|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
La Maison Bleue (which has Wifi) has three bedrooms, a sitting room, three bathrooms and an L-shaped kitchen/dining room equipped with a dish washer, fridge, gas hob, electric oven, food processor and microwave. The spacious sitting room has windows at both ends looking east across the courtyard to the village church and west over the orchard garden. The ground floor bathroom has a loo, shower and basin and houses the washing machine.
The large upstairs bedroom with its beamed ceiling has one double bed and one single bed, a wardrobe and chest of drawers. The smaller upstairs bedroom has two single beds. The upstairs bathroom has a shower, loo, bidet and washbasin. The third bedroom is on the courtyard level and is reached through a door to the right of the steps that lead up to the front door. It has a double bed and a single bed, chest of drawers, wardrobe, basin and an ensuite bathroom.
Le Verger is a beautifully renovated complex of historic farm buildings (the earliest building dates from 1741). It is located in the peaceful little village of Coutarnoux in the heart of the Burgundian countryside. The courtyard entrance to Le Verger is opposite the village church while the orchard garden side of the property has uninterrupted views across fields and woodlands. The sunsets can be spectacular. Le Verger includes two farm houses, La Vieille Maison and La Maison Bleue, a bread house and two barns.The property is an L shape, with the two houses facing away from each other at different ends of the L and with a barn in between, so there is plenty of privacy. It is five hours drive from Calais and an hour from Paris by train. The battlefield of Alesia, the hilltop abbey church of Vezelay, the prehistoric caves of Arcy-sur-Cure and many chateaux and vineyards are within easy reach, as are the nearby rock climbing centre, miniature railway, cafe and tennis courts.
We are Alan Ravenscroft and Rosemary Stones. Alan is a television producer who makes music programmes and other documentaries. Rosemary is a writer. While we have busy lives in London and adore the city with all its vitality, we now also love the richness of the Burgundy countryside and think of Coutarnoux as home and ourselves as Arnulphiens (inhabitants of Coutarnoux)! While we are in London we leave Le Verger in the very capable hands of Hubert and his family who live nearby. They look after the property for us and prepare the houses to welcome our guests. They are so helpful and friendly and you will feel very well looked after.
Rosemary Stones purchased this farmhouse in 1996
We bought Le Verger 19 years ago and found Coutarnoux both welcoming and friendly. Alan already knew Burgundy well as his brother has a house in nearby Talcy. We also have Parisian friends with houses in the area so it seemed the ideal location.We spent two years looking for a property we both liked. After many fruitless visits to near ruins and deserted, wildly remote farmhouses, some friends from Paris told us that a property in Coutarnoux had become available which they thought would be of interest. Rosemary liked it at once but Alan (who had done the driving from London after a long week at the office!) was not so sure. However, after a good dinner and warm night in the local hotel he agreed in the morning that it was indeed the place we had been looking for.
Although the property needed a lot of work we could see its potential. We were particularly drawn to the original features (beams, arches, stone fireplaces, traditional tiles) and the mature fruit trees (old varieties!) and vines in the garden. We also liked the fact that one side is firmly in the village while the other side looks out across beautiful countryside. One unexpected outcome of buying Le Verger was the idea to make a television series about English people buying property in France.While it’s hard to believe now, the series, ‘A House in France’ was the first made on the subject. We still occasionally meet people who were inspired to come and live in France after seeing ‘A House in France’. We hope you enjoy your stay in beautiful Burgundy and we welcome you to Le Verger!
We had a really lovely time at La Vieille Maison. The garden and pool were fantastic for the kids and my two girlfriends and I loved the furniture and decoration in the house too, really beautiful and well chosen.
‘We had a wonderful time. You have done the house so nicely, the furnishing, the plates, the glasses, the books, the videos, the cds - it all feels like a home and not some money-making let, which is what we have occasionally experienced. The area is also terrific. We loved the pool by the way. Oh, and we had a truly delicious meal at the Pot D'Etain. We may come again!’
‘Thank you for letting us spend a week in your wonderful Maison Bleue! While the two boys spent their time in the pool and my husband was reading one of the hundreds of books I had plenty of time for my paintings.’
‘We are enjoying our visit so much. We are finding La Vieille Maison very comfortable – and the pool is divine in this heat.
We loved both La Vieille Maison and La Maison Bleeu! For a larger gathering of family and friends this worked perfectly, giving space and options for sitting and dining to different groups during the week. Wish we could have stayed longer. Loved the personal family feel of both houses, filled with antiques and masses of books! Pretty bed covers, shutters, and a higgled piggledy layout. The houses are well looked after by Hubert and his team. Very clean and well equipped. Showers in the Blue House were excellent and the slightly bigger cooking space there served well. We also loved using the Grand Salle to eat all together. Wonderful paintings on the walls. The pool was perfect and we enjoyed lunches amongst the roses on the Vieille Maison terrace.. and then moving round for evening drinks on the Blue House terrace. We can't wait to come back! Thoroughly recommend!! Thank you so much, Rosemary, and all your help with our complicated arrangements!
We have just returned from a very delightful holiday in La Maison Bleue. If you are looking for peace and tranquility and a true get away from it all holiday. Look no further.
Wonderfully French , rural location, comfortable, homely , well equipped accommodation. Well situated for lovely days out for the whole family. The pool is great to come home to after the heat of the car!
