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Our Vacation Rental along the Armancon River

Our vacation rental house along the river in Semur-en-Auxois, Burgundy, France

The entry to our vacation rental, with the ramparts and cathedral of Semur-en-Auxois in the background.

The house's entry

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
Kitchen
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)
Balcony
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.

Scroll down to see photos (the entry to the house is shown at right), or click to jump ahead to:

Kitchen
Salon
Upper Bedroom
Lower Bedroom
Patio/Sitting Area
Upper Garden

The Kitchen

The cabinets are stocked with all the dishes, utensils, and cookware you'll need.

The eat-in kitchen comfortably seats six and is fully equipped with modern amenities.

Fall and winter holiday rentals are provided with plenty of fire wood.

The kitchen is also home to a cozy fireplace and reading nook.

The kitchen retains its French country charm while also being updated with modern appliances.

It is an eat-in kitchen with:

Additional appliances include:

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.

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The Salon

The sunny Salon has ample, comfortable seating.

The plush sofa in the Salon folds out into a bed for extra sleeping space, and faces the river and the ramparts of the old castle.

Enjoy a quiet afternoon wine and cheese spread with the birdsong for company.

The corner sitting area in the Salon overlooks the patio and has a breathtaking sunny view of the town wall and ramparts.

The Salon also has a CD/mp3 player (not shown).

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 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.

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The Upper Bedroom

The sunny upper bedroom has vaulted ceilings and french doors that open to a private balcony with a view of the town wall and ramparts.

The sunny upper bedroom has vaulted ceilings and french doors that open to a private balcony with a view of the town wall and ramparts.

The queen-sized bed in the upper bedroom faces the balcony and town ramparts.

The queen-sized bed in the upper bedroom faces the balcony and town ramparts.

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.

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The Lower Bedroom

The lower bedroom has ample storage space and its own en-suite shower room.

The lower bedroom has two twin beds that may be pushed together or kept separate. The room also contains a 6-drawer dresser and a large built-in closet.

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.

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The Patio

View of the patio sitting area, entry to the lower bedroom, and living room windows.

View of the patio sitting area, entry to the lower bedroom, and living room windows.

The patio is just off the entrance to the lower bedroom.

Enjoy a quiet lunch or tea with just the birds and the ducks (and maybe a light breeze) for company.

At the shores of the River Armançon, just steps off the patio.

At the shores of the River Armançon, just steps off the patio.

View of the Ramparts from the house patio.

View of the ramparts from the patio of our Burgundy vacation rental.

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).

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The Upper Garden

Upper Garden with a view of the ramparts

View from the upper garden of our holiday rental.

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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