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Benedictine Abbey - Vineyard Apartment - Medieval Village

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Andlau street scene with grand cru vineyards and gazebo in background

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Last updated: 09/12/2009

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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:3
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Apartment
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Apartment, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3)

Surrounded by vineyards and cradled by the Vosges Mountains to the west and the Rhine to the east, Andlau is a quiet medieval village on the 'Routes des Vins' Alsace in Northeast France. Thirteen vintners call Andlau home, producing superbly dry and fruity wines with Grand Cru designation. The moderate climate creates blossoms in March and April. Vendage/grape harvest is September to October. December sees outdoor Christmas Markets with spiced, warm, wine.

More than a French Apartment
As others have in centuries past, we too were drawn to this place beside the Andlau River. We selected and furnished this French apartment for our personal use while living and working in Europe. We take great pleasure in sharing the apartment, and our knowledge of the area, with other independent travelers. Consider the village your garden. Within steps of the front door you can walk pathways along the Andlau River and climb through the vineyards to embrace the broad vistas from the gazebo.

There are post office, bank, cash machine, bakeries, restaurants, grocery, convenience store, and tourist bureau-English spoken. Wednesday morning is market time at the village fountain.

The Comforts
Originally a Benedictine Abbey dating from 1642, and a private residence since the last century, the apartment is two floors up in a four-storey building. In 1990's the interior was modernized into 12 apartments. A National Historic Monument, the exterior was restored to its original 17th century facade.

Our apartment is tastefully decorated containing everything you need to live comfortably and prepare meals as you wish. It is 40 meters sq./435 sq. ft. with an L-shaped great room - the fully-equipped kitchen/dining area open to the living area, with a comfortable, double, pull-out couch. The one bedroom has twin beds. Linens and towels are laundered for you.

A Room With A View
The apartment windows look south into the Abbey Courtyard and views
beyond to verdant val d’ Eleon.

The Abbey’s romanesque frieze is noted in the Michelin Guide and attracts small groups of travelers who seek the stories revealed of early Roman life.

We have been entertained by the glory of the Abbey bells that chime the hour, and on special occasions, by the music and pageantry of fashionable society weddings, concerts, and Bastille Day ceremonies, glimpsed from our windows onto the courtyard below. If you are a light sleeper or you are not used to bells, you may wish to take precautions.

Tour de France cyclists have whizzed past in a flash of colour, beginning a spirited ascent of the Vosges!
The walled, cedar-filled courtyard at the front of our building is a place to reflect on the day’s journeys.

The Pleasures
Hiking and cycling are popular in the vineyards and Vosges mountains. Two castles are within easy walking distance in the forests above the apartment.

Alsatian picnic fare can be gathered from half-timbered shops along cobblestone streets; the perfect choice for a day of castle, vineyard or mountain touring. Medieval villages are strewn along the wine route and offer strolls through walled towns.

Strasbourg is the seat of the Parliament of Europe and one of our favourite cities. It offers 'La petite France' quarter, boat tours on the River Il, museums, the Strasbourg Cathedral, shopping, the arts and fine dining.
Day trips into the Black Forest of Germany are a feast for the senses. The flower-filled markets and the casino, concerts and Baths at Baden-Baden delight.

The Spirit of Place
Pagan walls and the ruins of Celtic temples lay in the surrounding forests. The tiny chapel of the archangels clings to the top of Mount St.Odile- a shrine for those seeking vision. These speak the spirit of this place. Here, life is imagined and dreams lived... for another millennium.

How To Get There
The nearest airports are at Strasbourg/Entzheim (15 minutes) and Baden/Karlsruhe (45 minutes). You can fly via Air France from Paris to Strasbourg/Entzheim aiport or from the UK to Karlsruhe at very reasonable fares and rent a car at the airport. We fly into Frankfurt, rent a car and drive 2 1/2 hours south to Andlau or you can take the Lufthansa bus from Frankfurt airport to Strasbourg train station (2 1/2 hours) and rent a car there and do the same in reverse if returning to Frankfurt.

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Owner

Member since: 2006

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 09/12/2009

Property Type

  • Apartment

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 3
  • Children Welcome:

    many local attractions cater to families...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Suitability

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, Beds for 2-3

  • Bedroom 1

    ...moreless

  • Convertible bed(s)

    ...moreless

  • Twin or Single Beds (1) 1 m X 2m, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) double

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • full bathroom with tub and shower

Entertainment

  • CD Player
  • Stereo

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Theme Parks
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing

Location Type

  • Mountain View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

General

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street:

    in Abbey Courtyard...moreless

  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    Beautifully equipped kitchen with oven, ceramic cook-top and integrated fridge...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator

Outside

  • Deck / Patio
 

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The property's calendar has not been updated in over 91 months. You can contact the owner for availability or look for properties with confirmed availability

 

Location

Wine Tasting, Castles, Antiques, Festivals, Christmas Markets, Concerts, Art Galleries, Baths and Spas, Europa Park. Thermal baths and spas in Hohwald, Alsace and in Baden-Baden Germany 45 minutes

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1993


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Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 09/12/2009

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Photos

  • Andlau street scene with grand cru vineyards and gazebo in background

    Andlau street scene with grand cru vineyards and gazebo in background

  • Comfortable beds in calm and restful bedroom

    Comfortable beds in calm and restful bedroom

  • Comfortable Living area with CD and DVD player and disc library

    Comfortable Living area with CD and DVD player and disc library

  • Fully equipped kitchen and dining area with welcoming bottle of dry Alsace wine

    Fully equipped kitchen and dining area with welcoming bottle of dry Alsace wine

  • Room with a view to the courtyard and Val D'Leon

    Room with a view to the courtyard and Val D'Leon

  • Pizza take out by Chef Nicolas at Restaurant A La Couronne in Andlau.

    Pizza take out by Chef Nicolas at Restaurant A La Couronne in Andlau.

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This listing was first published here in 2006.

Date last modified - Monday, March 06, 2017

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