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Period Farmhouse with Swimming Pool in a sunny stone built village

Bedrooms 4
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Farmhouse in Soussey sur Brionne, nr Pouilly en Auxois, - 4 bedrooms, secluded location with Garden, Orchard and fine Views

The property is a modernised 18th century farmhouse which has retained period features, including the furniture and decoration. It is located opposite a mediaeval village church, with an old walled garden and orchard - in a period Burgundy village. It enjoys fine south westerly views down the Brionne valley, and a sunny terrace in a garden with mature shrubs and trees. The property benefits from a 8x4m pool - exclusive to the property. The property has modern central heating throughout, and there is a large fireplace. Many delightful walks and bike rides are possible. An 18 hole golf course is 10 minutes away by car, and a hard tennis court is close by. Friendly neighbours are there to look after the property, and can help with general queries, but they do not speak much English ! The house has comfort and character, as well as the traditional atmosphere of "la vieille France"

About Us

(James) Mungo Lockhart
1a Shelley court
Place de l'eglise
21350 Soussey sur Brionne
VAT Reg No

Mungo Lockhart
Member since: 2005
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Mungo Lockhart

I am an economist, educated in England, but have lived mostly overseas, and now in Mexico where I live with my wife, though we frequently visit Europe. My children now have their own homes, so we invite guests to share the comfort and fun of the homes we have enjoyed in the past, and still do.

We like entertaining family & friends in our homes. I once played sports poorly - fencing and tennis in particular, but now less, perhaps some golf ? Friends call me a gourmet & linguist, even if I am more inclined to music, history and literature.

My French wife is a former banker, but became a magazine editor, & now writes articles on Art & Architecture. She enjoys movies. My mother in law is an interior designer, & has won commissions in France and Mexico. She is a kindly French aristocrat, and has inspired much of the charm of our homes

Mungo Lockhart purchased this farmhouse in 1970

Why Mungo Lockhart chose Soussey-sur-Brionne

I was drawn to this 18th century period farmhouse for its atmosphere of peace in a period village, and with no through traffic. Its location up a valley makes for fine views to the southwest, and of the hills nearby. It is easy of access, something of a gem, easy to run, and enjoys great charm.

The village and its vicinity carries the stamp of 'la vieille France' - of a certain timelessness. This can be seen and felt here and in the villages nearby, as well as in the churches and chateaux nearby. The Burgundians are enthusiastic about their food and wine (the best in the world, they say) We agree, and invite you to consider so too!

We have brought up a family here and entertained their friends (and ours) over the last 40 years. They all still enjoy this farmhouse with their children, as we still do. Yes - here you can enjoy old traditions and modern comforts at the same time

What makes this farmhouse unique

The farmhouse is an ideal place from which to take advantage of historic, gastronomic and sporting activities in the area. You can relax in the private and lovely surroundings, enjoy the garden and pool, or take a leisurely walk up the Brionne valley. The walks are varied, and for the more active, there are also sporting facilities nearby: golf and tennis (10 minutes), and for your gastronomic and wine cellar enjoyment, there is a large variety of restaurants and vineyards (from 5 to 60 minutes by car)

Soussey is well located to some of the main cities of France and Europe. Access is easy via the A6 motorway, at Pouilly en Auxois some 12 minutes away. Calais is 5 hours, Geneva 2 1/2 hours, and the same ttime o Paris.

The neighbours are friendly, take care of our property and will welcome you on arrival. A feature is its seclusion surrounded by trees and fields, at the same time, it sits in a quiet period village.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Happy farmhouse atmosphere in a quiet village "

"Enjoyed the sunshine and a glass of Burgundy by the secluded pool, while the children splashed about happily in it "

"Great place from which to explore the beauties of Burgundy"
Jun 2005
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Soussey-sur-Brionne in Côte-d'Or

