The Moulin


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About this listing

A lovely 2 bedroom cottage with a light airy living room and a small kitchen. 5 minutes walking distance from the beautiful Bastide Monpazier. Also available the Studio and the Barn (See seperate listings).

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A lovely 2 bedroom wooden cottage with a small kitchen. 5 minutes walking distance from the beautiful Bastide Monpazier. Also available the Studio. (See seperate listing)

Le Moulin de Canole is a restored old water mill on the river Dropt within walking distance of the beautiful historic Bastide of Monpazier ( 5 minutes walk) or as the local French would say " la plus beaux Bastide de France". The large open Barn has a fully functional open air kitchen with hotplate, stove and barbecue and a comfortable sitting area for general use. The Moulin is set in 4 Hectares of lush countryside surrounded by trees.


We are there to help if needed.

A Brief History
MONPAZIER

The bastide of Monpazier is one of "Plus beaux villages de France" and, as well as being the best preserved bastide in the Dordogne, it is considered the most typical example of a bastide in the entire south-west of France.

A Brief History

Monpazier was founded in 1284 by King Edward I of England with the help of Pierre de Gontaut, Lord of Biron, and it was only during the reign of King Charles V of France (phone number hidden)) that the bastide became definitively French.
In 1574 treachery allowed the Huguenot captain, Geoffroi de Vivans, to gain control of Monpazier and in 1594 was it was one of the sites of the Peasant’s Revolt (la révolte des Croquants).
In 1594 and 1637 the town of Monpazier was the centre of peasant insurgence, triggered by the terrible conditions following the end of the Wars of Religion. On both occasions the rebellions were violently suppressed.
Despite the ravages of time and war (the Hundred Years War and the Wars of Religion) Monpazier has remained remarkably unchanged during its seven hundred year long existence.

The Bastide

Four hundred metres by two hundred and twenty, the town is perfectly quadrilateral and the streets run parallel to the longest sides from one end of the town to the other. These are crossed by four transversal streets thus dividing the town into rectangular compartments.

Like all bastides the village within the walls is laid out on a grid pattern with straight roads criss-crossing throughout the town. These bastides were built with a very forward-thinking social plan of equality and each house is built on an equal size parcel of land. The houses all have different styles though which makes the resulting village very interesting but very harmonious too.

The central Place des Cornières is surrounded by medieval and seventeenth-century houses.
Unusually, all of Monpazier’s houses were originally exactly the same size and separated from one another by narrow side alleys or «androns » to prevent the spread of fire.

Events

Two particular highlights in the Monpazier calendar are the 'flower festival', held each spring, and the medieval day in the summer - when the town and its residents are dressed in their medieval finery and lots of activities related to medieval times take place. The annual cycle race is interesting. Monpazier has a weekly market on Thursday.


Places of interest to Explore in Monpazier


The Place des Cornières
The square is surrounded by houses whose ground floor form the arches of an arcade. Its old market hall is intact ; the sixteenth-century timber roof frame is supported by wooden pillars which are, in turn, supported by blocks of (website hidden) Dominique’s Church
The church was built in the thirteenth century and added to on various occasions. The unusual ribbed vault nave extends into a polygonal chevet.

The Chapter House

The thirteenth-century, three-storey house situated behind the church used to serve as the tithe barn for stocking harvest produce requisitioned as taxes.

Monpazier was once entirely surrounded by thick defensive walls with six large stone gateways through the walls. Of these you can still see two; one in the north of the town and one in the south.


Walking round Monpazier you can see three distinct types of architecture; medieval houses, classical style houses and bourgeoise houses. The diversity has allowed Monpazier to be classified as a ville-monument (town monument) rather just for each house to be classified monuments.


At the centre of Monpazier is its gorgeous main square. At one end is the wooden halle and surrounding the square are 23 beautiful stone houses, each built with its open arcaded base making commerce possible whatever the weather.

The convent des Recollets began in 1644 and is now used as an exhibition place for exhibitions about the history of Monpazier.

As well as being a beautiful village Monpazier has a few excellent restaurants and has become an excellent choice if you wish to dine out - particularly in the evening when you can sit outside and enjoy the stunning architecture. It also has some lovely boutiques.




One interesting story about Monpazier relates that during the Hundred Years War the Monpazier population set off to plunder the nearby town of Villefranche-du-Perigord. Finding the town quiet they plundered the town and returned to Monpazier. Unfortunately, the reason Villefranche was quiet was that the villagers had chosen that very same night to plunder Monpazier. When the sorry facts emerged, the residents of both Monpazier and Villefranche returned the things that they had taken from each other.


Restaurants in Monpazier

La Table du Moulin at the nearby Moulin de David is wonderful. Not cheap but really excellent food. (phone number hidden)

Bistro 2 is very reliable, a really good menu at a reasonable price and always good. (phone number hidden)

Chez Minou is a pizzeria and often has groups playing on Friday nights which makes for a fun night out. (phone number hidden)

Places to Visit Nearby


Having spent a few hours soaking up the glorious medieval architecture of Monpazier you, or your children, may want to do something a little more energetic. How about the tree adventure park, Parc-en-Ciel, at Lacapelle Biron.

