Lying on the edge of a quiet village called Viserny in a rural river valley given over to small-scale, hedged livestock & arable farms dotted with woodland & the occasional vineyard, this property has its own walled garden. Converted in 2011, the “Joli Regain” is a cosy, modern & comfortable, single-storey holiday rental suitable for two people. It has a professionally-fitted, fully equipped kitchen, one double (or twin if preferred) bedroom & a bathroom with spacious modern shower. Unusually for Burgundy, there are no steps into or inside the building; its design is open plan, with a large living area & plenty of light being provided by large south-facing windows & French doors leading onto the garden. “Le Joli Regain” comfortably accommodates people of reduced mobility - in order for us to make your stay as comfortable as possible, please let us know at the time of booking.
Enjoying the tranquillity of a rural setting, this gîte is also within easy reach of some important tourist sites, the A6 & A5 autoroutes & Montbard high-speed (TGV) station. Dogs welcome, provided they do not get up onto the bed oro ther furniture! Gated parking off the road.
Owners usually on site - help or advice, if needed; otherwise we'll leave you in peace!
WINE LOVERS* - if you are interested in buying Burgundy wines, we can put you in touch with a bilingual colleague who runs private wine tours and/or tastings in the region.
BIRD WATCHERS* - we know a local bilingual enthusiast who can accompany you on a CYCLING or WALKING trip (half or full day).
HOT AIR BALLOONING* is also a possibility - early morning or evening - weather & number of passengers permitting.
* The above activities need to be booked before arrival.
APPROXIMATE DRIVING TIMES to/from :
A5 autoroute (Magnant exit) - 90km; A6 autoroute (Avallon exit 22) - 30 mins; A6 autoroute (Semur exit 23) - 15/20 mins.
Orly airport - 2h30; Lyon airport - 2h30
Switzerland: Lausanne - 3h30; Basel (Basle) - 3h20; Bern (Berne) - 4hrs.
We strongly advise you to purchase travel insurance as we are unable to accept responsibility for injury, damage, loss/theft of belongings, etc.
As a couple travelling from Australia this place appealed to us because it was in a village setting and quiet.First of all you would need a car here as there are no shops in the village.If you have bikes it is the perfect place to ride the countryside.
Stuart and Jules were just lovely, helpful in every way but left us to ourselves.
The little barn was beautiful,the beds comfortable,lots of living space, the best equipped kitchen i have ever seen in a holiday home.
In the evenings we enjoyed cooking and sitting in our own private walled garden.
From here we enjoyed day trips to many interesting towns. To name a few we visited Auxerre,Tonnerre, Semur-en Auxois and many lovely villages Epoisses and the beautiful city of Beaune.
There are three different canal bike paths within this region. We rode each of them and bike hire was at main tourist offices in Montbard and Pouilly-en-Auxois etc.
We can highly recommend this place to stay .It is THE best gite we have ever stayed in.
We stayed for a week and loved every moment. Stuart and Jules were excellent hosts. The gite is larger than the pictures show, extremely well outfitted with everything needed in the kitchen. The lounge are is very comfortable and English language TV and good WiFi is provided. The private garden is a delight. All in all, one of the best gites we have ever stayed in
We stayed at the little barn for 4 days in July, and couldn't have hoped for anything more from our stay. The barn was better equipped than my own house! I would agree with another reviewer and it looks more stunning in real life. The full kitchen was great – we made use of this for making picnics to take on our days out. The garden area was lovely, and we sat out every night of our trip, with some tasty cheeses and wine, listening to the silence. The sky is also amazingly dark so you get great opportunities to see some stars. The way that the barn is organized was great too, very private, but the owners just there if you do need anything.
Stuart and Jules were very welcoming, and have us lots of tips of where to go, and markets to visit, and a great book on cycling so let them know what you like to do and I am sure they will have some good tips. There is also a very detailed book in the barn with recommendations of restaurants and things to see. There was also a useful stack of leaflets, which is so handy for taking before you head off to places. Also a novelty was the bread van who passes by on a Sunday morning, around 9:45 am, where you can buy your morning croissants and baguettes!
The barn is in a great location, between the wine regions of Chablis and the Cote du Beaune & Cote du Nuit. There were lots of other pretty small towns along the journeys, so got to see some other more rustic towns such as Epoisse and Auxerre. The region is great for cycling - we took bikes, and cycled some of the burgundy canal, watching some canal boats navigating the locks - and through the vineyards between Beaune, and Pommard (though if it is warm, take lots of water as it is very exposed).
In summary I would say this is the perfect place to stay! We didn’t explore nearly enough of the area, and will definitely recommend the barn to friends, or most likely visit again.
We are a mature couple who stayed at The Little Barn in July 2015.
