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18th Century Country Farmhouse

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet


About the property

Charming 3 bedroom property on Champagne / Burgundy border

A luxury & charming country farmhouse set in a hamlet amongst the beautiful Langres countryside in South Champagne a few kilometres from the border of Burgundy. This is our country retreat giving excellent access to the gastronomy & history of 3 regions of France but providing a peaceful place to relax away from the hustle & bustle. Renovated & furnished to a high standard with period furniture & high quality soft furnishings giving the ultimate experience of authentic “French charm”. Full of character with many original features coupled with modern comforts ensuring you a comfortable and stress free stay.

You are greeted with a large fully equipped farmhouse kitchen & separate double salon both with wood burning fires plus 3 individually designed bedrooms each with its own private bathroom. Sitting in a wooded valley with uninterrupted views from every window - enjoy the magnificent surroundings in this lovely spot.

More Details

Shelley and Gavin Phillips
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
6 March, 2018

About Shelley and Gavin Phillips

How did we two Aussies end up with a home in France? Let alone in the little known Haute-Marne? It’s a dream really!

Imagine an impossibly sunny Saturday morning in June, with us in our hire car navigating through increasingly smaller, and more isolated roads to find what will soon be our new home.

As towns are left behind and lanes appear, we are quietly getting more and more excited at the approach of our destination. We have been hunting for over two years with little success and many dislocated expectations up to now, so still trying to keep a poker face.

As heartbeats increase, we cross the tiny bridge into the hameau and make a sharp right at the rose-covered stone walls of the manoir that links our property. The small gravel lane passes chickens and ends in a massive tilleul tree amid green, green grass.

Ahead, more green on a hillside bare except for grazing white Charolais cattle and a smattering of prune and walnut trees. Above, it is topped with thick woods.

Poker is forgotten as our eyes now turn to what will be our very own slice of France .. the farmhouse walls are mobbed with roses of blood red and mixed shades of pink. Wisteria tumbles in a purple haze above. A grape vine we later learn is 100 years old climbs up, up and around the stone façade.

We are in love before we even step inside to find décor to dream of .. downstairs with stone floors worn smooth by centuries of feet, light pouring in through windows thrown wide to let in bumble bees and petals, antique yet comfy furniture, soft furnishings of heavy linen, not one but three ensuite bedrooms with satisfyingly modern fittings and more and more .. oh my .. we are in heaven!

We grabbed and hold this beautiful property in our hearts. May you also experience the joy it gives us when you visit!


Shelley and Gavin Phillips purchased this farmhouse in 2009


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Villegusien-le-Lac in Haute-Marne

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (semi-detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Luxury
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking Off Street
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms. The master bedroom has a bath with hand shower, sink and toilet and the two other bedrooms have a large Mediterranean style open shower cubicle, sink and toilet.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Master Bedroom – large bedroom furnished with period pieces with king size bed, clothes cupboard, wardrobe, armchair, foot stool – original parquet flooring and views of the surrounding countryside. En-suite bathroom with bath, toilet and sink and original tomette tiled flooring. Double Bedroom – large bedroom with 2 single beds, wardrobe, armchair – original parquet flooring and views of the surrounding countryside. En-suite shower room with open style shower, toilet and sink and original tomette tile flooring. Double Bedroom – large bedroom with 2 single beds, writing desk, armchair and built in wardrobe – original parquet flooring and views of the surrounding countryside. En-suite shower room with open style shower, toilet and sink and original tomette tile flooring.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck Chairs
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Kitchen/Dining Room – large farmhouse kitchen with lovely features of oak beams, Dalle de Bourgogne stone flooring & open wood burning fire. Large fully equipped kitchen area with large oak table & chairs seating 8 people – the ideal place to relax in true French style. Oak stairs to first floor. Double Salon – a lovely spacious & light room with door leading to the garden & outdoor dining area. This large double salon is furnished with luxury soft furnishings and has original oak beams, stone flooring and open wood burning fireplace. Television – DVD player – IPOD docking station – Television with French speaking channels – selection of books / games – portable CD player. Garden - The farmhouse has a south / west facing grassed terrace / garden area with fabulous views. Outdoor metal dining table with 6 chairs, sun loungers, sun umbrella and barbecue. The property has off road parking immediately next to the farmhouse plus a large garage for one large car.


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18th Century Country Farmhouse
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Great farmhouse experience!

  • 5 of 5

Great farmhouse in the French countryside! Private end unit, peaceful pasturoral views, authentic feel, spacious throughout, cozy stone wood burning fireplace, very homey!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quiet and comfortable! Great kitchen with all cooking supplies.

