Cottage in Saint Gengoux le National, Saone-et-Loire, Burgundy, France - Peaceful Village Location, Yet Only A Few Minutes' Stroll To The Local Boulangerie
"La Terrasse" is a two bedroom stone cottage situated on a quiet side lane on the outskirts of the medieval village of St Gengoux Le National. To the front of the property, accessed by stone steps, is a south facing terrace, framed by a rambling wisteria, ideal for catching the sun, while to the rear is a large shady terrace accessed by the rear hallway. Downstairs comprises a spacious open plan kitchen / living room, and a twin bedroom with shower room. Upstairs there is a large double bedroom with en suite shower room. The bright kitchen area is very well equipped with electric hob and oven, fridge-freezer, washing machine and dishwasher and has access directly onto the front terrace. The living area has ample soft seating with UK TV, a DVD player, a music system and wood-burning stove. Both terraces have dining tables and chairs with the larger terrace also having sun loungers and a barbecue. A wonderful arched wine cellar beneath the house provides ample space for bicycle storage.
Top Traveller Review
About the Owner
We are an Anglo-Dutch couple who met while working in Belgium and moved to France in 2005 with our two boys to enjoy a slower pace of life in this beautiful region of southern Burgundy which we fell in love with many years ago during our own holidays in the area. We live in an old farmhouse in a tiny village a few kilometers from St Gengoux le National. Adrian is an amateur cabinet maker and woodsman and an active member of the local council. We keep a small flock of sheep, some chickens (for eggs) and bees (for the planet, and also some honey!), all of which we manage on organic principles. We also have two dogs and two cats. We enjoy food and wine, cooking, walking, and introducing friends, family and holidaymakers to this lovely area and all it has to offer.
Guestbook comments from the owner
Some comments from our visitors' book, Summer 2014:
- "A great spot to unwind, drink wonderful wine and get away from it all!"
- "A delightful gite in a delightful village: highly recommended!"
- "What a lovely house – perfect for our stay in Bourgogne. Beautifully appointed in such a convenient location."
1 holidaymaker review
We had a wonderful holiday. The gite is well equipped and an ideal base for exploring the area. We managed wine tasting, exploring the chateau and gardens at Cormatin and even a trip on the TGV to Avignon. The local shops have all that is needed and the town is very picturesque. Adrian and Alison were very helpful with our queries and the welcoming wine and eggs were appreciated. We concluded our stay with a visit to Macon to shop, walk along the river and a tasty boeuf bourguignon at Le Lamartine. There is so much to see and do, we will have to return!
From the Owner
“We fell in love with this beautiful region many years ago when we came on holidays here ourselves. We decided to settle here in 2005 and bring our two children up in a safe, rural environment and a small local community where people still take the time for each other. For us, Southern Burgundy offers the best of both worlds. Not so far south or remote that we can't be with family and friends in Belgium, Holland or England within a few hours, yet far enough into "La France profonde" to be able to benefit from the pace and quality of life which is so difficult to find elsewhere these days. Fresh local food and wine produced and sold by people who really care, friendly locals, beautiful countryside, unspoilt villages, no traffic. What's not to like?!”
Activity and Interests
The recreational beaches and swimming lake of Lac de Laives is only 20 minutes by car, and is a wonderful place to cool off on a hot day. Open air swimools in Cluny and Tournus
Both Macon Loche and Creusot Montchanin TGV stations are 30 minutes away and you can hire cars at both. You can easily holiday in St Gengoux without a car, especially if you are happy to use the local buses or to cycle. We are also happy to come and pick you up from Macon or Le Creusot if you're travelling by train or bus.
The larger towns of Dijon, Beaune, Chalon Sur Saône, Macon and Lyon are all within easy driving distance and are wonderfully interesting places to visit for a half day or day trip.
More locally, attractions include the ancient abbey ruins and national haras centre of Cluny (20 minutes' drive), the international ecumenical centre of Taizé (10 minutes' drive), the beautiful château and gardens at Cormatin (10 minutes by car), the old fashioned canal locks at La Trouchère (30 minutes by car) and of course the many wine châteaux and vineyards. The area is also famous for its pretty villages with their stone cottages and Romanesque churches dating back to the 12th Century.
St Gengoux is a bustling market village with many small artisan shops, including a butcher's, a baker's, a chocolate shop, a wine shop and a florist's. There are also two supermarkets, an internet point and of course cafés and restaurants. The local wine cooperative offers a wide range of local wines which they encourage you to sample, and there is a market in the centre of the village every Tuesday morning. The voie vert goes through St Gengoux and you can hire bikes of all kinds here. There are also many marked walks through the local vineyards and hills.
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7 night minimum stay
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To book, please go to our website or contact us by telephone on 00 33 3 85 96 29 41.
Changeover day is Saturday. Other days sometimes possible outside the main season.
Notes on prices:
Price includes linen, towels, firewood and up to 15kW electricity per day
We ask for a deposit of £150 (or Euro equivalent) for 1 week bookings, or 30% of the total rental cost for bookings of 2 weeks or more, and full payment 8 weeks prior to your holiday. Payment accepted in pounds sterling or Euro.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“The house is very conveniently situated in a quiet, ancient backwater of this medieval village. Just a few minutes' gentle stroll through the fascinating streets with their hotchpotch of stone cottages and hidden alleyways, brings you to the shops where you can buy all you need for the day before enjoying a coffee on one of the terrasses of the local cafés. A stroll in the other direction from the house takes you up into the vineyards and woods with lovely views back down to the village. The house itself is unususal in St Gengoux in that it has two terraces to make the most of the sunshine and fresh air without even having to move from the comfort of your home! And for chillier autumn and winter times, there is a woodburner for cosy evenings indoors with a book and a good glass of wine!”
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- Hair Dryer
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- Iron & Board
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- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
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- Dining Area
- DVD Player
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- Music Library
- Satellite / Cable
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- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
- autumn foliage
- winery tours
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- 60 m²
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- Both shower rooms are very spacious with modern shower units, toilets and wash hand basins, as well as heated towel rails.
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
- Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 is a large room with double bed and walk in wardrobe, there is a spacious en-suite shower room with toilet and wash hand basin. Bedroom 2 has two single beds and wardrobe, with access into a large shower room with toilet and wash hand basin.
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- Golf ...
- 2 bicycles
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Outside: "La Terrasse" has two lovely outside spaces. The terrace to the front is south facing and is accessed from the kitchen; the larger terrace to the rear of the property faces east and west. Both terraces have dining tables and chairs with the larger terrace also having sun loungers and a barbecue. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bedlinen, towels and tea towels are provided. For two week bookings a fresh set of linen is provided on request.