A traditional 18th century village house within the shadow of the most beautiful Renaissance chateau in Burgundy---and you have a recipe for the perfect escape to one of the most ancient and beautiful regions of France.
Our house in Ancy le Franc, chosen as a featured home on the Fine Living Channel television series 'Around the World in 80 Homes' has been lovingly restored to reflect its ancient history, but equipped with all modern conveniences including a custom kitchen with all built in appliances, central heating, laundry room with washer/dryer, updated bathrooms, working fireplace and tastefully furnished with period antiques and comfortable furniture and beds. Great attention has been given to providing our guests with comfortable and esthetically pleasing surroundings. The master bedroom is furnished with a queen size bed, period armoire,dresser and chaise longue; the second bedroom has a double size bed and antique armoire;and the third bedroom has two single beds and antique dresser. In addition to the first floor living room a third floor renovated attic provides ample space for relaxing, listening to music or reading.The interior of the house is light and airy throughout.
Within walking distance of the house are a range of amenities: two boulangeries (bakeries),two butchers, a hotel restaurant, a bar and grill, wine bar, pharmacy, two grocers, two banks with ATMs, tourist office, bike rental, physicians' offices, news stand and book shop, and a village park with a playground and picnic tables.
The Burgundy Canal is just a short 5 minute walk from the house. Watching the boats on the canal or walking and bike riding on the renovated tow path is a favorite pastime of our guests.
The Chateau d'Ancy le Franc is literally around the corner and its stunning interiors and manicured grounds are the perfect venue for the world class concerts offered from spring through fall.
As a market town, each Thursday throughout the year vendors provide fresh produce, meats and cheeses, many of which are unique to the region. A short drive away other outdoor markets can be found in Chablis (Sunday), Montbard (Friday), and Tonnerre (Wednesday and Saturday).
Ancy le Franc is handily situated just a 20 minute drive from a TGV (high speed) rail station in Montbard and about the same drive from Tonnerre, both of which have direct rail links to the center of Paris. You can also take the train to Dijon, the gastronomic and administrative capital of the region. The train stops in the heart of Dijon near some of its most famous attractions such as the Palais des Ducs, premier bistros and restaurants, and its spectacular food market located in the glass covered Les Halles designed by Gustave Eiffel. Like Paris, Dijon has an international airport.
If you enjoy wine, Ancy le Franc is the ideal base to explore the famed vineyards of Burgundy from Chablis (white wines) in the north to the more southern vineyards surrounding Beaune (red wines) in the Cote d'Or.
Good food is also a hallmark of the region. Choose one of the many excellent, cozy restaurants of the area or go for the grander experience at a Michelin rated establishment. Whatever your choice we are happy to provide you with recommendations of some of our favorite places to dine.
From Ancy le Franc you have easy access to an embarrassment of cultural, architectural, gastronomic and spiritual riches. As the famous food writer Mireille Johnstone has written 'the pre-Roman crypts, Roman ruins, monasteries, fortified cities,castles and Roman and Gothic cathedrals, still seem to grow out of the land according to some natural law'. The area boasts several UNESCO world heritage sites in addition to some of the most glorious countryside in France, criss-crossed as it is by innumerable canals, rivers and ancient highways.