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BEAUTIFULLY CONVERTED FARMHOUSE, HUGE GARDEN AND CHILDREN'S PLAY AREAS

Vikki Luijkx

Advertiser since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, dutch
Sleeps16
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms4
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

Vikki Luijkx

Advertiser since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, dutch
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 29, 2014
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BEAUTIFULLY CONVERTED FARMHOUSE, HUGE GARDEN AND CHILDREN'S PLAY AREAS

Sleeps16
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms4
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

Overview

Saint-Malo-en-Donziois Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

5+ bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, huge garden and terrace, tranquil setting

This large, recently renovated farmhouse is set in a tranquil hamlet surrounded by countryside, and is situated at the heart of the hamlet behind the old lavoir, where the women of the community used to come to wash their clothes. The only noise you are likely to encounter will be from the passing tractors and cows and at night you can sit on the beautiful terrace and enjoy star-gazing undisturbed by any competing light. The terrace benefits from outdoor dining and lounging furniture and lighting, and both a gas and charcoal barbecue. In the daytime keep a lookout for the buzzards and deer that appear both in the garden and in the surrounding fields. The house, formerly two farmhouses and two barns, has been renovated to a high standard with original features throughout but all modern conveniences such as underfloor heating and quality fittings in the spacious and well-equipped kitchen and four bathrooms and downstairs toilet. The kitchen has a double-oven and grill, plate-warming oven, dish-washer, food-mixer, Raclette machine, full cooking and baking equipment and a large dining table and chairs, plus a high chair. In the separate utility room there is a washing machine and dryer plus iron/ironing board. The house has five bedrooms (three doubles, one twin and one room (through which access to two of the double rooms is necessary) with bunk beds, a single folding bed plus an extra single mattress so it is possible to rearrange who sleeps where if desired). There are in addition two rooms on the ground floor that can be used as bedrooms, each with a double sofa bed, one of which is located in the TV room, which has both Freesat television and a DVD player. There is in addition a playroom, with desks and a children's table and chairs, with lots of toys, puzzles and games. The house has one fixed cot and one travel cot for guests' use. The three upstairs double bedrooms are all en suite, with bathroom 1 benefiting from a large corner bath, separate shower and two sinks. Both of the other en suite bathrooms have a toilet, sink and bath with integrated shower, and heated towel rails. In the very large sitting room, which is open to the beamed roof above and with a galleried landing around, is plenty of space for relaxing and, in the colder months, enjoying the lovely open log fire. In the mezzanine gallery above, is an additional relaxing area with Wii, Playstation and DVD/video player. The very large garden and terrace are perfect for enjoying a barbecue and relaxing in total calm, or for watching the children playing on the large trampoline, in the playhouse, on the climbing frame/swingset and in the large sandpit. The house is in a lovely location for gentle or longer, more challenging, bike rides (we have two adult bikes (one with child seat) and three young child (age 4-7ish) bikes available for borrowing), for trips into the wine country of Pouilly and Sancerre or simply for relaxing! Day trips to Vezelay and into the Morvan forest are also highly recommended for nature and food lovers alike!

Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Vikki Luijkx (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, dutch
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 29, 2014

About Vikki Luijkx

We are a Dutch/English couple, who lived for a long time in Paris, France. When we started a family we decided to buy and renovate a house in the country so that our children would have somewhere to run around outside, as we lived in an apartment. That renovation idea turned into a labour of love when we stumbled across a completely rundown farmhouse with attached barn(s) that were in the process of being reclaimed by nature and at the time were totally uninhabitable. 7 years later the buildings have become one, and now boast the luxuries of a roof, windows and electricity to name a few that weren't there when we first fell in love with it! And our two children are now old enough to run around and truly appreciate the space and freedom that the spacious house and huge garden (or field, rather) provide!

Vikki Luijkx purchased this farmhouse in 2005

Why Vikki Luijkx chose Saint-Malo-en-Donziois

We chose to look for a property in this region as it was only 2 hours drive from Paris, so easy to access, but all the same completely 'away from it all' and truly within unspoilt French countryside. We then fell in love with this house as it has such great space and character, and we loved the tiny hamlet within which it lies and the lovely neighbours we met there - unobtrusive but super-friendly and helpful.

