Cottage, Ivry-en-Montagne, Quiet Location, Overlooking the Chateau de Coraboeuf
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About Pam Smith
We have now from our consultancy in Scotland and love to spend as much time as possible in France. We are looking forward to taking even more time out there now. We bring our family and friends together in our 'home from home', as our daughter and her husband live in France and our son and daughter-in-law love to visit there. We're already making great friends with our neighbours in the village too.
Pam Smith purchased this Cottage in 2007
Why Pam Smith chose Val-Mont
This really is the heart of France where so many famous wines and foods come from. The area is a wonderful blend of diverse landscapes, heritage and culture and it is so accessible via the autoroutes and airports.
What makes this Cottage unique
Located on the edge of a small village we feel part of a real community. Yet we can wander out for walks down country lanes into woodlands and villages, cycle, jump in the car to visit beautiful towns, chateaux, vineyards, pre-historic sites, the Morvan Regional Park. Even nip into beautiful, historic Beaune and Nolay to indulge ourselves at the markets or in some of the area's fantastic restaurants. We can offer some very good recommendations. If we simply want to BBQ, our terrace overlooking the chateau offers the perfect dining location and in the Spring we can listen to Nightingale song under the stars right up to midnight and beyond. Just as enjoyable are the rural morning sounds of cattle and cockerels.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Our tour through Burgundy
A marvellous time we had touring the vineyards, driving through the scenic villages, the location is bit distant from Beaune but central to the rest of Burgundy.
Exceptional holiday cottage
As there are few named streets in Ivry it took a few wrong turns before we found the cottage but it wasn't really difficult. First impressions from the outside were exactly as in the photographs which was a very good start. The inside was also exactly as pictured which was better still. The kitchen is easily the best equipped of any holiday rental we've had anywhere, clearly a house that is used by the owners and we lacked for nothing. More than enough plates, bowls, cutlery, pans and basics such as salt, pepper, oil, cleaning materials etc.
The bathroom was a decent size with plenty of good quality towels and hot water. The dishwasher and washing machine worked perfectly and were supplied with all necessary liquids and solids for use.
Every room and surface was clean and the whole cottage is well sized for 2 adults and 3 children.
WiFi is supplied and the speed is good although it barely works outside the living room due to the thick walls. French TV is available and kids are happy to watch cartoons in any language. There are also some DVD's and a huge selection of books plus family games monopoly-style.
The barbecue was used on 4 days and everything was in good order with all materials to start and maintain it being supplied, we of course replenished the stocks.
Ivry-en-Montagne itself holds few attractions except peace and quiet (there is a chateau a few hundred metres down the road) but short drives through some beautiful countryside get you to La Rochepot (bigger and more castle-like chateau), Beaune (Hospices de dieu), Autun (Cathedral, Ancient gates) and slightly further afield Dijon.
I recommend this cottage, the weather when we stayed was 25-30C most days and although it's cooler inside due to the walls, it's still fairly warm at night but there's no noise when sleeping with the windows open.
Thanks so much for this lovely review.
A delightful stay in a charming Burgundian gîte
We had a lovely stay in this well-appointed gîte, set within old farm buildings made of beautiful golden Burgundian stone. Particularly nice is the access to the area in front of the house, where our daughters enjoyed playing, the table and chairs where we could enjoy outdoor meals, and the meadow down below the terrace, where one could watch butterflies.
Ivry is a very small, quiet place, with very little going on. But it is a good position for expeditions to Beaune, and, of course, it is surrounded by excellent wine country. (The very best cave we found was a bit further south, at Cheilly-lès-Maranges - well worth a detour.) Chateauneuf, one of Les plus beaux villages de France, is nearby, and, on our way there, we stumbled across a gem of a Templar church in Echarnant.
The week flew by and we were sad to leave.
We're so pleased that you enjoyed all the things we enjoy about our holiday home at Ivry en Montagne. We're always so relaxed that we don't want to leave. You obviously discovered the Cheilly les Maranges wine cave that we do most of our purchasing from, such friendly folk and a lovely canal side walk thrown in for good measure.
Thanks for taking the time to write a review.
Pam & Nick
Relaxing, comfortable, excellent cottage.
We loved our week at Les Vignes. The house was everything one could wish for. In particular, the kitchen was really well equipped and the whole house had everything that we could need - including English plug converters! The beds were comfy, the water was hot and plentiful and the lounge was very relaxing. The wifi worked well too.
We had a very hot week and the house was cool and comfortable when the temperatures outside were in the high 30s.
