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Spacious 17th century stone house, 5 bedrooms, great charm/character

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Burgundy/Champagne, tranquil house in quiet village, secluded walled garden

The house is on two floors. From the front courtyard you enter straight into a wonderful large kitchen/dining room. The old flagstones and massive beams make it a superb setting for dining in the evening and in the cooler months is nice and cosy with an Esse woodburning stove/cooker. At the far end is a well-equipped kitchen with a gas cooker and everything you would expect to have at home. The window looks out on to a sunny terrace for outdoor dining in the warmer months. An oak spiral staircase leads up to the splendid sitting room with antique floor-boards and magnificent Burgundian fireplace with wood burner.

The two double bedrooms, one on the ground floor and one on the first floor both have lovely views over the garden. The double downstairs has an ensuite shower room. Next door is a bedroom with two single beds which is probably more suited for children . In between is the downstairs loo. Upstairs the fourth bedroom has twin beds plus a child's bed. A single folding bed and two travel cots are also available. The upstairs bathroom has a bath/shower and loo. The fifth bedroom with a double bed is in the garden and was the old chicken house! It is a lovely romantic place to escape to or could be a handy teenage the barn close by is the laundry/salle de bain with shower, toilet and washing machine.

The garden is an oasis of peace with plenty of shade under the apple trees to disappear with a book or snooze in the hammock. Swings, trampoline, tabletennis, bicycles and barbecue available.

The village: Dancevoir is a quiet village set in the Aube valley, with its rolling hills mostly covered with forest. The stream run through the village (children love fishing for tiddlers!) and it is delightful to walk along to the playground or further on to the Auberge where delicious Alsacian meals are served. The house is opposite the church and the quiet is regularly punctuated by the chiming of the hours. The village shop for basic groceries and bread and croissants is only 5 minutes walk.

Activites: The area is due to become a National Park for Forests. There are limitless possibilities for walking and cycling either along the quiet country roads or along forest tracks. Nearby lakes proved plenty of opportunity for swimming and other water sports.

There is a lovely old Pleyel grand piano upstairs in the Salon which is in good condition having been restored. It is available by agreement but is otherwise kept locked.The acoustics are excellent for chamber music.

For those wanting to explore Abbeys and Chateaux there is plenty to see. There are excellent museums nearby including a knife museum at Nogent, La Grande Forge de Buffon (dates from 1768) and la Musee de Chatillonais in nearby Chatillon with a stunning bronze vase. For artists the Renoir museum at Essoye where he spent his last years is a must. The magnificent cities of Troyes, Dijon and Beaune make a good days outing. The daily market at Troyes is excellent for food and local produce.

Alternatively sample the wines in the local vineyards where the 'Cremant' (similar to Champagne but much cheaper) shouldn't be missed! For those who must have Champagne the route du champagne is les than an hours drive away.

More Details

Nicola Jackman
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 June, 2018

About Nicola Jackman

Nicola is a Newzealander, Nick was born in St.Albans. We live in Twickenham and have two daughters currently at college/university. We are both musicians and love gardening and walking/cycling.Nick has a passion for apples.

Nicola Jackman purchased this house in 2010

Why Nicola Jackman chose Dancevoir

We bought the house in a completely unplanned way having received an email about it being for sale from the previous owner. We totally fell in love with the house with its huge fireplaces and beams and the peaceful garden with apple trees. Nicola loves the open spaces in France which remind her of New Zealand.

What makes this house unique

It is the peace and quiet we love, being able to sit in the sunny courtyard even in October and eat breakfast in the sunshine.You can often hear the sound of nuthatches and woodpeckers. The area is perfect for walking and cycling because the roads and tracks are so free from traffic. We love the cycle to the next village (Lignerolles) where there is a great picnic spot by the river, or if it is hot cycle to the swimming hole at the other end of the village.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Dancevoir in Haute-Marne

Property Type:
  • house (semi-detached)
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , upstairs bathroom off living room
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , shower room ensuite with bedroom, separate downstairs loo
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , laundry/bathroom in the barn close to the garden room
  • The downstairs shower room is ensuite with the double bed room. There is a separate downstairs toilet between the double bedroom and the twin bedroom.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , small downstairs bedroom
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , splendid room with ensuite shower room, bed 150cm wide
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Child Bed , 2 Cot , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , this bed room has two single beds plus a child's bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , upstairs double bed 150cm wide
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Double Bed , romantic garden hideaway with double bed
  • The two double bedrooms, one downstairs and one upstairs are both lovely rooms which look out onto the garden. Next door to them are the twin rooms with two single beds, one of them also has a childs bed. There is a sofa bed in the upstairs salon and another single fold up bed available which can be used in the twin bedroom 3. The fifth bedroom is in the garden has a double bed and has bathroom facilities in the nearby barn. The house works well for two families one sleeping upstairs and the other downstairs. We do not routinely supply linen but can do so on request if necessary.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Child's Swing
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 8 bicycles
  • limited accessibility ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
We do not rourinely supply linen or towels but if you are flying or it is difficult for you we are able to supply on request for a small extra charge. There is a lovely old Pleyel grand piano in good condition at concert pitch available in the Salon for pianists, by arrangement only. The room is perfect for chamber music The house would also be suitable for painting, the large barn with table tennis has huge north facing doors which open onto the front court yard


