Cozy Riverfront House with Views in Charming Medieval Town - Discounts Available

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Our house along the river Armancon - Experience Burgundy


Last updated: 11/27/2015
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  • Minimum stay:3-4 nights
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Property description

~~~ New discounts: 10% off stays of 4-6 nights, 15% off stays of 7-13 nights, 20% off stays of 14 nights or longer! ~~~

Come Experience Burgundy! Immerse yourself in the warmth and charm of this beautiful region of France. Our vacation rental is a two-bedroom, three-bathroom house/cottage in the beautiful Medieval town of Semur-en-Auxois, just an hour's train ride from Paris. The house is perfect for a small family or two couples traveling together. It has been recently renovated in a French country style, has spectacular views of the town ramparts, and is located on the north bank of the river Armancon, which winds its way through Semur.

Semur-en-Auxois is simultaneously a modern, thriving community and a friendly, welcoming town steeped in history and culture. The house is located just a few minutes' walk from the center of town, yet its location is also private and tranquil.

The house has two bedrooms, each with en-suite bathrooms. One bedroom is upstairs, with a stunning view of the ramparts, and one is downstairs at river level, with its own private entrance. The upper bedroom has wood floors, vaulted ceilings, a queen-sized bed, two seating areas, a private bathroom with shower, and a private balcony. The lower bedroom has two twin beds that can be brought together to form a king-sized bed, as well as a private bathroom with a shower. The lower bedroom opens onto the house's patio, giving it the most intimate access to the riverbanks.

Our rental house in Semur is the perfect retreat. Use it as a home base for exploration of the surrounding vineyards, countryside, and historical sights, or just curl up in the salon with a glass of wine and read a book to the sound of the birds and ducks.

We have detailed information and many, many more pictures available at our website (including a virtual tour) -- the link is provided below. Please visit us, and when you make an inquiry, mention that you found us through VRBO. Thank you!

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Property Type

  • House
  • 1350 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the property, including the terrace, patio or balcony....moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

  • Main Bedroom: 1 queen

    Upstairs, with en-suite and private balcony...moreless

  • River Bedroom: 1 king, 2 twin/ single

    King/superking OR 2 singles. Entry at river level from patio...moreless

  • Convertible bed(s): 1 queen

    The salon/living room has a convertible sofa bed....moreless

  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2) Two twin beds in the lower bedroom; may be joined to form one king-sized bed., Baby Cribs (1) Travel cot/crib provided upon request only, so don't forget to let us know that you need it!, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)...moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Upper en-suite: toilet, shower

    Renovated shower room, heated towel rail...moreless

  • Lower en-suite: toilet, shower

    Renovated shower room, heated towel rail...moreless

  • Main Bathroom: toilet, tub

    Main level, renovated. Classic claw-foot tub & hand sprayer....moreless


  • Books:

    The house has an evolving library that operates on a take-one-leave-one basis....moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library:

    The stereo plays mp3-CDs as well as standard; play our CDs or bring your own music (connect your music player via the USB port)....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    English- and French-speaking channels....moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    We have a small library of tapes and DVDs; the DVD player can play DVDs from any region (Europe, North America, Australia, Asia etc.), and also has a USB port for your camera -- view a slideshow after a fun day sightseeing!...moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Waterfront:

    Direct riverfront with gorgeous views!...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing


  • Dining Area


  • Broadband Access:

    No extra charge! Subject to technical availability. The router is in the main bedroom; there is a small desk....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Fabric softener provided....moreless

  • Free Long Distance:

    Don't worry about calling cards -- just pick up the phone and dial!...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Every room has an electric heater, although the most efficient way to heat most rooms in the house is the wood stove....moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Sheets, towels, blankets, pillows, pillow cases -- everything you need, including bathrobes!...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Parking for one car guaranteed; contact us if you need more....moreless

  • Telephone:

    We have a local number you can give family and friends as a contact number and a cordless phone system that also functions as an intercom across all levels of the house....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    We provide towels (full-size and hand-size) for each person. However, please note that this is run as a self-catering gite, so linens and towels are not changed each day....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Detergent provided....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    No extra charge! Subject to technical availability....moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    The wood stove is in the kitchen and is cozy and efficient. If you think you'll need it, let us know and we'll start you off with a generous supply of wood....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    We have a drip coffee maker, a cafetiere (press coffee maker), and a moka pot. ...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Full set of saucepans including old-fashioned cast-iron dutch oven. Ample cutlery, dishes and glasses....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher:

    Dishwasher tablets provided....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Kitchen table seats 4-6. The kitchen includes all major appliances as well as multiple coffeemakers (press, drip, moka), kettle, microwave, toaster and blender....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator:

    Full-size fridge with large freezer....moreless

  • Stove:

    4-ring electric stove/hob...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    The upper bedroom has a private balcony....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Paved patio with outdoor seating is right on the river....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill


Write a review 4.8
from 6 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Low Season (not Holidays)
Oct 3 - Apr 30, 2016
4 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Taxes Not included


Rates are nightly, with 10% discount for stays of 4-6 nights, 15% discount for stays of 7-13 nights, and 20% discount for stays of 14 nights or more. We offer deeper discounts for longer off-season stays; contact us for details.

