Our Old French home is located in the heart of the village of Monflanquin which has been awarded the distinction of being "one of the most beautiful villages in France". The home itself was built just before Columbus discovered America in the year 1480. The home exudes the character of that age with its great stone walls and wonderful original wooden beams. However, the home also provides all the amenities that the modern traveller of today would expect. In addition, the home has also been furnished to the highest standard and features, comfortable modern leather furniture, wonderful 18th century antiques, spectacular period Voltaire chairs, and hand crafted wrought iron beds with luxurious linens. Finally, the walls of the home have been graced with wonderful original paintings that capture the imagination of life in the French countryside.
As you enter the home, you will be greeted by "Father Time" as the sense of history will become clearly evident. You have now entered the original stable and hayloft, the one time home of the owner's livestock. Looking upwards of 15 feet (5 metres), you will notice the great oak old beams and also a slight contradiction. Hanging only a few feet above your head is a magificent 19th century 16 bulb chandelier. This chandelier will illuminate the great stone walls and also the wonderful relaxing space contained within them. Here you can relax and drink in the atmosphere of yesterday, or if you wish, enjoy the modern conveniences of the HDTV.
The hayloft, located just above the entrance floor was once an area of hard work. It has now been transformed into a cozy and comfortable bedroom.
Here you can sleep under thick timbers in a well appointed queen size bed.
Further up a few stairs, you will reach the first floor. This area was once the family living quarters. Today however, it contains a very well equipped modern kitchen, our dining area and also a second sitting and relaxing area with a wood burning fireplace. The sunlight beams into the first floor throught two large windows. Looking out the windows, one can see the pattern of clay tile roofs that help create the majesty of the village itself. Also on this floor, is the laundry room and washroom and shower.
A few further steps upward again and one has reached the second floor. This floor offers two wonderfully furnished bedrooms and another large washroom and shower. Here you can really feel the combination of the old historicial wood floors with the modern luxury of the beds and there linens.
Living in the village of Monflanquin will certainly provide you with the best of both worlds. Here perched high on the 80 metre (240 ft) hilltop, you will immediately feel connected to the french countryside. Every glance downware into the beauty of the sunflower fields and vineyards will inspire you.
The village of Monflanquin itself is a hidden treasure. The village boasts 10 wonderful restaurants, and village stolls that you will soon not forget. The medieval square is the host for all sorts of interesting activities. From, historical merchant market days, to art festivals, flower or antique shows, evening community meals to music and dancing, or medieval festivals, you can experience it all by staying here. And the best news yet, our old french home is located right in the heart of the village, only metres from the medieval square.
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15th C Home with nearby pool in Monflanquin Monflanquin, Aquitaine, France
Additional Location Information
Monflanquin is located in a region which is known as France's "Tuscany". It is located just 60 miles from Bordeaux or 68 miles from Toulouse. The village is nestled in an area where hidden castles abound, lazy rivers flow and prehistoric man roamed and painted the first cave art on the continent. The area offers wonderful opportunities for just lazy days of touring the surrounding villages and markets, peacefully cycling through the countryside, or historical romping throughout the various castles in the region. If its more excitement you seek, why not try exciting canoe rides through areas once settled by prehistoric man or horseback riding, golfing, swimming, hot air ballooning or perhaps a sightseeing tour in a small aircraft over the countryside. Plenty to be done here, and after all your adventures, why not just relax over a nice glass of the local wine.
Left on 04/28/2011 for a stay in April 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Apr 28, 2011Stayed Apr 2011
I've always enjoyed visiting and exploring France and the choice of "Entouré de tournesols" for my latest excursion was the perfect base for Southern France. The home is ideally located to explore the nearby countryside with many lazy days doing exactly that. The home itself is stunning, with all the comforts of home and wonderfully decorated. Monflanquin lives up to its reputation of being " one of the most beautiful villages in France." The home is just a few short steps from the main square and centrally situated to sample the great food and wine that the village has to offer. It was the perfect destination for a romantic getaway!
“Beautiful house in a charming 13th century hilltop village”
Left on 11/11/2010 for a stay in September 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Nov 11, 2010Stayed Sep 2010
The house on rue de l'Union in Monflanquin is delightful. The kitchen is well equipped with Ikea utensils, housewares, and pots and pans. We cooked many gourmet meals in the large kitchen. The bedrooms were large with very comfortable beds and nice bedding. Bathrooms (and all rooms) were very clean with newly painted walls and carpet. It was nice to have a washer and drying rack available. The location is fantastic - just around the corner from the main square, which also has several good restaurants. The Thursday market is absolutely wonderful, you can get anything you need; fruits and vegetables, meats and seafood, charcuterie, fois gras, wine, dried fruits and nuts, olive oil, bread, and of course cheese. A larger shopping center can be found within 2 miles of the house.
This was our third trip to Monflanquin and we would stay in this house again. We highly recommend it to others looking for a large and spacious accomodation in a beautiful hilltop village.
Left on 11/05/2010 for a stay in October 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Nov 5, 2010Stayed Oct 2010
Spent a week in this quaint and charming four-story property comfortably nestled in beautiful rural France and located centrally for a range of daily adventures in nearby castles, caves and vineyards. Coming home at night, we felt we were entering a miniature private castle. Bed was cozy, the fireplace warmed our hearts, and we woke to the sounds of pigeons cooing in the rooftops before heading out for fresh bread and cheese (and wine!) at market. Place was squeaky-clean, tastefully decorated and exactly what we needed as a unique honeymoon homebase.
“Beautiful gem in the south of France exceeded our expectations..”
Left on 10/20/2010 for a stay in September 2010 | alucenoReviewed Oct 20, 2010Stayed Sep 2010
Prior to my stay the exchanges with Gary (owner) were positive, professional and helpful. We picked up the keys as instructed and all was well. I'd expected a clean and furninshed home, and got so much more. The decor, deluxe modern and antique furnishing, and appliances were blended perfectly into this extremely cosy and functional home. The artwork and colour scheme of the home are original and lively, and the bedrooms were abolutely glorious. Be it in town, or the countryside, we found so many things to see. Everything there is just so charming. As we love great food and wine, we found ourselves in our own personal heaven sampling all the culinary treats the region has to offer. I hope to do this trip again because the time we spent there was too short, and we'll look to stay in this very place when we return.
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