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La Maison du Chateau

Property No. 294

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Burgundy, France     Paris Orly    Seasonal Weather Data

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ARR: Thu 1st January 1970

DEP: Thu 1st January 1970

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£3000 - £8000 (per week)

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  Sleeps up to 20 in total with 5 infants in cots in 9 bedrooms

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  • Heated enclosed swimming pool
  • Cook included
 

The perfect holiday for busy parents!  You choose the menu and the cook will shop for it and cook it and the maids will do all the cleaning, allowing you and your family to relax on your well deserved, family holiday. 

A traditional French manor house, situated in extensive private grounds, with sheep in the orchard and direct access to a small river and rowing boat - luxurious simplicity its best.

The Owners of this property like to undertake all of their own customer service owing to the fantastic services and facilities on offer here. For this reason, the booking process is handled by them - please let us know if you would like additional information or to book your holiday here and we will put you in direct contact with them.


Inside

The main house

You are on holiday from the moment you step through the door of La Maison du Chateau.  Tea and a freshly baked cake will welcome you, there will be fresh flowers in abundance, the beds made up to your request and if appropriate, a fire lit in the Grand Salon, which overlooks the Great Park. 

This formal but charming room is the main reception room on the ground floor of this 18th century manor house; cocktails can be taken here while you are waiting for dinner to be served by Delphine, the cook.  Or, perhaps one of your party is musically inclined and can tinkle the ivories of the piano on the back wall, whilst you enjoy the relaxing views from the many windows in this room.

Adjacent to this is the Petit Salon, which is furnished more simply, providing an open space for the younger members of the party to congregate and play with their toys or watch DVDs.  The third room on the ground floor is the traditional dining room, where Delphine, assisted by the maids, serves the freshly prepared meals of your choice.

There is a large kitchen and scullery but apart from warming baby bottles or making cups of tea, it will remain largely unused by yourselves as Delphine and the maids take care of all the cooking and washing up.  Delphine has worked for the family for many years and is completely at ease serving children's tea at 5.30pm while preparing for an adult dinner at 8pm, allowing you to enjoy dinner once the children have been bathed and popped into bed.  If you prefer to dine ‘en famille' on holiday, then, in consultation with Delphine choose a time to eat to suit you - it's your holiday!  Lunch is generally buffet style and can be taken inside in the formal dining room or outside on the lawn.

At the other side of the kitchen is a small double bedroom, with a private entrance and an en suite shower room.  This room is suitable for an accompanying nanny or guests who have difficulty with stairs (although adequate for a double, it is perhaps a little too small to be classed as wheelchair friendly).

Returning to the main part of the house, a sweeping staircase takes you up to an L shaped corridor to find the bedrooms.  Along the west side the 3 principal bedrooms face west over the park, the classically styled bedroom 1 has a 6ft double bed and an integral bathroom with bath, over bath shower and loo.  Bedroom 2 is next door with a double/twin bed and a spacious en suite bathroom with large bath, separate shower and loo.  This bathroom is also accessible from the corridor.  The third double/twin bed is in the corner of the L, with an adjacent bathroom with small bath, over bath shower and loo.

In the east wing, the first room is a spacious family bathroom with a large bath and loo.  The single bedroom is next to this, with space for another child's bed or a cot.  Further along the corridor is a fourth double/twin bedroom and at the end of the corridor a further double room.  All the bedrooms have wonderful period furniture in them and have space for additional beds or cots.

Parent Point:
The stairs are in keeping with the period of the house therefore parents should note that on the handrails bordering the stairs, the gaps are wider than recommended and care should be taken to ensure that children do not get their heads stuck between them.  However, there are custom made stairgates at the top and bottom of the stairs.

The barn rooms

Attached to the main house but with an independent entrance, a most amazing studio/music room has been created over the old stables.  Used by the proprietor to host her painting holidays, this large airy studio has magnificent natural light and a grand piano.  It has two further double/twin bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, both with baths, over bath showers and loos. 

The bedrooms are situated at opposite ends of the barn, so offer plenty of privacy.  This large open indoor space doubles as a play barn on rainy days, allowing youngsters to work off their energy indoors as well.

Parent Point:
Children should only sleep in these rooms if accompanied by adults as the only entrance is via the pool area and up the exterior stairs - there is a stairgate at the top of the stairs.


Outside

It is perfectly possible to spend your whole holiday at the La Maison du Chateau without leaving the premises!

The heated outdoor pool with roman steps, in a marvellous sun trap, will probably be the focus for most people.  Expertly looked after by the owners local caretaker, the pool is alarmed and fenced allowing you to have all the benefits of a pool, without the worry.  An outdoor changing area with a heated shower for rinsing before and after your swim makes traipsing indoors, wet and dripping, a thing of the past.  Relax on the sun loungers and deck chairs, have a bbq lunch in the covered dining area and help yourselves to a drink from the outdoor fridge.

