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En La Marre is an early 19thC farmhouse on the estate of Baron de Charette's Chateau de Dracy in a peaceful rural location surrounded by forests and meadows. The property has been converted into six beautiful apartments for couples of all interests and lifestyles, unsuitable for children of any age. Two of the apartments are in the original farmhouse, one is an independent converted stable/pigeonnier and three are on the first floor of the former barn. All the apartments are spacious, comfortable and well-equipped, each with private patio with garden furniture and gas BBQ's. There are guests' laundry facilities and ample car parking on site, plenty of sunloungers around the pool, and a lovely herb garden in the flower-bedecked courtyard which guests are encouraged to make use of for their culinary creations. The resident owners, CHRIS and JUDITH MOSEDALE, are on hand to ensure their guests enjoy a relaxed, peaceful stay away from the pressures of everyday life
SPORTING ACTIVITIES : GOLF - three excellent golf courses nearby - MONTCHANIN/LE CREUSOT, 18 hole championship standard - CHALON 18 hole, AUTUN, 9 hole. Lots of paths have been created along the canal and former railway lines for keen CYCLISTS, ROLLER BLADERS and WALKERS - 'La Voie Verte'. Bicycles are available to rent at En La Marre at a modest price.There are details available in our apartments of other cycling and walking routes among the vineyards and hills. WATERSPORTS (sailing school , pedalo, boat, windsurf boards) are available on the lake at AUTUN by the golf range; TORCY (Le Creusot) has windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking and rowing, and the LAC DES SETTONS (Morvan Nat. Park) has all watersports, also swimming with beach facilities. FISHING is very popular and available in the many lakes, rivers and canals. Permits are required and weekly/daily ones can be bought in the 'tabacs'. There are several equestrian centres nearby for HORSERIDERS: e.g. Ecuries les Bruyeres, St. Pierre de Varennes (6kms) : email@example.com; Centre Equestre et Poney Club de Montalvin, Le Breuil (Le Creusot) (6kms); ROCKCLIMBING is also available 6kms away at 'Le Bout de Monde', NOLAY. For others check out: www.climb-europ.com
RIVERTRIPS: Why not have a boat trip on the River Saone? Various excursions (day, lunch, dinner, picnic etc.) are available all season at CHALON SUR SAONE (26 kms). Booking required at the Tourist Office in Chalon: email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For a once-in-a-lifetime experience why not try:
BALLOONING OVER THE VINEYARDS: a truly magical experience for that special occasion - two companies operating from BEAUNE: www.airadventures.fr; www.air-escargot.com
Ballooning championship 'Les Montgolfiades' takes place in June at CHALON SUR SAONE with balloon rides and winetastings: www.montgolfiades71.com
CULTURAL ACTIVITIES: For Culture vultures Burgundy has much to offer, apart from its roman history:
AUTUN, CHALON-SUR-SAONE, BEAUNE and DIJON all have theatres and cinemas and many cultural events take place all season.
There are numerous art and sculpture exhibitions throughout the region, especially in TOURNUS, CLUNY, BEAUNE and DIJON.
For MUSIC lovers there is a wide range of events taking place to suit all tastes, from jazz and blues to folk and classical and the summer months are busy with musical concerts in the surrounding towns and villages.
More details of main cultural events are available on our website: www.france4two.net and at En La Marre.
WINE AND FOOD: Vineyard visits can be arranged or join the residential owners Chris & Judith on a visit to their vigneron friends.
Burgundy is the gastronomic centre of France and many wine and food-related events take place throughout the region all year. An example of main events:-
April: - all month. Many food and wine events throughout the region
May: 1st weekend - SAULIEU: 'Journees Gourmandes' - tasting of local produce and wine. Many wine events in other villages throughout the month
June: Lots of winetastings ets. going on all month
July - Bursting with wine and food activities, some combined with music, such as 'Les Musicaves': www.musicaves.fr. COTE CHALONNAISE: open door at private wine growers and co-operatives for tastings of local wines and cheeses;
August: 1st weekend - 'LA RONDE COUCHOISE' : weekend of open door at cellars in the Couchois, tasting local wines and produce; also in NOLAY 'Du Cep en Verre', festival of wine and folk music
August - SAULIEU: Charolais Festival - lots of charolais meat and other local produce to sample
August/September: DIJON - 'Fetes de la Vigne': www.fetesdelavigne.fr
Plus many more, especially in October after the grape harvest - details at EN LA MARRE
Useful website for checking out any activites, events, etc. are:
www.burgundytoday.com - some of the information listed here you will not be able to click on until nearer the time of the event
CHARDONNAY - 1 of 6 apartments: Dracy-Les-Couches Vacation Rental by Owner Listing 79758ha
Chardonnay is situated on the ground floor of the original farmhouse.
