Le Manoir Enchanté

of Oaks and Stones

Before we purchased the Manoir Lieu dit Etempes the Vitrac family had owned it for five generations. The Vitrac family was well educated as judges and many books on law remain in the Manoir. Madame Yvette Vitrac decided to sell the Manor as she was living in Paris and found it hard to maintain the property without her husband. Sadly Mme Vitrac passed away at the age of 87 before the sale of the Manor was complete. Mme Vitrac’s two children agreed to continue with the sale and honoured the agreement made earlier with their mother.

Entrance driveway
Entrance driveway

Before Ruth and Terry purchased the Manoir Lieu dit Etempes the Vitrac family owned it for five generations. The Vitrac family was well educated as judges and many books on law remain in the Manoir. Madame Yvette Vitrac decided to sell the Manor as she was living in Paris and found it hard to maintain the property without her husband. Sadly Mme Vitrac passed away at the age of 87 before the sale of the Manor was complete. Mme Vitrac’s two children agreed to continue with the sale and honoured the agreement made earlier with their mother.

Fire place in front of the manor

The main house was built in the 16th Century; at this point no history is available as the Vitrac family has not passed any on. Renovations were completed in 1980s where the electricity, plumbing and floors were updated. The main house is built on a slope facing south. The kitchen, dining, living room and two bedrooms have ground level access. There are cellars underneath the whole building. The first floor has three bedrooms with one bathroom. It is our intention to add a bathroom to each bedroom. The second floor is a generous attic that is currently used for storage. In the southwest corner stands a majestic tower that served as a stairwell and pigeon coop in its original form. It is our intention to use this beautiful structure as a studio on the first two floors and bathroom for one of the upper bedrooms with a retreat at the very top for guests to enjoy the beautiful views.

Fire place in front of the manor

The main house was built in the 16th Century; at this point no history is available as the Vitrac family has not passed any on. Renovations were completed in 1980s where the electricity, plumbing and floors were updated. The main house is built on a slope facing south. The kitchen, dining, living room and two bedrooms have ground level access. There are cellars underneath the whole building. The first floor has three bedrooms with one bathroom. It is our intention to add a bathroom to each bedroom. The second floor is a generous attic that is currently used for storage. In the southwest corner stands a majestic tower that served as a stairwell and pigeon coop in its original form. It is our intention to use this beautiful structure as a studio on the first two floors and bathroom for one of the upper bedrooms with a retreat at the very top for guests to enjoy the beautiful views.

A newspaper article was published in 1988 about a request made by the Lagarrigue family in 1523 to found a chaplaincy for a regular church service. This historic building is separate from the main house but part of the property. It has not been restored to date but it is the intention to restore it once funds have become available. Underneath the castelou, as it is now affectionately called, is a natural spring that collects in a little pond beside it, before disappearing through the forest into the mighty Lot river.

The Castelou
The Castelou

A newspaper article was published in 1988 about a request made by the Lagarrigue family in 1523 to found a chaplaincy for a regular church service. This historic building is separate from the main house but part of the property. It has not been restored to date but it is the intention to restore it once funds have become available. Underneath the castelou, as it is now affectionately called, is a natural spring that collects in a little pond beside it, before disappearing through the forest into the mighty Lot river.

More views of the outside

and some interior views