Fleur de Lys
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Gite | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 7
This is a charming 150 year old 3-bedroomed gite in a quiet street in the centre of the ville. It has a lovely courtyard garden with a sun terrace, where you can look over the rolling hillside. There is wifi, satellite TV, and free landline calls worldwide. Vermenton has everything you need - butchers and bakers, bars and restaurants. The supermarket is especially good - it sells local wines and has an extensive butchers section using locally-reared animals - and it's within easy walking distance.
Local activities include horse riding, kayaking/canoeing, coarse fishing, cycling, hiking / walking, rock climbing and swimming. Burgundy is famous for its wines - there are plenty of opportunities for wine tasting within 20km - Chablis, Cote d'Auxerre, Irancy, Caves de Bailly. The countryside is beautiful with the vineyards and there are lovely medieval towns worth visiting such as Auxerre, Avallon and Vezelay. The Parc du Morvan Nature Reserve is within 30km.
The River Cure runs through the village. There is a designated swimming area with a little sandy beach - ideal for all ages as the riverbed has a gentle incline. There is a grassy play area with playground equipment behind and paddleboats in the summer. A little way along the river bank is the Port, where you can take a stroll and look at the boats. The Parc des Iles by the river Cure is a lovely park - good for a picnic or fishing. The beautiful Cistercian Abbey of Reigny is set alongside the river Cure and forested hillside - concerts and weddings are held there. The village owes its prosperity in former times from vineyards and timber-floating along the River Cure. On Friday mornings there is a lively vegetable, meat and dairy produce market.
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||River Cure 1 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Paris 200 km, Nearest railway: Vermenton 1 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 7|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
There is one bedroome on the first floor, next to the bathoom. The other two bedrooms are on the second floor. All bedrooms have wardrobes, bedside cabinets and bedside lamps. The salon has comfy seating for seven people. There is a shower room and toilet on the ground floor. There are lots of books, DVDs and games for you to enjoy.
|Further details outdoors|
The gravelled courtyard garden has a large table with parasol and chairs. There is a sun terrace, where you can see over the rolling hillside and the rooftops.
Rue du Vau is a small quiet street and there is no parking outside the house, but a free car park within 50 yards which always has plenty of spaces.
There is one bedroom on the first floor, next to the bathroom. The other two bedrooms are on the upper floor, but the stairs are steep and may be difficult to manage for young children or elderly people.
Change over day is flexible, except for July and August when it is Saturday. Short breaks are also available from April to June, and September to November. Discounts are available for long term lets - prices on application.
The Burgundy region
Burgundy is famous for its wine and the lovely village of Chablis is only 20km away, so there are plenty of opportunities for wine tasting. Another very interesting trip is to the Caves de Bailly - only about 7km in the direction of Auxerre - where you drive into the massive caves which hold approximately 5 million bottles of wine. You can take a tour which tells you all about the wine-making process, followed by tasting the locally produced wines. The Cotes d'Auxerre begins within 10 km of Vermenton. It is an area that produces some fine wines, including pinot noir, Cesar and Gamay. Irancy and St Bris les Vineuse have both just received their appellation d'origine controlee. Coulange, Chitry and Courgis are all examples of wines between Cote d'Auxerre and Chablis.
Praised for its religious architecture, its pretty riverside setting and its football team, Auxerre is one of France's most celebrated places - full of art and history. The town is dominated by a Gothic style Cathedral and several smaller churches.
Auxerre offers an Aladdin's cave of places to see and things to do. Throughout the town itself, there are many attractive squares and narrow streets to meander around and plenty of cafés to sit and watch the world go by. In addition to the crypts and churches, there are numerous medieval half-timbered houses all offering their own slice of history.
Just past Auxerre there is a bowling alley with mini golf, an ice rink, Laser Games Megazone and Corsaires Et Pirates - an indoor play park. There is another indoor play park called Youmbao in Appoigny, which has a large climbing structure, ball pool, bouncy castle, climbing wall, trampoline and karting track.
AJ Auxerre football club currently play in Ligue 2, the second division of French football. Auxerre plays its home matches at the Stade l''Abbe Deschamps on the banks of the River Yonne.
There is a swimming centre adjacent to the football stadium, with several pools, both indoor and outdoor in the summer. There is also a swimming centre at Montbard which has both indoor and outdoor pools, but this one has a water chute, a wave machine and an excellent lazy river.
The lovely town of Vezelay is 25km from Vermenton. It has a sense of simplicity and peaceful tranquility. Vézelay is best known for the Basilica of St Mary Magdalene, one of Europe's largest and best-preserved Romanesque churches. Its harmonious architecture is alive with fascinating sculptures of saints, sinners and biblical figures. In the Middle Ages, Vézelay's basilica was a major pilgrimage destination thanks to its claimed relics of St Mary Magdalene and its position along the route to Santiago de Compostela.
