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Welcome to Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, winner of the most beautiful village in Burgundy! This walled hilltop medieval village is perfectly preserved, and looks as it did in the middle ages. The town was the setting for the movie, “Chocolat” with Juliette Binoche & Johnny Depp.
Stroll the narrow, curved streets, walk the ramparts, and listen to the church bells chime the hour.
Our house dates from the 17th century and is situated at the end of the main street in town, right on the ramparts of the village, overlooking a peaceful valley with cows, sheep and grapevines dotting the hillsides.
Les Remparts is a 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath house and is approx. 2200 square feet and sleeps 6.
We have a website describing the house in more detail, with more photos, and information about the village and the area. VRBO/HomeAway has a policy to not allow links to external websites. So I have to cheat a bit to get you the website. It is LaMaisonRemparts dot com--make sure you spell it REmparts, not Ramparts--and enter it into your browser using the standard period, instead of the word DOT!
The house was featured on the HGTV television series, House Hunters International Renovations (which aired for the first time on November 22, 2014--it is being repeated fairly often--check HGTV schedule), where our creation of two full bathrooms, a WC, and a brand new kitchen was filmed. This renovation is documented on the show, which is episode 4 of the House Hunters International Renovation series. The episode is also available on NetFlix.
This spacious house has beautiful meter-thick stone walls and was built in 1628 and 1775.
The house consists of the ground floor, with an airy lounge off the entry door, with a french door leading to stairs to the garden , a laundry room with a washer & dryer, a brand new bathroom with limestone tile, and it includes a shower, toilet, sink and a SAUNA, our Library Bedroom (bedroom 2) with an en-suite bathroom with a rain shower, toilet and sink in an antique cabinet. On the ground floor there is also a new, eat-in, open plan kitchen (fridge, freezer, dishwasher, oven & induction cooktop) with a WC under the stairs and direct access to the garden.
Then go up those curving stone steps to our Remparts Master Bedroom (bedroom 1) with a window seat opening on the view over the forest and valley. As you lie in bed, you can look up through a skylight to the stars above. This room has a new WC with sink, and a washroom with a soaking tub/rain shower, and a sink in an antique cabinet.
This floor also has our “Convent Bedroom” (bedroom 3) which has as one wall doors sourced from a 19th Century Convent. The Convent bedroom can be made up either as twin beds or as a queen sized bed. Guests in this second-floor bedroom may use the ground floor WC/sink under the stairway that is just outside their bedroom door, and will have as their private bathroom the full bathroom on the ground floor next to the sauna.
Our large, delightful garden is full of climbing roses, lilies, lavender and hollyhocks. There is a koi pond with a curved bridge for peaceful contemplation, and tables and chairs for hors d’oeuvres and dinners al fresco!
There is a lovely covered pavilion in the garden, situated to take advantage of the view. Under the pavilion, enjoy sitting on the couches to enjoy coffee in the morning, or a glass of wine in the evening! The view over the rampart walls is unchanged since the middle ages—no modernity is visible!
A 2-minute walk through town brings to you to an “Epicerie” which sells bread, eggs, cheese, milk, wine, canned goods and gift items. Also a 2-3 minutes walk brings you to the farm-to-table restaurant “La Grange” which is open for lunch most days during the summer & early fall, and the Abbaye Restaurant is open for lunches and dinners most days of the week. There is also a Vietnamese restaurant, Le Garum, in town, near the church. Also in town is the famed Anis de Flavigny candy store, where the little licorice candies are created in an ancient abbey.
A 10 minute drive takes you past the Flavigny Winery (tastings available) to the village of Veneray Les Laumes, with a huge supermarket, a train station and many other shops and services. Twenty minutes away is the medieval town of Semur-en-Auxois, with it’s beautiful stone towers and river.
Flavigny is a 3 hour drive from Paris or the airport, and is 25 minutes away from a TGV High-speed train station which can whisk you into Paris in one hour!
Flavigny is ideally located an hour’s drive away from the charming cities of Dijon, and Beaune, and is within an hour’s drive of the Champagne and Chablis wine areas, and an hour and 15 minutes away from Côte de Nuits, and Côte de Beaune wine regions.
Come to Burgundy and share our little slice of paradise!