La Maison de Mouchi France, South West & The Dordogne

Ivy-clad on one side, half-timbered on another and surrounded by orchards, this ancient building feels like the very essence of rural France. The house sits on the edge of the hamlet of Monteton, a sleeping beauty that stirs only to welcome visitors to its small, summer-season restaurant and rather fine church.

Maison de Mouchi has been tinkered with over time and the current property is a mix of 12th and 16th-century architecture. The layout is a little quirky, which is entirely forgivable in a 900-year-old house, yet nonetheless comfortable and surprisingly stylish. Perhaps only the French could carry off bold contemporary paintings hung on bare 12th-century walls, and abstract sculptures set next to elaborate gilt mirrors, but the overall effect is both original and chic. With five bedrooms the house works well for a party of friends or perhaps two families, though very young or elderly legs may find the various steps and levels challenging.

Steps lead down from a large covered terrace to the expansive garden and swimming pool, surrounded by lawns with views over the plum orchards and open farmland. This is a wonderfully peaceful spot to read, snooze and enjoy the soothing warmth of the southern sun, and when you inevitably end up feeling too relaxed to want to move far, it’s a very short stroll to the restaurant across the road. The owners of Maison du Mouchi also live in the hamlet and can provide a meal service on request.

Monteton sits on border of the Dordogne and Lot-et-Garonne regions, bringing both areas into easy reach. Numerous cycle routes cross the region, and you’ll find five golf courses within a 30km radius. For more leisurely sightseeing, don’t miss Duras, famous for its castle and excellent wines, and the beautiful old town of Bergerac on the northern banks of the Dordogne.

 

Accommodation:
  • 5 bedroom house (sleeps 12)
  • Changeover day – Saturday
Ground floor:
  • Main entrance
  • Living room
  • Double bedroom (can be made into twin beds) with additional single bed
  • Double bedroom (can be made into twin beds)
  • Bathroom
  • Separate WC
Lower ground floor:
  • Dining room/kitchen area leads to terrace
  • Laundry room
  • WC
First floor:
  • Double bedroom
  • Bathroom with separate shower
  • Separate WC
  • Single bedroom
  • Bedroom with double bed on an upper level and single bed on a lower level, steps lead up into loft space with double bed (can be made into twin beds)
General:
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Cot (no linen) and highchair
  • 2 Satellite TVs, DVD and CD players
  • Table tennis
  • Barbecue
  • Private swimming pool 14.5m x 5.8m (depth 0.3m – 2.5m), security alarm, Roman steps, open end-May to end-September
  • Due to the many levels inside and outside, this property may not be suitable for the elderly and small children
  • Security deposit £1,000
Complimentary wifi:
  • We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control, such as adverse weather conditions, reliability can be affected.
Services:
  • Bed linen, bath and pool towels are provided
  • Weekly linen change for bookings of one week or more
  • Cleaning 2-3 hours/week on Wednesdays included (and on Saturdays for rentals of two weeks or more)
  • Additional cleaning €18/hour (minimum 2 hours) 
  • Owners can supply meals (on request)
  • All services payable locally
  • Prices quoted are subject to change
Access times:
  • Check-in time – 4.00-7.00pm
  • Check-out time – 10.00am

Although perhaps less picture-postcard pretty than the Dordogne, the Lot-et-Garonne has a particular charm of its own. One of the smallest départements in France, it nevertheless has plenty of interesting places to visit, including most bastide towns, scattered throughout the very pleasant, mostly agricultural landscape. Monflanquin, Villeréal, and the château at Duras give testimony to battles fought long ago. Villeneuve-sur-Lot is a pleasant riverside bastide town with an attractive old quarter, and nearby 13th-century Penne d’Agenais with narrow alleys winding up to the top of a hill where a more modern basilica perches, Peyragude, a small-scale version of Sacré Coeur. Another fortified village, Vianne, has become a famous centre for fine crystal glassworks, and is known for its vibrant Friday marché nocturne. Agen, on the Garonne, boasts the best art museum in the area with several paintings by Goya. For a hopefully leisurely day’s outing, you can hire a small boat to cruise down the River Baïse, starting at Nérac, Henri IV’s youthful residence, which also has a fine market.

