Stone House and Cottage near Monflanquin, Lot et Garonne, Aquitaine, France - Magnificent Views Over Rolling Countryside, Utterly Private Location, Architect Designed Home
Saltre sits on top of a hill with panoramic views across outstandingly beautiful farming countryside. The whole 16 acre property is for your exclusive use so provides utter privacy. The double-height kitchen/dining area with a walk-around open fire leads to the dramatic sitting room with exposed beams. The head-turning 12m x 6m black salt-water pool enjoys the outstanding views also. Saltre is approached via a long drive through woods and offers privacy and peace. Monflanquin village, one of France's prettiest, is 8km away and the lively town of Villeneuve sur Lot, 11km. Local attractions include Chateaux, wine tasting, brocantes, lively markets, picturesque stone villages and delicious local restaurants. For children there is the Parc au Ciel (tree-swinging, canopy walking) and up-market go-cart rental nearby. The rivers Lot (10 mins), Dordogne (30 mins) have boat hire/picnics/swimming and there is golf, horse-riding and tennis courts available within 15 min drive. Magnificent views towards beautiful 12 C Bastide village of Monflanquin with weekly market, shops and restaurant.
Details for holiday cottage Main House + Stone Cottage, 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, 3 Bathrooms
BEDROOMS Master Suite with king sized bed, wooden floor. Elegant balcony. Large bathrooms with feature bath/walk-in shower, WC & bidet. Bedroom 2 (ground floor) twin beds, triple aspect and door to garden. Large shower room off with WC.
KITCHEN with stainless steel rfange, gas hob, electric oven. Dishwasher, microwave, Nespresso coffee machine. Chandelier lit with 8 plus dining table. Doors to terraces for alfresco dining.
LIVING ROOM Airy and light, with doors to terraces, large sofas and chairs, TV for DVD watching, music system. Magnificant views throughout.
2 further bedrooms (1 double and 1 twin bedded) are provided in Stone Cottage. Saltre then provides 4 bedrooms (sleeps 8). Please use link below to owners' website to access further, clarifying information.
Top Traveller Review
About the Owner
We currently live on the island of Penang, Malaysia. This of course means our visits to Saltre are limited, sadly. However we do hope to make a twice yearly visit as we both need a regular 'fix' of our wonderful French home.
Our caretaker for the house is a neighbour which means we can relax knowing our home is in good hands.
4.8 based on 4 holidaymaker reviews
What a fabulous surprise. We received very detailed instructions on how to get to Saltre from Bergerac and it worked perfectly. Even though I'd seen the photos of the property, the real thing surpassed our expectations. The main house is exquisite and has everything you'd have in your own home plus extras. The cottage was very comfortable and gorgeous. The pool barn came in very handy as the temperature got up to 28degrees and stayed that way for the whole stay. The views of the countryside and of the beautiful bastide Monflanquin were fabulous. Even though the property is in a very rural setting, the area is very well situated with quaint villages and towns a very easy drive away. Monflanquin has a number of lovely restaurants and small shops and of course has a weekly farmers market where you can stock up on fabulous local produce. There is also a large hypermarket only 10 minutes drive from the house that has a fantastic selection of groceries and fresh cheese, meats, fish and wine. You won't want to shop at Woolworths ever again! Don't miss going to the Gam Vert shop and getting your wine from a petrol bowser for 1.50 euro/litre! We're going back next year to enjoy this lovely part of the world again. Even though it's a long flight from Australia, after having a couple of nights in Paris to recover, it was a lovely train ride to Bergerac travelling through extensive vineyards and sunflower fields. Just stunning.
A slice of rural luxury
This is the 2nd time we have stayed at Saltre and I don't think we will ever tire of it. We holiday with another family and between the house and the cottage there is plenty of room and space for us all to sleep, chill and dine. The main house is beautifully decorated and is a peaceful haven away from the stresses of everyday life. Part of me thinks that the addition of wifi would be really great but the other part of me feels that this is why we relax so much when we are there!
The grounds and the views are spectacular- amazing sunsets, a plethora of wildlife (deer, owls, bats) and plenty of lovely french markets nearby.
