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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 day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
24 April, 2017

Why Virginie and Richard Thompson chose Eure-et-Loir

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 in Écrosnes in Eure-et-Loir

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1399 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 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


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(10 traveller reviews)

Spacious & Quiet Self-Catering Cottage between Versailles & Chartres
average rating of 4.7 based on 10 reviews
Milton Keynes

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: Jan 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Authentic and homely

  • 4 of 5

We felt very welcome. There was bread, some milk and juice in the fridge, coffee and tea. The house is very complete with small dishwasher, a washing machine and dryer. The beds were made, there were towels, shampoo and whatever you could think of. The house is very private and you have lots of outside space to yourself. Very rural but within 10 to 15 minutes you have supermarkets.

Very nice owners. Definitely something to go back to!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charmant et idéal avec enfants.

  • 5 of 5

Très belle endroit idéal avec des enfants. Le gîte est bien équipé et bien situé. Il y a de l'espace pour courir tout autour. Virginie était très gentille et réactive sur nos différentes questions par email ou en vis à vis.

  • Review Submitted: May 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A wonderful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Chateau de Jonvilliers was a wonderful place to stay. We were four adults a a 2 year old child and the accommodation completely met our needs. It was close to Chartres and Versailles was easily accessible by train. The accommodation was well resourced and very comfortable. We would highly tecommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Better late...

  • 5 of 5

As the anniversary of our last trip to France rolls around, I realized I neglected to write this important review. We had a wonderful time in the cottage, which easily slept seven people--our family of six and my mother. All beds were super comfortable, and of all the kitchens of all the apartments/cottages/houses we have ever rented, Virginie's was the best. She puts in everything she herself would want. We cooked a full Christmas dinner here.

Jonvilliers is a charming village, the grounds are beautiful for lovely afternoon walks, and you are an easy drive from Rambouillet, Chartres, and many castles of the Loire valley. We had such a great week here. Virginie and Richard are wonderful hosts, and helped us with a multitude of problems (over Christmas!!), including lost luggage and the need for a doctor when my husband's cold threatened to become something more serious. We spent a month in France, and this week was certainly one of the highlights! Yes, we will certainly be back, as long as Richard and Virginie don't mind that it took me so long to post this. Do visit this lovely cottage, if you are craving a bit of "real" France, and also want to have access to some of the most spectacular sights the country has to offer, with your own wonderful home to return to each day.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 3, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Kennebunk, Maine

A spacious, gracious retreat

  • 5 of 5

My husband, adult daughter and I spent five days here in May and loved every minute. It's enormous: three large bedrooms, two huge baths, an open-concept living-dining-kitchen area, and two walled gardens. Colorfully decorated, clean, and well-equipped. We felt very comfortable. (And thank you, Virginie, for stocking our fridge with milk, juice, coffee and other essentials.)

The location, in a tiny village and surrounded by farm fields and woods, is quiet, private and gorgeous. A short drive across the rapeseed fields brings you to several towns that have restaurants and bakeries. We used the house as our base for touring Versailles, Chartres, Dreux and Rambouillet -- all are within easy driving distance. But the best part of every day was coming "home" to this restful, bright home nestled on the grounds of an elegant old manor house.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 4, 2013
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
  • Source: 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 in Écrosnes, Centre

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3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee £42.62
Refundable Damage Deposit £426.19

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.
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