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A Beaujolais winemaker's house on a vineyard with exclusive use of heated pool

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Beautiful & spacious, 4 large bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, enclosed pool & garden

This spacious four bedroom traditional Beaujolais house, set among the Beaujolais vineyards, has exclusive use of a pool which averages 24-29°C, cottage garden, shady courtyard with roses around the door.

The house was originally built over the wine cellars, adjacent to the owners home, to accommodate the 'vigneron' (wine maker) who tended the property's vineyard and wine making. Our wine is no longer made on the property, and the old press room, 6 x 7m, has been converted to create a ground level kitchen, dining and sitting room with French windows opening out onto the court yard and out door dining area. There's also a log burner making this a cosy holiday let for the Beaujolais Nouveau week in November, Christmas or New Year.

The house, which has all modern comforts, offers wonderful panoramic views of the Beaujolais hills from every window, and the garden opens out onto the vineyards with views as far as the Mont Blanc. The style is traditional, with the charm only authentic antique furnishings could bring.

The property has three acres of gamay vines which are tended by the owners who produce a Beaujolais Villages which regularly wins prizes.

The pool is open during peak and mid season, closing for low season.

Kitchen - fully equipped including dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, toaster, electric kettle, coffee machine, fridge/freezer and iron. The adjacent dining/sitting room area has TV satelite and BBC channels.

Bedroom 1 - main double room (blue)

Bedroom 2 - triple room (yellow) plus cot, ideal for a family. This room communicates with bedroom 1.

Bedroom 3 - has both a double and twin beds (green).

Bedroom 4 - has a double bed (red) and private bathroom.

All beds are extra wide.

Three bath/shower rooms in total

OUTSIDE:

Pool is 10 x 5 meters with Roman steps for easy access. exclusive use and averages 26-29°C.

Garden and court yard have various choices of shaded seating and sunbathing areas with cushions, large shady Gazebo, hamack etc.

Large grassy area for football etc

EXTRA INFORMATION:

Bed linen, bath towels, pool towels are included - all cotton. All household products and a welcome pack of breakfast items are offered.

The owners invite you for a wine tasting at your convenience. Dinner can be provided on request.

The village baker’s, butcher’s, and supermarket are open Sunday morning for getting in supplies, as is Villefranche fresh produce market. So you need only pack your personal items – don’t forget the flip flops!

There is ping-pong, basket ball, a book case, box games and a toy box. 4 adult and 2 teenage mountain bikes, plus swings and various pedal toys for younger ones.

Restaurant and shops at walking distance, less than 1km - on the flat!

The pool is open during mid and peak season, closing from end September until the following April, depending on the weather.

More Details

Owner
Michel & Briar
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
November 22, 2017

About Michel & Briar

I am British and my husband French.

Michel & Briar purchased this farmhouse in 1998

Why Michel & Briar 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 couldn't believe our luck at being able to work our own vineyard and participate in the production of our own wine. 100% rural setting while at close proximity to the beautiful cities of Macon and Lyon which abound with culture. The perfect location!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our family of four (2 kids 8 and 10) had a wonderful time at this house. Our hosts were available to assist and advise, but never in the way. The kids loved all the room and facilities - table tennis, basketball, soccer (with a grassy area and net set amongst the vines), boules, badminton and of course the heated pool.The property is surrounded by vineyards and is just a short walk to the village. I enjoyed the 10 minute walk every morning to grab fresh croissants and a baguette.



The house itself is a converted wine press area that still has lots of the original fittings and reused wood. It had terrific indoor spaces including a range of bedrooms that meant we could all spread out when we needed to! I expect that a much larger group could fit in this large house. The outdoor spaces were great too, and as the weather improved we enjoyed eating outside.



Michel took great delight in showing us the cellar and allowing us to taste a few vintages of his wonderful Beaujoulais village wine. in the surrounding areas, and Briar has compiled compendiums of information, brochures and suggested itineraries. We followed a number of these suggestions and were never steered wrongly.