Shops and Services

  • Villages
    • Allemans-du-Dropt (4km) nearest food shops
    • Duras (11km) larger selection of shops and services including supermarkets
  • Towns
    • Miramont-de-Guyenne (11km)
    • Eymet (15km)
    • Marmande (19km)
    • Bergerac (40km)
    • Nérac (70km)
    • Agen (75km)

Market Days

  • Miramont (11km): Monday
  • Eymet (15km): Thursday

Recommended Restaurants

  • Clochers XIII, Monteton (350m)
  • Seyches (12km): Le Vieux Porche
  • Duras (11km): Hostellerie Des Ducs
These restaurants have been recommended by our owners and this list is updated by us as often as possible. Their ownership and quality may have changed since the list was last updated
 

Places to See

  • Duras (11km), famous for its castle and good wines, and has extensive sports facilities
  • Miramont (11km) has a lovely main square and church
  • Eymet (15km) is a beautiful 13th century medieval fortified town

Regional Food and Wine

  • The area is famous for Pruneaux d'Agen, foie gras, duck and truffles
  • The Bergerac Appellation produces some excellent red and white wines and wines are also available from the Bordeaux, Duras and Cahors wine growing areas

Activities

  • Tennis court: Duras (11km)
  • Bicycle hire: Duras (11km)
  • Horse riding: Duras (11km)
  • 9 hole golf courses: La Sauvetat (5km), Boissec (8km), Marmande (22km)
  • 18 hole golf courses: Tombeboeuf (24km), Golf des Vigiers at Monestier (27km)
  • Numerous cycling tracks including a disused railway line running between Sauveterre-de-Guyenne (40km) and Bordeaux (102km)
  • Hot air ballooning at Saint-Jean-de-Duras (11km)

Getting There

  • Airports
    • Bergerac 41km
    • Bordeaux 113km
    • Brive-la-Gaillarde 156km
  • Ferry ports
    • St-Malo 636km
    • Caen-Ouistreham 723km
    • Le Havre 791km
    • Cherbourg 798km
    • Calais 915km
  • TGV stations
    • Libourne 60km
    • Agen 70km
    • Bordeaux 104km
 

 

Although this property is booked on an accommodation-only basis, we can arrange your flights too for an extra charge of £25 per person, plus the cost of the flights themselves.

Below are the flight options available, including the most convenient airports in France to help you reach your destination as quickly and easily as possible.

Bergerac 41km/40min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Stansted Ryanair Sat/Sun All season
Bristol Ryanair Saturday 4 Jun - 24 Sep
East Midlands Ryanair Sunday All season
Liverpool Ryanair Saturday All season
Leeds Bradford Jet 2 Saturday 23 May - 25 Sep
Southhampton Flybe Sat/Sun All season
Exeter Flybe Saturday 28 May - 17 Sep
Birmingham Flybe Sat/Sun 28 May - 10 Sep (Sat)
3 Jul - 4 Sep (Sun)
Manchester Flybe Sat/Sun 2 Jul - 3 Sep (Sat)
27 Mar - 25 Sep (Sun)
Edinburgh Flybe Saturday 28 May - 10 Sep

 

Bordeaux 113km/1hr20min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Gatwick British Airways Sat/Sun All season
London Gatwick easyJet Sat/Sun All season
London Luton easyJet Sat/Sun All season
London Stansted Ryanair Sat/Sun 2 Apr - 29 Oct (Sat)
3 Jul - 25 Sep (Sun)
Bristol easyJet Sat/Sun 2 Apr - 29 Oct
Liverpool easyJet Saturday 28 May - 24 Sep
Belfast easyJet Saturday 21 May - 3 Sep
Edinburgh Ryanair Sat/Sun 19 May - 29 Oct (Sat)
3 Jul - 28 Aug (Sun)
Southampton Flybe Sat/Sun 28 May - 10 Sep (Sat)
7 Aug - 28 Aug (Sun)
Birmingham Flybe Sat/Sun 27 May - 29 Oct
Cardiff Flybe Saturday 11 Jun

 

Brive-la-Gaillarde 156km/2hr drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Stansted Ryanair Saturday 2 Apr - 29 Oct

 

 

