Charming Stone House, Luxuriously Appointed - 50 Metres from Monpazier's Square
John & Tracy Levenbach
- english, french
About John & Tracy Levenbach
We are New Zealanders (Kiwis) who love to travel and have a special love for the country people and lifestyle of France.
John & Tracy Levenbach purchased this House in 2013
Why John & Tracy Levenbach chose Monpazier
After a year and hundreds of hours searching, onsite and on the internet, for not only the best property to suit our needs but the best region and town in France to live, we settled on this property in Monpazier and have not been disappointed.
What makes this House unique
Part of our criteria in choosing location and property was to be in a small, well serviced village with a range of amenities and yet still a strong historical sense and beauty. We wanted to be able to be close to many attractions for day trips..... so we could do as much or as little as we wanted when on vacation, and also be able to walk out our front door and have a selection of cafes/restaurants (at all times of the year) and activities that were in walking distance, so not having to rely on having transport. Monpazier has delivered on all of that. The village and warm welcome of its residents is simply stunning!
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Awesome stay in beautiful house in Monpazier
What a lovely house in a perfect location! We had a wonderful week in Bastide 1353 Monpazier. We are 6 Aussies: 2 young children 3 and 5 years, their parents and grandparents. All of us loved the house and the ambience of the village . It was such a treat to be able to walk to lunch or dinner in many of the great local restaurants. We loved the breakfast croissants and baguettes from the Boulangerie down the street and the fantastic food from the Boucherie. The kids loved the quiches!
Thank you Tracy and John and Sandra for making our stay so memorable.
Nola and Ross, Victoria Australia
Bonjour Nola, Ross and Family,
We're so pleased to hear you enjoyed your time at Bastide 1353, Monpazier and surrounds so much. It's been a pleasure to have you stay!
All the best with the remainder of your travels.
Tracy & John
Beautiful house / perfect setting
I have rented a lot of properties in the Dordogne - this house was the most complete - nothing missing. Easy accesss to all the things to visit as well as the town of Monpazier.
Easy access to manager as well as owners. Great cleaning arrangements as I was there for several weeks and lastly, delicious welcome treats upon arrival !!
The perfect way to experience France
Bastide 1353 is a great house in an amazing location. Monpazier and the surrounding area is a melting pot of French life, markets, history, great restaurants and squares too while away the day or people watch.
The house is just a pleasure to come back too, loads of old characterful features and it has all the facilities you want, lovely furniture and beautiful pieces throughout the house to enjoy. There is a courtyard where we enjoyed breakfast, dinner and a few drinks with our friends. The top of my list were the beds, just so comfortable, best sleep for a long time.
Bastide 1353 is only 50 metres away from the town square with its restaurants and bars which are full of life yet when back at the house it is nice and quiet.
Absolutely recommend Bastide 1353!
Hi Peter & Jill,
Thanks so much for your review. We're so pleased you enjoyed Bastide 1353, Monpazier and surrounds, as we do...... and that you had great nights sleep while here too! You're welcome back any time.
Tracy & John
Superb holiday home
Well it's all been said before but it was just perfect. Very charming property set in the middle of a wonderful old village. The owners were most generous with communicating all the great activities in the area and generally just keeping in touch to make sure we had everything we needed. We made great use of the courtyard where we had all our breakfasts and some lunches. The kitchen was beautifully equipped and a godsend for anyone inclined to cook up a storm. However we dined out in the evenings at some quirky restaurants and rather overdosed on duck which seems to be a staple. Also their chickens are quite different to those in Australia - really dense and delicious. Yes, we ate and drank well at this beautiful home and would return in a whisper. Wish it was closer.
It was great to have you and your friends/family stay Margaret. We're so pleased you enjoyed Bastide 1353, the village and surrounds as much as we do (including the duck!). We'd love to have you stay again any time in the future. Keep in touch.
Kind regards - Tracy & John.
PERFECT place for a mid-winter holiday in France
We knew from the reviews that our stay at Bastide 1353 was going to be special, but it exceeded our expectations in every way possible. Where to begin?! The house itself is an absolute gem – it has all the character and quirks you’d expect of a 700 year old house, seamlessly and unobtrusively blended with every twenty-first century convenience you could possibly want. The furniture and furnishings are enchanting and luxurious; the kitchen is a chef’s dream; the 4 bathrooms are immaculate, with excellent water pressure in the showers (one of my absolute non-negotiables!). I felt truly pampered with all the thoughtful touches and attention to detail in every corner of the house.
Monpazier itself. Well, it’s easy to see how it earned its placing as one the 100 most beautiful French villages. It’s a total charmer! I loved being able to nip across the street before breakfast each day for fresh bread, and then down to a different boulangerie for pastries later in the day. We enjoyed wandering round the narrow streets noticing different little architectural gems and details on each of our wanders. I also enjoyed popping in and out of the various little shops around the market square while Mike ‘market tested’ yet another red wine at the outdoor tables in the square. The shop and restaurant owners were all very accommodating of our beginner French and our non-French ways!
We also found lots to do nearby Monpazier. Things we recommend: have a lovely, very reasonably priced meal at L’Abbey Restaurant in Cadouin (and visit the abbey); go to Domme to see Charles Durret who makes the most stunning jewellery; have a vin chaud at the Christmas market in Sarlat; an evening meal at Leo’s Table in St Avit Sanur is a must; and La Roque Gageac is another must-see village. We sometimes had a relaxed morning in Monpazier, then a trip to explore castles and curiosities in nearby villages, and then back to Monpazier for a restaurant meal or supper at Bastide1353. Being able to have the wood-burning fireplace going was a nice treat when we stayed in, although the house was toasty warm without it.
We LOVED our stay at Bastide 1353 (over the Christmas - New Year period). It’s such a special place – beautiful, spacious, comfortable, AND location, location, location! We can’t wait to return.
Perfect house in the perfect village
Bastide 1353 was the pick of our European holiday accommodation, providing everything needed for a fantastic holiday away from home. There was a choice of 4 beautiful and comfortable bedrooms, each with their own ensuite. The kitchen was a cooks dream with nothing missing. Given the great summer weather, the outdoor terrace was used every day, and the only missing item to crank the star rating to a 6 was a BBQ for us Aussies. Like the house, Monpazier is a beautiful medieval village with all modern facilities, including boulangeries, charcuteries, supermarkets, restaurants, hotels and shops. We could have happily stayed within the village for the whole week, but Monpazier was a great central base for exploring the many other villages and places of interest in a day trip. Parking out the front of the house was greatly appreciated. I would definitely recommend Bastide 1353 and Monpazier for anyone's French soujourn.
So good to hear you enjoyed Bastide 1353, Monpazier and surrounds as much as we do!
Thanks for your feedback in regards to a BBQ. We'll have a Webber BBQ there for when you and/or your friends return.
All the best,
Tracy & John
Perfectly located in the Southern Dordogne and 'One of the Most Beautiful Villages of France'. Monpazier is very well serviced with a large number of high quality restaurants, bars, boulangeries, patisseries, charcuteries, Casino and SPAR supermarkets, and many local artisans and other crafts-persons.
While a vehicle is required to get around the many attractions of the area, visitors often come to Monpazier and simply base themselves in the village as there's so much to see and do there. If you don't have your own transport, we do have the availability of transport from Bergerac (airport/train station) at a cost of 90 Euro return (pick-up and delivery back to Bergerac at the end of your stay). Just let us know if you'd like further detail on this.
For those with their own transport - there are easy drives to many chateaux including Biron, Monbazillac, Castlenaud and Lanquais.
Other very interesting villages close by include Belves, Beynac, Domme, Cadouin and Sarlat.