The Farmhouse has two bedrooms, l double and one twin and is the perfect house for a family or 2 couples. They are located either side of the salon up individual staircases. There is a shower room with an open shower and separate WC. The garden to the front is secluded and has a BBQ and garden furniture for four people. Access to the pool is through the garden or up the side lane of the property. Parking is provided for one car.
There is a salon/dining/kitchen area and the kitchen is fully and well equipped. There is comfortable seating in the salon area and an open 'wood burning stove'. Wood is provided in the winter as is the central heating. There is a beautiful veranda at the front of the property, perfect for relaxing and admiring the view across the courtyard.
These three cottages are set in Ecorsaint, a sleepy hamlet with glorious views and many local attractions only 50kms north west of Dijon. All three cottages are of a very high standard with good catering facilities and a great deal of comfort. There are private individual areas for relaxing in the garden, which extends into the forest beyond. This is an ideal location for a large group of friends or family but also works very well for separate groups. The heated pool is available during the summer and has stunning views across the valley. The pool house has a shower, separate WC, sink, fridge, changing room, table tennis and a fantastic BBQ area. There are also many outdoor pursuits available locally, sport climbing at Hauteroche only 10 min away, cycling along the Burgundy canal, mountain bike trails at the Morvan Park or simply exploring the countryside by foot
The Burgundy Canal: Linking up the the Yonne and Saône rivers, the Burgundy canal first flows through the valley of the Armançon and makes its way through a 3 300 long canal tunnel near Pouilly-en-Auxois before joining the Saône at Saint-Jean-de-Losne. Departure bases with boat rental berths include Brienon-sur-Armançon, Tonnerre, Vénarey-les-Laumes, Pouilly-en-Auxois, Saint-Florentin and Saint-Jean-de-Losne. Among the many attractions to see near the banks of the the Burgundy Canal are the Chateau de Tanlay the exceptional cistercian Abbey de Fontenay (a world heritage site) the mediaeval village of Chateauneuf. Canal mariners can even stop at Dijon where the Duke of Burgundy left such a rich heritage of architectural treasures.
The Burgundy Vineyards: No visit to Burgundy can be complete without seeing some of the most famous vineyards in the world. The 'route des Grands Crus' (roughly, 'road of the fine wines') is the name of a tourist route situated in the south of the region.
The 80-kilometre route starts in Dijon and ends in Santenay, and is punctuated by 33 villages or little towns, including Beaune, many of which have picturesque churches.
The route is named because it follows from north to south the middle of the Cote d'Or escarpment, where many world-class wines are produced. The road lies mid-slope in the middle of the vineyards and takes the visitor through the vineyards of the Cote de Nuits and the Cote de Beaune and the back hills (Hautes-Cotes) behind and above the wine slopes.
Outdoor Pursuits: There is so much to do in the Burgundy region of France, whether you want a peaceful & relaxing holiday to experience cheese & fine wine, gentle rambling & sightseeing, or an action packed holiday full of hiking, climbing & mountain biking, Burgundy has it all...
I currently live in the UK but spend a lot of time in Burgundy. I spend my time teaching yoga, climbing and managing the houses in France which were originally set up by my mother 15 years ago and have been in the family for a long time.
I completed my teacher training with Sun Power Yoga in 2015 and have been teaching since in various different studios.
I am a barefoot dreamer, free spirit, adventure seeking traveller, pursuer of happiness and lover of life. I am passionate about yoga, wellness and healthy living and believe that everyone deserves to be healthy, happy and free. I am inspired by people, nature and the amazing world that we live in. Yoga has taught me so many things about both myself and life.
I have a dream of turning the villas into a self sustained community of holiday makers, travellers, families and like minded people. Its a magical place where people should come together, enjoy some time and simply relax.
Katie Hopwood purchased this farmhouse in 1975
These properties are unique because of the beautiful swimming pool which overlooks the valley. They are a perfect get away for a couple or family or even as a whole complex for weddings, retreats or big get togethers. We are completely dog friendly and welcome everybody. Ecorsaint is a truly beautiful, peaceful and magical place with so much to offer around it.
Heated swimming pool and the houses are set around a courtyard making it perfect to also rent as a whole for many people, weddings or events. We also run yoga/meditation/pilates retreats and are available for any other function deemed suitable.
