Monpazier Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description
5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, sleeps 10, parklike gardens, edge of Monpazier
Villa Ste Therese is a stylish, large 'maison de campagne' overlooking beautiful ancient bastide, Monpazier, set on 4 peaceful park-like acres with large inground pool - entirely refurbished in 2011. Minutes from local attractions & major landmarks, ideal for families & groups. Two large upstairs double bedrooms can be converted to twin rooms, offering great flexibility. The kitchen is fully equipped to create any feast, with a large double oven and gas cook top. Each room is spaciously proportioned, with beautiful views over the rolling green valley to the south or the village to the west. The south terrace is a sunny breakfast spot, & the west terrace offers an ideal vantage point for sunset-watching or evening dining against the floodlit backdrop of Monpazier. Recent renovations have created a stylish, authentic, French country house offering all modern amenities. The Villa also hosts a ten day tour each Autumn for small, relaxed groups up to 10, indulging in the cuisine, culture & history of the Perigord.
There's so much to see & do in this part of the Dordogne, it's hard to be brief! But here's a sample of activities within 30-45 mins drive:
Chateau Biron (8km south); Chateau Monbazillac (25km west); Chateau Beynac (24km north); Chateau des Milandes (20km northeast); Chateau Bonaguil (19km southwest)
Gardens: Marquessac or Eyrignac (both 35 & 50 mins drive north);
Amazing prehistoric Caves: Grottes de Maxange (15km northwest) Grotte de Font-de-Gaume & Les Combarelles (38km north); Gouffre de Proumeyssac (25km north);
Horseriding near Villereal (12km south) or Issigeac (20km west);
UNESCO listed Cadouin Abbey & Cloisters (15 mins north);
Treetop adventure park for children: Lacapelle de Biron (8km southeast);
Canoeing, river beach & gabarre cruises: Limeuil, Bergerac, La Roque Gageac, Tremolat.
Ancient Sarlat, Domme, Castelnaud: 45 mins northeast
Monpazier has many fetes & festivals all year round, eg:
May: annual flower & rose festival;
July: Bastille Day bodega & fireworks at night;
July: Medieval Fair;
Summer: regular night markets in the central square; summer brocante market
Autumn: randonees (guided walks) in nearby forests, cepes market; autumn brocante market
Dec: Christmas market, truffle fete;
Great weekly market each Thursday
The Village is a treasure itself....: Monpazier may seem like a small, tranquil place, but it is a working village...which means a good choice of shops and restaurants for you! In fact the restaurants range from casual pizzerias, to family-run bistros, to elegant fine dining. There are two small supermarkets in the heart of the village, as well as an organic produce shop, two charcuteries, two patisseries, a boulangerie, a pharmacy, beauty salon with steamroom and masseuse, wine cellar & an ice-creamerie.
Monpazier is the perfect village for browsing (and taking home an authentic local souvenir) as it offers a range of wonderful artisans galleries and showrooms. These include: an ostrich egg engraver, a ceramics showroom, a wood turner for bowls & decorative pieces, a traditional soap & perfume shop, a beautiful print & framing shop, a clockmaker, glassblower, artists' gallery and handmade leather goods.
...Or just relax around the Villa: The grounds of Villa Ste Therese were landscaped 50 years ago, in the French tradition of a gentleman's country house - hedging, shaped shrubs, established large deciduous trees, creating a vista in all shades of greens. A series of stone-walled terraces on the southern slopes lead down to the orchard below - a wonderful place to explore & enjoy...plums, figs, apples, peaches, walnuts, cherries. The northern lawn has plenty of room for petanque badminton or volleyball. Laze on a sun lounge on the terrace by the 10m x 5m pool, or retreat to the summer gazebo for midday shade. We love the fact that we can walk into the village in 5 minutes & relax with a coffee just to watch the world go by! Monpazier's accredited as 'One of the Most Beautiful Villages in France' so we never tire of its ancient beauty and gentle pace.
The Villa also hosts regular small-group guided tours each year - more like a casual house party than a tour - see our website or send us an email for detailed itinerary!
Recent guest reviews can be viewed on Trip Advisor, or look under the 'Owner Profile' section here.
- Minimum Age Limit for Renters
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
About Rosemary Vine
We are an Australian family who have all been bitten by the Travel Bug! We are also incurable, unabashed Francophiles. The Dordogne is emblematic of everything we love about 'la belle France'...atmospheric villages, amazing chateaux, wonderful wineries, millennia of history, not to mention the cuisine. Some of the most iconic food and wines are in this region...foie gras, truffles, confit duck, Bordeaux wines, cabecou goats cheese, Monbazillac wines...the list is endless! And we love it all!
Rosemary Vine purchased this farmhouse in 2010
Why Rosemary Vine chose Monpazier
We have the best of both worlds at Villa Ste Therese - the peace and tranquility of four acres to enjoy, just a leisurely stroll to a lively active village, and location in an area overflowing with amazing ancient sights. At our place we can be as busy as we like, day-tripping all over this part of the Dordogne...or we can kick back and unwind at the Villa, never having to get into the car, as all we could need are at the house, or in the village on our doorstep. We felt instantly 'at home' with the Villa the first time we saw it - and the attachment grew when we stepped out onto the terrace to take in those beautiful views of Monpazier. And because we have both Villa and cottage on one site, it's the perfect base for our extended family & friends to gather.
What makes this farmhouse unique
Nothing beats the stunning views of ancient Monpazier over sunset drinks on the terrace. Instant peace and contentment!
Guestbook comments from the owner
EXTRACT FROM TRIPADVISOR REVIEW POSTED 3 OCT 2014: I stumbled upon the website of this lovely house by pure chance and was drawn to the sheer quality of presentation.. photos, descriptions through the seasons etc The owner, Rosemary,was charming and so helpful with our enquiries regarding access for a disabled family member. The house was everything we hoped it would be and more. Nothing can prepare you for the location opposite a beautiful walled town or the way you can follow the sun around the gardens taking meals on different terraces.. Stunning! The owner has very cleverly furnished the villa to give the flavour of a historic French country house with lovely furniture and linens but it is not intimidating and balances style with practical holiday home needs. The beds were comfy, kitchen well equipped, pool was divine with loads of furniture and shade, space to walk and play outdoors and an orchard full of fruit waiting to be put into crumbles... What more could you ask for? Truly my favourite holiday home yet and would defiantly return!