Renovated Luxury Villa in Medieval Southern French Village
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
Monflanquin villa description
Stunning architect-renovated four bedroom villa with half acre of immaculate grounds to relax in. Located in Monflanquin, 'un des plus beaux villages de France' with all the attractions and facilities within easy walk, yet offers your own privacy and space.
* Newly renovated with completely updated kitchen and bathrooms
* Four spacious bedrooms, two with full ensuite bathrooms. Separate yoga studio and computer area in the loft.
* Stone patios wrap around three sides of the house so you can follow (or hide from) the sun.
* Newly renovated kitchen with hand-built Lacanche stove, granite counters, slate floors etc. etc. Enjoy your gastronomic creations in the large dining room, breakfast bar or through the door to the patio.
* Views of the hilltop medieval village and surrounding countryside
* Local markets, bakeries, restaurants, public swimming pool, walking paths, tourist information bureau all within easy walk of the house.
* All amenities included (linens, towels, telephone (with unlimited free North American calls), WiFi, TV, DVD, CD with iPod connect etc).
Monflanquin has been named "un des plus beaux villages de France" and it is one of the best preserved examples of a medieval bastide village. These villages were established across this part of France in the 13th century by feuding nobles to defend their territory. Monflanquin is at the top of a 180 metre hill, providing views of the surrounding countryside, including the famous Chateau Biron. Monflanquin is renowned for its treed central market square which remains much as it has since the Middle Ages. It features a farmers' market every Thursday and the historic buildings surrounding the square contain a selection of good restaurants, bars and other commercial enterprises.
The local countryside is covered with rolling hills, many topped with small chateaux. It is ideal for cycle touring or hiking, or just driving around. Water sports are available nearby, with a large municipal pool open every summer, kayaking or canoeing on the Dordogne or the Lot, plus the Walabi water park near Agen provide thrills for the kids.
Wine is an important local and regional product. You can enjoy dozens of local AOC wines, including Bergerac, Cahors, Duras, Monbazillac, Pecharmant and many others, and tour the vineyeards of the top local producers. The famous Medoc chateaux such as Petrus or Lafite are about two hours away by car, and St. Emillion is even closer.
The Bastide museum is located in Place des Arcades in Monflanquin. It provides lots of information about the creation of these 'new towns' in the Middle Ages and the roles they played in the centuries long conflicts between the English and the French kings for control of this rich territory.
Prehistory is an important local attraction. The world-famous cave paintings are within an hour's drive at Lasceaux, and the prehistory museum in Les Esseyes is also popular and well known.
Chateau Biron and Chateau Bonaguille are the two largest local castles, minutes away from Monflanquin by car. They offer tours, and many special events are put on in the summer.
Top 14 Rugby is back in Agen, about 40 minutes to the south of Monflanquin. Rugby is the main sport in the Southwest and the top French league attracts many of the world's best players. SU Agen is one of the most famous French teams with a large and enthusiastic local and national following. Local rugby teams, including US Monflanquin also provide excitement and an insight into an important part of local culture.
The world famous Tour de France takes place in July every year, and the tough mountain stages through the Pyrenees are only a couple of hours away. Although the route changes every year, sometime the race passes quite close by, once it ran right through Monflanquin itself.
Keywords: village house with garden, large house with acreage, villa, maison de maitre,
- Vacation Rental
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters
- Pets Not Allowed
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Limited Accessibility
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8
- Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
Bathrooms: 3.5 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils
- Linens Provided
- Wood Stove
- Washing Machine
- DVD Player
- Music Library
- CD Player
- Free Long Distance
- Wireless Internet
- Broadband Access
- Deck / Patio
- Outdoor Grill
Location & View
- Monument View
- Fitness Center
- Horseback Riding
- Sight Seeing
ReviewsWrite a review
Cook, Wine and Dine a la Francais
Cook, Wine and Dine a la Francais
We have just returned from a fabulous week in le chat Kiri (late September) in beautiful Monflaquin. There were just the two of us and we felt very spoilt as the house is definitely large enough for a group of six or eight. My partner is a trained chef and was over the moon with the kitchen and the lovely dining room. The produce, meat, and wine in the local market and shops certainly provided inspiration for evening meals at home, and the croissants from the local bakery are to die for. There is a lot to explore in the surrounding areas with a car (we even travelled up to the famous Lascoux caves), but even without a car there is also plenty to see within walking distance. There are many local walking trails that are well marked and take you on lovely strolls through the country scape. The weather was still warm enough for us to enjoy the outside patio and garden for relaxing lunches with local wine (of course). The house is immaculate and very well equipped, the owners easy to contact and the wifi and free phone calls to North America a bonus.
- Guest Miss Margaret (Vancouver, BC)
- Date of stay 09/22/12
- Review Submitted 10/30/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing, families with young children, romantic getaway, age 55+.
