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The sound of Angels: An evening at Manoir Les Gaillardoux

What could you do at the Manoir to build good memories to bring back from your French holiday?

Celebrate an event in unusual surroundings? Manoir Les Gaillardoux stands out…

“We enjoy organising special private events for Guests of the Manoir: from intimate parties to private celebrations, gastronomic dinners, or simply a dinner on the terrace celebrating friendship in a convivial and relaxed environment.  Our tried and tested brigade of caterers, chefs and home cooks gives us the confidence to offer our guests the same festive opportunities as we enjoy ourselves, and more.”  Josiane Wileman

With enough notice, we can plan and organise unusual programmes.  For example, we were delighted to welcome to the Manoir for one of our functions, Guillermo Pérez, renowned organetto player from the classical band Tasto Solo.  His delicate music is from the late Medieval and Early Renaissance periods. “Organetto” means little organ and it is portable.   It is played by pumping with one hand. Very popular in Europe in the Middle ages, it originated in Italy in the 13th century.

With recitals in many prestigious European venues, from the Festival de Ribeauvillé (France) to the Konzerthaus Berlin (Germany) and the Early Music Foundation in Saint Petersburg (Russia), Guillermo Pérez is a musician who gives ‘performances by combining historical research, creativity and the art of transmitting emotions’, Taosolo website.

From the very first note played on his organetto, Guillermo managed to completely seduce our guests and entice them into his enchanted universe, thus contributing to the success of this wedding anniversary celebration!

What else could you do at the Manoir?

    You could enjoy its 5-star comfort and spacious facilities in peace and privacy; relax on the elevated south-facing terrace, listening to the birds in the trees, gazing at the undulating hills in the 180 degree surrounding landscape, letting the senteurs du Quercy and the peaceful sounds of summer envelop you …

Or you could float in the soft salt-water of the heated pool, or stretch on one of the loungers watching the blue sky and the sun gliding into sunset just behind the tip of the pointed roof of the pigeon tower…

The park, too, has its charm and its music: shivering leaves of the silver poplars hiding the visiting loriots (*), the soft who-oo of the resident owl above the tall bamboos.  Fleeting birds raiding the cherry trees… but who are they? Bird watching is a favourite occupation at the Manoir and various books on birds, on the loaded bookshelves in the billiard room, facilitate identification.

If you feel energetic enough, you may be tempted by a game of petanque with your friends or family.  But what would be a French holiday without food, wine and animated conversation?  Fancy cooking?   The semi-professional kitchen awaits you… and the BBQ on the terrace… and your favourite drink cooling in one of the fridges…

Perfect for a dinner al fresco under the stars!  Dinner ready?  A votre santé et bon appétit!

Contact Josiane Wileman for an exploratory talk.  She and her team would love to make your dreams come true…

(*) oriolus oriolus

Swap places with the astronauts?

Last summer we had great views of the International Space Station (ISS) from the terrace at Manoir Les Gaillardoux. The ISS flies 400 km high at 28,800 km/h. It takes 90 minutes for the weightless laboratory to make a complete circuit of Earth and it took six minutes to cross the open sky above the Manoir!

Would you swap places with the astronauts? When you come down to earth, think about your next vacation in South-West France and prepare to make contact with the stars. Here is the trace of the ISS as seen from the terrace at the Manoir.


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