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My grandparents' 60th anniversary

By Beatrice Farmelo, aged 12, who stayed at the Manoir de Sourzac


To celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary, my grandparents, their five children and seven grand-children travelled to Bordeaux to spend a week at the Manoir de Sourzac, close to Bergerac. We arrived at the Manoir de Sourzac after an hour’s drive west of the airport, and I couldn’t wait to see where I would be spending my holiday.

The Manoir was a beautiful old building with a spectacular roofline which looked like it had come straight from the pages of the Three Musketeers. I especially liked the pool house where I slept during the holiday.  Its higgledy-piggledy ceiling and floors made it all the more fun.  We also had some good times playing table tennis and table football, and the pinball machine in the main house looked as if it would have been fun - if it had worked! We had some great contests on the tennis court and spent a lot of the holiday cooling down in the pool!

The views of the surrounding countryside were stunning and I always had great times out on our day trips. We visited the famous wine town of St-Emillion, where we sampled the local duck speciality (and my parents sampled the wine!), the prehistoric Vézère Valley and the medieval town of Sarlat, with its historic architecture and winding streets.

The weather was always good, a nice change from the constant rain we had left behind in England, and I always looked forward to sitting down in the comfortable sun chairs by the pool. It was sometimes hard to get a space though as there were seventeen of us! On one of the nights we were there, the owner, Eric, who lived nearby, cooked us all a delicious meal.  We sat round a big wooden table, which had been set with white linen and looked really posh. The whole thing was great, except we all came back about five pounds heavier!

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