Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday farmhouse in Semur en Auxois - 'La Ferme de La Lochere'
Farmhouse, 5 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 5 Baths, (Sleeps 12)
Explore the Delights of this Extrodinary Region of France whilst relaxing in our Newly Renovated 420m² Farmhouse.
La Cote D'Or - The Golden Coast, Kingdom of the Dukes of Burgundy - A patchwork of Landscapes, Valleys, Rivers, Canals & Vineyards.
Situated in the heart of Burgundy, where magnificent Vineyards and Majestic Towns surround you, this spacious property is ideally placed within easy reach of these famous attractions, rich in French History and tradition.
Access could not be easier, only 15 mins from the Motorway A6, exit Bierre les Semur. 1hr from Paris, and the airports, 2 hrs from Lille, fantastic as a base if you want to do a long weekend to London whilst you are relaxing in Burgundy!! The owner commutes several times a month via Lille and it only takes 5hrs! Fantastic!
Marigny le Cahouet where the property can be found is a charming typical sleepy French Village, with a Bar, Bread Shop, Provisions Shop, small traditional school, Marie & Post Office.
Meandering its way along is the stunning Burgundy Canal, ever changing with the seasons, it is just lovely to jog, stroll, cycle or cruise the waterways taking in the magnificent scenery. Stunning at all times of year, with Summer sun blazing across the forests, and the Fall leaves that glow with glorious fiery reds and oranges. The owners have more than enough experience to take you cruising as part of your holiday, as both of them have worked for a considerable tile on the Burgundy Canals as a Chef & Pilot for an American Company featured in the New York Times.
Just 10 mins away is the Medieval Town of Semur en Auxois, uncontested, one of the most picturesque towns in France today. The majority of this historical town remains intact and throughout the year events are taking place, which involves the participation of the entire population. IA site definitely NOT to miss! Medieval dress, fireworks nocturnal tours with lanterns,weeklong festivals, fairs, are just a few events taking place.
All modern amenities are available here. Banks, Supermarkets, Restaurants, Doctors, Garages, etc.
Flavigny-sur-Ozerain is also close by, where the famous film, 'Chocolat,' was filmed. A gorgeous village on top of a hill surrounded by walls. Well worth a visit.
Alesia, the famous site where Caesar and the Gaul, Vercingetorix fought their bloody battle is a must for all budding young warriors who want to re-enact one of Frances most famous Legends!
Just a little further a field the famous Wines of Burgundy can be found. Its celebrated Crus are around every corner!
We can arrange private visits.
La Ferme de La Lochere is situated next to a trickling stream, which bares the same name. With a view overlooking its famous medieval bridge, and rolling countryside to the top of the valley. It's a glorious way to meet the day.
This renovated, and lovingly restored 200 year old property was once part of the Chateau de Marigny, just a stones throw away surrounded by its moat ans still lived in by private owners.
The owners have used their 17 years of experience in restoring old buildings to provide you with a spacious and comfortable setting to enjoy your holiday. Giving you all the conveniences of modern living whilst preciously guarding the heart and character of this gorgeous building with its arched windows and pigeon towers.
When you arrive at, 'La Ferme de la Lochere,' you will immediately notice the vast doors of which there are three. Handmade in oak by local craftsman they stretch upwards of 3m high by 4m wide, they cast brilliant sunlight into the ground floor which is just over 200m², paved in flagstones, with a majestic stone staircase sweeping up to the 1st floor.
The entrance hall is spacious and rises up to the eves, which is lit by 2 impressive Moroccan Lanterns over 1m tall.
Following through past the stone staircase, which is situated on your left, you will be taken round, and into the vast sitting room with its handsome fireplace and large, really squishy sofas, heaven at all times of year!
There is a very practical hand carved oak table big enough to seat all guests and children.
Again there are 3 Morrocan Lanterns to bath the whole area in soft coloured light rising to the roof.
The kitchen is extremely well equipped, as the owner is a professional Chef, (she is available for cooking demonstrations and can provide meals, - she link to website for details). Full of everything you will ever need with a professional cooker for those who wish to practise being the next Gordon Ramsey or Jamie Oliver!
From the sitting room, dining room you will be led out through the arched oak doors into a flowering garden. Stylish garden furniture, BBQ and children's play area are provided.
The 1st of 5 bedrooms can be found on the Ground Floor, 30m² in size with its own bathroom. For those not wishes to climb stairs it's ideal! Tastefully furnished light and airy is the aim for this and all the other bedrooms, which are the same size and bigger!
Going up to the 2nd floor will lead you to a large mezzanine area, which we can adapt to sleep 2 children by prior arrangement.
