Gîte Le Cochon Volant is a renovated yet authentic 19th century slate-roofed farmhouse, which can accomodate up to 10 persons (max. 6 adults) and is situated on the edge of a small village in Burgundy. Located next to the Morvan National Park, the Gite is surrounded by charming villages, lakes, rivers and is located close to the ancient, 180 km long waterway 'Le Canal du Nivernais'. The area can offer enough activities to satisfy everyone's taste. Whether it be swimming, fishing, wine tasting, a good hike, climbing in an adventure forest or hot air ballooning. From visiting romantic villages and wandering at summer fleemarkets, to horse back riding through ancient woods and catamaran sailing at the lakes of the Morvan.
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- Calendar last updated:
- 16 Jan 2019
About Annekee Donker
We had been visiting friends in this area for many years before we first stumbled upon our farmhouse in 1992. Six years after purchasing it, we decided to get married there. In the 13th Century 'La Chapelle du Mont Sabot'. The wedding party, a combined celebration (our long-time French friends also married that day) took place back at the farmhouse, with our guests dining on spit-roasted pork at long white linen-covered tables. Since then, we continue to spent many memorable holidays there with our three children.
Annekee Donker purchased this Farmhouse in 1992
Why Annekee Donker chose Saizy
The wide open rolling landscape and authenticity of the Bourgogne seem to get the most out of all the seasons. In summertime the fields shine with millions of sunflowers. Autumn explodes in rich deep colours as the first storms invite you to enjoy a wine in front of the fireplace. A walk in the white frosted winter landscape, invigorates body and mind. While the beauty of a Bourgogne spring continues to surprises us each time we're there. Our ideal day consists of an early morning stroll through a brocante in a warm lazy village, an afternoon swim in one of the many local lakes and a sunset barbecue back home on the terrace. Inevitably ending the day with marshmellow roasting around the campfire. Leave your watch at home and let nature guide your day.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
What might set our farmhouse apart from other holiday gîtes, is the amount of space both farmhouse and property provide it's guests. From the 20m2 bathroom to the 4000m2 private grounds. But more importantly, 'Gîte Le Cochon Volant' hasn't been furnished to be rented. So you'll find things like genuine charm, great beds and utensils that make cooking enjoyable instead of a chore. And no plastic garden furniture in sight!
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
This is the first time that it was too short
We always book a cottage for one week, and this is the first time that it really was too short and we do not want to leave yet. We especially enjoyed the lovely terrace, fire bowl and sitting in the evening sun. Thank you very much for the good tourist tips: we hiked, went with a canoe on the river Cure and we went for horse riding through the forest at the riding school in Montillot. The town of Vézelay was also definitely worth a visit. But the best was yet doing nothing here on the terrace and unwind! We will definitely recommend this home to our family and friends!
Very good; a comfortable and tasteful property.
Very good; a tasteful and well-resourced property located in a quiet village in the heart of ravishing countryside. Wonderful food and wine locally.One or two things missing like an iron/ironing board and surprising that one had to provide one's own towels. But these are minor - the key questions are (1) value for money - not cheap but yes and (2) would I return - again yes. Owners themselves very accommodating..
Le Cochon Volant is a wonderful home as well as holiday rental. Set in a small friendly traditional village, it is a beautiful, and sympathetically restored, spacious farm house which is a perfect fusion of traditional and modern architecture. It has everything (and more) that one would need, and is superbly furnished with old and new styling throughout. As well as the house being amazing we fell in love with the area too, so many things to do, see and explore. A week simply was just not long enough! We will definitely be going back. A huge thank you to the owners for making us so welcome and sharing their lovely idyllic home with us.
Rosie, Leigh, Lara and Ellis
Our third stay in Le Cochon
It was our third stay in Le Cochon this autumn. I have a tendency of not going back to our travel destinations -so many amazing places to chose from …But Le Cochon is magic! It is actually not easy to put this experience into words - house is immaculate and has so many charming, very chic and rustic design moments. You feel cared and trusted by owners who just let you into their treasured space .What we really like is that it’s settled within the very small group of other sweet little houses, so you feel part of the small community enjoying the unique top of the hill position.
The landscape outside is ever changing. We are either lucky or it is just a rule that even at the end of October you get glorious sunny weather there mixed perhaps with mystical foggy mornings or evenings or bit of a windy day for a change…
Food must be at the heart of local people there -temptations in every village shop. The best chicken (yes chicken but nothing like the chicken we have) we ever cooked was from the local butcher, unobtainable wild mushrooms, the best pralines that haunt me when back at home and of course wine ….
My children feel very much at home there and I cannot stop writing this review because there are too many good things to say about Le Cochon and places that surrounds it. So authentically French and a real treasure of a holiday place.
Thank you so much for letting us share this experience.
Renata and Premek with children, London
The small meandering river 'La Cure' is only at 15 minutes drive.
At 'Les Deux Ponts' in Pierre-Perthuis you can enjoy the small 'beaches' and go for a swim under the roman viaducts.
Lake 'L' Etang du Goulot' in Lormes: large beach, terrace, restaurant, playground and canoe rentals. 20 min. drive.
Lakes of the Morvan: Lac de Chaumecon, Lac de Pannecière, Lac des Settons, Etang de Baye.
For a relaxing day with just a picknick or a swim, or look for action and rent a catamaran, canoe or fun boats.
Vézelay: Basilique de Sainte Marie-Madeleine, restaurants, Art Galeries, wine tasting: 15 min.
Tannay: boulangerie, wine tasting, pharmacie, 9 km.
Corbigny: local market, shopping, pizzeria, 11 km.
Lormes: swimming in the lake, 15 km.
Les Fontaines Salées, Seigland: ancient Roman excavations, 14 km.
Bazoches: Castle of The Marchal of Vauban, Duc de Bourgogne, 9 km.
Montillot: horseriding at Les Ecuries du Croix, 22 km.
St.Pere-sous-Vézelay: canoe rentals, adventure forest, white water rafting, rock climbing via AbLoisirs, 13 km.
Fresh bread: The local boulangerie delivers crisp fresh bread, croissants, pains au chocolat and tartelettes at the front door of the Gîte on Tue/Thur/Sat.
Groceries: The nearest small grocery store (with fresh bread) is at 10 min. drive into Monceaux-Le-Comte.
Other supermarkets, boulangeries, boucheries, pharmacies, banks, cash dispensers, gas stations, etc. can be found a.o. in Tannay (15 min.), Corbigny (20 min.), Clamecy (30 min.), Avallon (40 min.).
Gastronomy: this part of Burgundy boasts many exquisite restaurants. Vézelay itself has a broad range of restaurants to enjoy true gourmet food, like A la Fortune du Pot, Le Vézelien et La Bougainville. In Monceaux-le-Comte you'll find a good family-run restaurant, with outdoor terrace in the courtyard.
Les Deux Ponts in Pierre-Perthuis has a fantastic terrace and lovely food.
In Seigland you can enjoy an Argentinian menu.
For great pizza's just head to Corbigny.
Additional pricing information
Bed linen: Our bed linen is mandatory. Your beds will be made upon arrival. Cleaning: Required. Changeover Day: Saturday during high season, i.e. rental period is per week. In low/mid season we are happy to be flexible where possible i.e. amount of nights. Guests have access to the Gite from 4pm on arrival date and we kindly ask you to depart by 10am on day of departure. Personal (bath) towels are not provided.