Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 5452: Gites Bohn, Gite le Schlossberg
1bed/1bath apartment in Kaysersberg, Alsace-Lorraine
September-October 2012, one week
This Gite is in the village of Kaysersberg on the Alsace wine route. It is a typical Alsatian timbered house between several similar houses. There are several flat in this building and we took the one on the third floor. If you prefer not to climb too many stairs, there are Gites on the second floor. If you want to be in a typical small village this is a perfect location, friendly neighborhood with the butcher and baker down the street and the farmer's market and le marche five minutes walk away. You do not need a car in the village but will need a car to get around and for day trips.
You can walk down the street to the bakery three minutes away and the grocery store five to 10 minutes away. There are many restaurants in the village but if you want to get to the Auberges (Inns) in the country side you will need a car.
The village and the building are historical. The apartments have been renovated and have all modern amenities including WiFi. The Gites is on a narrow side street off the main tourist strip of the village, so it is quiet. Most of the neighborhood is residential, with a hospital and a church at the end of the short street. Inside the apartment, it is private and quiet, even if you open the windows.
There are four apartments in the building, though there are attached neighboring buildings--typical Alsacien style.
You can view the apartment directly: Schlossberg.
This is a typical old Alsacien village house and the balcony's area is the typical French closed balcony (see picture on owner's website) so there is no garden or outside sitting area.
The apartments have been recently renovated and most of the appliances are new and all are in good condition and comfortable for a couple. The furniture was in good condition, not new.
The bedroom is very small and just good for sleeping. But it opens out into the living area which was comfortable for lounging around, reading, watching TV etc. The bathroom leads from the kitchen so is not attached to the bedroom. The dining area is at the entrance foyer.
We did not have a washer/dryer but some of the other apartments did.
The kitchen was very functional and useable. We had all breakfast and several meals at home. We did not do major cooking but if you wanted too, you could. There is a dish washer.
Problems or Bonuses
Not really, everything was pretty much as advertised and discussed except that I thought the owner spoke English since we exchanged e-mail in English but he confessed that the e-mails were written by his son! But that gave us a chance to practice our limited French.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The owner, Jean Remy Bohn was very easy to deal with and waived the advance that the website indicates. He lives in the next village, five minutes drive away and is available on the phone - we did not have to call him except when we were arriving and he was there waiting to welcome us. We had a late flight into Basel and then a 50 minutes drive arriving around 10:00pm but he was there waiting for us, got us settled in and then walked us to the restaurant in the village. We did not yet have money to pay him, but he was okay. We told him we would go to Colmar the next day where there was a Bank Paribas to get cash without additional ATM fees and he had no problem and came later in the week to collect the money. The off season price was €320 in Sept/Oct plus optional €16 for linen and €35 for end of stay cleaning.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would certainly stay again and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for traditional Alsatian experience. The only caution would be the two flights of stairs if that would pose a problem.
Things to do in this area
This is a wonderful area to spend a relaxing week hiking in the Vosges and the Vineyard, eating in the Auberges, drinking a lot of Riesling, Gewürztraminer, and Sylvaner, all light wines at very affordable prices. The villages on the wine route are a bit touristy but this was off season so it was not crowded and mainly local tourists. Strasbourg, Basel, Colmar and Freiburg are all day trips as is the Vosges mountains. And there is a wide choice of Auberges to eat at. Try the Ferme Auberge Musmiss high up in the Vosges mountains about an hour and half drive away or the Auberge de La Cigogne just outside the village.
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