My Lady's Manor was built around 1910 by the Liardet family and originally called the Villa St-Pierre. It was purchased in 1982, by Phyllis and Jacques Pritchett. We took up residence with our young son James and began restoring the property. Jacques changed the name of the house to My Lady's Manor in memory of the area in Maryland, where he grew up. Sadly, Jacques passed away in 1988. I was uncertain of what to do with a half-restored 20 room house. Two of my colleagues pointed the way. Dr. Ervan Garrison, of the University of Georgia, with whom I had worked on several underwater archeological excavations in Lake Neuchậtel, proposed a Studies Abroad program in the history and archeology of the area. Jacques Reinhard proposed that I provide lodging for a Swiss government project recycling teachers teaching French in the Swiss German sector of Switzerland. These projects went on for several years and I found that a house filled with laughing young people was by far preferable to a dark and empty one. The Studies Abroad program with Dr. Garrison, now in its 10 year, still exists as of this writing and has provided the example for many other programs. Of note was the Master Class in classical music of Mme Ki-sun Chung of the Paris opera which filled our house with beautiful music for 5 years running and always culminated in a very popular concert in our Petit Salon. The 10 year Figurative Art and Drawing classes with noted French artiste Alain Jamet and other popular teachers such as Jean-François Jarroux et Marie-France Corminboeuf became part of the local art scene. The art program was discontinued last year, however its painting competition, known as the Septembre Pictural, continues and is sponsored by the city of Estavayer-le-Lac. In 2005 after 15 years of widowhood, I married Frédéric de Martini, retired Swiss government advisor, also a 15 year widower. As Frédéric also has a house, we now live between the two houses depending on the season. James lives in San Diego, California. Apart from the Studies Abroad Program for UGA, I no longer organize cultural programs. My Lady's Manor now functions as a Bed & Breakfast during the Summer School Holidays and is available as a vacation rental for family reunions and programs organized by others. It is always my greatest pleasure to share My Lady's Manor with others and to make it part of their history as well as mine.
Phyllis Pritchett de Martini
What people say about us:
Christine and Mark(Valdosta, GA, USA.)
Date of Stay: 09/23/10 Review Submitted: 10/10/10
We rented the house for the second part of our wedding. My husband is American and I am Swiss. We had the first wedding in the US and the second part in Switzerland, with my family. The house was fabulous and we felt incredibly welcome. Our hosts went way further than the extra mile to accomodate us. Each room has a different atmosphere and its own charm. We feld like queens and kings! The view is phenomenal! There are so many adorable balconies that will give you another view of the house and the surroundings, that there is not a dull moment! It is incredibly calm and right next to a little supermarket (Swiss chocolate and Swiss cheese!!). The village is fascinating and the surroundings breathtaking. It can be intimidating to choose a location only based on pictures: believe us, it is even better than what you can see in the pictures. We adopted the house and our hosts in our family! We plan on coming back each time we travel to see our Swiss family. We would strongly recommend it to anybody and for any occasion.
Recommended for: Age 55+, adventure seekers, girls getaway, tourists without a car, sightseeing, families with teenagers, families with young children, romantic getaway.
Date of Stay: 07/10/09 Review Submitted: 09/26/10
Our extended family group (9 people - ranging in age from 10 to 72) had the wonderful experience of staying at My Lady's Manor for 3 nights at the end of June. Phyllis, the owner, is an exceptional hostess - a transplanted American from Wisconsin who has been living in Switzerland for some 30 years. Upon arrival, she gave us time to settle in, and then offered to give us a personal tour of "her town." What a delightful experience it was for each of us, young and old alike! If you have a chance, you really should try to have Phyllis bring Estavayer alive for you!! The location of the B&B is about 5 minutes from the train station - which made day trips very easy. While there, we visited Murten, Bulle, Gruyeres and Bern. Restaurants are also located nearby, and it's just a 10 minute walk to the shores of Lake Neuchatel. The village of Estavayer itself is quite charming and has a long and colorful history. We had 5 rooms - 4 doubles (two which connected for children/parents) and 1 single. The rooms were spacious, bright and cheery. There is also ample public space which allowed us to gather at the end of each day, share a glass of wine and recount our adventures. Games were available for the children. Two bathrooms were available to our group - one on the first floor and one on the second. A small kitchen area was also available on the second floor. Three of the rooms also had balconies. The only minor complaint might be the shower on the second floor - but our group was happy to overlook this small hotel, given how much we loved everything else! I would highly recommend My Lady's Manor.