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 17:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 23
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Laundry & cleaning charge 70 euros is payable to housekeeper on arrival
  • Up to medium sized and house trained pets allowed. Always check with the owner before booking.
  • Report all breakages. Common sense applied with wear and tear. If services fail (water, gas etc) or more serious problem, tell neighbour at once !
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • 2 separate bathrooms each with wc and bath/shower over, one with washing machine. Additional en-suite shower and basin for bedroom 4.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) plus a cot Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 double bed. Bedroom 2 twin beds and cot. Bedroom 3 one double and a single bed. Bedroom 4 has twin beds, but can convert to a large double.
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: The farmhouse enjoys a natural period charm, and is suitable for 2 families with children, or four couples. An additional ground floor 5th bedroom and shower room / WC may sometimes be available on the ground floor of the studio 20 metres away, and at a small additional cost. This is not let separately. The farmhouse and gardens are enclosed by fences and walls, which should deter all but most determined young children. Note the pool cover should prevent a serious accident to a young child, but the owners accept no liability on this point. A normal sized dog is acceptable at the discretion of the owners, if properly trained and supervised, but guests should inquire in advance on this point. Outside: The farmhouse has a fine garden, with lawns edged by mature flower beds and partly enclosed by low stone walls. In addition there is an orchard with plum, cherry, and hazelnut trees, as well as a terrace with teak furniture and a barbecue. Next to the pool there is a further terrace also with garden furniture. The swimming pool 8 x 4m is reasonably secluded, oval shaped with steps at the shallow end. It is exclusive to the property. Maintenance of the garden, orchard and pool is contracted locally. The farmhouse faces south west down the valley with views over fields and the neighbouring hills. There are delightful local walks and bike rides some in quite wild countryside, as well as longer trails for the more adventurous, many of which are signposted. This is a peaceful village at the end of valley, (no through traffic!) and well exposed to sunshine. Utility Room: A pool house for recreation is planned for 2015, but this is not definite at this stage. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels (but not pool towels) and linen are provided. Additional services are baby sitting/cleaning/maid service/cook. These are sometimes available by arrangement and at extra cost. Other: The terrace has a large teak table, parasol and chairs (sitting 10+), with a barbecue nearby.


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Period Farmhouse with Swimming Pool in a sunny stone built village
average rating of 3.0 based on 5 reviews

A very tired house, not up to standard.

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I own a holiday cottage in the UK and I know the standard that is expected by my guests. This cottage fell well below what any traveller would expect. Although set in a beautiful village and with a pretty garden and pool, the inside of this property left a lot to be desired. The furnishings and furniture were very basic, piecemeal and uncomfortable. Many rooms had very suspect electrics and some rooms had bulbs hanging from wires.

I feel that the description given on the site is very misleading to travellers and a more truthful account of the condition of the property should be provided. I also think that the owner should visit other

hoiday lets in the area to see the standard and care that the majority of owners strive to maintain.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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beautiful location but house needs attention

  • 3 of 5

We very much enjoyed our holiday in this beautiful part of France but were surprised by the condition of the farmhouse having read the owners description. The house needs some work to bring it up to a suitable standard of comfort and ease of use including the addition of a loo in the en suite bathroom.

A lovely place with great potential!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely area but caution with the description

  • 3 of 5

We had a great holiday at the farmhouse and thankfully the weather was mostly kind so we were able to make almost daily use of the fantastic pool, which was kept spotlessly clean. Not great for children though as little or no safety features. The view from the garden and pool area is terrific.

The surrounding area is amazing with so much history, beautiful villages and towns, good restaurants and great wine.

The house itself was a little tired and could do with updating and clearing of the owners private possessions.

Didn’t quite live up to expectations.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful location; nicely appointed gite with character

  • 4 of 5

Great holiday; gite is quiet and spacious; conducive for relaxing and chilling; good swimming pool; lovely garden & outdoor areas; plenty of bedrooms; kitchen well equipped; living room comfortable. Great place to explore Burgundy from - easy access to Dijon, Beaune, Côte d'Or, Morvan; gastronomic centre; close enough to Pouilly-en-Auxois to not be isolated; thoroughly recommended - a jewel. Mungo is a delight, and Mde Finelle a treasure.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It seems you had a lovely holiday: and am delighted all went well. You will be welcomed back. Thank you for your comments and choosing this property Mungo Lockhart
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Paris, Lyon, Dijon.
Nearest Barpub
9 Kilometres
Le Commerce, Pouilly
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Chailly sur Armancon
Nearest Train
50 Kilometres
Montbard or Dijon
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
A6 - Autoroute du Sud
Nearest Restaurant
9 Kilometres
Commerce, de la Poste in Pouilly
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Hiking in the hills round the property is popular, and routes are marked, Bicycles can be rented at the tourist office in Pouilly en Auxois (near the canal)sd. Horse back riding is usually available at Thorey about 12km away.


There are no seaside beaches here! But there is freshwater swimming at the beach in Grosbois (7 km). There is boating on the Burgundy canal 3km away. For the more adventurous, there is swimming in the lakes and reservoirs of the Morvan 30 minutes away.