What makes this farmhouse unique

We wanted to make this a home-away-from-home for our family, and worked on the basis that it should be at least as luxurious as our main home, else we wouldn't use it as much as it deserved. It's in a quiet non-touristy area so you make your own entertainment - hence we have our own trampoline, sandpit, swing/slide-set and climbing frame for the children, plus Wii and Playstation, DVD and video/English satellite TV for rainy days. We also love just lounging on the enormous terrace staring up at the starry sky which is unaffected by light pollution, whilst drinking the local wines and eating the local produce, or relaxing indoors in front of a roaring log fire in the open-to-the-rafters living room.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My husband and I went with our two children aged 10 and 7. The house is spacious and equipped with all creature comforts, including a superb dining kitchen, giving onto the private patio and field to the rear. Situated in a tiny hamlet, this really was a 'get away from it all' holiday. The nearest village for fresh bread and supplies is less than 5 mins by car, which is essential, but we found the area perfect for safe cycling with the children (we used the bicycles at the property), paid several visits to the cheap and lovely outdoor pool at Donzy, and made various trips out including canoeing and a day trip to Sancerre, to stock up for the return trip home. A lovely house to relax in, and a great holiday.
Aug 2011
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Sleeps16
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms4
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights
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Reviews

4.7
based on 3 traveler reviews

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Beautifully Converted Farmhouse, Huge Garden And Children's Play Areas
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Maison super équipée et vaste

  • 4 of 5
Ambiance chaleureuse, de bon goût, maison très propre . Parfait pour accueillir notre famille comprenant trois jeunes couples, trois jeunes enfants et les grands-parents. Et il restait de la place. L'espace intérieur et extérieur ainsi que l'aménagement et l'équipement ont été appréciés et utilisés par les petits et les grands : super la salle de jeux ! De plus, les demandes d'informations préalables avec la propriétaire ont été faciles. Sur place, aucune complication administrative au profit d'une belle confiance et de la sécurité d'un contact téléphonique. Nous recommandons !
  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Eines der schönsten Ferienhäuser!

  • 5 of 5
Wir haben uns von der ersten Sekunde bis zur letzten Sekunde unseres Urlaubs traumhaft wohl gefühlt. Das Haus ist wunderschön, großzügig ausgestattet, in einem hervorragenden Zustand und sehr liebevoll eingerichtet. Wir habe zwei Wochen mit zwei Familien hier verbracht (3 Erwachsene/ 4 Kinder) und das Haus ist so groß, dass jeder ausreichend Raum hat. Die Gegend ist wunderschön, weite Felder, Kuhweiden, Sonnenblumenfelder. Ein Auto ist jedoch unbedingt notwendig. Der Kontakt zu den Eigentümern war sehr sehr nett. Fragen wurden umgehend beantwortet. Und überhaupt ein toller Service! Das Haus und die Umgebung sind für Familien mit Kinder ideal. Die Kinder (2/9/12/13 Jahre) wollten gar nicht wieder weg. Wir können dieses wunderbare Haus uneingeschränkt empfehlen. Ein Dank an die Eigentümer, dass sie solch eine Oase geschaffen haben.
  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your comments and I'm so glad you had a good time!
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Beautifully Converted Farmhouse, Huge Garden And Children's Play Areas
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Saint-Malo-en-Donziois Nievre
5

Magnifique demeure, très bon rapport qualité/prix

  • 5 of 5
Très grande et jolie demeure, située dans petit village tranquille, idéale pour séjour entre amis ou en famille. Maison très confortable, spacieuse et bien équipée (jeux extérieurs pour enfants, salle de jeux dédiée à l’intérieur, vélos à disposition pour balades dans la campagne).
Très bon rapport qualité/prix (frais de ménage inclus) et propriétaire très sympathique et disponible.
Hâte d’y retourner plus longuement l’an prochain…
  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway

Map

Nearest Airport
200 Kilometres
Paris Orly
Nearest Barpub
15 Kilometres
Donzy
Nearest Ferry
500 Kilometres
Calais
Nearest Golf
40 Kilometres
Sancerre
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Cosne Cour sur Loire
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
A77 (Cosne exit)
Nearest Restaurant
15 Kilometres
Donzy
Car: necessary

The Nièvre department is within the Burgundy region, located in the centre of France. It is an area with beautiful verdant countryside with rolling hills, perfect both for gentle and for more challenging cycling expeditions. It enjoys a relaxed pace of life, with many charming villages to explore and restaurants to discover. Burgundy is world-famous for its wines and also for its food, including some wonderful cheeses (including the famous Crottin de Chavignol - a goat’s cheese from Nievre) and charcuterie (including terrines, ham from the Morvan region and Clamecy andouillettes). The Charolaise meat from the region is renowned all over the world.

