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Bernard Niel

Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english, french

a character stone-built cottage in a peaceful village setting

36 Reviews
Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Montbard area Cottage Rental Photos and Description

1 Large bedroom with TV/Sitting area, 1 bathroom, sleeps 2

The property is stone built and attached to the owner's barn, so there are no directly attached neighbours. It has a small private garden which catches the afternoon sun, as does the balcony. It dates from the mid 1800's, and is situated within the quiet rural village of Fresnes, close to Montbard and its TGV station. The house contains typical period features (e.g. stone fireplace, and beautiful oak beamed bedroom) and has been tastefully renovated and modernised to include gas-fired central heating. The bedroom covers the entire upper floor and contains a sitting area for reading or watching the TV (DVD player attached). The downstairs comprises of the Kitchen/Diner (Kitchen refurbished with built-in units March '09); with its original flagstone floor and a wood burning stove, leading to a separate sitting room, and the bathroom with shower and toilet.

Visiting Tradesmen: The village benefits from the visit of two boulangerie vans each day, and also a butcher twice per week

Wine Tasting & Purchasing: The owner can provide personal recommendations for wine tasting visits and 'best value' local wine purchases.

More Details
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Bernard Niel (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Call Owner
Speaks: english, french

Reviews

4.9
based on 36 traveler reviews

a character stone-built cottage in a peaceful village setting
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 36 reviews
5

Excellent

  • 5 of 5

A delightfully clean and well-equipped cottage in an idyllic rustic setting - where else would you get a visiting hen coming to share your evening meal as you ate outside? The bedroom is large, light and fresh; the kitchen is perfect and the bathroom has a very good shower. The lounge is very comfortable although we sat outside in the well-sheltered courtyard. The owner, Bernard, is extremely friendly and helpful and has superb knowledge of places to visit (including chateaux and medieval villages) as well as restaurants in the area. He also provides an endless collection of leaflets, maps and bochures.

There is so much to see in the area that one week is not enough but I cannot emphasise adequately the sheer peacefulness of this village.

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  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very nice cottage in a good location

  • 4 of 5

Fresnes is a pleasant little village near Montbard, very close to the top attractions of Fontenay and Alesia, and a 30 minute train ride from Dijon. The cottage, though small, is comfortable and well equipped - comfortable bed, several places to sit and relax, and the usual facilities (though note: it does not have a garden, just a small gravelled area to sit out in). The owner could not be more helpful. An ideal base from which to explore northern Burgundy!

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

C'est Magnifique!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a wonderful week in this superb gite/cottage in the lovely hamlet of Fresnes - very spacious for a 1 bed, good suntrap to sit out and catch the late afternoon sun, beautiful bedroom and a very tranquil feel.

Bernard is indeed a superb host, extremely friendly and helpful but in no way invasive. There's a wealth of info within the cottage on the surrounding area, and we certainly found a number of lovely old villages to visit, local chateau and of course the magnificent Abbaye de Fontenay. Seeing (and straddling!) the source of the Seine was kind of cool, and the whole area has a wonderfully relaxed and peaceful feel.

The cottage is very well equipped with excellent kitchen and dining area, superb shower, great bedroom and pretty much all the home comforts you could ask for. The only watch out is that the wifi doesn't really work, but in many ways that's a blessing as kept the "other" world away and allowed us to totally relax and enjoy the area, the village and the gite. Big old double-thumbs recommendation from us! (J&S, Norfolk)

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

The Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Lee and I had a wonderful time in this beautifully appointed gite. Bernard our host was charming and extremely helpful, recommending many things to do in the area. The restaurant that he recommended was superb! the verdant rolling hills and picturesque historical towns were delightful to explore. Thank you Bernard!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Great property , excellent value for money

  • 5 of 5

Arriving by bicycle and needing a comfortable place to stay we were extremely happy to have discovered this lovely cottage. Everything we could have hoped for was provided even baskets of wood for a cheerful fire. . Bernard our host was extremely helpful in providing historical information and ideas for trips in the area and the most picturesque routes for the cyclists. Others staying here had recorded their satisfaction in the visitors book. Bernard really contributed much to our French experience thanks Bernard it was truly relaxing interesting and so very comfortable. Highly recommended if you want to stay in a cottage that is very well maintained, in a beautiful area close to places of historical and cultural interest.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Eine traumhafter Urlaub, auch für Radfahrer !!!!

