Beautiful & spacious, 4 large bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, enclosed pool & garden
Briar & Michel at 'Chez Briar and Michel'
- english, french
About Briar & Michel at 'Chez Briar and Michel'
Briar is British and her husband Michel French.
Briar & Michel at 'Chez Briar and Michel' purchased this Farmhouse in 1998
Why Briar & Michel at 'Chez Briar and Michel' chose Saint-Étienne-des-Oullières
There was no hesitation in choosing this property due to it's location, light airy rooms and wonderful panoramic views of the beautiful region of Beaujolais. We have loved the joint creative project of transforming this once neglected property with great potential and turning it into the bijou that it has become with our own hands.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Being wine lovers we also loved tending the vineyard and participating in the production of our own wine - we have now handed over this job to a producer of organic natural wine. 100% rural setting while at close proximity to the beautiful cities of Macon and Lyon which are abound with culture. The perfect location!
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Beautiful property in the midst of the vineyards
This is a lovely property, with very kind and attentive hosts. We loved the pool, and the house itself has wonderful charm and character, as well as being spotlessly clean and very well equipped throughout. Briar and Michel are very knowledgeable about the wine making process, and gave us some excellent advice on places to go to for tasting wine. Excellent 50m outdoor swimming pool in Belleville. If you visit the water park in Villefrance, don't forget your tight swimming trunks, or you won't be allowed in! (The nearby Decathlon sells very cheap ones, in extremis....)
The interest in near by competition size pools for this sporty family was because one of their sons needed to continue his triathlon training while on holiday - most families find our pool quite adequate!
Fantastic property, lovely big pool and spacious level garden.
Our family enjoyed a wonderful week here in August. The house is spacious, very clean and well equipped. Lovely big pool and garden which we were able to make full use of in the hot weather and the air conditioning in the bedrooms was a huge bonus! Briar and Michel were on hand to help if needed and made us feel very welcome. We would love to stay here again.
A Wonderfull stay !
a fantastically relaxing holiday at " la fleur de bruyere", not a holiday rental, a home from home!
the facilities are outstanding, pool is fab, the house is beautiful and well furnished and the decor well thought of, the gardens and courtyard are great too but it is more the extra touches provided by Briar and Michel that make this place so special.
everything you may need is there, from kitchen utensils to condiments, WIFI that actually works and the choice to watch UK channels or improve your French watching local TV.
All the linen, even pool towels are there, if you need anything just ask Michel or Briar and they are more than happy to help.
Bikes, toys for kids, pooltoys and barbecue with charcoal and lighters!
all you would need is there, in fact, we got to the house Saturday morning and were allowed in early so just went food shopping in the nearby town of belleville, dropped the food in the big kitchen and then relaxed for a week!
Numerous members of my family joined us during our stay enjoying the pool and late lunch in the shade of the chestnut tree, all commented on how Wonderfull the house was.
we stayed with our dog Lola who was also welcomed, the entire gardens and pool are secured making things easy.
Biar and Michel made us feel so welcome and are a wealth of knowledge on what to do and where to go in the region.
All in all a fantastic holiday away from the crowds, surrounded by vineyards and beautiful views of the collines du Beaujolais.
Would we go back again? Absolutely.
We're so glad you appreciated our efforts at making your stay as comfortable as possible! We were pleased to be able to give you the keys to the property early as we did not have a changeover that day, therefore the house was ready in advance. It's not often we can do this, as during summer we usually have out going guests, meaning we need quite a few hours to get everything tip-top for the incoming guests. It's always worth asking in advance though, as you wisely did! ;-)
Great house, great pool, great hosts
The house is a lovely converted barn attached to Briar and Michel's house but very private with its own courtyard. BBQ, table tennis, bikes, children's tractors are all available. The pool is heated, clean and with a useful shallow end and steps for little children. The house is large and well laid out with big bedrooms and all the thoughtful pieces which make a stay stress-free. The area is beautiful and was wonderfully hot (30 degrees C in Aug) with lots to do. Town is a short walk away so is convenient for morning croissants. Briar and Michel are very good, kind and discrete hosts (English and French spoken fluently). Thank you!!
An outstanding property in a beautiful rural area. It's perfect for those who enjoy walking and cycling, visiting vineyards, eating good food and of course lounging by the pool.
The owners Briar and Michel go out of their way to make you welcome and feel at home.
The property is very clean and well presented in a lovely old characteristic farmhouse on the outskirts of a rural village with good shops to wander up to buy the morning croissants and baguette. The grounds are delightful with some stunning views towards Mount Blanc.
There are plenty of bicycles at the property for guests to borrow at no cost, which allow you to explore the beautiful scenery via some well marked cycle routes. There are also plenty of marked walking trails in the area that take you into the heart of the Beaujolais often passing through the vineyards.
There are some lovely picturesque villages nearby with plenty of options for somewhere to eat.
I would definitely recommend this property, especially if you like the outdoor active lifestyle and, yes, we will go back.