We stayed in the cottage in 2011 and stayed in the main house in 2013. We loved the cottage and the pool and enjoyed a great holiday in 2011. Two years later we were back to stay in the main house which was the most comfortable rental property we have ever stayed in!
The description of both the location and facilities were accurate and both properties were very well maintained and clean.
The owner was so helpful and we were made to feel very welcome which was a lovely added dimension to the holiday.
I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending the properties. Our holiday in 2013 staying in the main house has gone down in our history of holidays as the most relaxing and unwinding holiday ever! Our two kids aged 7 and 10 had a fabulous time by the gorgeous pool, rambling through the extensive grounds and canopy walking at Pac au Ciel. We ate out in restaurants recommended by the owner and mooched and wandered through the beautiful local towns.
We absolutely adore Saltre and we really hope to return one year!
What a delightful surprise when we arrived at this beautiful holiday home. The main property is a stunning stone house newly rebuilt to the highest quality, beautifully furnished and with everything you could possibly need.
My husband and I were staying in the main house for a weeks holiday and my son, his wife and two children stayed in the cottage which is located only 50m away, this worked perfectly as we all had our own privacy and space but we could also be together as much as we liked.
The cottage is also very well equipped with two very spacious bedrooms and plenty of living space. W
The swimming pool is located between the main house and the cottage and is cleverly encased within the old barn walls. The views from the pool area are spectacular you can see the village of Monflanquin in the distance, in fact the whole property, which is set in several acres of its own land, has uninterrupted views of the surrounding countryside.
The closest village of Monflanquin is approx 10mins drive away, there is a excellent supermarket as you approach the village and a bakery for your fresh bread every day ! There are several excellent restaurants around the pretty square and at night the square is a beautiful setting to sit and eat. It is also safe for the children to play whilst we relaxed after finishing our meal as it's easy to keep an eye on them from the comfort of your restaurant table !
We all agreed it was the ideal combination for a shared holiday, having your own space so everyone felt relaxed and enjoyed the time spent together but with the independence to do your own thing.
There is plenty of sight seeing to do with chateaus and village markets to explore and some wonderful scenery too.
We would really recommend this property as a holiday destination, the quality of the facilities and the beautiful setting makes it a magical experience, we will be going back !!
From the Owner
“We first visited the area when my parents bought a house in the region. We fell in love with it then and had always kept an eye on properties in the area. We bought Saltre in a moment of madness (thank goodness!) as we were blown away by the peace of it all and the magnificent views. We built the swimming pool in 2004 and enjoyed many holidays using the cottage but have, most recently, just completed the building of our main house which was our dream project. The area around Saltre is so beautiful - farmland with a few stone houses and stunning fields of sunflowers and orchards. The stone hill-top village of Monflanquin is picture-perfect and we love to have dinner in the Square and visiting the weekly market which has been going since the 12th Century.”
Activity and Interests
The beautiful beaches of Arcachon are approx 2 hour drive away.
Bergerac Airport 40 mins drive.
Bordeaux/Toulouse 1.45 mins drive.
Approx 10 hrs drive from Calais.
6 hrs from St Malo.
Villleneuve sur Lot 11kms.
Bordeaux/Toulouse 1.45 mins drive.
Sarlat 1 hr drive.
St Emillion 1.30hr drive.
Monflanquin (8 kms) is the nearest village for a variety of family-owned/run restaurants offering many local specialities (the duck is divine!), elegant, complex dishes, menu compris (great value) and good quality pizzas/pasta dishes. There is a local wine co-operative just outside the village where various wines are available (no Grand Crus however!) made from local grapes including a delicious, light rose, fruity reds and, our favourite, a dry white. A couple of these wines have recently been awarded gold stars in Paris which has delighted the producers and makes their very reasonable prices seem even more so. The 12 Century village square provides a home for the weekly outdoor market where vats of olives sit side by side with wheels of cheese, buckets of flowers and pots of locally produced honey. There are also a couple of bars, speciality shops, a large and well-stocked supermarket, tourist info and banks together with a Tabac for internet facilities. The village is a wonderful place to spend the famous Quatorze Juilllet (Juy 14th - Bastille Day) as the bunting comes out and the village celebrates with open-air eating, dancing and fireworks. The Medieval Fair appears each August as the village turns back the clock and celebrates its impressive history.
