Nature+art in charming Burgundy home, 2h from Paris

Nature+art in charming Burgundy home, 2h from Paris


Dec 2017

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3 Bedrooms
Sleeps 8
3 Bathrooms

About our home

This end of the XIXth-century typical bourgeoise maison has been recently remodeled — everything is pristine new and we are still decorating it to add more and more charm, although the confort is all there for it is fully equipped. We call it La Maison Blanche and she is in the heart of our artistic residency program, Le Chaillou, opened occasionally to host artists, participants of our themed-weekend creative escapades and friends, of course.

The house is located on the Les Renardière domaine, which includes La Maison Rouge, where I live, and La Grande Maison, where Virginia, my friend and associate in the Chaillou project, lives. All houses are independent, but the garden and the property facilities can be shared, such as the deck, excellent for early morning yoga pratice, afternoon chill out or evening dancefloor.

Le domaine Les Renardières (The Home of the Foxes) is located in Treigny, conveniently within a 2 hour drive from Paris, offering a rupture from the busy City of Light life to the still wild nature, peace and silence of Burgundy. But even though it is an oasis, we are not at all cut from culture. The region offers many castles from the XIIth century, when the Ducs of Burgundy commanded France, with a programme of contemporary art and medieval spectacles fit for the children. Churches showcase historical mural paintings , street markets provide local food straight from producers and the villages around as offer a journey in time itself : Saint Amand is a renowned center of pottery (we highly recommend Eric Hibelot, but there are many ateliers and an excellent school); Saint Sauveur is the hometown of avant-garde writer Colette (her house, restored in 2016, is a must-see effort of patrons such as Pierre Bergé, partner in life and business of Yves Saint Laurent); Saint Fargeau has an enormous chateau, worth a visit specially for its woodwork in labyrinth. Those villages are within 1à km of distance.

In the roads nearby, there are also a forest with deers, a lake for swimming, paddling - or simply eating french fries. For children (or child at heart ones), there is also an accrobranche (canopy) park.

La Maison Blanche has three rooms, in a total of seven beddings. Two rooms have a queen-size bed which can be separated into two single beds; the other one, a suite, is for couples. The very confortable couch on the ground floor can be turned up in a bed too, if you wish to come in eight of nine people. There is a WC for every room and three-toilette rooms (in France, shower and toilette are separated).

Car swap possible. No wifi in the Blanche, but in the main house, oui. But plenty of DVD and games and a well served library in French, English and Portuguese.

We have the plan for the best Bourgogne wines nearby, the best sunset admiring spots and the adresse for the producer of THE goat fresh cheese, excellent for breakfast. We are veggies, but we also hold the name of the butcher's shop in the very old fashion way - not insane mass production.

Everything we consume goes back into the nature and then back to us, and this cycle becomes very clear once we live in the countryside.

Therefore, we are into the organic, local and slow and high quality life. It is important that our guests follow the organic rules, specially on their beauty and hygiene products.

Please, be simple and be green.


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More about us

  1. Virginia Crofts is an artist, former textile designer and owner of Le Chaillou, an artistic residency in Burgundy

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Where is it?


This is a rather quiet place, where villages are an attraction on itself. The best in the summer is to look for the brocantes - the ingenious car boot sales that are so much of Frenchie - and the spectacles, music, cirque, etc, in the Office de Tourisme. Our is Puisaye-Forterre.

Buzzy restaurants
Buzzy is not likely around here, but we reccommend Les Passantes, in Saint Sauveur en Puisaye, L'Auberge du Lac in the road to Saint Fargeau, Le Moulin de Corneil in Mezille, Le Bistrot du Cheat a Saint Fargeau and La Guinguette in Druyes les Belles Fontaines
Bit of culture
Chateau de Ratilly, la Metairie Bruyeres, le CRAC, la Fabuloserie, la Maison de Colette, l'Église de Moutiers. Vezelay is an excellent option too.
Walks in the park
Parc du Morvan, on the way to Vezelay
Day tripping
Vezelay, the most visited town in Bourgogne. It is one of the departing points to Compostela. Magical. Chavignol, home of cheese and close to Sancerre, home of the wine.

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