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Attractive traditional stone farmhouse with swimming pool

10 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights


Montmelard Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

Set in a peaceful valley an ideal place to relax and enjoy the countryside

Set in a beautiful valley facing Mont St Cyr, the highest point in southern Burgundy, this characterful 18th century farmhouse provides the perfect place to relax and to explore the surrounding area. Only 15 minutes from historic Cluny the house offers accommodation for eleven people in five lovely bedrooms (three en-suite). Every room offers panoramic views across the surrounding countryside. Downstairs is a large fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, fridge/freezer, cooker and a long table which comfortably seats twelve. The relaxing and spacious living room, with its enormous stone fireplace, comfy sofas, rocking chair and book cases, presents the perfect setting to unwind. On cooler evenings, simply enjoy the glow of a real fire. The orchard makes a wonderful setting for dining al fresco. The swimming pool is floodlit giving an opportunity to take some exercise or simply drift on a hot afternoon. There is a large brick built BBQ for outdoor cooking close by the pool.

Local information: A binder bulging with local information (where to shop, local markets, arts and crafts, day trips) and tips to help you make the most of you stay is available. Please feel free to leave details and reviews of anything you discover.

Getting here: By Air: Lyon St Exupery Airport is 1.5 hours south along the A6 motorway (toll) Direct flights to/from: Birmingham, Manchester and Heathrow (BA) and Stansted (Easy Jet)

Geneva Airport is 2 hours to the East, Direct flights from/to: London City Airport, Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton , Stansted, Bristol, East Midlands, Bournemouth, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, Belfast

By Car: Just 410 miles from the channel ports (full directions available upon request)

By Train: TGV to Macon from Paris (Gare de Lyon) 1 hour 25 From November 2007 the new St Pancras terminal will get you into Paris in 2hrs 15.

Full directions will be provided

Activity Centre: From 2010 we will be running a series of activities from the house including art, poetry, book clubs, cookery and team building. Feel free to contact us for details.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Janice Barnett
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french, german
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2016
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Guestbook comments from the owner

Many Thanks for the wonderful time spent at Les Cerisiers. We all enjoyed the pool and the ping-pong table and spent evenings with a glass of wine and good food in the garden or in the kitchen.

A relaxing time was had by all – we’re not ready to return to the real world at all!!
Jul 2012
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Attractive traditional stone farmhouse with swimming pool
average rating of 5.0 based on 19 reviews

A gem of a find - a real home from home

  • 5 of 5

Hmm, I have a dilemma - this place is SO gorgeous that if I harp on about the fab time we had, it'll get so booked we won't be able to get back there!

But fairs fair, credit where credit is due. Just don't know where to start. The location is stunning, in sight of neighbouring properties but remote enough to not worry about disturbing anyone, being disturbed or overlooked. The house is charming, beautifully clean and well fitted kitchens & bathrooms. An open fire with wood a plenty, extensive grounds including a help yourself orchard ( and we did!), and the all important heated pool. Quality outdoor furniture with large parasol, comfy sofas inside, comfy beds and great selection of books and CD's and DVD's. If you want to explore the options are endless and the folder gives you tons of local and farther afield information to plan your time. Highly recommend climbing atop Mont St Cyr for the breathtaking views, and you won't be disappointed by any of the nearby towns which are charming, esp on market days.

We had long drawn out meals round the massive kitchen table - like The Waltons (with wine) and thoroughly enjoyed shopping in local patisseries boucheries and boulangeries, also venturing to Carrefour and larger stores in Macon.

We saw tons of wildlife and birds, lots of stunning walking routes nearby, the odd tractor passed along the lane but only a handful of cars. It was bliss. We completely switched off from the doom and gloom of the TV/Radio and news, and were soon absorbed in country life, relaxed and rested.

As well as coming back en famille, we would come with a group of friends, I think we'd have a blast. This place has something for everyone - whether you want an active break, a complete chill out, or anything in between.

We ate at the restaurant atop Montmelard - en route to ST Cyr - I think is is called Hotel ST Cyr or Restaurant ST cyr but the owner is a charming lady with excellent English and we were well looked after and very well fed. Another great meal was outside Dompierre Les Ormes on the way back from Macon - can't recall the name but it's on the huge lake and the home cooked Bourgignon was the best ever. Another little gem is in D les Ormes itself, in the hotel, but to be fair we didn't have bad food anywhere - unlike our Paris experiences!! We are now rural France converts! The local people undid damage inflicted previously by Parisians!

In a nutshell - we loved every minute and hated to leave.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2009
  • Stayed: Apr 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Humbled once again by such a thoughtful review. We aim to make your stay an experience of the region beyond the boundary wall of our farmhouse. The pool may have felt 'heated' but is in fact unheated. The restaurant by the lake is at Trivy and is called L'Auberg du lac. JB
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Excellent place for relaxing vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Just returned home from a two week stay at the farmhouse. Our family enjoyed every bit of our stay. The backyard and view are something we will always remember. We travelled with two toddlers and the house was a perfect fit to watch them run around and the house accommodated them with crib, highchairs, and even a picnic table for the yard! Janice and Mark were terrific hosts and gave great recommendations for places to see, eat, and drink in the surrounding area. A wonderful trip and stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and were able to fully sample this little piece of Burgundy. Celebrating a birthday with you and hearing about your adventures was a joy. Thank you for your kind review.
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United Kingdom

My family holiday at Les Cerisiers

  • 5 of 5

I visited Les Cerisiers with 7 members of my family. The ages ranged from 18 to 80 and everyone enjoyed themselves. Janice and Mark were brilliant, helpful hosts. The house was clean, warm and very well equipped, especially the lovely, spacious kitchen. Sitting around the large kitchen table in the evenings together was the highlight of our day. The surrounding countryside is beautiful and tranquil. We visited the local villages and bought food at their weekly markets. The people were friendly and helpful. The chateau in Cluny is lovely. Stargazing in the orchard in the evenings was magical and I saw my first shooting star. What a thrill. We also enjoyed the archery lesson with Mark.

