Manor House | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
In the heart of the southern Dordogne, Villa Ste Therese is just 700metres from stunning Monpazier, listed as "One of the Most Beautiful Villages of France". Explore nearby Chateaux: Monbazillac, Biron, Milandes, Beynac, Castelnaud & Lanquais. Minutes to gorgeous villages like Limeuil, Belves, Beynac, La Roque Gageac, Domme, Sarlat, amazing caves like Font de Gaume, Lascaux II, Grottes de Maxange or Proumeyssac, or glorious gardens like Marqueyssac & Eyrignac. Dive into the bustling weekly village markets, or simply laze by the large pool, relax under a shady tree in the Villa's orchard, walk through the nearby forests of Biron, or unwind on the terrace overlooking Monpazier as the sun sets. In cooler months, settle before a blazing fire in the ancient stone fireplace rescued from the ruins of a nearby crumbling chateau. In 2014 the Tour de France travels within an easy ride of Monpazier, on Stage 19 to Bergerac - July 25. Then on 26 July the Tour heads off from Bergerac on Stage 20 - the Individual Time Trial to Perigueux. Villa Ste Therese offers an ideal base for all lovers of Le Tour!
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||L'entre deux mers 120 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||700 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bergerac 35 km, Nearest railway: Bergerac 39 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 5 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (5), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The two upstairs double bedrooms convert to twin rooms. All rooms are spaciously proportioned, with beautiful views over the rolling green valley to the south or the village to the west. Recent renovations have created a stylish, yet authentic, country house offering all modern amenities.The kitchen is fully equipped to create any feast, with a large double oven and gas cooktop.
|Further details outdoors|
The grounds 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 make the gardens down to the orchard below a wonderful place to stroll and explore, while the northern lawn has plenty of room for petanque, table tennis, badminton, volleyball or even cricket. The 10m x 5m pool has a summer gazebo for midday shade. It is very deep at one end - four metres! Pool opens 1 June to end-September, weather permitting.
Welcome Kit on arrival. Credit cards accepted via Paypal secure payment.
A separate, private 'maison gardienne' (now a gite for couples) may also be rented during your stay (you can view Les Cerisiers at Property #177318). It is situated 70 metres away from the Villa, shielded by established trees and hedges.
The Aquitaine/Dordogne region
Dordogne is renowned for its cuisine, iconic wineries, chateaux and rich history. Yet it is still such a peaceful setting for a relaxing holiday. It's the Land of 1001 Chateaux because at every bend is another stunning vista of an ancient chateau, and many are open for public visits. This area of the southern Dordogne is full of amazing medieval bastide villages, many of them having earned the title "One of the Most Beautiful Villages of France", such as Monpazier, La Roque Gageac, Beynac, Domme, Belves, Monflanquin. The climate is holiday-perfect most of the year, with pleasant sunny Spring days starting in April, then hot, clear summer weather til September. Autumn is still warm, but tranquil, with rich golden colors in the surrounding oak forests...another ideal time to visit.
There's so much to see and do in this pocket of the Dordogne. Here's a sample of activities less than an hour's drive of the Villa:
Chateau Monbazillac (15km west); Chateau du Lanquais (18km north); Chateau Biron (6km south); Chateau des Milandes (20km north); Chateaux at Bonaguil, Castelnaud & Beynac
Hanging Gardens of Marquessac or Gardens of Eyrignac (both 30 & 45 mins drive north)
Amazing underground Caves: Font de Gaume (26km northeast); Grottes de Maxange (15km northwest); Gouffre de Proumeyssac (25km north)
Horseriding near Villereal (12km south) or Issigeac (20km west)
Treetop adventure park for children: Lacapelle de Biron (8km southeast)
Canoeing, river beach & boat cruises on the Dordogne: Limeuil, La Roque Gageac
Monpazier itself has many fetes & festivals throughout the year, such as:
May: annual flower festival
July: Bastille Day bodega & fireworks at night
July: annual Medieval Fair
Autumn: randonees (guided walks) in the nearby forest behind Biron - some torchlit by night
October: seasonal cepes (rare gourmet mushrooms) markets
December: annual truffle market & fete
Christmas: beautiful Christmas fairs & markets eg Sarlat