|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
|Living space||100 square meters|
Suitable for childrenYes
Suitable for the elderlyYes
|Theme||Luxury, Romantic, Spa, Away from it all, Mountain, Rural|
Description from the owner
NEWSFLASH January 28th 2013 - Officially designated 4 star accommodation by French Tourist Board.
Completely renovated in 2007 by its English owners, this beautiful property is situated near the picturesque town of Barr in the foothills of the Vosges mountains on the Alsatian wine route (Route des Vins d'Alsace).
The house boasts several features that make it a popular choice all year round, e.g. barbecue terrace by the stream complete with 5m x 5m sunshade, sauna, hot-tub in bathroom, log burning fire (wood provided), satellite TV, DVD, Internet etc.
The master bedroom contains a bed of truly king-sized proportions, i.e...Read more
Luxury house in Alsace - sauna, hot-tub & log-fire
Barr, Alsace-Lorraine, France
Additional Location Information
House is located 2km from Barr Village, on the road to Mont. St. Odile.
Take exit 13 from A35 and follow signs to Barr. Go over railway lines, straight across the round about and along Avenue des Vosges to the traffic lights (only set in Barr).
Carry on through lights to end of Avenue des Vosges, road bends right and then sharp left and heads up the Valley (rue de la Vallee) to Mont. St. Odile.
300ms after Hotel Chateau D'Andlau on left, look for 2 'blue houses' on the left and turn through green gates.
Location Type Away from it all, Mountain, Rural
Rates shown in $ USD (Rental listed originally in EUR) (change)
|Rate Summary||$84||$84 - $162||$582||$2,328||2 nights|
|Feb. 21 2013 - Dec. 31 2013
|All Other Dates||$84||$84||$582||$2,328||2 nights|
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the owner|
- Additional guests - $65 - Per-Person Adjustment - Fee applies to parties of more than 4 guest(s)
- Cleaning fee - $52 / stay - Other
Additional notes from owner
Apologies for complexity of rates but these are specified by the reservation agent.
Stays 4 weeks and longer, discounted price available on request.
AvailableUnavailable Last updated: May 15, 2013 ◀▶
What Past Guests Are Saying
Great romantic break
The communication with Mr Holt was excellent, that with Gite De France was no more than OK. The house was in excellent order - probably one of the best equipped we have met and the lady with the key met us promptly and showed us round the property. Unfortunately the instructions for the appliances were not available but this will be rectified. Not a major issue, but would have avoided domestic disagreements. As a mature couple, the reason we chose this place was the sauna, hot-tub (not what I would have called a hot tub, but an excellent spa bath with space for two) & log-fire. There was a reasonable selection of books and Dvd's. The setting close to the stream was beautiful and would be great in the summer when you would be able to sit outside. Had we had better clothing we could have done some great treks in the snow-covered forests.
Springtime in alsace
Despite arriving in pouring rain, we had a lovely reception at the door. The house looked really lovely and I'd did not disappoint on entering. The kitchen was very well equipped and had a lovely view out over the stream below. The living room was nice and spacious and plenty of room to sit and relax. There were plenty of leaflets to give ideas for days out and there was a well stocked book shelf too. The master bedroom was very comfortable and the children (aged 3 and 5) slept well in the bunk beds. The sauna downstairs was an added bonus especially as it was a particularly wet week.
Barr is a lovely quaint town with a number of good bakeries and shops. We ate very well at Caveau Folie Marco. Food shopping was a delight at the Super U in Gertwiller. The rest of our holiday was spent revisiting old haunts as we used to live in Molshiem. We did have a wonderful family day out at the Volerie des aigles in Kintzheim as well as the Montagne des Singes. We also headed to the Parc des Cigognes in Kintzheim. The views nearby were stunning. Having not had any children when we lived in alsace we were unsure whether there would be enough to keep them occupied but there is an abundance of activities. (Modern swimming pool in Obernai also good for a rainy day). We had a lovely stay and would highly recommend the beautiful blue house in Barr!
Thanks for making it such a fun stay.
Burbure (france) Pas de Calais
a charming house
spacious, beautiful surroundings, beautiful country
very good home
beautiful villages and castles
things to see
gite très confortable et très bien entretenu dans une très belle région ou nous avons eu très chaud l'eté 2012 car semaine canicule.
Cependant nous avons été déçus par l'accueil du propriétaire et par la terrasse et le jardin peu accessibles et occupés en permanence par le propriétaire et ses amis, famille, on ne se sent pas chez soi,sans parler des odeurs de tabac fumé sur la terrasse qui montaient dans la loccation...c'est bien dommage car ça enlève pour notre part des étoiles a ce gite que nous ne conseillerons pas a nos proches.
