Nolay Cottage Rental Photos and Description
Private home with large park-like garden accommodations for six people
A Chez Peshi vacation holiday in Burgundy’s wine country is an opportunity to experience the real France and enjoy one of the most captivating regions of Europe. Chez Peshi is a fully-furnished private home in Saisy, a farm village minutes west of the charming, medieval market-town of Nolay. It is at the center of a vast area considered among the most beautiful in France – a region of stunning scenery, unbounded outdoor opportunities, three thousand years of fascinating history, castles and châteaux, Roman antiquities, cathedrals and monasteries, quiet winding canals, palate-pleasing gastronomy and, of course, the world’s finest wines.
There is something for everyone and all within minutes of your cottage with five rooms and large, park-like garden. Two bedrooms comfortably accommodate four guests; a sofa bed offers room for two additional guests. All amenities are provided. Guests need only pick up some groceries in nearby Nolay or Epinac and settle in.
Chez Peshi is the dream home of Pete and Shirlene. They fell in love with Burgundy in 1981 after first falling in love with Burgundy’s wines while living in Seattle some years earlier. In 1990 they were able to purchase the house as a vacation home while working in various locations in Europe. Renovation and restoration began in 1991 and continues today. An old attic was converted to a comfortable studio and lounge in 2003 and 2012 saw complete restoration of the exterior. Future enhancements include kitchen and bathroom upgrades. Chez Peshi today is very comfortable and offers a rare opportunity to experience Burgundy’s wine and farm country the way it is known and loved by Burgundians. It is ideally located to explore and discover the many treasures and flavors of Burgundy.
The name “Chez Peshi” comes from a contraction of the owners’ names, Pete and Shirlene, and originated with a 5-year old German girl who named her dog Peshi after the American couple who befriended her.
The quiet park-like rear garden (or back yard in American English) is ideal for outdoor dining with friends or simply relaxing and enjoying the natural beauty of Saisy. Lawn furniture and barbecue grill are available. Sun-setting skyscapes are amazing and make a perfect time to enjoy a glass of wine before beginning evening activities.
The living room highlights the ground level and features a large German Schrank with enough plates, serving dishes and wine glasses to serve a 5- or 6-course dinner to eight people. An Old-World beamed ceiling gives a feeling of going back in time to a simpler age. Facing the Schrank is large open fireplace guaranteeing cozy comfort and romance on chilly, off-season days. For entertainment, there is a large, flat-screen television with connection to iTunes, U.S. podcasts and movies. There is also a DVD player with a library of 30+ movies. A comfortable sofa converts to double bed for additional sleeping accommodations.
The large kitchen is fully furnished with cooking utensils, pots, pans, serving and mixing bowls, plates -- everything needed for a simple or elaborate meal. Uniquely, a wine-barrel table with Carrara-marble top for 6 people is ideal for snacks or conversation while chef and sous chef prepare dinner.
There is a clothes washer under the kitchen counter.
Picnic baskets are provided for lunches at nearby picnic areas. Picnicking is a French passion and charming picnic sites abound. A list of Peshi favorites is provided with guests’ welcome packages.
There is also a portable radio-CD player with iPod dock in the kitchen.
The dining room seats 4 to 8 people. A multitude of dining experiences are possible with raclette grill, hot stone grill and fondue pot, all with accompanying cutlery.
For more elegant dining or hosting several guests there is a long, traditional Burgundian dining table in the upper level studio.
Sleeping arrangements for six include downstairs master bedroom with double bed, a large loft with roll-out double bed, and a sofa-bed in the living room. Two roll-away beds are available for nominal additional charge.
The large circa 1970s bathroom includes shower, large double sink and facilities for ironing clothes.
The upper level studio is a spacious, French-classic room with elevated comfortable lounge offering a beautiful view of forests and pastures dotted with Burgundy’s white Charolais cattle.
This multi-functional room also has a large, 8-person dining/work table and chairs and a reading and reference library with 500 volumes.
A large chamber below the lounge deck opens to reveal a double bed which can be rolled out to covert the studio into our 2nd bedroom.
ALSO OF INTEREST
Two mountain bikes and two cross-bikes are available for guest use. (See more below.)
There are many kilometers of well-marked hiking trails through forests, vineyards and farmlands in the area.
Chez Peshi has limited handicap accessibility. The first floor is wheel-chair friendly and there is a ramp available in the garage for descending from the back step to the garden. Handicap access to the upper level studio would be difficult.
Well-behaved animals are permitted with an additional cleaning charge and at our renting agent’s discretion.
