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Awarded ****Farmhouse-cottage, peaceful setting, in heart of Historic Burgundy

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Space 100 m²
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • non smoking only
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • children welcome


About the property

1 Twin, 1 double, 1bathroom with WC, shower, 1 WC downstairs, sleeps 4 plus cot

'NIGHTINGALES', awarded 4 stars by Cote d'Or Tourist Board ; is situated on a quite country road/lane in the small and calm village of Bellenot located in the rolling and beautiful Auxois hills. It is set in a courtyard, with adjacent farm buildings & has been carefully and tastefully renovated whilst retaining many original features including oak beams & flagstone floors. It has a terrace & garden with access to an orchard.The house has full gas fired central heating, a wood burning stove and all modern comforts including refrigerator,dishwasher, microwave, freezer ,electric cooker and satelite TV., a BBQ, a washing machine, a childs cot and ironing facilities. (Baby sitting can be arranged locally).

Pouilly en Auxois (population 1,400), situated on the Burgundy canal (which passes under the town through a tunnel) with its hotels, restaurants, supermarkets,bakers, doctors dentists & etc. is only five minutes away. Dijon (the historic capital of Burgundy) and to Beaune (the wine capital of France with its Hospice which is a world heritage site) are only 30 minutes away from Pouilly by the A6 and A38 motorways.

This attractive property is close to many sites of historic interest dating from Roman & medieval times. The nightingales can be heard singing in May and June hence the cottages name . Sympathetic English owner, used to children, lives in the same village. A welcome basket will await your arrival.

Local activities include golf, swimming, horse riding, hot-air ballooning, micro-lighting, flights in light aircraft and ex military machines, vintage steam railway trips, go-karting, car & motorbike racing, cycling,fishing,swimming from a safe beach at a local reservoire

World Heritage sites at Beaune and Fontenay are within easy distance as is the new Museum Park at Alesia, the site of the siege of the Gaules (Vercingetorix) by the Romans (Julius Cesar). In the nearby Morvan Regional Park is the World War 2 Resistance Museum and the site where British SAS units were based in the area occupied by the Germans.

Access by car from Calais takes about 6 hours and there is a regular Eurostar/SNCF TGV train service from London, via Paris to Dijon where cars may be hired. There are also TGV train services from Paris and Lyon where the nearest major airports are situated..

More Details

Tony Bull
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 March, 2017

About Tony Bull

A native of Leigh on Sea in Essex I got to know this area in 1974 when we arranged an exchange for our children with a French military family whose 'summer and family home' was in this area. After many visits to this family we purchased, 1989, our own 'holiday home' in Bellenot. On my retirement in 1995 we moved permanetly to Bellenot. In 2001 we purchased a barn to store a small sailing dinghy and with it came a semi derelict cottage which had not been lived in for sixty years A local society then approached us and asked could we not save the cottage from becoming a ruin. This we did and, as the saying goes, the rest is history.

Tony Bull purchased this cottage in 2001

Why Tony Bull chose Cote d'Or

My own children and grandchildren together with other family members and friends have, since 1989, enjoyed coming to this area time after time. This is one very important reason why we renovated the cottage so that it could all be enjoyed by others.

What makes this cottage unique

The grandparents of the local farmer, now retired, who sold us the property is delighted that his old family home, which had not been lived in for 60years, has been saved and is being enjoyed by so many people. We have been delighted to welcome many guests from all over the world who, without exception, have fallen in love with both the cottage and the surrounding area. In particular they have really enjoyed cycling along the canal and in the surrounding countryside. (modern bikes are at our guests disposal and others can be hired fro Pouilly), visiting all the many historic sites, enjoyed Dijon and Beaune (in particular sampling the wine at Beaune and other famous wine villages), swimming in the reservoir, A pleasure boat operates from Pouilly giving canal trips even passing through a 3km tunnel under the town. There are many way marked walks in this beautiful & sparsly occupied area. One guest said that if there is a paradise on earth then this must surly either be it or very near to it!

Guestbook comments from the owner

This is the first year this cottage has become available. We were so happy to be the 1st. family to stay in your beautiful house in over 60yrs. Your warm welcome and the comfort of this well equipped holiday home have made our stay a joy. Thank you for a lovely two weeks- we will take with us many happy memories. J. H.- Lancashire (Aug.2006).

