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Charming House, Picturesque Village Easy Reach Of Paris, Fontainebleau, Chablis

Paul Gardner

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english, french
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Paul Gardner

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Charming House, Picturesque Village Easy Reach Of Paris, Fontainebleau, Chablis

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Voisines House Rental Photos and Description

Village farmhouse nr Sens, Yonne, Northern Burgundy - Detached House With Barn, Courtyard, Walled Garden & Orchard With Far-reaching Countryside Views

Oak-beamed, full of charm, English owners’ second home offering homely comfort & character – a perfect place to relax in the countryside but have the pleasure of Paris & other sightseeing highlights for day trips. Tiled & wooden flooring, shutters, log-fire, French windows onto the courtyard, Wi-fi Broadband, white cotton bedlinen & towels, well-equipped kitchen. Outside, an ancient Burgundian barn, delightful, secure, walled courtyard garden & raised, south-facing orchard with far-reaching views over gently rolling countryside. Family-run bar/ bistro and Post Office 200 yards, plus bread delivered daily & weekly butcher & greengrocer. Medieval town of Sens 10 mins, with market, Michelin restaurant, cathedral, museum, municipal swimming pool complex. Enjoy local walks & bike-rides. Bike rental from Sens tourist office. Fabulous Go-kart circuit 3 miles away in Soucy, horse riding, river & lake bathing (20 - 60mins). Frequent direct trains Sens - Paris (55mins+). Channel Tunnel (4 hours), Charles de Gaulle airport, Paris (50miles). Disneyland Paris (55miles).

Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Paul Gardner (Owner)
Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
May 23, 2015

About Paul Gardner

We are the Gardner family, from Epsom, Surrey in England. Our family has owned the property since 1988 when it became our parents cherished home. It is now our shared family holiday home. With personal items, functional and decorative, including many books (reference and fiction) we want the house to be tasteful and feel warm and welcoming, like a proper home. The house offers what we look for ourselves when we are renting holiday accommodation - a place of comfort, character and something rather out of the ordinary.

We are based in England but we visit Voisines as often as we can. In our absence we are lucky to have a local housekeeper / caretaker who lives nearby and tends to the house and garden as if it was her own home.

Paul Gardner purchased this house in 1980

Why Paul Gardner chose Voisines

Our parents found the house by chance and fell in love with it. Driving through the Yonne to the South of France for a holiday, their car broke down in a picturesque old village nestled on the lower slope of a hill, surrounded by fields of sunflowers. They found they were in a place called Voisines. The car had stopped outside the last house in the village street. On the gates was an 'A Vendre' sign (For Sale). They peered in and saw a large courtyard with an old farmhouse and ancient wood-framed barn. Wishfully joking that it was just the kind of place they wanted to retire to they noted the phone-number of the owner. Once in the South of France and returning home all they could think of was beautiful Voisines and the house and garden they had seen... A year later it was theirs!

What makes this house unique

Though just 10 minutes from tree-lined avenues & the provincial grandeur of Sens, itself only 1 hour from Paris by train, Voisines is a world apart from the crowds and rush of urban life. With its landmark church & quiet lanes of courtyarded houses & barns, mostly hundreds of years old, including our house, Voisines seems a haven of peace, charm and character. Our shared pleasure is to spend time in the tranquillity and privacy of our courtyard garden or to pass under the fig tree, up through the door to the orchard garden for the far views, or to catch the sunset. Our youngest relatives (10 and 11) love to roam the village on bikes or foot, & thrill at the daily arrival of the 'sweet-shop' - the Boulangerie (bakery) van. In Winter -the log fire, a good book, delicious local food & wine.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We had a wonderful stay in Voisines. The house was all you made it out to be and we’ll long remember our evenings by the lily pond. The accommodation was both comfortable and spacious and suited our needs perfectly. We’d definitely consider re-booking if we return to this area" Neville & friends June 2013



"We had an excellent time at Voisines and will be recommending the house and area to our circles in UK and Australia" Kerry & Greg June 2013



"We had a fabulous time. Didn't want to leave! Your house in Voisines was wonderful and in an excellent location." Rachel & Steve August 2012



