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Charming Home in Quaint Winemaking Village

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

2 large bedrooms, 3 baths: short walk to vineyards & center of Meursault

Just steps to the surrounding vineyards and the center of Meursault, Charmelieu (meaning "charming place") is the ideal home while exploring Burgundy. This 200-year old former vineyard workers' house retains original features such as exposed wood beams, interior stone walls & niches, oak and ceramic tile floors, and stone fireplaces. Completely gutted and renovated in 2005 and refurnished & updated in 2012/13, Charmelieu retains it's old world charm with the convenience of modern amenities. Owners Michael and Christie Shaps offer recommendations for restaurants and attractions, plus private wine tasting of Maison Shaps wines upon request.

The house has a private walled-in courtyard, two large master bedrooms with private baths, a modern kitchen and large living area. The first master bedroom has a queen-size bed and an alcove with a bunk bed (two twins). The loft master bedroom has a queen-size bed and two twin-size beds. Both master bathrooms have full-size showers (one with a bathtub and one with an oversized standing shower) and heated towel racks. There is a half bath and pullout couch in the living room. Central heating and air conditioning has been installed--with remote controls available throughout the house.

The kitchen has been completely renovated and modernized but retains its old-world charm with tile floors, stone walls and a stone fireplace. It includes all new appliances, a large monastery-style oak table inside & a large table in the courtyard, making eating at home convenient and comfortable.

The house is just a five minute walk to the center of Meursault, where two bakeries, a butcher, grocery, pharmacy, post office, bank, tourist center and several excellent restaurants are located. Every week the local market is held in the center of town. The town of Meursault and the surrounding vineyards can be explored by foot, while a bigger city, Beaune, is a ten minute drive away. There are numerous historic sites within an easy drive.

More Details

Christie Shaps
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 17, 2017

About Christie Shaps

Michael & Christie Shaps reside in the United States in Virginia where they own a winery. Michael studied winemaking in Beaune in the 1990s. While Michael is a renowned winemaker in Virginia, he returned to Burgundy in 2005 and purchased a house and winery in Meursault, an ideal place for him to call his home-away-from-home and produce Burgundian wines. The Shaps' rent their house, called Charmelieu, and produce wine under the name Maison Shaps.

Christie Shaps purchased this house in 2005

Why Christie Shaps chose Burgundy

The Shaps' chose this property because Michael wanted to return to Burgundy where he studied winemaking. Meursault's reputation as a top wine producing village, and it's quintessential French charm made it the ideal place to renovate a house and winery.

What makes this house unique

Charmelieu is a home-away-from-home for the Shaps family. The exposed beams and stone fireplaces add character, while the modern bathrooms and kitchen add convenience and comfort.

Guestbook comments from the owner

It was the best vacation I ever had alone. Your house is a paradise and everything about it reminded me so much of the times I spent growing up with my loved grandparents in a village of Provence.

Everything about the house, the village, and the region leave no room for any negativity. Andrea, who greeted me at the house and gave me a wine tasting & tour of the cellar, is just a fine gentleman with a bright future and you are very lucky to have found him. I think he is exactly the highest level of what you need there and it is very rare to find.

Seeing your world in the old country was very refreshing and I envy you.

I am now back in the US where the air doesn't smell the burning sarmant [vine cuttings], the humidity isn't cold, and there is no farmer you can stop and chat with in the little street.

I miss that so much, it is not explainable….

Again thank you.
Dec 2013
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Meursault House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Oversized walk-in shower & heated towel rack
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Heated towel rack
  • Loft master bathroom has oversized walk in shower; second master bathroom has tub and shower; half bath is toilet only
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Loft Master Bedroom - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , enough space for portable crib
    Master Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed , bunk has two twins
  • Baby crib, high chair, bath seat available upon request.
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • tennis
Owners will provide recommendations for local attractions and restaurants. Extensive Handbook in house on how to use everything plus suggestions for what to do during your visit.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(25 traveler reviews)

Charming Home in Quaint Winemaking Village
average rating of 5.0 based on 27 reviews

Everything we were looking for and more...

  • 5 of 5

We fell in love with this home and Mersault. Everything was exactly as described. The location was perfect for exploring the wonderful wines of the Burgundy area. Although we speak very little French, we found everyone in the area was very friendly and helpful. The house is well furnished for cooking. There is a small grocery, charcuterie, vegetable/fruit store, bakery and wine caves all within walking distance. If you aren't in the mood to cook, you also have restaurants within walking distance. Is was such a lovely and peaceful place. We miss it already.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A piece of heaven in Meursault

  • 5 of 5

We had such a lovely time, the house was just perfect, we enjoyed having wine in the evenings outside, cooking meals together and driving to all the beautiful villages around and of course the wine tasting. Loved walking to get croissants and eggs for breakfast in the beautiful Meursault. We will always have wonderful memories of this vacation. Thank you for the hospitality

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place

  • 5 of 5

This is a great house in a delightful French town. We try to spend a month in France every winter and we recently spent a month in this house, with guests every week - it worked very well for us. The house is comfortable and perfectly stocked - the living area has new furniture, the kitchen has all the items that one needs to cook, even a knife sharpener for those who have rented a house with a drawer full of dull kitchen knives. Each bedroom has a large bath. It is not a house for those seeking ultimate luxury, but rather for those who want a nice place that works, is in a fun part of France, and is priced accordingly.

