Renaissance chateau (5 bedroom wing) near Vezelay
The Chateau -front entrance

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General Information about the Five-Bedroom, Five-Bathroom Wing of Chateau near Vezelay (Burgundy), France (about 1.5 hours southeast of Paris)

The setting and location - Burgundy: This five-bedroom,  five-bathroom wing of the chateau is a beautiful example of late Renaissance architecture of the early 17th Century and shares a wall with the four-bedroom section, which dates from the early 16th Century.  It is located a few miles from the town of Vezelay, itself a U.N.E.S.C.O. designated World Heritage site and home of the Basilica of Ste. Madeleine, an 11th Century marvel of Romanesque architecture, where the Second and Third Crusade began.

Vezelay is situated in the western half of Burgundy, about 1.5 hours drive from Paris and about one hour drive west of Dijon, the capital of Burgundy and a beautiful medieval city with many fine Romanesque and Gothic buildings and the second largest art museum in France.  At Dijon begins the Cote d’Or, the ridge that runs between Dijon and Beaune, and which is the home of the world-class wines of Burgundy.  The Burgundy region is a favorite of the French.  The ancient pastoral landscape is dotted with hundreds of medieval villages and small towns still almost completely untouched by modern architecture.  One can visit countless medieval churches and castles of the highest artistic and historical value.  Burgundy is famous not only for its art, history and its wonderful wines, but also for its fine food.

The Chateau:  This five-bedroom, five-bathroom Renaissance wing of this graceful chateau, which has about 2,700 square feet, has been completely and carefully restored, while at the same time being brought up to contemporary standards, with a new central, radiant heating system and new electrical and plumbing systems.  Entering, one is immediately struck by the enormous skill and good taste exercised in restoration and by its sheer spaciousness.  Its ceilings are up to 16 feet high, many of its rooms in the 400 - 500 square feet range.  The massive walls have been plastered and then covered with very beautiful wallpapers, the colors of which are subtly coordinated with the high quality drapes, carpets and furniture.

The ground floor consists of a 500 square feet living room (with marble fireplace, television and telephone (for use with prepaid telephone cards), large dining room (with marble fireplace), kitchen (with four-burner gas range, double sink, dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator/freezer and clothes washer), and W.C. (the French tend to separate their toilets from their bathrooms), as well as a 400 square feet bedroom (with marble fireplace and double bed) and its private bathroom (with full-length bathtub).  On the upper floor are three very large bedrooms (one with two single beds, one with one double bed and one single bed and one with two double beds), each of which has its own bathroom (all with full-length bathtubs).  Finally, a suite, with one large bedroom (with one double bed) and a second (smaller) child’s room (with a child’s-sized bed) completes the upper floor’s bedrooms.  This suite has its own bathroom, with a shower.  There is also a W.C. on the upper floor.  Barbecue grill, outdoor furniture and ping pong table are provided.

The management: The chateau is managed by the owners, who live in another chateau nearby.

Terms of rental:  Weekly rent is: €1,700 in June, July, August and September, €1,550 in April, May and October and €1,300 in other months.  There are extra charges, based on metered use for electricity, for any heat used and for final cleaning, unless performed by you.  Sheets and towels are available for an extra charge.  Once you let me know a specific rental period in which you are interested, I will check availability.  Payment terms are a 30% (of the total rent) non-refundable payment at the time of booking with the non-refundable balance due 60 days before scheduled arrival.  Payment is to be made in advance to me, and I will transfer it to the owners.

Additional information: If you would like additional information, please contact me.

Thanks for your interest.

Ken Lawson