We would consider staying here again if we get the chance to return to this part of France, and have no hesitation in recommending it to others.
Aug 2015
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Esprit Beaujolais
"Fantastic quality verses price. Lovely outdoor terrace. 10 minutes walk. "
Les Sarments
Restaurant le Saint Lager
Auberge du Cep
Castle of Fléchères (Château de Fléchères)
Over The Trees (Au Fil des Arbres)
Hameau Duboeuf
"A great family day out - education and ludic - wine tasting, Plus train museum and gardens."
Touroparc Zoo
"Fun for the kids. Zoo and water leisure park."
Château de Cormatin
"A great visit - fantastic classic gardens."
Abbaye de Cluny
L'Embarcadere
"River side table and pleasant decking with fountains - wonderful on a hot summer night or fo..."
Claude Bernard Museum (Musée Claude Bernard)
"For medical buffs interested in the history of the development of traditional medicine "
Notre Dame Church of Belleville-sur-Saône (Eglise Notre Dame de Belleville-sur-Saône)
Our Lady of the Marais (Notre Dame des Marais)
Ars-sur-Formans
Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne
Bird Park (Parc des Oiseaux)
Perouges
Crémieu
"Historical town - beautiful, calm. Culture of bars offering local beers. "
Bagnols
"Beautiful village with chateau which has a 5* restaurant"
Salles-Arbuissonnas-en-Beaujolais
"A lovely village full of charm with an exceptional history and charming museum"
Pizay Airfield (Aérodrome De Pizay)
Paray Le Monial
Macon
"Elegant town - a pleasant day out"
Musee des Beaux-Arts
Musee des Confluences
"An extremely modern building brimming with historical exhibitions - worth a visit to see both"
Lyon
"UNESCO world heritage site - the capital of French cuisine "
Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon-Fourvière (Musee de la Civilisation Gallo-Romaine)
History Center of Resistance and Deportation (Centre d'histoire de la résistance et de la déportation)
Golden Head Park (Parc de la Tête d'Or)
La Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière
Île Barbe
"Beautiful riverside visit and gastronomic restaurant of Paul Boccuse "
Paul Bocuse Restaurant
Villefranche-sur-Saone
"Small town with cathedral and some interesting architecture and highstreet"
Golf du Beaujolais
La Terrasse du Beaujolais
"Panoramic view to the Mont Blanc - wine tasting and popular local cuisine restaurant"
Vaux-en-Beaujolais
Auberge De Clochemerle
Place Bellecour
Henri Malartre Cars Museum
Hostellerie la Ferme du Poulet
Les 3 Canards
"Eat frogs legs (and other...) in the calm with a lovely river side view - walk the dog along..."
Rue Mercière
"A street of great restaurants in the heart of the gastronomic capital of Lyon"
Covered Market of Villefranche Sur Saône (Marché Couvert de Villefranche sur Saône)
"Huge covered fresh produce market "
Castle of the Chaize (Château de la Chaize)
"Wine tasting by arrangement and visit of beautiful gardens "
Le Bois-d'Oingt
"A charming village"
Lake of Firs (Lac des Sapins)
"Great family day out with water sports"
Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Lyon St Exupery - 45 mins
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
St Etienne des Oullieres
Nearest Ferry
620 Kilometres
Dieppe - 5.5 hr
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Golf du Beaujolais - 20 min
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
St Georges de Reines - 8 mins
Nearest Motorway
7 Kilometres
A6 Villefranche nord - 10 mins
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
La Terrasse des Quatre Saisons
Nearest Ski
2 Kilometres
Pre Alpes
Nearest Beach
330 Kilometres
Mediterranean - 3.5 hr
Car: necessary

The property 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 large supermarket, 15 to the covered fresh produce market and high street shops in Villefranche.

Action

Horse-riding - 5 minutes drive - the local stables has horses and ponies which can be taken out on hacks through the local forests and farm land - making a novel way to view a side of the local countryside otherwise hidden.

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 - 3 minutes - the next door village has a court - the café have the key! 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 - we have! 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.

Wine.

We produce our own Beaujolais Villages, boardering with the Crus Brouilly. 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.

LOCAL AMENITIES

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 views.

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 and 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. Touro Zoo with its aqua park and the very impressive Eagles and Wolves Park will please the children. The area also has many religious pilgimage 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. And of course the town is surrounded by beautiful villages and vineyards.

Amenities

Saint-Étienne-des-Oullières Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , A flat bottomed bath with an over head shower head
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Ground floor
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , En-suite with the red bedroom - fantastic view
  • There is a large shower room en-suite with the red bedroom which has a wonderful wide view. There's a bathroom with overhead shower on the landing and a third shower room at ground level which is handy for pre/post pool changing & showering. Hair dryers and both bath and pool towels are provided.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 yellow - 3 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , Ideal kid's room - access via blue room - toys and books
    Bedroom 4 Red - 1 queen , Ensuite bathroom & closed corridor, lovely east & west views
    Bedroom 1 Blue - 1 queen , A cool peaceful room with sitting area and desk.
    Bedroom 3 Green - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , Up a short staircase with door providing extra privacy.
  • All rooms are charmingly furnished and have have extra wide beds and seating with lovely views of the property and vineyards. Cotton sheets and various quilt options. Fans for heat waves and central heating for the winter months. Spacious and peaceful. The blue room is very pretty and calm with a window over looking the court yard and garden. The yellow room is ideal for children and is accessed via the blue room (with a door in between) making these two rooms perfect for a family with young children. It has three extra wide single beds (so a good size for adults too) plus a cot with cot sheets and quilts. There are lots of children's books and toys for young ones in this room. The green room is accessed via a second short stair case and has both a double and twin beds, always popular with teenagers who like their privacy. The red room has an ensuite bathroom and closed off corridor making it also quite private - beautiful views to east and west of garden and vineyard.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 7 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
This beautiful holiday let is a converted wine maker's house set among the scenic Beaujolais vineyards which produces red wine from gamay grape vines. The owners are on site but out of sight! There to ensure everything is always in working order and available should you need help or advice. The property perfectly suits family gatherings, young families, active groups, those looking for gastronomy and culture and those wanting to simply get away from it all!

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average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews
5

Great house, great pool, great hosts

  • 5 of 5

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!!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Absolutely wonderful

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind words Alice. We are so glad you and your Aussie friends enjoyed discovering our beautiful region!
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5

Fantastic family holiday

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at this Gite several times over the years and it is perfect for families of all ages. The Gite is beautifully furnished, very comfortable and equipped with everything we could possibly need. The pool is lovely and the pool area is quiet and sheltered. The surrounding Beaujolais countryside is stunning with beautifully kept vineyards giving way to the higher forested, hillsides of the Haut Beaujolais. I am a keen cyclist and take my bike with me. There are many fantastic cycle tours for all abilities with cycle paths and very quiet roads with also some challenging hill climbs for those that are more adventurous. As well a cycling the area is great for hiking, visiting chateaus, within easy reach of Lyon and of course the wine tasting. Briar the host is extremely welcoming and has thought of the smallest details to make our holiday a success, her husband Michelle is charming and always keen to have an "aperitif". I could not recommend this accommodation more highly.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
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5

Great place to stay, relax and explore Beaujolais!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
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