Self-cater APPT for 2, 1 bdrm, 1 living/kitchen, 1 bthrm. Own garden, parking. Tranquil Location, ideal : Walkers And Cyclists, Lake Swimming 10 Mins drive, Golf 10 Mins
Graham and Liz Sangster
- english, french
About Graham and Liz Sangster
Graham and Liz - They have been living in the Dordogne for 29 years and therefore speak fluent French. As well as running the chambres d’hôte and the apartment, they work in the restoration and decoration of châteaux, where, as an artist, Liz paints frescoes and trompe l’oeil. In addition Liz paints oils and water colours which she exhibits locally and in the uk. The property is an old fortified farm built by the English during the 100 years war, set in 5 acres of land, in a small hamlet in their village commune, which lies a kilometre away.
Graham and Liz Sangster purchased this Apartment in 1990
Why Graham and Liz Sangster chose Lamonzie-Montastruc
We love the French countryside here, and Graham, being particularly keen on cycling, enjoys the off-road opportunities, through the forests and fields. We both enjoy walking our dog too, and there are many 'chemins randonées' to choose from where you can walk for hours without seeing a soul. As an artist the area is ideal for Liz , with so many views to draw and paint , the unique Perigordian architecture setting it apart from the rest of France.
What makes this Apartment unique
The house is 10 mins from Bergerac, and 4km from 3 villages with commerce, therefore handy to pop out for supplies. Bergerac Airport: flights go to many parts of the UK , so it's extremely handy for visiting our family and friends. The region is so varied that we can drive in any direction and the landscape changes from forest to vineyards, from rolling hills to orchards, then from river to gorge, even within 10 mins of leaving our home. There are numerous châteaux to visit either for wine-tasting or for their historic interest: Josephine Baker's château with it's art deco rooms, makes a fascinating visit because of its history of being the home she created for her 12 adopted "rainbow" children. ...Château Biron with beautifully restored rooms, also houses 2 galleries for art exhibitions. Biron has spectacular views from the rocky outcrop on which it is built .... Castelnaud, again with beautiful views, has interesting replicas of mediaeval war machines. Weather-permitting, here the clear starlit skies at night are free from light pollution, and therefore good for stargazing, especially in August when the Perseids meteor shower is at it's peak, it's humbling to see so many shooting stars.
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As described - you won't be disappointed
The hosts were thoughtful and well organised and helped or holiday along. A great base to enjoy the beautiful area.
Thanks for the 5 stars, glad you enjoyed your time here.
All the previous reviews were very positive and we can see why. The location is wonderful, the accommodation very comfortable and the hospitality from Graham and Liz first class. We particularly welcomed the assistance in getting our dog to the vets for his passport check.
Would not hesitate to recommend to others
Thank you both for the glowing report! We're really glad your short stay was enjoyable, and the plus was that you were very lucky to have such stunning weather; which I might add continues on into this month, now early October, long may it last.....
Liz and Graham have created a wonderful oasis of calm and charm. Perfect gettaway
As artists, Liz and Graham have encapsulated their talents in their beautiful home. Starting with the warmth and comfort of the apartment to the paving on the patio. The views from the garden across the valley are fabulous and the garden is tendered with much care and love. The surrounding area of forest is ideal for walks and runs or just to sit and feel the energy of the trees. Liz and Graham were so kind, considerate and engaging and we feel we have a lasting connection with them and their home. We will back. :-)
It was magical!
Liz and Graham are wonderful hosts! We had a wonderful time, and the photos don't really do it justice. It was a restful, quiet and cozy place to stay and we enjoyed every minute there!
Thanks for the positive review, glad you had a good time, we enjoyed your stay too!
Beautiful and very relaxing
This quiet centuries old apartment was the perfect retreat for visiting Bergerac and the surrounding area. This was our first visit to the Dordogne and we were very impressed. There are so many picturesque villages and impressive chateaus to see as well as beautiful gardens and historical sites. The apartment was fantastic and very 'French'. Liz and Graham are such lovely hosts and so very helpful, we were made to feel very welcome. It was everything we wanted it to be and more and would definitely recommend it. With any luck we will return one day.
