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Ancient Townhouse in Burgundy - Featured on 'Fine Living'

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

A traditional 18th century village house within the shadow of the most beautiful Renaissance chateau in Burgundy---and you have a recipe for the perfect escape to one of the most ancient and beautiful regions of France.

Our house in Ancy le Franc, chosen as a featured home on the Fine Living Channel television series 'Around the World in 80 Homes' has been lovingly restored to reflect its ancient history, but equipped with all modern conveniences including a custom kitchen with all built in appliances, central heating, laundry room with washer/dryer, updated bathrooms, working fireplace and tastefully furnished with period antiques and comfortable furniture and beds. Great attention has been given to providing our guests with comfortable and esthetically pleasing surroundings. The master bedroom is furnished with a queen size bed, period armoire,dresser and chaise longue; the second bedroom has a double size bed and antique armoire;and the third bedroom has two single beds and antique dresser. In addition to the first floor living room a third floor renovated attic provides ample space for relaxing, listening to music or reading.The interior of the house is light and airy throughout.

Within walking distance of the house are a range of amenities: two boulangeries (bakeries),two butchers, a hotel restaurant, a bar and grill, wine bar, pharmacy, two grocers, two banks with ATMs, tourist office, bike rental, physicians' offices, news stand and book shop, and a village park with a playground and picnic tables.

The Burgundy Canal is just a short 5 minute walk from the house. Watching the boats on the canal or walking and bike riding on the renovated tow path is a favorite pastime of our guests.

The Chateau d'Ancy le Franc is literally around the corner and its stunning interiors and manicured grounds are the perfect venue for the world class concerts offered from spring through fall.

As a market town, each Thursday throughout the year vendors provide fresh produce, meats and cheeses, many of which are unique to the region. A short drive away other outdoor markets can be found in Chablis (Sunday), Montbard (Friday), and Tonnerre (Wednesday and Saturday).

Ancy le Franc is handily situated just a 20 minute drive from a TGV (high speed) rail station in Montbard and about the same drive from Tonnerre, both of which have direct rail links to the center of Paris. You can also take the train to Dijon, the gastronomic and administrative capital of the region. The train stops in the heart of Dijon near some of its most famous attractions such as the Palais des Ducs, premier bistros and restaurants, and its spectacular food market located in the glass covered Les Halles designed by Gustave Eiffel. Like Paris, Dijon has an international airport.

If you enjoy wine, Ancy le Franc is the ideal base to explore the famed vineyards of Burgundy from Chablis (white wines) in the north to the more southern vineyards surrounding Beaune (red wines) in the Cote d'Or.

Good food is also a hallmark of the region. Choose one of the many excellent, cozy restaurants of the area or go for the grander experience at a Michelin rated establishment. Whatever your choice we are happy to provide you with recommendations of some of our favorite places to dine.

From Ancy le Franc you have easy access to an embarrassment of cultural, architectural, gastronomic and spiritual riches. As the famous food writer Mireille Johnstone has written 'the pre-Roman crypts, Roman ruins, monasteries, fortified cities,castles and Roman and Gothic cathedrals, still seem to grow out of the land according to some natural law'. The area boasts several UNESCO world heritage sites in addition to some of the most glorious countryside in France, criss-crossed as it is by innumerable canals, rivers and ancient highways.

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Member since: 2003
Speaks: english, french
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Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
December 16, 2017

About The Owner

We live in Greensboro, North Carolina, and have three children and four active grandchildren. Following retirement from our executive positions we now work part time, Tom working as an investment advisor and teaching finance and investments at a nearby university and Sharon working as an international hospital surveyor.

