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Discover the Morvan a Hidden Secret of France, the wonders of Burgundy and Paris

Bedrooms 1
Space 376 sq. ft.
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

Our Architect Designed Studio Apartment overlooking the Morvan National Park

This apartment with its balcony is ideal for a couple wanting a quiet base in the heart of Burgundy from which to explore the hidden treasures of the region.It was completed in 2010 being accessed by a shared atrium with the main property; it has its own front door from the first floor landing.Although essentially a modern construction ,it has been sypathetically built using traditional methods and materials with exposed beams in the main living area.

It comprises 30 M² of living space, providing dining facilities for up to 4 persons, comfortable easy chairs and a pull-down double bed which retracts into a storage unit in the daytime, should you so wish. The studio includes home entertainment centre, English /French TV, and Wi-Fi link. There is a Galley Kitchen equipped with multi-function oven, hotplates, and refrigerator with icebox. There is a contemporary shower room. All of which is heated by radiators and a wood burning fire (should that be necessary. Tables, chairs, and recliners are available with a BBQ for use in the 4,000M² of gardens which guests are welcome to wander through. We specialise in roses and have nearly 200 in flower from late June. our heather beds flower throughout the year and we have over a 1000 spring bulbs; the weather here is very agreeable for most of the year with autumn extending well into November and spring bringing the garden to life in march;

Our newly constructed swimming pool is available for the use of our guests, who might otherwise choose to swim in one of the larger lakes typical of the region.

We provide an extensive range of visitor guides and are usually available on site to assist with a program of activities. Ann was one of 3 to produce 2 visitor guides to the area written in French and English to link the watercolour paintings of a local artist.

The property is readily accessible from Paris and Lyon, both 2.5 hours’ drive away. Alternatively, you may choose to arrive by train via TGV to Montbard or local service to Avallon. A day trip to Paris can be easily accomplished using the TGV (65 minutes to Gare de Lyon), similarly Euro Disney.

Both Avallon and Montbard have sites for the major rental firms.

The markets in Avallon and Quarré- Les -Tombes on Saturday and Sunday respectively provide the opportunity to experience an important part of French life at first hand, just sitting and watching the world go by in a cafe or salon de thé is very rewarding. In rural France, everyone has and takes time. Lunch can take 2hours! Both places have the necessary shops and services and are only 7 kms away.

If you seek a gastronomic evening try one of the many fine restaurants nearby including 2 Michelin starred, where you can taste fine wines and enjoy the wonderful foods of this region.

One of our walking groups spends 2-3 hours following the well-defined footpaths just to end up at a local hostelry for a 3 course meal for less than €20, of course you can spend upwards of €40 for a menu de degustation (tasting many courses and accompanying wines) The famous Burgundy vineyards of Beaune and Chablis can be visited, needless to say one can spend a day in either region sampling the array of products. Organised walking tours are now increasingly popular where food and wine are included, our version of the triathlon, walk, eat and drink! we are trying the Côte de Nuit this summer.

Our house and apartment are to be found on the edge of Marrault, a small village known for its 2 lakes and its association with Louis Pasteur. Importantly NOT isolated like some, we are very much part of the community here. From all the windows, there are outstanding panoramic views. The house faces south so we have 180 degrees to watch the sun rising and setting. Both footpaths and Mountain bike routes pass the foot of the garden and we will happily give you maps and directions; Many would be best described as challenging, but canal footpaths provide a more leisurely alternative. A walk around the village will enable you to look over the chateau and its associated chapel and could take you down to the valley of the River Cousin and the Mill.

The area of the Morvan is heavily wooded with streams, rivers, and lakes, each of which is designated for a recreational activity. Attractions include canoe/kayaking, fishing, a tree climbing activity centre (try the black route!), and several horse trekking centres. The Morvan is noted for its wildlife and the garden which is regularly visited by a wide range of birds.