A variety of unique French experiences are available in the area including luxury barge excursions on Burgundy’s famed canals, renting a small yacht to explore the canals on your own, hot-air balloon rides and renting a restored Duck, the popular Citroën 2CV of the 1940s-1990s.
OUT & ABOUT
An important part of a Chez Peshi holiday is getting and out and about – touring, wine hunting, dining, biking, visiting weekly markets, etc. We know of no place in Europe that offers so many unique and fascinating options within a half-hour or half-day drive. We have attempted to gather all the information you need, from leaflets to guidebooks to private touring notes to peruse upon arrival. In the meantime, we urge you to google “burgundy” plus subjects of possible interest: “wines burgundy”, “history burgundy”, “gauls and romans burgundy”, “canals burgundy”, etc.
The following are brief notes on what we love about Burgundy.
Visiting wineries and tasting Burgundy’s wines is one of the great joys of a Chez Peshi holiday and an experience different from other wine regions of the world. Burgundy vineyards were largely owned by the Catholic Church until the French Revolution after which properties were broken up and sold to small land owners. Napoleonic inheritance laws continued subdivision of the most precious vineyards with the result that today, most vineyards and wineries are small, family-run operations. Competition for quality is fierce and with a little bit of homework you can find wines of amazing quality at reasonable prices.
But best of all, wine hunting – Pete and Shirlene’s term for visiting and tasting – offers a chance to meet Burgundy’s unpretentious, friendly owners. You can, of course, visit a few important chateaus where you can pay to taste and talk to tasting-room employees but our pleasure comes from meeting hard-working vintners who love their work, are immensely proud of the wines and are willing to stop what they’re doing and explain the ins and outs of their profession.
BEAUNE & AUTUN
Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy, is a marvelous town of old-world ramparts, winding streets, sidewalk cafes, Michelin-star restaurants and miles of underground wine cellars (caves) waiting to be toured. There are wine-focus shops to tickle every imagination. Our favorite is Athenaeum, located across the street from Beaune’s famous Hospice de Beaune. It is Europe’s most amazing wine shop and offers thousands of books on wine and gastronomy, wine gifts and gadgets for every desire and even tastings. Beaune’s Saturday street market is one of the nicest in Europe and its annual wine auction in November attracts buyers from around the world.
Autun is famed for its Roman antiquities. Founded during the reign of Augustus after Julius Caesar’s final defeat of the Gauls, it’s attractions include an ancient amphitheater, two well-preserved Roman gates and the Temple of Janus. Autun’s St-Lazare’s Cathedral dates from the 1100’s and is famed for its architecture, most notably the sculpture art above the main portal. The city had an incredibly rich medieval history and the Count of Autun became the first Duke of Burgundy.
HIKING & BIKING
France boasts 35,000 km of marked and signposted hiking trails. Many are within a short drive of Saisy and two begin in our village center. Burgundy paths are mostly gentle and lead through farmland, vineyards and forests. The long-distance GR7 trail which runs from Germany to Spain passes through nearby Nolay. Hiking guides and a list of Peshi favorite hikes await our guests when they arrive.
A former railway that passed by Saisy has been converted to a paved hiking and biking trail that runs easterly 20km to Santenay. From Santenay, cyclists can pedal north on paved routes to explore vineyards, wineries and villages of the spectacular Côte d’Or, or ride along the old tow-paths of the Canal du Centre all the way to the Loire River, over 80 km from Santenay. Four bikes plus helmets are available for Chez Guests to use at their own risk. Rentals are also available in nearby villages.
A one-or two-week stay at Chez Peshi is an opportunity to experience the real France, to taste great Burgundy wines and to sample and prepare French country foods you will not find in restaurants. You can drive-tour the wine roads, bike or hike, or simply relax in Chez Peshi’s large, private garden while sampling the tastes of a successful wine hunt.
- limited accessibility
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets considered
About Pete and Shirlene
A long time ago in the last Millennium, Pete and Shirlene were living in Seattle where Pete was an environmental executive and Shirlene was an civil engineer. One day a friend introduced them to an awesome white wine called Meursault from Burgundy. The more they learned about Burgundy the more they wished to see the country and sample its other wines and foods.
Shirlene discovered jobs were available in Germany where engineers were needed at American Military Communities. She applied and was offered a job at an American base in Bavaria. Pete decided to give up his office job and become a free-lance writer. In 1980 they moved to Bavaria and were soon hiking and skiing in the Alps and kayaking and rafting wild rivers.
