Luxury 12th Century Priory
About the home
Historic 12th century priory and chapel converted into luxury home, within the vineyards of Burgundy.
This beautiful house is located in a quiet rural setting, with easy access to a myriad of excellent local or Michelin stared restaurants and famous Burgundy cellars. The surroundings are bucolic and provide for easy trekking and safe cycling to many medieval fortresses, old churches and chateaux, where our Guests enjoy the pure air and beautiful views.
The layout of the house is designed to enhance enjoyment of the important being-together time with family and friends; that is why in the very spacious, 950 m2 built area, there are only 5 bedrooms. More than half of the house is made up of noble areas: music and theater room, chimney and home cinema room, library, wine tasting area, French kitchen, dining areas and an outside breakfast and evening terrace. There is excellent HI FI equipment for listening to music in the whole house—and in the gardens, plus a home cinema with a fireplace which enhances the at home atmosphere.
The outside area is composed of two gardens, private parking area for 8 cars, and the courtyard around the tower La Tour next to the vegetable garden which is ideal for a quiet breakfast.
The back garden is very secluded and romantic; it is ideal for private sunbaths, quiet reading and daydreaming and shady lunches.
The front garden is spacious, with open views of the surrounding vineyards and the faraway houses. Here you can enjoy family gatherings, al fresco eating, ping-pong and badminton competitions.
Three quality French bakers within 5 minute drive, top quality fruits and vegetables within 15 minute drive and several good supermarkets and a golf course in the 15-20 min driving range.
We are happy to introduce our Guests to our friend the owner of France´s best wine shop and to other friends who are owners and chefs of small quality French restaurants.
Unforgettable memories will be created with your family, children and friends at La Tour de Bassy.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 12, 5 bedrooms|
|Will consider:||Corporate lets|
Hen and stag parties
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||May take pets - please enquire|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General:||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||5 Bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 2 en suites|
|Furniture:||Sofabeds (1), Single beds (2), Double beds (4), Cots (2), Dining seating for 14, Lounge seating for 16|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Balcony / Terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
Further details indoors:
The converted chapel was used as a concert hall and has an amazing acoustic. Now, as living room, it enjoys the old beams, 6 meters (20 ft) high ceilings, open chimney and a stage, which is an ideal entertainment when children and friends show their talents.
The kitchen is the preferred place of many of our friends and guests. It is a warm, cosy place, with huge old beams, professional La Cornue kitchen and is equipped with heavy old copper pots, Japanese steel utensils, Riedel glasses, Villeroy & Boch plates, beautiful tea pots and cups. The coffee lovers will enjoy the Nesspeso machine and the choice of more than 20 select coffees, offered to you by the owners.
The sitting, library, kitchen and lounge rooms are warmly decorated with antique and modern furniture collected by owners in Spain, Brazil, Japan, Philippines.
Home cinema room, with large collection of movie and opera DVD´s.
There are 5 bedrooms: 4 doubles and 1 single. In 2 of the double rooms there are additional single bed or sofa-bed. Two of the double rooms are en suite.
In addition to the 3 bathrooms, there are 2 guests WC's on ground level - very convenient while you are in the public areas of the house or in the gardens.
Further details outdoors:
Two shaded gardens in front and behind house. Kitchen vegetable garden. Table and chairs in garden for leisurely breakfast and lunch, and romantic candle light dinners. Double doors leading from music room provide music for garden, from 12th century restored chapel.
Ping-pong table, petanque balls, 3 bicycles.
The Burgundy / Saone-et-Loire region
From the times when the Dukes of Burgundy were more powerful than the Kings of France, until today Burgundy is a destination for lovers of beautiful countryside, refined wines and excellent gourmet food. On a short visit you can explore the world famous Cote d'Or wines or taste the superb Pouilly-Fuisse and Saint Veran of Southern Burgundy. There is abundance of refined small local restaurants and a long list of Michelin stared restaurants, with several 3 stars restaurants in an easy driving distance.
This area is also home to some impressive Romanesque and Medieval remains: The Monastery of Cluny, The Abbey of Citeaux, The Abbey of Fontenay, alongside with many Romanesque churches dating from the 9th to the 12th century, as well fortresses and Renaissance chateaux.
The Saint Gengoux-de-Scisse area
There is plenty to do in this wonderful area.
In the spring and summer this part of Burgundy is flooded by small, enthusiastic groups of cyclist who enjoys the views and the rolling terrain.
There is also a very well developed network of trekking paths throughout the vineyards and the surrounding forests.