Prices quoted are inclusive of all taxes and cleaning charges. Note: ALL RATES ARE IN EUROS.

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Last updated: 11/27/2015
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    Semur-en-Auxois Ramparts & stair shortcut View on map

    Once the site of a majestic castle that protected the town, the wall and rampart towers still rise into the sky and are remarkably well-preserved. At the base of the rampart nearest our house, stairs curve upwards into town -- a shortcut for pedestrians.

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    Semur-en-Auxois Cathedral View on map

    One of the most picturesque cathedrals of any nearby town, the Semur cathedral is stunning, inside and out.

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    Pedestrian Area and Farmer's Market View on map

    On Sunday mornings, the Semur pedestrian area becomes a farmer's market selling local produce, meats and cheeses. The rest of the week, it is a quaint cobblestoned street lined with restaurants, brasseries and shops. Definitely a must-see in town. The entrance is from the cathedral square on one side, and from the tourist bureau on the other. When you stroll down the street, don't miss the outdoor dining at La Goulue (you can order chocolate fondue!), the gourmet hamburger shop next door (tell the kids it's for them and then try the Epoisses burger for yourself), or Les Semurettes (try chocolates made by the advisor to the film Chocolat -- beware, they're addictive).

  • D

    Office de Tourisme View on map

    Staffed by friendly people who can help you plan a local trip or day hike. Or, you can use the maps provided at the house!

  • E

    Cafe Mont-Drejet View on map

    A cute cafe and brasserie just inside the pedestrian area. This is a great place to sit and people-watch, especially when accompanied by a croque monsieur or a bowl of ice cream.

  • F

    Boulangerie Bouhot Etienne View on map

    We think this is the best bakery in town, and our neighbors agree. They are closed one day a week, which means you will, alas, have to also try the second-best bakery in town. Or try them all and see if you agree with our rankings!

  • G

    Boulangerie Laureau View on map

    This bakery is on the main road through the town and also makes great picnic sandwiches. Very friendly owner!

  • H

    Pont des Minimes View on map

    A picturesque medieval stone bridge that crosses the river Armancon. Our house has views of the ramparts in one direction and views of this bridge in the other.

  • I

    Pont Pinard View on map

    A charming walk along the river from our house takes you to the other much-photographed medieval stone bridge in Semur-en-Auxois. This is one of our favorite evening walks. Have to burn off that creme brulee somehow!

  • J

    Another stair shortcut to town View on map

    It's not marked on the map, but on this side of the river loop there is another stone stairway that leads from the river up into town, past the ramparts.

  • K

    La Petite Classe View on map

    In a gorgeous converted convent just a short walk from our house, Maryse offers French-language classes to visitors. We've talked with her and she's happy to welcome our guests for a week-long course!

  • L

    Cathedral Square Shops View on map

    The cathedral square is home to a bakery, convenience store, pharmacy, and a wonderful butcher's shop.

  • M

    Cathedral Square Restaurants View on map

    Two of our favorite restaurants in town, Au Douze and Entr'Acte, are just down the road from the cathedral. Entr'Acte is a casual, bustling restaurant with great pizza and even better steak frites with Epoisses (cheese) sauce. Au Douze is more formal, a mix of new and traditional elegant cuisine, great for date night.

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    Photographers: Go Here! View on map

    There are photo-worthy views all over Semur, including from our house, but this spot has one of the best panoramic views of the whole town. Photography enthusiasts can't go to Semur without stopping here at dusk to try and capture a shot at the magic hour with the ramparts and cathedral lit up.

