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Don't miss our charming, modernised canalside cottage - sleeps 8 & private pool

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 861 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Weekly peak season rate only £1,250 & availabiityl still in June & July!

C'mon guys - grab a bargain!

Situated just 3 miles south of Burgundy, L'Ecluse is a charming cottage with private pool and large gardens situated on the banks of the Roanne-Digoin canal. It is a 15 minute walk from the village of Briennon with its marina, canal museum and local amenities - bank, restaurants, small supermarket, bakeries, pharmacy, hairdresser & cafés.

We named our gîte after the local area which itself is named after the nearby canal lock (l’écluse in French) which raises and lowers the barges about 20’ or 6m on their way to and from Roanne. The approach to L’Ecluse is down a leafy lane which winds down to the bridge over the canal & the cottage is situated about 50m to the left just beside the towpath.

L'Ecluse has been sympathetically renovated and furnished retaining many original features whilst incorporating a modern kitchen & bathrooms thereby offering a relaxing & comfortable holiday retreat. The whole property has been decorated with a black & cream theme with cool tiled floors downstairs and pale wooden flooring upstairs.

The ground floor accommodation comprises: entrance hall, a well equipped, fitted kitchen, a twin bedroom, en suite shower room/loo, laundry room and the salon/dining room. On the first floor are 2 double bedrooms, 1 twin bedroom, and bathroom plus separate loo.

The main door leads into the hallway with coat & shoe racks. To the left is the kitchen fitted with cream, high gloss units with hob, oven, dishwasher, microwave, fridge/freezer & 1½ sink. There is also a toaster, kettle, Le Creuset & Viners cookware plus plenty of glassware & crockery.

To the right is the twin bedded downstairs bedroom with views to the side of the property over the orchard. This bedroom leads to the downstairs shower room with wash hand basin & loo which in turn leads to the laundry room with automatic washing machine & the cupboard where the cleaning equipment is stored.

Ahead is the lounge & dining area with comfortable sofas & large dining table seating 8 plus an attractive pine dresser. There is also a TV showing some British TV channels and DVD player plus shelving for books and DVDs. This spacious room is dual aspect with views to the canal at the front and over the beautiful countryside & garden to the rear.

Lovely original wooden stairs from the lounge lead to the first floor where there 3 further bedrooms –one double overlooking the orchard to the side of the property and one double & one twin bedded room with views over the canal to the front.

There is also a bathroom with bath, separate shower, wash hand basin, bidet & loo. Next door there is also an additional loo with wash hand basin – handy when the bathroom is occupied!

The garden is down a flight of stairs mainly & laid to lawn with the large swimming pool (12x6m) surrounded with its spacious flagstoned ‘plage’ – ideal for dining ‘au plein air’ or relaxing on a lounger. There is masses of space to have games and play and have a look for cherries or raspberries when in season!

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Jacqueline Murphy
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, french
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Calendar last updated:
May 9, 2017

About Jacqueline Murphy

After careers in I.T., Elite Gîtes was set up in 2005 by husband and wife team, David and Jacqueline Murphy.

As a family, we had rented gîtes in different areas of France and we spent many happy times together experiencing what France has to offer. However, we always felt that it could have been a better experience for us – we're sure you will sympathise - maybe better kitchen appliances and equipment, perhaps a better standard of accommodation and/or cleanliness or even the beds made up before we arrived – we’re sure you know what we mean! Like many others, we dreamt of having our own gîtes business in France and we wanted to offer the best possible quality gîte you could have at a reasonable rental.

To this end, we moved to France in 2002 and have spent the last 10 years renovating 4 properties - 2 of which now form the basis of Elite Gites property portfolio. We also operate a Chambre d'hote (bed & breakfast) from our own home. For the past 13 years we have welcomed many satisfied clients to our gites.

Jacqueline Murphy purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Jacqueline Murphy chose Loire

When we first came to France to view potential properties to buy, we were shown L'Ecluse. It was in a sad state - nearly everything had to be updated or replaced - including the wiring!. However, we felt that we could update the interior to make a comfortable holiday home given its location on a canal just south of Burgundy. Once the house was updated we tackled the large gardens and installed a large swimming pool which we knew would be ideal for many holidaymakers - whether they be families with young children keen on activities or groups of older travellers looking for tranquility.