The accommodation was spotlessly clean and very well-presented. The bed was comfortable and the shower nice and powerful. The kitchen had a good range of crockery, cutlery, pans, utensils, etc. and the wi-fi worked well throughout our stay.
Stewart and Jules live alongside and were unobtrusive but very friendly and welcoming. Stewart had answered all my questions and communicated promptly by email during the enquiry and booking process.
The Little Barn is in a good location for visiting attractions such as Fontenay Abbey, nearby chateaux and attractive mediaeval towns. Maps, guidebooks and leaflets are provided in abundance in the property.
All in all, a great place to stay, and we would have been happy to stay longer.
If you have ever felt that the reality of a holiday let doesn't quite match the description - then this is for you. Quiet village, wonderful countryside, easy access to facilties, and plenty of towns or cities if you want them. Highlights for us - and the dog - must be the walks along the Burgundy Canal, Fontenay Abbey - yes, the dog went round too! - and all the small towns like Noyers, Chablis and Flavigny. Stuart & Jules were excellent hosts. Bottom line - thoroughly recommended.
My wife and I have stayed at many different agriturismos and gites, and while we have never been disappointed, we have never been so positively overwhelmed as we have in Viserny. Jules and Stewart were most gracious hosts, discreetly remaining in the background, but immediately there when we needed them (which we did after we had pressed the wrong button on the TV remote control; Stewart rode to the rescue). The gite is absolutely beautiful: spacious, clean, well-maintained, and equipped with everything one could wish for. And then there is the garden: just right for a cool glass of Burgundy wine after a strenuous day of sightseeing and for relaxing as the sun sets.
Would we recommend this gite to other people? We already have! Though it may not be in the immediate vicinity of the larger towns such as Dijon or Auxerre, it is conveniently half-way between the two. And nearby are other gems such as Flavigny, Semur-en-Auxois, Chablis, and Chatillon-sur-Seine, to name but a few. We spent a wonderful two weeks there, and anyone who wishes to explore Burgundy should consider making Viserny their headquarters.
VISERNY (population 200) is situated in the Auxois area of the Côte d'Or 'département' of Burgundy, between the towns of EPOISSES (12km), SEMUR-EN-AUXOIS (12km) and MONTBARD (14km).
EPOISSES, world-renowned for its pungent and creamy AOC (PDO) cheese, also has a small château open for visits.
The medieval, walled town of SEMUR-EN-AUXOIS, sitting atop a pink granite promontory above the River Armançon, is very picturesque with its ramparts, towers and cobbled streets.
Overlooking the Burgundy Canal, MONTBARD has a high-speed train (TGV) station - with a journey time of a little over an hour, a day-trip to PARIS is perfectly feasible. There are also less frequent (but also direct) services to Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport or Lille.
Also in the area, the interesting cities of DIJON & AUXERRE are just over an hour's drive away. After visiting the ducal palace & doing some shopping in DIJON, you may like to take a drive along the 'Route des Vins', do some wine tasting and visit Clos de Vougeot.
BEAUNE, 'capital of BURGUNDY WINES', takes fractionally less time to reach and will satisfy lovers of wine, food & history alike!
To the north-west of Viserny, the vineyards of CHABLIS, IRANCY & SAINT BRIS are also within easy reach.
Places of HISTORICAL INTEREST in the area include ALESIA, where the Gauls made their last stand against Julius Caesar in 52BC and the superb UNESCO World Heritage sites of FONTENAY ABBEY and the hill & basilica at VEZELAY. The Forges de BUFFON, Burgundian Renaissance châteaux of TANLAY & ANCY-LE-FRANC, half-timbered houses & atmosphere of NOYERS-SUR-SEREIN, hilltop, fortified village of CHATEAUNEUF-EN-AUXOIS and hilltop village of FLAVIGNY-SUR-OZERAIN (used as a set for the film 'Le Chocolat') are also worth visiting.
Bsides this, we're spoilt for choice for colourful markets, including AVALLON, CHABLIS, MONTBARD, SAULIEU and even BEAUNE & CHALON-SUR-SAONE.
If you enjoy more NATURAL & LOCAL PURSUITS, the immediate area around Viserny is ideal for walking, running and cycling; the mostly hedged lanes are very quiet with numerous walking paths across a mixed landscape of small-scale arable & livestock fields and wooded areas. Birdwatching is another rewarding activity.
Not much further away, you could take a picnic with you to the MORVAN natural regional park, more locally swim or rent a pedalo or kayak at Semur's Lac de Pont or follow part of the BURGUNDY CANAL along the European 'VOIE VERTE' cycle path.
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For information : we require a deposit in order to secure any booking.
We strongly recommend that anyone who comes to stay at the little barn takes out current insurance to cover, for example, possible damages caused and trip cancellation.