Why squeeze yourselves into one cramped room when you can have an entire peaceful cottage to yourselves at Les Cerisiers, with all the amenities of a wonderful village on your doorstep. Les Cerisiers is a well-equipped, cozy stone cottage, at the edge of Monpazier, an iconic Dordogne village, listed as "One of the Most Beautiful Villages of France". This cottage is the old 'maison gardienne' or guardian's cottage for Villa Ste Therese - entirely refurbished recently. It is set on four peaceful acres, so you feel completely immersed in the tranquil French countryside...with this beautiful active village just steps away. Minutes from local attractions & major landmarks of the Dordogne. Relax under a shady tree in the orchard, or just unwind on the front lawns and enjoy stunning views of Monpazier as the sun sets.
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. There is a spacious living/dining area on the ground floor, and then up on the mezzanine is a comfortable large double bedroom. Completely separate, 70 metres away from the Villa, the cottage is private, peaceful and perfect for two. If you're seeking a tranquil retreat after a hard day's touristing, Les Cerisiers is ideal! The Villa can be viewed at Property #391654 and can also be rented. Plenty more photos and info on our own independent site!
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 less than 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: Famed as the best-preserved bastide village in France, 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.
The most recent guest reviews can be viewed on the Owner Profile below ('About Rosemary V') to read them here, or visit our personal site to access more guest comments & reviews. And if you're a 'Pinner', feel free to browse our Board on Pinterest, called 'Dordogne Holiday Dreaming'...a collections of snaps from friends and guests staying in Monpazier. Or you can find lots of lovely pics on Instagram too!