2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 4/5 people
Bill & Jenny
- English, French
About Bill & Jenny
Bill was born in Bath and having completed university in Wales, avoided working in an office by running away to operate hotel barges on the canals and rivers of France. Jenny, a Prue Leith trained chef, left London for two weeks to cover for a friend who needed a break from cooking. Both Bill and Jenny intended to move on from Burgundy, but with the addition of dogs and children and the realisation that they already lived in one of the most beautiful parts of Europe, why change a thing?
Bill & Jenny purchased this Farmhouse in 2000
Why Bill & Jenny chose Corsaint
For seven years we lived a 10 minute walk away from this property. The last two of these years were spent scouring the region looking for an interesting place to buy and renovate - it was a satisfying discovery when this search finally brought us to the perfect farmhouse on our doorstep!
What makes this Farmhouse unique
We often say, 'there's magic in the air in Tivauche'! The locals love it here and visitors keep coming back time after time - naturally we do everything we can to make your stay comfortable, but we cannot take all of the credit for people's attachment to Tivauche-le-Haut. The view from the terrace looking towards the Morvan park is wonderful. At night the same terrace makes a perfect star gazing platform as there's no light pollution. With our rural location, we sometimes feel wonderfully 'lost in France', and yet day trips to Paris are possible as it's only one hour by TGV train + 15 minutes to Montbard station. Tours can be arranged for winetasting, biking, walking, bird watching, ballooning and world war two resistance sites Massage, yoga and pilates can also be arranged. We can provide a taxi service with our comfortable air conditioned VW minibus if you want a break from driving at any time during your stay (Bill is a qualified coach and truck driver). And of course evening meals are available upon request from Jenny - just tell us what you like to eat!
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Truly Lovely, Elegant property
This is a beautifully, thoughtfully restored property, decorated and appointed elegantly, with excellent taste, historical perspective and an eye to superior quality. Furniture, finishing, appliances, etc. are all first class and complete.
Virtually everything positive in previous reviews is borne out in fact. There is no holiday rental or cottage furnishing feel here. Anyone planning on staying in this part of Burgundy should very seriously consider this.
The owners are friendly, helpful and accommodating. In my book, any owners who provide not only a CD selection but one that includes good opera and jazz are a cut above.
There is something truly special about being able to sit outside in early evening with a glass of good wine, looking out on to a painter’s landscape with La Traviata playing in the background.
We stayed only for a week, but this is a place that one could live in for much, much longer very comfortably and happily. There is not a lot that we might have done differently, or could have done better, were this property our own.
The location is quiet, relaxing and good for exploring the less foreign-tourist-frequented parts of Burgundy. (The Cöte d’Or, Dijon and Macon, however, are at least an hour away by autoroute.)
We spent a wonderful 2 weeks in Tivauche. This was our second visit. The cottage is beautiful, and has absolutely everything you could need . It is like someone’s home, not a gite. The new open fire is wonderful and we enjoyed sitting by it everyday.
Jenny and Bill are wonderful hosts and go out of their way to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.
Another wonderful stay at Tivauche
This is easily the 6th or 7th time we have stayed at Bill and Jenny’s gite in Tivauche. My husband and I both love it and always feel as if we are coming to our “home away from home”. The farm house is so warm and inviting with spacious, well furnished rooms and beautiful views of the Auxois countryside. The terrace is a great place to relax in the spring and fall overlooking the lush green hills . The house is very clean and immaculately maintained and the surrounding countryside is so picturesque. One of our favorite things to do is to search out yet another charming village where I can dream of owning a wonderful stone house -there are many charming villages so
it’s hard to choose a favorite . Semur en Auxois, the medieval walled city 12 km away has about everything one could need and an excellent artisan boulangerie with the most delicious almond croissants ever! Hint: order your almond croissants for pick-up the next morning and they will be freshly baked and still warm when you arrive. Le Marrioner in Buffon overlooking the Burgundy canal and La Mirabelle at the roundabout at St Remy are not to be missed. There are endless sites to see, from Vezelay (Mont St Michelle without water) to Chateauneuf looming ominously on its promontory, the Forge du Buffon to the medieval wine town of Beaune to endless chateaux such as Tanlay or Ancy le Franc, Burgundy has it all! Everyone that we have met and come to know from visiting here for years is friendly and helpful, from the pharmacist in Semur to the florist and especially the boulangerie. We will keep returning to Tivauche to relax, refuel and refresh and hope to stay two weeks in the Spring of 2020. Bill and Jenny and their two lovely daughters whom we have watched grow up are a delightful family, always ready to help with anything but not intrusive. Anyone thinking about a trip to Burgundy would love this gite and the Higgs family. We can’t wait to go back to Tivauche.
French Country Living at its Best
FRENCH COUNTRY LIVING AT ITS BEST
Bill and Jenny couldn't have done a better job. Perfectly well appointed, cozy. The whole house done in excellent taste- lots of character. All conveniences provided for. We always looked forward to coming home to it at the end of each day.
Finally, Bill and Jenny were warm hosts and attentive to our needs.
Lovely farmhouse with lots of character
Very relaxing break. Enjoyed the peace and quiet of the farmhouse. Nice region to explore with very quaint villages. Good value for money.
Really enjoyed our stay. Beautiful place.
There are about 20 houses in the hamlet of Tivauche-le-Haut. It is a quiet place with no working farms. Relatively high with great views stretching into the Morvan national park. The nearby (15 min) medieval town of Semur-en-Auxois is an undiscovered gem. Driving times to major towns are as follows; Dijon 1 hr, Beaune 1 hr, Auxerre 50 min, Chablis 45 min, Avallon 25 min, Montbard 20 min. From Montbard the TGV train to Paris takes just one hour.