De plus gîte non accessible pour personnes à mobilité réduite (exemple : WC à l'étage et/ou au sous-sol)= trop de marches pour accés au gîte ou à ces pièces.
Response from Simon Holt - 01/26/2013
Si le client avait mentionné aucun de ces problèmes pendant qu'ils étaient là, j'aurais pu faire quelque chose pour eux. Fermeture d'une fenêtre sur les 13 fenêtres du 1er étage aurait éliminé le problème avec quelqu'un qui fume à l'extérieur. Il ya 2 toilettes dans la maison et le salon est au premier étage. Toute personne ayant des problèmes de mobilité doivent choisir leur logement avec soin. Désolé!
Grandes Vacances !!!
We had the most wonderful few months staying in this Gite, The house is so clean and comfortable with everything you need or want. The kitchen is modern and well equipped, the lounge/dining is great, with very comfortable lounges in a lovely bright setting. The main bedroom is spacious with a bed that is just too comfortable! Bathroom is modern, roomy and the spa bath is so good to relax in, as is the sauna in the basement. A log fire in the lounge adds to the ambiance and works particularly well - good to curl up on one of the lounges with a delicious alsace wine or two and enjoy the fire! Plenty of chopped wood was on hand too. We enjoyed the sound of the stream behind the house with the forest as a backdrop - it added to the peacefulness of the area. Whenever we took a trip for a few days, returning to the Gite was just like "coming home" and the owners, Simon and alison are lovely people who go out of their way to assist with information and their hospitality was fantastic. They even picked us up from Strasbourg train station and took us to collect our car, showed us the way to the supermarket, and so, so much more.
We found the location, 2.5km from Barr, set in the forest area, to be good - easy to walk the trails in the forest and just far enough from town to be lovely and quiet.
We would definitely recommend this Gite.
Beautiful, well equipped house
This house is really lovely with modern and comfortable fixtures and fittings. The bed is huge and very comfortable and the jacuzzi bath brilliant with a glass or two of cremant!! Everywhere was spotlessly clean and the kitchen was very well equipped. We missed some comfy chairs to sit in down by the stream and we thought the TV had English channels. It didn't, so we missed the Jubilee celebrations which we would have like to have watched whilst there. The area is fabulous- very beautiful villages, excellent wine tasting and good restaurants. We ate once just down the road at the Chateau d'Andlau and had a fabulous meal. We went the next night and it was not so good. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Barr and would recommend the house.
Kit and Fred
Rochester, NY USA
Perfect - the house could not have been any nicer
The house is beautiful! Bright and cheerful decor. Great location. Everything we needed was there. The kitchen is modern and well equipped. The large living-dining area is so comfortable with the fireplace, three large sofas, and chair and a half. The bathroom is luxury with the large jacuzzi. The house was immaculate. Just far enough out of town to be peaceful and quiet; close enough for quick access to restaurants and shops. The owner provides lots of information about local and regional points of interest. We loved the house so much that we have already booked another stay.
Stephanie & Nico
Escale idéale sur la Route des Vins
Nous avons passé d'excellentes vacances ! Les propriétaires sont accueillants et savent rester discrets. La maison est très propre, confortable et bien équipée. Le cadre est très joli avec le passage d'un ruisseau derrière la maison et la vue sur des falaises depuis le salon. Parfait pour les moments cocoonings, avec au programme : sauna, jacuzzi et feu de cheminée.
De plus, il y a de nombreuses activités pour découvrir la région telles que la route des vins, visite du Mont Saint Odile et les parcours de randonnées.
Mrs F, Fulham
Lovely gite in a very calming location
This was a great gite with a fab log fire, and the added bonus of a sauna and jacuzzi bath. We loved listening to the steam (bit of a torrent in January!) upstairs in the morning. It was perfect for the two of us and our baby - and would also be ideal for a family of 4/5. Free Wifi was very useful too! Our only quibble was a few of the light bulbs in the sitting room lamps werent working and neither was the outside light or downstairs shower. However we had a very relaxing stay - it would be really lovely sitting outside next to the stream in the summer.
Ralph and Jane
West Lafayette, IN
Great house, great hosts...
My husband and I stayed here from 3/25/11 to 3/31/11. It is a lovely property and we felt very much at home. Simon and alison went over and above helping us with the GPS in the car and even mailing glasses we left back to us in the us. We would certainly recommend this gite to our friends and family. Thanks Simon and alison!!
