Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 4728: Owner, Maison des 4 Voyageurs
1bed/1bath apartment near Selestat, Alsace-Lorraine
The apartment is on the first (2nd American) floor of a house in the small mountainside village of La Vancelle. The house is on the main road, although there is so little traffic that we seldom heard cars. The village has no shops, but a lovely Michelin one-star restaurant and small hotel is around the bend of the road. The house feels very private, and looks out over forests and hillsides. There are walking trails from the village.
It's a five minute drive to the nearby village down the hill where there are small shops; and another five minutes further into Selestat for large grocery stores. The Wine Route is just 10 minutes away, with many restaurants and lively villages.
The house was built in the 1920's, in a rather Art Deco style. It's been lovingly renovated and maintained by the current owners who live downstairs. From the front gate you walk a short path, then a few steps to the front door. Once inside, it's one flight up to the apartment entrance. The door opens to a large entry, with the nice kitchen to the right. To the left is a double sitting/dining room. The bedroom and bathroom are at the back of the apartment, away from the road. One note -- the apartment is carpeted in rough-textured sisal, so we were most comfortable wearing socks or slippers inside.
There's a small sitting area and a nice gazebo for the apartment's use, on the opposite side of the house from the owner's terrace. Because of the tall bushes you don't see the mountain view from there, but it's very cozy and pleasant.
All furniture was new, in good taste, and well suited to the house. The apartment was extremely clean and comfortable. The living room had two comfortable armchairs, a TV, two nice reading nooks made from cushioned twin beds at opposite sides of the room, and a dining table and chairs. Good reading lamps.
The bed was extremely comfortable, with excellent quality mattress and linens. The window shutters kept out all light and noise. There was a large armoire for clothing, although no drawer space except in a desk. Two bedside tables with reading lamps. The bathroom was new, with nice fixtures and a good shower in the large tub.
The kitchen was lovely to cook in, with a 3/4 size fridge, new stove-top/oven, small dishwasher, microwave, and pod-style coffeepot. Enough simple pots and pans for our needs, plenty of dishes and cutlery. The owner started us off with some coffee pods, milk and juice.
Problems or Bonuses
The owners were charming, and although there wasn't a written house book they were very happy to recommend restaurants and activities. They keep local brochures, maps, and guides in the apartment.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The owners were extremely professional during the booking process and throughout our stay. They speak excellent English, and have backgrounds in the tourism industry. We also saw some of the apartments they rent out in nearby Riquewihr, which are very special and I can highly recommend. The website accurately shows the property.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I'd happily recommend this rental to those wanting to explore Alsace and want a quiet village experience.
Things to do in this area
We explored many villages on the nearby Wine Route. For a wonderful experience, ask Jean-Paul to book you a table at the Auberge Frankenbourg in the village.
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