a family cycle ride when you can spot lots of interesting wildlife including huge birds of prey circling the woodland. When you are bored with watching the sun go down over your BBQ, there are plenty of good restaurants within a short drive.
There are a wealth of pretty villages and fishing harbours to be explored on the nearby massive Gironde Estuary, 15 minutes by car. There are cycling paths and fishing along much of the estuary shore. The fabulous golden family-friendly beaches at Royan and St Georges are little more than half an hour away. You have a choice of sophisticated and safe town beaches, cornish coves with superb rock pools and completely wild atlantic surf. If you bring a fishing rod you could have some really fresh fish for the BBQ!
Royan, St Georges and Meschers offer everything you would expect from good seaside resorts. There is a world class zoo just north of Royan at La Palmyre.
There are a wide range of tourist attractions for adults and children for example, the aquarium at La Rochelle is superb, you can become a prehistoric man and try to spear a wild boar at the Paleosite near Saintes, you can go boating on the river Charente or the sea at Royan, there are caves to explore and loads of the usual seaside entertainments like mini-golf. We have a superb Go-Kart track and paint-balling less than 5 minutes by car.
You will see from our guest book that other guests have enjoyed such things as, the eating in the street night market, kayaking with some exciting white water flumes, Gardens of the World by electric boat and jet ski.
There is so much to explore and the history is extraordinarily rich. The nearby town of Saintes offers Roman arches, amphitheatre and churches to explore and a plethora of chateaux and restaurants are waiting to be discovered. Jonzac (10 minutes) has a lovely Chateau and historic walks through the medeival walled town.
Wide choice of lovely restaurants in old market towns, in the country, at fishing harbours, overlooking the sea or near to beaches.
Cognac, Rochefort and Ile D?âãÆ?é?ó?â?ó?óÔé¼?í?é?¼?â?ó?óÔé¼?¥?é?óoleron are all within easy driving distance, with La Rochelle and Ile de Rey further up the coast. Cognac has some surprisingly entertaining visits at the headquarters of brands like Remy Martin.
Heading south, Arcachon with it?âãÆ?é?ó?â?ó?óÔé¼?í?é?¼?â?ó?óÔé¼?¥?é?ós famous Pyla sand dune and beaches are a must to visit and Bordeaux offers chic French city life.
The wildlife of the area is unbelievable - a tribute to the traditional farming methods in use. You will see lots of very large birds of prey as you drive around. There are some very good nature reserves with english speaking guides.
There are a wide variety of activities for all ages within easy reach of Le Manoir for example:
10 pin bowling at Saintes and Meschers, both 30 mins
Quad bikes - an excellent forest track with exciting dips and climbs and bridges. 35 mins Royan
Go - Zip Wires - 5 courses some very high and challenging. 30mins Royan.
Go Karting - a huge track almost Formula 1 - only 7 mins by car
Paint Ball - several in the area but nearest one is 5 mins.
Good evening fixed funfair called Luna Park near Royan.
Good Canoeing on the Charente at Jarnac including some white water if you like that sort of thing!
Several very good golf courses including Royan, Cognac, Saintes and several around Bordeax. The owner is always keen for a round and can loan clubs, trolley etc.
Tennis, riding, sailing, walking and fishing (freshwater, estuary & atlantic) all available nearby.
Excellent indoor/outdoor swimming complex in nearby Jonzac with wave machine, flume, rapids, hot tub, ice plunge, steam room, saua etc.
The local lanes are very safe for family cycling and walking.
Excellent Water Ride Theme Park at Arcachon
Spoilt for choice on learning about wine and tasting the available vintages. St Emillion is a favourite.
Every conceivable beach and sea activity around Royan. Jet ski, hire a 6 seater motor cruiser with cabin,windsurf, dingy sailing, sand yachting, great rock pooling and of course sea fishing.
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by Mark O'Neill
Friendly relaxing gite
This place is lovely and the people and neighbours are very nice. Tony (owner) is very helpful and everything Is suitable for manual wheelchairs. Its very relaxing and there are lots of things to do. We loved the swimming pool, the games room, the rope swing, the basket ball and the BBQ. We all loved the go-karting nearby and they will even help you to drive if you are in a wheelchair. The night market in Jonzac is great for eating in the street.
Ania, Rob, Mark & Vlasta
Leaving today after an excellent week of sightseeing, relaxing and sampling much of the local wine! Tony (the owner) is extremely helpful and the facilities, particularly for wheelchair bound disabled visitors are excellent. Great location, beautifully converted barn with excellent access. One week was nowhere near enough! We’ll be back !!
by Linda Docherty
Magnificent , accessible accommodation in Charente-Maritime
Truly, a family (7 bed) accommodation where ground floor is wheelchair accessible. Fully equipped shower room ( no steps, seat, grab rails) makes for a safe relaxed area. Tony is an attentive, knowledgeable host.Having just spent a week here (18-24/6/16) I have no hesitation in recommending this accommodation.
by Gary Lynch
Excellent accessible accomodation.
Without doubt the best accessible accommodation we have stayed in in France. Low threshold front and rear doors make transition from the WAV to the house easy. A large downstairs bedroom with adapted en-suite wet-room greets you just inside the front door. Nowhere downstairs are there any steps or bumps....completely flat!
Access to the outside patio is easy, with a concrete incline up to garden level. Access to the lovely pool is by way of across the lawn, which may be slightly undulating/bumpy for wheelchairs with smaller radius wheels.
A very big plus though for this accommodation is the owner: Tony is the most obliging host you could possibly meet. Like having one of your friends already on site! an absolute mine of useful knowledge.
There are some useful websites for local services should you need to hire a mobile hoist (in Jonzac - quite close) for the wet-room, or maybe to help with access to the pool:
Or if you've flown in to Bordeaux and need to hire an adapted vehicle:
http://www.ulysse-transport.fr/ (Main contact - speaks reasonable English - Jean-Luc BANABERA
Both services speak good English (Unless your French is that good of course).
by Robert PArker
Le Manoir (St Sigismond de Cleremont
We stayed at Le Manoir for the second year, previously in June, this time in September. If anything, the September stay was even better than the first. Accommodation is excellent for wheelchair confined guests and able bodied guests alike. Tony, the owner, is on hand and a mine of information for all local things to do. We hired bikes.cycling around the local lanes is very quiet and picturesque. the local supermarket in Mirambeau is less than 10 mins drive away and has a good selection of everything you could want, including, of course, very reasonably priced (and very good) wines!. Lots of places to visit within 30 mins drive, including Cognac, Jonzac, Royan and Pons. Good restaurants in all of these places.
Le Manoir is the perfect location for a quiet countryside break with access to many interesting sites. We will dwefinitely be back!
by Gillian Wright
Rural & Medieval Beauty Spot
Just back from two weeks at Le Manoir (26th August - 9th September). It's a beautiful place sitting in four acres of mature garden. We stayed in the larger three bedroom gite which had every modern convenience housed in a beautifully restored rustic stone exterior. My husband had his motorised wheelchair with him and found it simple to navigate both indoors and out. Our congenial host provided everything to make it possible for my husband to manage toileting and showering and also raised the height of the bed. My husband is mostly housebound so it was a treat for him to be able to let himself out of the gite each day to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.
The supermarket is roughly a five minute drive away in Mirambeau and is large and well stocked with everything you could need. There is also a good little boulangerie with delicious bread and deserts.
If you are up for exploring Le Manoir is a great base with places like Cognac and La Rochelle to visit but also a relaxing and peaceful place to go to simply chill out.