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Little Red House, ideal for couple, private garden, in large secluded grounds

Bedrooms 1
Space 430 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom, living room and fitted kitchen

The property is a charming free-standing 18th century small house with a south facing terrace and it's own private 100m² garden. It is situated in the extensive and secluded grounds of the owner's principal residence which was built for King Louis' head groom of the stables at Versailles.

The accommodation covers 40m² and comprises a living room and fully fitted kitchen downstairs, with a double bedroom and en-suite bathroom upstairs, and has south and west-facing windows looking out over the main grounds. Electric heating (radiators and water) is included, as are telephone (excluding calls to cell phones) and high-speed Internet access.

Secure off-street parking is available.

The village of St Nom la Breteche has its own supermarkets, boulangeries, restaurants, chemist, banks, post office and tennis courts. Main line trains to Paris (St Lazare in the North or Montparnasse in the South) are close by.

The area is well known for it's connections with artists, especially the Impressionists, including Renoir and Monet. Auvers sur Oise, where Van Gogh produced most of his paintings under the treatment of Dr Gachet, is within 20 mins drive. Giverny, Monet's home and gardens are 45 mins drive and Barbizon is 1hr away.

Debussy's birthplace and museum are in nearby St Germain en Laye, easily reached in 20 mins. The chateau was the home of the exiled Stuarts from 1688 until the Revolution. There are many other chateaus of interest nearby such as Versailles, 20 mins by car, Maison Laffitte, Maintenon, Fontainebleau and Vaux le Viscomte.

Further afield - but great for a day trip - are the Somme battlefields, the Armistice Clearing at Compiegne, Normandy and the coastal towns of Honfleur, Deauville, Etretat, the Somme Bay and estuary and it's extensive bird reserve plus the historic walled towns of St Valery and Montreuil sur Mer.

For the sporty there are three golf courses within 5 minutes drive, including the world-renowned St Nom la Breteche course. Also there are tennis courts opposite and numerous paths and cycle tracks in the local forest. The famous racecourses of Longchamps and Chantilly are both not far.

Then of course there is everything that Paris has to offer, which is easily reached by train or car.....

More Details

Steve & Sue KNIGHT
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French, German
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
6 December, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

Completely renewed small house, but with all the comfort you can wish. The house is part of a larger location about 30 meters from the main house where a very friendly family is living. All the facilities where perfect. Good and save parkingplace. A very good quality-cost ratio.

When we arrived, we were invited the next day for a small house concert with the students of Ms. Knight. We felt ourselves immediately at home.

We had choosen this location for our visits of Paris. And this is really a perfect location when you want to go to Paris, but not to stay in the crowded and expensive city. From Saint-Germain you are within 5 minutes at the station and then within 35 minutes in Paris itself. No problems to find a parkingplace etc.

The surroundings of St Germain are lovely. Old forests and castles. It's clear that some centuries the rich people (and kings) wanted to live in this area, just far enough from Paris.
Jul 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche in Yvelines

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 430 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
  • The bathroom is light and airy with a window overlooking the garden. It has been newly fitted and is spacious.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • The bedroom has a built in wardrobe area plus a chest of drawers and bedside tables. It is light and airy, with two double paned windows overlooking the house and garden and is very quiet. The bathroom is ajoining.
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Games
  • Bicycles
  • Gated Community
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • 2 bicycles
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Little Red House, ideal for couple, private garden, in large secluded grounds
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

Very cute house

  • 5 of 5

If you like functional house with a lot of charm, and safe parking and good internet and wonderful owner, not far from Versailles, this is the place to go!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your great review.
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Excellent property with parking

  • 5 of 5

This is a great property to use as a base for visting various tourist sites. From here my wife and I visited Monet's house and gardens at Giverny, Chateau Fontainebleau, Versailles which is about 15mins by car. Central Paris by local train station with free parking approx 40min ride. There is a great little boulangerie within walking distance with amazing bread and pastries. There also two small supermarkets and resturants again within easy walking distance. The house has everything you could wish for, clean and comfortable and is in such a quiet and peacefull setting. Steve and Sue Knight - the owners are great and made us feel very welcome and were very knowledgeable about the area which came in handy. Thank you for the lovely accomodation and your help during our stay. Hope the wedding went well!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We love meeting new people and when they're as charming as you guys it's easy for us to make them feel welcome !
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Kamloops, BC, Canada

Garden setting, close to many sights, just outside Paris

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here 6 nights and were sad to leave. This location was perfect for visiting Giverny, Versailles, Chartres and Auvers-sur-Oise. The owners were excellent hosts, providing information in English and French, they are both very gracious, welcoming and willing to assist when needed.

The house had everything we needed, excellent appliances and comfortable bed. It was clean and quiet. We had an auto and there is parking on the property. Wifi worked throughout the house. The town of St Nom had everything you need, with an assortment of restaurants if you don't feel like cooking, but many shops for the meals you may want to eat in.

We would happily return to this property and stay longer.

  • Review Submitted: 11-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Convenient location and well equipped

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for 9 nights and enjoyed our holiday a lot. We chose it as we wanted to visit Paris, Versailles, Chartres, Giverny and it proved ideal. We had lots of communication with the owners before arrival, and there was plenty of local info at the house. It was clean, well equipped, quiet, private and a pleasure to come back to after a day out and sit in the garden sipping wine and eating cheese. Being able to get the local train to Paris from the local station (in the forest, so no parking problems) was a winner for us.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Easy train trip to Paris

  • 5 of 5

After a day in Paris i used the bath as a private spa. Birds sing in the morning, French speaking Green-yellow-red Woodpeckers mate! Fresh fish, fruits, quiche and Italian quizine but a 10 minute walk. Accupuncture, dentist, optimologist, facials, beautition, bookstore, post office, bus service, woods walks, rough bike trails! lots to do. Shopping for anything....two Malls 20 minutes drive, historic sites. Never board assuridly.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Incredible haven

  • 5 of 5

The only thing is...............if I tell you all what an incredible piece of heaven I've just experienced then it won't be available for me 'tomorrow'! The grounds are quiet as can be, the gates keep you safe and the company, is divine....Literally....Music is the focus in this home (professional choir visits once in a while in 'winter' too). Simply put.....'lovely' for singles too.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: April 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Paris Charles de Gaulle
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
in the village
Nearest Ferry
100 Kilometres
Le Havre
Nearest Golf
1 Kilometres
Saint Nom la Breteche
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
St Nom la Breteche (line from Paris St Lazare)
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
A13, Exit (Versailles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
100 Kilometres
Car: recommended

The village of St Nom la Breteche is situated 40 minutes west of Paris (easy access by road and train), close to the historic and cultural centres of Versailles and St Germain en Laye. It is surrounded by beautiful woodland with numerous walking, running and cycling trails, where King Louis used to hunt and where wild deer and boar roam freely. There are several championship golf courses within a few minutes drive. Also close by (10-15 minutes drive) are several large hypermarkets. The Normandy countryside and seaside towns (Deauville, Honfleur, Etretat etc) are just a short drive away, with easy access via the A13 Autoroute

Why not improve your French during your stay ? Steve has an Oxford University French degree and has lived in France for nearly 30 years. He will gladly provide language tuition for all levels of ability and experience. Call Steve to discuss options and terms


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Regarding minimum stay, we have indicated 3 nights purely for administrative reasons, but short rental periods are difficult for us to accommodate, especially in peak season. Please contact us to discuss specific requirements.

Working in the area during the week for a few months ? We can offer a much more interesting alternative to staying in your usual Business Travellers' Hotel subject to availability. Give us a call...

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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