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18th Century Country Farmhouse

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 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.

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Shelley and Gavin Phillips
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 September, 2017

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


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.


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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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: Sep 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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: Jan 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 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: Jan 3, 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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Amazing Property & Location

  • 5 of 5

We have rented many houses in France and this one is still at the top of the list. In fact we've rented it twice and can't wait to go back. The house is well laid out and each of the bedrooms has an en suite bathroom. Although in a small hamlet, there is a secluded area off to the side for dining outside with views overlooking the neighboring farm (and the occasional cow). If you are looking for an authentic French country experience this is the property for you.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your kind review and we are so glad you have enjoyed your time at our house. We find it a great pleasure when people enjoy it as much as we do. We hope you will return again soon.
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Amazing country side vacation

  • 4 of 5

This is a beautiful house, full of character of love, it is obvious Gavin & Shelley put there heart and soul into the place. thank you for that. the kitchen is well equipped and if anyone loves to combine cooking with the overall relaxation it is a perfect combination. Few minor drawbacks to take into consideration. we found the house to be a bit cold at night, only in the bedrooms, downstairs we enjoyed the lovely fireplace. the other drawback is that only the master bedroom has a proper double bed. nonetheless, amazing property, will defiantly consider coming back again.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are really glad that you enjoyed your stay at the house. We are planning on changing one of the other bedrooms to a double and hope to do this during the first half of next year. We hope you will be able to come and stay again.
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Des vacances merveilleux!!

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from spending two fabulous weeks in Ma Maison de Campagne - our hosts, Gavin and Shelly, have made the house so welcoming - and beautifully clean and presented - with champagne ready and waiting in the fridge! it is superbly appointed in terms of the kitchen and the living room and our nights in front of the fire with roast pork in the oven are memorable indeed. The surrounding countryside is beautiful and our daily walks were a pleasure. Langres is a find - and our walks along the Roman ramparts, while chilly, were fascinating. A spring sojourn would be amazing.

Margie and Graham - Sydney

  • Review Submitted: Feb 2, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that you had a great time at the farmhouse. We wish we could stay there more often ourselves and it is always really pleasing when people have such lovely feedback and enjoy the house and area as much as we do. We chose the house as our french retreat to enjoy lovely countryside, local wines and specialities and relax in a peaceful environment. We are always so happy when we arrive there for our holidays. We hope that you might be able to return one day to enjoy it all over again.
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Prices & Availability

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

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Special Season Price
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Low Season
30 Sep 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £263.89

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.
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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