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Spacious 17th century stone house, 5 bedrooms, great charm/character
average rating of 4.8846154 based on 26 reviews

A fabulous location and house with superb facilities - exceeded our expectations by far

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a two week stay at Les Pommiers and have had a wonderful holiday. The property is located in a beautiful village in the Haute Marne region which was a tranquil and unspoilt area that we have just discovered. The property was superbly kitted out with everything we could have wished for to accommodate all 9 of us staying with ages ranging from 3 to 68 years old. The bikes provided allowed the children to cycle all over the village and area without concern, frequently wild swimming in the local water holes which was a favourite activity. The garden of the house was stunning and we ate outside for every meal each day. We picked apples from the trees and ate tomatoes and squash from the garden too. The wildlife in the area was abundant from birds of prey to deer and foxes to lots of swallows and butterflies in the garden. Local areas of interest are easily accessible nearby, we especially enjoyed Langres despite the 37 degree heat that day and the Lake Liez nearby with its giant inflatable. We could not have wished for a better holiday home and thank you to the owners who made the whole experience a fabulous one. We were not ready to return home!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

11 of us from 3 to 75. we had a wonderful time...plenty of space/ bathrooms...large garden full of butterlies very appreciated by all....only downside..long way to go for shopping

  • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Angela , thanks for your feedback. So glad you had a great holiday and enjoyed the garden! For shopping we try to support the village shop when possible, it's nice to be able to stroll down for a baguette or some pastries. For a supermarket shop we recommend the Intermarche at Chateauvillain which is a 15 minute drive.
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  • 5 of 5

Where to start with Les Pommiers ? From the outset booking was easy and Nicola & Nick were so helpful and friendly, answering my many questions quickly and in detail. The house itself is fantastic, and if anything bigger than the pictures would have you believe. It is warm & welcoming and really well equipped. We were lucky enough to be able to enjoy an early evening BBQ one night but other times were spent at the large table enjoying large family prepared meals which is an invaluable experience. The garden is beautiful and full of interesting nooks and crannies but still able to be enjoyed by children & adults alike.

As a family from ages 8-82, including three teenagers, we all loved our stay here. The house is spacious enough for a party to be able to enjoy their own space but also to come together socially.

It was an absolute pleasure to stay here and the effort that Nicola & Nick have put into this house is obvious and creates a distinct feeling of 'home' and relaxation as soon as you walk through the door.

We will be back !

  • Review Submitted: 18-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Grant, thank you for taking the time to write about your holiday at Les Pommiers. I am delighted that you had a lovely time with family and that you found the house warm. We recently had an Esse wood burning cooker installed in the kitchen and this makes it nice and cosy! Best wishes from Nicola and Nick
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Ein herrliches altes Haus

  • 5 of 5

Wir haben eine wunderbare Woche in diesem schönen alten Haus verbracht. Es ist herrlich ruhig und es gibt viel Platz. Der Garten ist gross und schön angelegt. Das Haus ist sauber und gepflegt. Sehr empfehlenswert für alle, die die Natur und Ruhe schätzen.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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fantastic house, amazing garden

  • 5 of 5

We had a really memorable holiday, 3 weeks of sunshine in a beautiful setting. Incredibly peaceful, loads of swallows and buzzing bees. The garden was one of the most wonderful places we have ever stayed, completely private and secluded. Our teenagers enjoyed the table tennis and the trampoline and the selection of good quality bikes to choose from. The wild swimming was simply stunning although the water was freezing but crystal clear. Thoroughly recommend this stunning place if you want to get away from all the hustle and bustle, we loved the indoor space too, plenty of room for a large family with all the necessary mod cons. Fabulous holiday all round.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review, so glad you had a good time, we can't wait to be back there in October when the forest will be full of autumn colour and the apples will need picking!
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Séjour magnifique dans une maison de charme

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé un séjour merveilleux dans cette maison de caractère extrêmement confortable. La terrasse s'ouvre sur un grand jardin très agréable. Le village de Dancevoir est très joli et permet de faire des jolies ballades à pieds ou à vélo. Un vrai bonheur!

  • Review Submitted: 11-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
270 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
in village
Nearest Ferry
480 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
13 Kilometres
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
26 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
in village
Nearest Beach
40 Kilometres
Marcenay lake
Car: recommended

The area is superb for walking and cycling on the quiet roads and forest tracks. If you have never visited eastern France you will be amazed by the lack of traffic which means it is safe for the whole family to cycle. If you love wild flowers, orchids, birds and soft undulating hills and valleys you will not be disappointed. There is a wonderful serene silence in the forests which make up a significant part of the landscape. In the summer there are good opportunities to swim in either lakes or swimming holes in the nearby rivers.

As well as enjoying the countryside there are splendid old towns such as Langres with it's fortifications, Chattillon sur Seine which has a beautiful hilltop church where St Benedict had a chapel.

Of course wine is important and there are nearby vineyards where you should not miss tasting the local 'cremant' which cannot be called champagne but drinks very easily at a fraction of the cost! The house is close to the Champagne region so makes a good base for visiting the Champagne trail.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Damage Deposit £174.79

We ask for a security deposit of £200 or euros to cover breakages or damage to the house or furniture which is returned after your holiday
We make a charge of £50 for pets to cover extra cleaning

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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