Just wanted to say that we had a wonderful time in Ecorsaint. We enjoyed the house, the garden and the swimmingpool very much. The children had great fun and we did too. Richard was very kind. We love to cook and also enjoyed the well equipped kitchen and of course the beautiful surroundings.
A lovely place in the countryside for a relaxing and peaceful holiday. The property has all that you might need and is reasonably comfortable, being furnished in a fairly typical "gite-like" fashion. The bedrooms are a very good size and the shower room is great. The grounds are very nice and the pool is a really good size and has a table tennis table in the same area. There are plenty of places to visit within half an hour to an hours drive, with the nearest supermarket and boulangerie a 10-15 minute drive. A good place to get away from it (no tv or radio, so make your own fun) and relax.
The Farmhouse was a nice cottage that suited our needs. It was well located in close proximity to many interesting place within an hour's drive (Flaviny, Abbaye de Fontenay, Dijon, Beaune, Vezelay, Avallon, Troyes). We were lucky that the families in the other two cottages had kids at similar ages as ours so they played together. The 3 cottages were much closer to each other than what we expected or could tell from the pictures.
We used of the garden, the bbq, the pool, the ping pong table and the swings. The main living space in the cottage was of adequate size. The kitchen was quite basic but functional and had everything we needed.
The bedrooms were spacious and comfortable however, the toilet was a downstairs, quite a walk away.
Unfortunately the TV didn't work when we were there and we missed the Olympics but Richard was on the case to fix it. Internet connection was incredibly slow. In the cases when we needed things we contacted Richard, who was normally around to fix things and check that everything was going well.
Overall we had a great holiday.
I have stayed in all 3 of these beautiful houses many times over the past 10 years. Some have been with children, some without. The descriptions are accurate and the owner always thoughtful and attentive. They are decorated in a really relaxing, country style - always seemed to be space and clarity.
The pool has an amazing view and so much space round it.
There is so much to do in the area - swimming in the pool or the local lake, walking, visiting a little children's zoo / fun park, going to Roman remains, finding the source of the Seine, chateaux, a cheese village ( very smelly ! ), lovely Dijon if a city visit is needed etc etc. The children were never bored and loved the freedom the land and village gave them - that bit of France is not heaving with tourists. The local town rents bikes for cycling along the canal towpath - and always pretty villages, cafes, bars etc.
I honestly can't think of what to dislike - except of course, as anywhere, the weather can be varied !
I highly recommend any of the 3 houses - you will fall in love with Burgundy !!
A narrow street leads up the hill to the hamlet and the three gites close to the copse. The property is rural, the house is clean and well furnished and reasonably comfortable. The kitchen offers almost all the things you need, there is a tv and dvd player in the living room, bedrooms are at a very good size and comfortable. The bathroom offers a great shower room, the toilet is separated, both rooms at the ground floor with a separate staircase leading up to the second bedroom. There is a nice place to sit outside and having barbecue, the pool is a really good size and has a table tennis next to it.
By car you can get to a number of places to visit within half an hour (e.g. Semur en Auxois, Abbey du Fontenay) to an hours drive (Dijon, Beaune) - also listen to the recommendations of the owner of the house. The nearest supermarket and boulangerie is a 15 minute drive.
Apart from the cultural activities, the area offers a wealth of leisure pastimes. Long hikes, bicycle rides (bike hire in Les Laumes), numerous horse riding centres, or tennis. All the water sports are available at nearby lakes and reservoirs, or take advantage of the river at the bottom of Ecorsaint hill for paddling and swimming. Rock climbing for the specialist is possible across the valley in the village of Hauteroche (high rocks). Golfing facilities can be found either in Dijon or in the beautiful grounds of the Chateau de Chailly (35 min drive).
This is a very lush region and there are walks within minutes of the cottages, up into the forests surrounding it, one which leads to a Roman cemetery still with a sarcophagus in place! It's possible to walk through these forests into Flavigny Sur Ozerain where the film 'Chocolat' was made.
By car from Calais it takes approximately 5 hours; from Paris 3 hours and Dijon takes three quarters of an hour.
Other Activities: Climbing is available at several nearby sites. The nearest one at Hauteroche is 10 min away