Self-catering vacation country home in South West France

Monflanquin

Monflanquin, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine

Reference47024

Sleeps12

Bedrooms6

Bathrooms5

Clairefontaine

Introduction

Lovely, spacious country house set in 5 acres of private grounds on the edge of beautiful, hilltop town with all amenities including 8 restaurants.

Traditional stone and timbered property with large lawns and renovated 'pigeonnier' tower. The house offers welcoming and well-furnished accommodation to sleep up to 12 people.

6 bedrooms / 5 bathrooms. Fully equipped kitchen/breakfast room, 95 m² living room with 60 inch HDTV, UK HD Freesat TV channels, Blu-Ray DVD player, sound bar and sub-woofer,DVD and paperback library. Wi-Fi internet. Freesat HD also in kitchen and master bedroom.
Galleried dining room with 12 seater oak dining table and doors to garden/pool area and covered terrace.

Charming conservatory opens onto the extensive, mature garden with lawns, meadows and woodland and small lake - great for catching crayfish!

Shaded dining terrace overlooking the pool and sun terrace.
Private pool, larger than average 12m x 6m.

Games room with pool table, table tennis, Garlando table football game, pinball machine and darts. Large sofa and easy chairs and iPod speaker dock. Drinks fridge.

All amenities in the bastide town of Monflanquin (15 minutes walk or 2 minutes drive); large choice of cafés, restaurants etc.
Bakery, traditional artisan stores, bank and supermarket. Street market every Thursday morning.

Adjoining, lodge with independent, private access has residential tenants. All facilities described are for private, exclusive use of holiday renters.

Details

Entrance hall.

Separate WC and hand basin.

Living room with beamed ceiling and floor-to-ceiling fireplace. 60 inch Flat-screen HDTV with UK freesat HD channels, Blu-Ray DVD, soundbar and subwoofer.
Through to;

Conservatory with chairs and sofa. Door to garden.

Dining room with fireplace, 12 seater oak dining table and chairs.
Door to terrace.

Stairs to mezzanine office.
Wi-Fi internet.

Kitchen / breakfast room with insert fireplace. American-style fridge freezer, second large fridge, dishwasher, oven and hob, microwave.
Dining table and chairs. Door to dining terrace.

Utility room / second kitchen with washing machine, electric hob, oven and extractor hood.

Bedroom 1, double with ensuite WC, sunken bath / shower, hand basin and separate shower.
Flat-screen TV (with UK Freesat HD channels and DVD player.

Bedroom 2, double with ensuite WC, bath / shower and hand basin.

Stairs to 1st floor;

Bedroom 3, single and pull-out single.

Bedroom 4, double with ensuite WC, shower and hand basin.

Bedroom 5, double.
Separate WC.

Separate bathroom with shower and hand basin.

Living / reading room with large, wide-screen TV with UK free-to-air channels and DVD player.
Sound tower with multiple connections. Double sofa bed.
Door to balcony.

Exterior access to Pigeonnier tower;

(On three levels).
Stairs up to;

Mini lounge.
Bedroom 6, double with ensuite WC, shower and hand basin.

EXTERIOR;

5 acres of private grounds with large lawns and meadow / woodland and small lake.

Games room with large sofa and easy chairs, i-pod speaker dock, pool table, table tennis, Garlando table football game, pinball and darts.

Covered dining terrace with table and chairs and BBQ.

Breakfast terrace with large round table, chairs and parasol.

Private swimming pool 12m x 6m.

WC.

Sun terrace with loungers. and large parasols.

Private drive with plenty of parking including covered parking for 2 cars.

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Prices

From To Weekly rental rates Euros Sterling * US Dollars *
27/08/2016 29/10/2016 September & October € 1,995 £ 1,722 $ 2,238
29/04/2017 20/05/2017 early May € 1,675 £ 1,446 $ 1,879
20/05/2017 01/07/2017 late May & June € 2,150 £ 1,856 $ 2,412
01/07/2017 02/09/2017 July & August € 3,775 £ 3,258 $ 4,235
02/09/2017 30/09/2017 September € 1,995 £ 1,722 $ 2,238
Refundable Security Bond € 500
  • * Sterling & US Dollar rates are provided only as a guide. Rentals are payable in Euros.
  • Prices are for the rental of the entire property above, per week.
  • Bookings run from Saturday 4:00pm to Saturday 10:00am.
  • Neither Pure France nor the property owner are liable for any loss or interruption of internet service.
  • No smoking in the property.
  • Bookings include electricity, water, linen and towels (not beach / pool towels).

