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a character stone-built cottage in a peaceful village setting



Updated: 04-Mar-2017
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

About the property

1 Large bedroom with TV/Sitting area, 1 bathroom, sleeps 2

The property is stone built and attached to the owner's barn, so there are no directly attached neighbours. It has a small private garden which catches the afternoon sun, as does the balcony. It dates from the mid 1800's, and is situated within the quiet rural village of Fresnes, close to Montbard and its TGV station. The house contains typical period features (e.g. stone fireplace, and beautiful oak beamed bedroom) and has been tastefully renovated and modernised to include gas-fired central heating. The bedroom covers the entire upper floor and contains a sitting area for reading or watching the TV (DVD player attached). The downstairs comprises of the Kitchen/Diner (Kitchen refurbished with built-in units March '09); with its original flagstone floor and a wood burning stove, leading to a separate sitting room, and the bathroom with shower and toilet.

Visiting Tradesmen: The village benefits from the visit of two boulangerie vans each day, and also a butcher twice per week

Wine Tasting & Purchasing: The owner can provide personal recommendations for wine tasting visits and 'best value' local wine purchases.

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About the Owner

Bernard Niel
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
4 March, 2017

38 Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(38 traveller reviews)

West Yorkshire

Beautiful gite, great host, gorgeous village

  • 4 of 5

We stayed in this lovely gite from 3-10 September 2016. The accommodation had everything we needed including an extremely well-equipped kitchen, a bathroom with a shower that made you want to stay for a while, and a huge bedroom at the top of the house with wooden beams and a place to sit and relax while reading or watching TV. This was the best place for WiFi although it was often a little hit and miss but fortunately we didn’t mind that! The small wisteria-covered balcony was a perfect place to sit at the end of the day, watching the sun go down while taking in the peace, quiet and beauty of this gorgeous village in a really beautiful lush green area of Burgundy.

It was a real pleasure for us to meet Bernard and he could not have been more helpful and friendly. He has provided an enormous amount of information for visitors, and during our week we managed to visit Noyers-sur-Sereine, the Abbaye de Fontenaye, Semur-sur-Sereine, and Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, as well as a trip to Dijon by train from the station at Venarey-Sur-Laume which took about 30 minutes. A highlight of the week was the tour of Fresnes with Bernard and hearing about the history of families who have lived in the village for hundreds of years, and also being able to go inside the ancient village church where he demonstrated the workings of the church clock.

By the end of the week we were completely relaxed and didn’t want to leave. A week is not long enough to explore everything this area has to offer and we would definitely like to stay here again.

Merci beaucoup Bernard. (The Reine Claude jam was wonderful!)

Anne and Ken Melber, Yorkshire

  • Review Submitted: Oct 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

A delightfully clean and well-equipped cottage in an idyllic rustic setting - where else would you get a visiting hen coming to share your evening meal as you ate outside? The bedroom is large, light and fresh; the kitchen is perfect and the bathroom has a very good shower. The lounge is very comfortable although we sat outside in the well-sheltered courtyard. The owner, Bernard, is extremely friendly and helpful and has superb knowledge of places to visit (including chateaux and medieval villages) as well as restaurants in the area. He also provides an endless collection of leaflets, maps and bochures.

There is so much to see in the area that one week is not enough but I cannot emphasise adequately the sheer peacefulness of this village.


  • Review Submitted: Jun 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very nice cottage in a good location

  • 4 of 5

Fresnes is a pleasant little village near Montbard, very close to the top attractions of Fontenay and Alesia, and a 30 minute train ride from Dijon. The cottage, though small, is comfortable and well equipped - comfortable bed, several places to sit and relax, and the usual facilities (though note: it does not have a garden, just a small gravelled area to sit out in). The owner could not be more helpful. An ideal base from which to explore northern Burgundy!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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C'est Magnifique!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a wonderful week in this superb gite/cottage in the lovely hamlet of Fresnes - very spacious for a 1 bed, good suntrap to sit out and catch the late afternoon sun, beautiful bedroom and a very tranquil feel.

