House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)
About Gary Lewicki
We the owners are a family of three, my wife works in the medical profession, my son is a ardent student and I am a professor of history.
Gary Lewicki purchased this House in 2010
Why Gary Lewicki chose Monflanquin
We are all addicted to travel and when we stumbled across this wonderful village, we absolutely had to set down some roots here.
What makes this House unique
I love all the history in this home, and letting my mind drift back in time to imagine all that went on here over the many centuries. You can just feel the past when you stay here.
Pool / Spa
Certain pets will be excepted, please enquire
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Many good points, but a few cautions
I will note first that I do not agree with the negative comments in the previous review by Valerie M. We had no issues with cleaning or bad repair, and she must have had some personal agenda since we found none of the problems she describes.
I will list below some of the things we liked most about the house, but I want to start with a few cautions that renters should be aware of. My husband and I are of an age where stairs can be difficult. I knew that the bedrooms were on the top floor, but I should have inquired about the difficulty of the climb. For younger and stronger folks, the steps probably present no problem, but I have issues with dizziness and was not comfortable going up and down 4 flights of very steep winding stairs, especially with the rope railing at the top level.
The other safety issue concerns the master bath shower. It is a beautiful shower, and works well, but the floor is so slippery that I was afraid to use it until we found shower sandals at the local Casino.
What we liked most about the house were:
1) Excellent location in a beautiful village, with easy parking and good access to other beautiful nearby places and wonderful restaurants in the area.
2) Amenities – a tumble dryer is a rare thing in a rental property in France, and we were very happy to have it. The wi-fi also worked very well.
3) The kitchen was very well equipped (although we rarely do any serious cooking while on vacation, so this didn’t matter too much to us personally).
4) Beds very comfortable (although I don’t think the bedroom layout would work well for more than one couple).
5) Responsiveness of owner. Although I was unable to reach Gary by phone when I had a question, he answered quickly via email to any queries.
In general, I think the house lived up to its description, although there were a few things we found inconvenient. I don’t have space to list them all, but they mostly centered on the bedroom layout, lack of clothing storage, and the seating on the kitchen/ dining level.
I am only rating the rental 3 stars, because for us personally, it was not a suitable apartment in many ways. It was the most expensive place we stayed during our 3 weeks in France, and the one where we were the least comfortable, for reasons that probably had more to do with our personal idiosyncrasies than with the condition of the house itself. People who love the antique ambience and have no mobility issues would likely rate it higher.
Disingenuous description of a run-down property!
On entering the house there was an overwhelming smell of damp emanating from a floor covered with cheap/torn Lino, this room was unusable. The chandeliers were covered in grime and most of the bulbs blown, most of which we had to replace at our own expense to allow access to narrow staircase to first floor. The toilet seats in both bathrooms were broken and the one off the master bedroom was cracked and open to all nasties. Electrical extension cables were lying all over the place which may have accounted for the light bulbs continually blowing. The front door lock was damaged; property manager intimated keys had gone missing and possibly others were using the house! There was dust/debris on the stairs, behind cupboards/ under the bed and soiled underwear under a rug in a bedroom and this was after £75 charged for cleaning! With obvious electrical problems the non operational status of the smoke alarms and absence of carbon-monoxide alarms this combined with a lack of security made for an anxious stay. The living room is overlooked by neighbours across the street, 2-3 m away ( the nature of a medieval street) but with an absent shutter which had fallen off earlier in the year there was no privacy. Mould was evident in the downstairs shower, along with discarded toiletries in cabinet and a splattered mirror. The carpets were unclean/cheap not in keeping with Gary's antique theme and hand-made beds from IKEA. On contacting the property manager, as per instructions, she couldn't help as she had no money! After 11 days out of a 3week stay we informed the P.M. We were leaving and also the owner. Gary, owner, who lives in Canada and hasn't been near the property in a year, thought our complaints were trivial and accused us of paranoia! If you want a safe and relaxing holiday avoid this place, even the Property manager tried to organise alternative accommodation as respite-her own words.
