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L'Escalier is set in one of the medieval streets of St Gengoux. It must have been a winegrower's house, has been a shop, and is therefore a simple dwelling with a rustic feel and the furnishing is an eclectic mix of antique and second-hand, that is to say well-used. However the kitchen and bathroom facilities are less than five years old.
The road is extremely quiet and there is a small terrace outside, large enough for a table and chairs, ideal for the afternoon sun. The main bedroom has a small balcony looking onto the street. The local shops are two or three minute's walk away.
The area is ideal for an active holiday; there are bikes for hire in the village and the area has numerous signed footpaths. L'Escalier is also suitable for a short rest break to or from the Alps or the Mediterranean.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Lyon 115 km, Nearest railway: Montchanin (Le Creusot-Monceau les Mines) 25 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Fridge|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Single beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 7|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Further details indoors|
If you stay more than one week there is a spare set of bedding. You have access to a washing machine to wash bedding.
The Burgundy region
Burgundy is renowned for its wine and many vineyards offer 'dégustation' or tastings. These are usually advertised at the roadside. The vines stretch south to north from the Beaujolais area (not strictly Burgundy) through the Mâconnais and Côte Chalonaise to the Côte d'Or, home of the most venerated Burgundies.
The cities of Dijon and Lyon act as punctuation marks and the northern and southern extremes of the region; each is a fine city and worth a day trip.
Tuesday is market-day with the first abd second Tuesdays in the month being by far the largest when the village is filled with visitors. Here you can buy excellent cheeses, charcuterie and fresh produce, sometimes even live chickens. On other Tuesdays and on Saturday mornings there will be a few stalls selling fish, cheese, bread and vegetables. The local paper will tell you what markets there are elsewhere.
From the house there are many walking and cycling routes of varying levels of difficulty including the "Voie Verte", a walking and cycling route converted form a disused railway. There are various guide books in L'Escalier and the local Office de Tourisme has a very wide range of information available.
Away from St Gengoux there are the large towns of Chalon sur Saône to the north (32km) and Mâcon to the south (47km). These have the range facilities you would expect in larger places.
There are a number of excellent restaurants in the area and you will find a list of our recommendations in the house.
You do not need a car and can travel by local buses, bike or taxis. The buses are very cheap (1.50 Euro a journey) and they will carry bikes. St Gengoux is on route 7 which runs between Chalon and Mâcon and Chalon su Sâone.
St Genoux has a branch of the Vignerons de Buxy Co-operative where wines are produced from local growers. As well as the world famous Burgundy vineyards there are many cultural and historical sites to visit. Romanesque churches (Eglise romane) are sign at the entrance to many villages.
Without a car you need to use local buses or taxis. The buses are very cheap (1.50 Euro a journey) and they will carry bikes. St Gengoux is on route 7 which runs between Chalon and Mâcon (railway stations). Taxis are expensive.
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15 Sep 2013
"Comfortable gite, interesting town with good facilities surrounded by beautiful countryside"
A thoughtfully renovated old house which is very convenient for exploring a fascinating and well preserved medieval town and the surrounding area of southern Burgundy. The kitchen and bathroom are of… More
22 Oct 2011
We loved L'Escalier as soon as we saw it. Our welcome was lovely with a bottle of wine and 2 glasses on the kitchen table and cream roses in a vase. The house was perfect for adults, probably not for small children as there is no garden. It was described as rustic and that is what we enjoyed so much. The kitchen and bathroom are newly refurbished and very user friendly. The kitchen is very well equipped. The two bedrooms are very comfortable as is the living area. Unlike one of the other reviewers we really liked the mismatch of furniture which made the accommodation so much more quirky and fun. We also thoroughly enjoyed sitting at the table and chairs out in the quiet street at the front of the house enjoying a "sundowner". I know there are going to be more improvements made during the Winter but please don't make L'Escalier TOO posh and modern! It is such a welcoming house and exactly suited our need for a restful, relaxing holiday.
St.Gengoux Le National is a nice compact town with interesting medieval features but enough facilities to suit most tastes. We always expect some places of interest and bars/restaurants to be closed when we holiday at the end of the season but most were still open. We spent far too much on delicious cheese from the Tuesday market! We drove to Cluny and to Brancion which we really enjoyed and we had a few picnics in the surrounding countryside. We especially liked Les Lacs de Laives. We meant to go back to Cormatin to visit the Chateau. It looked lovely when we drove through on our trip to Cluny but we did not have time as we just so loved pottering about in St.Gengoux.
The whole area is full of history and gorgeous countryside and we certainly would like to visit again. Hopefully we might be able to stay at L'Escalier again too. I would just like to say that the owners couldn't have been more helpful prior to to our holiday.
6 Oct 2011
"A relaxing getaway"
The property was clean and comfortable. The bathroom and the kitchen were the assets of the property. The rest of the property was more than acceptable given that the details stated that the property will be further renovated over the winter. The description of the property was accurate. We really enjoyed our stay and feel that we received value for money.
The locals were very friendly and always happy to chat.
The village was a delight as were the surrounding villages. We had so many wonderful days touring around the area. Plenty to see and do within walking distance. We spent hours in the vineyards watching the team harvest the grapes as the sun beat down on us.
If you like wine, the local wine producers make some beautiful wines. Well worth a sample.
A very easy car journey away was Chalon sur Saone. Having visited France many times over the last 15 years, this is probably one of the best small cities we have visited.
We are sure we will return to this area of France as we had such a lovely time here.
6 Oct 2011
"Away from the madding crowd"
L'Escalier has good, modern kitchen and bathroom facilities, and elsewhere provides a pleasantly cool interior retreat from outdoor heat. The rental represents good value. St Gengoux has more facilities than I expected, and the town/ large village was what we were looking for - a quiet, non-tourist centre for local walks and for trips slightly further afield (Cormatin, Cluny); being near to Taize was a particular attraction.
18 Sep 2011
The house is partially renovated. Other than the kitchen and bathroom much of the furniture appears to be from flea markets, although the mattresses are new.
The village is medieval ...but in the sense of run down rather than attractively restored. Many of the houses are back to back so have no outdoor space. This severely limits the development potential, and this is probably the reason why many are not modernised. L'Escalier itself is built into a hillside so has no outdoor space other than the street at the front of the house. There are many nicer villages in this area
The location, next to the Voie Verte, is good for family cycling.
The house has been improved to the stage where it is comfortable even though there is a final phase to be carried out. The furniture is a mixture bought in markets, collectable items (Lloyd Loom, art deco) and newly bought.
St Gengoux is typical of the region in an area where villages are not manicured to Cotswold levels. There are no back-to-back houses in France as far as I know let alone in St Gengoux. The houses referred to have entrances in two streets, that is they have two frontages.
The limited outside space is mentioned in the listing as is the suitability of the sitting out on the apron of the house.
This house is priced according to its position and facilities.