We had a fantastic stay at LA Maison bleue. The house was immaculate when we arrived. We were lucky to share our stay with Rosemary and Alan on site and they provided us with some great local knowledge.
Lots to see and do. We loved the white water rafting and canoeing. The pool was wonderful to come to for an afternoon dip! The grounds were lovely with great views of the sunset.
Would love to come back again!
This lovely property was very well kept, clean and provided everything that we needed for our stay. The pool was beautifully clear and warm and everything was maintained very well. The owner/manager was very easy to communicate with and provided great customer service. There was lots of local information in the property too which was useful. A great selection of books and some really lovely childrens books were much appreciated.
There is lots to see in the surrounding area with some amazing medieval towns and villages nearby. For a day trip, Dijon is also not far which has some lovely galleries, shopping and resteraunts. Within 45 mins of the property you can visit prehistoric caves with cavepaintings. The local artisans are also well worth hunting out, starting in Noyers with the potters, hand crafted woolen clothing, handmade furniture and sculptures. And there is lots more besides in this wonderful area of France.
We enjoyed our stay here very much and would definitely recommend to friends and family. We were a family of 3, this property would suit a larger family or a couple holidaying alone.
We stayed in maison bleue for a week with 2 adults and 4 small children. The house was lovely. We really felt at home. And it was well equipped.
The kids had a lot of fun diving into the big swimmingpool. The garden was well looked after.
We stayed at Le Verger at the end of the summer. We were looking forward to our holiday in Burgundy for a long time and our stay at La Maison Bleue met all our expectations.
Set in a quiet charming village, it is the perfect getaway to spend the holidays. The house is nicely decorated, comfortable and homely, all the appliances and services worked well, the beds are comfortable and the terrace is private and fabulous to enjoy a meal outdoors. The swimming-pool was the icing on the cake: we were lucky to have fantastic weather during out stay so it was the perfect place to relax at the end of each day.
If you like wine and food, this is a great place. There are some nice wel-priced restaurants in the area (don't miss the Pot d'Etain and its heavenly cheese tray!), the Saturday market at Avallon is fantastic to stock up on delicious sauccison, cheese and other gorgeous foods and the Chablis and Irancy areas are within easy reach for winelovers - we took several trips to visit wineries and purchase fabulous wines!
There's lots of other fun things to do within a 40-min drive of the house so there isn't a chance to get bored at Le Verger!.
Nos quedamos en Le Verger al final del verano. Llevábamos planeando nuestro viaje a Borgoña durante mucho tiempo y nuestra estancia en La Maison Bleue sobrepasó con creces nuestras expectativas.
Se encuentra en un pueblo tranquilo y muy mono y es el lugar perfecto para pasar las vacaciones. La casa está decorada con gusto, es cómoda y hogareña, todos los electrodomésticos y servicios funcionan perfectamente, las camas son cómodas, la terraza es privada y perfecta para disfrutar de una cena en la calle. La piscina es el broche final: tuvimos la suerte de disfrutar de un tiempo perfecto durante nuestra estancia así que era el lugar perfecto para relajarnos al final del día.
Si te gusta el vino y la gastronomía, es el lugar perfecto. Cerca de la casa hay buenos restaurantes a precios razonables (como el Pot d'Etain y su espectacular carrito de quesos!), el mercado de los sábados de Avallon es genial para comprar embutidos, quesos, mermeladas etc mientras que Chablis e Irancy están cerca y son de visita obligada para los amantes del vino - hicimos varias excursiones a las dos zonas para visitar bodegas y comprar vinos que nos encantaron (y a precios más razonables que en otras zonas de Borgoña)
Hay un montón de actividades a 40 min en coche desde la casa así que no hay oportunidad de aburrirse en Le Verger!.
There are no shops in our tiny village although a bread van comes by most mornings. But pas de panique! Our nearest large village L'Isle sur Serein (a 5 minutes drive away) has a bank, post office, grocer, newsagent, cafe, restaurant, butcher, baker and tourist office. Our nearest big town Avallon, (20 minutes drive away) has excellent specialist food shops, a wonderful Saturday market and several large supermarkets. There are antique shops, cafes and restaurants and an old quarter with cobbled streets and a Romanesque cathedral. Great views across the valley from the high ramparts.
Nearby attractions (10-40 minute drive) include the battlefield of Alesia where Julius Caesar defeated the Gauls; the miniature train at Dissangis; the exquisite Abbey Church of Vezelay, one of the starting points for the pilgrimage to Santiago; Romanesque churches; the chateaux of Epoisses, Bazoches,Tanlay and Ancy-le Franc; the historic hilltop town of Montreal; the prehistoric caves of Arcy-sur-Cure with wall paintings that predate those of Lascaux and, of course, the wine growing areas around Chablis and Irancy and in the Cote d'Or. There are tennis courts, good fishing spots, a thrilling rock climing centre and a riding stables in the area as well as nearby forest walks.
Further afield (40 minutes to 2 hours) are Fontenay Abbey, the 'medieval' castle of Guedelon, the chateaux of Tanlay, Meaulnes, Bussy-Rabutin and Aiguilley.
For children a ‘prehistoric’ park at Cardoland (40 minutes) offers a journey through the land of the dinosaurs. You can also make a day trip to Disneyland, Paris by train from Montbard direct to Marne-la-Vallée - the station for the theme park.
Apart from our heated pool (exclusive to the property) there are lakes with swimming beaches in the nearby Morvan National Park which also offers white water rafting and canoeing.