Lovely, spacious country house set in 5 acres of private grounds on the edge of beautiful, hilltop town with all amenities.
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, living room with UK satellite TV channels and Wi-Fi internet.
iPod connection to Hi-Fi. Blu-Ray DVD player.
Charming conservatory opens onto the large 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 12 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 min walk or 2 min 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.
Separate WC and hand basin
Living room with beamed ceiling and floor-to-ceiling fireplace. Flat-screen TV with UK satellite channels, Blu-Ray DVD and CD player. iPod connection to Hi-Fi
Conservatory with chairs and sofa. Door to garden
Dining room with fireplace, dining table and chairs
Stairs to mezzanine office
Kitchen with insert fireplace. American-style fridge freezer, dishwasher, oven and hob, microwave
Dining table and chairs. Door to dining terrace
Utility room with washing machine, electric hob, oven and extractor hood. Two fridges
Bedroom 1, double with ensuite WC, sunken bath / shower, hand basin and separate shower
Flat-screen TV (for DVD viewing and games only) 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 bathroom with shower and hand basin
Living / reading room with large, wide-screen TV (for DVD viewing and games only) and DVD player
Door to balcony
Exterior access to Pigeonnier tower;
(On three levels)
Stairs up to;
Bedroom 6, double with ensuite WC, shower and hand basin
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
Private pool 12 x 6m
Sun terrace with loungers
Private drive with plenty of parking including covered parking for 2 cars
Map showing: Monflanquin
Map & local information
The property is located 2 min drive from the beautifully picturesque, hilltop village of Monflanquin, 30 min south of Bergerac (town and international airport).
15 - 20 min walk into the village.
Monflanquin is an old bastide town with winding streets and fabulous views. All amenities in the village including large supermarket, cafés, restaurants, bakeries. Traditional street market every Thursday morning.
The Dordogne 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 min) 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 min 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.
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.
Prices & booking
|From||To||Weekly rental rates||Euros||Sterling *||US Dollars *|
|28/06/2014||30/08/2014||July & August||€ 3,775||£ 3,116||$ 5,171|
|30/08/2014||01/11/2014||September & October||€ 1,995||£ 1,646||$ 2,733|
|All Dates||Refundable Security Bond||€ 500||-||-|
Terms & Conditions
"Clairefontaine was magnificent and we had a great week there."
"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!"
"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
"A fabulous property with plenty of room for large family groups. It provides a luxurious vacationing experience in such a lovely part of France and wants for nothing in terms of amenities and the living facilities it offers."
The Hamiltons, Blairs & McGills
"What a wonderful home for a fabulous holiday!. Go to the market in town on a Thursday morning for local produce. Domme is very pretty as is La Roque Gageac"
The Phillips, Draper and Brown families
"What a beautiful house – we didn’t stop saying “wow” all week! So many well thought out little extras which added to our enjoyment. We will be back!”"
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South West France self-catering vacation country home, Monflanquin in Lot-et-Garonne, France with private pool...
South West France self-catering vacation country home, Monflanquin in Lot-et-Garonne, France with private pool.
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Self-catering vacation country home in South West France with private pool