Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 665: Owner, Les Tilleuls de Torcy
3 / 2 bath sleeps 9 in Burgundy, Burgundy
August 2-9, 2003, 1 week
Les Tilleuls de Torcy is located on a narrow lane in the quiet country village of Torcy which is between Chablis and Beaune in the Cote d'Or section of Burgundy. It is surrounded by farms and very quiet. However it is also very convenient as it is only 8km. from the major Autoroute, A6, and 20km. from the Montbard train station where you can take the TGV to Paris (1hr.).
A car is a necessity. There are no shops in the village. The nearest town where you can find all the necessary shops and more is Semur-en-Auxois, a lovely medieval fortified town. It is approx. 8km.
The house is a very recently restored 16th century stone country cottage. It is in excellent condition and has obviously been lovingly restored. It retains its 16th century charm (some original stone floors, wooden beams, shuttered windows) while all the systems have been updated and it has all the modern conveniences. The layout is very good for 2 families, a multi-generation family, or couples traveling together with the downstairs bedroom and other bedrooms on the upper floor.
There is a very peaceful and private sitting area in the back yard of the house and plenty of lawn to spread out. There is an outdoor dining table and chairs as well as lawn furniture. There is also a vegetable and herb garden. While we were there the owners encouraged us to use the garden, so we had an abundance of freshly picked tomatoes, lettuce, summer squash, and various herbs.
The house is very well furnished with a mix of antiques. Most of the furniture was very comfortable, especially in the living room. There is a second living room on the second floor complete with satellite TV and sound system.
There are 3 bedrooms. Upstairs are two bedrooms with double beds one of the bedrooms has a lower area with a deep antique tub, double sinks, and bidet; this bedroom also has a ceiling fan which was much appreciated in the heat wave. Also upstairs are three single beds which are separated from the sitting area by a dividing curtain; this area alos has a ceiling fan. There is a first floor bedroom which has a crib. The beds are all comfortable and the bedroom furnishings are antique. There is a bathroom downstairs with an adjoining shower room complete with a rain shower head. Upstairs is a WC and a separate double all-tile shower room with two massage heads. There is also a curtained -off alcove upstairs housing the washing machine and ironing board and iron.
Like the rest of the house, the kitchen is very well equipped. There is a convection oven, dishwasher, "Gaggeneau" stove complete with built-in grill, double sinkes, and a great butcher block prep table. The huge dining room seats 10. There is also a window in the kitchen opening to the outside dining area which makes a wonderful pass-through for serving meals.
Problems or Bonuses
The best surprise was the hospitality of the owners, a French farmer and his American born artist wife. They were very warm and helpful and made themselves available to answer questions and suggest things to do and see.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
French Connections is not an agency but rather a site that lists properties and then you deal directly with the owners. However we did have an unfortunate problem just a couple weeks prior to our departure (the house we had originally put a deposit on was being sold and the owners did not contact us or French Connections to say they were not longer renting!); the staff at French Connections was instrumental in helping us get our deposit back.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would highly recommend this property.
Things to do in this area
There are many things to do in this area. Superb wine is everywhere! We ate most meals at home and unfortunately we didn't write down names of restaurants. There was a Michelin red Guide at the house we used for restaurant recommendations. Epoisses is 4km. away and there is a public swimming pool there as well as the Chateau Epoisses. It is also home to the cheese and you can do a cheese tasting at the factory. Vezelay with its Basilique St. Madeleine is 50 km., Fontenay Abbey is near Montbard. We had hoped to do some bicycling along the canals but due to the extreme heat, decided against it. Bicycle rentals are available locally.
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