  1 April 8 April 15 April 22 April 29 April
La Maison de Mouchi 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  6 May 13 May 20 May 27 May
La Maison de Mouchi 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  3 June 10 June 17 June 24 June
La Maison de Mouchi 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   2,645 5,289 2,645 5,547 2,903 5,805 2,903 6,074
  1 July 8 July 15 July 22 July 29 July
La Maison de Mouchi 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   3,171 6,343 3,171 6,611 3,440 SOLD SOLD SOLD 3,548 7,095
  5 August 12 August 19 August 26 August
La Maison de Mouchi 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   3,548 7,095 3,548 6,719 3,171 SOLD SOLD SOLD
  2 September 9 September 16 September 23 September 30 September
La Maison de Mouchi 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD 2,580 5,106 2,526 4,999 2,473 SOLD SOLD SOLD
  7 October 14 October 21 October 28 October
La Maison de Mouchi 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD

†  Flight availability is limited on your chosen dates.

Please call us for assistance with your holiday on 020 8392 5872.

Please note that some properties are available for a two week duration only during peak summer periods.

Booking Conditions

YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE INCLUDES
  • Prices are in pounds sterling and are for the accommodation only for the guests named on your invoice
  • The assistance of the property owner, housekeeper or concierge
  • Information book in your accommodation
YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
  • Any breakages, damage, losses, extra cleaning or outstanding accounts incurred during your stay 
  • Visas 
  • Holiday travel insurance
  • Airfares, car hire or transfers
INFANTS
One cot and one highchair are provided free of charge in our self-catering properties.  Additional cots and highchairs may be available upon request.
 
PLACING AN OPTION
In order to allow you to co-ordinate your holiday arrangements with friends and family, in many cases we are able to hold an option for up to 24 hours before confirming your booking.
 
PAYING FOR YOUR HOLIDAY
In order to confirm your booking a deposit of 30% of the accommodation cost is required.  This payment is non-refundable. The balance payment for your holiday should be paid at least 10 weeks prior to your departure. We accept most debit cards and credit cards, and personal cheques. All payments made by credit card will be subject to a 1.25% charge* reflecting our incurred costs. (*American Express is subject to a 2% charge.) 
 
Please familiarise yourself with our full booking terms including our cancellation policy here.
 
SECURITY DEPOSIT
Most of our self-catering accommodation is privately owned and sometimes it is the owner’s main residence, which they vacate for the summer season. In order to protect the furnishings and fittings, some owners require a security deposit which is collected 3 weeks prior to departure. The deposit will be refunded in full within 7 days of your return provided there is no damage or additional cleaning required and the property remains in the same condition as upon arrival. If a security deposit is applicable, the amount required will be stated in the Details section of the property. Please alert the owner/caretaker to any breakages or damages during your stay.
 
A Security Form may be presented to you by the owner or caretaker on arrival and on departure for your signature.
 
TRAVEL INSURANCE
It is compulsory that all our guests have comprehensive travel insurance and we will need full details of your policy at the time of booking or before you travel.
 
FINAL DOCUMENTATION
Your travel documents are available to download and print 2 weeks prior to departure via our Manage My Booking facility on our website provided you have paid in full.
 
PASSPORTS AND VISAS
It is your responsibility to be in possession of a valid passport and any necessary visas. EU citizens do not need a visa to travel to France. If you are a non-EU citizen then you should check with your own embassy for the entry/re-entry requirements necessary for your journey. Children not on an accompanying parent’s passport before October 1998 are now required to hold their own passport if they are under 16 years. If you do not have a passport, it is recommended to apply at least 6 weeks before your holiday. Passports should be valid for 6 months after your return date.
 
FOREIGN OFFICE ADVICE BEFORE YOU TRAVEL
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office provides up-to-date travel information to help British travellers make informed decisions about travelling abroad. Should you wish to check their advice or information about the destination you are travelling to, please visit their website: www.fco.gov.uk/en or call 020 7008 1500.
 
 
ACCOMMODATION AND USEFUL INFORMATION
 
Air-conditioning and heating
We have indicated in the property descriptions which accommodation has air-conditioning included in the holiday price. Heating is available in some of our properties during the low season weeks, which is normally included in the holiday price.
 
Animals and wildlife
As in all rural communities, indigenous animals are an essential part of the way of life. The braying of a donkey, crow of a cockerel or the barking of a dog is not a complaint that receives much sympathy from the locals! Care should be taken to minimise the presence of insects and animals in your accommodation. Keep surfaces clean, dispose of refuse regularly and ensure that food is not left uncovered. Cats and dogs are often resident where an owner or manager lives on the property. If you are allergic to cats and/or dogs please ensure that you check the suitability of your chosen accommodation with us prior to confirming your booking.
 