Fishing can be arranged, though permits are needed: ask the Tourist office for details. More serious fishing is available in the lakes and streams of the Morvan.


Access is essentially by car: Paris, Geneva and Lyon airports are all 2 1/2 hours away, while Calais and the Channel Ports are 5 to 6 hours.

Trains: from Montbard to Paris there are 3 or 4 trains per day take an hour. Dijon-Paris takes 1 3/4 hours, with more frequent departures. Both these stations are 40 minutes away. Dijon/Lausanne is 3 hours train, and Montbard/ Dijon - London is 7 to 8 hours by train (via Lille).


Vitteaux 8km, Pouilly en Auxois 10 km, both with good shops. The mediaeval chateaux of Commarin and Chateauneuf are 18km. Visit Semur en Auxois with its medieval walls ramparts, and town centre - about 22km. The period villages of Flavigny sur Ozerain and Fontenay Abbey 35km, Montbard 40km, Dijon, Beaune and Gevrey Chambertin 50km.

Further Details:

Many delightful walks and treks up and down the valley are possible from the village. These are mostly sign-posted. Tennis is 2km away in Grandchamp. In Pouilly there is a supermarket (SuperU), as well as bars, a good butcher, 2 bakers, grocers, banks and garages. Within an hour of Soussey there are fine restaurants from Michelin 3 star establishments, down to simple good value bistros. La Raquette by the canal is 2km away, and isgood value. Lameloise is the best value top quality restaurant (1 hour ) followed by Bernard Loiseau in Saulieu (25 minutes) and many more modest, but good establishments. Consider Chez Greuse (2 stars) in Tournus (and visit the delightful pink basilica of St Philibert nearby). Pouilly has good restaurants at competitive prices (le le Commerce is best value) while the medieval village of Mont St Jean (20 mins) has 'Le Medieval'. Chateuneuf en Auxois has 2 good restaurants.

The best Burgundy vineyards start in Marsannay, (50km from the farmhouse) then extend roughly south via such renowned names as Gevrey, Nuits St Georges, Corton, Beaune, Meursault, Volnay and Pommard, after which you reach the Cote Challonaise at the southern end of the highly reputed Cote d’Or wine region. The period towns nearby: Dijon, Beaune, Montbard and Tournus are well worth a visit, as well some of the neaby villages.

Visit the ramparts and towers of Semur en Auxois, the centre is entirely mediaeval, as is the village of Mont St Jean. The Chateaux of Commarin and Chateauneuf are both 17km away: the former has fine period furniture & antiques, and . Going North, visit Fontenay Abbey and Chateau of Bussy Rabutin (with a delightful bistro nearby) Both are well worth a visit. There are riding stables in Thoisy le Desert, bicycles sometimes for hire at the Tourist office in Pouilly (book in advance) and the hills, woods and lakes of the Morvan are 30 mins drive away which attracts hikers and picnics.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £400

Booking Notes:
We try to ensure common sense applies to our guidelines for our guests. We are grateful for
your understanding and appreciation in this respect ! Please contact the owner in advance of
booking if guidance is needed. (pets?)

Minimum rent is 4 days, except July, August and Easter when a 7day minimum applies
Discount for 7 day bookings are 15%, and for 28 days - 30%

Changeover Day
Arrival and departure days are flexible, but for bookings in July and August are usually Saturday
5pm to Saturday 10am.

Please call my friendly neighbour on the day before arrival to confirm arrival time. She will show
you the property and equipment, and provide keys.

Please leave the property in a reasonably tidy condition, and return keys. If you have moved the
furniture or fittings, return as before, or you may be charged.

Additional charges - payable directly to the housekeeper on arrival:
70 euro for cleaning and laundry payable directly to the housekeeper on arrival
30 euros / day for heating (if applicable). For long stays, amounts are by agreement in advance !

Pets: Give the owners details of a pet before booking. Note you may be charged if the pet causes
damage, or if dog mess is left on the cut grass areas.

Grateful if you report any breakdown in services promptly to the housekeeper. Likewise any
breakages. While we are flexible, you may be charged if the damage is more serious.

Postponement : If you cannot travel, postponement is possible, otherwise normal charges apply

Insurance: 'No Show' insurance is strongly recommended to avoid possible disputes.

Liability: The owners or agents take no responsibility for any accidents to guests or other visitors to
the property, and this particularly applies to the swimming pool.

By booking the property you agree to all the points above. Your damage deposit is returned usually
within 7 days.

Grateful for your positive comments after departure

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.