Burgundy/Champagne, tranquil house in quiet village, secluded walled garden
The house is on two floors. From the front courtyard you enter straight into a wonderful large kitchen/dining room. The old flagstones and massive beams make it a superb setting for dining in the evening and in the cooler months is nice and cosy with an Esse woodburning stove/cooker. At the far end is a well-equipped kitchen with a gas cooker and everything you would expect to have at home. The window looks out on to a sunny terrace for outdoor dining in the warmer months. An oak spiral staircase leads up to the splendid sitting room with antique floor-boards and magnificent Burgundian fireplace with wood burner.
The two double bedrooms, one on the ground floor and one on the first floor both have lovely views over the garden. The double downstairs has an ensuite shower room. Next door is a bedroom with two single beds which is probably more suited for children . In between is the downstairs loo. Upstairs the fourth bedroom has twin beds plus a child's bed. A single folding bed and two travel cots are also available. The upstairs bathroom has a bath/shower and loo. The fifth bedroom with a double bed is in the garden and was the old chicken house! It is a lovely romantic place to escape to or could be a handy teenage bolthole.in the barn close by is the laundry/salle de bain with shower, toilet and washing machine.
The garden is an oasis of peace with plenty of shade under the apple trees to disappear with a book or snooze in the hammock. Swings, trampoline, tabletennis, bicycles and barbecue available.
The village: Dancevoir is a quiet village set in the Aube valley, with its rolling hills mostly covered with forest. The stream run through the village (children love fishing for tiddlers!) and it is delightful to walk along to the playground or further on to the Auberge where delicious Alsacian meals are served. The house is opposite the church and the quiet is regularly punctuated by the chiming of the hours. The village shop for basic groceries and bread and croissants is only 5 minutes walk.
Activites: The area is due to become a National Park for Forests. There are limitless possibilities for walking and cycling either along the quiet country roads or along forest tracks. Nearby lakes proved plenty of opportunity for swimming and other water sports.
There is a lovely old Pleyel grand piano upstairs in the Salon which is in good condition having been restored. It is available by agreement but is otherwise kept locked.The acoustics are excellent for chamber music.
For those wanting to explore Abbeys and Chateaux there is plenty to see. There are excellent museums nearby including a knife museum at Nogent, La Grande Forge de Buffon (dates from 1768) and la Musee de Chatillonais in nearby Chatillon with a stunning bronze vase. For artists the Renoir museum at Essoye where he spent his last years is a must. The magnificent cities of Troyes, Dijon and Beaune make a good days outing. The daily market at Troyes is excellent for food and local produce.
Alternatively sample the wines in the local vineyards where the 'Cremant' (similar to Champagne but much cheaper) shouldn't be missed! For those who must have Champagne the route du champagne is les than an hours drive away.
Top Traveller Review
Ein herrliches altes Haus
About the Owner
About Nicola Jackman
Nicola is a Newzealander, Nick was born in St.Albans. We live in Twickenham and have two daughters currently at college/university. We are both musicians and love gardening and walking/cycling.Nick has a passion for apples.
Nicola Jackman purchased this house in 2010
Why Nicola Jackman chose Haute-Marne
We bought the house in a completely unplanned way having received an email about it being for sale from the previous owner. We totally fell in love with the house with its huge fireplaces and beams and the peaceful garden with apple trees. Nicola loves the open spaces in France which remind her of New Zealand.
What makes this house unique
It is the peace and quiet we love, being able to sit in the sunny courtyard even in October and eat breakfast in the sunshine.You can often hear the sound of nuthatches and woodpeckers. The area is perfect for walking and cycling because the roads and tracks are so free from traffic. We love the cycle to the next village (Lignerolles) where there is a great picnic spot by the river, or if it is hot cycle to the swimming hole at the other end of the village.
(18 traveller reviews)
Ein herrliches altes Haus
Wir haben eine wunderbare Woche in diesem schönen alten Haus verbracht. Es ist herrlich ruhig und es gibt viel Platz. Der Garten ist gross und schön angelegt. Das Haus ist sauber und gepflegt. Sehr empfehlenswert für alle, die die Natur und Ruhe schätzen.
fantastic house, amazing garden
We had a really memorable holiday, 3 weeks of sunshine in a beautiful setting. Incredibly peaceful, loads of swallows and buzzing bees. The garden was one of the most wonderful places we have ever stayed, completely private and secluded. Our teenagers enjoyed the table tennis and the trampoline and the selection of good quality bikes to choose from. The wild swimming was simply stunning although the water was freezing but crystal clear. Thoroughly recommend this stunning place if you want to get away from all the hustle and bustle, we loved the indoor space too, plenty of room for a large family with all the necessary mod cons. Fabulous holiday all round.
Séjour magnifique dans une maison de charme
Nous avons passé un séjour merveilleux dans cette maison de caractère extrêmement confortable. La terrasse s'ouvre sur un grand jardin très agréable. Le village de Dancevoir est très joli et permet de faire des jolies ballades à pieds ou à vélo. Un vrai bonheur!
Enjoyed the quietness of Central France
Les Pommiers is a really nice house with loads of character. The huge table in the kitchen is great for all sitting round for dinner. The garden is great, our 1 year old loved the trampoline, and there was loads of ripe fruit and veg in the garden to use. The property was clean and tidy when we got there and it had everything we needed. The beds were very comfortable too.
In the village there was a bar and basic shop. We ordered our bread and croissants every morning and they tasted amazing. Unfortunately the village restaurant was closed whilst we were there. The next nearest town, Chatauvillian had a supermarket that sold pretty much everything you will need food and wine wise.
