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Luxury Apartment In Water Mill, Terrace, Pool, Garden, River, Medieval Town

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Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday apartment in Semur-en-Auxois - Moulin Brazillier

Well Fitted Apartment For 6 On 2 Floors Of A Beautifully Converted Water Mill.

Entrance Hall and Cave.

First Floor:

Large open plan sitting room comprising modern kitchen and dining table, furnishings modern and French antiques. Glass doors onto Private Terrace over looking the pretty millpond, a lovely lush meadow and ancient woodland, great for picnics and shade beside the riverbank.

The Terrace is equipped with teak table and chairs, is south facing, lovely for breakfasting, dining and relaxing while listening to the gentle flow of water over the millrace.

Laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer, ironing board etc.

Master Bedroom with king size bed, en-suite bathroom, bath, shower, lavatory & twin basins, dressing room.

Second Floor:

Second Double Bedroom has a king size bed with en-suite bathroom.

Third Twin Bedroom has twin beds with en-suite bathroom.

Swimming Pool - Is open from 1st June - 21st September, it is shared pool and has changing rooms, showers and loungers.

Bicycles are provided at your own risk

Parking in Bay no 4 to rear.

Semur-en-Auxois is a small welcoming fortress town in the Cote d'or, the heart of Burgundy. It sits on a rocky bluff, an extraordinarily beautiful town full of cobbled lanes, medieval gateways and ancient gardens cascading down to the River Armançon.

The inscription above the archway leading to the oldest part of the town was inscribed in 1552 and translates as 'The people of Semur take great pleasure in meeting strangers.' The people of Semur are just as welcoming today as they were the inscription was done all those years ago.

All roads lead to place Notre-Dame, a handsome square dominated by the large thirteenth-century church of Notre-Dame characterized by its huge entrance porch and the narrowness of its nave.

Further down the street in front of the church and off to the left you come to the four sturdy towers of Semur's once powerful castle, all that is left after the main walls of the fortress was dismantled in 1602. You can then explore the winding streets around the castle – there's scarcely a street in this lovely little town without some building of note – and then continue down to the delightful stretch of river between the Pont des Minimes and the Pont Joly, from where there's a dramatic view of the town.

Semur-en-Auxois is less than an hours drive from the beautiful and historical city Dijon, the capital city of Burgundy and from Beaune, famous for its wine and the enchanting Hospices de Beaune.

It is within easy reach of the auto route du Soleil (A6) and is only about 3 hours drive from Paris Charles de Gaulle

airport and the high-speed train (Eurostar/TGV) from London or Paris. .Then using SNCF you can travel from Paris to Montbard or Dijon. There are car hire facilities at Dijon Station e.g. National Alamo & Budget,

Parking - Parking 1 car only is provided in bay 4 at the back of the mill. Extra parking is on the street.

Parking - parking is provided for 1 car and must be used at all times - Bay 4 at the back of the mill. Additional parking is available on the street.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Anthea Smyth
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
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Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
17 October, 2016
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Why Anthea Smyth chose Montbard area

When my wife asked me to do this it seemed simple. Then I realised where can I start? Well, I suppose, in 2004. We had been looking for a second home in France for some years without success. Then, almost by accident, my wife and our eldest daughter found Semur-en-Auxois. The town motto from the 16th Century is: “Les Semurois connaissent…..” Loosely translated it means the people of Semur enjoy meeting strangers. You find it under the Archway into the mediaeval centre.

So what is magical about the town and the Aussois? The Mill was derelict. It required total restoration but even then we knew this was a piece of paradise. The road that steeply descends past the ramparts shows you a lot: the river Armancon, the abandoned (and now listed) tanneries, the medieval roofs and our Mill that took motive power from the river.


based on 11 holidaymaker reviews

Luxury Apartment In Water Mill, Terrace, Pool, Garden, River, Medieval Town
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This flat is perfect - excellent location that is easily walkable to the town, wonderful views of the river and meadow, and equipped with everything you need, including laundry, iron & board, plenty of kitchen supplies, etc. There is a notebook that has all the information available, from wifi code to appliance operation to where to put the trash/recyclables. Very well done.

We are familiar with Semur, having stayed here before and we also have French friends who live here. The apartment was large and spacious so that we could easily have a few friends over for dinner, and with the quality of food sold in Semur, cooking was a delight. The kitchen is a good size and very well stocked. We brought a couple with us from the States, as well as our 18-year-old daughter, and there was plenty of room for all. Three bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, plus a WC on the main floor.