Barbecues
We have specified if a barbecue is available at your accommodation. Please note that often in summer, due to the hot weather, use of your barbecue may not be allowed and/or strict rules for its use may apply. The local or national government reserves the right to introduce new rulings at any time, often with little prior notice, prohibiting the use of barbecues to reduce the risk of fires. Where a barbecue is not provided, it is usually because the surroundings are considered a fire risk or inappropriate for the use of barbecues.
 
Beach/pool towels
Beach/pool towels are provided in all our self-catering properties and these are normally laundered weekly.
 
Beds
Please note that a double bed could be two single beds placed together. French bed sizes vary and can be 140cm.
 
Check-in and check-out
You will usually be able to occupy your accommodation between 4-7pm and you should vacate it on the day of departure before 10am. Please refer to specific property details for exact times. 
 
Cleaning
All our properties are cleaned for your arrival. The details section of each property has further information regarding the cleaning schedule. If additional cleaning is required, please contact us to arrange this in advance of travel. Please note additional charges will apply.
 
Distances and timings
Please note that all walking and driving times stated are approximate estimates only. Transfer times are also approximate estimates only and do not include any waiting time.
 
Electricity
The voltage in France is 220-240v and is compatible with appliances used in the UK but you will need a plug adaptor. These are widely available in high street shops, airports, and on cross-Channel ferries.
 
French time
The time difference between the UK and France has been standardised and France is always one hour ahead of the UK. Arrival and departure times at villas are given in French time. 
 
Health and safety
Simpson Travel is committed to raising the standards of health and safety throughout all our destinations. Our guests’ safety and wellbeing is of the highest importance to us. However, please note that since many of our properties are private homes, it is not always possible to meet the same exacting standards as in the UK. In your accommodation we will provide any necessary health and safety information. We ask you to familiarise yourself with this information and the property on arrival, particularly when travelling with children, and to raise any concerns with the Simpson Travel telephone representative.
 
Internet access and wifi
Internet access and wifi is available when stated in the relevant accommodation description details. Please note there may be restrictions with the availability and speed of the service transmitted by the local provider and technical issues may cause temporary withdrawal of internet facilities. We are unable to accept responsibility for any down time or consequences of using this service and refund/compensation cannot be offered due to circumstances beyond our control such as adverse weather conditions.
 
Linen and laundry
Bed and bathroom linen is provided weekly. For your convenience all of our properties in France have a washing machine and most have a tumble dryer.
 
Money
Banking hours vary throughout France. Some banks are open weekdays from 09:00 to 17:00, often with a long lunch break which can be from 12:00 to 14:00; others open on Saturday and close on Mondays. A few banks still close at 15:30. Most Post Offices offer Bureau de Change services and are open for much longer hours, sometimes 08:00 to 19:00 on weekdays, and on Saturdays 08:00 to 12:00. 
 
Avoid taking large denomination Euro notes as they may not be easily changed due to strict money-laundering regulations. Supermarkets will not accept 500 Euro notes for purchases below 200 Euros. 
 
Automatic teller machines, available in all towns and some villages, make a charge for international cash withdrawals. Users are allowed only two attempts at entering their correct PIN before the card is retained by the machine and can only be retrieved from the bank. 
 
Motoring in France
We recommend you check with a motoring organisation in case of any changes or additions to the information below.
 
Breakdown on a motorway: 
1) Emergency telephones are located every 1.5 miles (2.4km) on the motorway
2) Each phone is linked to the local police station which can automatically locate you and send out an approved repair service
3) The repair service rates are regulated and vary between 70 and 90 but be aware that between 18.00 and 08.00, as well as on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, the service rates go up by an additional 25%.
 
Children: Children under ten years of age may not travel in the front seat, except babies aged less under nine months and weighing less than 9kg, strapped into an approved rear-facing baby seat. Never fit a rear-facing baby seat in a seat with a front airbag. Children in the rear seats weighing 9-15kg must sit in a child seat and over 15kg on a booster cushion in conjunction with a standard seat belt. 
 
