The two houses at LE VERGER, La Vieille Maison and La Maison Bleue offer a unique opportunity for friends and families to get together in an idyllic rural setting.

Our two houses, La Vieille Maison and La Maison Bleue,   can be rented individually or together. They are located in the peaceful little village of Coutarnoux in the heart of the Burgundian countryside. (For more information about Coutarnoux click on ‘Coutarnoux: the village and its people’.)

Bed and breakfast accommodation is also available at certain times of the year. Please enquire.

The courtyard entrance to Le Verger is opposite the Coutarnoux village church while the orchard garden side of the property has uninterrupted views across fields and woodlands. The sunsets can be spectacular. The property is an L shape, with the two houses facing away from each other at different ends of the L and with a barn in between. There is thus lots of privacy for both houses which do not overlook each other. The plan of the property will give you an idea of the layout.

The pool with its sun terrace and loungers is set in a secluded corner of the orchard garden and is a great place for sunbathing and relaxing. The pool is surrounded by a safety fence and has a lockable gate. The large orchard garden has peach, cherry, quince, pear, mirabelle and apple trees as well as flowering bushes, vines, stone benches, gravel paths and secluded areas for reading or a quiet glass of wine.

Le Verger was once a farm and all the buildings are 18th century. La Vieille Maison has a dressed stone façade indicating that at one time the farm was wealthy. As well as the two houses there is a bread house where bread was baked for everyone who lived on the farm and two barns one of which is now converted into a spectacular grand salon with a cathedral high soaring roof. There are also outhouses which were once used for sheep, horses and pigs.

As you look round the buildings you will find that quite a few have dates carved into the stone. The earliest is 1775.  The oval shaped stone windows are called 'oeil de boeuf' (ox eye). A stone sink was often positioned below them and they let in sufficient light but not rain.  The stone wall that runs along the back of the orchard garden is part of the ancient village wall that dates from the time when Coutarnoux was a fortified village (to defend against bandits in the period of the 100 Years War).

Burgundy Hols

Up to the Pool

Burgundy Hols

Terrace, La Vieille Maison

Coutarnoux is situated in an area of stone quarries (there is a quarry museum at nearby Massangis). Stone from the Coutarnoux quarry which is very white was used in the building of the nave of the famous abbey church at Vézelay. You will notice that stone has also been used instead of wood in quite humble farm buildings such as our outhouses (for example as lintels in the sheep outhouses and for the pump outside the bread house). This is because it was cheap and easily available.

Both La Vieille Maison and La Maison Bleue have stone fireplaces, tommettes (traditional red terre cuite floor tiles) and beautiful oak beams and in renovating the houses we have taken care to preserve these original features and the historic character of the houses whilst also providing modern comforts. The furnishings and paintings also reflect this blend of antique and modern.

Both houses have satellite television and Wi-fi. They also both have crowded bookshelves, information about the local area and a range of cds and dvds. Linen and towels are provided. A cot and a high chair are available on request.

There is ample parking space in our gated courtyard.

Our local helpers live in the village and they are very friendly and helpful.

Disabled access: We regret that La Maison Bleue is not suitable for people with limited mobility. La Vieille Maison has a ground floor bedroom and adjacent bathroom. Do call us to discuss suitability for your needs.