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Excellent 5/5 16 reviews

La Poterne with private garden

Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

If you are looking for a real Burgundian experience this cottage is ideal retaining its romantic charm, stone walls, exposed beams and open fire whilst also providing modern comforts. Ideal for all interests, cycling/walking, fishing (Close to Burgundy Canal), history buffs, wine lovers and gourmets.

Plenty of medieval villages, abbeys and chateaux to explore namely Ancy le Franc, Tanley, Noyers and Semur en Auxois. Also for wine buffs, close to Chablis and its famous vineyards also others including Cote de Beaune, Macon and Cote de Nuits.

The local market at Ancy le Franc provides fresh produce and our local charcuterie provides the gourmand with many delights. Our very friendly bread van delivers fresh baguettes and croissants daily, plus delicious cakes at weekends. All amenities can be found in Ancy le Franc ie bank, post office, petrol station, supermarket, butchery, charcuterie and boulangerie. A variety of local restaurants provide regional dishes to suit all budgets.

The owners live next door all year round and welcome you to join in local events if you so wish and to provide practical help and information if required.

For children Montbard swimming pool, Lake Marcenay swimming and watersports, Nigoland theme park, Chateau Guedalon and Euro Disney (1hr by TGV from Montbard).

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Will consider House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 3 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Paris 200 km, Nearest railway: Montbard (TGV) 25 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access
General Central heating, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

Ground level

Sunken Dining Room Ideal for romantic candlelit meals.

Kitchen Original features such as wood fired oven and stone sink give an insight to days gone by whilst providing modern conveniences such as dishwasher, gas hob, mini roasting oven and microwave.

Second level

Lovely wooden beamed ceiling and floors greet you in the main bedroom, also provided a wide selection of books and games to help you wind down.

Smaller room ideal for children, or adults that do not mind being close!!!

Cosy lounge adjoins main bedroom enjoy a romantic open fire in winter and a good Burgundian wine.

Further details outdoors

The property is completely detached and located in the grounds of the owners much larger garden which you are allowed access to.

We do however respect your own privately hedged garden with separate entrance.

Great for alfresco dining and barbecues. Seasonal organic vegetables in the owners garden are made available to all guests (providing they contribute to a little of the weeding and dig their own potatoes!!).

The Burgundy region

Burgundy is renowned for its superb wines, excellent gastronomy and rich architectural heritage, including a large number of medieval and renaissance era homes, monasteries and churches.

Some of the highlights of Burgundy are Dijon (famous for its mustard , medieval and renaissance buildings). Beaune and Chablis for their fine wines, Vezelay basilica a world heritage listed site , Noyers sur Serein (beautiful medieval village) and the Burgundy canal for walks, cycling, fishing or boating.

Burgundies weather can vary. In winter, there are frequent spells of fine, cold weather. In the summer, it is hot with a few welcome showers.

Autumn (grape harvests must!) is generally a pleasant, sunny season, probably one of our most beautiful times, in which the colours of nature blend harmoniously with the gentle blue of the sky.

Ancy-le-Franc

Stigny itself is a very tranquil and beautifully preserved Burgundian village.It has a very strong and friendly community spirit with fetes and a vide grenier in the summer months. Bread and croissants are delivered daily to your door by our friendly boulanger van.

15 minutes drive and you are in the beautiful chateau village of Ancy le France which apart from hosting a very impressive and well maintained Italian renaissance chateau provides all conveniences including shops excellent charcuterie, boulangeries, banks, post office, bars, restaurant and medical centre.

Market day in Ancy le Franc is every Thursday and although not big a traditional local french market providing poulet roti, fresh fruit, vegetables, cheeses and meats. Other chateaus worth a visit include Tanlay, Bussy Rabutin and Chateauneuf. Other places worth a visit include Semur en Auxois, Chaorce, Abbey de Fontenay, Flavigny sur surein (where Chocolat was filmed).

There are plenty of local restaurants to suit all budget if you fancy trying some local Burgundian delights.

For walkers and cyclists Stigny is surrounded by forest with plenty of trails if you want to leave the car behind for a day. Also a stones throw from the Burgundy Canal

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Review 1-10 of 16

3 Aug 2014

5/5

"Tous les attraits d'une vraie expérience de campagne"

Séjour très agréable dans un beau lieu de campagne : le village est charmant et les nuits y sont exceptionnellement calmes et paisibles - on entend juste le beau son des cloches. Beaucoup de possib… More

15 Jun 2014

5/5

"Absolute gem in beautiful Burgundy"

We found such peace and tranquillity staying in this wonderful old gite full of character and set in unspoilt countryside. This charming Burgundy village is surrounded by hills and forests with the Bu… More

9 Jun 2014

5/5

"Quiet life in the village"

We had a wonderful time staying in Stigny. It served as the perfect home base for excursions into the area. We loved the village and especially enjoyed hiking in the surrounding countryside. During our stay we were able to enjoy sitting around the fire in the evenings (a special bonus for a family from Florida) and eat out in the garden. Our host Karen was so attentive. She greeted us when we arrived and then helped us with advice and sightseeing ideas. The cottage has all sorts of character: stone walls, some low ceilings, and a great old kitchen sink. If you're looking for the Ritz, this is not for you. But if you're looking for a charming cottage in a peaceful town, I recommend La Poterne.