What makes this cottage unique

We think many people dream of owning a cottage by a canal - we know we did! The house had belonged to a family who had travelled by barge from Paris to L'Ecluse in the early 20th century after their other barge burnt to the waterline and couldn't be repaired. As property was too expensive in Paris, the whole family decamped to Briennon where land was much cheaper. They built the current house to be a one storied bistro (the current kitchen) and grocery shop (the current lounge) for the many bargees who passed daily taking tiles from the nearby tileworks to other parts of France. Eventually, a second floor was added where people could stay overnight. The house opposite on the other side of the canal was a cafe and had telephone number 3!!! Now, many of our clients have enjoyed their stay in our little corner of France and have whiled away many an hour watching the odd boat go by whilst sipping a glass of wine under one of the lime trees!


Briennon Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 861 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Baby Gate
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , plus WHB
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , plus WHB
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , bidet , plus WHB
  • The bathroom and cloakroom on the first floor are equipped with storage trolleys. The bathroom has 2 towel rails. The downstairs shower room has a storage cupboard.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , On ground floor adjacent to shower room.
  • 2 Doubles, 2 twin bedrooms. Hair dryers and fans provided in each bedroom. Laundry is changed each week on Friday (free of charge). Cleaning service available - please ask for details.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Please note that the washing machine is located in a separate laundry room and not in the kitchen. The swimming pool will not be available between October - April inclusive. The pool may be heated on request - see above. A selection of UK TV channels.


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Don't miss our charming, modernised canalside cottage - sleeps 8 & private pool
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews

Property 85056

  • 5 of 5

This place is very clean and well-maintained. We appreciated the kitchen and its facilities, the extra comfort of the bathrooms, and the very pleasant bedrooms... We would recommend it to friends looking for a quiet place, but situated not to far from the city of Roanne, for shopping and entertainment. We also enjoyed the walks along the Canal.

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2010
  • Stayed: Dec 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Near Canterbury Kent

Reveiw of Canal House

  • 5 of 5

We found the listing description accurate although the photographs did not do the property justice at all, we had expected a more basic and smaller property from the photographs, we were, therefore, very pleasantly surprised on our arrival. The property was beautifully presented and immaculately clean. The grounds were also larger than expected and well maintained. The swimming pool was a great size and also very clean and well maintained. We found the owners to be extremely welcoming, very helpful and discreet. We would highly recommend this property to friends and relatives. We found the local pizzeria excellent, good service and food. We were only at the house for one week with four teenagers looking to relax after exams, consequently we cannot comment on local attractions as we mostly just swam and stayed at the house.. There was just one thing we would have found useful and that was to have had table and chairs out the front of the house, even just a bench to sit with a book/coffee to enjoy the lovely canal veiws. It was quite a long way down steep steps to take food down to outside table and chairs. That really is the only thing we found to be 'missing'.

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2010
  • Stayed: Aug 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
115 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
In village
Nearest Ferry
700 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Nearest Train
90 Kilometres
TGV Le Creusot
Nearest Motorway
95 Kilometres
A6 Chalon Sud
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Le Faubourg St. Hilaire or Pizzeria
Nearest Ski
45 Kilometres
Loges des Gardes
Car: recommended

L'Ecluse is situated on the banks of the Roanne-Digoin canal near the village of Briennon with its marina, canal museum and local amenities (bank, restaurants, small supermarket, bakeries, pharmacy & cafes). Briennon is just to the south of Burgundy in the Loire department and has varied and beautiful scenery all around. Within easy reach are the vineyards of Burgundy and Beaujolais, the volcanic region around Le Puy, Lyon - the second city in France plus many pretty villages, historic churches all waiting to be explored locally. Cycling, walking, canoeing are all available for the more active visitor and leisurely trips along the canal for the less active! The nearest towns are Charlieu and Roanne both of which have local markets (Wednesday/Saturday and Tuesday/Friday respectively) and a good range of shops - both food and non-food! There are many local restaurants offering a variety of menus (and prices!) and many cafes offering a traditional 'Menu du Jour' - always good value!

Other Activities: Skiing is available at Chalmazel & Loges des Gardes - under an hour away by car.


Rates & Availability

Briennon Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 29 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Sep 30 2017 - Dec 22 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

All bed linen, bathing towels, swimming towels and tea towels are included in the rental rates. We also provide a welcome pack of essentials for your first night and morning.
Please note that there is an additional charge for for heating the swimming pool - calculated on metered fuel used. Central heating included in the Low season rates.

We accept payment in UK Sterling

Security deposit to be paid in cash on arrival in Euros - 500€.

Please contact me for details on payment.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.