Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance +44 (0) 800 917 5992
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance +44 (0) 800 917 5992

Charming House, Picturesque Village Easy Reach Of Paris, Fontainebleau, Chablis

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Village farmhouse nr Sens, Yonne, Northern Burgundy - Detached House With Barn, Courtyard, Walled Garden & Orchard With Far-reaching Countryside Views

Oak-beamed, full of charm, English owners’ second home offering homely comfort & character – a perfect place to relax in the countryside but have the pleasure of Paris & other sightseeing highlights for day trips. Tiled & wooden flooring, shutters, log-fire, French windows onto the courtyard, Wi-fi Broadband, white cotton bedlinen & towels, well-equipped kitchen. Outside, an ancient Burgundian barn, delightful, secure, walled courtyard garden & raised, south-facing orchard with far-reaching views over gently rolling countryside. Family-run bar/ bistro and Post Office 200 yards, plus bread delivered daily & weekly butcher & greengrocer. Medieval town of Sens 10 mins, with market, Michelin restaurant, cathedral, museum, municipal swimming pool complex. Enjoy local walks & bike-rides. Bike rental from Sens tourist office. Fabulous Go-kart circuit 3 miles away in Soucy, horse riding, river & lake bathing (20 - 60mins). Frequent direct trains Sens - Paris (55mins+). Channel Tunnel (4 hours), Charles de Gaulle airport, Paris (50miles). Disneyland Paris (55miles).

Paul Gardner
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 June, 2018

About Paul Gardner

We are the Gardner family, from Epsom, Surrey in England. Our family has owned the property since 1988 when it became our parents cherished home. It is now our shared family holiday home. With personal items, functional and decorative, including many books (reference and fiction) we want the house to be tasteful and feel warm and welcoming, like a proper home. The house offers what we look for ourselves when we are renting holiday accommodation - a place of comfort, character and something rather out of the ordinary.

We are based in England but we visit Voisines as often as we can. In our absence we are lucky to have a local housekeeper / caretaker who lives nearby and tends to the house and garden as if it was her own home.

Paul Gardner purchased this house in 1989

Why Paul Gardner chose Voisines

Our parents found the house by chance and fell in love with it. Driving through the Yonne to the South of France for a holiday, their car broke down in a picturesque old village nestled on the lower slope of a hill, surrounded by fields of sunflowers. They found they were in a place called Voisines. The car had stopped outside the last house in the village street. On the gates was an 'A Vendre' sign (For Sale). They peered in and saw a large courtyard with an old farmhouse and ancient wood-framed barn. Wishfully joking that it was just the kind of place they wanted to retire to they noted the phone-number of the owner. Once in the South of France and returning home all they could think of was beautiful Voisines and the house and garden they had seen... A year later it was theirs!

What makes this house unique

Though just 10 minutes from tree-lined avenues & the provincial grandeur of Sens, itself only 1 hour from Paris by train, Voisines is a world apart from the crowds and rush of urban life. With its landmark church & quiet lanes of courtyarded houses & barns, mostly hundreds of years old, including our house, Voisines seems a haven of peace, charm and character. Our shared pleasure is to spend time in the tranquillity and privacy of our courtyard garden or to pass under the fig tree, up through the door to the orchard garden for the far views, or to catch the sunset. Our youngest relatives (10 and 11) love to roam the village on bikes or foot, & thrill at the daily arrival of the 'sweet-shop' - the Boulangerie (bakery) van. In Winter -the log fire, a good book, delicious local food & wine.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We had a wonderful stay in Voisines. The house was all you made it out to be and we’ll long remember our evenings by the lily pond. The accommodation was both comfortable and spacious and suited our needs perfectly. We’d definitely consider re-booking if we return to this area" Neville & friends June 2013

"We had an excellent time at Voisines and will be recommending the house and area to our circles in UK and Australia" Kerry & Greg June 2013

"We had a fabulous time. Didn't want to leave! Your house in Voisines was wonderful and in an excellent location." Rachel & Steve August 2012

"We had a lovely stay in Voisines. Beautiful house with loads of character. The beds were very comfortable." Tracey & friends July 2012

"The house was lovely and we really felt at home. It was great for the grandchildren; we played lots of table tennis and ate a lot of the lovely green plums." Anne & Colin August 2012
Nov 2011
  • 1 of 1


