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



Updated: 24-Oct-2016
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).

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine

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About the Owner

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.

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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
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11 Reviews

based on 11 holidaymaker reviews


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: Apr 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 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.
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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: Sep 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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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: Sep 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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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: Sep 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Our stay in Voisine

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our peaceful rural stay in the village of Voisine at Paul and Anne’s old well appointed farmhouse.

The village has an interesting, traditional French atmosphere from its church on the hill to it’s homely bar and restaurant, from which you can order your bread, croissants and other groceries and vegetables.

The farmhouse we found warm and comfortable, with excellent kitchen and bathroom facilities that suited our party of four adults. With Sens a step away with its market, rivers and cathedral we spent a good day or two exploring, eating out, as well as hiring a car for the week.

This enabled us to visit all the local villages and follow the river trails as well as venturing further afield to Fontainbleau and the ancient city of Provins. It is also an ideal place to just read paint or draw and is certainly relaxing. We will book again in the not too distant future

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Such a beautiful holiday, which exceeded all out expectations.

Every small detail to any question we could possibly think to ask during our stay was at our fingertips.

Information for accessible lake swimming and water activities was instantly swooned upon by our children, and enjoyed by all the family.

When we arrived - we were thrilled at this very beautiful location. We were greeted by a welcome card & chilled bottle of wine from Paul and Ann, and after a leisurely perusal of the bedrooms ( with crisp white sheets ) and the rest of gite and gardens ( beautiful ), we had a wonderful meal at the village bistro/ restaurant.

This wonderful French home allowed us all to relax. Every morning the children picked fresh figs for breakfast and a trip to the village boulangerie made all morning breakfasts a restful occasion.

The home was filled with the most eclectic gathering of books for tastes and an equally super kitchen, wonderfully kitted out to cook great meals.

We had restful days sat in the garden on the wonderful lounge, activity filled days and of course sight seeing too. Such a great secluded house, but in easy access of a fantastic market and town. We LOVED the market and tried lots of local honey and meat delicacies......

We really weren't ready to leave this very lovely place and made it our home for two weeks. As a family of 4 it met all our needs and on a couple of occasions we went near (Giverny) and into Paris, it was so easy.

I would strongly recommend a trip to Fontainebleau and the Sens Cathedral and museum ....wonderful. ( Although the childen's favourites were the lakes and water sports)

Great holiday where we made wonderful memories in a very special heart full home in Voisines .

We keep wishing we were still there.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: How wonderful to have independent confirmation of our own love for this area and all that it offers our visitors. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay.
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From the Owner

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!

Activity and Interests

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!


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 4
4 Sep 2016 - 29 Oct 2016
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Rate 5
30 Oct 2016 - 19 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 6
20 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 7
3 Jan 2017 - 1 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Rate 1
2 Apr 2017 - 1 Jul 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Rate 2
2 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Standard price
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

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 may be possible - please ask.

Bookings are confirmed with a deposit of 25% of the total rental charge. The balance of the full rental fee is due 6 weeks prior to the rental start date, along with a £100 deposit against damage. The damage deposit is fully refunded within 14 days of your departure after an inspection of the property.

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From the Owner

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.

Property Type

  • house


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Dining Area


  • Television


  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • 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
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • 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.


  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering


  • 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.

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