Bernard is indeed a superb host, extremely friendly and helpful but in no way invasive. There's a wealth of info within the cottage on the surrounding area, and we certainly found a number of lovely old villages to visit, local chateau and of course the magnificent Abbaye de Fontenay. Seeing (and straddling!) the source of the Seine was kind of cool, and the whole area has a wonderfully relaxed and peaceful feel.

The cottage is very well equipped with excellent kitchen and dining area, superb shower, great bedroom and pretty much all the home comforts you could ask for. The only watch out is that the wifi doesn't really work, but in many ways that's a blessing as kept the "other" world away and allowed us to totally relax and enjoy the area, the village and the gite. Big old double-thumbs recommendation from us! (J&S, Norfolk)

  • Review Submitted: Oct 14, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Lee and I had a wonderful time in this beautifully appointed gite. Bernard our host was charming and extremely helpful, recommending many things to do in the area. The restaurant that he recommended was superb! the verdant rolling hills and picturesque historical towns were delightful to explore. Thank you Bernard!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
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Great property , excellent value for money

  • 5 of 5

Arriving by bicycle and needing a comfortable place to stay we were extremely happy to have discovered this lovely cottage. Everything we could have hoped for was provided even baskets of wood for a cheerful fire. . Bernard our host was extremely helpful in providing historical information and ideas for trips in the area and the most picturesque routes for the cyclists. Others staying here had recorded their satisfaction in the visitors book. Bernard really contributed much to our French experience thanks Bernard it was truly relaxing interesting and so very comfortable. Highly recommended if you want to stay in a cottage that is very well maintained, in a beautiful area close to places of historical and cultural interest.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Dijon at 70 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Fain-Les-Montbard at 3 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Calais at 507 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Venarey les laumes at 9 Kilometres Nearest Train : Montbard at 8 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Biere Les Semur (A6) at 30 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Fain-Les-Montbard at 3 Kilometres Car: recommended

The house is situated in a small farming community, surrounded by open countryside and ancient forests, with many Burgundian attractions nearby, its position is ideal for visiting; Flavigny-Sur-Ozerain (famous as the setting for the film 'Chocolat') Alise St. Reine (highest point in Auxois) Abbey De Fontenay (a world heritage site) Vezeley, Dijon, Beaune, and Chablis. For those of you that love the outdoors and nature, you could easily spend much of your time walking or mountain biking as the views are wonderful and wildlife abound. For those interested in wine, some of the world's most famous vineyards are easily accessible, and many lesser known but equally appealing Domaines are keen to welcome you and share the fruits of their labours with you. There are a number of local markets where you can buy fresh local produce, and these are held on various days during the week

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
11 Mar 2017 - 16 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
17 Jun 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
16 Sep 2017 - 5 Nov 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
6 Nov 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
23 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

new : stay tax is inclued
Rates include all electrical and water charges, wifi, linen and a basket of wood for the fireplace (other basket 5 €)
the central heating is not inclued : 5 € / day (on request at mid season)

Discounts available for longer rental periods
33% deposit required to secure booking. In the event of cancellation, this will be refunded if an alternative booking for the same period is found.

30 % deposit when you confirm the reservation.
easy direct bank transfer possible.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Updated: 04-Mar-2017


Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All


  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining Room


  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 65 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • The bathroom contains thermostatically controlled shower, toilet and washbasin.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • The 'master' and only bedroom in the property covers the whole of the upper floor, and is reached via an open plan oak staircase. The renovation work has included the installation of two traditional 'lucarne' (dormer) windows to maximise sunlight, and a wrought iron balastrade. The owners have been careful to retain all of the original oak beams which are a major feature in the property. The room contains a large double bed in the sleeping area, and there is also space set aside for sitting, reading or just watching the TV. A Satellite receiver for 'free to air' UK TV channels, french channels international radios and a DVD player are provided.


  • Balcony
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 2 garden chairs


  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

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