The medieval village itself is charming, with plenty of cafés and shops. The boucherie (butcher) is excellent, and walking up every day for a baguette at the boulangerie is a great way to get to know people & practice your French. There is a lot to do in the surrounding area, including Beaune (Hôtel Dieu, great restaurants, wine tasting), Abbaye de Fontenay, Château Bussy-Rabutin, Flavigny-sur-Ozerain (candy factory & where the movie Chocolat was filmed), Avallon, the Morvan Park for kayaking and hiking, and many other sights.

It was too cool and rainy this year (abnormal) so we didn't get to use the pool, but it looked delightful and well-kept.

Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your delightful and very comprehensive review. Anthea & David
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  • 5 of 5

Beautifully appointed, spacious apartment situated along L'Armacon river in one of the most picturesque villages in all of France.

There is nothing lacking in this apartment. The directions and instructions provided by the owners made our stay seamless.

This is a very peaceful corner of an amazing medieval village where we would occasionally encounter a few sports fisherman or some very friendly and helpful neighbours. The sheltered patio overlooks a mill race and rapids along meadow where we were regularly visited by a local gaggle of ducks.

There are many choices for an easy walk with spectacular views and a climb into the centre of town with some fine restaurants, patisseries, bars, etc.

We hope to return one day. I'm sure we will find it unchanged (as it was centuries ago)

  • Review Submitted: May 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, we are delighted to know that our guests have enjoyed their stay so much in our property and also the town of Semur-en-Auxois. Anthea & David
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Watery peace and quiet at edge of lovely town

  • 5 of 5

Stunning apartment located just 10 mins walk from the medieval film set location that is Semur en Auxois. Apartment underplays the size and space available here. Huge lounge, diner kitchen with tall beamed ceiling, a contemporary kitchen with every implement imaginable and a lovely balcony overlooking the water of the river and the original flow into the mill. The bedrooms are spacious and all with spotless well furnished en-suite bathrooms. the apartment is very much a home for home not a holiday rental. You quickly relax and feel away from it all but with much to rummage through on hand - from the artistic books and the art house DVD collection. There is a very nice pool on site - kept clean and tidy. And just a short walk along the river and up the steps is the town of Semur en Auxois, with all local amenities on hand - supermarkets, bakers, bars and restaurants. All in all a great escape but not too detached from the necessities.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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A quacking good place to relax!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful holiday at Apartment 4 Moulin Brazillier in late May. early June this year.. The apartment is spacious and very well equipped and beautifully light and airy. We particularly loved all the books and dipped into several whilst relaxing in the evening on the balcony overlooking the millpool. Anthea and David have created a stunning home and it was good to be able to share their pleasure in this lovely part of France.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and thank you for your kind words. Anthea & David
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Stunning apartment set in a beautiful landscape.

  • 5 of 5

The property was of an exceptional high standard, extremely comfortable and homely. The facilities within the property were well provided TV, DVD. Wifi iPod connections lovely kitchen. Bedrooms very comfortable and spacious. The property was very clean and the layout extremely well planned to provide a very distinctive character- very impressed. The views were so picturesque (for which ever season of the year) neighbours very helpful for local information. Pool was great for all the family in a lovely tranquil setting. The town of Semur en Auxois is a short walk and accessed in various ways along the river and up the steps through the rampart or up a short hill aside the rampart are two such routes. The owner has obviously taken a great deal of time to compose such a lovely home and were available to offer advice. We visited the local restaurants in Semur of which there were a great selection both for lunchtime dining and evening the two we liked were Le Saint Vernier and la Parenthese Two different styles the first very rustic - with local dishes and the 2nd more fine dining. We visited the local area and took in places such as Avallon. Fontenay Abbey (stunning architecture). Vezenay a lovely medievil village with a beautiful church and lovely quaint and picturesque buildings - with local wines available in a caves on the exit of the town. Flavigny is worth a visit with the local aniseed Bon bons and a short distance from Semur is Epoisses which has a lovely chateau in a walled keep with moat - worth a visits plus it famous for its soft "smelly cheese" used in a lot of local cookery

You need to be aware that you can't take a late lunch in a lot of the local restaurants they seem to stick rigidly to the opening times 12.00 - 14.00hrs but you soon get into the local time zones ....

A wonderful holiday with something for everyone would definitely recommend to friends and family

Thank you Anthea and David

Liz, Paddy and Annie Coyne

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Liz, Paddy and Annie, It was so pleasant for both of us to read your kind and thoughtful comments on Semur and on our French home. We loved Semur from the moment we first found it twelve years ago but it is nice to have others feel exactly the same way and also to know that you appreciated both Semur and our place, Many thanks, Anthea and David
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Location and Luxury

  • 5 of 5

The property was very well appointed with fantastic views, a rural feel and yet the town so close by, with lots of restaurants in walking distance. Kids loved it as well, especially having their own en suites.

