41, Grande Rue

La Lézarderie, Voisines, Burgundy, France

...is an L-shaped detached farmhouse with orchard at the outskirts of a 
picturesque village in rural Burgundy, South-East of Paris. 

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VOISINES has approximately 400 inhabitants and some of the best views of rolling 
countryside for miles around! Facilities there include: a daily visiting épicerie (grocery) 
van, a post office, the mairie and the bar/bistro "L'Auberge de la Reine Blanche". 
There are also pleasant walks around the village and surrounds - including nearby woodlands!

Voisines lies 7miles/11kms from SENS - a large market town, twinned with Chester (UK) that has a population of 27,000. Sens lies on the river Yonne and offers everything you need in terms of shops and restaurants, whilst also boasting a magnificent early Gothic cathedral and a delightful old town, plus: a swimming pool, 2 cinemas, a theatre, a museum, tourist office, banks and a hospital. The covered food market and outdoor clothes market are open on Mondays and Fridays - supplying a vast array of specialist goods. Various public events occur around the town throughout the year. The railway station is on the main line between Paris (Gare de Lyon/Bercy) and Dijon, Lyon and Marseille. As well as Paris, Fontainebleau and Disneyland Paris, there are several attractions within easy reach of Voisines. These include many medieval towns and ancient chateaux. The town of Provins (1 hour) and the ancient commune of Vézelay (2 hours) are both UNESCO World Heritage sites we would recommend visiting. For lovers of wine the vineyards of Chablis are close by; those of Beaune and Southern Burgundy are not too far for a day trip, and Champagne is also within easy reach! Chartres, The Loire Valley, Dijon and Reims might be other destinations worth considering. Whereas closer to home are the lakes at Troyes, the Go-Kart track at Soucy (5 kms) and local options for horse-riding and cycling. The two closest international airports are Orly and Charles de Gaulle, both around Paris, plus there is a local aerodrome at Gisy-les-Nobles, where air shows are sometimes held. The nearest Autoroutes are the A5 and the A19. Local services at the village of THORIGNY-SUR-OREUSE - a mile or so up the road - include: Coiffure (hairdresser), Pharmacie, Boulangerie (bakery) and various food outlets. Similar services (including a café) are available at the village of SOUCY - on the way to Sens - and at SALIGNY, where amongst other things they have a great restaurant/bar - 'Le Basilic'. Notable facts about the locale - there is much arable farming, some local horse riding, a great deal of history, and for those who have an interest in avant-garde psychedelic space-jazz - the band 'Gong' lived in a hamlet down the road from the village, over a few years in the early 1970s! The Farm of Grand Béon (on the way to Soucy) is a school of contemporary dance that hosts year-round events. In 2007, Voisines was on the Tour de France route, with the competitors cycling directly past the house! For a more comprehensive look at the local region, view our Places of Interest booklet. This is a PDF file and will open in a new window. You will need Adobe Reader to access it. EXTERIOR From the front road, one can enter through a double gate into the impressive open COURTYARD, where there is a DOUBLE BARN with BBQ placement, and suitable parking for up to three cars on the gravelled drive, with additional parking in the barn itself.
View across courtyard from front gate
A paved PATIO AREA with pond, heads round towards the main door of the house, and back to the drive.
Exterior view of house
From the courtyard, a path leads through the lawned GARDEN up to an arched gateway into the orchard.
View to lower garden
At the top of this path, a lawned terrace affords a lovely view over the lower garden, and across to the fields and hills south of the village, where sunflowers bloom in the summer!
View of the lower garden, fields and hills from the terrace
The ORCHARD currently contains: Cherry, Walnut, Pear & Plum trees.
View from near the top of the Orchard, looking south to the roof of the barn, and beyond
At the northernmost tip of the orchard a local village road forms part of the route to FLEURIGNY, where there is a private château. Heading westwards past the old 'jail' and war memorial, the road returns to the village.
View from the very top of the Orchard
INTERIOR The house is comfortably furnished and decorated as a home from home for the owners, with an extensive library. There is central heating and a cosy open fire to sit round on winter evenings. Duvets and pillows are feather and down and the bed linen and towels are white cotton. One enters the house through the main door to the FOYER/LOBBY, where the washing machine, dishwasher and tumble-dryer are installed. The KITCHEN has everything you need, including: cooker, tiled worktop, old-fashioned ceramic sink, microwave, crockery and cooking utensils.
The rustic kitchen!
The kitchen opens into the DINING ROOM, which has seating for 8 people.
View into the Dining Room
Moving through into the FIRST SALON, the attractive stone open fireplace and wooden mantle and ledge make a real feature within the house.
First Salon - view towards fireplace and window
A doorway then takes you through to the spacious MAIN SALON.
Main Salon
This hosts two separate staircases to the upper floors. There is a downstairs bathroom/WC off it and a sofa that can double as a bed for one person. There is also a TV and DVD player.
Main Salon - looking towards stairs, Bathroom and First Salon
The DOWNSTAIRS BATHROOM incorporates a good-sized bath (tub), toilet and sink. FIRST FLOOR To the rear of the house, one finds the FIRST & SECOND BEDROOMS, with windows opening to the courtyard. The first bedroom has a queen-size bed and the second, a single.
Bedroom 1
Bedroom 2
To the front of the house, one finds Bedrooms Three and Four, and the UPSTAIRS SHOWER-ROOM. The latter hosts a shower, sink, toilet and airing cupboard. In BEDROOM THREE there is a Twin Bed and internet access.
Third Bedroom
BEDROOM FOUR overlooks the courtyard and the fields south of the house. Features include: a Twin Bed, Single Bed, fitted wardrobe and a covered fireplace.
Bedroom 4