  • 5 of 5

The Farmhouse was just perfect! Decorated beautifully and casual, the beds and linens were so comfortable! ALL our needs were met, wasn't missing a thing. We enjoyed buying our food at LeClerc in Langres with fresh ingredients and cooking at the house, and enjoying our local wines. It was SO QUIET. Enjoyed having BBC on the tv for English speaking tv. Was fascinating driving thru the little towns and we explored Beaune and Dijon. Thank you!!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Beth, thank you so much for wonderful feedback and we are really pleased that you had a great time. One of our pleasures when we are at the house is cooking in the farmhouse kitchen and we spend many an hour there cooking and enjoying a glass of Burgundy wine. Great to know you had a good time. Kind regards Gavin and Shelley
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A lovely old property full of original features set in beautiful countryside

  • 5 of 5

We had a super time the property is quirky with big rooms and very well equipped. It has been restored very sympathetically and is full of original features. The area is beautiful, the countryside is stunning with lots of interesting places to go and explore. We particularly enjoyed visiting Troyes and Beaune, which are just over an hour to get to, there is also plenty to do nearby, lots of walks, the lake which you can walk round and various water sports to try too.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a good time and you enjoyed exploring the area. Also thank you for your lovely comments about our house - we love the style of the house and are always eager to spend time there. Kind regards Gavin and Shelley
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Spacious full of character property

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful home away from home. Spacious property with lots of character and everything we needed to relax and live comfortably in for the duration of our stay. Perfectly located in a very quiet village and close to local supermarket etc with easy access to main roads to many local towns, cities and activities.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jason for your review and we are overjoyed that you had such a good time. It is great exploring the area and there are some amazing things to see. Also a big thank you for leaving the house so spotlessly clean - perfect guests.
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And breathe....

  • 5 of 5

We travelled with 5 adults and 2 x under 2 year olds. Travelling with little ones can be tricky, but all our requests were met, high chairs and children friendly cups and plates were provided. And the house has shutters on the windows = instant black out blinds.

The farmhouse is impeccably styled, we loved the traditional French feel of the interior and exterior of the property.

Do you like to cook? Then this property is for you. A proper 'cooks' kitchen with everything you need to make fantastic meals from your day of market shopping. The house has a BBQ too which is lovely for the warmer months.

We did lots of day trips from the property, but we also liked chatting to the cows each morning and taking little walks down to the river - it's a slow pace of life, which made it a very relaxing holiday.

One of the most brilliant things about this Farmhouse is that each room has an ensuite! This is very unique for a French property and makes it ideal if travelling with friends.

You won't be disappointed if you book this property!

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for letting us have your feedback and we are really pleased you enjoyed your stay in our french house. We hope that you will be able to come and stay again. We love our holidays in our french retreat and we are always really overjoyed when others can enjoy what we experience and love.
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Farmhouse Experience - BOOK NOW!!!

  • 5 of 5

The 18th Century Farmhouse is the perfect property to absolutely slow down and unwind and experience French living at its rural best.

Travelling with our family of 5 Adults and 2 children (under 2years), the house was perfectly set up with all our needs catered for. Beautiful walks, relaxing in the sunshine and incredible fresh produce to eat and drink.

The bedrooms were quiet, dark and beds so comfortable. Bathrooms clean and fresh. Kitchen and dining (my favourite rooms) as we could feast at night in the warmth with delicious food and great company once the little ones had gone to sleep. The decor in the sitting room is so peaceful and cosy, can sit for hours reading a book. The property is surrounded with so much natural beauty, you don't need to venture off on day excursions, but there is plenty to offer in the nearby towns. I looked forward to coming back to the farm house every night.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your very kind review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay out our farmhouse and we hope that you will be able to come back and stay again.
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Nearest Airport
200 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Longeau Percey
Nearest Ferry
450 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Arc en Barrois
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
8 Kilometres
A31 Langres Sud - Junction 6
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Longeau Percey
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Lac La Vingeanne
Car: necessary

The Burgundy & Champagne Ardenne regions offer a wealth of tourism opportunities. Arc en Barrois (15 min) a beautiful chateau village in the heart of a vast forest massif. Baissey (5 min) tour the 15th century water mill. Langres (20 min) lovely walled town, magnificent views, full of history & architecture. Lac La Vingeanne (10 min) wind surfing, sailing and boating, stroll around the lake or relax on the beach. Champagne Wines (45 min) find many high quality and affordable champagnes. Dijon (30 min) city rich in art treasures, 600 hectares of public parks, boutiques & speciality shops, gastronomic restaurants. Burgundy Vineyards (40 min) Burgundy wine festivals, fine wine producers on the Routes des Vins. Beaune (40 min) the capital of Burgundy wine, the fabulous Hospices de Beaune - beautiful mosaic roof tiles & magnificent tapestries, old cobbled streets with delightful shops & restaurants. Langres region (on your doorstep) a rich & diverse countryside great for cycling & walking.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Villegusien-le-Lac, Champagne-Ardenne

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low Season
7 Jan 2018 - 27 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Mid Season
28 Apr 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High Season
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Mid Season
1 Sep 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Low Season
27 Oct 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Xmas / New Year
22 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £266.59

Short breaks available – minimum 3 nights – please contact us for details.
The price is per week and includes all bedding, tea towels, electricity, gas, heating and firewood.
Bath and hand towels are not included in the price - these can be provided at an additional cost.
The farmhouse is fully cleaned and prepared to a high standard prior to the arrival of each guest.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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