Ancient Water Mill in a Medieval Village in Burgundy; a Relaxing River Retreat
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- Minimum stay:1-7 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
Enjoy historic Burgundy: its castles, abbeys, the Burgundy Wine Route and its gastronomy; Take a day trip to Paris as it is just an hour train trip away.
The Moulin Vert is located below the granite ramparts and towers of the fairy tale like town Semur en Auxois, on the banks of the winding Armancon River. This former water mill from the 17th century has been lovingly restored by my husband, Jean Jacques and I. We have used art deco furnishings and light fixtures, family heirlooms, stain glass windows, oak beams, local stone and handmade tile and original art making the house full of character and charm.
Relax on the terrace or on the private island and soak up the gorgeous views of the river. The island, just a few steps across a bridge has many weeping willows and a waterfall; a perfect spot for reading. If you are a nature lover you will enjoy the daily visits from the mother duck and her ducklings and if you are up at daybreak you may see the large grey heron fishing in front of the mill. King fishers dart up and down the river and one year we had a water chicken (poule d’eau) build its nest right in front of our terrace. The luxuriant garden and island are nestled among many weeping willow trees and makes a lovely setting for a romantic river retreat.
Our home is in fact in town, just a ten minute walk from the historic town center. Walk to town along the river and buy your fresh bread and croissants from the local baker-(I eat half the warm baguette before I make it home!) Stroll along the medieval pedestrian streets and visit the Collegiale (a step down from being a Cathedral) restored by the famous architect, Violet le Duc. (who also restored Notre Dame in Paris). Sunday morning visit the market in town and taste the local produce. Our house makes a great home base for visiting the many sights of Burgundy…The Abbey of Fontenay, Dijon, Vezelay, Flavigny, Chablis, Epoisse, Cluny, Beaunne, the many wineries on the famous wine route and the many castles of Burgundy. You may also use it as base to visit Paris which is just an hour train trip (Train station is in Montbard).
• 400 year old pink granite mill
• Terrace with gorgeous views of the Armancon River
• Private island with deck and bench overlooking the waterfall
• The garden, enclosed by a stone wall and the river has wisteria, clematis, ivy, herbs, weeping willows
• The 3 bedrooms are perfect for 2 couples and an individual or a family
• We have high speed ADSL internet
• Large flat screen TV
• 1 bath, 1 shower
• Living room has huge glass doors that look out onto the river
• Washer and dryer
• Outdoor eating area
• Sunday market in town with local produce
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- 1200 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Events Allowed
- Children Welcome:
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Considered
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5
- The master bedroom has a gorgeous one of a kind bed and armoire that are hand carved and signed. They are in the art nouveau style and the theme of the carving is mythical. There is William Morris wallpaper and curtains and a luminous art nouveau stain glass window, making this room a rich oasis. One upstairs bedroom is papered in William Morris’s willow patterned paper. This is fitting as the windows in the room look out onto the island, garden and weeping willow trees. You feel like you are in a boat as you look out onto the river. There is a small art nouveau desk and many prints and paintings. The beds may sleep 5 people; one person could sleep on the couch. ...moreless
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom
- The bathroom downstairs overlooks the river and the hillside. We raised the bathtub so that you may enjoy the lovely views while soaking in the tub! It is very relaxing. All the tile in the bathroom is hand made. There is another bathroom on the first floor with a toilet and shower. Upstairs there is a toilet and each bedroom has a small sink. ...moreless
- DVD Player
- Music Library
- Video Library
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Botanical Garden
- Live Theater
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Freshwater Fishing
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Rock Climbing
The dining room has a unique art deco table, chairs and armoire. The tile was designed for the room and a flower motive winds around the furniture. You may also dine on the terrace and enjoy the love...moreless
- Dining Area
- Seating for 6 people
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
The living room has one wall of glass doors that looks out onto the river. The view is spectacular! It has oak beams and stone sculptures of a medieval mermaid and dragon. The floor is local stone....moreless
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
The kitchen has everything you will need to cook and entertain. There is also a table and chairs on the terrace for outdoor dining. The kitchen overlooks the lavoir-where women used to wash clothes....moreless
- Pantry Items:
Deck / Patio:
The terrace is a wonderful spot for dining. The views are magnificent! There is also a deck on the island and a small terrace with a bench next to the waterfall. This is a lovely spot to read. ...moreless
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Nov 1 - Mar 31, 2017
7 night min stay
Apr 1 - Sep 30, 2017
7 night min stay
Oct 1 - Dec 31, 2017
7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $213.33
Owner's cancellation policy:
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Our home is a 10 minute drive to a lovely lake, Lac de Pont.
