Le Petit Village nestles in rolling countryside between the Chablis and Côte De Nuits vineyards, in the medieval village of Fulvy in the Yonne department. Le Petit Village consists of two gites, Coach House and Spring Cottage, the owners home and our little boutique and tea room, all around a large enclosed central courtyard. All the properties within have a large garden and shared use of the heated swimming pool. Coach House is a 17th Century Cottage with oak-beamed ceilings, terracotta tiles and flagstone flooring. It sleeps 6 people in 3 bedrooms, one en suite, and has a fully equipped kitchen and two modern bathrooms. The open plan livi...ng and dining area has a beautiful, large original fireplace for cosy winter evenings. It has its own beautiful 100 foot garden, complete with an orchard of plum, apple and cherry trees. There is outdoor furniture and barbeque equipment for leisurely evening meals in the long summer nights. The gîte has shared use of a 32’ x 14’ heated swimming pool, free wifi, and French and British tv. It is very child friendly, as the property is completely enclosed giving young children the freedom to run around both in the large courtyard and garden. We also have a playbarn with toys for the young and old!Read more
Left on 05/21/2013 for a stay in May 2013 | Henrysnsmiths
Annabella and Nick were friendly, but their answers were not always helpful. The lovely fireplace had probably not been used in many years. When we asked about using it, we were told there was no wood and that it was hard to find wood in the area. Also, Nick said there was no kindling. The temperature was down to 45 C. at night - fire would have been nice. One bath has no toilet, but a small room in hall had a toilet, cold water sink, and very bad smell. We were forced to abandon one bedroom due to black mold and a terrible smell. Cottage was cold and we were encouraged not to overuse heat or we would have to pay extra. We were told to use dishwasher and washing machine between 10 pm and 8 am. Clothes dryer (2 Euros) was broken so we had to hang clothes (took 2 days to dry them) Listing includes towels but we had to pay 24 Euros for them.(6 Euros per person) Beds were very hard. One shower leaked badly and tub filled up with water. No door between bathroom and bedroom. This is a cute place, but it needs some attention! Read more
We welcome reviews from clients both good and not so favourable. This helps to keep up good standards and make our cottages as comfortable as possible. I’m very sorry that these clients feel disappointed, but many of their comments I believe are unjustified.
On the subject of the fire. It had in fact been in heavy use throughout the cold winter. It may not have seemed so, because it had been professionally cleaned. Its heavy use was the reason that we were low on firewood and had no firelighters left. In May, that is not really surprising. Nick did not say that it was hard to find wood, and our clients could have had a fire if they had wanted one.
We were very surprised to hear about a “smell and black mould” in the bedroom. The guests had made no comment on it during their 4 nights stay. I have had the cottage checked by a professional who can’t find any trace of mould or any smell. The cottage has ample hot and cold water throughout, with two well equipped bathrooms. The guest toilet we do not think could be considered small - it is in fact slightly larger than average size.
There is a supplementary charge for towels. This is normal in France and it is clearly stated in our conditions of let which was sent to our guests in advance. They had signed a contract to show that they had read and understood these conditions. The same is true of the electric heating. In spring and summer lets we make a small supplementary charge for it. The guests were further reminded that there was such a charge on the afternoon of their arrival, and they made no comment. It is unfortunate that this spring has been unseasonably wet and cold; we can’t control the weather and we are sorry that the heaters had to be used.
The house has, as many other properties of this age in rural areas, a limit to the amount of electricity it can cope with at any one time. We had simply requested that our guests be judicious in their use of electrical appliances, including using all radiators at maximum heat in case there was a circuit break. On the usage of dishwashers/washing machines, We politely ask in our general information sheet left in the cottage, that whenever possible, to please use electrical appliances such as these between 10pm and 8pm as there is a cheaper electricity tariff between these times. The tumble drier was not broken, but as we explained to our guests, it is connected to the same circuit as our other rental property which had suffered from flooding during this unseasonably very wet period. We later reconnected the drier to a different circuit and informed our guests that they were welcome to now use it. They told me they were drying their clothes by the radiators instead, and that is was “fine”.
We have never had any complaints about the comfort our beds before, infact all our clients have told us how comfortable they are!
Pat & June. Perth, Western Australia
Perth, Western Australia
“The Best Shower in France”
Left on 10/04/2011 for a stay in September 2011 | Pat & June. Perth, Western Australia
Being australian it's a bit surreal to actually book and stay in a 16 century Coach House, as Captain Cook was not even born then not alone sailing the Southern oceans looking for large bit of land to stick his Union Jack in.
Yes, so after a two week trip through France staying at 3 & 4 Star hotel, I think the hot, operational, draining shower was the highlight, as up until then we had had limited success with the bathroom plumbing which was either missing part, broken, poorly designed or lacking drainage or all of the above. So they did something right in the 16thcentury in Fulvy.
So apart from all that tongue in cheek stuff, we just loved it, great accommodation and location and service from annabelle & Nick Ware.
Left on 09/19/2011 for a stay in September 2011 | Denny Henderson
We stayed in the cottage in early September and had a wonderful holiday. The cottage itself if exactly as described - very spacious and comfortable with lots of lovely personal touches.
Nick, Annabella and the children were wonderful hosts and made us feel very welcome. My son particularly appreciated all the extra toys he could play with, and the enclosed garden and front courtyard were particularly useful to let him burn off some toddler steam. It was also great to be able to get bread freshly delivered each morning.
The pool was lovely, but the weather wasn't quite warm enough for us to make as much use of it as we had wished.
We had a number of short day trips in the surrounding area, and particularly enjoyed the abbey of Fontenay and walking along the canal to have lunch in Chassignelles. A longer trip to the beautiful city of Beaune was also a highlight.
Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our time at the cottage and would highly recommend it.
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