Location

The property is located 2 minutes drive from the beautifully picturesque, hilltop village of Monflanquin, 30 minutes South of Bergerac (town and international airport).
15 - 20 minutes walk into the village.

Monflanquin is an old bastide town with winding streets and fabulous views. It is included within “Les Plus Beaux Villages de France” - an association of France’s 153 most beautiful and historic villages and small towns. All amenities in the village including large supermarket, cafés, restaurants, bakeries. Traditional street market every Thursday morning.

The Dordogne and Let et Garonne area of France is one of the most beautiful and one of the most popular. Lovely countryside interspersed with medieval, bastide towns and fairytale châteaux rise from the morning mist.

Its a great region for food lovers; all the Perigordian specialities such as Foie Gras, confit d'oie and canard, mushrooms of all types are in abundance.

Many antique markets throughout the year. All info at the tourist information office.

Bergerac (40 minutes) was once a flourishing port for the wine trade. It still today has a picturesque harbour where you can take a boat trip along the river Dordogne, or a miniature train ride around the Bastide town, viewing the many half timbered houses with terracotta decoration.

The many timbered houses with terracotta decoration that line the lanes of the old town, are wonderfully evocative of the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries. On one corner the wanderer suddenly finds himself 'nose to nose' with Cyrano whose statue proudly reminds the visitor that Bergerac owes some of its fame to this historic figure. Not surprisingly the annual theatre 'Le Festival du Théatre' is named after him.

A great way to tour the vineyards is by following the designated Route des vins where the visitor will be welcomed by the growers and encouraged to try their wines. The Bergerac region is sometimes called Perigord Pourpre the name deriving from the rich purple-red wines that characterize this area of Perigord.

When the subject of 'gastronomy' is raised it is usually associated with a particular region and the Perigord stands in high regard in this field. The traditional produce, such as truffles, walnuts, strawberries and the wines, together with the well-known rich specialties derived from fattened geese and ducks, is largely responsible for this fame.

Châteaux Lanquais, 30 minutes from Bergerac is great for the kids; it still has great canon ball holes in the side walls from an attack, and a removable wooden stair case. Open all day every day in July / August.

Don't miss a trip to La Roque-Gageac, a stunningly beautiful village under the towering cliffs. The village regularly wins France's 'Prettiest Village' competition. Good canoeing centre here.

Competing with La Roque-Gageac in the prettiness stakes is the village of Carennac. Elevated just above the South bank of the Dordogne river, it is best known for its typical Quercy architecture and Romanesque priory. Further Romanesque art at the Saint-Pierre church in Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne.

Perhaps the most famous of the Dordogne tourist attractions are the cave paintings around Les Eyzies. There are more pre-historic caves in this area than you could ever visit in a day! Les Eyzies lies at the heart of an unspoilt area of great natural beauty with rolling hills, tranquil rivers and fascinating cliff and rock formations. It has some of the world's most beautiful caves with outstanding stalactite and stalagmite crystallizations. And the cave-lined Vézère valley has been classified as a heritage site by UNESCO. The most well-known of all is the cave at Lascaux which was discovered in 1940. The paintings date back some 17,000 years.

Sarlat-la-Canéda features the highest concentration of medieval, Renaissance and 17th century facades of any town in France. Its prosperity was a reflection of the privileged status it was granted in return for loyalty to the French Crown during the 100 years war.

Behind the nondescript rue de la République are narrow lanes and archways, and ancient ocher-coloured stone town houses rich in ornamental detail. Protected by law since 1962, Sarlat-la-Canéda's buildings now form an outdoor museum.

