About the property
- House1500 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay5 nights
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.
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- Apr 14, 2018
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 Meursault
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.
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A perfect house in a great location
We enjoyed exploring the surrounding towns. The personalized wine-tasting was very special. The house was comfortable and made for a relaxing week.
Everything we were looking for and more...
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.
A piece of heaven in Meursault
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
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
Perfect idyllic stay - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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.
Everything and more!
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!
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
Additional information about rental rates
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.