  • O

    Riverfront Walk View on map

    There are many walking paths in and around Semur -- including one that takes you to a Roman bath -- but one of our favorites is an after-dinner walk along the river. Staying on our side of the river is a shorter walk because the road dead-ends, or you can cross the Pont des Minimes and walk the whole loop on the other side.

  • P

    Le Coin du Monde View on map

    There are several large grocery stores in Semur, but this is a smaller market just off the pedestrian area. A tip from the locals: if you're staying for more than a week, you can stop in here and order artisanal organic wheat bread, a treat which is delivered every Friday.

  • Q

    Semur-en-Auxois Hospital (which we hope you won't need!) View on map

    France has one of the best health-care systems in the world, and Semur has a hospital just a few minutes' drive from the house. Not that we think you'll need it, but it's nice to know it's there. There are also several pharmacies in town.

  • R

    Intermarche - Grocery Store View on map

    This is the nearest large grocery store in town, and it also has a gas station and recycling center.


Fish from your backyard! Also visit the Roman Ruins at Alesia, Preserved Abbey at Fontenay, site of the filming of 'Chocolat' in Flavigny, the breathtaking convent and church in Vezelay, vineyards as close as 5 km from the house, and of course the church, shops, and museums in Semur itself!


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2001

About the owner: Jerry and Kathy are natives of San Diego who love to travel. Kathy loves it so much that she was a flight attendant for 33 years! In all their travels, they have never found a place with more warmth and old-world charm than the little town of Semur-en-Auxois in Burgundy. The locals have welcomed them, as they do all their guests, to Semur. Kathy and Jerry (and their daughter, Brooke, who manages the rental) will be thrilled to welcome you to their house.

Why the Owner Chose Semur-en-Auxois:
Kathy and Jerry's journey toward their vacation rental can be summed up in one word: serendipity. They happened to find Semur and fell in love with it immediately; they happened to come across a real estate agent who happened to have a spectacular riverfront house available, and the owners happened to be home and were willing to give them a tour. Everyone they met was so helpful and kind, and the house was so special, that Kath & Jer knew they had to make a permanent place there for themselves. Soon afterward, they also realized that Semur is such a hidden treasure that they had to share it with others.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
There is something magic in the air here. Maybe it's the background soundtrack provided by the birds and the ducks; maybe it's the hourly soft chime of the cathedral or the reflection of the rampart towers in the river; maybe it's the warm, flower-fragrant spring and summer air breezing through the open balcony doors; maybe it's simply the warmth and welcoming nature of the people of Semur. There's something about this house and this place that relaxes the muscles and gently twists the corners of the mouth upward. It's easy to find yourself smiling and sighing happily even though all you've done is sit down in the unique and sunny Salon. And that's just while you're actually at the house. Semur is in the happy position of being right in the middle of Burgundy wine country: it's almost exactly equidistant from the wine-producing regions of Chablis and Beaune. As for the food, welcome to the heart of gastronomic France, where you can enjoy superb food at a tiny auberge for a few Euros, or a meal of ambrosia at a three-star Michelin restaurant. Add to that historical sites ranging from Roman ruins to chateaux, and Semur is an ideal vacation spot for almost any kind of vacation.

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  • Our house along the river Armancon - Experience Burgundy

    Our house along the river Armancon - Experience Burgundy

  • The plush sofa in the sunny salon converts into a bed for 2 adults

    The plush sofa in the sunny salon converts into a bed for 2 adults

  • Relax on the riverfront private patio and enjoy lunch with a view

    Relax on the riverfront private patio and enjoy lunch with a view

  • The lower bedroom has ample closet space and an en-suite bathroom with shower

    The lower bedroom has ample closet space and an en-suite bathroom with shower

  • The spacious (yet cozy) upper bedroom also has a private balcony

    The spacious (yet cozy) upper bedroom also has a private balcony

  • The kitchen has modern appliances and comfortably seats four (up to 6)

    The kitchen has modern appliances and comfortably seats four (up to 6)

  • Semur's ramparts and town wall peek through the trees along the waterfront patio

    Semur's ramparts and town wall peek through the trees along the waterfront patio

  • Night view from the house of Semur-en-Auxois' ramparts and medieval town wall

    Night view from the house of Semur-en-Auxois' ramparts and medieval town wall

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