"We had a lovely stay in Voisines. Beautiful house with loads of character. The beds were very comfortable." Tracey & friends July 2012



"The house was lovely and we really felt at home. It was great for the grandchildren; we played lots of table tennis and ate a lot of the lovely green plums." Anne & Colin August 2012
Nov 2011
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Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Reviews

5
based on 3 traveler reviews

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Charming House, Picturesque Village Easy Reach Of Paris, Fontainebleau, Chablis
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews
Tasmania
5

Voisinnes

  • 5 of 5

Couples or families will just love this home away from home. Anne and Paul have created a beautiful home and garden that feels peaceful and relaxing. The colourful flowers, bowl of walnuts and figs and welcome card made is feel it was no trouble for us to be there. Even with children the house felt so inviting and relaxing. There is space to spread out but still feel cosy. We loved the old world and cottage feel, endless books to read and browse and the courtyard area to enjoy the gardens. The quality of the bed linen and the towels also made for a good nights sleep.can not thank Paul and Anne for their home and the memories!

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
London
5

Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

This property is gorgeous. It is clean and beautifully maintained with everything working well. The kids had a great time and we had some really relaxing times in the garden. It is off the beaten track and feels very peaceful, yet a short drive provides all of life's needs.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
St. Albans
5

Relaxing Family Holiday

  • 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed a quiet week in this lovely, spacious, comfortable, home. We especially enjoyed the table tennis table in the barn, the sun loungers in the very private garden and watching the humming birds, the frog and the fish in and around the pond.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway

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Coast/Beach:

Situated in the heart of France, Burgundy has navigable rivers, canals and lakes. On the River Yonne at Sens (10 mins from Voisines) there is rowing, sailing and water-skiing. At Villeneuve-sur-Yonne (approx 20 mins) windsurfing, canoeing and kayaking are popular and the large lakes of 'Forêt d'Orient' national park near Troyes (33miles +) offer boating and fishing, and have a sea-side feel with sandy beaches for swimming and sun-bathing.

Travel:

Channel Tunnel (4 hours), Dieppe (3.5hours), Paris Charles de Gaulle & Orly airports, (50 – 60 miles). Free parking at Sens station & frequent direct trains to Gare de Lyon & Gare de Bercy (fast train is 55mins) make Paris easy to reach. Use of a car is recommended as Voisines is not directly linked into a public transport network though taxis are available from Sens. Nearest car-hire is in Sens (Avis etc). Cars can be collected from Sens station by arrangement with the car-hire companies.

Distances:

Old Burgundian villages within a 7 mile radius include Soucy, Fontaine La Gaillard, Saligny, Fleurigny, Thorigny. Sens is 6.5 miles. Other nearby places of interest: Provins-World Heritage site (18miles), Pontigny Cistercian abbey (31miles), Troyes (33miles), Auxerre (36miles), Chablis (39miles), Noyers-sur-Serein (44miles), Chateau Saint-Fargeau (46miles), Vezelay-World Heritage site (61miles), Fontainebleau palace (37 miles), Palace of Versailles (79 miles), Disneyland Paris (58miles).

Further Details:

The local area has a rich scattering of pretty villages & hamlets, easy bike-rides or walks through deep forest & fields. Riding, Go-Karting nearby. For supermarkets, main shopping, banking etc the ancient small city of Sens (popl 27,000) is just 10 mins drive. By the river Yonne, still with remains of its Roman town wall and medieval buildings, Sens boasts the first Gothic cathedral in France, an excellent museum & award-winning park. Plus a range of shops, cafes, restaurants, cinemas, theatre, hospital, swimming pool and free parking under the huge plane trees in the avenue encircling the old town. A year-round highlight is the twice-weekly market (Mondays & Fridays) spilling onto the streets with clothes, shoes, baskets and bric a brac. Food lovers are spoilt for choice with dozens of stalls selling mouth-watering local food products (“produits terroir”) delicious Yonne cheeses (Soumaintrain, Chaource, Delice and Epoisses), foie gras, venison terrines and patés, jambon persille, artisanal breads, honey, almonds, seasonal fruits, wild mushrooms and vegetables. Many special places of interest are within easy reach: the lovely Provins (with fabulous 'spectacles' for children), Vezelay, & Noyers sur Serein (all UNESCO world heritage sites),Troyes, the Cistercian abbey at Pontigny (associated with St Thomas a Beckett, as is Sens cathedral), Chablis; the ancient Fosse Dionne at Tonnerre legendary home of the ‘serpent basilic’; Chateaux Saint-Fargeau, Versailles & Fontainebleau and of course, Paris itself, Champagne and Disneyland Paris. Further afield the vineyards of Beaune and Southern Burgundy - near enough for a day trip. For treasure-hunters, every Sunday from April to late October there are brocantes (car boot sales), also called “vide grenier”. Each village has at least one a year, Voisine's is in early June. These are fun for all the family, a great way to explore the area, eat local 'saucisson' & maybe find a real bargain!