Drinking and driving: The maximum permitted level of alcohol is 0.05 per cent, lower than the UK limit. The penalties for exceeding the limit reflect the severity of the infringement and range from an on-the-spot fine, confiscation of driving licence, confiscation of vehicle and a term of imprisonment. Random tests are permissible in France.
 
Driving licence: The minimum age for driving in France is 18 on a full UK licence. European insurance cover is required.
 
Drugs: Saliva drug tests have been introduced in France, with similar penalties to those for drivers shown to be under the influence of alcohol. 
 
Fines: French police are authorised to levy on-the-spot fines for a variety of motoring offences and will give a receipt. Credit cards are not accepted. Drivers with insufficient means to pay may have their licences confiscated until they are able to pay.
 
First aid kit: A vehicle first aid kit, although a wise precaution, is not compulsory in France.
 
Fuel: Unleaded petrol, 95 and 98 octane, LPG and diesel (known as ‘gazole’) are available in France. 
 
Mobile phones: The use of hand-held mobile phones while driving is strictly prohibited.
 
Priority: All roads of any significance have right of way known as 'passage protégé'. In built-up areas, however, for roads of equal importance, France still operates a system of priority for traffic coming from the right, 'priorité à droite'. At the entrances to roundabouts carrying the sign ‘Vous n’avez pas la priorité’, or ‘Cédez le passage’, traffic already on the roundabout has priority. If a French driver flashes his headlights, he is not allowing you to go first but letting you know he has the right of way.
 
Radars: Radar detection devices are illegal in France and their use may result in a heavy fine. Even devices that are not in use may be confiscated by police and the driver fined. 
 
Seat belts: Seat belts are compulsory for front and rear seat passengers.
 
Vehicle Registration Certificate: You must carry your vehicle registration certificate (V5C) or, if the vehicle is not registered in your name, a letter from the registered owner giving you permission to take the vehicle into France.
 
Noise and building works
Traffic, farm work, roadwork, animals and other sounds form part of everyday life, however, what constitutes ‘noise’ to one person may not be a problem for another. Please let us know if you have any special needs regarding this. Occasionally, building work is unavoidable as we do not control such work and may not know about it in advance. Whenever possible, we will notify you of any work that we believe may affect your holiday.
 
Occupancy
Only guests named on your invoice are entitled to occupy the accommodation.
 
Satellite television & DVD players
French satellite broadcast systems and DVD players sometimes operate on a different system to those in the UK. Some DVD players at our properties cannot play UK DVDs. Satellite channels available in the UK may not be available in France, and at some villas programmes may be broadcast in French only.
 
Seasonal facilities
Some facilities are subject to weather conditions and the general season, for example swimming pools, restaurant terraces and courtyards, pool bars, local restaurants, and they may be limited or unavailable at the beginning or end of the season. Please do not hesitate to check with us, should a particular facility be a necessity to you.
 
Sewage systems
Most country houses in France have septic tanks to handle the sewage system. It is essential that nothing other than toilet paper and natural waste be put down the toilet. Blockage of the system can lead to unpleasant smells and may take days to clear. A repair charge may also be payable.
 
Swimming pools
Swimming pool details are given on our website. Pool dimensions are approximate only and, unless specified otherwise, pools are freshwater and unheated. Dates when pools are operational are subject to the prevailing weather conditions at the time of opening and closing and we cannot be held responsible if poor weather means the pool is opened later, or is closed earlier in the season.
 
Upon arrival at your accommodation, we kindly ask you to acquaint yourselves with the pool’s safety and hygiene rules. All our pools in Corsica and mainland France comply with French law and are fitted with one of the following forms of security: fence, alarm or cover. Some pools are ‘infinity pools’ which have an exposed pool edge with an unprotected drop. This maximises views and is an attractive feature of the pool. We recommend that you do not sit, lean or walk on the unprotected edge. Children must be supervised at all times.
 
Telephone 
To call the UK from France dial 00 44, the STD code minus the 0 then the number. 
 
Villa owners
Whilst the owners or staff of some properties may live on site and tend to the grounds, they are aware that you value your privacy, and will do their best not to intrude. We do ask you, however, to allow them reasonable access to the property so that they can maintain the grounds and keep them in good order.
 
Welcome Pack
We offer a welcome pack in all our self-catering accommodation consisting of a small selection of staple items.