Thank you so much for taking the time to review our property and so pleased you got the spirit of our village

30 Oct 2013

5/5

"Lovely cottage in a charming, rural village."

We had a wonderful stay here, almost a week of exploring Burgundian countryside and villages. Went for small walks around the village and off every day in our rental car to explore the larger cities, town markets, country chateaus, beautiful abbeys, and wine tastings. In the evening we would light the fireplace and spread out our day's finds of local cheeses, meats, fresh fruit, chablis and bubbly cremant.
Karen was a wonderful hostess, attentive and ready to help out with any request. Having WiFi was a service we appreciated. This is a rural gite, with nearest cafes and restaurants a short drive away in neighboring villages and towns, bring an auto.

28 Oct 2013

5/5

"A great way to experience the French countryside."

We so enjoyed the experience of staying in an old cottage in a quaint french village. We flew in to Paris, rented a car and found we could visit markets, wineries and the many historic sites while en… More

7 Oct 2013

5/5

"Ruhig, erholsam, wunderbarer Garten, schönes altes Haus."

Der Empfang von Karen war sehr herzlich, bestes Gebäck und eine Flasche Rotwein inklusive. Das Haus ist alt und liebevoll eingerichtet, es hat kleine Fenster, bei schlechtem Wetter zwar dunkel, bei … More

8 Sep 2013

5/5

"Ideal for a peace and quiet getaway"

Having just returned from a weeks stay at La Poterne I was very surprised to read the previous review.My wife and I had a wonderful time here and found Karen and Clive ideal hosts with their daughter,… More

Thank you so much for taking the time to review our property as I have said before the one thing we wish for is that our clients get the spirit of our family, gite, village and Burgundy

27 Aug 2013

2/5

"dark and gloomy and lack of attention to cleanliness"

Although Karen and Clive were lovely hosts, the property was a disappointment. Very dark, and poorly lit. if it was too cold to eat outside the only option was the "dining room" with no wind… More

We have to say we are totally and completely lost for words with this review we now surprisingly have had our first bad review in 10 years.

We do take reviews quite personally and very seriously, as we love our gite La Poterne, our village and Burgundy..
It is our livelihood and have to say take great pride in it also should say lived in it in the middle of Winter while awaiting furniture to arrive from Australia.

Lighting and cleanliness well one needs to be a little bit objective. We have not had complaints so far. The cottage is 200 years old, but has a modern conveniences like hydro shower with lovely hot water, dishwasher and washing machine while retaining those wonderful character features like old wood fire oven, stone sink, featured beams, stone walls and open burning fire.

On the subject of toothbrush holders (in the world I imagine probably many are overlooked) but shall certainly check and improve for the future so thank you for bringing it to my attention.

As for the iron, appliances do break occasionally and we are not always informed however as we supplied a replacement iron immediately totally baffled why it even had to be mentioned.

The lovely sunken dining room (salle a manger) with a small window to the garden has been very popular with past guests who found it charming with ambiant lighting on the walls, electric heating if needed and for a lovely romantic meal light the candles which are provided. Of course if you personally find it "dim" we have many moveable spotlights and lamps that you can move around to suit you lighting preference. You can also if you so wish eat upstairs in the cosy lounge in front of a roaring fire as it has a small table and large window overlooking the private garden.

On the subject of local restaurants if you had taken the time to look at our information in the dining room there are no less than 10 good restaurants located within 30 mins drive of Stigny .

So sorry our gite was not what you expected and truly disappointed that you did not get the spirit of our family, gite, village and Burgundy you have truly missed out on something special

11 May 2013

5/5

"The Perfect Way to Explore Chablis"

We stayed here in mid-April for 2 nights while driving cross-country to see the wine country. Stigny was our 2nd stop. Karen was incredibly hospitable and very helpful for helping us to navigate local accommodations. There were 4 of us and gite was perfect and cozy. We went into Chablis (a must) for wine tastings and brought back beautiful food and wine for dinner our last night. We savored every moment while sitting around the fire. Something worth mentioning, if you are a coffee drinker/lover, I would suggest coming with grounds of your own. The gite was missing this one treat, and the local villages don't exactly specialize in this either. It was an incredible experience!

Thankyou so much for your kind comments only wish you asked me about the coffee local supermarket in Ancy le Franc has an aisle of different ground coffees including my favourite carte noire

14 Oct 2012

5/5

"Relaxing and convenient"

We enjoyed our stay at La Poterne very much. It was very quiet and relaxing. It is conveniently located for visiting the various chateaus and also for the Burgundy canal. We took our bicycles and foun… More

Review 1-10 of 16

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Calendar last updated:28 Aug 2014

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