We enjoyed our stay
A comfortable Gite in a central location, excellent for touring this part of alsace. We loved looking out over the stream to the snowy forest behind the house. The sauna was a nice bonus. We'd definitely stay here again.
Cozy comfort in a magnificent setting
We had a lovely stay in November and again in December in Simon's house. We are a family of four and the house was perfect for us. All of the amenities are just as described. We enjoyed many nights in front of the fireplace, and took full advantage of the jacuzzi tub and sauna. We are outdoorsy types and loved being able to walk and run in the forest from our front door. The creek bubbling away behind the house lulled us to sleep at night. Simon and alisan were so helpful and accommodating to us; we felt well taken care of.
A warm compact cottage in an attractive rural location
Attractive cottage in an excellent location. Well-appointed sauna at no extra cost. Very good value for money. Friendly and helpful service from adamo and Chris.
The house was very well cleaned.
We really liked the furniture and had lovely evenings in front of the fire place. All the logs were for free!
The jaccuzi is great and so is the sauna.
Simon has the most fantatic armchair, everyone wanted to sit there.
The only snag: there could be a few more dishes especially plates.
We have been to at least a dozen houses in the alsace and this was the best
Response from Simon Holt - 12/29/2011
Point taken on the plates, the number of settings has been increased to 12. Thank you very much for your compliments and we hope to see you again.
Perfect Gite in alsace
Lovely cottage in quiet and scenic area. Very comfortably furnished. Great location for local touring. Friendly and courteous owner who was a fount of information when needed. Highly recommend!
Maison spacieuse et confortable pour un séjour alsacien
Une maison très spacieuse et très confortable proche d'un joli village. Cuisine très bien équipée, séjour vaste et lumineux avec une cheminée, chambres mansardées avec Vélux, grande salle de bain bien éclairée, profusion de serviettes moelleuses.
A l'arrière, la maison domine un ruisseau clair et cristallin. Une terrasse qui le surplombe permet de faire des barbecue. A l'avant la route est assez peu passante.
Les propriétaires, aimables, attentifs et discrets occupent la maison adjacente à gauche.
A côté des grands classiques touristiques et œnologiques de l'Alsace, à faire dans les environs: belles excursions au dessus de Barr (château du Landsberg en ruines), concerts à l'église protestante Saint Martin de Barr, village de Mittelbergheim... et pour les enfants Europa Park vaut vraiment le voyage, avec le passage du Rhin en bac en prime.
a little paradise at the edge of the forest
We are living all the year long in a very crowded city in asia. We were so happy to spend a week in Simon's place in Barr: so quiet, so nice, so clean and well equipped with a fantastic kitchen, bathroom and a very large bed. We were just wake up in the morning by the song of the stream, the birds and the wind in the forest...like in a dream. May 2010 was exceptionally cold in France, but Simon's house has another very nice advantage: the chimney of the big cozy living room, with the firewood ready to be picked up just outside...We hope we will have time to come back soon in Simon's place in Barr !
Philippe, ChunChun and Louise, Cinquini family in Shanghai
A place to feel at home in!
We really enjoyed our second stay in the magnificant location. In the house you find everything you need to enjoy a perfect stay in the alsace region. The surrounding area is known for beautiful hikes, very good restaurants and several Grand Cru vineyard wines. We are looking forward to come back next year.
Douzens, 11 France
Gite à Barr
Gite très confortable, très calme et très agréable, meublé avec goût.
Avons beaucoup apprécié les soirées devant la cheminée, le repos dans le très grand lit douillet sous les toits ainsi que les bains bouillonnants dans la grande baignoire.
Sa situation au bord du ruisseau et à proximité des bois apporte une note très romantique.
Dorchester, Dorset, UK
Impeccable house in idealic location, most relaxing time
The region is beautiful yet very relaxing. However there is plenty of variety if you want it as it is also in easy striking distance of Strasbourg, the Black Forest and Switzerland.
The house has every facility you could ask for with nice little touches down to the terrace in the back with a mountain stream running by. Impeccable. All in all a great place which we would thoroughly recommend.
Excellent property and location
This property has everything you need, internet connection, sauna, a 2-person jacuzzi, 6 foot square bed and a log fire. property is in excellent condition and the attentive owner is nearby. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay here.