Or perhaps a game of tennis on the simple grass court? If that's too energetic, try croquet or petanque instead or a game of table tennis in the covered barn by the house.  If you are not too sporty, stroll around the 24 acres of park, see the old pigeonnier and the old wood house on your walk down to the river Armencon that borders the park on two sides.  When you reach it, do a spot of fishing (please bring your own gear and purchase a local licence), picnic on the private gravel beach or go for a row in the family rowing boat moored there.


Baby Friendly

  • Heated enclosed swimming pool
  • Enclosed grounds
  • Sand pit
  • Grass tennis court
  • Table tennis,
  • Stair gates
  • Bed guard
  • Cots and cot linen
  • Baby monitor with `walkabout` handset
  • Microwave
  • Steriliser
  • High chairs
  • Booster seat
  • Hand blender
  • Plastic plates, cups and cutlery
  • Potty
  • Step
  • Changing mat
  • Bath toys

  
For the children...
This is really a children's paradise, 24 enclosed acres of park with no traffic and endless space to roam for the older children.  Reminiscent of a bygone age, they can play ball games, build camps, play hide and seek or just run forever, building up an appetite for their next French feast.  Depending on their age they can trek to the river, picnic on the shore and paddle or use the boat.

For the smaller children, count the sheep in the orchards with your children and make sure none have escaped.  Or let them dig in the shaded sand pit or paddle in the small paddling pool, certain in the knowledge that the area around the house is totally enclosed.  This won't however keep out the local bird life which includes buzzards, different species of woodpeckers and kingfishers.


And Beyond

La Maison du Chateau is found in a tiny, traditional French village situated between Chablis and Beaune, so wine lovers are well catered for.  Private guided tours are available by a local (British) resident or he can come to La Maison du Chateau, bringing everything with him for a private wine tasting before dinner.  

Lovers of history will not know which way to turn - Burgundy is renowned for its history and well preserved medieval villages; Noyers-sur-Serein has all its original ramparts nestling in the hollow of the hills.  Tonnere is a 16th century town with it's chateau, 2 churches and ‘hospice'. 

Take the children to Alesia, the site of the decisive turning point in the history of France, where Vercingetorix, was defeated by Julius Caesar in 52BC.  Visit Flavigny sur Ouzerain where the film ‘Chocolat' was filmed - the medieval and renaissance buildings are so well preserved but unfortunately there's no sign of Johnny Depp!  Sigh! 

Another film setting is the beautifully restored UNESCO site of Fontenay Abbey, now privately owned and used in the filming of ‘Cyrano de Bergerac'.  All these are practically on the doorstep and none more than an hour's drive away.

On the doorstep there are bustling markets to visit, restaurants to dine in en famille, hot air ballooning, kayaking and horse riding.  Cycle along the Burgundy canal and sample the local wines and the endless array of cheeses.  

If you can bear to go a bit further, just an hour and 45 minutes drive away is the magnificent site of Guedalon.  Deep in the heart of the Burgundy forest, the locals are building a knight's castle - using only original materials, methods and traditional artisans, exactly as it would have been in the Middle Ages.  The project began in 1997 and is scheduled to take 25 years to complete, each year you visit, the castle has advanced and changed, each visit you learn something new, something to amaze every member of the family.

If you enjoy long days out exploring, take a day trip to Paris, Dijon and don't forget Disneyland Paris if you have children of the right age - what ever age that may be!

For rainy days, there is a bowling alley not far away and a fantastic pool complex with a collection of indoor pools with slides and water based activities.  Youmbao is an indoor and outdoor adventure playground just outside Auxerre - another of the local towns with unusually, a church, an abbey and a cathedral.

If you prefer something more cultural in the rain, the Grottes d'Arcy sur Cure are prehistoric caves with the most ancient cave paintings in the world.  A little bit further afield, Cardo Land near Chamoux is a wooded valley with full size dinosaurs, a prehistoric village, a museum and an adventure playground.


Terms and Conditions

For many families, going away for less than a week may not be practicable. Closer to home though, short stays can be a great option and the calendars will allow you to select anything from 3 nights or more where this is available. If you are travelling outside of the school holidays (which of course we recommend if you can), consider arriving and departing on non-standard days (why not try 11 nights for example) as you can get some great deals both on your accommodation and on flights.

Before booking, please read our Terms and Conditions.

The Owners of this property like to undertake all of their own customer service owing to the fantastic services and facilities on offer here. For this reason, the booking process is handled by them.

Swimming pool available begining April to End of October (Weather permitting).

The House Owner has registered this property as wheelchair accessible; please let us know at the time of enquiry if a member of your party may require such access. You should discuss the details of your exact requirements with the owner once you have booked which will ensure the correct access is in place.

