Apartment in Gray, nr. Dijon, Burgundy, France - Spacious Apartment In 18th Century Historic Townhouse With A Secluded Courtyard
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About Olivier MARTIN
The owners who live in the main part of the house are able to offer advices for your holidays in Burgundy, France. Also they will gladly share their passion: Claire is practicing ayurvedic massage (indian relaxation method); Olivier is a cabinetmaker-restorer, he also has two other activities : a boutique of antiques and local wine shop in Gray, our little town. The apartment is tastefully furnished and decorated with some antiques from the area.
Olivier MARTIN purchased this Apartment in 2004
Why Olivier MARTIN chose Gray
Gray is visited, but not overly-touristy, it is well situated for visiting the chateaux and vineyards of 3 famous wine regions: Burgundy, Alsace and Jura / Arbois. On the Burgundy area, you will also discover the historic city of Dijon (Dukes of Burgundy Palace), the famous vineyards of Beaune (Hospices de Beaune) and the great cistercian abbey of Fontenay (UNESCO WHS). The Franche-Comté area will offer you the Time Museum of Besançon, a jewel of french Renaissance, and its Citadel (UNESCO WHS), Ornans on the Loue valley (native town and museum of Gustave Courbet), the Saline Royale of Arc et Senans (UNESCO WHS), or Ronchamp and its contemporary chapel from Le Corbusier.
What makes this Apartment unique
Gray is between Dijon (Burgundy area) and Besançon (Franche-Comté area), Saône River valley, France, Europe. The 'Gîte de Gray la Jolie' is located in the very center of the old town on a small tranquil street. Yet everything is outside your door: bakeries, cafes, shops and restaurants.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
We two 70 plus experienced renters had a great fortnight in this unusual house and delightful town. The description is accurate but we have 2 reservations, neither very serious. First, while the 3 bedrooms are spacious there's a lack of comfortable sitting facilities. Second, the outside area is rather unkempt - the bushes need trimming & weeds cleared. The property is well equipped for cooking and was very clean on our arrival. The owners are very helpful but not intrusive, and Olivier speaks good English. Street parking is handy, but we prefered to use a small carpark about 100 yards away. The town is better than described with lots of seating on the river banks and a lot of boat traffic through the lock. We used the cafe "Les 2 Terasses" & the restaurants Olivier recommended. Very good value for money.
We had an amazing time staying in this absolutely beautiful house that felt like home. The host is very friendly and the garden is a nice extra. Gray is a charming town and if you have a car, plenty of activities can be found (fairly) nearby. We would absolutely recommend to stay in this apartment!
Sehr gemütlich und liebevoll!
Wir hatten 3 herrliche Tage in dieser schöner Wohnung. Es war alles vorhanden, Jedes Zimmer war mit Antiquitäten eingerichtet, wir wollten die Wohnung gar nicht verlassen.
Der Innenhof mit Garten war ein Ort der Ruhe.
Olivier war absolut unkompliziert und entspannt...das waren wir später auch!
( 2 Erwachsene / 2 Jugendliche / 3 Übernachtungen )
Special interest holidays:
Private boating on the Saône River
You will enjoy with private boating during an hour, two hours ... one day, with passage through the locks and tunnel along the river. Capacity: 2 to 10 people. You may bring a picnic or take a break in a restaurant during your trip. The boarding is 10 min by foot from the apartment. For reservations, Tel: +(0)6 22 43 34 43 (we’ll enjoy to make the reservation for you). Prices depend on travel time.
Gray is about three / four hour's drive from Paris. By car from Paris: motorway A5, then A31, then exit 6 and follow the signs to Gray. Please contact us for specific travel questions.
Paris 350 km, Dijon 50 km, Besançon 55 km.
Special interest in the property :
Local wines tasting
Olivier Martin, owner of the apartment and of a wine shop in Gray, will enjoy to help you and discover our completely unknown “Vins de Franche-Comté et de Haute-Marne”. After having defined a set topic (red or white wines, chardonnay wines, pinot noir wines, unsung grape varieties …), we’ll can all enjoy a selection of wines in the apartment or the courtyard and, if possible some days after, meet the wine maker.
Tariff for a private tasting of 3 different selected wines at home: 60€.
Claire Labre, partner of the owner, is practicing ayurvedic massage (indian relaxation method) and will welcome you in her private cabinet located in the main house during an hour and a half. So relaxing …
Tariff for an hour and a half massage: 60€.
Olivier is originally a cabinetmaker-restorer (Ecole Boulle formed) will enjoy to speak about his job in the workshop or in his antiques shop (that also houses the wine shop).
Yet almost everything is outside your door: walk to bakeries, cafes, shops and restaurants. There are three well stocked supermarkets in the town.