Why would someone write an awful review? Probably for two reasons I would think, one the property was truly horrible and they felt it necessary to let the travelling public know or secondly, because the guests were seeking some sort of retribution or revenge. Let me take a minute of your time to address both. Initially, when addressing the first reason, it would make good sense to examine previous reviews to see if they are consistent with this review. We have over 16 reviews on various sites, all are 5 star reviews. However, if you just focus on this particular site, we have 4 previous reviews, all 5 star reviews. In fact, two of the four reviews are from this summer. Both reviews are 5 stars; the most recent guests described their stay as wonderful and the home perfect. This review applied to a time period just one week before this stay. The second review from the summer goes into much more detail. Here is an excerpt:
“This is a very fine house, very clean and well above what you might expect for a holiday rental. The owner has loving restored the house, blending the old with the modern facilities and equipment that we all expect today. The listing and photos give the full picture accurately.....Gary is very responsive to all inquiries as is the local manager.
This one star review is not consistent with all are other reviews.
These guests did not book their stay through VRBO, they chose another website but decided to post their review on this site. You may ask why go out of your way to do that. An obvious answer may be revenge. These guests behaved badly and my property manager/cleaning lady intervened.
She believes that this review is an attempt to get her fired. The guests certainly go out of their way to claim that the home was dirty and poorly kept. They also suggest that the cleaning lady knew she kept the house poorly and tried to find them another place to say. Logically, you would think such things would not happen.
In an earlier review I quoted, it states that I was very responsive to all inquiries. I was never contacted by these guests, it appears they just left instead. Strange?
Nevertheless, VRBO posted this review despite all in awful inaccuracies.
Ultimately, all I can ask is that you use logic and sound judgment when taking this review in consideration.
If you have any concerns, I would be happy to discuss these with you, something these people never bothered to do.
We had a wonderful stay in your home. It was comfortabel and with the location right in the middel of town...it was perfect. Thank you
A great place to stay
This is a very fine house, very clean and well above what you might expect for a holiday rental. The owner has lovingly restored the house, blending the old with the modern facilities and equipment that we all expect today. The listing and photos give the full picture accurately. One small inconvenience, depending on the composition of a group, is that access to the best bathroom with the wonderful shower requires passage through both top floor bedrooms. With only two couples there is another bedroom and shower room. The house is only two doors away from the main square with a number of restaurants but is wonderfully quiet. The village is beautiful, the people are always very friendly, the boulangeries / patisseries ( 3 of them ) are very tempting, and the general area is great for a walking and touring vacation.
Gary is very responsive to all enquiries as is the local property manager.
Susan & Neil, Scotland
Beautiful home base to explore Aquitaine
We recently spent 7 weeks in this beautiful home. The furnishings, art and kitchen are all top quality and make you feel so comfortable in your home away from home. We enjoyed going to local markets and wineries and then cooking dinner on the high-end gas stove using the commerical-grade pots and pans.
We explored the village itself with its excllent boulangerie, good restaurants and Thursday market. We also explored the Aquitaine area, from castles and chateaus to the cave paintings at Pech-Merle and Lascaux, the beaches of Biarritz, the walled city of Carcassonne, Toul;ouse, and the wine region of Bordeaux, to name just a few. We watched the harvesting and went to a Chestnut and Mushroom (cepe) local festival. People were freindly everywhere we wnet and made our stay very enjoyable.
You will not be disappointed with this accommodation and our dealings with Gary, the owner, were very good right from the start and during our stay.
The Monflanquin house is a real gem.
Old world charm with every modern comfort
We were lucky enough to enjoy this wonderful home during a six night stay in June. As described, it is an amazing 500+ year old house that has been extensively renovated and updated to provide every modern comfort you could want. Beautifully furnished, super comfy beds and equipped to a standard well above what you might normally expect in a holiday rental. Communication with Gary and key pick up was seemless. Monflanquin is a picture postcard ancient hill top village with plenty of restaurants, bakers etc. The house is only 2 or 3 doors from the village square. Monflanquin is a great base for exploring the wider area. I hope we have a chance one day to come back.
castle hopping, vineyard tours, horseback riding, french cooking classes,