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Rural Property Ideal For Family Gatherings, Cycling

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Bedrooms 6
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Photos and Description of this 6 bedroom holiday villa in Soucy - 9-11 Rue Du Gadenet

Charming Remodeled Stone Country House And Guest House 1 Hour From Paris

This charming and exquisitely quiet 2 acre property with gardens and orchard and two homes -- is situated northeast of Paris in a small village about 1.25 hours from Paris by car, or 60 minutes by a train in Villers-Cotterets 10 minutes away. The property has 2 homes, a more formal main house and a guest cottage, each with its own kitchen. There are a total of 7 bedrooms. Taken together the 2 houses are ideal for a family gathering, but also intimate enough for a couple alone. The surrounding countryside --large 14th C farms and huge 'dominial' forests --is ideal for quiet and peaceful paved road cycling with reasonable slopes and few autos, hiking, and horseback riding. For many experienced cyclists and horse lovers, the region is ideal. Rental horses and forest rides and lessons for children and adults can easily be arranged. Cross country cycling is also attractive for the experienced. Many experienced riders say the road cycling is the best and most beautiful they have ever experienced.

Though you are close enough to Paris to drive or train in for the day, you are in the true French countryside.

The house consists of two wings separated by a fully remodeled kitchen with 2 ovens, a restaurant grade stove, and dishwasher. There is also a French country-style breakfast/lunch/food prep table in the kitchen that seats 8. The kitchen has reproductions of 19th century skylights, limestone counters from the local quarry and stone floors from Burgundy.

The house was remodeled to keep as much as possible of the character of French cottages from the 19th and 18th century, e.g. there are many exposed stone interior walls. There are 2 very large fireplaces, one in the formal dining room and one in the 'salon.' For summer days or evenings when it is hot outside, you can relax with a glass of wine in one of the original caves. In the winter or chilly autumn or spring, the house has central heating with authentic radiators that can be adjusted for each bedroom.

The house and property is situated just below a huge plain of many km's diameter; this plain is crossed by smaller roads, some of them dating back to Roman times, that is absolutely ideal for bike riding. Each road can take you into a village below. The stone farmhouses and stone barns date back to the 14th and 13th centuries. The area is rich in history of modern and ancient France. For example the first Gallic king recieved possession of France from the Roman procurator in the now industrial city of Soissons 20 km from the house. Nearby also is the railroad car where the armistice was signed in the city of Compiegne, where there is a magnificent imperial palace and park by LeNotre

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Milton Estes
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
28 May, 2016

About Milton Estes

I am a northern California physician who fell in love with the French countryside many years ago.

Milton Estes purchased this villa in 2002

Why Milton Estes chose Aisne

I wanted a vacation house in the countryside outside of Paris, so that I could be able to do the things I love to do daily: antiquing, shopping at farmers' markets, cycling, hiking and horseback riding, but still be able to easily go to Paris either same day or overnight.

A friend who grew up in a nearby village led me to the village and house, so it was easy to fit in and be a part of the village and country life. And there is a nearby stables whenever I want to ride through the beautiful forest that surrounds the region.

What makes this villa unique

A gracious but not pretentious house and grounds, as quiet as one can imagine.

Reasonable day trip to Paris.

Best bike riding ever.


1 holidaymaker review

Rural Property Ideal For Family Gatherings, Cycling
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews
Tempe, AZ

Stunning, quite, peaceful, and relaxing, just what a vacation should be!

  • 5 of 5

The property has shock value. It is so gorgeous it almost looks like something you'd see in Disneyland. The rooms are huge and the kitchen is well equipped. We had 11 staying for a wedding and cooked all of our meals on property with no troubles. Unless of course you forgot to buy butter. :)

Ask the hosts, they are very friendly and helpful if needed.

We are extremely happy that we spent our week in France on this property making lasting memories with our friends.


  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Charles DeGaulle
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Hotel de Longpont / Villers Cotterets
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
50 Kilometres
Villers-Cotterets, Soissons, Longpont, Rheims
Nearest Beach
60 Kilometres
Baie de Somme
Car: necessary

Soucy is a tiny village of 100 people with its church on the site of a 7th C Merovingian (early Christian) place of worship. It is on the border of the Oise and its climate is more like the Oise and Paris region than northern France. The region around the house is rich in French history and WWI history and is dotted with public and private chateaux and a 20km long in and outdoor museum dedicated to the events of WWI.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Soucy, Aisne

Rental Basis:
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3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £41 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £81

1. No pets -sorry
2. Bedding will be laundered once weekly by our staff
3. If you want staff to prepare meals, this can usually be arranged, but at an extra fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Soucy in Picardie

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Stereo ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
1. Nearby Equestrian Stables 2. On-road and Off-road biking is superb

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