Stunning architect-renovated four bedroom villa with half acre of immaculate grounds to relax in. Located in Monflanquin, 'un des plus beaux villages de France' with all the attractions and facilities within easy walk, yet offers your own privacy and space.
* Newly renovated with completely updated kitchen and bathrooms
* Four spacious bedrooms, two with full ensuite bathrooms. Separate yoga studio and computer area in the loft.
* Stone patios wrap around three sides of the house so you can follow (or hide from) the sun.
* Newly renovated kitchen with hand-built Lacanche stove, granite counters, slate floors etc. etc. Enjoy your gastronomic creations in the large dining room, breakfast bar or through the door to the patio.
* Views of the hilltop medieval village and surrounding countryside
* Local markets, bakeries, restaurants, public swimming pool, walking paths, tourist information bureau all within easy walk of the house.
* All amenities included (linens, towels, telephone (with unlimited free North American calls), WiFi, TV, DVD, CD with iPod connect etc).
Monflanquin has been named 'un des plus beaux villages de France' and it is one of the best preserved examples of a medieval bastide village. These villages were established across this part of France in the 13th century by feuding nobles to defend their territory. Monflanquin is at the top of a 180 metre hill, providing views of the surrounding countryside, including the famous Chateau Biron. Monflanquin is renowned for its treed central market square which remains much as it has since the Middle Ages. It features a farmers' market every Thursday and the historic buildings surrounding the square contain a selection of good restaurants, bars and other commercial enterprises.
The local countryside is covered with rolling hills, many topped with small chateaux. It is ideal for cycle touring or hiking, or just driving around. Water sports are available nearby, with a large municipal pool open every summer, kayaking or canoeing on the Dordogne or the Lot, plus the Walabi water park near Agen provide thrills for the kids.
Wine is an important local and regional product. You can enjoy dozens of local AOC wines, including Bergerac, Cahors, Duras, Monbazillac, Pecharmant and many others, and tour the vineyeards of the top local producers. The famous Medoc chateaux such as Petrus or Lafite are about two hours away by car, and St. Emillion is even closer.
The Bastide museum is located in Place des Arcades in Monflanquin. It provides lots of information about the creation of these 'new towns' in the Middle Ages and the roles they played in the centuries long conflicts between the English and the French kings for control of this rich territory.
Prehistory is an important local attraction. The world-famous cave paintings are within an hour's drive at Lasceaux, and the prehistory museum in Les Esseyes is also popular and well known.
Chateau Biron and Chateau Bonaguille are the two largest local castles, minutes away from Monflanquin by car. They offer tours, and many special events are put on in the summer.
Top 14 Rugby is back in Agen, about 40 minutes to the south of Monflanquin. Rugby is the main sport in the Southwest and the top French league attracts many of the world's best players. SU Agen is one of the most famous French teams with a large and enthusiastic local and national following. Local rugby teams, including US Monflanquin also provide excitement and an insight into an important part of local culture.
The world famous Tour de France takes place in July every year, and the tough mountain stages through the Pyrenees are only a couple of hours away. Although the route changes every year, sometime the race passes quite close by, once it ran right through Monflanquin itself.
Keywords: village house with garden, large house with acreage, villa, maison de maitre,
We have enjoyed vacationing and visiting France for many years, especially the south west. We were staying with friends who rented a ville just outside of Monflanquin, and fell in love with the area, the town and the house. We have finally finished the renovations which allow us to enjoy the ancient (200 plus years old) house while having all modern conveniences. Our neighbours have become our friends and every time we spend time we appreciate the French way or life and way of looking at the world.
Food, wine and rugby. All are available in abundance, and are of the highest quality. Whether we cook for ourselves, or enjoy the local restaurants, we enjoy some of the finest food in the world. The butter alone is magical, and the local products available at the markets in Monflanquin and neighbouring towns are unlike anything available in North America.
We have the rare privilege of living in a house which is close enough to the village to be able to take part in anything that is going on, while the property is large enough that we can enjoy a quiet meal or just relax on the lawn or patio after a glass or two of the fine local wine (or perhaps a Floc de Gascogne).
We also have the pleasure of cooking a la francaise on the Lacanche Chagny, although having such a fine instrument does make it much more difficult to blame the stove for any less than perfect dishes.
The large property allows us to putter in our rose and iris beds, enjoy the flowers from a wide variety of shrubs and the shade of the trees on our property.
We love cycling and spend time in the rolling farm land around the area - there is still so much to discover.
The location is unique when it comes to wines as our area borders on a number of excellent wine growing areas: famous Bordeaux to the north west, Bergerac to the north, east is the Cahor region with its dark, fragrant reds, south you'll find Madiran and Buzet. We have discovered what 'terroir' really means when the foods from local farmers is matched with the local wines.