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18th Century property 1h from Paris

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,960 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Stunning Country House, 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths (Sleeps up to 12)

The Gite de Montmanjeon was built at the end of the XVIIIth century, and is fully renovated. The house is located 1h from Paris, 45 minutes from Charles de Gaulle airport, and lies in a peaceful valley.

The house has 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. A large fully equipped kitchen has a table that can seat 8 people. A 50 m2 dining room opened to the south garden has a large table that seats 10-12 people. There is an insert fireplace in the kitchen and a massive fireplace in the dining room. A cozy living room with TV/DVD/video games is also located on the second floor.

You will find high-speed internet, gas BBQ, outdoor patio furniture, ping-pong table, satellite TV, DVD player, video games (Wii U), iPod docking station, stereo, dishwasher, washing machine, clothes dryer, oven, microwave oven, 2 fridges, freezer.

There are 8 bikes (including kids bikes) available for lovely rides in the area.

The Gite de Montmanjeon is conveniently located 60 km from Charles de Gaulle International Airport, 1h drive from Paris, 45' from Reims, 45' from Eurodisney and 1h from Parc Asterix. From the house you will discover the southern part of Picardy and the east of Ile-de-France, with medieval towns, cathedrals, castles, WWI battle sites, the Vallee de la Marne and the Champagne vineyards.

More Details

Stephen Girardin
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 11, 2018

About Stephen Girardin

My parents bought this property when i was 4, and all my childhood memories remain in the walls of this house. I used to live in Paris when i grew up, and we would go to this house every single weekend! After studying biology at the Pasteur Institute (Paris) for several years, I moved with my wife and our two kids to Toronto, where i do research at the University of Toronto.

Stephen Girardin purchased this cottage in 1975

Why Stephen Girardin chose Priez

When we bought this house in 1975, my parents fell in love with the location: so quiet, so secluded, yet so close to Paris (1h drive). The house is surrounded by rolling hills of open farmland, and the only noise you hear is birds singing!

However, when we bought the house, it was in a very rough shape. The roof was leaking and we had to change 500 square meters of roof tiles!! There was no toilet, no bathroom, no heat, and only the kitchen and a bedroom were 'livable'. After nearly 40 years of renovations, we uncovered the original gem, fully renovated 275 square meters of living space, kept the original charm of the old farmhouse, but brought comfort and high-end finish throughout.


Priez Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2960 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • MP3 Dock
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • 4 bicycles
  • 2 garden chairs
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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average rating of 4.9210525 based on 38 reviews

Large and comfortable country house

  • 4 of 5

Our family of 4 stayed here for almost a week during a heat wave in late June and were delighted with our stay in this well-appointed gite. Even though the outside temperatures were in the high 90s, the interior of this stone home stayed a good 10 degrees cooler, making it a nice oasis when returning from our daily trips - don't miss visiting both the German and American WWI memorials nearby. This home is situated next to a farm and is very private but also quite isolated. You will need a car as the nearest village is about a 15-minute round trip. Overall a great place to relax and escape in the many nooks of this house, both inside and out, and read a book, nap, play cards, sip wine...all the while taking in the beautiful views of the rolling wheat fields that surround the property.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place in the middle of the countryside!

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed our stay here! Stayed for 9 nights and enjoyed the peaceful surroundings in the small town we stayed in! Very cool that the house was built in the 1700s. It was great to get away from the craziness of Paris and be right in the middle between Disneyland Paris and Champagne houses. If you are looking for a spot to take your kids to Disneyland and also have some adult time in the champagne houses, it can't be beat! Also, Stephen is great at giving his tips on restaurants and places to visit in the area. Would definitely do it again!

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
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  • 5 of 5

Fabulous house wanted for nothing very comfortable everything catered for wonderfully tranquil cockerels in the morning owls and bats in the evening great location for champagne tasting which of course we did. We were a party of 6 adults and we rattled around the house. Go and stay it's fabulous we will be back

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the nice review. We'd love to have you back!
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Fantastic house and surroundings

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful property - large enough for four couples without getting in each others way. The best information pack for a house that we have rented in France - thanks Stephen. Can recommend the restaurant Les Ruines at La Ferte Milon - one of the best meals we have had in France and the welcome from the owner was great. Coming from NZ it was great to find a well stocked kitchen as far as utensils, crockery etc - a really great kitchen for cooking in. We enjoyed our stay - 1 week was too short.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Pam, thanks for your review and the kind words. Our top goal is that guests are happy with their experience in our home, and that what we offer meets travellers' expectations. Feeling at home is important, especially when you travelled from the other side of the planet! We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay. Stephen
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A month of bliss

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our recent 4-week stay (June 2016) at this property. The villa is not only charming (actually even better than the photos!) but also very spacious with everything one could possibly need in a great vacation home. It is well kept and everything is in working order. The surrounding grounds are lovely and peaceful, with separate cozy areas (in and out of the sun) to enjoy meals or to simply relax. Our party of 7 was composed of 4 adults (2 couples), 2 teenagers (in separate rooms) and 1 child (mezzanine bedroom). We found that this three-story house afforded everyone ample privacy, yet the kitchen, dining and living rooms were each large enough to comfortably accommodate all of us at the same time for meals and for evening board/card games. The location makes the house feel sechluded, yet we were within driving distance to Paris and many historic WW1 and WW2 sites such as Compiègne, the Somme, the Chemin des Dames, and Verdun. We also enjoyed outtings in the surrounding Champagne area...We highly recommend this property and hope to be back soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Very polite and accommodating host, as well as caretakers. beautifully arranged house, enormous, we were 4 adults and 2 children, and a dog and there was more than enough room. could house another two couples easily. perfects for groups and families. lovely in winter with a great real fire. didn't want to leave. thank you soooo much!!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
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Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the kind review of our home. It was great to host you during this holiday season! Stephen
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Charles de Gaulle International Airport
Nearest Golf
18 Kilometres
Golf du Val Secret
Nearest Train
19 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
17 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Auberge de la Cloche
Car: necessary

19 km from Chateau-Thierry***

The house is located in the most desirable french Picardy countryside, in a very quiet environment. This is a perfect starting point for visiting the Champagne wine region, numerous remarkable castles and cathedrals. The house is also ideally situated for day trips to Paris (95 km), Eurodisney (60 km) and Parc Asterix.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $371.98
Pet Fee $74.4
Cleaning+fixed charges $223.19

For week-end and short stays, please contact the owner. Maximum occupancy is 10-12.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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