Belves is a great medieval town and even has troglodyte dwellings underneath its main square.


There are some bus routes and we are within walking distance of the Bastide. You are more than welcome to use the bicycles.

A Brief History
The Bastide of Monpazier is one of the "Plus beaux villages de France" and, as well as being the best preserved Bastide in the Dordogne, it is considered the most typical example of a Bastide in the entire south-west of France.
In 1574 treachery allowed the Huguenot captain, Geoffroi de Vivans, to gain control of Monpazier and in 1594 it was one of the sites of the Peasant’s Revolt (la révolte desMonpazier was founded in 1284 by King Edward I of England with the help of Pierre de Gontaut, Lord of Biron, and it was only during the reign of King Charles V of France (phone number hidden)) that the Bastide became definitively French.

Croquants). Despite the ravages of time and war (the Hundred Years War and the Wars of Religion) Monpazier has remained remarkably unchanged during its seven hundred year long existence.

All three options, the Cottage, the Studio or the Barn, have their own independent access.

We are there to help if needed.

A Brief History
MONPAZIER

The bastide of Monpazier is one of "Plus beaux villages de France" and, as well as being the best preserved bastide in the Dordogne, it is considered the most typical example of a bastide in the entire south-west of France.

A Brief History

Monpazier was founded in 1284 by King Edward I of England with the help of Pierre de Gontaut, Lord of Biron, and it was only during the reign of King Charles V of France (phone number hidden)) that the bastide became definitively French.
In 1574 treachery allowed the Huguenot captain, Geoffroi de Vivans, to gain control of Monpazier and in 1594 was it was one of the sites of the Peasant’s Revolt (la révolte des Croquants).
In 1594 and 1637 the town of Monpazier was the centre of peasant insurgence, triggered by the terrible conditions following the end of the Wars of Religion. On both occasions the rebellions were violently suppressed.
Despite the ravages of time and war (the Hundred Years War and the Wars of Religion) Monpazier has remained remarkably unchanged during its seven hundred year long existence.

The Bastide

Four hundred metres by two hundred and twenty, the town is perfectly quadrilateral and the streets run parallel to the longest sides from one end of the town to the other. These are crossed by four transversal streets thus dividing the town into rectangular compartments.

Like all bastides the village within the walls is laid out on a grid pattern with straight roads criss-crossing throughout the town. These bastides were built with a very forward-thinking social plan of equality and each house is built on an equal size parcel of land. The houses all have different styles though which makes the resulting village very interesting but very harmonious too.

The central Place des Cornières is surrounded by medieval and seventeenth-century houses.
Unusually, all of Monpazier’s houses were originally exactly the same size and separated from one another by narrow side alleys or «androns » to prevent the spread of fire.

Events

Two particular highlights in the Monpazier calendar are the 'flower festival', held each spring, and the medieval day in the summer - when the town and its residents are dressed in their medieval finery and lots of activities related to medieval times take place. The annual cycle race is interesting. Monpazier has a weekly market on Thursday.


Places of interest to Explore in Monpazier


The Place des Cornières
The square is surrounded by houses whose ground floor form the arches of an arcade. Its old market hall is intact ; the sixteenth-century timber roof frame is supported by wooden pillars which are, in turn, supported by blocks of (website hidden) Dominique’s Church
The church was built in the thirteenth century and added to on various occasions. The unusual ribbed vault nave extends into a polygonal chevet.

The Chapter House

The thirteenth-century, three-storey house situated behind the church used to serve as the tithe barn for stocking harvest produce requisitioned as taxes.

Monpazier was once entirely surrounded by thick defensive walls with six large stone gateways through the walls. Of these you can still see two; one in the north of the town and one in the south.


Walking round Monpazier you can see three distinct types of architecture; medieval houses, classical style houses and bourgeoise houses. The diversity has allowed Monpazier to be classified as a ville-monument (town monument) rather just for each house to be classified monuments.


At the centre of Monpazier is its gorgeous main square. At one end is the wooden halle and surrounding the square are 23 beautiful stone houses, each built with its open arcaded base making commerce possible whatever the weather.

The convent des Recollets began in 1644 and is now used as an exhibition place for exhibitions about the history of Monpazier.

As well as being a beautiful village Monpazier has a few excellent restaurants and has become an excellent choice if you wish to dine out - particularly in the evening when you can sit outside and enjoy the stunning architecture. It also has some lovely boutiques.




One interesting story about Monpazier relates that during the Hundred Years War the Monpazier population set off to plunder the nearby town of Villefranche-du-Perigord. Finding the town quiet they plundered the town and returned to Monpazier. Unfortunately, the reason Villefranche was quiet was that the villagers had chosen that very same night to plunder Monpazier. When the sorry facts emerged, the residents of both Monpazier and Villefranche returned the things that they had taken from each other.