Rates are per week, with a minimum of 7 nights stay (less than seven nights rental may be possible out-of-season), as follows: 4 January 2014 - 5 April 2014 £520 5 April 2014 - 24 May 2014 £395 24 May 2014 - 28 June 2014 £650 28 June 2014 - 30 August 2014 £750 30 August 2014 - 1 November 2014 £590 1 November 2014 - 20 December 2014 £395 20 December 2014 - 3 January 2015 £750 Currency Converter
To confirm a booking, we require a deposit of 25% of the full rental tariff, with the balance to be paid 6 weeks in advance of the rental. A £100 refundable damage deposit will also be necessary prior to arrival. Changeover days are Saturdays during peak times, but can be other days out of season - please ask. The property is suitable for people with restricted mobility, but not for wheelchairs, as there are steps. We have a no smoking policy. Well-behaved pets may be accepted - please check first. Towels and linen are included, and the property is cleaned between rentals. Guest comments: 1) "This property is gorgeous. It is clean and beautifully maintained with everything working well. The kids had a great time and we had some really relaxing times in the garden. It is off the beaten track and feels very peaceful, yet a short drive provides all of life's needs." Steve, August 2014 2) "Thoroughly enjoyed a quiet week in this lovely, spacious, comfortable, home. We especially enjoyed the table tennis table in the barn, the sun loungers in the very private garden and watching the humming birds, the frog and the fish in and around the pond." Ms Addison, August 2014 3) "We had a wonderful stay in Voisines. The house was all you made it out to be and we’ll long remember our evenings by the lily pond. The accommodation was both comfortable and spacious and suited our needs perfectly. We’d definitely consider re-booking if we return to this area" Neville & friends, June 2013 4) "We had an excellent time at Voisines and will be recommending the house and area to our circles in UK and Australia" Kerry & Greg, June 2013 5) "We had a fabulous time. Didn't want to leave! Your house in Voisines was wonderful and in an excellent location." Rachel and Steve August 2012 6) "We had a lovely stay in Voisines. Beautiful house with loads of character. The beds were very comfortable." Tracey and friends July 2012 7) "The house was lovely and we really felt at home. It was great for the grandchildren; we played lots of table tennis and ate a lot of the lovely green plums." Anne and Colin August 2012 To check for availability, please direct enquiries to: gardneral(at)hotmail.com Alternatively, you can discover more details and availability HERE

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