Ancient Townhouse in Burgundy - Featured on 'Fine Living'

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Last updated: 09/11/2016
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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

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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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Bedroom 3


  • Queen size Beds (1) Premium quality, Double Beds (1) Premium quality, Twin or Single Beds (2) Premium latex, Baby Cribs (1) Available upon request...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • 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....moreless


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library


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


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Swimming


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • 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


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Low Season
Oct 1 - Dec 16, 2016
7 night min stay

Dec 17 - Dec 31, 2016
7 night min stay

Low Season
Jan 1 - Apr 28, 2017
7 night min stay

Mid Season
Apr 29 - Jun 30, 2017
7 night min stay

High Season
Jul 1 - Sep 1, 2017
7 night min stay

Mid Season
Sep 2 - Sep 29, 2017
6 night min stay

Low Season
Sep 30 - Dec 22, 2017
7 night min stay

Dec 23 - Dec 31, 2017
7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $217.72


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

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 09/11/2016
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Owner info

Year Purchased: 2002

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.

Why the Owner Chose Ancy-le-Franc, France:
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!

The Unique Benefits at this House:
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.

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Speaks: english, french



  • The Village...

    The Village...

  • House Entrance

    House Entrance

  • Foyer 1

    Foyer 1

  • Salon


  • Kitchen 2

    Kitchen 2

  • Garden room

    Garden room

  • Master Bedroom 2

    Master Bedroom 2

  • Bedroom 2

    Bedroom 2

  • Twin Bedroom 2

    Twin Bedroom 2

  • Bathroom view 2

    Bathroom view 2

  • Village Lavoir (old wash house)

    Village Lavoir (old wash house)

  • Chateau d'Ancy-le-Franc (around the corner from our home)

    Chateau d'Ancy-le-Franc (around the corner from our home)

  • House Exterior 1

    House Exterior 1

  • House Exterior 2

    House Exterior 2

  • Foyer 2

    Foyer 2

  • Kitchen 1

    Kitchen 1

  • Dining area

    Dining area

  • Master Bedroom 1

    Master Bedroom 1

  • Master Bedroom 3

    Master Bedroom 3

  • Twin Bedroom 1

    Twin Bedroom 1

  • Bathroom view 1

    Bathroom view 1

  • Renovated 3rd Floor

    Renovated 3rd Floor

  • Burgundy Canal

    Burgundy Canal

  • All modes of transportation are used in Burgundy!

    All modes of transportation are used in Burgundy!

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This listing was first published here in 2003.

Date last modified - Thursday, October 13, 2016

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