Visiting from Canada
Visiting from Canada
We had a lovely time at Le Chat Kiri and hope to return one day. We are certainly recommending the location to everyone we meet. One of the loveliest aspects for a group of travelling adults is how the house accommodates people coming together but then being able to separate in the large garden and house for private time too. It’s perfect for adults friends or adult families. Not one of us ever felt cramped. The house is very clean and well-maintained with everything you could think of in the way of supplies. Being able to easily access the internet and call home at no charge were wonderful benefits. There are at least 1/2 dozen villages within an hours drive that are definitely worth seeing with Sarlat being a highlight for us. No-one minded our limited French and several English language newspapers are readily available near the bakery. We would love to return one day. Take care and thank you again.
- Guest MEE (Canada)
- Date of stay 05/20/12
- Review Submitted 06/05/12
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, romantic getaway, tourists without a car, age 55+, girls getaway.
House at winter
House at winter
I spent last winter here with my family and would like to express my immense satisfaction with the property. The kitchen is first class as are all of the bathrooms. The house was very cosy during the cold evenings and it's family friendly layout provided plenty of space for the 4 people I was with. It's within walking distance of a very good grocery/hypermarket store (where we were able to buy a Christmast tree!) as well as the community market. The owners were very helpful with any questions I had. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a quiet Christmas vacation in the French countryside.
- Guest Dolloway (Vancouver)
- Date of stay 12/17/10
- Review Submitted 09/28/11
Recommended for: Families with young children, romantic getaway, age 55+, girls getaway.
Well cared for villa!
Well cared for villa!
This is a lovely home in which to enjoy southern France. We have stayed here 3 times now and is even better with the recent renovations. It is lovely to just spend time in the local area relaxing or using this spot as a jumping point for exploring the wine region and visiting other areas of France or even Spain. The first time we stayed we did not rent a car and spent time cycling around the area. The second time we shared the villa with friends and the 7 of us definitely had plenty of room and bathrooms for all to be comfortable. The new kitchen is great and is well stocked. All the appliances worked well and had good instructions for use. It is nice to even spend time in the yard. We have enjoyed many meals ouside under the pergola. Wine, cheese, baguettes and pastry nearby ...... what's not to love about the area. Grocery stores, bakeries and the town are within short walking distance from this home. You'll need to run or bike often on the trails around Monflanquin to keep the calories off! We enjoyed buying at the Thursday market up in the village and trying our French language skills on the locals. We had no problems finding this place, communicating with the owner, and would definitely recommend this property to friends or relatives. The property is clean and well maintained. I'm sure we will be back.
- Guest Pain au chocolat (Vancouver,B.C., Canada)
- Date of stay 04/24/11
- Review Submitted 07/01/11
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, sightseeing, families with young children, romantic getaway, tourists without a car, age 55+, girls getaway.
January to April (Low Season) $900 per week May and June (Shoulder Season) $1200 per week July and August (High Season) $1500 per week September and October (Shoulder Season) $1200 per week November and December (Low Season) $900 per week
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Year Purchased: 2003
About the owner: We have enjoyed vacationing and visiting France for many years, especially the south west. We were staying with friends who rented a ville just outside of Monflanquin, and fell in love with the area, the town and the house. We have finally finished the renovations which allow us to enjoy the ancient (200 plus years old) house while having all modern conveniences. Our neighbours have become our friends and every time we spend time we appreciate the French way or life and way of looking at the world.
Why the Owner Chose Monflanquin:
Food, wine and rugby. All are available in abundance, and are of the highest quality. Whether we cook for ourselves, or enjoy the local restaurants, we enjoy some of the finest food in the world. The butter alone is magical, and the local products available at the markets in Monflanquin and neighbouring towns are unlike anything available in North America.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
We have the rare privilege of living in a house which is close enough to the village to be able to take part in anything that is going on, while the property is large enough that we can enjoy a quiet meal or just relax on the lawn or patio after a glass or two of the fine local wine (or perhaps a Floc de Gascogne). We also have the pleasure of cooking a la francaise on the Lacanche Chagny, although having such a fine instrument does make it much more difficult to blame the stove for any less than perfect dishes. The large property allows us to putter in our rose and iris beds, enjoy the flowers from a wide variety of shrubs and the shade of the trees on our property. We love cycling and spend time in the rolling farm land around the area - there is still so much to discover. The location is unique when it comes to wines as our area borders on a number of excellent wine growing areas: famous Bordeaux to the north west, Bergerac to the north, east is the Cahor region with its dark, fragrant reds, south you'll find Madiran and Buzet. We have discovered what "terroir" really means when the foods from local farmers is matched with the local wines.
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Lovely stone villa with half acre of gardens. 2 min walk to heart of the village
The fully equipped kitchen with view of the village. All newly renovated.
This shows one of three and a half bathrooms. Two bathrooms have walk in showers
Large dinning room, high ceilings & walk out to patios that surround the house.
Two bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms. All newly renovated.
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Date last modified - Friday, May 24, 2013
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