We had a great time here in July for a week. The accommodation is fantastic with loads of space especially for two people. The house was very comfortable and after seeing the sights in the area it was a great place to relax for the evening. The location is perfect for the area. Great places to see all around without travelling great distances and the owner and friends were so helpful in telling us the places to go, restaurants to use and the best way to visit everywhere. We would recommend the gite to anyone who wants the "get away from it all feeling " with the ability to be a tourist in the alsace region at the same time.
St Neots, UK
Delightful gite in alsace
A week at this gite was our Ruby Wedding present from our family and it exceeded all expectations!
We were met and given a personal welcome and we were shown how everything worked. The big sitting/dining room has a comfortable open fire (firewood provided). Well-equipped kitchen. The luxurious bathrooom has a jacuzzi and there's also a large shower. The main bedroom has a very big and very comfortable bed and there's a flexible 2nd bedroom. The sauna is down in the basement. There are steps up to the front door from parking area; terrace, woods and stream behind and woods in front. Easy woodland and hill walks start a few metres from the gite leading up to the ancient Castle andlau at the top of the hill or across to the next village through the vineyards. Bigger walks, and easy skiing in winter, are not far away by car at Champ de Feu. The vineyards of alsace were spectacular in the autumn and there are easy walks through them. Quaint and pretty towns, including Barr and Mittelbergheim are within easy reach. Excellent local wine, wine-tasting and vineyard visits. Restaurant with a formidable wine-list just 200 metres from the gite. Other good restaurants in Barr. We relaxed and enjoyed the autumn days.
One of the Best
We've stayed in a lot of French gites over the years--overall, this one is the best. While it lacks a spectacular view and rusticity, it makes up for those in location, comfort, and amenities. The excellent kitchen and bathroom facilities made the practicalities of daily life almost better than home, and the digital amenities (large screen LCD TV, wifi) were most appreciated. Furnishings were quite comfortable and practical, and we enjoyed the wood fireplace. One week really isn't enough time to appreciate all that the gite has to offer (next time we'll definitely try out the sauna). Alison was a lovely, helpful hostess when we had questions (Simon was traveling that week).
The location is also great--easy drive to the Strasbourg park and ride and the biggest auchan we've ever seen, easy access to the autoroute but also to the backroads through the vineyards, a decent Super U nearby, and lots of geocaches within a 15-20km radius. From the us, consider flying to Zurich and then driving up to alsace via Freiburg and the Schwarzwald.
We will definitely book the gite again for our next trip to alsace, our favorite part of France. Thanks to alison and Simon for helping make the last one so enjoyable and relaxing.
Beautiful house, great location.
Clean with everything you would need for a holiday.
Sauna is a lovely touch.
Owners extremely hospitable and nothing to much trouble.
Brou sur Chantereine 77 France
Une maison très agréable située dans un environnement calme de cette belle région d'Alsace.
Pour le confort et l'équipement tout est génial.
Un belle cuisine bien équipée.
Un salon avec cheminée et des douillets canapés.
La salle de bain avec jacuzzi et douche.
La chambre avec lit double dont la literie est très confortable.Le velux situé juste au dessus du lit permet d'admirer le ciel étoilé le soir au coucher.
Et ce magnifique petit ruisseau qui coule derrière la maison et qui permet à toute heure du jour ou de la nuit de nous faire entendre sa magnifique mélodie.
Enfin cette maison du PUR Bonheur. Nous y retournerons.
A découvrir absolument.
A découvrir absolument, et nous y retournerons
Perfect place to explore alsace
A quietly located property next to a stream in a mountain valley on the edge of Barr. Barr is a small wine village located on the alsatian wine route about twenty minutes from Strasbourg.
The hosts are English and were very helpful with language translations. They are knowledgeable of the region and helped arrange day trips to different areas. Many of which are not in any guidebook. The property is well located for touring the alsace region. There are excellent hiking trails with one leading to a medieval castle ruin that sits above the Gite.
The property is beautifully refurbished with a modern kitchen. The bathroom is equipped with a Jacuzzi bath along with a shower. The property has a washer and dryer, which is a nice convenience. Sauna is a welcome relief after a day of touring or hiking.
If you are looking for a rest day, sitting out on the terrace is a great place to unwind. There is a BBQ setup that is available for the guests.
One of the most memorable things is the babbling stream to listen to in the master bedroom at night.
Great house in alsace
This reservation was great. We enjoyed the holidays in a perfect house. Everything is new and confort is great. You have some facilities like in some hotels. Kitchen is fully equiped. Only dinnig table is small... Shops and touritic sites are close by.