There are many fine chateau and fortified villages to be viewed, notably Montreal, Epoisses, Semur and Noyers; Art galleries abound and there are numerous concerts to be experienced; We have a medieval castle under construction at Guédelon, which must be one of the most exciting of archaeological projects in the world today. A walk through some of our small towns will take you into another age of history. You may choose to research the life and times (Louis X1V) of Marshall Vauban, whose birthplace is nearby as well as his home at Bazoches. On the southern edge of the Morvan lies Autun with its Roman amphitheatre, museums, and military history; a new interactive museum is to be found at Alécia which tells the story of the battle between the Gaul’s and Caesar; The areological site is to be found nearby; as is Flavigny-sur-ozerain, the village where the film " Chocolat" was made, another of the "plus beaux villages de France". President Mitterrand on his retirement helped establish the Musée de la Resistance locally at the National Park centre which also hosts a history of the local culture.

The World Heritage site of Vezelay can be reached in 20 minutes where you can ascend the main street to the Basilica, from where there are magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. The start of a long-distance walk to the north of Spain, the village has true historical significance as well as being an art haven;

Our local town of Avallon, not to be outdone was recently voted into the top 100 towns to visit in France, perched as it is on a rocky outcrop overlooking the cousin valley. The river historically provided the power for over 20 mills treating everything from grain to leather. a walk around the old town reveals so much with its art galleries, museums and churches; The ramparts originally had over 20 towers but only 7 now remain.

Dijon is well worth a visit. The administrative capital of Burgundy, it can be reached within the hour by motorway or you can take another 15 minutes by the old route national; For its history, we would refer you to the website for Burgundy. Auxerre is closer and in our view, is a beautiful city with great churches standing above the Yonne river. you can take boat trips from here as well which follow the river and the broad canal. the river was once used for floating timber up to Paris in large rafts. the logs originated from the Morvan and were flooded down to Corbigny and Clamecy to be assembled.

Many of our guests have also chosen to progress onto a week or more on the canals travelling up/down the Rhone valley from Lyon, or as already referred to Nevers to Paris taking in the Loire valley;

So why is the region described as" the hidden secret of France" you may ask; We have come to think that it is because visitors rush by on their way to Paris, travelling North or to the Mediterranean travelling South, possibly stopping off overnight but never long enough to explore the area. those that do are truly surprised by what they find. one might add that the locals like it the way it is! We would be only too happy to enable you to become among the informed.

For further information, do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to seeing you.

More Details

Ann and Trevor Jefcoate
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french
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Calendar last updated:
September 5, 2017

About Ann and Trevor Jefcoate

we are both retired teachers, who chose to retire to the Avallon region. our family still remain in the UK necessitating periodic visits.

we continue to be very active within the community,being active church-goers and members of the Department Horticultural society.We enjoy walking and are members of 2 associations. Avallon provides many cultural outlets and we enjoy singing and folk dancing;

our garden is a passion and currently we have a number of specialities which we share with the local horticultural society.

Ann and Trevor Jefcoate purchased this studio in 2007

Why Ann and Trevor Jefcoate chose Magny

One of our sons is an architect, so this property was an opportunity for him to design a house which meets our needs and provides a flexible use of space;It is designed to be environmentally friendly using solar panels and rainwater recycling;it has a southerly aspect and each room receives the benefits of heating in winter and shade in summer.

it was built in a field, so the garden has developed from nothing over the seven years of occupancy.The studio was added in the second phase of construction being completed in 2010.

The area has been a venue for our holidays over many years and we have established long standing friendships which have enabled to quickly become integrated into the local community. They tell us we now know the area better than they do;to the extent that we have been involved with several projects with the local tourist office.


Château de Bazoches
"The home of Vauban,this small chateau is an hour well spent; couple this with a trip to the ..."
"A world Heritage site,Vezelay is at the start point of one of the long pilgrimages traversin..."
Château d'Époisses
"You will wonder how this old fortified town is still standing!"
"For those of you interested in the manufacture of their traditional sweets,the site of the f..."
"noted for its white wines based on the chardonnay grape, it provides the opportunity for a "..."
La queue du lac
"a "honeypot " for locals at the week-end ,you can sit and watch the world go by. Boasts 3 to..."
"Another local town with a history which goes back to Roman times,noted for its Museums,amphi..."
Morvan Resistance Museum
"located at Saint Brisson,it was established by President Mitterand upon his retirement. it f..."
"Renowned for the select red wines of the region. A day's wine tasting in the Beaune Villages..."
"The capital of Burgundy, it provides a wealth of historical buildings(galleries,churches,the..."
Nearest Airport
180 Miles
Both Paris CDG and Lyon are 2.5 hours drive away
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Quarré Les Tombes
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Both Avallon and Montbard(TGV) have stations
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
A6 junction 22
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Quarré Les Tombes has 3 quality restaurants
Nearest Beach
7 Miles
many of the local lakes have beaches
Car: necessary