Close to the house is a 18 holes golf course with a nice club house.
In a short distance there is a pony riding school and a riding school for adults.
Very close is the Prehistoric cave of Aze, where some 400 000 years ago the cavemen were inhabiting an amazing network of caverns with its own flowing underground river.
You can opt for visiting some of the Festivals at Beaune: classical music and wine festival; or visit chateaux, fortified castles, Romanesque churches.
How to get there
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Our home is located between the wine capital Beaune and and the food capital Lyon in Southern Burgundy, and is close to the city of Macon.
You can fly to Paris, Lyon or to Geneva (Switzerland) airports and then use bullet train or directly rent a car.
1. From Paris it takes 2 hours by train to Lyon and then 1 hour by car to the house. If you prefer to drive from Paris to the house it takes about 4.5 hours.
a) Paris Train + car
From Paris, Charles de Gaulle Airport, Terminal 2
There is a direct connection from Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris to the city of Lyon, Gare Part Dieu. The high speed train leaves from Terminal 2 inside the airport and takes 2 hours to reach Lyon. There is a train approximately every hour. You can purchase tickets at the TGV ticketing website (http://www.raileurope.com/us/rail/point_to_point/triprequest.htm?).
At Lyon airport you can rent a car and drive to the house for around an hour.
2. From Lyon airport. You can check the low cost Easyjet for good connections within Europe.
Rent a car at the airport and it takes an hour to get to the house.
3. From Geneva it takes about 2 hours by car and there are no delays nor formalities in crossing the frontier.
If you prefer to cross by train, the high speed train leaves from Geneva airport and takes 1.45 min to reach Lyon, Gare Part Dieu. There is a direct train 3 times per day and several connected trips. The direct trip takes 1.45 to reach Lyon and the connection trip takes about 2 hours. You can purchase tickets at the TGV ticketing website.(http://www.raileurope.com/us/rail/point_to_point/triprequest.htm?).
From Lyon you can rent a car and drive for an hour to the house.
Activities near Saint Gengoux-de-Scisse
Tennis in town
Golf less than 15 mins walk
Rural / countryside retreats
19 Sep 2012
Loved the property,it's position and facilities.
Equipped with the finest of everything.
Owner was very helpful.
17 Aug 2012
Imagine a house with a soul…
Imagine an ancient house with high ceilings and old bars, meticulously renovated and stuffed with beautiful antiques and pieces of ethnic art of around the world, lots of space and cozy corners, huge chimneys, a real concert hall, unbelievable high-end music installations, music all over the place, a house surrounded with vineyards, far from the crowd… I didn't know that this exists, until we found la tour de Bassy. We spent a week with our family, 4 couples and 5 young children. It became an unforgettable week. If there have been some minor (practical) points, like in every old house, we will certainly not remember them. In fact, we have already forgotten them. But we will never forget the wonderful evenings on the covered terrace, the delightful BBQ's or lunches and afternoon tea in the shaded secret garden. And the owner? Well, he is a very nice polyglot man, who gave us the really good addresses of this splendid region of southern Burgundy: wineries, restaurants, food shops. We liked his sense of humour. But he must be a bit crazy to let a house like this. Luckily for us!
08 Aug 2012
This is a fantastic character filled property with wonderfully expansive living areas where large groups can get together, or alternatively find a quiet corner for yourself to read a book. Mel is a great host and provided many fantastic tips for places to go, people to meet and wines to drink! We particularly enjoyed the macarons from a recommended bakery and the milk machine that goes Moo! If you are a Chardonnay fan then you are right in the middle of some amazing cellar doors and 'Caves' selling excellent value quality wines.
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 12|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|2011||27 Sep 11||22 Dec 11||£ 1500||-||-||Flexible|
|Christmas/ New Y 2011||22 Dec 11||9 Jan 12||£ 2500||-||-||Flexible|
|2012||13 Feb 12||31 Mar 12||£ 1500||-||-||Flexible|
|Easter 2012||31 Mar 12||14 Apr 12||£ 2000||-||-||1 Week|
|April - May 2012||14 Apr 12||29 Jun 12||£ 1500||-||-||Flexible|
|Summer 2012||29 Jun 12||30 Aug 12||£ 3200||-||-||1 Week|
|Christmas /New Year/Jan||10 Dec 12||13 Jan 13||£ 2500||-||-||1 Night|
|13 Jan 13||1 Feb 13||£ 2500||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
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James Melroy Thompson
The owner is based in France and has advertised with Holiday Lettings since 2011. This converted chapel has received 19 reviews from previous guests.
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