Whilst we were there we visited Dijon, went wine tasting in Chablis and also went tasting Champagne in the Bar-sur-Aube region. I would definately recommend Chablis and Champagne tasting. The Bar-sur-Aube Champagne doesn't turn up in the shops at home very much, but we found that the champagne was very nice, especially if you prefer it drier with more Pinot Noir grapes.
very charming, typical and authentic
putting our money where our mouths are, we came back for a second time after already having posted an enthusiastic review the first time. we were not disappointed. we were there with three kids and between the trampoline in the large garden, the swimming hole down by the river or the centre d'equitation in the next town, no one got bored. to be recommended highly.
Lovely Houser in Authentic Setting
Les Pommiers is a beautiful old house which has kept its charm and demeanor while at the same time featuring up to date comforts. Everything rings true, from the graveled front courtyard, to the main room with kitchen and fireplace, the upstairs salon, the bedrooms and finally the huge, walled garden in the back. The atmosphere is calm and relaxing. A mere five minutes walk will take one to open fields in one direction and to the little shop and bar in the other. We had a wonderful stay in early October, with something for everyone and apples for all.
From the Owner
“We bought the house in a completely unplanned way having received an email about it being for sale from the previous owner. We totally fell in love with the house with its huge fireplaces and beams and the peaceful garden with apple trees. Nicola loves the open spaces in France which remind her of New Zealand.”
Activity and Interests
The area is superb for walking and cycling on the quiet roads and forest tracks. If you have never visited eastern France you will be amazed by the lack of traffic which means it is safe for the whole family to cycle. If you love wild flowers, orchids, birds and soft undulating hills and valleys you will not be disappointed. There is a wonderful serene silence in the forests which make up a significant part of the landscape. In the summer there are good opportunities to swim in either lakes or swimming holes in the nearby rivers.
As well as enjoying the countryside there are splendid old towns such as Langres with it's fortifications, Chattillon sur Seine which has a beautiful hilltop church where St Benedict had a chapel.
Of course wine is important and there are nearby vineyards where you should not miss tasting the local 'cremant' which cannot be called champagne but drinks very easily at a fraction of the cost! The house is close to the Champagne region so makes a good base for visiting the Champagne trail.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
1 Apr 2017 - 1 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
2 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Additional pricing information
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£173|
We ask for a security deposit of £200 or euros to cover breakages or damage to the house or furniture which is returned after your holiday
We make a charge of £50 for pets to cover extra cleaning
Owner's Cancellation Policy
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From the Owner
“It is the peace and quiet we love, being able to sit in the sunny courtyard even in October and eat breakfast in the sunshine.You can often hear the sound of nuthatches and woodpeckers. The area is perfect for walking and cycling because the roads and tracks are so free from traffic. We love the cycle to the next village (Lignerolles) where there is a great picnic spot by the river, or if it is hot cycle to the swimming hole at the other end of the village.”
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- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Fireplace ...
- Heating ...
- Iron & Board
- Living Room ...
- Local Activities Guide
- Local Maps
- Parking ...
- Parking Off Street
- Sofa Bed
- Washing Machine ...
- Wireless Internet
- Wood Stove ...
- 4 Ring Stove
- Coffee Maker ...
- Cooking Utensils
- Kitchen ...
- Oven ...
- Hob ...
- Child's Highchair
- Dining ...
- Dining Room
- Books ...
- Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
- Books for Kids
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Game Room ...
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- Games for Kids
- Music Library ...
- Ping Pong Table
- Satellite / Cable ...
- Television ...
- Toys ...
- Video Library
- children welcome ...
- limited accessibility ...
- pets considered ...
- autumn foliage
- theme parks
- winery tours
- bird watching
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
- equestrian events
- fly fishing
- freshwater fishing
- mountain biking
- water skiing
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, upstairs bathroom off living room
- Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, shower room ensuite with bedroom, separate downstairs loo
- Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, laundry/bathroom in the barn close to the garden room
- The downstairs shower room is ensuite with the double bed room. There is a separate downstairs toilet between the double bedroom and the twin bedroom.
- 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
- Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed, small downstairs bedroom
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, splendid room with ensuite shower room, bed 150cm wide
- Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed, 1 Child Bed, 2 Cot, 1 Sofa bed/Futon, this bed room has two single beds plus a child's bed
- Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed, upstairs double bed 150cm wide
- Bedroom 5 - 1 Double Bed, romantic garden hideaway with double bed
- The two double bedrooms, one downstairs and one upstairs are both lovely rooms which look out onto the garden. Next door to them are the twin rooms with two single beds, one of them also has a childs bed. There is a sofa bed in the upstairs salon and another single fold up bed available which can be used in the twin bedroom 3. The fifth bedroom is in the garden has a double bed and has bathroom facilities in the nearby barn. The house works well for two families one sleeping upstairs and the other downstairs. We do not routinely supply linen but can do so on request if necessary.
- Bicycles ...
- Child's Swing
- Terrace ...
- Golf ...
- Garden ...
- Outdoor Grill Gas
- Tennis ...
- 8 bicycles
- We do not rourinely supply linen or towels but if you are flying or it is difficult for you we are able to supply on request for a small extra charge. There is a lovely old Pleyel grand piano in good condition at concert pitch available in the Salon for pianists, by arrangement only. The room is perfect for chamber music The house would also be suitable for painting, the large barn with table tennis has huge north facing doors which open onto the front court yard