Monpazier Cottage Rental Photos and Description
Sleeps two, one bedroom, one bathroom, cosy fireplace
Les Cerisiers is a cosy couple's retreat, at the edge of beautiful medieval Monpazier. It's the old 'maison gardienne' or guardian's cottage for Villa Ste Therese, set on four peaceful park-like acres - entirely refurbished in 2011. Minutes from local attractions & major landmarks. The kitchen is fully equipped to create any feast, or stroll just 700 metres into the village to enjoy one of the many great restaurants & cafes. Recent renovations have created a stylish, comfortable country cottage, providing all modern amenities. Completely separate, 70 metres away from the Villa, the cottage is private, peaceful and perfect for two. If you're seeking a relaxing retreat after a hard day's touristing, Les Cerisiers is ideal! The Villa (which can be viewed at Property #391654) also hosts indulgent tours each Autumn for small, relaxed groups up to 10, exploring the cuisine & culture 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 Monbazillac (25km west); Chateaux at Beynac and Castelnaud (25km north); Chateau Biron (6km south); Chateau des Milandes (20km northeast); Chateau Bonaguil (19km southwest);
Gardens of Marquessac or Gardens of Eyrignac (both 30-45 min. drive north);
UNESCO listed Cadouin Abbey & Cloisters (15 mins north);
Amazing underground Caves: Grottes de Maxange (15km northwest); Gouffre de Proumeyssac (25km north); Grotte de Font-de-Gaume (38km north);
Horseriding near Belves (15 mins north) or Issigeac (15 mins west);
Canoeing, river beach & boat cruises: Limeuil, La Roque Gageac, Beynac (30 mins north).
Swimming lakes at nearby Villereal and Lanquais;
Stunning ancient villages: Sarlat, Domme, Belves, La Roque Gageac, Limeuil, Monflanquin, Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Issigeac, Villefranche du Perigord
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 the nearby forests, cepes market; autumn brocante market
Dec: Christmas market, truffle fete;
Great weekly market every Thursday
The Village Itself is a Treasure: Monpazier may seem like a small, tranquil place, but it is a working village...which means a good choice of shops & restaurants for you! In fact the restaurants range from casual pizzerias, to family-run bistros, to Michelin-recommended elegant fine dining. There are two small supermarkets in the heart of the village, as well as an organic produce shop, two charcuteries, a patisserie, a boulangerie, wine cellars, a pharmacy, beauty salon with steamroom and masseuse, & an ice-creamerie.
Monpazier is the perfect village for browsing (and taking home an authentic 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, traditional soap & perfume shop, beautiful print & framing shop, clockmaker, glassblower, artists' gallery and handmade leather goods.
Monpazier is at the heart of the southern Dordogne: the perfect base to explore this gorgeous region. And it's an easy 45 minute drive to Sarlat & its attractions.
In Summer, enjoy swimming & paddling in the Dordogne river beaches at Limeuil, Tremolat or Plage Caudon at Vitrac. Or there's a lovely lake set next to Chateau du Lanquais - perfect for a dip and a picnic.
Or Just Relax at Les Cerisiers: 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 green. 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...so help yourself if they're in season! The northern lawn in front of Les Cerisiers has plenty of room for petanque, badminton, or volleyball. The cherry trees, walnut trees and laurel hedges create privacy between the cottage & Villa. Laze on a sun lounge on the terrace with a glass of wine and enjoy the peaceful view. 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.
Recent guest reviews can also be viewed on Trip Advisor, or click on the Owner Profile here.
- non smoking only
- not suitable for children
- pets not allowed
- unsuitable for elderly or infirm
- 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 cottage 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 cottage 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 01/01/14: Everything about the week we stayed here was wonderful. The cottage is lovely - comfortable & well maintained, with full amenities. Within walking distance of the beautiful town of Monpazier, it is in a perfect position, with access to wonderful restaurants, markets and specialty shops. We had a fantastic week, relaxed, refreshed, romantic - and have already booked to go back in 5 years to stay at the Chateau with 4 other couples for our 60th birthdays!! Do yourself a favour, and go and stay here!