The Grottes d'Arcy-sur-Cure are well worth a visit. The pre-historic decorated caves hold the second-oldest cave paintings known. Prepare to be astonished at the limestone rock formations. This is Wookey Hole on a grand scale! You can be forgiven for believing at times that you are on a sci-fi film set. It seems improbable that such fantastic shapes and sculptures have been formed simply through the action of water on chalky rock. The stalagmites and stalagtites transform caverns into weird rooms of cathedral proportions.
Vermenton is a small but lively ville that is located in the heart of Burgundy's famous winelands, in the Yonne department. Its name means "country of the beautiful hills", and it doesn't take a visitor to the town long to discover why this name was given. The countryside is peaceful and indeed, very beautiful, and provides a perfect backdrop to this pretty little town.
Vermenton owes much of its appeal to its situation beside the lovely Canal Nivernais. There is a canal port in Vermenton, and this can be a lively and colourful spot in summer time when the tourist boats moor up and holiday makers come ashore to do their shopping and to dine in the excellent little restaurants that can be found in the town.
The town has plenty of buildings of historical interest, with the old church, the abbey, the bridge and the old jail being especially noteworthy. Out and about you will find the vineyards and the great wine producing estates for which Burgundy is so well known, and these are certainly worth visiting. Usually they will provide guided tours and tastings, though you may have to book in advance.
Vermenton provides most of the usual shops, a good supermarket and all the services that you will need for everyday life, and it is not difficult to access larger facilities in the main towns nearby such as Auxerre and Avallon. The lifestyle here is very good, with a superb gastronomy, some of the best wines in France produced on the doorstep and a clean, natural environment.
Local activities include horse riding, kayaking/canoeing, coarse fishing, cycling, hiking / walking, rock climbing and swimming. Burgundy is famous for its wines - the village of Chablis is only 20km away so there are plenty of opportunities for wine tasting.
There is a designated swimming area with a little sandy beach on the River Cure - ideal for all ages as the riverbed has a gentle incline. There is a grassy play area with playground equipment behind and paddleboats in the summer. A little way along the river bank is the Port, where you can take a stroll and look at the boats. The Parc des Iles by the river Cure is a lovely park good for a picnic or fishing. The beautiful Cistercian Abbey of Reigny is set alongside the river Cure and forested hillside - regular concerts are held there. The village owes its prosperity in former times from vineyards and timber-floating along the River Cure. On Friday mornings there is a good vegetable, meat and dairy produce market.
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31 Oct 2014
"Terribly disappointed at the standard of cleanliness in this property."
After reading such excellent reviews about this property, we were really looking forward to enjoying our stay. We were met at the house by John, the owner's representative. He spent all of 5mins … More
1 Sep 2014
"Idyllic holiday gite in Burgundy"
We have just spent two superb weeks in Fleur de Lys. We found the property to be so much more spacious than we had anticipated. Our four children, three of whom are teenagers, had the top floor to th… More
Many thanks for your kind remarks. I'm so pleased that you enjoyed all that Fleur de Lys and the surrounding areas had to offer, and I'm delighted that you will be returning, you are always more than welcome.
12 Aug 2014
"Characterful Gite in a Great Location"
From the moment we were met at the Gite by the lovely Carol, for whom nothing was too much trouble, we just knew this would be a great holiday.The cottage itself is charming with lovely living room an… More
Thank you for your kind remarks - I'm delighted that you all had an enjoyable holiday.
I've just had my own holiday here with my family, and I agree with you about the oven - so I'm changing it asap, hopefully next week.
I'm always happy when guests return - you would be more than welcome.
7 Jul 2013
It is a lovely village where the only sound you can hear is of birds, The food is amazing, delightful flavors and tastes. It was a lifetime experience highly recommended. Will be back this year.
I'm glad that you liked it so much that you're coming back again this year. Returning guests are more than welcome, and I'm sure there will be many places you didn't get a chance to visit last time. Hurry to get in touch and book - availability is going fast!
12 Jun 2013
"Quirky & Fabulous French Property - You'll surely fall in love!"
Upon our arrival at the property, we were greeted and shown around the house. It is spacious and has everything a holiday maker could wish for. The kitchen is large and well equipped, the lounge has plenty of seating and comes complete with Sky, free WiFi & free landline calls to home! There is a ground floor loo and separate shower room (although the water pressure is quite poor). The bedroom on the first floor is joined to a large bathroom which could benefit from a shower curtain and wall fixing as the water pressure in the shower head over the bath is far better than downstairs) and there are a further two bedrooms at the top of the house. The courtyard is a real sun trap and the added sun terrace ensures that every ounce of sun is squeezed from the day. The town of Vermenton is quiet and has all the necessary ingredients - supermarket, petrol station, ample parking, bakers, butchers, bars & restaurants. The park area is a delight to stroll around and the quay side makes for a picturesque amble. The area has plenty to offer - our itinerary went like this :
Saturday Eve : A good wander around the village and into the park and across the rickety bridges to see the many lovely vistas of the river.
Sunday : Chablis Market & Town.
