|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
When you book through the HomeAway checkout, your booking is backed by our Book with Confidence Guarantee™ offering comprehensive payment protection.Learn more
This new apartment with 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 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 center, English /French TV and WiFi 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. Our newly constructed swimming pool is available for the use of our guests,who might otherwise chose 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.
The property is readily accessible from Paris and Lyon,both 2.5 hours drive away. Alternatively you may chose to arrive by train via TGV to Montbard or local service to Avallon.Where the major rental firms are to be found.Both Avallon and Quarré Les Tombes have the necessary shops and services,both only 7kms away.
We are located in Marrault a small village known for its 2 lakes and its association with Louis Pasteur. From its windows there are outstanding panoramic views.
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 is regularly visited by a wide range of birds.
There are many fine chateau and fortified villages to be viewed, notably Montreal and Noyers;Art galleries abound and there are numerous concerts to be experienced;Dijon is well worth a visit.
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. The famous Burgundy vineyards of Beaune and Chablis can be visited,needless to say one can spend day in either region sampling the array of products.
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;
nearby lies the small town of Avallon, recently voted into the top 100 towns to visit in France,perched as it is on a rocky outcrop overlooking the cousin valley.
We have a medieval castle under construction and a walk through some of our small towns will take you into another age of history. You may chose to research the life and times(Louis X1V) of Marshall Vauban, whose birthplace is nearby as well as his home at Bazoches.
Many of our guests have also chosen to progress onto a week or more on the canals or sailing up the Rhone.
For further information do not hesitate to contact us.
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 members of the Church Board in the parish. 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
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.
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.
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.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Sep 4 2016 - Nov 26 2016
3 night minimum stay
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.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.