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'La Maison Secrete'

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 5)

You may want to enjoy a peaceful, bucolic setting, yet also experience bustling French village life. At our place you can do both! Our house is a charming abode at the foot of a medieval Burgundy village, yet with its own large private garden including fruit trees – pear, quince and cherry – and a giant chestnut tree nestling a treehouse.

Our secluded patio is perfect for dining and drinks on a mild evening or coffee on a sunny morning. The tall, natural granite stone wall behind you ensures privacy. In front of you is the most stunning of views. Gaze up at the 14th century church and the ramparts and towers of the fortified château.

A stone staircase leads down to the large garden from the private stone terrace. On particularly warm and long summer nights, we like to dine in the yard on the picnic table under the chestnut tree. Here you feel like you're lost in the countryside, listening to the birds chirping and the babbling of the Armancon river, which runs alongside the garden.

But no problem if you want to take a village stroll after dinner! Just cross the tiny stone bridge beside the house, walk up the winding staircase through the ramparts and you're in the heart of the old town.

In Semur en Auxois you will find a cobblestone pedestrian street with shops, old homes, restaurants, cafés, bakeries and the church. It is one of Burgundy's prettiest and liveliest little villages.

If you'd like to do some driving, the whole area is bursting with other charming stone villages and monasteries. And of course the countryside – rolling hills with grazing horses, cows and sheep – is sublime.

And we haven't even mentioned the vineyards! You are about 40 minutes from La Route des Grands Crus, featuring some of the world's finest wines.

There are also bicycles in the cellar or you can take walks through the woods and fields. Le Lac de Pont, a beautiful lake, is 3km away if you want to go for a swim.

It is the perfect vacation place to get away from it all. There is simply nothing like this in America!

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Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
July 9, 2017

About Eleanor

We are a group of three Americans (brother-sister) and a third partner who love France and wanted to have a pied a terre in the hexagon, as the French call their country. We rent our cottage to help recup some costs, but it is not a profit-making venture. We enjoy going there ourselves. Two of the partners live in the US (Washington, DC and New York City), and the third in Paris, where she closely supervises rentals and is there to help visitors.

Eleanor purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Eleanor chose Semur-en-Auxois

The lovely town of Semur en Auxois is a treasure, and our cottage was just the perfect place to nestle down and enjoy life in this village. We were lucky to find it. Many people were interested in this house, but we snapped it up quickly! The cherry on the cake is our wonderful gardens and outside patio. We have privacy, a stunning view and a place to lay in the grass in the summertime!

What makes this cottage unique

You can either sink into real French life, or visit amazing, historical sites like a tourist. And of course we love the stunning food and wine!


Ancient Gallo Roman ruins and battlefields, including Alesia, where Julius Caesar conquered the Gauls.

Wine tasting and tours

Medieval Religious sites like Vezelay, Abbay Fontney and Cluny


Semur-en-Auxois Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Double Beds (2) Each sleeping room has a separate full size bed., Twin or Single Beds (1) Single bed located in upstairs loft with fireplace., Baby Cribs (1) Baby bed available on request, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) New convertable bed (very comfortable) is located in upstairs loft.
  • CD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Cottage has a stunning view of a 13th century church and medieval ramparts and towers.


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'La Maison Secrete'
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Of the greatest charm and beauty. Wonderfully located.

  • 5 of 5

The town is a throwback to, and continuation of, a way of French life which is enviable and growing ever rarer, and seemed to us genuine and unaffected.

Due to its central situation we were able to tour Burgundy quite exhaustively without driving endlessly.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming abode in an enchanting village.

  • 5 of 5

I lived out my dream of visiting France and staying in a medieval village, but it was more than I imagined it would be. My only regret is thinking that 3 days in town would be enough. I was terribly wrong!

We rented a car and drove from Paris (took about 2.5 hours), and as we drove into town, I burst into tears. Descending the windy road down to the house, with the village ramparts upon the hillside appearing before me, I was overwhelmed with emotion. It's incredibly beautiful, you just can't understand until you experience it; sharing pictures with my friends, they immediately replied, "That can't be real"! The house itself is big enough for at least 5 guests (2 in the downstairs bedroom, 2 in the upstairs bedroom, and there are 2 big couches in the upstairs as well that someone could sleep on). Yes, it's extremely old, so there is a "lived in" quality to the house, but that is a quality that I adore: authenticity. Bring on the cobwebs, I say! It only adds to the experience of living a quieter, slower-paced life in a foreign land. And the yard is divine; we enjoyed several meals on the patio, and I found myself happily awaking at dawn to embrace the sound of the birds, the river, and the peaceful sunrise.

As for the town itself, if you have trouble walking (specifically with taking stairs), you should note that the steps across the bridge that lead into town are many, however, if you have a car, you can simply drive around the road to the middle of town instead and no stairs need bother you at all. I personally enjoyed taking the steps (working off some of the calories from all the amazing foods), and the sites along the walk are gorgeous.

There were lots of wonderful shops and eateries in town, including a sweet little coffee shop/patisserie that had the best cappuccino and croissants. There is also a wine shop that is fabulous, and the farmers market on Sunday is not to be missed: we took home so many delicious goodies, such as cheese, bread, the tastiest strawberries, cured meat, fresh eggs, and several kinds of olives.

And as for things to do around the village, the countryside itself is enough; it's so stunning, with the rolling fields of golden flowers everywhere, I truly wish I could live in this place. We did visit a few sites, however, such as the ancient caves, a few castles, and nearby village of Flavigny.

I cannot wait to return. But next time, I will stay at least a week, or maybe I'll never go home...

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy and Historic Charmer

  • 5 of 5

This very comfortable and well equipped house makes a wonderful base to explore Burgundy by car or bus, while fully taking in the charm of Semur en Auxois. Our favorite memories are of time spent on the terrace, enjoying the beautiful view of the medieval city. Bikes included, and lovely lake is 3 kms away. Pictures accurately reflect the atmosphere of the house. Owner extremely helpful. Would definitely return.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2013
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family of 5 - kids' ages 22, 19 and 13

  • 5 of 5

The cottage easily slept 5, and was within walking distances of all amenities in town, from small market to larger grocery store, restaurant, gourmet shop, butcher, etc. We easily accessed the TGV to Paris for a day trip, and enjoyed exploring outlying areas within an hour by car. We perused the village continuously...which was very fun, and interesting, and made for a completely un-touristy experience. We felt at home in the cottage and were grateful to experience Semur-en-Auxois. We toured many recommended sites beyond the village, and rafted on the Cure river, hiked a bit in some wooded preserve area, too. Many, many activities to pursue. We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2012
  • Stayed: June 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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great location

  • 5 of 5

This house exceeded expectations. Lots of sleeping space for our family of 5 - children aged 14, 12 and 8 - 2 bathrooms, well stocked kitchen for eating in, beautiful views from the patio and every window, large yard for the kids to play in, and great location for walking around town. We would love to come back for a longer stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2011
  • Stayed: July 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $235.52

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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