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Spacious & Quiet Self-Catering Cottage between Versailles & Chartres

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,399 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, sleeps 7

The Cottage des Hortensias is self-catering accommodation located the grounds of a calm, quiet French chateau B&B. What was once the concierge’s house has been transformed into a spacious 3-bedroom, 2-bath that sleeps seven people. Spacious (130 sq. m. or 1400 sq. ft.) and bright, it features a private courtyard on the front side of the cottage and a small hedge-lined yard in the back.

With over 20 acres of gardens and woods at your disposal, it's a countryside oasis that's within easy striking distance of some of France's best-loved sites.

It's ideal for families who want to slow down and spend a few days visiting Versailles, Chartres, Fontainbleau, Paris and even the eastern end of the Loire Valley. We can also tell you about many lesser known places to see, local markets, etc.

Versailles is 30 minutes away by car, while Chartres is just 20 minutes away.

More Details

Property Manager
Virginie and Richard Thompson
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 September, 2018

Why Virginie and Richard Thompson chose Écrosnes

The cottage is situated on a large private estate that has been in the family for several generations. On the property sits a chateau, which we have been running as a B&B for nearly 20 years, and another cottage. One of the cottages was the old gamekeepers house. The other was the concierge's house. One was restored in 2007 and the other in 2011. We rent the cottage and run the B&B as a way of maintaining the property and keeping it in the family.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage around the Écrosnes around the Eure-et-Loir

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1399 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 17:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 3 Single Bed
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • forests
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries


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Spacious & Quiet Self-Catering Cottage between Versailles & Chartres
average rating of 4.7826085 based on 23 reviews

Beautiful, authentic french property

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of 5, and all had a terrific time staying at this property. The accommodation itself is perfect. Very comfortable and set in a fabulous, remote forest location.

We used it a base for exploring paris and it was great for that. Only around a 40 min drive to versailles and the West side of paris.

Accommodation has great Wi-Fi so kids didn't have withdrawal symptoms 😀?.

Overall we were really happy with this holiday. I would say it represents great value for money and I thoroughly recommend staying here!

  • Review Submitted: 29-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
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Great location. Lovely house

  • 5 of 5

This was a very comfortable house - super beds and showers - that was a pleasure to stay in. Very quiet but not too far by car from good supermarkets and a baker. And very easy to access Chartres and so many French castles and delightful old villages. We particularly loved Maintenon, so welcoming after the bustle of Versailles.

Poor weather meant we couldn't eat outside or make much use of the garden furniture and loungers but the courtyard looked as if it would be good in the summer with an umbrella over the table and not too far to carry food etc. The kitchen worked splendidly.

It was lovely too to walk round the park, especially before breakfast or in the late afternoons. We saw hares and red squirrels, as well of course as the family's hens.

Virginie and Richard were very welcoming and responded quickly to our queries before arrival. All in all a lovely break.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spacious, clean cottage in beautiful French countryside

  • 5 of 5

We had a super 11 night stay here with our teenage children. The cottage was well equipped, spacious with a pretty courtyard garden and acres of woods to explore. The location was good. We enjoyed two day trips to Paris from a nearby station using the mobilis rail travel ticket which also allowed us to use the metro. We visited Versailles and Chateau de Maintenon which were beautiful. We also enjoyed visiting the cathedral, illuminations and Odyssey swimming complex in Chartres.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A perfect country cottage

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was very comfortable and had everything we could want - plenty of space (including private garden space), a fully equipped kitchen and a very quiet environment not to mention being close to plenty of places to visit. Richard and Virginie were very welcoming and helpful and we would certainly recommend the cottage to our friends.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful, quiet

  • 5 of 5

Charming little village, beautiful grounds and nice lodgings. Would definitely recommend. We hope to come back.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very warm welcome on a frosty day.

  • 4 of 5

The environs of Paris were freezing when we arrived to this cosy warm cottage across the drive from the main chateaux. The furnishings and housekeeping were exemplary as were the little touches of milk, tea and brioche. It was, frankly, better than we either expected or hoped and our stay was memorable. Although the locality was very rural and quiet the bustle of Paris was an easy train ride away and we were in the Orsay within an hour of leaving the cottage. There is a huge hypermarket close by but not too many restaurants. All in all a very happy experience and we would be delighted to return.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Orly Airport
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres

The cottage is situated about 1 hour southwest of Paris, between Versailles (home of the famous chateau) and Chartres (home of the famous cathedral). It is an idea base for trips into Paris, Versailles, Chartres, Fontainbleau and Giverny. It is located in a quiet country village. You will need a car if you plan on staying here.

Paris is a 45 minute train ride from our local station in Epernon.

The eastern end of the Loire Valley is an easy day trip.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage around the Écrosnes,

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3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee £44.41
Refundable Damage Deposit £444.1

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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