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Voisines in Yonne

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Ground floor modern bathroom with white bath, shower over bath, hand basin and WC. Window opening out onto courtyard. Upstairs modern bathroom with shower, white hand basin, WC, Velux window looking towards the church.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8+ (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with extra wide single bed. Bedroom 3 with king size bed leading to bedroom 4. Bedroom 4 with double bed and single bed. Comfy futon if extra bed required.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Notes on accommodation: The house has full gas central heating. Tripp Trapp high chair. Yamaha CD/radio with iPod docking station. The house sleeps 8 but an additional guest could be catered for using the futon provided in Bedroom 4. We will need to charge for this unless you provide your own additional bedlinen and towels. Please discuss with us beforehand so that we can ensure your stay is comfortable. One or two well-behaved dogs, with their own bedding, are welcome but we ask owners to please discuss arrangements with us before booking so as to avoid any misunderstandings. There is a no-smoking policy. Outside: On two levels connected by a wooden door through the courtyard wall, the gardens are a favourite place. The lower, gated courtyard garden has a handsome pond with goldfish and some beautiful water lilies a gravelled parking area, old greenhouse, roses, bay tree and other shrubs, silver birches and pollarded lime on the grassed area, a stone patio, rock garden and a well loved fig tree. Secure, well-sheltered and with good natural shade in summer it is ideal for outdoor meals and relaxing. There is a built-in barbeque in the tiled, open end of the barn. The upper garden or orchard is planted with, cherry, damson & walnut trees. Open & south-facing it offers gorgeous views over the village and of the surrounding countryside. A range of garden furniture is provided and guests are welcome to use any of our outdoor games left accessible (at own risk) eg table-tennis, badminton, boules. There is parking in the courtyard for 2-3 cars. Utility Room: Microwave, dishwasher, washing machine. Large larder cupboard and coat cupboard. Tiled floor. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and bed linen included. The property is cleaned for your arrival with all beds made with fresh linen. A change of bedlinen & towels is provided for stays of more than one week.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(17 traveller reviews)

82% Complete
17% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
Charming House, Picturesque Village Easy Reach Of Paris, Fontainebleau, Chablis
average rating of 4.8235292 based on 18 reviews

Wonderful property in a peaceful location

  • 5 of 5

A lovely property with so much space for everyone in a lovely village. The owners have thought of everything in order to make your holiday a successful one, from table tennis , boules etc, to books and music. All equipment is provided to make it an easy transition from your home to the holiday home. Nothing was missing. Such beautiful and peaceful surroundings. We enjoyed driving through the villages, seeing all the lovely sunflower fields out in bloom. Paris was a quick hours train ride from Sens. Fontainebleu, less than an hours drive, so all in all some lovely locations to visit. Weather wasn't kind, so we weren't able to enjoy eating outside which would have made for the perfect holiday, but that was out of our control. House very clean and very well maintained. Pleasure to have been a guest there.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, it is our home from home and we are pleased that our guests feel that way too. You are welcome to return.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Une agréable maison de campagne dans l'Yonne

  • 4 of 5

Au bout d'un petit village, la maison est calme, avec une belle entrée sur cour privative (jardin un niveau au-dessus, accessible par un escalier au fond de la cour).

Nous (2 familles avec enfants en bas âges) avons passé un très agréable week-end près de la cheminée, à déguster de très bons bourgognes (allez le week-end au Leclerc de Sens : belle sélection, bons prix et caviste très sympa).

La campagne aux alentours est superbe avec la lumière d'automne sur les arbres colorés...

Merci à Paul et Anna, les indications sont très précises et le check in/ check out est des plus simples.

Nous recommandons chaudement !

  • Review Submitted: 13-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci de prendre soin de notre maison, nous sommes heureux que vous ayez apprécié votre séjour.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Very nice family week-end, healthy place

  • 4 of 5

The indications to find out the location were given a few days before arrival, as well as all sorts of indications related to the house and the surroundings. Really nice to get these info before arrival, that helped us a lot!

Really nice house, charming: we felt like at home :) When the weather was good, we enjoyed a lot the barbecue and the outdoor games, and had the chance to enjoy the garden as well: really nice for Eastern, the kids had a great time looking for the chocolate eggs! To sum up: all was as expected, and even better with the nice flowers waiting for us on the table, as well as the Champagne in the fridge. Thanks to Anne and Paul for this very typical and enjoyable stay, we would recommend it to our relatives!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Clement, sounds like you and the family had a relaxing few days, see you soon.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Home comforts in a rural setting

  • 5 of 5

The stay was facilitated by the receipt of early and very useful local information by Paul and Anne (the owners). The personal communication was much appreciated and a marked improvement on booking arrangements encountered on other sites. The property was very homely with a distinct rustic feel and well equipped with modern appliances (the quality sound system with multiple speakers throughout the downstairs rooms was unusual in our experience - but excellent!). The master bedroom with a super king bed, paneled walls and a myriad of lamps was very comfortable indeed. The village has a welcoming restaurant/bar and is well placed for travel into Sens and many other local towns. In that regard the information folder completed by the owners providing both mileage and a synopsis of each town was used by us to inform our daily plans. Overall an excellent stay for us and recommended,

