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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,

More Details

Mary Kate Saunders
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 May, 2017

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 Montbard area

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
  • smoking allowed ...
  • pets considered
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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(19 traveller reviews)

Romantic Home in Medieval Village Where 'Chocolat' was Filmed
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 19 reviews
Lafayette, CO

Beautiful vacation home in Flavigny sur Ozerain

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Le Cadeau Francais in the heart of Flavigny sur Ozerain, a village that is even more attractive and charming than revealed by the many available photos. The house is simply beautiful, with rustic elements (exposed beams and stonework) combined with impressive original artwork and deft decorative touches. We spent one rainy day just reading and watching the fire in the fireplace/wood-stove (though we took a walk in the drizzle - the town is fabulous even on a rainy day) and it was great. If we ever get back to this area we'll definitely try to stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Toowoomba Australia

Fabulous week in a great house

  • 5 of 5

I've rented close to 20 houses/apartments in France and this was my favourite. Superb location. Central to many points of interest but still off the beaten track. The house was well appointed with everything we needed to have a super week. Would certainly return.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dana Point, California

Beautiful Flavigney, convenient to explore

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our 3 week visit to Flavigney and the surrounding areas. The leaves were just changing, the weather was absolutely beautiful and the stay was memorable. There was plenty of room for the 3 of us to relax and enjoy the atmosphere and charm of the area and accommodations. The 3 restaurants in town were comfortable and served delicious food. A great place to walk and enjoy the charm of the village. There is a small grocery store in the village and a short drive into Semur there is a new large Intermarche for shopping. It is about an hours drive from Beaume and Dijon, in addition to other medieval villages that are well worth visiting.

The property had a small washer and dryer for our use and was clean and well maintained.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Laguna Beach, California, USA

Charming villa in Flavigny

  • 5 of 5

The villa was a most charming place to stay in this historic village. It was quiet, beautifully decorated and well maintained. We had all the amenities we needed. We would definitely recommend this home to our friends and have. We even met others during our visit and recommended it. We would definitely go back. It was also a great location to use as home base to take day trips around the area. We went to Beaune, Alesia, Vezaley, biking along the canal after renting bikes from Rando fitness in Venarey Les Lames, riding to Abbey De Fontanay, and chateaus. The owners prepared us for our visit by providing written and verbal information from directions to restaurants, to clear directions on where to park, locate the key, dispose of trash, etc. asked us what questions we had or what else we might need. Outstanding customer service. This villa was just what we wanted to spend time celebrating life in the beautiful French countryside.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Slagelse, Denmark

Simply fantastic - nothing less !!

  • 5 of 5

We simply loved the place. The house is not only charming - it has everything anyone would need. And it is right in the middle of a surrounding (the city of Flavigny) who's charm one cannot believe until you are really there. We had a great vacation with so many memories, that we strongly recommend this - including the beautiful house - to anyone reading this. We have promised ourselves that we will be back next year.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Monarch Beach, CA, USA

Vacation renter

  • 5 of 5

As soon as we walked into the Saunders house it became a home. The exterior entrance beautifully reflects the village, with light coming through the majestic windows. The interior design is modern, yet classic. The garden view is stunning. You sit on the deck, with a glass of excellent local wine, and you don't want to be anywhere else.

The great room includes the kitchen and living/dinging room which is welcoming for entertaining. Friends can gather around outside or inside at community-size tables and cook together in the fully-equipped kitchen. The couch opens up to a very comfortable double bed. The master bedroom is like a cool, urban loft with another comfortable double bed and a twin-sized bed tucked into a private corner.

And when you go outside to walk around the village, the locals are friendly and helpful.

There are only two restaurants and one small grocery store so make a stop to the Costco-like Super U on the way into the village, load up on necessities & luxuries, and go enjoy cooking and dining in the Saunders sanctuary in Flavigny.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 8, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beaune Wine Tasting
Hotel de Luxe le Cep
"TGV from Paris to Montbard take 1.5 hours. Montbard is 20 minutes from our house"
Dijon Cathedral
"Rent bikes on the Burgundy Canal in Venarey-les-Laumes"
"Wonderful Cathedral!"
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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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.

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