Monday : Tonnerre, Tanlay Castle, Noyers sur Serein
Tuesday : Arcy sur Cur caves, Vezelay, Avallon
Wednesday : Abbaye de Fontenay, Bussy Rabutin
Thursday : Bailly Caves, Auxerre, Joigny
Friday : Chateau de Bazoches, Morvan Forest, Chateau Chinon town
Saturday : Home via Monet's garden & house at Giverny
I could ramble on for hours about the lovely countryside, the gorgeous old historical buildings, the charming villages & the super property - but you'll die of boredom before the end of the review.
All you need to do is GO YOURSELF!
Thank you so much for your great review! I appreciate your comments on the water pressure in the downstairs shower - I will get that looked at, but I will definitely look into getting a shower curtain or screen put up in the bathroom as soon as possible.
I'm impressed with your itinerary - you certainly made the most of your week in beautiful Burgundy! I'm so pleased that you had a good holiday and I welcome you back any time..
22 Aug 2012
"Excellent in every way, and fantastic value for money."
We have a long experience of renting houses in France and the UK, and this is the best, and best value, accommodation we've ever rented. The house is spacious, light and airy. There are plenty of cooking utensils, and more than enough crockery and cutlery for everyone (there were four of us). Loads of nice towels were supplired, as was the bed linen, which was good quality. The kitchen is nice and big, with a large dining table, and the living room is comfortable. And you get free international phone calls!
Only one minus point, really - two of the bedrooms are on the second floor, and the stairs leading to them are a bit narrow and precarious - not suitable for elderly or infirm people, or for very young children.
It is situated in a lovely village with three nice restaurants, boulangerie, etc., and there is an excellent market on Friday mornings. Brilliant for access to the vineyards of Chablis, Irancy, Tonnerre, Epineuil, Auxerre, etc., so great for wine lovers.
The river skirting the village is lovely, and there are two parks next to it. If you've got young children, the Parc des Iles is superb - the kids can splash about in the river, build dams, etc. all day.
Can't recommend this enough.
Thank you for your comprehensive review. I'm glad that you liked the house and enjoyed yourselves when you were out and about.
I also appreciate your concerns about the staircase to the second floor. I can assure you that I have now had it improved to ensure the safety of everyone using it.
I know from your email following your holiday that you have already started recommending my gite to family and friends, and I hope that you'll continue to do so and to return yourselves some time.
Many thanks - Carol
26 Jul 2012
"Easy location -"
My fiance and I stayed at 2 Rue de Vau with our parents for one week to plan our wedding at the nearby Abbaye de Reigny, which is just a few minutes down the road. It was the absolute perfect location and accomodation for what we needed for the week! The kitchen was well equipped and we enjoyed lunches and dinners in the very pleasant back garden! We used the telescope to star gaze from the top porch! The living room was comfortable and had plenty of seating for all of us to be together and the bedrooms were private. The internet worked well, as well as English TV and telephone! We loved it and felt very "at home!" Carol (the owner) is very warm and welcoming, greeting us on our arrival and sitting down for a chat to make sure we knew everything about the place and areas to visit. She went out of her way to make sure we could find a good restaurant, as we arrived on a Sunday, and came back to tell us how to find it! We felt lucky to have found such a great place for a great price, with such nice people managing. We are booking again next summer for guests to our wedding!
Thank you for your kind words - it was a pleasure to meet you both and your parents, and I'm really pleased you liked the gite and the surrounding area so much. We look forward to seeing you and your American family for your wedding next June..!
13 Jun 2012
"Friendly village with friendly people.."
We had a lovely holiday in Vermenton - especially visiting Vezelay and Chablis - very memorable. We loved the boutique shops in Vezelay and the basilica was amazing - all the history and the stories behind the friezes on the pillars. The countryside is lovely with the grapevines on the hills - and then on to Chablis for winetasting!
Thanks - there certainly are some very interesting places to visit - and the wine-tasting is the "crème de la crème"...
2 Jun 2012
"I want to go back!"
Me and my partner Steve loved our trip away to Vermenton!
It was very peaceful, with lovely weather and very french,
the vibe was very french too.
The house was lovely, with great accomadation and good facilities.
With the garden balcony it helped top up my tan!
The overall house is beautiful, and very authentic.
I would deffinetly go back again, and would reccomend it to any of my family or friends.
Many thanks - I'm glad you enjoyed your holiday in the "Heart of France". I look forward to seeing you again soon - and your family and friends too!
28 May 2012
"Home from home in Beautiful Burgundy"
Stayed at this property for 2 nights in April, 2012, with my two sons 10 and 12 years old, as a stop gap on our way around visiting friends in France. It was a very comfortable house with all amenities with a lovely French/English crossover feel to it. Although we weren't there for long vermenton had all we needed for our visit most importantly a patisserie for our morning pastries and pain ! There was a park for the children, and a lovely walk by the canal. Perfect stopover after Auxerre and before we went on to visit friends.
Thanks for your review - I'm glad you felt at home. Come back and stay for a proper holiday next time - you'll be very welcome..
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