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Romantic Home in Medieval Village Where 'Chocolat' was Filmed

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

1 Bedrm (2 beds-sleeps 3) + Sofa bed -"American" Master Bath + Shower Bathroom

Step back in time for a relaxing romantic retreat in an authentic medieval village unchanged for centuries. Situated in the Burgundy wine district, Flavigny Sur Ozerain was chosen as the site for the movie 'Chocolat' for it's old world charm and sense of timelessness. Previously an artist's loft, this barn has been converted into a simple yet surprisingly contemporary home, ancient on the exterior with all of the modern conveniences inside. Come stroll the quiet streets of the walled hilltop village, listen to the church bells mark the time, and experience a life before all of the hustle of today's rat race!

3 hours drive southeast of Paris(an hour and twenty minutes on the TGV!) and an hour northwest of Dijon, between Beaune and Chablis, this home can offer a serene escape or act as the perfect springboard to the delights of Burgundy and the Cote D'Or. With the Restaurant de L'Abbaye, La Grange, and the Creperie Les Ursulines right in town, one needn't leave the village's serenity, but with Alesia's ruins and fabulous restaurant Le Cheval Blanc, Semur en Auxois's vibrant medieval shopping district, the Abbaye Fontenay, and Saulieu nearby there are many temptations to explore.

Come explore the joy of life in the French countryside, and discover what you love most about this enchanting destination!

Keywords: Romantic, gite, stone home, converted barn, artist studio, loft, open modern kitchen, terrace,medieval village,

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Mary Kate Saunders
Member since: 2007
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 August, 2018

About Mary Kate Saunders

Kirk and Mary Kate Saunders split their time, and their hearts, between their homes in Laguna Beach, California, and Flavigny Sur Ozerain.With their teen-age sons Kian and Rory, their families and their architecture and physical therapy practices in California and the U.S., Laguna remains 'home,' but Flavigny steals all their free time! The charm, the bells, the food and especially the people of Flavigny draw them back as often as possible.

Mary Kate Saunders purchased this house in 2011

Why Mary Kate Saunders chose Flavigny-sur-Ozerain

We have named this home 'Le Cadeau,' 'the gift.' Our dear friends, the O'Neals introduced us to Flavigny's charm, offering us a visit to their home in 2007, and later assisted us in purchasing it. We feel that the opportunity to experience this treasure is a gift we were given, and a gift that we want to pass on to our family and friends, old and new!

What makes this house unique

There are many favorite aspects to life in Flavigny, but marking time with the bells stands out, along with purchasing croissants from the bakery truck every morning and lunch at La Grange. Sitting with a glass of wine on the balcony, watching the sun set over Monsieur & Madame Grob's lovely garden isn't bad either!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Flavigny-sur-Ozerain in Côte-d'Or

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master bath - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , American style large new master bath on the upstairs area
    Downstairs Bath - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Downstairs Guest Bath/Powder Room
  • Brand new American style Master bathroom on upper level, next to Master bedroom, plus 1 bathroom with a great shower and nice towels downstairs!
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Convertible bed - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , top of the line mattress on this bed , very comfortable
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , King Bed & Twin "Marriage" Bed are in shared Loft Upstairs
  • King size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Music Library
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis
Located within walls of medieval village where the movie 'Chocolat' was filmed, View of beautiful garden with ancient well from balcony, Ancient Roman Crypt and Anise Factory in town, Monastery and Seminary in town, Wonderful midday meals served in local 'Grange', Nearby Roman/Gaul ruins and Museum at Alesia, Church bells tell the time in town every 15 minutes, Beautiful hikes in French countryside, Burgundy canal nearby for bike riding and boat trips, Wine tasting in Beaune and Dijon within 45 minute drive and local wineries near by, Relaxing peaceful country living in scenic French countryside with many friendly townfolk who speak multiple languages


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Romantic Home in Medieval Village Where 'Chocolat' was Filmed
average rating of 4.964286 based on 28 reviews
Laguna Beach

Wonderful stay in Flavigny

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the Saunders' home in Flavigny. Their place was charming, well-equipped and very clean. The Saunders were also helpful in answering our questions and in suggesting good restaurants and places to visit. We loved having the experience of living in a medieval village in France and of having easy access to so many beautiful sights in the surrounding areas. Thanks for a great vacation in Burgundy!

  • Review Submitted: 24-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed it!
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Elk River, MN

Enchanting, Artistic and thoughtfully preserved and restored getaway

  • 5 of 5

The house is located in a quiet medieval village. Its character and history are inspiring and beautiful. It has rustic charm with modern amenities. The photos can't depict the reality of the high vaulted ceilings and preserved ancient beam structure that awes you when entering the front door. My husband and I felt that the house was perfect for the two of us. We used it as a base camp to travel the nearby vineyards, countryside, neighboring villages and Chateaus. After a day of exploration we enjoyed returning to the tranquility of the house and garden. Restaurants in the immediate area are few. We either cooked our meals in or drove to nearby restaurants and the drives are magnificent. The owners are very conscientious of your well being while staying at their home and went out of their way to make sure we were happy and comfortable. We highly recommend this experience if you're looking for an adventure in a medieval village without roughing it.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful village and great history

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed the "quaintness" and village feel. Didn't expect the history of Caesar and the Gaul's or the nearby Abby. Plan for more time to explore the Burgundy region.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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really romantic stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay, had meals with friends, and the best thing was the ice machine

for our mix drinks :) Weather was not good, but the house is so comfy that that was

not a problem.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely French home

  • 5 of 5

This home is a lovely space for 2 people or 3 with a child. It is in a lovely French medieval town in the country side and has many visitors. Aside from walking around the quaint town there is really not much to do if you're looking for shops, restaurants, museums etc. Great if you're looking for time out from hectic travel. We took 2 trips - one to the Dijon area and one to Beaune. I was sick so it was the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate. The owners were responsive at every turn. (Sorry about the keys!)The neighbors told us about the heart of the town and its people which made the place even more special.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Experience life in a small medieval French town

  • 5 of 5

The stay at this apartment allows you the chance to live in the middle of a quaint town with all the amenities one might need. We had everything we needed regarding beds, shower supplies, cooking utensils, and recreation. Mary Kate was very responsive to our questions and needs, and very understanding. Renting from them was easy and worry free.

Unique things about the property include large open spaces for relaxing, eating, and cooking. We never felt cramped. There is no tv, which is perfect in a small town like this. The upstairs shower is in the open, so not much privacy from friends and family who are upstairs, but there is also the downstairs full bath, which is all we needed. The kitchen has everything you could need, and the induction stovetop is amazing. Plenty of dishes, cooking ware, storage space, etc.

There is the nearby Benedictine Abbey, where you can pray and attend mass with the monks. a few restaurants in town, beautiful views and paths around town, and nearby historical sites.

Thank you very much, and I hope we can manage a visit again before leaving Europe for good.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Venarey-les-Laumes (from Paris), Montbard (TGV )
Car: recommended

Wine Tasting, Viewing Roman Ruins, visit Beaune, Dijon and Chablis


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, Cote d'Or

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3 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £448.92

the owners are not responsible for any accidents, injuries or illness that occurs while on the premises or its facilities. The Homeowners are not responsible for the loss of personal belongings or valuables of the guest. By accepting this reservation, it is agreed that all guests are expressly assuming the risk of any harm arising from their use of the premises or others whom they invite to use the premise.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 90 days before check-in date.
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