Another item that we enjoyed was heating/climate control that works. We were able to keep warm on cool days where as we have had houses in France that were always cold.

Meursault is a perfect small town with 2 bakers, a butcher shop and a couple of dairy and vegetable stores, and of course all the wine you can drink. Walking in the morning to get the bread and yogurt for breakfast is simple and pleasant.

The owners were attentive - several calls and emails checked on us to see if there were any problems, and to offer a wine tasting in the winery attached to the house. There are plenty of restaurants, some in town and some require driving, so pay attention to the French drinking and driving laws.

The location is perfect for those who like a little exercise, the vineyards start about 2 blocks from the house, and renting bicycles allowed hours of touring, or there were easy walks for those who enjoyed two feet on the ground.

We spent several afternoons in Santenay on a canal path, with a flat bike ride and lots of picnic spots. Biking or walking to Pommard for lunch is easy and pleasant. Several evenings before dinner were spent on the hills above the town, with our guests and a bottle of wine.

This is a town where a car is probably necessary. Beaune is only a few minutes north, and we took trips to Dijon and Lyon, along with longer overnight trips to Chamonix and Provence. We flew into Lyon and rented a car and then at the end of the month drove the car back though France and returned it in Paris.

We would recommend this house.

Rich and Lynn

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect idyllic stay - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

  • 5 of 5

The property itself is like stepping into another well loved home but with French authenticity. Not only is it incredibly well presented and cosy, but it contains everything one could possibly need. We couldn't believe the loveliness of the gite and we felt instantly relaxed with many an evening spent drinking wine in the pretty courtyard. Meursault itself is impeccable and certainly for the more discerning traveller. We couldn't fault anything about our stay and can only find praise. Christie and his team were also very accommodating and were prompt in answering our enquiries.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Everything and more!

  • 5 of 5

The home was everything we hoped it would be and more for 4 of us, all adults. Meursault itself was exactly what we wanted - quaint but with shops, good restaurants, and easy access to the surrounding wine area. Beaune was especially enjoyable and only 10 minutes away. The weather could not have been better for our 5 days and we enjoyed the courtyard many times. The quality of the furnishings was outstanding and everything was in order for our arrival. We enjoyed the wine tasting provided by Eva and the wines of Maison Shaps. The owner was incredibly helpful and responsive to our questions before arrival and delivered on everything promised. The information provided in the home was also helpful. We would love to go back some day and highly recommend Charmelieu!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chesterfield, VA, USA

Comfortable, cozy home with great amenities

  • 5 of 5

My wife, two teenage boys, and I had the pleasure of staying at Charmelieu for a week. We used the house as a staging area to explore Burgundy. The location of the house was convenient, right on the edge of Meursault city center. Shops, restaurants, post office, etc... were an easy 400-500 meter walk from the house. We loved Meursault, which was small and quaint, but still had quality grocery stores, bakeries, and wine shops; in addition to a small, but excellent butcher shop - all are staples for a family that likes to prepare meals at home whilst travelling abroad. Everything in the house was as advertised and all of the amenities were top quality.

1) Our visit was in the middle of a heat wave in France. The A/C provided a nice respite from the heat.

2) The main living area provided "comfy seats" (to quote my 14-year son) for everyone! It was really nice having room for all four of us to sit together and relax on comfortable chairs in the evenings.

3) The free Wi-Fi in the house was fast, much faster than our other rental house in Annecy and hotel room in Lyon where we had stayed for the previous two weeks in France.

4) We really appreciated having good laundry facilities at the house after being on the road for two weeks.

5) The kitchen was outstanding and well appointed. The stove was large with high burner capacity, there was a separate wine-fridge in addition to the regular fridge, and there was a good assortment of pots and pans.

Another unexpected surprise that came with our rental was a Maison Shaps wine tasting at the house with Eva, who works for the winery. In addition to the tasting, Eva showed us some of the winery's cellars and production areas, which were adjacent to our house. The owners took the time to create an extensive handbook with all of the relevant details about the house. In addition, the handbook included advice on places to explore nearby, some of which we hadn't originally considered when planning for the trip. Our only (minor) nit-picky issue was that a couple of the housekeeping chores were not fully completed prior to our arrival at the house. However, the owners were incredibly responsive and appreciative when we mentioned them. I am 100% confident these details will not be overlooked in the future based on their swift response. We have stayed in multiple rentals houses in France and consider this among our top-2 rental experiences overall. Combines old-world charm with modern amenities. I highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
34 Miles
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Car: recommended

Located in Meursault, one of Burgundy's most renowned wine villages. Wineries abound in Meursault and the neighboring villages. Wine tastings, biking or walking through the vineyards, and enjoying traditional Burgundian cuisine are just a few of the activities available. Vehicles can be parked just off the street in front of the house. It is a short drive to many villages, castles, abbeys and historic sites.


Rates & Availability

Meursault House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring Season 2017
Apr 1 2017 - May 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
Summer Season 2017
Jun 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning Fee $75
Linen Fee $50

Weekly rentals run Saturday to Saturday. 5 night minimum April-October; 3 night minimum November-March. Additional cleaning fee of $75 and $15/person for linens. Refundable $300 security/damage deposit. All taxes are included.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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