But continued to dream of Burgundy and that magical wine they had enjoyed back in Seattle. A year passed before they could visit. They immediately fell in love with Beaune and its network of narrow streets surrounded by medieval ramparts. Wine and cheese shops, cafés and bakeries all pulled on them like magnets.
Meursault turned out to be a wonderful wine village with delightful restaurants, a maze of narrow crooked streets and white-stone homes and wine buildings. Friendly vintners welcomed them into cool, dark caves and offered generous portions of crisp, flinty-flavored Meursaults.
Wouldn’t it be nice to live here, they often thought. But Shirlene’s work was in Germany. Finally, in 1990, they found themselves looking at photos in the window of Beaune realtor. What about a modest vacation home? A few prices looked affordable. “Let’s ask,” said Pete. They were shown a house in Saisy not far from Meursault. It needed a lot of work but was livable. They shook hands with the realtor, signed some papers and drove back to Germany wondering how the new adventure would unfold.
Twenty years and many work vacations later, Shirlene retired and the vacation home became a part-time retirement home. Pete continues to write.
Pete and Shirlene purchased this cottage in 1990
Why Pete and Shirlene chose Nolay
We chose the property, Chez Peshi in Saisy, for a variety of reasons. Most notably, because of it’s ideal location on the border between the best vineyards of Burgundy to the east and the Morvan, France’s equivalent of Germany’s Black Forest, on the west.
We are wine lovers and active outdoor people. Some of the world’s best wines are produced just a few minutes to the east by honest, hard-working families, the kind of people we feel richer for getting to know. Generous tastings and always learning something new are the rule.
While wine is the attraction of most visitors, we found the same territory is a paradise for hikers, cyclists and rock-climbers. Trails begin in Saisy and multiply into an amazing network extending to the Beaune plain. Beginning in Nolay, 5 minutes east of Saisy, limestone cliffs offer fascinating hikes and serious rock-climbing challenges. Trails are named after Jean-Marc Boivin, the great French mountaineer who learned to climb here in his youth. The Bout du Monde, just north of Nolay, is a fascinating blind canyon dating back 170 million years to the Jurassic Period – ideal for walking, climbing and picknicking.
Twenty minutes west of Saisy is Autun, “gateway to the Morvan.” The Morvan is vast forest laced with rivers and dotted with lakes that offer fishing, boating and beaches. For us the attraction was kayaking.
Our market town, Nolay, was another factor. It has all the post-card charm of French villages featured in coffee-table books that include “most beautiful” in their titles.
Additionally, Chez Peshi’s location directly across the street from the mayor’s office and grade-school offered security. Isolated homes risk break-ins when owners are not in residence. We have never had to worry.
The large, park-like back yard was another factor. We like to dine outside on summer evenings. The house was and remains perfect for this activity.
What makes this cottage unique
Chez Peshi is uniquely suited and located for wine and food lovers who seek an active, educational vacation holiday.
Wineries, most of which welcome walk-in visitors, number in the thousands. Tastings are generous and free. Questions are always answered with patience and wisdom and, after buying a couple or few bottles, we always depart feeling richer and enlightened.
Burgundy’s gastronomy ranks among the world’s best. Slow, multi-course, palate-pleasing, artfully-presented dining is the rule. Supermarkets and weekly street markets offer wonderful food surprises for dining at your vacation cottage.
Hiking and cycling opportunities through vineyards and forests and along ancient canals are unlimited and unique in multiple ways.
Châteaux and castles, cathedrals and churches wait to be explored. Romanesque churches, like the one in Saisy, date from the 1100s.
Charming medieval villages are also a joy to explore with the added pleasure of café terraces to relax with a café crème or a glass of wine.
Burgundy’s history is incredible, beginning with the Gauls, moving up through the Roman period, early Christians, Islamic and Visigoth invasions and then 900 years when the Dukes of Burgundy ruled. Places to visit and learn abound: the Gaulish village of Bibracte and archeological site fascinates both young and old. A new 2012 museum dedicated to Julius Caesar’s final defeat of the Gauls at Alésia is worth a half-day visit. There are Roman gates in Autun and a World War II Resistance museum in the Morvan. The Château de la Rochepot near Saisy is one of France’s best preserved castles.
Activities seem unlimited: Hot-air ballooning, gambling at the Santenay casino, barging the 1800 hundreds canals of Burgundy.
All of this and so much more is in the area surrounding Chez Peshi. Tips, maps and guides await guests in the Chez Peshi WELCOME PACKAGE.