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Rates & Availability

From £395 Per week

Voisines House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
May 24 2015 - Jul 4 2015
7 night minimum stay
£650
 
 
Jul 5 2015 - Sep 5 2015
7 night minimum stay
£820
 
 
Sep 6 2015 - Oct 17 2015
7 night minimum stay
£490
 
 
Oct 18 2015 - Oct 31 2015
7 night minimum stay
£590
 
 
Nov 1 2015 - Dec 19 2015
7 night minimum stay
£395
 
 
Dec 20 2015 - Jan 2 2016
7 night minimum stay
£820
 

Notes

  • Booking Notes:
    Contact Paul and Anne Gardner to make a booking or if you have any enquiries about the property or area. We welcome emails or phone calls to answer your queries.

    Bookings are confirmed with a deposit of 25% of the total rental charge. The balance of the full rental fee is due 6 weeks prior to the rental start date, along with a £100 deposit against damage. The damage deposit is fully refunded within 14 days of your departure after an inspection of the property.

    Changeover Day:
    Changeover day is usually Saturday but other days may be possible - please ask. A rental of less than 7 days may be possible out of season - please ask.

    Notes on prices:
    Prices are for the property per week and include bedlinen, towels, electricity, gas, wood. No additional charge is made for cleaning but we do ask guests to leave the house reasonably clean and tidy.
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Amenities

Voisines House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
General:
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Shower room 1 - shower
  • Ground floor modern bathroom with white bath, shower over bath, hand basin and WC. Window opening out onto courtyard. Upstairs modern bathroom with shower, white hand basin, WC, Velux window looking towards the church.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8+ (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with extra wide single bed. Bedroom 3 with king size bed leading to bedroom 4. Bedroom 4 with double bed and single bed. Comfy futon if extra bed required.
Entertainment:
  • Television
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: The house has full gas central heating. Tripp Trapp high chair. Yamaha CD/radio with iPod docking station. The house sleeps 8 but an additional guest could be catered for using the futon provided in Bedroom 4. We will need to charge for this unless you provide your own additional bedlinen and towels. Please discuss with us beforehand so that we can ensure your stay is comfortable. One or two well-behaved dogs, with their own bedding, are welcome but we ask owners to please discuss arrangements with us before booking so as to avoid any misunderstandings. There is a no-smoking policy. Outside: On two levels connected by a wooden door through the courtyard wall, the gardens are a favourite place. The lower, gated courtyard garden has a handsome pond with goldfish and some beautiful water lilies a gravelled parking area, old greenhouse, roses, bay tree and other shrubs, silver birches and pollarded lime on the grassed area, a stone patio, rock garden and a well loved fig tree. Secure, well-sheltered and with good natural shade in summer it is ideal for outdoor meals and relaxing. There is a built-in barbeque in the tiled, open end of the barn. The upper garden or orchard is planted with, cherry, damson & walnut trees. Open & south-facing it offers gorgeous views over the village and of the surrounding countryside. A range of garden furniture is provided and guests are welcome to use any of our outdoor games left accessible (at own risk) eg table-tennis, badminton, boules. There is parking in the courtyard for 2-3 cars. Utility Room: Microwave, dishwasher, washing machine. Large larder cupboard and coat cupboard. Tiled floor. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and bed linen included. The property is cleaned for your arrival with all beds made with fresh linen. A change of bedlinen & towels is provided for stays of more than one week.

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