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Charming canal-side property



Updated: 25-Jun-2017
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

3 bedroom, sleeps 6 adultes + 2 (fold-up beds)

A charming canal-side property overlooking the canal and beyond to Santenay and its hillside vineyards. The house has three floors. There is a fully equipped kitchen with dining area and log burner. The cosy sitting room has double sliding doors leading to an outside eating area, with an additional eating area with barbecue to the side. On the first floor there are two bedrooms (one with double bed and one with twin beds) both with en-suite showers and a separate WC. A spiral staircase leads to a large open plan bedroom (twin beds) with en suite and separate WC. There is plenty of room for two additional (fold-up beds) should they be required. The outside consists of an acre of cultivated land with private canal side frontage and shady areas to sit. There is an acre of woodland incorporating a historic lime stone quarry. There is a house rowing boat to explore the canal or for crossing the canal to get to Santenay.

Local activities: Santenay is a small spa town (1000 inhabitants) in the heart of Burgundy. The spa is in the process of being refurbished (re-open date 2012). It has a mooring area and an open air swimming pool (June-Aug), tennis courts and horse-riding.

It is great for cycling days out (or on foot), meandering through the wine routes of the 'Grand Cru', which goes from Santenay to Dijon. You can stop off to sample the famous wines, such as Beaune, Pommard, Volnay, Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet and Santenay. You can also cycle on the green route, 'voie verte', along the canal from Santenay to Chalon sur Saone (20 kms). From the comfort of your garden, you can fish, picnic, walk or explore the canal with the house boat that awaits for canal navigation! If you prefer, just sit back and relax in one of the shady garden areas (with your glass of Santenay), and watch the boats, joggers. cyclists and walkers, hard at work.

History of the house: The house is situated in Santenay, Cote d'Or on the Canal du Centre which was built between 1783-1793 and mainly used for commercial purposes. The ancient limestone quarry was in use for many years until commercial traffic fell into decline after World War II.

The limestone quarry at the side of the house was quarried by hand and loaded on to barges. The house was built for the quarry owner and used as such until its closure. The Canal du Centre is now only used for touristic purposes and guests delight at the sight of passing river boats and barges. The house was completely renovated in 1997.

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About the Owner

Mrs Sue Stratford
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French
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25 June, 2017

About Mrs Sue Stratford

I grew up in Kent and Dorset. I lived and worked in Switzerland and I used to visit Burgundy, Beaune area, for week-ends and became enchanted with this area.

I am a widow with 3 children in their 20s. I live in Hertfordshire on the edge of Hatfield House Estate and try to visit my house in Burgundy as often as possible.

I enjoy country life and have a dog (a puggle), cats, chickens and a couple of bee hives.

Mrs Sue Stratford purchased this house in 2011

Why Mrs Sue Stratford chose Beaune area

One Sunday after having stayed the night in Beaune on our return from staying with my sister who lives in the the Ardeche region of France, my husband saw an advert for "La Maison sur Le Canal". We did not look at any other houses, fell in love with it and bought it!

What makes this house unique

Beautiful, unique, canal-side property. Peaceful setting, yet only 20 mins from the autoroute and 15 mins from beautiful town of Beuane.

26 Reviews

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(26 traveller reviews)


The house & Santenay are in a fantastic location

  • 5 of 5

The first time we had been to Burgundy, but hopefully not the last.

The people were charming, the food & wine superb.

Santenay is a fantastic location for the "discover Burgundy" trip we had planned. The drives were all short, plus a whole day dedicated to Santenay itself.

Your recommendation of Chagny Sunday market was spot-on. I don't think I've been to a better one, it enabled us to stock up on our first day, for most of the week.

We tended to eat in a lot, apart from a few lovely lunches at Fixin and Montagny which were good. Slightly disappointed with Les Terriors in the village, but it was a busy evening.

The wine tasting we enjoyed were the less formal places: Prosper Maufoux & Chateau de Santenay; Louis Picamelot & Domaine De L Renaissance (Rully); Domaine du Palais de Nuits (Nuits St George), to name a few. We learnt a lot during our holiday. A shame Domaine Jessiaume were too busy to let us taste.