To the right are 2 bedrooms leading off the mezzanine. Both with bathrooms and lots of space.
The 3rd & 4th bedrooms can be found to the left of the mezzanine.
A small walkway will take you down to the gallery looking over the sitting room, dining room and the bedroom doors lead off to the right and left of that.
Both bedrooms are large and can sleep up to 3 people, (family room), + cots
The bathrooms are spacious, and the one to the right has a bath as well as a shower.
Coming back to the ground floor and turning in the opposite direction to the sitting room, a passageway will take you to the 2nd garden, where the heated pool is to be found.
Compliant with all French Pool Regulations and surrounded by a natural stone wall, it's the perfect place to unwind with a glass of wine!
Keywords: Fabulous Farmhouse
- wheelchair accessible
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- Events Allowed
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- Minimum Age Limit for Renters
- pets not allowed
About Katherine Frelon
Since before I can remember I dreamt of creating beautiful homes and inviting others to enjoy them and to share my love of France. Having spent my childhood years on holidays in the South, taking in the taste, smell and colours of all the produce in the markets, (but to young to enjoy the wine!), it influenced my decision to leave England when I was just 22 and set out on an adventure that I would not come back from. 'Le Four a Pain,' was my first project.
Building and restoring, ‘Le Four a Pain,’ whetted my appetite for repeating similar projects in different areas of France, and finally come to rest in Burgundy where I had been working as a successful Chef for the American/French Barging Company.
I founded ‘La Ferme de la Lochere,’ a place where finally i could mix home and xpanding family with running the new business of Specialised Gastronomic Vacations, private Gites, Bed & Breakfast & Wedding Planner.
I still commute from the local train station on the TGV to Lille and then Lille to London on Eurostar regularly as I have a very successful company as a chef for private clients.
It's been such a success that I have been included in the BBC Good Food magazine, provided Special Occasion Recipes in the newspapers, and was paramount in setting up the ready made farm meals for my local farm shop, who have since gone on to win many awards & been featured in Country Living. I have recently appeared on televison touring Chablis market and am releasing my 1st Cookery book 'Shop. Cook. Eat' in the Fall of 2014
Katherine Frelon purchased this farmhouse in 2004
Why Katherine Frelon chose Semur en Auxois
This property offers the perfect meeting point for many families and friends to gather, whilst providing lots of space for all members of the group to have their own private time. The countryside offers a diverse introduction to rural France, encompasses historic towns and vibrabnt markets. La Ferme de la Lochere is perfectly situated just off the main freeway with quick and easy access to Paris and Lyon. It is in the heart of Burgundy with Chablis to the North and the Cote de Nuit and Beaun to the South.
It offers peace and tranquility, a hospitable hostess who can also provide local knowledge as well as delicious meals and tips on what best to do. She is happy to help with train links to your to and from the property
What makes this farmhouse unique
Suggested Visits & In House Activities
A Guided visit in Flavigny.
Flavigny Vineyard started 12 years ago and is now beginning to produce a very healthy variety of excellent wines and the staff are full of enthusiasm and provide a complex and interesting look in the way wine is produced
Half Day Wine Tasting in Chablis
A wonderful way to enjoy the best of the Chablis Vineyards.
Full Day in Cote de Nuits & Cote de Beaune - Best Seller
Starting ion the Cote de Nuits and ending in the Cote de Beaune with transport and lunch included.
With a Wine expert who can offer a wonderful insight into the Wines of Burgundy
Hands-On Cookery Experience With Market Trip - Best seller
Exhilarating market visit then returning to house for a market lunch. Then a hands on culinary experience where you will have the opportunity to learn new skills and work with fresh, fragrant ingredients.
Hands-On Cookery Experience - Best Seller
A mornings demonstration & hands-on participation to prepare a simple but delicious al fresco lunch or supper will be enjoyed by all with a glass of crisp chilled Rosé
Aprons, recipes and notes will be provided and of course we will be eating your hard work at the end!
NEW for 2010 Bread Making has just been added to our list of activities.
The infamous local Baker, Fred will be teaching how to make croissant!
Bespoke Cycling Tours - A Huge Hit in 2010
Experience the Burgundy countryside from the saddle! Enjoy a gourmet picnic looking out over the vineyards accompanied by 2 of Burgundies most experienced cycle guides.
This tailor made ½ or whole days cycling includes bike, helmets, snacks, drinks and picnic.
NEW for 2010 Golf at Chateau de Chailly
Set in the rolling Burgundy Countryside this spectacular Chateau boasts a well kept 18 hole
Guestbook comments from the owner
Many thanks to Yannick, Katherine, Charlie and Matilda and congratulations on an amazing development