  • Review Submitted: 29-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

Perfect peace

  • 5 of 5

We had an absolutely lovely stay with some friends in this delightful 'home from home', enjoying the local area, markets, food and wine. The house is beautifully clean and full of character. We especially loved relaxing with a cool drink in the 'summer' lounge with French doors wide open, or just outside, reading and soaking up the sunshine . The kitchen, too, opens onto the outdoor area so breakfasts were al fresco, using our market purchases. Oh to be back!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Charming house in Voisines

  • 5 of 5

A very comfortable, homely, spacious and well equipped house in a charming and quiet village. Lovely sofas, comfortable beds, super garden, very enjoyable selection of books and music. It was sometimes hard to make ourselves go out! But had we not done so, we'd have missed out on so many local treats.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0


Car: necessary


Situated in the heart of France, Burgundy has navigable rivers, canals and lakes. On the River Yonne at Sens (10 mins from Voisines) there is rowing, sailing and water-skiing. At Villeneuve-sur-Yonne (approx 20 mins) windsurfing, canoeing and kayaking are popular and the large lakes of 'Forêt d'Orient' national park near Troyes (33miles +) offer boating and fishing, and have a sea-side feel with sandy beaches for swimming and sun-bathing.


Channel Tunnel (4 hours), Dieppe (3.5hours), Paris Charles de Gaulle & Orly airports, (50 – 60 miles). Free parking at Sens station & frequent direct trains to Gare de Lyon & Gare de Bercy (fast train is 55mins) make Paris easy to reach. Use of a car is recommended as Voisines is not directly linked into a public transport network though taxis are available from Sens. Nearest car-hire is in Sens (Avis etc). Cars can be collected from Sens station by arrangement with the car-hire companies.


Old Burgundian villages within a 7 mile radius include Soucy, Fontaine La Gaillard, Saligny, Fleurigny, Thorigny. Sens is 6.5 miles. Other nearby places of interest: Provins-World Heritage site (18miles), Pontigny Cistercian abbey (31miles), Troyes (33miles), Auxerre (36miles), Chablis (39miles), Noyers-sur-Serein (44miles), Chateau Saint-Fargeau (46miles), Vezelay-World Heritage site (61miles), Fontainebleau palace (37 miles), Palace of Versailles (79 miles), Disneyland Paris (58miles).

Further Details:

The local area has a rich scattering of pretty villages & hamlets, easy bike-rides or walks through deep forest & fields. Riding, Go-Karting nearby. For supermarkets, main shopping, banking etc the ancient small city of Sens (popl 27,000) is just 10 mins drive. By the river Yonne, still with remains of its Roman town wall and medieval buildings, Sens boasts the first Gothic cathedral in France, an excellent museum & award-winning park. Plus a range of shops, cafes, restaurants, cinemas, theatre, hospital, swimming pool and free parking under the huge plane trees in the avenue encircling the old town. A year-round highlight is the twice-weekly market (Mondays & Fridays) spilling onto the streets with clothes, shoes, baskets and bric a brac. Food lovers are spoilt for choice with dozens of stalls selling mouth-watering local food products (“produits terroir”) delicious Yonne cheeses (Soumaintrain, Chaource, Delice and Epoisses), foie gras, venison terrines and patés, jambon persille, artisanal breads, honey, almonds, seasonal fruits, wild mushrooms and vegetables. Many special places of interest are within easy reach: the lovely Provins (with fabulous 'spectacles' for children), Vezelay, & Noyers sur Serein (all UNESCO world heritage sites),Troyes, the Cistercian abbey at Pontigny (associated with St Thomas a Beckett, as is Sens cathedral), Chablis; the ancient Fosse Dionne at Tonnerre legendary home of the ‘serpent basilic’; Chateaux Saint-Fargeau, Versailles & Fontainebleau and of course, Paris itself, Champagne and Disneyland Paris. Further afield the vineyards of Beaune and Southern Burgundy - near enough for a day trip. For treasure-hunters, every Sunday from April to late October there are brocantes (car boot sales), also called “vide grenier”. Each village has at least one a year, Voisine's is in early June. These are fun for all the family, a great way to explore the area, eat local 'saucisson' & maybe find a real bargain!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Voisines, Burgundy

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
Convert Currency
Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 1
15 Apr 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
Rate 3
1 Jul 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
Rate 8
2 Sep 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
Standard price
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Notes on prices:
For rentals of less than seven nights there are additional charges, please ask for a quotation.
Prices for the property per week include bedlinen, towels, electricity, gas, wood. No additional charge is made for cleaning but we do ask guests to leave the house reasonably clean and tidy.

Booking Notes:
Contact Paul and Anne Gardner to make a booking or if you have any enquiries about the property or area. We welcome emails or phone calls to answer your queries. We ask for a small damage deposit which is swiftly refunded upon inspection of the property.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is usually Saturday but other days may be possible - please ask. A rental of less than 7 days is often possible - please ask.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
Ask Owner a Question