You may swim, boat or hike around the wooded lake. There is a wonderful restaurant at the lake called Hotel du Lac.
The mediaval town of Flavigny is a 15 minute drive. The movie Chocolate with Johnny Depp was filmed here. It is a gorgeous town perched on a hilltop. I love to go to Flavigny and eat at Le Grange; there are women from the area who make wonderful meals with tarts, quiches and many other dishes with local produce. It has a relaxed atmosphere.
About the owner: My husband and I live part-time in France in a small medieval village, Semur en Auxois and part time on a sailboat. We have spent the last four years sailing in the Mediterranean: around Croatia, Italy and the Greek islands. We also loved visiting Turkey: people are warm and the country is beautiful and full of history. We hiked the Lycian Way, a road and trail system that is 2,500 years old, linking Lycian cities that are now in ruins. One feels a mystical connection with all the thousands of people who have traveled these roads built so many centuries ago. It is one of the most stunning and varied paths in the world. This year we have been sailing along the coasts of Italy, Sicily and Malta. I write and illustrate children’s books and my husband is retired but keeps busy working on his many building projects.
Why the Owner Chose Semur-en-Auxois, France:
Many years ago we took a vacation in Burgundy and fell in love with the region. We took many trips to Burgundy looking at towns and villages until we happened upon Semur. The town and surrounding area were magical; there were so many lovely areas for hiking and biking and Burgundy is so rich in history. While walking along the river we saw our house for sale; it was such a poetic, romantic site that we were instantly charmed. We spent many years totally remodeling the house; going to flea markets in Paris and where ever we traveled finding just the right antique for our home. We fancied the art deco period and started to collect antiques from this era; so our house has an art deco theme. We welcome you to our home and hope you enjoy it and Burgundy as much as we do!
The Unique Benefits at this House:
We were living in an apartment in Paris when we found our home; and the contrast of the gorgeous natural setting and friendly town with the busy city was very appealing. And we are still close enough to visit Paris and enjoy the museums and beauty of the city too. Whenever we walk up to town we meet maybe 10 friends on the way up and while having a coffee in town. We love the friendly atmosphere. Sometimes when I ramble along the river I just can’t believe the beauty of the town, it its truly unique.
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View of our home and the bridge to the island.
Looking out from the living room in the winter
Art deco armoire in living room.
Kitchen with local hand made floor tile
Dine on our terrace overlooking the Armancon River from our terrace
Heron in the early morning in front of our terrace
Master bedroom downstairs with sculpted bed and amoire.
Upstairs bedroom with smaller bed and antique, Spanish washstand.
Roof top in Semur
Lac de Pont, the lake that is a ten minute drive.
Semur en Auxois, view of the castle towers in spring.
Front entrance to the house with view of the lavoir.
Living room looking out onto the terrace.
Stain glass in dining room
Dining room with velvet curtain and hand made tile with flower motif
Kitchen looking out onto the island.
Meditate, do yoga or have a glass of wine on our private island.
Just on the other side of the river is the lavoir where women did their wash.
Art nouveau stained glass window in master bedroom.
The willow room is upstairs; the wallpaper is William Morris willow pattern.
Along the Armoncon River in Semur
Marie du Pain pond, a lovely 15 minute walk from our house.
This listing was first published here in 2015.
Date last modified - Thursday, December 01, 2016
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