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Villa La Forge - Southwest France Lot-et-Garonne,
Charming and comfortable five-bedroom home.
sleeps up to 11 persons.
• Private flowered courtyard with hot tub
• Quiet location in a small, scenic village
• Perfect for families
• One king bed; three queens; three singles
• Large dining room and fully equipped kitchen
• Ping-pong table
• Wonderful opportunities for regional exploration
• High-speed internet access
Located in a picturesque hilltop village in southwestern France, this rustic home was originally a blacksmith compound. Its exact age is uncertain, but a forge existed on the site in 1337.
Today, Villa La Forge provides comfortable and spacious accommodations, best suited to families or groups of friends looking for a relaxing vacation in a lesser-known part of France.
The house is furnished throughout with lovely French country antiques. Colorful linens and prints adorn the thick stone walls; massive exposed beams and original patterned floor tiles indicate the ancient history of the building.
On the ground floor, the living room features a large stone fireplace where the forge once stood. The room is furnished with a mix of French antiques. Library of useful local and regional guides; French TV and VDR; access to the courtyard through French doors.
The dining room shares another traditional country fireplace with the kitchen. Generously equipped, the open kitchen has a dishwasher, washer and dryer, assorted pots and pans, dishes, silverware, wine glasses, appliances, linens and regional cookbooks.
Just outside the living room, there is a covered terrace and a private brick courtyard, perfect for warm weather dining or relaxing in the hot tub after a full day of sightseeing. Roses, wisteria and other flowering plants adorn the pretty enclosed space, turning it into your own "secret garden".
The master bedroom, on the ground level, is furnished with a king-size bed; an adjacent bathroom has a large walk-in shower, bathtub, two sinks and toilet.
Upstairs, guests can admire views of patchwork rolling hills. Four additional bedrooms share a bathroom with shower, toilet and sink.
Three of the bedrooms are furnished with queen-size beds and one has three singles. There are sofa beds in the living room and kitchen.
Every room in La Forge has electric (website hidden) & VCR, plus access to high-speed internet for guests who bring their laptops. Phone available for local calls only.
Quaint and charming Montpezat has a bakery, grocery store, post office, restaurant, an English-speaking doctor, a 12th century cathedral and extensive walking trails through lush forests. This hilltop bastide, or fortified town, is a wonderful place to savor the rich history, sights and culinary delights of the fertile Lot-et-Garonne region. The quiet agricultural region is best suited to relaxing rather than stimulating vacations.
There is much to see and do in this beautiful area, rich in history and still relatively free of tourists. You will delight in exploring its Romanesque architecture, hilltop bastides, ancient villages, impressive châteaux, and canals along the river Lot. Local delicacies include marvelous prunes from the nearby town of Agen, foie gras, duck, walnuts and truffles, as well as Armagnac eau-de-vie and the wines of Gascony, Bergerac and Cahors. Visit the excellent market at Castelmoran, and try to spot the whimsical pigeon houses that dot the
Smoking only in the courtyard.
If the electricity turns off you've probably used too many appliances or heaters at the same time. Reset the power switch behind the yellow curtain beside the refrigerator.
Keep furniture away from all heaters and turn off heaters when you are away.
Washing machine takes at least an hour for each cycle. I use # 3. When wash is done push the left button and wait a few minutes before opening the door.
Dryer is touchy so please remove lint after each load.
French hot tubs are very fussy and break easily. Please follow the instructions very carefully. When the tub breaks down it will take weeks to be repaired and a lot of money.
Extra keys are in the dining room chest.
Do not leave candles burning when you are away or asleep. If you use the candles in the chandelier please watch that the wax does not drop on the table or burn too low.
Garbage bags are under the sink. Take bags to the community bins located on the road going down the hill to St Jean church.
If inclined, please write in the house logs on the living room table.
Shopping is easy. Nearly every thing you need Annie will have it in her shop in Montpezat. She will also take your order for bread so you can pick
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About the Host, Marie
Hi, I’m Marie Peters and welcome you to my medieval home in southwest France.
For 18 years my family and friends have made long lasting memories while staying at La Forge in Montpezat. For me it is a place for reflection, relaxation, sharing happy times with friends and family and learning about a little known part of France.
The locals describe their area “the real France” and love to share the unique history and traditions of Aquitaine. In the 12th century France was a small kingdom, surrounded by counties and duchies that often fought each other. Aquitaine was the largest and stretched from the Loire River in the north to the Pyrenees Mountains on the Spanish border in the south, and the mountains of the Massif Central in the east to the Atlantic Ocean in the west. The nobility of Aquitaine lived a more luxurious lifestyle than those in Paris. This is where the troubadours were born, poetry and music was held in courts and women were given greater rights than in other duchies in France.
The great rivers, the Lot and the Garonne, linked the Mediterranean and the Atlantic seas and witnessed the entire history of Western Civilization. Some of the earliest cave paintings know to man are found nearby. The Romans knew the area well, for its wine and food. Charlemagne traversed it North to South, and the Crusaders crossed it East to West, dallying too long for the health of the countryside, but leaving their forts behind.
The Hundred Years War started when Montpezat sacked St Sardos, two villages one English one French, built too close together for stable relationships. Napoleon’s troops left their marks of new roads, onion fields and newly planted shade trees.
La Forge is my second home and being there keeps me in touch with other cultures. The people are kind, hard working, loyal, generous and religious. Every activity from concerts in the local churches, walking through forests, markets with fresh local produce, fine restaurants, some of the finest wines in France, architecture from all ages and even children and adult zip cording are at your finger tips
But the best part for me is that I can take time to follow the advice of Rummer Godden:
We all have four rooms:
- the physical
- the emotional
- the intellectual
- the spiritual
We need to enter each room daily, If only to air it out.