Restaurants in Monpazier

La Table du Moulin at the nearby Moulin de David is wonderful. Not cheap but really excellent food. (phone number hidden)

Bistro 2 is very reliable, a really good menu at a reasonable price and always good. (phone number hidden)

Chez Minou is a pizzeria and often has groups playing on Friday nights which makes for a fun night out. (phone number hidden)

Places to Visit Nearby


Having spent a few hours soaking up the glorious medieval architecture of Monpazier you, or your children, may want to do something a little more energetic. How about the tree adventure park, Parc-en-Ciel, at Lacapelle Biron.

Belves is a great medieval town and even has troglodyte dwellings underneath its main square.

There are some bus routes and we are within walking distance of the Bastide. You are more than welcome to use the bicycles.

A Brief History
The Bastide of Monpazier is one of the "Plus beaux villages de France" and, as well as being the best preserved Bastide in the Dordogne, it is considered the most typical example of a Bastide in the entire south-west of France.
In 1574 treachery allowed the Huguenot captain, Geoffroi de Vivans, to gain control of Monpazier and in 1594 it was one of the sites of the Peasant’s Revolt (la révolte desMonpazier was founded in 1284 by King Edward I of England with the help of Pierre de Gontaut, Lord of Biron, and it was only during the reign of King Charles V of France (phone number hidden)) that the Bastide became definitively French.

Croquants). Despite the ravages of time and war (the Hundred Years War and the Wars of Religion) Monpazier has remained remarkably unchanged during its seven hundred year long existence.

Guest access

All three options, the Cottage, the Studio and the Barn have their own independent access.

Interaction with guests

We are there to help if needed.

Other things to note

A Brief History
The Bastide of Monpazier is one of the "Plus beaux villages de France" and, as well as being the best preserved Bastide in the Dordogne, it is considered the most typical example of a Bastide in the entire south-west of France.
In 1574 treachery allowed the Huguenot captain, Geoffroi de Vivans, to gain control of Monpazier and in 1594 it was one of the sites of the Peasant’s Revolt (la révolte desMonpazier was founded in 1284 by King Edward I of England with the help of Pierre de Gontaut, Lord of Biron, and it was only during the reign of King Charles V of France (phone number hidden)) that the Bastide became definitively French.

Croquants). Despite the ravages of time and war (the Hundred Years War and the Wars of Religion) Monpazier has remained remarkably unchanged during its seven hundred year long existence.


The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 2
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Pet Owner: Cat(s) and other pet(s)
Room type: Entire home/flat

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House Rules

No smoking in the cottage...


Cancellations

Strict

Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.


Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

Availability
3 nights minimum stay

13 Reviews


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Laurence User Profile
August 2016
Laurens is a very friendly and reliable host. We really enjoyed our stay and the kids were so happy. Do not miss le marché de Monpazier on Thursdays. Thank you for everything.

Peter User Profile
August 2016
We had a very enjoyable and tranquil stay, and we found Laurens and Jane very warm and welcoming. We particularly enjoyed sitting under the stars and the bamboo forest is a lovely feature. Our three-year-old said it was an awesome place to stay and the electric fan was a particular highlight for him. We will definitely look up some of your films when we get home!

Timo User Profile
August 2016
Fantastic spot at a great location near the lovely town of Monpazier. The unique advantage of this place are that it combines the tranquility of the countryside while having a lovely town on a five minute walk. We stayed here with our baby and toddler, and it was great to have access to the 4 hectares of land around the Moulin. Laurens brought us fresh produce from his garden on a regular basis, provided toys for the kids and offered us to take his lovely dog Cass for a walk. Laurens was very accessible and sociable throughout our stay.

Roland User Profile
May 2016
On arrival, Jane offered us a cup of tea and made us feel like at home. Lovely place very close to Monpazier Bastide and an excellent location for exploring the beautiful medieval villages and the numerous chateaus throughout the Dordogne valley.

Janet User Profile
October 2015
The spacious cottage in the lovely valley at Moulin de Canole was the perfect spot for our vacation. We took great walks in the countryside just by stepping out the door. So many sites were only a short drive away. Monpazier is a gem – we had several meals there – and is only a 5-minute walk from the cottage. Laurens was friendly and always ready to go out of his way to ensure our stay was happy and comfortable.

Annemarie User Profile
August 2015
The chalet is in a very quiet environment, very green, and has an open view to a field. We slept very well (good beds!) and could be very lazy with reading, a little writing and painting! It is built on the land of Laurens and Jane whom we had very nice contact with. Laurens gave some tips for restaurants and where best to go canooing. They made us feel very welcome and we would definitely consider coming again!

Bastien User Profile
November 2014
Very nice

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Laurens & Jane User Profile

Laurens is a film director and sculptor and Jane is a casting director and potter. We bought and restored (on going process) the Mill with the idea of having an artist residency and small sculpture park. It's a long process but we are getting there.....

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