Villeneuve-sur-Lot (11 kms) is a much larger town with many more restaurants, a cinema, twice-weekly market, and multiple internet facilities.
For children/young adults there is a Parc au Ciel (park in the sky) which offers canopy walking, tree-swinging together with picnicking. The two nearest rivers, the Lot and the Dordogne are a short drive away and offer canoe hire, boating, swimming and again beautiful picnic areas. There is an excellent, very professional go-kart track within a 30 minute drive which is hugely popular with the boys in our family who are currently aged 12 - 18. Prices are reasonable and the karts are impressive. Please refer to owner's website for more information.
Additional pricing information
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Book/Enquiries through Owners Direct please. A 25% deposit is required at time of booking with the balance due 8 weeks before arrival. A Security Deposit of £300.00 is also due 8 weeks before arrival (to cover any accidental damage) and is fully refundable as appropriate after your departure. Should the booking be for both properties the Security Deposit will be increased to £450.
Saturday - departure before 10 am and arrival after 5 pm during June, July and August to allow for necessary cleaning. Other months changeover day may be flexible, please ask.
Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds. As previously mentioned, the Cottage is only available as 'add-on' accommodation to the Main House. We not offer 'shared' holidays at the house (unless you request it) therefore the grounds and swimming pool are completely private and for your sole use.
Saltre is also available for rentals outside of the above periods. Please contact us should you be interested.
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From the Owner
“The beauty of Saltre has always been the peace and privacy. The property is an old plum farm and sits on top of a hill so enjoys beautiful views and wonderful sunsets. Our main house build has been hard work with hiccups along the way but the results speak for themselves. Spending time at Saltre is the perfect antidote to modern living: peaceful, relaxed, with a high degree of privacy which, for us, is an essential. The cottage is simple, friendly and uncomplicated - perfect for our guests. The stone pool barn works very well and is an ideal place to laze the day away and enjoy long, relaxed lunches with amazing views over the countryside.”
Pool / Spa
- Outdoor Pool
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Bedroom 4
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Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Notes on accommodation: The Main House, built 5 years ago on the footprint of the original farmhouse, was designed by a local architect briefed to provide a 'wow' factor. It provides comfortable, light and airy accommodation. High quality materials were used throughout the build with emphasis on the interior design. The house, traditional from the outside in keeping with the local area, boasts high ceilings with a multitude of windows to provide a calm, spacious and modern interior whilst honouring its beautiful surroundings of farms and fields. We have a fully refurbished old stone cottage at Saltre, ideal for extra guests/older children. NOTE The Cottage is wheelchair friendly however the Main House is not. Providing a double bedroom, a twinbedded bedroom together with a modern bathroom, a well fitted, bright kitchen and cosy sitting room. Available for rental ONLY in conjunction with the Main House; ideal for two family rental - the pool sits between the two houses with separate access to it from each. Outside: There are 16 acres of completely private land. Saltre was originally a plum farm and is thought to be the oldest farm in the hamlet of Savignac-sur-Leyze. There are fields, orchards and vines. This area is known for its sunflower growing together with plums which become the 'prunes of Agen' (to be found world wide as we have discovered!) The architect-designed, salt-water pool (12m x 6m) with a large terrace has been set in an old stone barn (roof removed, walls lowered) and enjoys the same impressive views over the countryside as the main house/cottage. There are sunbeds provided. PLEASE NOTE: THE POOL IS OF ONE DEPTH ONLY (APPROX 1.5 M) NO 'SHALLOW' END. You are welcome to walk and enjoy the whole of the property and please do take any plums and grapes which may be ripe! There are farm tracks only (no fencing) between us and our neighbours and there are rambling walks in the area. We do not live at the property so, apart from the pool/ground maintenance, Saltre is completely private.