January in alsace
Simon was a great host and very helpful when it came to suggesting and even arranging places of interest. I would definately recommend a visit to the local vineyard and the laid back nature of our stay made for a great holiday...and new year.
Aalter - Belgium
Nice and cosy house near the calming river
A nice, clean and cosy house in beautiful surroundings. The children liked the small river in the backyard, and its sound gave a quiet influence.
Very friendly housekeeper.
Well situated, not far from Strassbourg and other interesting places. Nice walks in the neighbourhood.
Pity the backyard is rather small and the road near the house is not nice for walking.
Overall: we had a very good holiday!
Response from Simon Holt - 09/21/2010
Sadly I wasn't there when Jole was, I could have explained that clients' have full use of the garden that extends for 40 metres along the stream and is about 15 metes wide, plenty of room for ball games etc. Whilst the road can be busy during summer weekends, there are plenty of treks through the forests & hills that are well signed.
Great Location, accommodation & welcome
I have stayed on several occasions as I love the local area. The accommodation is perfectly located just out of the town. It is well presented, clean and comes with first rate facilities. The owners are on hand should you need tips on places to go and see.
An excellent time in the alsace region
The gite is an excellent place to stay, the decor is charming and the furnishings are extremely comfortable. The photo does not do it justice! We woke to the sound of the lovely stream that runs behind the house and the woodland was a picture. We stayed during the October Wine Festival and after a chilly night in the village it was wonderful to return to the wood fire and relax. Simon's hospitality was amazing, nothing seemed too much trouble and I would recommend anyone to stay there. I have no doubt that we will return in the future.
We spent a week here last summer and had a fantastic time. The gite was spotless, well furnished and set in wonderful, peaceful surroundings. The owner, Simon, and his wife were exceptionally helpful and welcoming, even arranging, and taking us to a wine tasting session with one of the local wine producers (and what fantastic wine it was too!). I can't recommend this property highly enough. First class.
Great Gite in alsace region
Thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the very well appointed house. Enjoyed the very pretty villages especially Dambach and Riquewihr. Also visited Strasbourg and Mont St. Odile and Haut Koenigsbourg. Special thanks to adamo for his helpfulness and advising us the best routes to take. Loved the area.
This gite was a delight from the moment of arrival. Simon an alison could not have been more friendly or helpful from the moment of arrival to (so sad) departure day. They each know the area well and are pleased to make recommendations for both days out and local restaurants The accommodation was immaculate and tasteful, with every modern convenience and the best stocked kitchen we have ever seen.
This is a beautiful and peaceful part of France, with a very pristine, Germanic atmosphere, as you might expect. Touring by car is easy, with roads both quiet and easy to negotiate. In the north is Strasbourg, what a delightful and peaceful city, and in the south is Mulhouse, where a visit to the Schlumpf Motor Museum is an absolute must. We avoided La Montagne des Signes (Monkey Mountain) in the first week, expecting a monkey 'Zoo', but this is the most natural environment you could ever encounter outside 'the wild' and we even returned for a 2nd visit. There is far more to do than described here, go and find out.
Most enjoyed - the beautiful gite (the sauna is wonderful!)and the strawberry tatrs in the bakery in Barr.
Least enjoyed - Alsace is a very quiet part of France at the best times, be prepared for the slow place of life.
Great – Bellissimo – Splendido – Magnifique
A must in alsace! One relaxing week in a very clean house. Big living room. Modern kitchen. Internet connexion. Quiet and secure.
We had a fabulous week in alsace - the house was pretty much ideal for the four of us and beautifully finished throughout. Very relaxing. Barr is a pretty town. We very much appreciated our friendly and helpful hosts' advice about things to do in tha area and arranging the local vineyard degustation visit and dinner. Lots of really interesting things to do and see in this area, and the children enjoyed the wonderful Europa Park of course! We very much look forward to returning to alsace again in the future.
Our ten year old son would like to add for our host Mr Holt!..
"Thank you very much for the week and those Man. United questions were too easy. Come on the Red Devils!.
a simple comment : accommodation in alsace must simply beautiful with a warm welcome.
Wonderful holiday in stunning location
We had a wonderful holiday! Without doubt this is one of the best holiday homes we have stayed in and its location is stuunning. The property is very comfortable, clean & well-equipped. Warm welcome & helpful advice from friendly English speaking owners. Lots to see and do locally and, with good road network in the area, day-trips into Germany & Switzerland are possible.
better than home !
A So big, comfortable and peaceful house ! Everything is done to make us feel at home but I would say it is better than home! It is moreover well located in alsace.