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Stephen Girardin

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english, french

18th Century property 1h from Paris

26 Reviews
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Overview

Aisne Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Stunning Country House, 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths (Sleeps 4-10)

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 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.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Stephen Girardin (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks: english, french

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 Aisne

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.

Reviews

5
based on 26 traveler reviews

18th Century property 1h from Paris
average rating of 4.9615383 based on 26 reviews
5

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
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GREAT!!

  • 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: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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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WOW! What a truly remarkable vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We rented the Monthiers property for the week after Christmas. We had a remarkable time. First, some practicalities. The owner was responsive and extremely helpful. There is an property manager close by - which is always reassuring to know -- and she had the home is excellent condition. The property is a little challenging to find, so power up the GPS. The price is remarkable for what one gets.

Now, to the home. The location is quaint and beautiful -- rustic and rural, with small villages, towns and citie close by. The house is substantial and solid -- and extremely good for a large group (there were eight of us, in two families). The outside grounds are kept in great shape and provided lots of room for the three kids (3 to 10) to play. The house is well cared for inside and out. Inside the home, everything worked well (if the Internet is not the fastest, remember you are in rural France!). The rooms were large and well-appointed. The furniture is robust -- which is great for a group with several young kids. The floors and walls are extremely sound proof -- the eight of were together for six days without having to listen to each other's noise the whole time. We could not have relaxed more! There is ample dishware and utensils and the kitchen appliances all worked well (with good instructions for the rather unique washer and dryer). The fire place kept the house toasty warm and was the centrepiece of a great gathering place.

The main floor has a large country-style kitchen and a huge living room/dining room area. There were times when all eight of where in this area without getting in each other's way. The second floor has a large Master Bedroom-type room, a shared bathroom and a second bedroom suite/play area that included a television set and video game console and a separate bedroom with a double bed. Upstairs, there was a shared bathroom (also with full facilities) a wonderful large bedroom with a double bed and, in a cute little loft, a child's bed. My granddaughter loved being upstairs in her special hiding place. This double bedroom also had a neat sitting area/tv space, which was a perfect kid's retreat. The second Master bedroom upstairs was enormous, with a lovely large bed, couch, table, etc. It was gorgeous room, separated from the rest of the house, quiet as could be and very cosy.

Great location, superb hosts, quiet,and wonderful. Close to Paris, Disneyland, Riems and much more. We really lucked out!

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review, we are delighted that you enjoyed the house! Maybe a note to future guests, the house is actually not in "Monthiers". This is a mistake that was originally inserted by the HomeAway/VRBO team and we did not manage to get it corrected yet ...! Monthiers is a village a bit south of ours... that might have complicated your GPS, sorry about that...
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5

Perfect family rural retreat

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful week, perfect house for two families (the TV/games room was a great hit!) loved the log fire, comfy beds, fluffy white towels and all the domestic bits and pieces you might need. A relaxing retreat in between hectic days in Paris and Disneyland. Also enjoyed the champagne festival at Chateau Thierry! Thank you.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind words. We hope to host you again some day.
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Better than we hoped for

  • 5 of 5

The property was truly beautiful, and everything was at least as nice as advertised in the write-up. Everything was clean and there was an abundance of towels, kitchen products and other niceties that made everything that much easier. The location was ideal for us, not too far from Paris and not far from Champagne. Perfect home base to visit the Champagne region. We would go back in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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The French Farmhouse of Your Dreams

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week in this beautiful house, which has the the fieldstone walls, hand hewn beams, and rustic tile floors of the quintessential French farmhouse combined with all the contemporary comforts of modern life. When we arrived, the place was spotlessly clean and Nina the house manager was there to welcome us. We loved the big kitchen, the sitting room, and the outdoor spaces--the place has plenty of gathering places as well as quiet spots to sit and read.

A couple of recommendations--we found a GPS in the car was very helpful for navigating the surrounding country roads, and the book "An Hour From Paris" by Annabel Simms (published by Pallas Athene, ISBN 978 1 873429 49 5) was useful for planning day trips to surrounding towns.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Map

Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Charles de Gaulle International Airport
Nearest Golf
18 Kilometres
Golf du Val Secret
Nearest Train
19 Kilometres
Chateau-Thierry
Nearest Motorway
17 Kilometres
Montreuil-aux-Lions
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.

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Rates & Availability

Chateau-Thierry Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer 2016
Jul 3 2016 - Aug 27 2016
2 night minimum stay
$268
From
$290
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,184
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $28 per night, per additional guest
 
September 2016
Aug 28 2016 - Oct 1 2016
2 night minimum stay
$246
From
$268
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,061
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $28 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas 2016
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 7 2017
3 night minimum stay
$335
$1,173
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $28 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$201
From
$223
Fri,Sat,Sun
$927
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $28 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $335
Pet Fee $34
Cleaning+fixed charges $223

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

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Amenities

Aisne Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 275 m²
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • MP3 Dock
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • 2 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Attractions:
  • 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

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