The Owner purchased this house in 2002

Why The Owner chose Ancy-le-Franc

Having traveled to various regions of France each year since 1998 we still knew little of Burgundy (Bourgogne) except for its famed food and wine. During our trip there in 2002 we were totally taken by the quaint, picturesque villages we saw on the horizon each time we crested a hill during our drives exploring the countryside. We quickly learned that the region was not only filled with beautiful countryside consisting of expansive farmlands, miles upon miles of vineyards adjoining the villages that give name to their wines, pockets of dense forests and meandering rivers, streams and canals but it also offered a rich array of cultural events, ancient Roman Gallo ruins, and beautiful châteaux that are comparable to those in the Loire Valley. The village of Ancy-le-Franc has a long and storied history and can be seen in old French maps dating to the 1500’s. Built in the mid 1550’s, the Château d’Ancy-le-Franc is one of two Italian Renaissance châteaux in France designed by the architect Sebastiano Serlio.The village’s central location allows us day trips to the many surrounding châteaux, and villages and towns such as the medieval village of Noyers, Chablis famous for its white wines, Beaune for its red wines, and Vézelay (UNESCO World Heritage Site) with its Basilica St. Madeleine founded in the 12th century and one of four pilgrimage routes for the French crusaders (it is reputed to hold relics of Mary Magdalene). Another nearby UNESCO World Heritage Site is Abbaye de Fontaney.The châteaux in the area are almost too numerous to mention but within a 15 minute drive are the Château de Tanley the Château de Nuits and the Château de Maulnes. A day trip to Paris can easily be made on the TGV directly into the heart of Paris or by a 2 hour drive by car. Belgium, Germany and Holland are about 4-6 hours drive from the house. Southern France including Provence and the Côte d’Azur, northern Italy and Switzerland are a day’s drive away. This location simply can’t be beat!

What makes this house unique

We wanted a historic property and this house has at least a 200 year history and from our research in the Auxerre archives we believe it is possibly older. A local historian tells us that the house is located on one of the oldest streets in Ancy-le-Franc and could possibly have started its life as a dependency of an earlier château. If not this house then an earlier structure with the same distinctive outline is seen on a village map from 1690. We are the 6th owners of the house since 1816. Whether owned by separate families or one it has been a family home during those 200 years and has been lovingly maintained throughout its history. We are fortunate that it has chosen us to continue its love and care. It is very much a typical maison de village reflecting true French country living. We love the warmth from the ancient beams throughout the house, especially the dramatic beams on the third floor integral to the house’s structure, the winding wood staircase with its handcrafted iron railings and the exposed limestone walls in the foyer. Yet it has all of the modern conveniences of today. After purchasing the house we replaced the late 19th century fireplace mantel with one more characteristic of an 18th century one using local limestone. It was then that the fireplace was opened to its original 18th century size. We wanted to live in the heart of a village so we could walk to the butchers and bakers for our daily needs. Tom delights in morning walks to one of two bakeries and when we aren’t in the mood for cooking we shop at the local butchers where we can find freshly prepared meats and side dishes that can be heated in our microwave or oven. Ancy-le-Franc is a rural village but one that offers its inhabitants many pleasures and delights. Somehow our cares and worries disappear when we enter our front door. The pace of our lives slows down and we truly are transported to another world. It is our privilege and pleasure to share our beloved home with our guests.


Ancy-le-Franc House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1) Premium quality, Double Beds (1) Premium quality, Twin or Single Beds (2) Premium latex, Baby Cribs (1) Available upon request
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • swimming
High quality bed linens and towels. High Chair available upon request. With advance notice, catering of some meals is possible. Hair salon (male and female), nail salon and masseuse are available in the village. Vide greniers (village tag sales & flea markets) are common throughout the area. There is also an abundance of festivals, concerts and art expositions, often combined with wine tasting in the region.


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Ancient Townhouse in Burgundy - Featured on 'Fine Living'
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews
Greensboro, NC

Great for me!

  • 5 of 5

This home is lovely and comfortable within walking distance of all the village shops. It is situated within driving distance of the most beautiful sites in the world. I went there to gather photographic materials to come back to my studio and turn the inspiration into paintings. I found that my finished work reflected more light and joy than ever before. I hope to have the opportunity to go back someday since there is so much more to see and do.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2007
  • Stayed: April 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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7 3

