Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 4055: Grape Rentals, Le Relais du Vieux Beaune
2bed/1bath apartment in Beaune, Burgundy
April 09, 1 week
This was a two bedroom apartment on the 1st floor within the medieval town of Beaune in Burgundy. It is an historic town, with interesting buildings, which remain within the original ramparts. The apartment was in a building on a one way reasonably narrow street.
It was very central and within walking distance to the main shopping area and to many restaurants and cafes in the old town. A short drive out of the old town there was a supermarket, and you could even walk to it if the load home wasn't large and heavy. There were other supermarkets with directions in the information folder, but we didn't use them. There were many restaurants and cafes between the house and the supermarket, an easy walk. Each morning there was a very short walk to a very good boulangerie.
The apartment is in an old building but the apartment has recently been well renovated. There were seven apartments over two floors and we heard nothing from any of them other than footsteps on polished floors occasionally. The apartment is up a flight of stairs on the top floor.
The apartment has large rooms with high ceilings and felt very spacious. The windows had outside shutters as well as inner shutters. When both were open the rooms were very light.
The street is one way and reasonably narrow with parking down one side. The owners leave a parking permit for the surrounding streets as well as a covered car park voucher. We were able to find a park nearly opposite the apartment and didn't need the other voucher, although it was a tight squeeze for some of the trucks between the buildings and the parked cars. We were advised to turn in our wing mirrors and noticed that most other people did this when parking.
There was a courtyard shared by all apartments. There was a table and chairs in a cupboard in the apartment that could be taken down to use. We didn't use it and it was pretty basic, as well as sharing it with the garbage bins. There was no pool.
The furniture was in very good condition. The kitchen had table and four chairs, and the lounge room had two very comfortable leather couches.
There was a TV with a DVD player as well as a stereo system in the lounge room.
The wall unit had a rang of DVDs and also a collection of books, most in English. The whole apartment was spotless.
We only used the main bedroom but there was a queen bed, which was beautifully comfortable with very good linen. The second bedroom had two double beds. The bathroom was through the kitchen and the separate toilet was off a hallway between the main bedroom and lounge room.
The bathroom had a good shower over the bath enclosed by a shower curtain. The towels were good quality. The washing machine and dryer were in this room.
We didn't cook as much as we anticipated, but there was an oven, hotplates and microwave. The cupboards held a good supply of utensils, pots and pans.
The plates and glasses were good - mainly Ikea - and plentiful. You could live here for weeks with no problems cooking full meals for four people.
The pantry was stocked with some basic items - tea, coffee, oil, enough till you were able to do a shop. There was ample cleaning equipment and dish washing liquid.
Problems or Bonuses
There were folders with all the information you would want, whether it was how the appliances worked, or tourist information. There was also many books on the Burgundy area, the wine and the cheeses.
We were sent arrival information, which included where to park and the codes to enter the building and also the code for the key lock to get the key to the apartment.
To welcome us to the apartment there was a lovely bottle of wine on the table with the glasses and corkscrew just waiting and the suggestion that we drink it while relaxing with the folders of information.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The communication with the owners was very good. The arrival information covered everything to get you into the apartment without there being an on site person. We had the phone number to contact the owner if needed.
The price for low season 2009 is €600/week for two people with a €200 security deposit and €40 to be left for the cleaner. The security deposit is to be returned minus the utilities we used while there.
The website is accurate and also gives other rental properties they have in small villages. Laura also has a blog which I followed for the eight months after booking and felt as though I knew the family without meeting them.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would recommend the apartment to my friends. If we went again we would stay in one of their other properties, just for a change of lifestyle. The properties are beautifully set up for a great stay.
Things to do in this area
An easy (flat) walk to the historic building around the town - the Hospice de Beaune, the wine houses with the cellars under the streets of the town, along the ramparts and to the parks.
We drove from one end of Burgundy to the other visiting many small towns and different wine areas.
We had an enjoyable tasting lunch in Puligny -Montrachet at La Table D'Olivier Leflave. The sommelier explained the wines from the different areas and we were able to compare the different tastes. Very interesting.
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