It is spacious, light and airy with a wealth of white-painted timber beams and white tiled floors, cool in summer and cosy at other times. There are two wood/coal-burning stoves plus electric heating for cool days. It is comfortably furnished with antiques, paintings, lots of books and magazines, games and tourist information There is a large patio running along the front of the apartment facing onto the courtyard with views over the fragrant herb garden and open countryside. On the patio there are table and chairs with a gas BBQ.
The apartment has no stairs, just one small step from the kitchen into the living room so is suitable for the elderly or infirm and could be suitable for a wheelchair.
The bedroom is a romantic curtained-off area off the livingroom. The kingsize bed is very comfortable with bedside lamps as well as wall lighting, a wardrobe, chest-of-drawers and full-length mirror....moreless
Accessed by the kitchen and recently updated, the bathroom has a large walk-in shower, w.c, wash basin, and hair dryer....moreless
On arrival at En La Marre all guests are invited to a welcome drink or two at 6pm to meet the other guests and to be updated on local events, markets, general information etc.
We hold a communal BBQ on Thursday evenings for those interested and weather permitting -- each couple contributes a food dish and some wine. Including your dear hosts -- anyone with a talent such as singing, playing an instrument, story or poetry telling etc is given an ideal opportunity on this occasion to entertain us all.
Restaurant and wine-buying advice given, reservations gladly made
A communal washing machine is available on the premises free of charge. Detergent not provided
A NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of 150 Euros per week is required on booking, the balance to be paid in EUROS CASH OR EURO TRAVELLERS CHEQUES on arrival.
Our rental rates do not include a local tourist tax of Euro 0.20 per person per night, payable during the stay
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EN LA MARRE is 3 kms from its village of DRACY-LES-COUCHES with a friendly boulangerie, 4 kms from the small country town of COUCHES with all basic amenities; 30 minutes away is CHALON-SUR-SAONE with all major shopping facilities; the charming town of BEAUNE, the wine capital of Burgundy, is 40 minutes away. Between Beaune and Dijon are all the famous wine villages of MEURSAULT, POMMARD, NUITS.ST GEORGES etc. to wander through, winetasting as you go. DIJON (1.5 hours from us) is worth a day visit for its Palais des Ducs, excellent Musee des Beaux-Arts and Les Halles, a large indoor/outdoor market surrounded by cafes and restaurants, particularly colourful on market days. 20 minutes west is historic AUTUN, the former capital of France with its roman architecture and ruins and the gateway to the lakes and forests of the MORVAN NATIONAL PARK. South is CLUNY with its important ruined roman abbey and just beyond are the BEAUJOLAIS wine villages of FLEURIE, JULIENAS, POUILLY-FUISSE etc.
Other Activities: Winetasting, rockclimbing, birdwatching
Golf: AUTUN (15 KMS.) - 9-HOLE - Golf d'Autun, le Plan d'Eau du Vallon. Green Fees: €24 weekdays/weekends. Email: email@example.com
MONTCHANIN/LE CREUSOT (15 KMS) - 18-HOLE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDARD - Chateau d'Avoise, rue de Macon, Montchanin/Le Creusot. Green Fees: €40 weekdays/€50 weekends: www.golf-avoise.net
CHALON SUR SAONE (26KMS) - 18-HOLE - Golf de Chalon sur Saone, Parc des Loisirs St. Nicolas, Chatenoy-en-Bresse. Green Fees: €35,50 weekdays/weekends: www.golfchalon.com