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Self contained cottage in canal village in Burgundy, France

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Two double bedrooms (+ folding bed) in a charming, well serviced canal village.

Self-contained house in a charming, well-appointed canal village. The house features two double bedrooms plus a folding bed. There is unlimited wifi, and a 80cm LCD TV with a basic DVD player. The house is only a 1-2 minute walk to the main square, and has a garden area with table and chairs. The village features a boulengerie, a small but comprehensive grocery store, an excellent restaurant, a bar in the main square, pharmacy, florist, hair-dresser, and a marina on the Canal du Nivernais. Overlooked by the beautiful old church, the village has a railway station, with the line leading to Auxerre and on to Paris. Not too far from larger towns like Avallon & Auxerre, the village makes a great base from which to explore this part of Burgundy.

Check-in and Check-out: Minimum rental is 3 nights. Check-in time is generally 4pm, and the house must be vacated 10am on the day of departure.

Instructions for entry will be made available on receipt of full payment.

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Narelle or Graeme Bell
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, Basic German
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2017

About Narelle or Graeme Bell

We are Australians who wanted to have a property to visit for longer periods when we retire. We couldn't afford anything posh, but we have made sure the house is comfortable and functional.

Narelle or Graeme Bell purchased this house in 2009

Why Narelle or Graeme Bell chose Yonne

The village is lovely, with a good selection of shops and services for its size.

What makes this house unique

The surrounding area is beautiful, and being rural, is relatively easy to drive around. We get on really well with the neighbours, a couple of whom are happy to speak English. The river and canal are lovely beautiful, with lovely wild flowers in season. Birds and deer roam the forests.


Châtel-Censoir House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (semi-detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Heated towel rail.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Authentic wooden furnishing with large wardrobes.
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Television ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • tennis
There is a separate garden area which has a table and 4 chairs. There should be some basic consumables available when you arrive. We encourage guests to replace what has been used for the convenience of others. In this way everyone should feel that what they use is balanced by what they leave behind.


4.3/5 -
(3 traveler reviews)

Self contained cottage in canal village in Burgundy, France
average rating of 4.3333335 based on 3 reviews
London, UK

Charming village cottage

  • 4 of 5

This cottage worked well for our stay for the 4 of us. It was functional with a good bathroom and a layout that worked well for us with one bedroom of the lounge and the other off the dining area. It is situated in a village with a great bakery, a bar and a good restaurant. The surrounding area is beautiful with so much to do - the folder of flyers in the cottage was very helpful in choosing where to go. Would certainly go back again.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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a good property...

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely stay at this property for 2 weeks in October. The owners had described the property to us as 'comfy and functional but not posh' and that is a good summary! The cottage is pretty basic, but provides an excellent base for exploring the area. The owner communicated really well, always responding promptly and helpfully to any queries. The house was clean. We were warm, dry, safe and comfortable. Great little washing machine, and a lovely shower. The rennovated kitchenette and bathroom were great. The little garden just up the road was excellent for drying washing and for our children to play. We loved the village of Chatel Censoir - very friendly with helpful shop keepers. Highlights for us were various walks along the canal tow path (we wished we had bicycles with us - I think you can hire them in the summer), a visit to the caves at Arcy Sur Cure, the nearby town of Vezelay is well worth a visit, a visit to Auxerre including a boat trip, and the children (aged 8 and 5) loved Cardoland - a must if you have children with even the remotest interest in fossils and dinosaurs. We even managed a day trip to Paris, catching the train from Auxerre. The Morvan park is beautiful - we saw some wonderful birds there, and the visitors centre is excellent - they provided us with an excellent children's nature trail / quiz. Opening times of many attractions are very limited outside of the main summer season but we managed to find enough to do. The autumn colours were beautiful. A good holiday, and a real feel of French life.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2011
  • Stayed: Oct 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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holiday in chatel Censior

  • 5 of 5

The property was situiated in a fantastic little village with a small super market ,bakery ,a pub and a very good restaurant, and every one was very friendly. there is a market every thursday morning get up early! The walks by the canal and river were beautiful and serene. whilst the kitchen was only big enough for one (suited me fine ) the accommodation was roomy enough for the 3 of us. A great power shower and new bathroom clean and very nicely done. Want to go back again NOW! well perhaps next year.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Emu. Although we renovated in 2009, we tried to keep the place authentic, even down to the furniture, which we bought from the previous owner (an elderly French lady).
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Nearest Barpub
0.2 Kilometres
Le Castelcensorien, Chatel-Censoir
Nearest Train
1.02 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.9 Kilometres
Letape des Gourmets, Chatel-Censoir
Car: recommended

The charming village of Chatel-Censoir sits on the Canal du Nivernais and River Yonne at the northern edge of the Morvan National Park.

The village is small, yet has an excellent selection of local services, including great dining in the village and nearby towns. The Thursday morning markets are a must for local produce, cuisine and much more.

Shops in the village include a small but comprehensively stocked supermarket, a bakery (boulangerie), doctor's surgery (she speaks perfect English), pharmacy, service station with fuel pumps, hairdresser, railway station, marina on the canal, and more. There is a tourist information office, open only in the tourist season.

The house was renovated in 2014, but has been kept faithful to its original style. The floors are mostly beautiful old tiles, and the furniture has a lovely, traditional character. We find the neighbours to be very friendly, so be sure to say Bonjour when they pass by.

We especially recommend fresh croissants, bread and pastries from the boulangerie, or a croque monsieur and a coffee at the café while you watch the world go by. Strolls or bike rides along the canal paths are a must, and drives in the country are quite easy in this rural district. Look out for gems like antique shops, cafes and vineyards. There are numerous churches, abbeys, chateaux, museums and natural attractions in the area.

The larger towns of Avallon and Auxerre are only 26 and 37km away respectively (16 and 23 miles). The regional capital, Dijon, is just over 100km away.

A compendium of activities and attractions has been added to by various guests. Other nearby attractions include: the UNESCO heritage-listed village of Vezelay (15km/9 miles), caves of Arcy sur Cure (18 km/11 miles), Chablis (a great name for wines, 44km/27 miles), St Brisson (musee de resistance - 55km/34 miles), Tonnerre (57km/35 miles), Montbard (TGV station - 68km/42 miles), Abbey de Fontenay (73km/45 miles), Flavigny-sur-Ozerain (location of the film 'Chocolat' - 83km/51 mIles), Source of the Seine (106km/66 miles).

You can fish in the river or canal. For a licence to do so visit - the tourist information office will assist if required.


Rates & Availability

Châtel-Censoir House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2017
Apr 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Winter 17/18
Nov 1 2017 - Mar 31 2018
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $256.74
Pet Fee $0

200 Euro security deposit is required and will be refunded if the property is left in good order.
Payment can be by Paypal, or transfer to UK, French or Australian bank accounts.
Price includes cleaning and change-over.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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