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La Maison du Chateau- Gate House

Burgundy, France

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The Owner / Manager

MaryKate Edwards

Member since May 2010
  • Bookings Accepted:100%
  • Avg. Response Time:37 minutes
  • Availability Updated:17 days 22 hours

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BFB's Overview

Like its mansion house neighbour, the 2-bedroom Gate House at La Maison du Chateau is the stuff childhood fantasies are made of with woodland, sand-fringed riverbanks and an island with dinghy to explore - it is an old fashioned adventure storybook in the making!

Thanks to the fact that the Chateau's owners, Nick and Susanna Lyell have eight grand children, aged from 1-10 years old, the Gate House is a very child and baby friendly place to stay with adventure safely contained and easily supervised, so parents can enjoy their glorious surroundings with few worries about giving their little ones the freedom to roam. They've also taken care of stocking the place with some handy baby and kids gear too, see the grey 'Fast Facts' column on this page for full details.

Accommodation Overview:

The 2-bedroom Gate House is a charming, 18th century, stone building nestled up against the elegant gateway to the park of La Maison du Chateau. Its large and airy open-plan living area gives it a surprisingly spacious feel. The interior blends gorgeous original flagstone floors and a romantic log burning stove, with simple contemporary furnishings and mod cons including a washing machine, electric fridge-freezer, cooker, hob, microwave, and an iron and ironing board. The bathroom has a bath tub and shower over. There's a spacious double and a twin bedroom, both with space for a cot.

There is space to park a car beside the house, which is entered by the garden door. Plus a large secluded garden with a barbecue area and a gateway through to some steps down to a wooded path leading to the river where there is a dinghy for guests use. Garden furniture is also provided.

Location Information

The local village which is just 100 metres walk from the gate house and has a handy children's play area and bar selling ice cream.

For guests keen to explore, Burgundy as a region, has a lot to offer. Those with an interest in wine can take advantage of the owner's links to a local British expert who will happily organise tours and tastings around some of the areas greatest vineyards, from world famous growers like Micheal Laroche in Chablis, to smaller, undiscovered places like Irancy. With wine must come food and thankfully there is no shortage of great restaurants, from family friendly bistros within 10 minutes drive and more extravagant Michelin star options within an hour's drive (including La Cote D'or (3 star) in Saulieu (50 mins) for those special occasions.

Euro Disney is around 90minutes away by TGV train (3 hours drive) away. However closer to the home mini guests can enjoy a trip to The Centre Nautique Amphitrite, in Montbard (15 mins) which is a collection of indoor pools with slides and water based activities, which comes in very handy on rainy days. For mini explorers, The Grottes (caves) at Ancy-sur-Cure is a collection of 11 prehistoric caves which allows guests to explore the many treasures uncovered their over the years and makes for an interesting historical trip.

For keen shoppers in the party, Paris is an easy day trip being just a 1 hour's TGV train journey away from house (3hrs by car).


Getting there: Montbard, is only 15 minutes drive from La Maison du Chateau and offers direct TGV links to London (4 hrs) and Paris (1 hr). By car, La Maison du Chateau is approximately 5 hrs drive from the northern coastal port of Calais. Alternatively if one takes the overnight ferry from Portsmouth to Caen the drive is again 5 hours. By train on Eurostar: Guests can go direct from London Waterloo (via Lille) to Montbard, just 15 minutes from the House. Or to Paris where there are excellent trains Paris/Montbard. The fast train (TGV) takes just over one hour. Car hire is available from Hertz Rental in Montbard. By air, Guest can fly to Paris with easy links to the train system and car hire. Airports at Lille and Geneva are both within 3.5-4.5hrs drive of the property.

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Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 17:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 30%

Balance: 85 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 17:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 30%

Balance: 85 days prior to arrival

Pricing Notes

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 17:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 30%

Balance: 85 days prior to arrival

Pricing Notes

Who owns this place?

La Maison du Chateau is owned by a family of 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Marykate (one of the sisters) and her husband Mark run the property and look after it throughout the year. They have two children aged 5 and 4 years. Marykate and her brothers and sister have been coming to the property that was brought by their parents back in the 1980s. They have very fond memories of the house, local area and all it offers. Mark and Marykate live in the UK but visit the property regularly. Year round the guests are looked after by wonderful Delphine the cook and the charming maids. There is also a groundsman.

What do they love about it?

We love the property because it is so unique. A manor house set in a 24 acre private park with a swimming pool, tennis court, river, rowing boat, table tennis and so much more - what else does one need. Mummy and Daddy love it because they can relax and don't have to do cooking and clearing away (all done by our cook and maids) They love to eat the amazing food produced by Delphine, go wine tasting with our local wine expert, explore the world famous sites in the area as well as swim, play tennis, go on long walks, row on the river and sunbath! In fact we never want to leave when we are there.

What do the kids love about it?

Our children love to run down in the morning, grab a pain au chocolat (delivered fresh by the baker that morning) from the breakfast table all laid up by the maids ready for when guests wake up, splash in the pool, run to the tennis court and play a game with Mummy and Daddy, explore the park, row on the river (with mummy and daddy), throw stones into the water from the private pebble beach, make dens, dig in the sandpit, bicycle and scoot on the quiet roads - the list could go on! When they are hungry Delphine prepares them their favourite food and Mummy and Daddy help them toast mashmallows on the open fire in the Grand Salon (or the BBQ).

Fast Facts

The house sleeps 4 plus infants in 2 bedroms, 1 twin &1 double bedroom. There's 1 bathroom with bath tub and power shower over.

Coast Within Walking Distance

The Gate House has direct access to the lake which has a sandy/pebble beach like entry and an island to swim across to. A dingy is provided for guests.

Amenities within Walking Distance

A local baker comes in his van each morning and guests can choose from wonderful patisseries and sweets. The nearest set of shops (for a variety of things) is a 5/10min drive away or a 15 min cycle ride down the canal tow path (Flat)

Babysitting

Babysitting can be available on request.

Nursery Gear (additional)

Baby gear is availble on request depending on availability. Gear can include Cots, highchairs, booster seats, a baby bath , baby bouncer , baby monitor , potty , socket covers, plastic crockery and cutlery.

Indoor Toys / Games Room

For indoor use there is a selection of toys available on request and depending on availability. These can include bath toys, kids books, general toys, a small selection of U-rated kids DVDs and some kids CDs.

Outdoor Toys

For outdoor use toys can be provided on request and depending on availability. These include spades, ride-on cars, a paddling pool, trucks and diggers.

Stairgates / no stairs

Stairgates are not needed as the property is set on one level.

Private Garden / Terrace / Balcony

The house has a large secluded garden with a barbecue area and a gateway through to some steps which leads down to a wooded path which takes guests to the river where there is a dinghy for their use.

Reviews

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  • Lovely little property - felt very French.Review dated 18/09/2014

Lovely little property - felt very French.

Parent Rated*

4/5
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  • Child-Friendliness
  • Location
  • Hospitality / Welcome
  • Interiors

*Ratings by verified BFB guests who stayed here with young children.
Rated by 2 guests.



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