Spent a wonderful week-what a surprise! Lifted the accommodation from the interesting 'Ad'-just looking for a week away, anywhere in France- Will try to come again-J. Mc.K- Derbyshire (Sept.2006).

Merci pour votre hospitalite a l'occasion du mariage. Caroline et David 28.12.06

Les Rossignols is a comfortable rest spot in a true country setting. We squeezed in lots of visits to Romanesque churches and wine tasting. V. Kerr ( Illinois USA

We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay., the cottage is homely & comfortable. The surrounding area is stunningly beautiful & peaceful. We'll have to return. Ian & Denise- Wolverhanpton. July 2007
Nov 2007
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Bellenot-sous-Pouilly in Côte-d'Or

Property Type:
  • cottage (semi-detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 100 m²
  • 1 story
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • beach
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , 1st. Floor
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Ground Floor
  • The light & airy bathroom is situated on the first floor between the two bedrooms. It is well equipped with WC, washbasin and shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot , cot available
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • The light & airy bedrooms are situated on the first floor & are fully furnished including fitted wardrobes. The bathroom seperates the two bedrooms. Tea making facilities in main bedroom. The two single beds in the second bedroom may, if required, be pushed together.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • caves
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
On request linen, towels & etc. can be provided for a 35 euro charge. 2 bicycles available and others can be hired locally. The bedrooms are on the first floor, so the house is not suitable for those who cannot manage the stairs. There is laundry room equipped with washing machine and ironing facilities. There is also a downstairs W/C and washbasin. There is a ping pong table in the adjacent barn which guests can use. Hot air ballooning takes place from the village and micro-lighting, light aircraft flying and go-karting can be enjoyed at the local airfield.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(36 traveller reviews)

Awarded ****Farmhouse-cottage, peaceful setting, in heart of Historic Burgundy
average rating of 4.861111 based on 37 reviews

Wonderful French Experience

  • 5 of 5

Our family loved our stay in this cosy but spacious farmhouse. The location is nice and rural, but still within five minutes drive of a good supermarket, great bakeries and butcher. For a short term rental property, it is exceptionally well equipped for enjoying cooking and partaking of the local offerings. Good coverage of English language cable channels, as well as videos and DVDs for use. Easy access to the beautiful areas of Dijon and Beaune. The owner provided us with a warm welcome, along with a great basket of local produce. We would recommend this to any families or couples wanting to enjoy a relaxing holiday in this beautiful are.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2008
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2008
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An excellent stay in Burgundy

  • 5 of 5

Tony is a most welcoming, helpful host who provides a welcome basket which is second to none. A word of advice - don't go shopping until you have seen the items in the basket. Very clean, convenient, comfortable house with all cooking facilities and washing machine etc. Parking outside the door and an easy drive into Pouilly en Auxois. We ate in the Hotel de la Poste in Pouilly where the service was excellent and for a real treat visit Chez Camille .

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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A lovely place to stay

  • 5 of 5

It’s hard to add much to all of the positive reviews, and in fact it’s all true. This is a super place to stay. Tony’s welcome is as warm as they all say, and the facilities provided in this sympathetically-renovated cottage were all we needed and more. Bellenot provides an excellent centre for exploring this part of Burgundy; almost every village is mediaeval, and the locals proud to share their heritage with you in a relaxed and friendly way.

There is much too much to see in a week, although of course we tried. From Vézelay and Fontenay in the north, to Bibracte (don’t miss it!) in the south, taking in smaller places in between. Take the small roads – you won’t regret it. And then, of course, there’s Dijon, Beaune, and much more besides. We stayed during the Journées du Patrimoine so managed to visit some places that are usually not open to the public (if you get the chance, the Chateau de Eguilly is remarkable).

All of this says that we recommend “Les Rossignols” wholeheartedly, and hope to be back. Thanks, Tony !

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
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Charming cottage in Bellenot

  • 5 of 5

We loved the cottage and surroundings. The cottage is very well equipped, cosy and comfortable, with charm and history and perfect for a home base. Also clean and well maintained.

The local town of Pouilly has enough shops for food and wine and a couple of bars to be sociable.