Thanks for your kind words Alice. We are so glad you and your Aussie friends enjoyed discovering our beautiful region!
Great place to stay, relax and explore Beaujolais!
We had a really great time staying at this great gite in St Etienne des Oulliere. The Gite is very comfortable and perfect if you want to relax and have lazy days by the pool. The garden is very well looked after and the pool is so nice to cool off in. We loved barbequing in the garden in the evening and also star gazing at night. The gite is very spacious and has all of the home comforts that you could possibly want. We made good use of the table tennis, games and gazebo.
We also managed to explore the hills on mountain bikes and would really recommend this area for keen cyclists. There are plenty of GR routes and tracks to explore as well as great road routes.
Briar and Michel also make you very welcome and are very helpful and knowledgeable about local places to visit and local food and drink. We had a great time and will definitely come back!
'Chez Briar and Michel' is registered as 4 STAR by IN AURIS (the French body for tourism classification). It is set among vineyards with 360° of open views of the Beaujolais hills and valleys. Less than a kilometer's walk to the village, through the vines on the flat, you will find bakers, butchers, mini supermarket, pizza take away, PO and much more. The restaurant serves both chic & bar food, with an out door shady terrace with children's play area. 10 minutes to a large supermarket, 15 to the covered fresh produce market and high street shops in Villefranche.
Horse-riding - 5 minutes drive - take the kids for a test ride!
Go-karting - 8 minutes
Golf - 30 minutes drive. There are various golf clubs of varying size - check out the internet sites for Golf de Beaujolais, & others between Lyon and Macon.
Tennis - 5 minutes - You could either drive or borrow a bike to get there. There are other options further away.
Leisure water park - 15 minutes - slides and tunnels, jacouzy, bubble and whirl pool etc - for all ages.
Tarzan style tree park 10 minutes - This will encourage the teenagers to get out of bed in the morning! With secure harnessing they can climb to great heights and swing through the trees with a variety of different challenges. Parents may want to join in too! There's also a younger/shorter childs' version nearer to the ground and also a mini version for toddlers within arms reach of their parents. If this gets them shouting for more there's another park of the same sort 30 minutes away.
Fishing - 15 minutes - on the banks of the Saone river - day passes can be bought at the café where lunch could then be enjoyed with a plate of frogs legs or white bait.
Lake des Sapins - 40 minutes - peddalos, beach, boats etc.
Flight tours - 15 minutes - local airfield - fly over your holiday home and take snaps from above!
Hiking and Mountain Biking - The Beaujolais is made for this, being totally open with very few fences and walls - we have bikes and maps for your use.
Escape Games - 20 minutes.
Wine tasting visits to private cellars and co-operatives.
The property, boardering with the Crus Brouilly, has its own Beaujolais Villages from previous years in the wine-cellar and now produces a red 'Vin naturel'. A tour of tasting in wine cellars can be compilmented by a visit to Georges Du Beouf at Romaneche Torrins, where everyone will find something new in the world of wine, with interactive activities for children and tastings for adults. Or the more traditional Beaujolais museum in the capital of the Beaujolais, Beaujeu. The famous reds of the Valley de Rhone, south of Lyon, and the lovely white wines of the Macon area should complete your selection for your wine cellar perfectly.
Gourmet - we have many reviews in English of great local restaurants.
Nearest bakery: 1km
Nearest supermarket: 6km
Nearest market: 6km
Nearest pharmacy: 1km
Nearest bar: 1km
Tourist information: 7km
Winding through the villages of the beautiful Beaujolais hills you will find wine cellars where the producers welcome you for wine tastings, and terraces to chill and taste the local produce, such as that of Chiroubles with it's amazing panoramic view.
The Hameau de Vin, near to Fleurie, will entertain the family for a day, amusing and educating all generations on the world of wine in an original, interactive and entertaining way.
For culture there are chateaux e.g. 'Chateau de Flecher' which is particularly interesting for those with an interest in interiors plus 'Chaueau Cours Martin' boasts the most impressive gardens of the region - take a picnic! There is the historic medieval town of Perouges and the Villars les Dombes Bird Park, both in an area of lakes and wetlands abound with wild life - a great family day out. Touro Zoo with its aqua park and the very impressive Eagles and Wolves Park will please the children. The area also has many religious pilgrimage sites such as Cluny, Taizé and Pary Le Monial.
Fans of Gabriel Chevallier's 'Clochmerle' will love visiting the neighbouring village of Veux and the 'pissotières'!
Lyon - the 2nd largest city and gastronomic centre of France, is beautiful and rich in culture and arcitecture, only 30 minutes drive to the centre, or 20 by train - Certain streets consist only of wonderful restaurants competing to entice.
The elagant town of Macon, situated on the bank of the river Soane, is 40 minutes away where you'll find great outdoor eating with a view of the Saone, antiques shops and quiet high street shopping. The town is surrounded by beautiful villages and vineyards.