Girls getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week in this lovely home set in a traditional french village. This gite truly had everything we could need and more. The description and photos are spot on. But as you enter the foyer you realize this is what you have come to France for. An ancient home, perfectly restored, all the modern amenities, keeping all the charm. We appreciated the two sinks in the main bathroom and the extra toilet on the ground floor, as well as the extra shower on the top floor. We were too busy sightseeing, having a Kir at the Bar du Chateau, preparing dinner purchased from the Boucherie and two bakeries to watch any TV, but there are a lot of DVD'S to choose from. Tom and Sharon are very helpful with any questions and were always quick to respond to my emails. There is a great red folder with brochures for all the sights close by in the foyer. We especially enjoyed the village of Noyers sur Serein, Vezelay, Fontenay Abbey, Tanlay and the enchanting Chateau d'Ancy-le-Franc. The house is spotlessly clean, we never had any noise issues, slept well and were thankful we had found such a perfect vacation spot. Don't miss market day in Ancy. A week was not enough time to do everything and we look forward to returning to Burgundy.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2013
  • Stayed: April 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Accomodations. Great Village. Wonderful Vacation.

  • 5 of 5

The property was exactly as depicted and probably the most spotless place we have ever stayed. The townhouse accomodated 4 single adults extremely well. The kitchen worked out great and we used the Jardin room for enjoying dinner and an evening in. We were even entertained by the music from the music school next door.

This was a great location for exploring Burgundy. The canals, the wineries, the food and the villages are all so spectacular.

There are two things that I would mention to prepare for that aren't mentioned in the listing. The housekeeper speaks absolutely no English. So, it was a bit of a surprise and a little difficult navigating a phone conversation to meet up with her to get the key and instructions. And, while the townhouse is in a quaint village, there is a highway that runs through the village and right past the townhouse. Be prepared for the traffic noise to pick up at about 6 a.m. Neither of these issues got in the way of a perfect trip but it is nice to be prepared.

This place can't be beat!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2012
  • Stayed: September 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tacoma, WA

Charming, comfortable, character

  • 5 of 5

This lovely home was tastefully decorated with antiques and comfortable seating and great beds. It was already stocked with all those things one usually has to buy as soon as they rent a home--toliet tissue, paper towels, plastic wrap, napkins, etc. The owner's suggestions turned out to be a tremendous help for day trips and eating at restaurants. The Chateau only a five minute walk away was absolutely enchanting. The Thursday village market was highlighted by a roasted chicken on a spit recommended by the housekeeper. The location of Ancy le Franc was excellent for planning day trips. Altogether, this property was one of the best we have stayed.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2012
  • Stayed: September 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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United States

Wonderful Vacation on the French Countryside....

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful vacation staying at Tom and Sharon’s home in Burgundy. The house is located in a small historical village with convenient location --- it is literally steps away from a couple of bakeries, a small grocery store, and even a meat/daily shop. People in the village are very friendly… The interior decor of the house is very French country and antique style… the beds are very comfortable… We loved it! If you are expecting a total relaxation and away from the usual busy city lives, I think you will enjoy it! Oh by the way, if you are traveling from U.S.A., make sure you bring a voltage converter.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2012
  • Stayed: September 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Moving to Dallas TX this summer

A Wonderful Home!

  • 5 of 5

My husband, myself and our two teenage daughters enjoyed a wonderful family Christmas in this delightful home. We have stayed in many VRBO properties over the last 15 years and this was by far the best! Right from the moment you enter the warm, inviting foyer, you can tell that Tom and Sharon have put their heart and soul into creating a welcoming atmosphere. Truly an authentic french country home! The furnishings were beautiful, the beds unbelievable cosy, the kitchen well equipt and we loved coming home every night to put our feet up, relax and watch one of the hundred DVD's. We enjoyed shopping at the local Farmers Market held right around the corner from the house on Thursday mornings. The vendors were helpful and very polite,and the selection remarkably big, we purchased enough fresh vegetables, fruits and cheeses to last the week. The little market across the road from the house and the patisserie around the corner provided us with everything else we needed...even a small christmas tree! Sharon and Tom went out of their way to find a Michelin rated restaurant not too far from the house for our Christmas celebrations. They even made the reservation for us! We loved visiting the surrounding villages as well as the larger towns like Dijon. The house was well located enabling us to explore the whole region. All in all, we simply can't recommend this property highly enough, so much so that we intend on booking a summer vacation here some time in the near future. Thank you Sharon and Tom for the effort you put into ensuring your guests have literally everything they could possibly need to relax and enjoy their vacation in a very comfortable "home".

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2011
  • Stayed: December 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $234.99

End of stay cleaning fee of 65 euros required for all rentals.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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