The town is also famous for one of the best markets in France. Every Saturday the great Sarlat-la-Canéda market is held in place de la Liberté, along with a full-scale fair that attracts locals from all around the surrounding countryside.

The exceptional number of buildings registered or classified as historical makes of Sarlat-la-Canéda the first European city in term of inheritance. For this reason Sarlat-la-Canéda has been used in many movies. On the first Sunday in July the Félibrée, a typical Périgord village fair where everybody is disguised, animates Sarlat-la-Canéda.

TRAVEL:

Approx 10 - 12 hours drive from the Western channel ferries - a trip via Dover is best combined with an overnight stop on the way. Motorail will deliver you from Calais to Brive or Bordeaux. Flights are available to Limoges, Poitiers, Bergerac, Bordeaux, Toulouse and Rodez with daily flights from the UK.

Ryanair fly from Stansted airport to Bergerac regularly. Bergerac airport is approximately 30 minutes away.

Flybe also fly to Bergerac from Southampton.

British Airways fly from Gatwick airport to Bordeaux. Bordeaux airport is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes away.

EasyJet fly from Gatwick airport to Toulouse. Toulouse airport is approximately 2 hours away.

Reviews

« “We have had a wonderful couple of weeks here. The house is beautiful and very well equipped – loved the two big fridges!! The children (and aduilts!) have loved playing in the games room and swimming in the pool. We’ve enjoyed going to the French markets, chateaux, castles and playing golf! All in all a fantastic couple of weeks.” »  The Wrights Aug/Sept 2016

« “A fantastic property which is very well equipped.....The pool and games room are excellent and very well maintained....We have been staying in France for a number of years and this has been the best of a very good bunch!” »  The Ryders August 2016

« “The house is amazing and it would take weeks to see every nick-nack and nook & cranny!” »  Gilbert - Sparks families August 2016

« “We have had such a wonderful week staying in this beautiful house” »  Payne family July 2016

« “A terrific house, felt at home as soon as we walked in.” »  O'Brien family June 2016

« A fabulous 3 generation holiday to celebrate my 60th birthday. Beautiful house... »  Clare, Paul & Family

« Such a pretty place for friends to get together for a week. Weather – perfect, Clairefontaine-amazing-the games room got a good workout for our games challenge! Monflanquin and surrounding towns so pretty and friendly. Enjoyed the restaurants and if you really want to treat yourself get Jane the flying chef (gourmet)to come and cook for you! »  Gordon, Lynch party

« Un endroit encroyable! Des vacances memorable pour tout a prochaine fois, on espère. »  The Bourne party

« Clairefontaine was magnificent and we had a great week there. »  Eyes family

« Clairefontaine is a beautiful property and so well set up for a family holiday. W've had fantastic weather and made the most of the pool. Xavier (10) loved the games room – if only we could duplicate it at home! We’d love to come back sometime. »  The Watsons family

« It was great staying at Clairefontaine. We loved loved the pool and the games room. I had an amazing time in the pool! We have had a fantastic holiday. The house is lovely and very well equipped. The pool and games room have kept the children very happy for the two weeks – good for us! We’ve really enjoyed the garden and lake, seen a red squirrel and a Little Bustard! »  The Smiths and the Palmer families

« Fantastic! Everything was superb! Great place for an unforgettable holiday (Gary & Louise incredibly helpful). »  The Blocks and Dentons families

« I had a lovely stay here as the villa is beautiful and the grounds are fantastic! We all enjoyed the pool and the weather was wonderful. There’s been lots to do in Monflanquin and other villages close by, with markets and great restaurants. The games room is lots of fun and so was the hammock! »  Bethany aged 14

« We have had a great time staying at Clairefontaine! The weather was fantastic every day. Everyone who stayed went in the pool at least once. The games room was fun and there was something for everyone. The villa was lovely and the rooms were perfect. The markets were very good and the square wasn’t a long walk away. Thank you! We had a GREAT time! »  Kilpatrick family

« What a wonderful week! A long anticipated family holiday/reunion from the bottom of the world to the top (Tasmania to France). Very much enjoyed the amenity and comfort of the house and the interest of the surrounding area…Long remembered , we wish we all had longer. »  The Boot family

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