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Central Beautiful Monpazier with Pool

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 753 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

One of two beautiful apartments in the 19th century house

This first floor apartment is one of two apartments in this elegant late 19th century house, La Maison Anglaise. Finished to a high specification in a contemporary style, this spacious apartment has two bedrooms, two bathrooms (one ensuite )and a lounge kitchen diner and views over the surrounding countryside. The owners have recently renovated the property and have gone to a lot of lengths to create a beautiful comfortable fully equipped apartment with a wow factor. The property boasts an outside pool with south facing terrace and stands within 50 paces from the centre of the beautiful historic 13th century bastide of Monpazier. Climb out of the pool and dry off, and within minutes you can be dining in the main square. 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 and Lot region. Monpazier is thirty minutes by car from Bergerac airport and two hours from Bordeaux. The apartment offers real comfort with sofas, large luxury Hypnos beds( a superking in the second bedroom which can be converted to twins), walk in showers and a Juliette balcony off the master bedroom which catches the late afternoon sun.The kitchen has been fully equiped 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 is home to the delicious Bergerac wines and the famous Monbazillac sweet wine made from grapes affected by the noble rot. There are dozens of vineyards east of the airport with very reasonably priced nice appellations 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 within an hours drive of the house. In high season the surrounding villages host evening soirees where you can turn up with your own wine, plates and cutlery and then take your pick from an array of food served up by the market vendors. Dance the night away to live music.

More Details

Owner
Amanda and Derek Avery
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
10 December, 2017

About Amanda and Derek Avery

My name is Amanda, I have been married to Derek for 37 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

Why Amanda and Derek Avery chose Monpazier

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.

What makes this apartment unique

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 below sleeping a further two 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 roadside 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 ground floor, the top floor is occupied by your hosts. Amanda speaks french but Derek's french is limited but he can communicate with hand gestures and google translate.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Monpazier in Dordogne

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 753 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • town
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Ensuite. Vanity unit and sink. Hairdryer
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Vanity unit and sink. Hair dryer
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Super king Hypnos bed can be divided into twins
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , King size Hypnos bed with ensuite shower room.
  • Each bedroom has Hypnos beds. Each bedroom has a wardrobe with hanging rail and two drawers and bedside cabinets.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • swimming
Notes:
You need to negotiate stone stairs with a hand rail to access the property and then a short flight of wooden stairs with hand rail internally to access the apartment. The little town is bursting with activity during the warmer months. The town starts to wake from its sleepy time during Easter and although there are a number of shops and restaurants which stay open through out the year, there is a noticeable increase in activity during the Spring. Through September in the wake of the school holidays, the normally large market starts to reduce and little by little the restaurants and shops reduce their opening hours. Directions to La Maison Anglaise. From the D2, approach the south side of Monpazier via Croix Blanc. Turn left into Place Dite Foirail-Sud and then first right into Rue Saint Pierre. pass the Edward First Hotel on the left. La Maison Anglaise is at number 8 on the right hand side and is situated at the junction with Rue de la Porte de Campan.

Reviews

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Central Beautiful Monpazier with Pool
average rating of 4.714286 based on 7 reviews
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5 Star Comfortable Home from Home Apartment in Chic Monpazier

  • 5 of 5

Derek & Amanda's apartment is ideally located to tour this area and central to restaurants and shops. They were perfect hosts, very welcoming and helpful throughout our stay. The apartment is well equipped and a lovely hamper on arrival was most welcome along with a homemade cake - yummy. Beds were extremely comfortable. The pool and garden was great to chill out in for a swim or glass of wine. We stayed with our two girls and found it perfect accommodation for our holiday. Restaurant Le Bastide we found excellent for lunch and the set lunch menu was good value and Bistrot 2 a nice place to sit in the evening for a drink. We would recommend La Maison Anglaise very highly. Thank you Derek and Amanda for your hospitality.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Miriam, Many thanks, we really appreciate you taking the time to review us. Your comments help us to pass on recommendations. We are glad you had a lovely time and hope the rest of your holiday was equally enjoyable. Warm regards Amanda
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great location, great property

  • 4 of 5

Monpazier is a lovely village, quiet but picturesque with a variety of restaurants .

The property is well equipped and comfortable, the host was very considerate .

the only shortcoming was lack of easy access to a laundry.

Would recommend it it for a Dordogne holiday

  • Review Submitted: 29-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Outstanding property in the heart of Monpazier

  • 5 of 5

This spacious, beautifully decorated apartment had a freshly baked cake and gift basket waiting for us on arrival after a long drive. Derek was there to greet us and explain everything about the property and Monpazier. He is a charming host. The apartment also comes with a beautiful swimming pool. We highly recommend this property as it is a little gem in a lovely Bastide town.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Michael and Faye, thank you so much for your lovely generous review. It was wonderful having you as guests and we hope you continue to have a fabulous holiday in France. Warm regards Amanda and Derek
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Superb!

  • 5 of 5

A fantastic place to stay: superior fittings and decor, spotlessly clean, friendly and informative owner, set in one of the best bastide towns in the Dordogne - what more could you ask for? We had a great time and would recommend it without reservation.

  • Review Submitted: 24-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Barry Thank you so much for the great review and feedback. We really appreciate you taking the time to tell us what you think and look forward to seeing you next time. With warm regards Derek and Amanda
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Everything you could want

  • 4 of 5

Derek and Amanda live on site and so being in Maison Anglaise is like being a guest in someone's home. We did not get to take advantage of the swimming pool as the weather was cool, but everything else was ours to use. Derek has a large collection of books and information on the area and is willing to tell you more. He made us welcome with a large basket of goodies including a home baked cake, wine, bread, butter, pate and every other thing we could possibly want. The bed was comfortable, the kitchen functional, there were lots of comfortable places to sit if you were to spend the evenings just sitting around. A book of instructions would have been helpful. Monpazier is an interesting place to be and the area has lots to see and do.

  • Review Submitted: 17-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Debra, it was lovely to meet you. Thank you very much for the review, we appreciate you taking the time to write something and take all feedback seriously. Hope you enjoy the rest of your trip in France. Regards Amanda and Derek
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Absolutely superb apartment in fantastic location.

  • 5 of 5

Situated in the centre of pretty Monpazier, a superb apartment in a fantastic location. Nothing too much trouble for the owners to make our stay perfect.

Very comfortable and well equiped apartment with a definite "wow" factor.

One down side - wish we had booked a longer stay!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. It was a real pleasure having you stay with us. We really appreciate the feedback and look forward to meeting you again and sharing a glass or two of wine. Warm regards Derek and Amanda
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Location

Nearest Airport
46 Kilometres
Bergerac
Nearest Barpub
250 Metres
Chez Minou
Nearest Ferry
642 Kilometres
Caen
Nearest Train
84 Kilometres
Gare de Bergerac
Nearest Motorway
46 Kilometres
A89
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Gallery M
Nearest Beach
215 Kilometres
Arcachon
Car: necessary

ABOUT MONPAZIER

Monpazier is one of the “Plus beaux villages de France” and is considered to be the best preserved bastide in France.

Village History

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.

Monpazier’s Design

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.

Markets

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.

Entertainment

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.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Monpazier, Dordogne

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
EUR
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
High Season
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
£371
for 3 nights
From
£124
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£318
for 3 nights
From
£106
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £132.35

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 and then internally via a flight of wooden stairs to the first floor. 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 two guests is situated on the ground 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, so we would simply ask you to respect the property, neighbours and other visitors staying in the other apartment
Thank you

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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