|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
This spacious apartment, finished to a high specification in a contemporary style, occupies the ground floor of a late 19th century house, La Maison Anglaise. The elegant property with high ceilings has its own grand entrance from the street via a short flight of steps. It boasts an outside pool and south facing terrace and stands within 50 paces from the centre of the beautiful historic 13th century bastide of Monpazier. The town listed as one of the "Plus beaux villages de France" has an abundance of shops and restaurants.The property is ideally located for visitors seeking a base for touring the Dordogne region. Monpazier is thirty minutes by car from Bergerac airport and two hours from Bordeaux. The apartment offers a bathroom with twin basins and walk in shower, a separate bedroom with a super king Hypnos bed which can be converted to twins.The kitchen has been fully equipped to enable you to shop for delicious food, cook and live like the locals.
The nearby main cobbled square is home to a weekly market and an auditorium for plays, musical recitals and live concerts. The surrounding old medieval buildings are squeezed in side by side, their upper floors bathed in sunshine. Below the doorways of the shops and restaurants hide under the shaded arcaded walkways. Relax with a glass of wine or a coffee in the plaza and enjoy this quintessential French experience.
The region boasts very nice Bergerac wines and the famous Monbazillac sweet wine made from grapes affected by the noble rot. There are dozens of vineyards with very reasonably priced delicious appellations east of the airport and the vignobles are only too happy to offer you a "degustation", a generous taste of their wine.
The area surrounding the Dordogne river is dotted with stunning chateaux and pretty villages, bustling markets and great restaurants. Tour along the river in a canoe or for the less intrepid a Gabarre boat. There is so much to see and do within an hours drive of the house. In the high season the surrounding villages host evening soirees with live music to dance to while market vendors serve up local food delicacies. Turn up with your own wine plates and cutlery and enjoy a magical evening.
My name is Amanda, I have been married to Derek for 36 years. Our principal home is in rural Hertfordshire where I work as a chartered physiotherapist and Derek as a painter and decorator. Our lives revolve around work, keeping fit, our wonderful family who live close by and our friends with whom we enjoy great food and laughter and our huge love of France.
Amanda and Derek Avery purchased this apartment in 2014
We have previously owned a house for 10 years in the french Pyrenees where we spent many holidays with family and friends.
On route to our annual holiday one year, we called in on friends who had recently moved to Monpazier in the Dordogne. Seeing the village for the first time was love at first site and became the focus of our dreams to live there.
Our vision was to find a house in a central location with a pool which had the wow factor. A tall order but walking into this beautiful house with its three meter high ceilings we knew this was the right one for us. A tidy but very antiquated property with wall coverings which took all the light, it was crying out for a makeover. Full credit goes to my husband Derek who has project managed a team of workers since April 2014 to transform this house into three stunning apartments. We wanted our visitors to walk in and feel the wow factor and so far every one has delighted us with their compliments when they walk in.
It It has the advantage of being very comfortable and spacious and therefore somewhere to stay for an extended period if desired. It has been equipped to allow you to cook up a feast, invite friends in to dine with you. With the apartment above sleeping a further four guests, it is perfect to stay with a group of friends. The house is in the centre of a beautiful historic medieval town with an abundance of restaurants and shops where you can buy food locally. With the addition of the pool it is a perfect place for a get away weekend. Derek and Amanda are resident on the top floor of the house for most of the rental period and are on hand to give you local knowledge and any further information.
With regard to getting around, Monpazier is a busy village with everything you need to make your stay enjoyable. However, this is rural France and there is no local public transport. A car is essential to explore the surrounding area.
Other things to note, the house occupies a central street location and although tranquil most of the time, guests may be subjected to the hustle and bustle of a busy village as it springs into life during the day. There is no dedicated parking outside the house although there is plenty of space nearby. We have tried where possible to retain original features including wooden flooring so from time to time you may hear movement on the floors overhead.
There is a second apartment on the first floor, the top floor is occupied by your hosts. Amanda speaks french but sadly Derek's french is limited but he can communicate with hand gestures and google translate.
Derek and Amanda have created a wonderful place to stay in charming Monpazier. We have stayed at a number of VRBO properties and this has to rate as the best. Fantastic King size bed and very well stocked kitchen. Comfortable living area.
A really excellent apartment in the beautiful village of Monpazier. The apartment was really well finished with everything you could wish for to make your stay enjoyable. The outside pool area was lovely, the pool nice and clean and the patio area very welcoming. Derek and Amanda were great hosts very helpful, even booking us a restaurant for our first night as they knew we would be unable to pick up food on a Sunday. This area of the Dordogne is beautiful with lovely villages, chateau, wineries and markets. I would highly recommend you to stay at this apartment.
We loved the apartment which was lovely and cool on I'm sure the hottest days of the year and cooling off at the beautiful and relaxing pool area was fabulous! Every need was catered to and the hosts were great for all our questions. The apartments had everything we could need including a very appreciated welcome pack! Thank you! We had a fabulous weekend and hope to return.....
Derrick and Amanda were wonderful host. The Apartment was well stocked with supplies and they left wine, bread, butter , milk and other food for our arrival which was a nice touch. Best of all was Derricks wonderful banana cake he baked for us. The apartment was large, comfortable , clean and well decorated. We enjoyed having some English television after 6 weeks of just French on the TV. Their pool was a bonus that we enjoyed using on hot days. Plenty of parking on street near apartment. The location was steps from the square but quiet as not on the square. Lovely apartment and very comfortable.
We would high recommend stay here. One of the best places on our trip of 6 weeks in France.
We stayed at this apartment for two weeks in July and we could not have asked for a better experience. The apartment is tastefully and thoughtfully decorated and very comfortable. The bed is excellent! Derek and Mandy go the extra mile to ensure their guests are well cared for and attend to every detail. The shared pool is a lovely place to relax at the end of the day and we ate most of our meals at the table outside. Montpazier has a great deal to offer and the surrounding area is interesting to explore. Castles, canoeing on the Dordonge, wineries, caves and interesting markets abound. We also took some lovely walks in the surrounding countryside. As an experienced traveler, we would not hesitate to recommend this accommodation - it is one of the best we have stayed in!
We have previously stayed close to Monpazier for a family holiday.This time we wanted to see more of the village itself and we were not disappointed.The flat was very comfortable and well equipped and provided all the facilities that anyone could want. Amanda and Derek were extremely helpful and always ready to help.
Monpazier is one of the “Plus beaux villages de France” and is considered to be the best preserved bastide in France.
In 1152 Eleanor of Aquitaine divorced Louis XII of France and married Henry Plantagenet who later became King Henry II of England. To mark and defend the boundaries between France and Plantagenet Gascony, each camp built fortified towns known as bastides. The bastide of Monpazier was founded in 1284 on behalf of Edward I of England, great-grandson of Eleanor and Henry. During the Hundred Years War, Monpazier passed back and forth between the French and the English, before finally becoming a French possession almost 100 years later.
Over the years the bastide saw many upheavals, but it has retained its original character and much of its exceptional architecture. Ramparts and ditches reinforced by fortified gate towers at the main entrances would have made Monpazier a formidable fortress. Although three gate towers remain, the defensive system was largely destroyed by Cardinal Richelieu.
The bastide is organized around a grid of streets and carreyrous (alleyways), defining building plots of equal size. Andrones, small gaps of 30 cm between two buildings, were used for evacuation of waste and rainwater and also acted as firebreaks. La maison du Chapître located near the church in rue Notre Dame is the most imposing house of the bastide by virtue of its height and width (it occupies two building lots). It housed the church canons (the Chapter) and served as a treasury for goods collected as tithes, a form of Church taxes. Today it houses a popular boulangerie and coffee shop. The 17th century convent of the Recollects nuns is located to the south-east of the church. Today the Papillon Blancs charity continues the tradition by caring for vulnerable adults.
Next door to the old convent is the ‘Bastideum’, an interpretation centre that explores the history of bastides and Monpazier in particular.
Some traces of daily life from the Middle Ages are still visible in Monpazier today, including the public well in the center of the village square and the grain measures under the covered market. Outside the village walls, on the north-east corner is the public laundry next to an elegant rectangular building. On the east wall a small fountain has a pediment on which two hearts are engraved, framing the inscription “Fountain of Love.” And everywhere ‘ghost’ windows and doors are testament to long forgotten history.
Around the square, houses with covered arcades supported by large stone pillars were built between the 13th and 17th centuries in a variety of styles from elegant to imposing. With just a few exceptions, ground floors are given over to shops, restaurants and workshops.
Just off one corner of the square stands the church of St Dominique, a simple building and the only monumental structure in the otherwise primarily domestic landscape. The church was built in two stages: at the foundation of the village and later in the fifteenth century.
The central square, equipped with a market hall, is at once the centre of village life and an internationally important heritage site. The “Place des Cornières” was the place of trade and justice – and, just as today, of village gossip. For 700 years there has been a market here every Thursday morning that grows from a handful of stalls in midwinter to take over much of the village in summer. Monpazier is also one of the principal annual markets for truffles and cèpes (porcini mushrooms) and an important flower market is held in May. Few mini-markets can be housed in such dramatic surroundings.
A small outdoor theatre hosts occasional productions and summertime outdoor movies; however the village square is the principal venue for “manifestations” – concerts, dances, theatre and communal meals and events including weddings, antique car shows and regular antique fairs and ‘vide greniers’ (empty attics). The square has been the set for numerous period movies including Les Misèrables (a 1982 French production), D’Artagnan (with Catherine Deneuve and Tim Roth) and Fanfan la Tulipe (Vincent Perez and Penèlope Cruz).
Shops and Facilities
The village of Monpazier is approximately 400 metres by 220 and has fewer than 600 inhabitants; but it has two mini-markets, 2 butchers, 3 boulangeries, 9 restaurants, an ice cream parlour, contemporary and traditional cafes, a library, a newsagent/bookshop, 2 farm produce shops and over 20 assorted clothes, craft and jewelry shops. Artists and craftsmen including a glassblower, ceramic sculptor, framemaker, watchmaker and marquetry artist have atéliers (workshops) and showrooms in the village. A team of doctors and nurses and the village pharmacy tend to the wellbeing of inhabitants and visitors.
Nearby Places of Interest
Monpazier welcomes thousands of visitors each year. It is an excellent centre for visiting nearby attractions such as Biron, Belvès,
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High Season 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$161|
We provide guests with a complimentary welcome pack so you have some refreshments on arrival. With restaurants, bakers and supermarkets so close by, guests will find it very easy to acquire provisions. Should you have a very late un scheduled arrival, please let us know whether we can help you with any additional requirements.
Although guests are unable to access the laundry, Derek can wash and dry a small load of washing for a nominal charge.
External access to this apartment is via a very short flight of steps with a hand rail. Access to the garden and pool is via the entrance lobby.
Your hosts live in an apartment in the building overhead for the majority of the rental period and are on hand from your arrival time to offer help and advice. The other holiday rental apartment which sleeps up to 4 guests is situated on the first floor.
The house occupies a central street location and although tranquil most of the time, guests may be subjected to the hustle and bustle of a busy little town as it springs into life during the day. There is no dedicated parking outside the house although there is plenty of space nearby. We have tried where possible to retain original features including wooden flooring so from time to time you may hear movement on the floors overhead.
We have worked very hard to provide you with comfort and style to make your stay as relaxed and enjoyable as possible and so we would simply ask you to respect the property, neighbours and other visitors staying in the other apartment