La Maison Anglaise occupies a central position in the beautiful historic bastide of Monpazier, one of “Plus beaux villages de France”. With an abundance of shops and restaurants, this stunning property is ideally located for visitors seeking a base for touring the Dordogne region. Monpazier is thirty minutes drive from Bergerac airport.
The region also offers wine tasting, bustling markets, beautiful châteaux, as well as canoe and boat trips on the Dordogne. Live music with dancing and dining en plein air, hiking, horse trotting racing… the list is endless!”
The nearby main cobbled square is home to a weekly market and an auditorium for plays, musical recitals and live gigs. The surrounding old medieval buildings are squeezed in side by side, their upper floors bathed in sunshine, below the doorways of the shops and restaurants hide under the shaded arcaded walkways. Relax with a glass of wine or a coffee in the plaza and enjoy this quintessential French experience.
Your hosts are on hand to recommend the best places to eat, great markets, the finest vineyards and can help with any other questions you may have to make your stay perfect.
The central square, equipped with a market hall, is at once the centre of village life and an internationally important heritage site. The “Place des Cornières” was the place of trade and justice – and, just as today, of village gossip. For 700 years there has been a market here every Thursday morning that grows from a handful of stalls in midwinter to take over much of the village in summer.
Monpazier is also one of the principal annual markets for truffles and cèpes (porcini mushrooms) and an important flower market is held in May. Few mini-markets can be housed in such dramatic surroundings.
A small outdoor theatre hosts occasional productions and summertime outdoor movies; however the village square is the principal venue for “manifestations” – concerts, dances, theatre and communal meals and events including weddings, antique car shows and regular antique fairs and ‘vide greniers’ (empty attics).
The square has been the set for numerous period movies including Les Misèrables (a 1982 French production), D’Artagnan (with Catherine Deneuve and Tim Roth) and Fanfan la Tulipe (Vincent Perez and Penèlope Cruz).
The village of Monpazier is approximately 400 metres by 220 and has fewer than 600 inhabitants; but it has two mini-markets, 2 butchers, 3 boulangeries, 9 restaurants, an ice cream parlour, contemporary and traditional cafes, a library, a newsagent/bookshop, 2 farm produce shops and over 20 assorted clothes, craft and jewelry shops.
Artists and craftsmen including a glassblower, ceramic sculptor, framemaker, watchmaker and marquetry artist have atéliers (workshops) and showrooms in the village. A team of doctors and nurses and the village pharmacy tend to the wellbeing of inhabitants and visitors.
One of our favourite local vineyards is Chateau Lestevenie run by Humphrey and Sue Temperley. Either arrange directly, or book through us, A vineyard tour stroll through and show the different varieties of grapes grown and explain the work of the vineyard. The tour concludes with an explanation of the wine making process, followed by a tasting! A lovey way to spend and hour or so.
Chez Minou – 55 Rue Notre Dame, 24540 Monpazier – Live music more often than not during summer weekends, frequented by many locals, great atmosphere. Main courses from €10 – 15.
Bistrot 2 – Foirail Nord 24540 Monpazier – Open every day 9am – 10pm except Fridays. Overlooks a large square with outside lounge chairs and shaded dining. Delightful food and very friendly service (English spoken).
Privilage du Perigord – Probably regarded as one of the up market restaurants in Monpazier. Relatively small with both inside and outside eating. Excellent menu but a little bit more expensive than some others but definitely worth a visit. Would recommend booking early during the peak season.
Ecureuil Cafe – Situated in the main square, this is the hip place for coffee, milkshakes, smoothies and a range of other goodies. You can also get a lovely breakfast and all day snacks in pleasant surroundings either outside or in their industrial style interior.
Bière de la Bastide – Artisan Brewery. English type beers. Brewery tours and tastings. Beer club and much MUCH more. A visit is a must during your stay. Check out their website for seasonal events. They also have Gin, wine, food platters, coffee …….. Open every day during the high season.
La Reserve De L’Ecureuil – Wine Bar situated next to the Ecureuil Cafe. Open 7pm – 11pm Thursday – Sunday but every evening during the peak season. Some very nice wines and meat/cheese platters to nibble on.
Monpazier welcomes thousands of visitors each year. It is an excellent centre for visiting nearby towns such as:
Bergerac, Monbazillac, Domme and the incredible fortresses of Beynac and Castelnaud, on the beautiful Dordogne River, are all less than 45 minutes away through fields of sunflowers, walnut groves, prune trees and vines.
The beautiful gardens of Marqueyssac near Vézac.