Welcome to the Manoir d'Autoire bed & breakfast website, offering information about activities in Southwest France, such as cycling, hiking, wine tasting, art classes, and visiting medieval architecture. Come visit our Bed & Breakfast in the rural countryside of the Dordogne Valley's Lot region, with castles looming on the hillsides.
MANOIR & VILLAGE
Autoire, officially designated as one of only 100 « Most Beautiful Villages of France » is a historically classified site, surrounded by a verdant valley, a 100-foot waterfall and dramatic cliffs that slope to the Dordogne River just down the road. The medieval architecture and unspoiled natural beauty are striking reminders that not much has changed in hundreds of years, so it’s not surprising that Autoire attracts many artists.
Known as “Petit Versailles”, tiny Autoire boasts four chateaux– many of which were built by nobility in the 15th and 16th centuries - owned and inhabited for generations by the same French families.
Four and a half hours directly south of Paris, Autoire is located at the intersection of 3 extraordinary départements: the Lot, the Dordogne, and the Correze. Toulouse and Bordeaux are an hour and a half drive.
Manoir d’Autoire, a 17th century stone manor house on five acres of land, is minutes away from renowned sites such as Rocamadour, the Chateau de Castelnau, and the picturesque villages of Loubressac, Carennac, Martel, and Collonges-la-Rouge.
In springtime, the Dordogne Valley is resplendent with wisteria and lilacs, strawberries and white asparagus. In the fall, cêpes mushrooms are plentiful, along with walnuts. The Lot region is acknowledged to have the best stargazing in all of France – it’s an awesome place to watch a meteor shower in the summer!
"Many a trip continues long after movement in time and space have ceased."-John Steinbeck