A perfect place to stay, thanks Tony for a wonderful holiday in your cottage and we would certainly recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 23, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
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Lovely house, peaceful setting, wonderful host

  • 5 of 5

This well-kept, clean and beautifully renovated farmhouse was the perfect place to stay while enjoying Burgundy. We were welcomed with a wonderful basket of local food, all of which we enjoyed over our stay. The house itself is bright and well-equipped and when it got a bit chilly we just built a fire and it was warm in no time. It's close to any amenity you would need and the surrounding area was full of places to explore. Our host Tony was most helpful and truly a delightful person to visit with. This would be a great house for a couple, a small family, or as we were, four adults. We don't hesitate to recommend this if you're looking for a quiet country holiday. Oh yes, and we found all of the locals the friendliest we had encountered in our 3 weeks in France!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 11, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
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Nice French style cottage in quiet village

  • 4 of 5

Wonderful welcome basket provided by excellent and considerate host. The description of the cottage was accurate except for WiFi (host invited us to use his). Property clean and generally well maintained but boiler for hot water had to be re-lit a couple of times. Supplementary heating from log burning stove was great (logs supplied). Would recommend the cottage to friends - it is an excellent base for touring the area. We visited Beaune and Dijon and several of the local historic towns and especially enjoyed the Burgundy canal boat trip and the steam train at Bligny. The local town Pouilly has all facilities and very good food at the Hotel du Commerce. Maison de Pays was very useful for beautiful gifts to bring home.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 11, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Pouilly en Auxois
Nearest Ferry
566 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Chailly sur Armoncon
Nearest Train
46 Kilometres
DIJON & MONTBARD bus service to both
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
Exit 24 Pouilly en Auxois/ Paris/Dijon A6
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Pouilly en Auxois
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Lake Grosbois
Car: recommended

Bellenot is a small village situated in the rolling hills of the Auxois. The nearest town, Pouilly en Auxois is 2 kilometres away, has everything one needs for everyday use including hotels, restaurants, doctors, banks, dentist, supermarket, bakers, hairdressers & butchers. Nearby is the Canal de Bourgogne, several large lakes for swimming, fishing, & dinghy sailing. Thirty minutes away is the Morvan regional park, with its forests, rivers and lakes, the famous towns of Beaune and Dijon and the renowned vineyards of Pommard, Gevrey Chambertin, Volnay & etc. The new (21012) Battle of Alesia Museum/Park ( Roman Caesar v the Gaules) is within easy striking distance. Local activities available to guests include hot-air ballooning (from the village) flights in modern light aircraft, 1950's prop driven military aircraft and micro-light aircraft together with go-karting at Pouilly, a vintage steam railway at nearby Bligny and two golf courses (18 and 9 holes)

Other Activities: micro-lighting, hot air ballooning, canal barging, bird watching.,fossil hunting, pony trecking

Golf: There are two golf course nearby, the nearest being 5km from Bellenot at the Chateau de Chailly. This is an eighteen holes high level par 72 course covering 165 acres and is 6,146 meters long. Green fees are between 30 and 55 euros a day. There is a resident professional who is available for lessons. Clubs, balls and trolleys may hired by the day. Use may also be made of the four star hotel facilities including restaurants and tennis courts. Further details from their website, please ask us for link.

The second course is 28km [under half an hour away] from Bellenot at Pre Lamy. This is a nine hole par 33 course which is 2,286 meters long and is 'situated among the rolling pastures of the Auxois as they meet the forest of the Morvan'. Green fees are between 10 and 23 euros a day. There is a professional club and trolleys may be hired, No charge is made for use of the practice green. This is a very friendly club and further details are available from their website, ask us for link.

'Must See' places include Dijon, Beaune, Fontenay Abbey ( a World Heritage Site), Flavigny (site of the film Chocolate, Alesia(Battle Cesar & the Gauls), Beze(caves),Autun( Roman Town)


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Bellenot-sous-Pouilly, Burgundy

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
16 Oct 2016 - 7 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
8 Apr 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
15 Jul 2017 - 18 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer
19 Aug 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
9 Sep 2017 - 23 Mar 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £130
Stay tax €1 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

Payment may be in either euros or in pounds sterling (cash or cheque) at the prevailing tourist rate of exchange. Your reservation will be confirmed when the deposit is received. Reductions apply for periods of 14 nights or more. Optional charges of {a} 35 e for hire of linen or you can bring your own and {b} 45 e for cleaning the house after your departure should you not wish to do so yourselves

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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