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Luxury 12th Century Priory

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Converted Chapel / 6 bedrooms / sleeps 12

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Converted Chapel / 6 bedrooms / sleeps 12

Key Info
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

Our 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, 6 bedrooms
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car advised
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Lyon (110 km) and Genvea (170 km) 110 km, Nearest railway: Macon TGV 19 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Sauna, Log fire, Internet access
Pool Private outdoor pool (unheated)
General Central heating, CD player, Table tennis, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 5 En suites
Furniture Double beds (6), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 12
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available
Access Secure parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Not suitable for wheelchair users
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.

There are 6 bedrooms, including one in the renovated, 15th century pigeon house.

In addition to the 3 bathrooms, there is 1 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.

5 bicycles are available.

The Burgundy 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.

Saint Gengoux-de-Scisse

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.

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19 Sep 2012


"A lovely, atmospheric property equiped with the finest of everything"

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 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!

8 Aug 2012


"Character Haven for Wine and Food Lovers"

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.

4 Jul 2012


"Better than ever expected!"

Come ready to relax and enjoy yourself! Well placed to explore the vineyards and dining sites of Burgundy, pleasant walks, interesting historical and prehistoric sites within easy reach, yet in a quiet country setting. The hosts were marvelous with a multitude of excellent suggestions and ideas to complement our wishes and interests.

25 Jun 2012


"Nothing beats this in Southern Burgundy"

My wife and I spent a week with Mel and Elena Thompson at their historic chateau La Tour des Bassy. Grand mixture of the old and new. One becomes immediately a friend, not a client. He has cultivated friendly relationships with wine growers, sellers, chefs, and restaurant owners for some ten years. His kitchen is modern and lined with as many cookbooks as the eye can see. If you are a music lover, as am I, you will love one of the best private collections I have ever seen (CDs/DVDs). Our 33rd anniversary was the best. Spent in Beaune with a 2000 magnum of Savigny Les Beaunes for lunch and a 2003 Magnum of Volnay by the same wine maker. The beautiful weather throughout did not hurt. There was beauty in every way: landscape (both at Priory and the countryside), taste, and warm relationships. I would have added a star if possible. Such escapes are rare in our cynical modern world.

21 May 2012


"Impressive !"

A spectacular historic house , with huge living space , even if with relatively small bedrooms. Well placed between beautiful vinyeards and excellent restaurants. Remarkably equipped in terms of furniture, audio equipment as well as kitchen dishes, utensils, even cooking books - great quantity and quality , you will have anything you may need. Beware of low temperature downstairs out of the season , you will be fine if you use the wonderful fireplace or simply spend time in other very welcoming areas. Extremely hospitable and available owner, use his knowledge of the area.

7 Dec 2011


"Wonderful holiday in stunning home"

We came from Australia to celebrate a wedding of French friends. We enjoyed visiting the beauties of Burgundy and coming home every night to the beautiful yet comfortable 12th century priory. Every detail was thought of, even down to the remarkable lighting which comes on as you walk through the rooms - very necessary as this home is LARGE.
Our Host was very keen to make sure we had a lovely time and showed us the best local shopping, sites and even introduced us to warm French neighbors.
Our young children especially enjoyed exploring every room of the house, and especially dancing for their parents and grandparents on the stage in the music room.
Thank you for sharing this peace of paradise with us.

14 Nov 2011


"Perfect Home and Hosts for complete Enjoyment of Peace and Activities in all Four Seasons"

We chose the wonderful and exciting La Tour de Bassy because it offers both an idyllic place to thoroughly relax, and the ideal home from which to explore the wonders of Burgundy.
While here, we decided to return in all Four Seasons - Christmas, Spring break, Summer vacation, and Fall Harvest. We know first-hand the beauty and tranquility which this historic and warmly decorated home provides, as well as its great location from which to enjoy very active days and weeks - walking through the vineyards, riding bicycles, visiting pre-historic caves, buying our bread daily from six local bakeries, driving on small country roads to small restaurants. We are especially thankful to our gracious hosts who warmly welcomed us, and who took great care to introduce us personally to their local friends to recommend their carefully selected places to visit…including wine tasting inside local wine cellars, the owner for 43 years of a restaurant serving world class dishes from local ingredients, and the Best Wine Merchant in France - a dear friend of our hosts who opened his best bottles for us to taste between telling us about outstanding young wine producers. We have more to do at La Tour de Bassy, and are sad today to be packing our bags - but very very happy to be selecting which friends we will return in each of the coming Four Seasons.

10 Oct 2011


"Perfect for Romance and Relaxation between Paris and Provence"

Our hosts warmly welcomed us in the front garden upon arrival, with their best wines, which we enjoyed very much after our leisurely drive from Paris and stop in Beaune.
Stories and travel experiences were exchanged over a delicious home cooked dinner served with four different breads, two types of butter, five cheeses, and a single desert!!
As our minds and hearts are full of exciting memories of our first stay at La Tour de Bassy, we have already planned to return this winter season in order to spend time in front of the upstairs open log fireplace with lazy days and long walks in the countryside. Dpending on our schedules we would also love to visit with our friends upon the arrival of springtime in order to refresh ourselves when the buds and flowers begin to show themselves to the blue sky of lovely Burgundy, and to visit special winemakers and restaurant owners well known to our hosts.

26 Sep 2011


"superb stay in every way"

The estate is quite beautiful and the countryside around it fascinating and full of surprises. the owner recommended several great local restaurants that we tried and each was great and not the usual tourist place. He also guided us to local vineyards and sites that we never would have known about on our own.
The "castle" is very luxurious and spacious and you have the sense you are in a movie. the kitchen was equipped for a gourmet but even amateurs like us had no problems. The only problem we had was that we couldn't stay longer.

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    Michel V.

    • 1 Years listed

    30% Response rate

    Calendar last updated:18 Dec 2013

    Based in France

    Languages spoken
    • English
    • French

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    Credit cards accepted

    +33 (0) 385 380035
    +33 (0) 750 310642

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