One thing we'd do on day one, not the last day, would be a trip to the Buxy Coop, exceptionally good value & quality.

It was lovely to see the vineyards come alive as the harvest began whilst we were there.

Your house is delightful, a fantastic location, lovely grounds & very homely. Well equipped with plenty of cutlery, plates etc. The dining area & lounge were perfect for us 5 adults.

Beds were comfortable, the whole house was surprisingly warm esp as it was getting chilly in the evenings near the canal. The stove does heat things up quickly.

The only slightly negative comments is that the showers were very small & a bit basic, I understand your comments ref French plumbing, but one decent size shower would be a good improvement.

However the above small whinge did not stop us from having one of the best holidays we have had for years.

You are very lucky to have such a charming home in France.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming & quirky house in a tranquil location near neat village. Beware busy road at top of drive.

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at the house, which is a converted C19th office building, with living accommodation spread over three floors. The house is tucked down a slope off the road between Santenay and Chagny, overlooking the canal and with a large amount of well tended ground running around. There is a steady flow of leisure boats passing - enough to be interesting but not too much to be bothersome. The towpath opposite is used by cyclists and it looks as through this is a very popular route. The rowing boat attached to the house is a nice touch - and actually the best way of getting bread, croissants and the occasional tarte aux fruits from the excellent bakery in Santenay. Downstairs is a comfortable sitting room with wifi and Sky TV (although the wifi chokes very easily). The kitchen is plenty big enough for cooking and eating, although you'll want to be outside as much as possible if the weather allows. Watch out for mosquitoes - plenty around, even in September. The kitchen has all the equipment you need, although the dishwasher is remarkably tiny and there are the usual holiday house issues with minimal food preparation equipment (lack of chopping knives, boards, etc). The staircases up to the first floor are steep and tight. There are 2 bedrooms, both with ensuite plus 1 toilet on the 1st, and a large attic space with plenty of room for two beds plus toilet and washing facilities on the 2nd. The showers are cramped and the water flow is poor, but they get the job done. While the house itself is tranquil, the road at the top of the drive can get very busy and there is a nasty turn either way onto this road as a result of the steep, unmetalled driveway and a blind bend a few metres from the turning. Cars with lower suspension are also liable to scrape their undercarriage. Something should be done to improve the exit - there is a real risk of an accident here. In the area, there are plenty of places to visit - Beaune, Mâcon, Dijon, for example. We really liked Autun, with a fascinating church, mediaeval streets and Roman remains. This is also serious wine country - Meursault, Pouligny-Montrachet, Nuits-St Georges. Santenay also holds its own. Castles - fortified ones, that is, rather than the seigneurial manor houses turned wine production outlets, are hard to come by. We found the people in the area almost without exception genuine, courteous and friendly. The neighbour who looks after the house for the owner was very helpful throughout.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Uriges Haus am Kanal

  • 4 of 5

Das Ferienhaus steht auf einem großen Grundstück am Canal du Centre, was letztendlich seinen Reiz ausmacht. Beeindruckende große Schiffe tuckern an dem Haus vorbei und es macht Spass , dies alles zu beobachten. Man kann die Gegend vom Haus aus gut mit dem Fahrrad, zu Fuß und wir auch mit Paddelboot erkunden. Es gibt drei gute Restaurants in der Nähe und einen sehr großen Sonntagsmarkt in Chagny. Einziges Defizit, es gibt kein Badezimmer.Alle Schlafräume haben eine integrierte Dusche mit Waschbecken bzw. Badewanne mit Paravan.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Back again for another idyllic getaway..

  • 5 of 5

This is our 2nd year at this beautiful, rustic little house. We simply love the location - cycling along the canal and through vineyards to the nearby villages. We weren't quite as lucky with the weather this year, but we were still able to eat out in the garden most nights and had a few lazy days in the sunshine at the start of the week. Once again Sue was always prompt in responding to any questions that we had and Serge (the neighbour) was on hand upon arrival, with a friendly smile and tour of the house. We tried a few different things this year; venturing to Nuits St Georges for lunch which was really nice, plus we had dinner in Beaune one evening which again was lovely (spoilt for choice with bars/restaurants). There was a pizza van in the square of Santenay one evening which we used when feeling too lazy to cook (very good pizzas as well) and we did the wine and vineyard tour in Puligny with Olivier Leflaive. We highly recommend the house for a base for exploring the area (Santenay has a supermarket, wine caves, tabac, bakers etc. plus 2 restaurants). We have never eaten in the local restaurants as you are spoilt with the backdrop of your accommodation! Hope to return once again as we had a fantastic time. Thanks Sue!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A second visit to a charming gite

