Six self-catering farmhouse apartments for couples on a tranquil Burgundy wine estate with a heated pool, near major wine villages of the Côte d'Or. Also suitable for groups of up to 12.
En La Marre is an early 19th century farmhouse and barns, set amidst forests, meadows, lakes and streams in a tranquil rural location. The estate adjoining the property is farmland where cattle are raised, with wild flowers, birds and wildlife in abundance.
The property has been converted into six self-contained, self-catering apartments, ideal for couples of all interests and lifestyles. As the property can take up to 12 guests it is suitable for groups of friends wishing to holiday together but retain their own independence. They are unsuitable for children of any age; pets accepted on request. The apartments are set around a courtyard and heated swimming pool with open views over the countryside with only the Charolais beef for neighbours. The property was once the estate of French aristocrats who were spared during the French Revolution because of their popularity among the local villagers.
The current owners, Chris and Judith Mosedale, bought the property from the de Charette family in 1989, and converted it into apartments , retaining the stone walls, tiled roofs, and oak beams which give the property such character. The courtyard has a herb garden in the centre, which guests are invited to use for their own culinary creations.
All the buildings surrounding the courtyard are bedecked with colourful flowers, vines and herbaceous borders. Patios are also adorned with flowers. The courtyard opens onto the swimming pool and sun lounging area with plenty of sun-loungers offering a relaxing place in which to unwind and soak up the sun or cool down in the shade. On arrival at En La Marre all guests are invited by the resident owners, Chris and Judith, to a welcome drink at 6pm to meet the other guests and be updated on local events, markets, and other information.
Each of the six apartments sleeps two. They are spacious and furnished with the owners' own personal belongings, antiques, paintings and books, and are generously equipped with modern features. Each apartment has a fully equipped kitchen with full-size gas stove, refrigerator with freezer compartment, microwave oven, toaster, tea-towels, iron and ironing board. Bedrooms all have a king size bed with bedding and linen provided. Bathrooms come equipped with towels, toiletries, loo paper, a shaving point and hairdryer. Livingrooms have a radio and CD player, plenty of books and magazines and tourist information. A DVD player and DVDs are available by arrangement.
Each apartment has its own patio area with garden furniture and a gas barbecue. There is a guests' laundry area on-site free of charge; 4 bicycles to borrow free-of-charge and ample free car parking. WIFI is accessible free-of-charge.
The owners, Chris and Judith, hold a communal barbecue on Thursday evenings, for those interested, with each couple contributing a food dish and some wine. Anyone with a talent such as singing, playing an instrument, or storytelling, is given an opportunity to entertain.
There are two apartments in the original farmhouse. Chardonnay takes up the ground floor. The other, Pinot Noir, is situated above in the original granary of the house, and is accessed by an external staircase. The Pigeonnier is a unique independent building on two floors, and provides a romantic nest for honeymooners.
The three apartments in the barn, Pinot Blanc, Gamay and Aligoté, are situated in the former granary of the barn, and are accessed by a short flight of stairs from the courtyard. These apartments have a communal geranium-covered balcony overlooking the courtyard, and large picture windows with secluded balconies at the rear, offering views over the open countryside.