Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)
Ken and Sarah
- english, french
About Ken and Sarah
We enjoy biking, hiking, gardening, wine tasting, fine dining, learning the French language, and immersing ourselves in the French culture and lifestyle. We fell in love with Semur-en-Axois and spend as much time as we can there each year refining the property and garden. We also have been making attempts at coaxing some drinkable wine from our small vineyard. Returning to the same beautiful location during different seasons we have found builds more vivid memories and relationships which nurtures us during our busy city lives in San Francisco the rest of the year. We also donate a portion of the rental fee to the "Friends of Semur" Association dedicated to historical preservation, restoration, and promotion of local Arts and Culture. We are proud to have been part of the restoration of statuary in the corner niches seen throughout the town.
Ken and Sarah purchased this Cottage in 2007
Why Ken and Sarah chose Semur-en-Auxois
We have traveled the world, and when we stumbled upon this hidden treasure of a charming, lively little town, we had to be part of it. It is incredibly peaceful there. We love harvesting and enjoying the seasonal fruit from the orchard, as we know you will, too. The town is about an hour east of Paris by nonstop TGV, easy to get to and smack dab in the center of the Burgundy wine and cheese making region. The house is located at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac that offers both peaceful tranquility and easy access to the town center. The entire town is an historic monument status and yet still retains a vibrant local culture with modern amenities and restaurants open all year. Once you visit this enchanting, tranquil, and friendly town, you will understand how we feel.
What makes this Cottage unique
This house has both the feel of a French country farmhouse and pied-a-terre in town. Children's laughter echoes down from the primary school up on the ramparts above, punctuated by lovely birdsong and the busy ducks on the lazy river below. The views from our property are some of the most photographed scenes in all of Burgundy. The visual beauty is stunning and inexhaustible! A few steps along the river brings you to our cloistered vineyard, fruit orchard and garden, where you can enjoy quiet meals from our patio with stunning tower views. During the summer months, there are weekly festivals in town as well as wine events at local wineries in the fall. The town has an historic Italianate Theatre, which hosts musical concerts and other events throughout the year. The town is well situated for wine and cheese tasting day trips, and there is huge freshwater lake and beach nearby for swimming and boating. You may want to hang out in the local cafe in town and soak up the ambiance of the local culture, take in a current run film at the local movie theatre, or rent bikes to explore ancient ruins and ride along the famous canals of Burgundy at Motbard. During the summer months, there is even a bike rental shop that will deliver your bike to our doorstep! The Abby of Fontenay, also classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site like the entire town of Semur, is just a 30 minute car ride though the lush, rolling farmlands surrounding the area. There are many nearby historical sites, and points of interest to visit, including the Forges of Buffon, Vezelay Abby, the interactive museum of Alesia, Chateau Neuf, the cave paintings at D'Arcy sur Cure, the wine center of Beaune, the historic city of Dijon, and the village of Flavigny, where the famous anise mints are made and the movie "Chocolat" was filmed. Whatever your unique taste, this town has much to offer.
Check-in: 5:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Smoking permitted in garden.
Additional pet deposit required.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Charming cozy cottage
Lovely experience all around. Semur is gorgeous and Bourgogne itself is a feast and a revelation - so many interesting things to see and do. The house is warm and appealing, decorated tastefully with beautiful authentic period pieces. It also has all modern amenities in place - very comfortable. The owners were responsive, friendly and helpful. We’d come back every year if we could!
Gorgeous location and village
Overall we had a great stay. The area is so picturesque. One thing to note is that this property accepts pets, which was evident from all the dog hairs on the rugs. Unfortunately for us with a crawling 7 month old baby this wasn't the best mix. Also the bed was not very comfortable with a weird combination of ply and mattresses being used. Apart from that however it was good, it had all the facilities and was a very quirky old property. The garden was also great and we enjoyed some wine whilst surrounded by greenery.
Magical views .
Property is located in the lovely town of Semur en auxois with amazing views of the towers and ramparts next to the Pont Pinard and beautiful river.
Shops and restaurants within a 5 minute walk.
The house is well equipped with everything you need but we did struggle for cupboard space in the kitchen for our shopping/food.
Lovely views of the town and river from the bedroom windows but again there was lack of wardrobe space. The beds looked lovely but the one in the main bedroom was really squeaky and creaked every time one of us moved in the night. So we moved into the other bedroom and we found that we kept rolling into the middle of the bed,even though we are of average size and weight.. This isn't a complaint but just letting you know in case you're unaware of these issues.
The house has a beautiful garden with an orchard which is secure for dogs. Our dog loved it ! The garden and patio area is not attached to the house but is only a brief walk...around 60 steps...around the corner.
There are 4 parking spaces available on a first come first served basis but there is a garage at the garden to accomodate a medium size car.
Overall a beautiful stay in a very old quaint french style character house.
Very good for a town break, with lovely view
Semur en Auxois is a beautiful place, and the location with a short walk up steps straight into the town centre is excellent. The classic town view is right outside the bedroom window. A pleasant, characterful property, with typically French antique furniture although this is formal rather than comfortable and storage space is a bit limited. Not so easy for children. Worked well for two, would be OK for four but five would be a squash. The garden is a beautiful quiet spot, although not actually adjoining the property, so you can't just spill out of the house and use the extra space. Check in and check out are 5.00pm and 10.00am, not as advertised on the initial publicity. NB Deposit is quite large, and takes a while to be returned, so make sure you have the cash flow to manage that.
We suggest everyone read the property description thoroughly, as we are quite explicit that the garden is detached from the house and 65 paces along the river. The view is certainly worth the walk.
We have been unable to determine why VRBO/Homeaway keeps giving out the wrong Check out/in times. We have scoured our listing and it clearly says 10am/5pm, as it aways has been, to allow the cleaners to have enough time to make the house ready for the next renter.
Please be advised that the refundable deposit is handled by VRBO, not us; we have no control how and when it is refunded, which is usually within two weeks or sooner.
Great little house in spectacular location
A week at Ken and Sarah's house is a bit like time travel. Located next to the river beneath the ramparts of a medieval town it is surprisingly quiet and cool even in the middle of summer. We particularly enjoyed spending time in the orchard/garden/vineyard. Excellent kitchen and wifi/tv if you prefer to stay in
Fantastic house in a beautiful town
A charming house with a fully equipped kitchen. Walking distance to all kinds of stores and restaurants. Loved the Chromecast on the tv so I could watch Netflix. Bedrooms were very cozy with lovely warm duvets. Can't wait to go back.
Weekly summer festivals in town, local World Heritage historical sites, Chateaus, flea markets each weekend in nearby towns, easy walk to grocery stores, outdoor cafes and restaurants, year-round weekly farmer's market, wine tasting events nearby, one hour drive from 28,000 year old cave paintings.