  • 5 of 5

für alle die Ruhe und Erholung in einer wunderschönen Umgebung suchen ist das hier der ultimative Tip ! Ein bezauberndes Haus mit einer ganz besonderen Atmosphäre, wunderschönen Einrichtung und einer toll ausgestatteten Küche-besser geht es nicht !Wir haben uns sofort wohl gefühlt und hätten gerne verlängert, wenn wir noch Urlaub gehabt hätten !!Wir hatten unsere Räder dabei und haben jeden Tag Touren 40 - 60 km den Canal de Bourgogne hoch und runter gemacht - wunderbar !!!!Tagesausflug nach Dijon- auch das erstmal per Auto und ab ca. 20 km vor Dijon auf das Rad umgestiegen und Dijon per Rad erkundet - war super, so konnten wir ganz viel sehen !!Last not least ein supernetter Vermieter : Bernard : merci beaucoup für alles, auch hier gilt : besser geht es nicht !!!(ebenso die tägliche Cremantflasche aus seinen Vorräten :-) ) auch von uns : 10 von 5 Punkten !!!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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Map

Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Dijon
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Fain-Les-Montbard
Nearest Ferry
507 Kilometres
Calais
Nearest Golf
9 Kilometres
Venarey les laumes
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Montbard
Nearest Motorway
30 Kilometres
Biere Les Semur (A6)
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Fain-Les-Montbard
Car: recommended

The house is situated in a small farming community, surrounded by open countryside and ancient forests, with many Burgundian attractions nearby, its position is ideal for visiting; Flavigny-Sur-Ozerain (famous as the setting for the film 'Chocolat') Alise St. Reine (highest point in Auxois) Abbey De Fontenay (a world heritage site) Vezeley, Dijon, Beaune, and Chablis. For those of you that love the outdoors and nature, you could easily spend much of your time walking or mountain biking as the views are wonderful and wildlife abound. For those interested in wine, some of the world's most famous vineyards are easily accessible, and many lesser known but equally appealing Domaines are keen to welcome you and share the fruits of their labours with you. There are a number of local markets where you can buy fresh local produce, and these are held on various days during the week

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Rates & Availability

Fresnes Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
EUR
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
hight
Jun 11 2016 - Sep 16 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$508
 
 
mid
Sep 17 2016 - Nov 4 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$478
 
 
low
Nov 5 2016 - Dec 16 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$445
 
 
mid
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 5 2017
7 night minimum stay
$478
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

new : stay tax is inclued
Rates include all electrical and water charges, wifi, linen and a basket of wood for the fireplace (other basket 5 €)
the central heating is not inclued : 5 € / day (on request at mid season)

Discounts available for longer rental periods
33% deposit required to secure booking. In the event of cancellation, this will be refunded if an alternative booking for the same period is found.

30 % deposit when you confirm the reservation.
easy direct bank transfer possible.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Montbard area Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (semi-detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 65 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The bathroom contains thermostatically controlled shower, toilet and washbasin.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • The 'master' and only bedroom in the property covers the whole of the upper floor, and is reached via an open plan oak staircase. The renovation work has included the installation of two traditional 'lucarne' (dormer) windows to maximise sunlight, and a wrought iron balastrade. The owners have been careful to retain all of the original oak beams which are a major feature in the property. The room contains a large double bed in the sleeping area, and there is also space set aside for sitting, reading or just watching the TV. A Satellite receiver for 'free to air' UK TV channels, french channels international radios and a DVD player are provided.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis

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