We made plenty of use of the terrace. My husband spent ages watching a pair of booted eagles and a pair of kestrels as well as numerous smaller birds. He even saw an owl once, though we heard it frequently! We also liked the way that we could always find a place to relax in sun or shade, depending on how we felt.
We had a very relaxed week but enjoyed looking round the area. We loved Beaune and the centre of Nolay and also had a great trip to Autun. We would recommend Les Vignes to anyone and I wish I was still there!
Thank you Helen for taking the time to post your review on Owners Direct. Your thoughts are much appreciated.
Une semaine parfaite !
Une maison où l'on se sent bien tout de suite, tres bien équipée et très propre. Nous avons passé une semaine avec nos 3 enfants de 12, 8 et 3 ans et tout le monde est ravi. Bien située dans la région de Beaune, avec pleins de balades possibles : la ville de Beaune bien sûr mais également châteaux, abbayes, forêts et chemins de randonnées. Nous recommandons cette maison sans hésitation !
Merci pour votre revue Dorothee
Whilst Burgundy is France's rural heartland, there are water sports lakes in the Morvan Regional Park 30 - 45 minutes drive. There is open air swimming at Nolay - Chaumes du Mont campsite and Arnay-le-Duc, Etang Fouche - each within 15 minutes drive. Further afield there are beautiful lakes and rivers in the Jura mountains, less than 2 hours away.
By Car: From Paris via A6 - about 325km – 3 hours. From Calais via A25/E15 (Paris) and A6 593km - 6 hours. Or A26. A5, A31 (via Reims) 650km 6 hours. From Zeebrugge via Lille and Reims 640km - 6.5hrs.
By Rail: From Paris to Le Creusot via TGV - 1 hr 21 mins! From London St Pancras via Lille - 4hr 49mins! Taxi or Car Hire at TGV rail station: 40 mins.
By Air: To Geneva: Hire car - 2 hr 30 min. * New:To Lyon: Easyjet from Stansted, Gatwick, Edinburgh – then 1 hr 45 min car.
Chateaux de Coraboeuf at Ivry, fairytale la Rochepot 10kms. The walled town of Beaune with its beautiful Hotel Dieu (famous Burgundian roof), attractive squares, wonderful Saturday market, shops and fabulous restaurants is 25 mins drive. Nearest villages are Cussy la Colonne, Roman column - 1km; Montceau et Echarnant with windmill - 2 kms; Molinot 4kms with pretty mill; St Romain 9kms, Roman remains and cliff-top castle; Nolay with a mediaeval covered market 14kms (15 mins). Autun 42kms, 35mins.
A daily bread van toots at the top of the road (as a rough guide between 10.00 and 11.30 am) plus weekly grocery van. The closest shops are at Nolay and Arnay-le-Duc both 15 mins run, where you will find restaurants, banks, post offices, supermarkets, butchers, grocers, pharmacies and fuel stations (Nolay "Atac" has 24 hour credit card fuel pumps) and garages.
Autun is a market town (Fridays) with Roman gates and amphitheatre, mediaeval walls and a fine romanesque cathedral. There are also water sports available at the plan d'eau.
Nolay is the nearest town just below the Cirque du Monde with its limestone cliffs, waterfall and dramatic valley, it has a mediaeval heart (the covered market holds occasional antiques sales) all usual town facilities and and outdoor swimming lake.
Beaune is a walled town, small enough to explore on foot and the wine centre of the Cote d'Or. Beaune has a fine selection of shops, restaurants and excellent Saturday market.
Our Restaurant Favourites: Auberge des Sources, Lusigny sur Ouche; Les Roches, St Romain; Le P'tit Paradis, Beaune; Le Vendangerot, Rully; Le Terroir, Santenay.
For Sports and Recreation generally there are countryside and forest walks along the grand randonnees, walking and cycling the canals and "voie vertes". The Morvan immediately west and north of Ivry is a designated regional park of forests and lakes, containing some lovely towns - Vezelay, Avallon and Saulieu, villages and chateaux. The area has much to offer in terms of countryside, leisure and sports activities - walking, cycling, canoeing, fishing, horse riding and culturally and historically - Bibracte was an ancient Gaulish city on Mont Beuvray and has a fascinating visitor centre.
There are numerous Caves/Wine Houses with opportunities to taste and buy the famous appellations of the area - Mersault, Puligny and Chassagne Montrachet, Santenay, St Romain, Maranges, Rully and north of Beaune the great burgundy houses like Chorey les Beaune, Aloxe Corton, Corgoloin.