La Maison de Mouchi

The Dordogne & South West , France

  • 12
  • 5
  • 3
  • Historic 12th-century house
  • Stunning countryside views
  • Walk to restaurant
  • Table tennis, bicycle routes and golf

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.

The local area

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.

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.


Accommodation

Layout

  • 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 with oven, hob, kettle, coffee maker, fridge, freezer and dishwasher, leads to terrace
  • Laundry room
  • WC

First floor

  • Double bedroom
  • Bathroom with separate shower
  • Separate WC
  • 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

  • Complimentary wifi
  • Simpson Travel telephone representative
  • Washing machine
  • 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

Wifi

  • All properties with wifi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails*

* We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control 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 per week on Wednesdays included (and on Saturdays for rentals of two weeks or more)
  • Additional cleaning €18 per 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

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

Location

Key Information

  • Lot-et-Garonne region
  • Restaurant (Monteton) 5min walk
  • Shops (Allemans-du-Dropt) 6min drive
  • Duras 12min drive
  • Eymet 17min drive
  • Bergerac airport 40min drive

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)

Flights

Although this property is booked on an accommodation-only basis, we can arrange your flights 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 City British Airways Sunday All season
London Stansted Ryanair Sat/Sun All season
Bristol Ryanair Saturday 3 Jun - 30 Sep
East Midlands Ryanair Sunday 26 Mar - 22 Oct
Liverpool Ryanair Saturday All season
Leeds Bradford Jet2 Saturday 29 Apr - 30 Sep
Southhampton Flybe Sat/Sun 1 Apr - 9 Sep
Exeter Flybe Saturday 1 Apr - 9 Sep
Birmingham Flybe Sat/Sun 1 Apr - 9 Sep
Manchester Flybe Saturday 1 Apr - 9 Sep
Edinburgh Flybe Saturday 1 Apr - 9 Sep

 

Bordeaux 113km/1hr 20min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Gatwick British Airways Sat/Sun From 22 Apr (Sat)
All season (Sun)
London Gatwick easyJet Sat/Sun All season
London Luton easyJet Sat/Sun All season
Bristol easyJet Sat/Sun All season (Sat)
23 Apr - 22 Oct (Sun)
Liverpool easyJet Saturday 13 May - 7 Oct
Belfast easyJet Saturday 13 May - 23 Sep
Edinburgh Ryanair Saturday All season
Southampton Flybe Saturday 27 May - 2 Sep
Birmingham Flybe Sat/Sun 26 Mar - 9 Sep

 

Brive-la-Gaillarde 156km/2hr drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Stansted Ryanair Saturday All season

 


Car hire

Although this villa is booked on an accommodation-only basis, we can arrange car hire for you at an additional cost. 

Chose from the car options below:

Car hire prices vary depending on the time of year. The first price shown covers 1 April – 30 June and 26 August – 31 October; the second covers the peak season of 1 July – 25 August.

Choose from the options below:

  • Group B: Opel Corsa 3dr or similar – £189/£231
  • Group C: Citroën C3 or similar – £203/£238
  • Group CA: Peugeot 208 or similar – £378/£406
  • Group D: Opel Astra or similar – £266/£336
  • Group DA: Citroën C4 e-HDi or similar – £469/£533
  • Group E: Lancia Delta or similar – £322/£385
  • Group EA: Citroën C5 e-HDi or similar – £476/£511
  • Group F: Opel Insignia or similar – £259/£329
  • Group FA: Peugeot 508 e-HDi or similar – £469/£553
  • Group CMPV: Nissan Note or similar – £287/£357
  • Group MMPV: Citroën C4 Picasso or similar – £308/£399
  • Group SSUV: Peugeot 3008 or similar – £364/£518
  • Group SSUVA: Peugeot 3008 or similar – £497/£574

All our cars include comprehensive insurance with zero excess. For this particular destination, the undercarriage, tyres and windscreen are not included in the cover.

Car specifications

Group B – 1.1 litre engine, 1 large and 2 small suitcases

Group C – 1.2 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group CA – 1.2 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group D – 1.4 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group DA – 1.4 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group E – 1.8 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Group EA – 1.8 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Group F – 2 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Group FA – 2 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Group CMPV – 1.4 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group MMPV – 1.6 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group SSUV – 1.6 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Group SSUVA – 1.6 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Our choice of French properties is diverse, ranging from simple charm to genuine luxury and style. Much of our portfolio is privately owned, and price alone is therefore not a universal guide. We contract all our accommodation in person, and each property has its individual appeal.

To help you make the right choice based on your own priorities, we have devised a simple grading guide to be considered in conjunction with each individual property description, awarding up to a maximum of five stars for the below categories.

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    5/5

    Position, view, serenity, privacy

  • Comfort

    4/5

    Space, style, overall furnishings

  • Facilities*

    4/5

    Property enhancements

  • Amenities*

    4.5/5

    Proximity to beach, restaurant and shops

* For further clarification on Facilities and Amenities, please view the 'Details' tab for each property or speak to one of our experienced sales consultants.

From the Dordogne’s forest-covered hillsides to the undulating countryside of Lot-et-Garonne, these fertile landscapes have long played their part in human history – the famous Lascaux cave paintings testify to that. For a taste of spectacular coastline on your holiday, head to Charente-Maritime or find a lakeside beach that’s perfect for a picnic – this region is known for its abundant food and excellent wines. Choose a restaurant in an ancient village square and enjoy the sense of history repeated.

And for a place to stay in Dordogne and the South West, explore our collection of luxury villas.

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