Monpazier, situated in the beautiful Dordogne region in the South of France, is often called the “jewel” of the Bastide villages.
Chez Edell, located in the centre of Monpazier right next to the village square, is a wonderful base for exploring this beautiful part of France. Bed & Breakfast accommodation is offered in a 650 year old house that has been tastefully restored to provide en-suite bedrooms while retaining all the charm of long ago. Holiday cottage accommodation is also available in a beautifully restored village house just down the road from the B&B.
Founded in 1284, Monpazier was called the Pearl of the English XIIIth century bastide towns in the Dordogne. Although it changed hands several times during the 100 Years War, it is considered the best preserved bastide in France.
Many attractions are within easy reach of the Chambres d'hotes and Gites, including vineyards producing the renowned red wines of the Bordeaux region and world famous caves featuring some of Europe’s oldest prehistoric paintings, or subterranean rivers and beautiful stalactite-filled caverns. The Dordogne, traditionally called the Perigord, is often referred to as the Land of 1001 Chateaux and many are nearby – including Biron, Puymartin, Monbazillac,Marqueyssacwith its extensive gardens, and the formidable fortress of Castelnaud. Numerous historic and charming villages are also nearby; Belves, Villereal, Beaumont, Domme, Sarlat, Cadouin with its cloistered abbey and Bergerac, with its airport serving Paris, Brussels, Rotterdam and several destinations in the UK.
Monpazier hosts a colourful weekly market and many entertaining events including farmers markets, antique fairs, medieval pageants and music festivals. The region is also famous for its food – particularly foie gras, the richly aromatic truffle and delicious cepes mushrooms.
A typical guest review on Tripadvisor:
We made a flying visit for 1 night to view a property, and as we knew Monpazier, decided to stay the night here. We looked on TripAdvisor and Chez Edell sounded perfect, but ended up being far more than that.
We arrived from Bergerac at 6.30pm, and had a table booked at Bistro 2, a couple of mins walk away. We were very warmly greeted by John & Edell, lovely couple who obviously love people and go out of their way to ensure everyone is happy.
We had a super room with a four poster iron bed, large shower room with body jets. The bed linen is crisp, good quality, and smells beautiful. The room was very quirky, as the house is 650 years old, the floor sloped towards the window, and the timber frame is visible in the bedroom, just lovely, and the winter overlooks a beautiful walled terrace. It was very peaceful, and we both slept very well, in fact my alarm woke me which makes a change for me!
Breakfast was amazing...juices, the best buttery croissants, fresh bread, fresh fruit salad, yoghurts, preserves, and then the icing on the cake...one of Johns lovely light fluffy cheese omelettes, absolutely scrummy! Coffee was also excellent, and made to your individual taste.
To be fair, I still can't imagine how they can offer so much for only 50 Euros per night for 2 people. All I can say is don't be put off by the price, it really is as good as all of the reviews on here say it is, so go and enjoy the experience, you'll love it, and be very well looked after.
Thank you so much John & Edell for looking after us so well, we'll certainly be back just as soon as we can.