No charges apply for payment by Debit Card or Bank Transfer and a 2% charge will be applied to Credit Card payments.

La Maison du Chateau Fact Sheet

The Property

Location type: Small village
Property type: 18th Century manor house
Dining room 1
Living room 1 plus a drawing room
Bathrooms 7
Single bedrooms 1
Twin bedrooms 6 twin or double
Double bedrooms 2

Local Information

Nearest petrol station 5 mins drive
Nearest market Raviers - 10 min drive
Nearest autoroute 40 mins
Nearest supermarket 10 mins drive
Nearest restaurant 10 mins max
Nearest shop Tabac in village otherwise 10 minute drive
Skiing available locally No
Nearest tourist office Montbard - 15 mins
Nearest cashpoint Ravieres - 10 mins
Nearest airport Dijon - 45 mins
Nearest ferry port Calais - 5 hours
Walks from door Endless
Nearest station Nuits - 7 mins drive
Less than 1 hour from nearest airport Dijon (45 mins drive from house) or Paris- direct TGV train from airport (1 hr 10 mins) to local town (15 mins drive away from house))
Nearest beach Shingle river beach on property
Nearest village/town Cry sur Armancon
Nearest A&E 25 mins drive
Golf available locally Yes- within 25 mins drive
Nearest doctor 10 mins drive

Services

Internet access Broadband WIFI
Info pack in house Yes
Welcome pack Yes
Local assistance/housekeeper Yes
Swimming Towels available Can be provided
Local Bike hire Yes
Swimming towels No- however if there is a real problem in bringing swimming towels, they can be provided.
Bikes No
Shopping Service The cook does all the shopping, therefore included in the price (Manor house rentals only)
Indoor Towels and Linen included Yes
Restaurant on site No
Babysitting Yes
Additional Cleaning available The maids can clean once during the week (and make and change beds) for 40 euros. Or can clean everyday for 55 euros per guest per week.
Home cooked food Service of cook included, food payable locally
Baby pack No but cook does all children's food

Facilities

Home Cooked Food Yes
Babysitting Yes
Wifi Yes
Enclosed Garden Yes
Swimming Pool Yes
Heated Pool Yes
Private Pool Yes
Kids Club No
Restaurant on Site No
Air Con or Cooling System No
Near Beach Yes
Walking Distance to Village/Restaurant Yes
Less than 1 hour from Nearest Airport Yes
Pool Barrier Yes
Central heating Yes
Open fire Yes
Garden shade Yes
Dogs Allowed No
Suitable for Multiples Yes
Suitable for Wheelchair Users Yes
Additional Cleaning available Yes
Shopping Service Yes
Swimming towels No
Skiing available locally No
Golf available locally Yes
Bikes No
Local Bike hire Yes
Car required? Yes

Essential Kit Guarantee

Cots Four available
Cot linen Yes
Highchairs Four available
Booster seat Two available
Bed guards Yes
Night light Yes
Blackout blinds or curtains/shutters Yes
Potty Two
Child's loo seat Yes
Steriliser Yes
Microwave Yes
Food blender (hand held) Yes
Baby monitor Yes
Plastic crockery Yes
Plastic step Yes
Changing mat Yes
Stairgate(s) Yes
Non slip bath mat Yes
Bath toys Yes
Indoor toys and books Yes
Outdoor toys Yes
DVD player Yes
Children's DVDs Yes

Additional Equipment

CD player Yes
Baby bath No
Baby den No
TV Yes
Socket guards No
Hairdryer Yes
Garden equipment (slide etc) No
Changing table No
Tumble dryer Yes
Dishwasher Yes
Bumbo Yes
Barbeque Yes
Washing Machine Yes
UK satellite TV channels No

Extra Information

Essential Kit Guarantee Info Some terms and conditions apply so please read our complete Terms and Conditions before booking.
Other information Max occupancy 12 guests, additional guests can be accommodated please enquire for prices. Maid service is provided at a mandatory cost of €55 per person per week, payable locally. Swimming pool is available, weather permitting, from the beginning of April to the end of October and is generally kept at a temperature of 24 degrees Centigrade. Price includes: linen, household towels, electricity, house and pool heating to a maximum of 200€. The services of the cook are included 5.5 days of the week, she will arrange menus with guests and food bill is payable locally. There is one downstairs room which may be suitable for a wheelchair user - please enquire for more details if required. Security deposit of a min £1000 per week, this may vary depending on size of party. The Owners of this property like to undertake all of their own customer service owing to the fantastic services and facilities on offer here. For this reason, the booking process is handled by them The House Owner has registered this property as wheelchair accessible; please let us know at the time of enquiry if a member of your party may require such access. You should discuss the details of your exact requirements with the owner once you have booked which will ensure the correct access is in place.

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