Sharon and Pete
Thanks so much for the lovely review, we are really glad you enjoyed our apartment and the region, let's hope you left some more places to visit if you do return! I do hope you will revisit us, as we will certainly welcome you again, seeing that you are thoughtfully, quiet and easy guests to please. Liz and Graham
Beautiful French countryside yet near to Bergerac
The gite is so well located in a secluded hamlet, with easy transport links to everything to visit in the Dordorgne (and there are many magical places.. regional foods, castles, canoeing, hot air ballooning , walks, markets, amazing history and so the list could go on forever!).
Liz, the host is so welcoming and thoughtful. Liz ensured our stay was comfortable in every way. The gite building is picture book beautiful and well equipped. The ability to eat outside in either the gite's private walled garden or on the patio with wonderful countryside views (roses, daisy, etc in profusion at this time of the year) was throughly enjoyed. Highly recommended gite. Thank you so much Liz! Would love to stay again.
Thanks for the lovely review Lauren, I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay, and that it as part of the birthday celebration we did not disappoint. The Dordogne really shows off this time of year; the spring garden flowers, the wild flowers in the verges and fields, everything is in abundance and uplifts the spirits with the promise of summer.
I do hope you will stay again, there is so much you didn't get to see, but then even though the hot air ballooning was the highlight of your visit, you did see enough to want to return here.
All the best, Liz.
Special interest holidays:
The joint owner is an artist. Daily or longer painting courses are available. Please contact for further details.
Coast/Beach: Lake swimming nearby at Pombonne Park at 10 mins drive, also at Vergt, a 15 mins drive, a lake with mature trees for shaded parking. Canoeing offered by many companies at half hour - 1 hour away, water-sports in the river at Tremolat (30 mins drive). The nearest coastal beach is 2 hours away (Arcachon).
The nearest airport is at Bergerac 15 mins. Although a small country airport, there are many flights to the UK: Scotland, England and Ireland. Also to Paris, Rotterdam and Brussels. Brive airport 1.5 hour and Bordeaux airport 1.5 hours. The ferry ports of Caen and Le Havre are 7-8 hours drive and Calais, Dunkerque 10-11 hours drive. The ferry port of Santander in Spain is 5 hours. We can pick up from or drop off guests to Bergerac airport, or train station for a fee of 20€ each way.
The old town of Bergerac is 10 minutes drive away. Perigueux, with its medieval narrow streets, and Moorish cathedral, is good for shopping at 30 minutes drive. The capital of Nouvelle-Aquitaine, BORDEAUX is 1 hr 15 mins by train or car. There are plenty of inexpensive car parks on the edges of Bordeaux for the park-and-ride system using the tramway . Here, you can experience the flavour of Paris, with its pavement cafés, boulevards and magnificent architecture. The wine capital of St Emilion 1 hrs drive from us. Limoges, the porcelaine capital, is 2 hours.
If you enjoy off-road cycling and walking, there are many 'randonnée' tracks in this area. There are 3 nearby villages for commerce: Lembras, with a bar and music, boulangerie, take-away pizza and 2 restaurants. St Sauveur, at 2.5 kms with a boulangerie and restaurant. Then there is Campsegret, at 5kms, where there are 3 restaurants, one of which is an excellent pizzeria, and a small epicerie. Queyssac, about 3kms has an excellent and very popular gourmet restaurant ( one has to book in advance). The bustling town of Bergerac is 10 mins away with banks, boutiques, galleries and restaurants and 2 market days. There are opportunities for river trips, a road-train round the town and plenty of wine tasting to be had. There is a local bus from the village to Bergerac and Perigueux, running twice a day. Visitors can also take a train from Bergerac to the medieval town of Sarlat and the grand city of Bordeaux. Train to Bordeaux which normally takes 1:15h, this year only takes 2:15h due to work on the line, therefore there is a replacement bus to/from Libourne