  • 5 of 5

We had already stayed at La Maison sur le Canal in 2006 with two of our grownup children and their partners. So we had no hesitation in booking it again with our eldest son and his wife for a second stay. The location is superb, situated on a very pretty stretch of the canal and within walking distance of the little village of Santenay. The house itself is full of character , comfortable and very well equipped - the rowing -boat was a real bonus. Apart from the lovely and extensive canal-side garden there are two terraces so both sun and shade are always available. The house and garden are very well cared for by the caretakers, Serge and his wife, who are very friendly and helpful. The local area is beautiful and interesting. In Santenay we ate well at Le Terroir and at L'Estade but our favorite was L'Escale which is within walking distance down the canal towards Remigny. The nearby small town of Chagny has an outstanding Sunday market (the roast chicken stall was irresistible).

  • Review Submitted: Jul 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stunning garden and house

  • 5 of 5

The garden is stunning with mature trees and lawn leading to canel. We spent much of our time eating outside in the garden The house is comfortable with plenty of local character and we were made to feel very welome on arrival. The local town is a great place to go to sit outside and have a glass of wine. We would very much like to go back again next year.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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From the Owner

One Sunday after having stayed the night in Beaune on our return from staying with my sister who lives in the the Ardeche region of France, my husband saw an advert for "La Maison sur Le Canal". We did not look at any other houses, fell in love with it and bought it!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Lyon at 107 Miles Nearest Barpub : Santenay at 1 Miles Nearest Ferry : Calais at 389 Miles Nearest Golf : Chouzy-sur-Cisse at 6 Miles Nearest Train : Santenay at 1 Miles Nearest Motorway : Beaune at 11 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Santenay at 1 Miles Nearest Ski : Jura at 55 Miles Nearest Beach : Nice at 399 Miles Car: necessary

The delightful three-story stone house and its gardens, borders the Canal du Centre, Cote d'Or, Burgundy with views across to the picturesque village of Santenay (2 kms, shorter if you take the house dinghy) and to its vine-covered hills beyond. Santenay is a charming spa town with one thousand inhabitants. By quirk of french law, it has a casino, and is famous for its Premier Cru wines, and its 14th-century château. There are two fine restaurants and all basic amenities, including a small supermarket, two bakers a pharmacy and a butcher. There are an abundance of medieval towns, cultural events and music festivals on your doorstep. The nearest provincial towns are Changy (4 km), which has a fantastic Sunday market, and Nolay (7 km), which has a covered 4th-century marketplace. The majestic towns of Beaune (18 km), with its 15th-century Hospice and, Dijon (40 km), with its well preserved medieval centre, must be visited.

Other Activities: Boating, ballooning

Golf: Golfing visitors in France often say Burgundy is the land of fine wines, fine cuisine and golf! The four closest golf courses are: Golf de Chalon-sur-Saone (18 kms), Golf d'Autun (28 kms) and Golf d'Avoise (24 kms), Beaune Levernois Golf Course (18 kms).

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid Season
30 Apr 2017 - 1 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
2 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
3 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Up to 50 KW of electricity included
a security deposit of £100 is required for each week booked
Supplement of £50 per person per week if your party has over 6 people
At the end of your stay we ask for a 75 euros be paid direct to our caretakers so the house is spotless for incoming guests

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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Updated: 25-Jun-2017


From the Owner

Beautiful, unique, canal-side property. Peaceful setting, yet only 20 mins from the autoroute and 15 mins from beautiful town of Beuane.

Property Type

  • house


  • Family
  • Sports & Activities


  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television


  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village
  • waterfront


  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 450 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath (no shower)
  • There are 2 separate WCs.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed, plus 2 fold-up beds
  • There is a fold-up travel cot available


  • Boat
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs


  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome