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Le Chat Kiri

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french

Renovated Luxury Villa in Medieval Southern French Village

8 Reviews
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Monflanquin Villa Rental Photos and Description

Villa, 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

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,

More Details
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Le Chat Kiri (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french

About Le Chat Kiri

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.

Le Chat Kiri purchased this villa in 2003

Why Le Chat Kiri chose Lot-et-Garonne

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.

What makes this villa unique

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.

Reviews

5
based on 8 traveler reviews

Renovated Luxury Villa in Medieval Southern French Village
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews
5

A perfect vacation home in the south of France

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Le Chat Kiri for two weeks in June/July 2015. The house is well appointed and extremely comfortable. We explored the surrounding countryside, villages, chateaux and farms, and ended up buying (and eating) far too much food and wine. The castle at Biron is a high point, being nearly completely renovated, and is was a fully functional late medieval/early renaissance castle (as opposed to the over the top palaces like Chambord) We found many maps with well marked hiking trails through the local value, which I highly recommend. Also recommended is the Paté de Campagne at the butcher in town. So simple and delicious.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Victoria, British Columbia
5

Our vacation at Le Chat Kiri in Monflanquin

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely week in Monflanquin staying at this wonderful country home. Frankly we could have been quite happy just staying at the house and enjoying the grounds and the village but we also did a number of day trips in this wonderful region and had a great time. We are already planning to return for at least 2 weeks the next time. There is so much to see and every small village and town in the area is worth exploring. For example you can go to a market day in different communities every day and although you will see some of the same merchants there will be lots you have not seen before and the quality of the food available at the markets is incredible.

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New Westminster, BC Canada
5

vacation at le chat kiri

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a glorious week at le chat kiri the first week of June. The house was amazing! Very spacious and clean with large bright rooms and comfortable beds. I loved the kitchen and the stove, which allowed me to prepare many wonderful meals with the fresh produce from the area. We would make day trips to other villages/towns such as Monpasier, Sarlat, Les Eyzies, Belves, Penne-d-Agenais and the castle at Biron. There are so many great places to see in the area. In the evenings we enjoyed listening to the doves, while eating our dinner on the patio off the kitchen as the sun set. Truly a magical place. I hope to go back soon.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Ideal for a group of friends

  • 5 of 5

Six friends descended on this villa in Monflanquin, a lovely small bastide town for a week of relaxation, laughs, good food and wine in this extremely comfortable house that did not disappoint. It lived up to our expectations completely - it was well appointed and the excellent kitchen and dining area became a hub for us. Great breakfast feasts were had each morning after a visit to one of the local bakeries of which there were at least three within walking distance. Found plenty to do during the day, including wandering around Monflanquin, visiting a number of small nearby towns (eg Cancon, Pujols), and sites like La Roque Gageac on the Dordogne and Domme another lovely bastide town, and Chateau Bonaguil in Fumel. Had fun shopping at local markets- and found lots of good food and wine as we preferred to cook for ourselves and eat in each evening. The owner was particularly helpful answering questions and offering assistance. Wifi access was a bonus we all appreciated. A highly recommended villa where we had a fabulous week.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vancouver, BC
5

Cook, Wine and Dine a la Francais

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a fabulous week in le chat Kiri (late September) in beautiful Monflaquin.  There were just the two of us and we felt very spoilt as the house is definitely large enough for a group of six or eight.  My partner is a trained chef and was over the moon with the kitchen and the lovely dining room.  The produce, meat, and wine in the local market and shops certainly provided inspiration for evening meals at home, and the croissants from the local bakery are to die for.  There is a lot to explore in the surrounding areas with a car (we even travelled up to the famous Lascoux caves), but even without a car there is also plenty to see within walking distance.  There are many local walking trails that are well marked and take you on lovely strolls through the country scape.  The weather was still warm enough for us to enjoy the outside patio and garden for relaxing lunches with local wine (of course).  The house is immaculate and very well equipped, the owners easy to contact and the wifi and free phone calls to North America a bonus.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Canada
5

Visiting from Canada

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time at Le Chat Kiri and hope to return one day. We are certainly recommending the location to everyone we meet. One of the loveliest aspects for a group of travelling adults is how the house accommodates people coming together but then being able to separate in the large garden and house for private time too. It’s perfect for adults friends or adult families. Not one of us ever felt cramped. The house is very clean and well-maintained with everything you could think of in the way of supplies. Being able to easily access the internet and call home at no charge were wonderful benefits. There are at least 1/2 dozen villages within an hours drive that are definitely worth seeing with Sarlat being a highlight for us. No-one minded our limited French and several English language newspapers are readily available near the bakery. We would love to return one day.

Take care and thank you again.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Bergerac
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Bar des Arcades
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Monsempron-Libos
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Kilometres
Le Mas des Oliviers
Car: recommended

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Rates & Availability

Monflanquin Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
EUR
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Shoulder
Sep 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
7 night minimum stay
$1,068
 
 
Low
Nov 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
$843
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$843
 

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Amenities

Monflanquin Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Free Long Distance
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • spelunking
  • swimming

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