Our converted barn and farmhouse is located in the heart of a small hamlet, behind the local 'lavoir' at the source of the stream (where the women of the community used to wash their clothes). The nearest amenities (boulangerie, small supermarket, pharmacy, tennis courts etc) are 4 km away and 15km away is the small town of Donzy, which is charming to wander around with its roads of quaint old houses and church, lovely local restaurant and walnut oil-producing mill, or for using the open-air swimming pool. Cosne sur Loire, a further 15km beyond Donzy, has many shops and larger facilities, and just outside Cosne is La Ferme du Port d'Aubry - a working goat farm (with many other animals, including ponies on which during the summer months they can take rides) which the children will love to wander around (for free) with a farm shop, which sells local produce including (naturally) goats cheese, preserves, wines and beer. The towns of Sancerre and Pouilly sur Loire are a 30 minutes drive where you can sample the many world-famous wines, both within these lovely towns or by meandering through the vineyard-covered countryside around. To the east is the beautiful Morvan forest region and slightly more north-easterly the gastronomic town of Vezelay is worth the 50km drive, both for its restaurants and beautiful abbey, one of the most important starting points for the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. Another recommended destination is the Château du Saint Fargeau with its beautiful farm, through which the animals roam at will and love to be fed by the visitors. On the way to Saint Fargeau, just 15 minutes or so past Donzy, is the lovely town of St Armand en Puisaye, famous for its pottery - lovely for wandering around the dozens of potteries and stopping off in a restaurant or café.

Around the hamlet lie miles of quiet roads with local bars and cafés in the villages along the way; perfect for biking or wandering, whilst looking out for the local wildlife including buzzards, wild boar and deer.

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Rates & Availability

From €300 Per night

Saint-Malo-en-Donziois Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Autumn 2014
Sep 20 2014 - Dec 20 2014
2 night minimum stay
€350
€1,100
 
 
Xmas/NY 2014
Dec 21 2014 - Jan 10 2015
3 night minimum stay
€450
€1,350
 
 
Winter 2015
Jan 11 2015 - Apr 23 2015
2 night minimum stay
€350
€1,100
 
 
Spring 2015
Apr 24 2015 - Jun 13 2015
2 night minimum stay
€400
€1,200
 
 
Summer 2015
Jun 14 2015 - Sep 19 2015
4 night minimum stay
€300
€1,350
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
€350
€1,100
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit €350
Pet Fee €50
Notes Non-smoking property (inside house). There are a number of steps/staircases throughout the house so may be difficult for people with mobility issues, and parents will need to keep an eye on newly mobile babies who are not yet adept at navigating stairs!

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Amenities

Saint-Malo-en-Donziois Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 300 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Large corner bath, separate shower, double sink
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Downstairs toilet - toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Bunkbeds plus folding bed, plus one additional mattress
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 6 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , 2 person sofa bed in TV room
    Bedroom 7 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Dble sofabed, ground floor bedroom - WC (no bath) downstairs
  • The house sleeps 12 in terms of 'fixed bed frames' plus there are: 1) a single mattress that can be placed if and where desired in the house (there are plenty of other rooms that could be used for sleeping, albeit not designated as bedrooms), 2) double sofabed in downstairs bedroom and 3) double sofa bed in downstairs TV room.You have to walk through bedroom 5 to access bedrooms 3 and 4 hence this room works best for families/groups that know each other. The folding bed in bedroom 5 can easily be moved to another room if desired, and there is space in this bedroom for the single mattress to be placed on the floor if desired. The fixed cot can be moved between bedrooms 3, 4 and 5; there is also a travel cot in the house which can be placed where desired.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 12 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling

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