A rare find indeed! Le Manoir de Longeveau is a former Cognac estate on the Charente / Dordogne border, lovingly converted into a wonderful venue for weddings, huge parties and group holidays for up to 136. There are 26 stone cottages and 1 villa, each sleeping between 2 and 8, which can be booked individually or in any combination.
The cottages are self-catering, but there is a restaurant and bar on site and a weekly barbecue for everyone put on by the owners. Within the grounds is a 9-hole FFG golf course, swimming pools and three landscaped tennis courts. The gardens, a classical French courtyard and a fabulous old barn make Le Manoir de Longeveau the perfect location for weddings of up to 140 guests – or any other events or special occasions for that matter!
Children love it here. Hardly surprisingly, given that there is a designated play area for them and their own special pool, as well as a secret playhouse, table tennis, boules and short tennis within a sports barn. A creche also runs during the summer months, fun for the kids and a welcome break for you.
Locally you can cycle, canoe or horse ride, enjoy two lovely river beaches at Aubeterre (5kms) and St Aulaye (15 kms) plus numerous other local activities. Enjoy the gorgeous scenery, visit larger towns like Perigeuex, Bordeaux or the Atlantic coast, and tour various wine estates and chateaux on our doorstep, including the historic St. Emilion and Cognac.
The cottages are beautifully converted old farm buildings, all quite individual. They range from one bedroom to four, with a variety of doubles, twins and a few bunk beds. A detailed breakdown is available on the Manoir’s website (see link at bottom of page).
All the cottages are self catering, with ample dining space inside and out, plus BBQ's and all of the other bits and pieces you will need to make your stay relaxing. Most of the cottages are suitable for winter use, with central heating and a few with wood burning stoves.
There is one main swimming pool and a children’s pool, plus an additional 3 pool shared between some of the cottages. There are three all weather tennis courts (two of which are floodlit) and a sports barn with basketball and short tennis. Ping pong, boules and pool also help to entertain. A computer and WiFi are available in the bar.
Two cottages are specifically designed for disabled access, with similar facilities at the bar and restaurant. Other cottages have varying degrees of accessibility.
There is a room available for holding conferences or presentations, but it does not have any mod con facilities. Yet.
Le Manoir has over ten years’ experience of hosting bespoke weddings, both ceremonies and receptions. The grounds can be tailored to meet the needs of your wedding, with the Pigeonniere garden, the quiet back garden, the classical french courtyard or the old Charentaise barn. Not to mention the bar! Some people introduce their friends and family over a welcome barbecue a couple of days before the main event. Pre or post-wedding games can also be organized – golf, tennis, boules and pool volleyball have all featured before. You are guaranteed excellent food and, since so many can be accommodated, the event can run on for days rather than hours! Together with the help and expertise of the staff, Longeveau is the perfect location for anything from 50 to 140 guests.
1 bed: £280 - £595
2 bed: £365 - £1,415
3 bed: £440 - £1,935
4 bed: £505 - £1,830
Discounts are often available for group bookings and / or part week bookings. Please give us a shout for further details.
The hamlet of Longeveau is located on the Charente/Dordogne border, in a very beautiful valley. The picturesque old Roman town of Aubeterre, recently voted one of the prettiest villages in France, is a 5km bike ride away, as is St Severin. Just a little further are the market towns of Ribérac and Chalais. It’s a ten hour drive here from London, on a good day!
Airports: Angouleme (37 miles, about 50 mins); Bergerac (47 miles, about 1.5 hrs); Bordeaux (70 miles, 1.5 hrs)
Station: Angouleme (45 mins - TGV direct from Lille/Paris).
This region is known for its sun-drenched summers, rolling green hills and valleys, and all the history you could need. Both food and drink in this region are superb, with numerous chateaux and wine caves on the Bordeaux wine trail. The historic centres of Cognac, Bergerac, St Emilion and Bordeaux are an easy drive from Longeveau, famous for their wines, spirits and beauty.
Wander up the winding streets of Aubeterre to the 12th century subterranean church carved out of the rock, or enjoy a drink on the village square with its shops, eateries and museums, all overlooked by a 1000 year old chateau. Alternatively, walk down to the river beach for a swim, relax or bite to eat.
Riberac has one of the biggest markets in France. Further still, about a 45 minute drive, are the capital towns of Angouleme and Perigeux which offer more sophisticated shops. Brantome, nicknamed the “Venice of Perigord”, is well worth a visit too. Beyond Bordeaux are the unspoilt beaches of the Atlantic coast with various appealing resorts.
Local activities include walking, fishing, cycling, canoeing, jet-skiing and quad biking. Family activities range from crazy golf, horse riding and tree top adventures to daytrips to Aqualand Water Park, La Palmyre Zoo and Futurescope.
27 Cottages (1-4 bedroom)