I would recommend this location to anyone. We had the holiday of a lifetime.

  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2009
  • Stayed: Nov 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wolverhampton UK

November visit to Cherrytrees.

  • 5 of 5

As a family group of 8 people, with ages ranging between 79years and 18years, we visited Cherrytrees for the first time on 12Nov09 for 8 days.

A minibus was hired online in advance from Lyon Airport and was used daily for sightseeing throughout our stay. We were very warmly welcomed by Janice and Mark who live in a delightful cottage next door to the farmhouse.

The weather was kind to us being generally dry and sunny. In the clear night sky without light pollution we were able to see the International Space Station pass overhead as well as satellites and shooting stars.

The facilities in the farmhouse cannot be faulted. Bedrooms and bathrooms were comfortable, immaculately clean and well-decorated. The kitchen is fully-equipped to cater for a large number of people and dining together at the massive table each evening as a happy family group was a delight. In the very comfortable lounge the beamed ceiling and log fire in the large open stone fireplace gave a cosy atmosphere to our evening's entertainment.

We shopped for provisions mainly at InterMarche Supermarket in La Clayette, a short drive away. The town itself is worth visiting with its magnificent Chateau overlooking a large lake. Touring the area we visited such places as historical Cluny and particularly Roanne, a larger town with many shops to interest the ladies. We managed to get only as far as Carrefour in Macon and there is so much more left to do and see on another visit.

The area around Cherrytrees can be described as rolling rural countryside with much woodland and farmsteads with lots of Charolais cattle. Walking from the farmhouse is unlimited with negligible traffic along the local lane.

We have no hesitation in recommending Cherrytrees to anyone interested in a farmhouse holiday.

  • Submitted: Dec 13, 2009
  • Stayed: Nov 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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A fantastic property

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing week. The house is situated in the beautifull pastoralic Bourgandy country side.It is fully equipted and has lots of space and athmosphere. The pool is big enogh,and located with in an orchard. We all had a graet time in it . Although it is tempting to stay in the house , there are also very intersting place to visit near by: medieval towns, renaisance architecture, hiking in the country side, good restaurants, easy access to super markets and more.

It is the perfect holiday

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2009
  • Stayed: Aug 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: And the weather was amazing too! I'm so glad that you were able to experience the many attractions this region has to offer and with seven children to keep occupied it's good to know that there is something to please everyone.
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United Arab Emirates

Complete get away!

  • 5 of 5

Had a fantastic get away holiday, met some terrific French neighbours, I dont speak French and they didnt speak English never the less great time had by all!

Plenty of room for more than one family, and great for a group of adults. Rural, quiet, beautiful, plenty to see, walk, eat and drink!

Highly recommend it and will be going back!



  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2009
  • Stayed: Mar 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
134 Kilometres
Lyon St Exupery
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Macon Loché TGV
Nearest Motorway
30 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Dompierre Les Ormes has a number of amenities: post office, supermarket, bank and restaurants. Close by the Arboretum de Pezanin is home to more than 400 species of trees in a peaceful lake side setting.

The medieval town of Cluny with its Benedictine Abbey is also home to the National Stud, shops, bars and restaurants. The area also possesses some excellent underground treasures with a number of prehistoric cave sites. The Castle road takes in 6 major castles in the area including Chateau de Cormatin and the beautiful Chateau de La Clayette where outdoor concerts are held during the summer. To the north lie the vineyards of the Cote d’Or (Nuits St Georges, Beaune) but closer to home is the Macon route. There are numerous long-distance footpaths and country trails in the area - La Voie Verte is dedicated to cyclists, rollerbladers, horse riders and walkers alike. To the West the canals offer boating and other water sport activities.

Other Activities: canal boats


Rates & Availability

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7 night minimum stay

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Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $437

Prices are fully inclusive and are for 7 nights commencing on a Saturday (start days may be negotiable).
A deposit of 400 euros is required.
Payment in full 6 weeks prior to arrival + a refundable 400 euros security deposit. Weekend rates upon request.
Meals can be arranged.

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Montmelard Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 220 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
  • The double first floor bedroom has an en suite bathroom with white fittings. There is a toilet, wash basin, bath with fitted shower unit. Mirrors, lighting and shaving socket are also present. Also on the first floor is a separate shower room with toilet and wash basin. Both second floor bedrooms have newly installed en suite shower rooms with toilets and wash basins. Clean, bright and white.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , ensuite bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , shared shower room
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , shared shower room
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , ensuite room, divan
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , ensuite room
  • The home has five lovely bedrooms (three ensuite). Every room offers panoramic views across the surrounding countryside. The first, offers a wooden framed double bed, en suite bathroom and looks out across fields and woodland. The second is a cosy and south-facing twin room that catches the sunlight all day. From the windows you have spectacular views of Mont St Cyr. A further twin room looks out onto the farmland and woods to the back of the house. The simple furnishings and neutral tones offer a tranquil place to lay your head. Climb the wooden stairs to the second floor where both upper bedrooms have beautifully exposed beam work. Both have double beds whilst the larger room also has a divan bed, which can be converted to a double bed if required. Both top floor rooms have en suite facilities. A child bed and a cot are also available if required.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Beach Chairs
  • Binoculars
  • Child's Swing
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • swimming
There are steps leading to the front door which would make wheel chair access difficult.

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