HISTORY Wherever you look you will find evidence of the different influences on the life of the region from early Christianity and Roman times through the medieval age to the industrial revolution and the transition from water power to the introduction of fuels such as wood.The area lies on a line of conflict between states,religious groups and was truly significant in the second world war.If you have the time research the likes of Vauban, the world heritage site of Vezelay,the industrial heritage of the Cousin valley,the floating of timber down the Seine and the creation of the many lakes of the Morvan.

You can also visit the websites of wonderful small towns such as Noyers sur Serein, Montreal, Semur en Auxois and of course Avallon

FINE DINING OR GOOD EATING For those who would chose to eat in the apartment, the kitchen although small is well equipped. for others for whom eating out once or twice in the week is part of the holiday there are many restaurants to choose from ranging in price and artistry; There are 3 star michelin chefs in St Pere and Saulieu; 3 high quality providers in Quarre and others to many to detail in the surrounding villages. All provide 3 or more courses from various menus ranging in price from22 to 122 Euros each.

For those with an interest in good wine we can recommend routes that will take you tasting through the Chablis vineyards to St Bris and the Cote D'Auxois. If you prefer a good red wine then try Irancy or venture south to the Cote d'Or or the Beaune Villages.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES as you might expect in an area with so many lakes,rivers and hills there is ample opportunity for those who want to walk,cycle,fish,climb,sail or swim.

As members of the local group of ramblers we can suggest a variety of local walks varying in length and intensity. many e arriving at a local hostelry! The trans Morvan mountain bike route passes the foot of the garden and the Lorvan regularly hosts the French championships and the Tour de France.

In recent times both the French and European canoe/kyak championships have also been held locally.

For the anglers amongst us fishing licences for the whole of the Yonne department are available at a very reasonable cost. the local rivers being categorised as Grade 1 (good for trout) and the lake down our road is grade 2 for coarse fishing.

River cliff climbing and 'Go Ape' type tree escapades will provide for the more adventurous.

Each of the local lakes has its activity designated,which is where you will find the sailing and the swimming, although Avallon has an indoor pool, the summer months are warm enough for a longer excursion;

MUSEUMS these are obviously linked to the history, but we would recommend Chateau Bazoches and the local museum for Vauban, the Eco museum and Musee de la Resistance at the Maison du Parc is well wortha visit. More specialised is the costume museum in Avallon or the Gallo Romain museum at St Pere.

SHOPPING , Avallon provides a full range of shops, those at Quarre are for daily needs

CULTURAL INTERESTS Vezelay is noted for the Basilica, and is linked to the pilgrimage to St Jacques de Compostelle. The crusades also set out from here.As you walk up through the village you are challenged by a sequence of art galleries. Through the summer concerts are a feature of many of the churches and local Blivet opera school is prominent in many of these productions; further afield the Auditorium at Dijon is outstanding. The villagers of Montreal re-enact an historical pageant twice in July.


Magny Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 376 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Shower room
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Studio apartment with integral double bed and clothes storage
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Discover the Morvan a Hidden Secret of France, the wonders of Burgundy and Paris
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews

Sehr schön und super nette Vermieter

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Die Vermieter sind super nett und sehr hilfsbereit. Insbesondere die Empfehlungen zu Ausflugszielen waren sehr gut. Die Wohnung hat alles geboten, was wir brauchten und dazu einen tollen Blick in die Umgebung. Der schöne Garten lädt zum Schlendern ein und an heißen Tagen war die Abkühlung im Pool optimal. Wir haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt. Gern kommen wir wieder.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

additional cleaning $29.62

Included in our prices for a weekly stay is the provision of a welcome pack which provides all your basic needs for your arrival, including bread, milk,butter etc
In addition fresh vegetables and fruit are available in season;
The owners reserve the right to charge for electricity and additional cleaning should that prove necessary;We will provide wood for the fire for winter stays.
All sheets and towels are provided.Will confirm availability.

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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