Our house in Semur is located at the end of an Impasse in the center of town. This gives it the perfect combination of location and privacy: it is only a short walk to the main facilities of the town, yet its immediate surroundings are tranquil and secluded, with spectacular views. This page describes the specifics of the house so that you may understand more about it before you make a reservation. The house has three levels:
- Main Level: house entry
- Salon (living room with a sofa-bed)
- Bathroom with a claw-foot bath tub
- Upper level: upper bedroom
- Large double bed (US queen/UK king)
- Reading area
- Desk with internet access (wifi also available)
- En-suite bathroom with shower
- Lower level: lower bedroom
- Flexible beds: two singles or one US king/UK superking
- En-suite bathroom with shower
- Accessed via separate entrance
Outside the house there is a sitting area just outside the entrance to the lower level, and an upper garden which overlooks the house and the river. Every room in the house has spectacular views of the river and the ramparts of the city wall.
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Jim & Sallie
The kitchen retains its French country charm while also being updated with modern appliances.
It is an eat-in kitchen with:
- full-sized sink
- full-sized refrigerator
- 4-ring stove/hob
Additional appliances include:
- electric kettle
- filter coffee maker (drip)
- press coffee maker
- moka coffee maker (espresso)
- coffee grinder
There is plenty of counter-top space for you to prepare a fresh meal if you like, and the cabinets and drawers are stocked with dishes and utensils.
The kitchen table seats up to six, providing ample space to eat a meal or relax with a bottle of wine and a fruit and cheese plate. The large picture windows let in plenty of light: the riverside window has a view of the nearby Pont des Minimes (a medieval stone bridge).
The finishing touch to the kitchen is a wood-burning fireplace which provides enough charm and warmth to heat the whole house, literally and figuratively.
The Salon is the largest room in the house, containing the living/sitting area. The salon has two walls of windows, giving it the most unobstructed view of the ramparts, river, and the town of Semur-en-Auxois.
The plush couch pulls out into a bed, allowing two extra guests to sleep comfortably. In addition, there is a second couch which can sleep another adult; the side tables with drawers double as clothing storage if necessary.
The room has enough seating for the entire family to relax and listen to music, watch a movie, or simply enjoy the ambience.
The corner sitting area in the Salon overlooks the patio and has a breathtaking sunny view of the town wall and ramparts.
In the Salon, you will also find a selection of books and rainy-day board games and puzzles.
The TV in the Salon receives French and English channels, and is equipped with a region-free DVD player and a VCR that plays European and North American tapes. We also have a selection of movies, including children's movies.
The Upper Bedroom
Ascend the stairs from the kitchen and you will find yourself in the upstairs bedroom, a spacious abode with vaulted ceilings and spectacular views.
The oversized double bed (US queen/UK king) is roomy and comfortable, and the closet and chest-of-drawers provide ample space in which to unpack. After all, why spend your holiday living out of a suitcase?
French doors lead to the private balcony that overlooks the patio and the ramparts on top of the hill. On either side of the french doors there are cozy seating areas; there is also a small desk at which you can write letters or browse e-mail on your laptop (our wired internet connection is located here, though you can also access the internet wirelessly throughout the house; note that our internet service is provided free of charge and is subject to technical availability).
The upper bedroom was also renovated in 2009 to add an en-suite bathroom with a shower.
The Lower Bedroom
Accessible only by a separate entrance on the patio, the lower bedroom has its own bathroom with a sink, toilet, and shower, as well as two twin beds (which can be moved together to form a king-sized bed) and plenty of storage for clothing and personal items.
This bedroom is the closest to the river, lending it the most intimate views of the riverbanks. The bedroom door opens out onto the sitting area at the river, where weeping willows gracefully drape their leaves into the water, and the bridge and ramparts of the old castle peek out from between the branches.
It is important to note that the proximity of the lower bedroom to the river and its distance from the upper bedroom make it inappropriate for small children. If you have any concerns about the layout of our house after reading the descriptions here and viewing the house's floor plan, please do not hesitate to contact us.
The patio consists of two areas: a stone table and bench for intimate outdoor meals, games, or chats, and a lower area covered with pebbles and marbled with tree roots, which ends at the river's edge. At the far edge of the lower area a rock face trickles water from the hills above the house into the river.
In the kitchen, you will find all you need to bring your meal or wine-and-cheese spread out to the patio. The ducks may even come over to greet you (and receive your day-old baguette remnants).
The Upper Garden
Exit the front door of the house and climb the stone steps into the upper garden area of the house, an elevated green area with many flowers, trees, a table and chairs, and a sitting bench for meditation or for simply relaxing and enjoying the romantic view of the city wall and ramparts (this view is especially spectacular at night, when the ramparts are lit up).
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Carol and Richard H.