What a fantastic part of the country with lots of day trips and the people so friendly.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 12, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Both David and I are so pleased that you and your family enjoyed Semur-en-Auxois and your stay in our property so much!
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Nearest Airport
275 Kilometres
Charles De Gaulle Airport, Paris
Nearest Barpub
1.7 Kilometres
Le Saint Vernier, Rue du Bourg Voisin
Nearest Ferry
555 Kilometres
Calais Port, Car Ferry Terminal, Calais, France
Nearest Golf
46 Kilometres
Hotel-Golf Chateau de Chailly, Pouilly-en Auxois
Nearest Train
19 Kilometres
Montbard, France
Nearest Motorway
35 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Restaurant les Minimes, Rue des Vaux
Car: recommended

Welcome to our corner of Paradise, Semur-en-Auxois in the department of the Cote d'Or, Burgundy the region world famous for it's wonderful wines.

Moulin Brazillier is a sympathetically converted water mill and sits beneath the ramparts of a beautiful medieval town. Typical Burgundian restaurants and pubs are a short walk away. It boasts it's own shared swimming pool, 5 acres of secluded meadow and garden with its mill race running through. Our wing has a built in private terrace over looking the river, wildlife abounds.

Semur-en- Auxois, the historic capital of Auxois, has the charm of a medieval city with turrets and ramparts dating from 13th century. Legend says that Hercules built Semur at the time of his return to Spain. It is a 5 minute walk into the centre of the town where there are restaurants, delicatessens, shops, cafes and, most importantly, boulangeries for fresh croissants daily. For the energetic we provide bicycles!

Semur-en-Auxois is a small welcoming fortress town that sits on a rocky bluff, an extraordinarily beautiful town full of cobbled lanes, medieval gateways and ancient gardens cascading down to the river Armançon. There is a quaint old theatre, cinema, and museum featuring a library which has a fantastic collection of illuminated manuscripts and early printed books. There is an open air market in the centre on Sunday mornings. There are also tennis courts in the town and, further afield, a golf course at the Chateaux de Chailly (Pouilly-en-Auxois), 25 minutes by car. Wine and cheese are produced locally. This is the land of rolling countryside and canals, perfect for cycling and hiking.

Visit - Flavingy, where the film 'Chocolat' (author Joanne Harris) was filmed and starred Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche. Beaune is a must for all wine lovers, visit the 'Hospice de Beaune' and travel along the 'Route de Vin' the vineyards are spectacular and especially interesting during the 'Vendage'. Chablis to the North is for world beating white wines. The Abbey of Fontenay, a former Cistercian abbey, is one of the oldest in Europe and a World Heritage site. Vézelay was a major medieval pilgrimage destination on the way to St Jacques de Compostella, the abbey claims to guard the relics of St. Mary Magdalen. Chateau Epoisses also famous for it's pungent and luscious cheese is only a short drive (or cycle) and there are numerous other interesting and fascinating chateaux nearby. Dijon, the capital, is essential to visit. The architecture is breathtaking, there are just so many beautiful buildings and old streets, follow the 'Owl Walk', and the market on Fridays is wonderful too. It is the friendliest provincial capital in France.

For Gourmands - Le Cheval Blanc, in Alise-Sainte-Reine, traditional and good and also not as heavy on the wallet as these! Restaurant Bernard Loiseau in Saulieu. Still evocative of three star chef ‘Bernard Loiseau’ is a 35 min drive but well worth the journey! Abbaye de la Bussière southwards has an exceptional restaurant in it’s cloisters. The abbey is surrounded by a lake and a botanical garden. The grounds! At these prices spend a day. Close by is Chateau Commarin and on the way visit one of the prettiest villages in the region, Châteauneuf-en-Auxois. An evening in the local chateau listening to Ravel was magical and the restaurants are not expensive.

This is our home, furnished with paintings and antiques, we love it and hope you will too! For a quiet night or a day by the pool there are well stocked libraries of dvds and books.


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3 Jun 2017 - 26 Aug 2017
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Refundable Damage Deposit £268

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Semur-en-Auxois in Cote d'Or

Property Type:
  • apartment (terraced)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 300 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
  • town
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , double basin
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , en-suite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , en-suite
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , en-suite
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • tennis
An iPod dock is provided and well stocked dvd and book library. The Burgundian Fireplace is a feature only, not for lighting! Parking - parking is provided for 1 car and must be used at all times - Bay no 4 at the rear of the mill. Additional parking is available on the street. The Pool- is shared with the other owners living in the mill and is open from 1st June - 21st September.

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