Gite du Marronnier




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Lovely French farmhouse in beautiful Burgundy

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By Andrew Steward, Jan 16 2017 03:46PM

A million ‘thank yous’ to you both for sharing your beautiful home with us. This truly was an enjoyable week – so much beauty and peace made this the perfect ‘getaway’… It pains us to leave but know it won’t be forever as there is no way way we won’t be returning to this wonderful home! Thank you again,

James and Julie A, Felixstowe

We had a great week: your GIte du Marronnier is an enchanting place for recovering, reading, tasting sweet plums, gathering sun-glowed blackberries in the nearby hedges, watching little lizards climbing walls and house-martins playing in the air of lazy afternoons or peaceful sunset glows; or letting thoughts flow freely through our space and time..... and also serves as a starting point for discovering a landscape abundantly loaded with the beauty of nature and culture; of course Vézelay and Guédelon, les chateaux de Ratilly and St Fargeau... Sleepy picturesque towns and villages such as Toucy, Treigny, Perreuse... lovely Clamecy ... Our spirits and souls are soaked with all this. Thank you!!!

Maria and Ulrich S, Opfingen, Germany

Thank you so much for one of our best holidays ever! We all had such a lovely time, seeing places we probably would never have seen without your help – beautiful places. Thank you.

Joanne and Finbar O, Amersham

We have enjoyed our week’s stay in ‘Gite du Marronnier’. It is such a peaceful location with beautiful birdsong!

John and Beccy B, Brighton

What a wonderful, peaceful rural idyll. We have enjoyed a relaxing and sunny week, a beautiful location with so much to see and do, or as we have done latterly, relax.

Doreen and Nick P, Northants

Thank you Andrew and Marielle for providing your home for us to enjoy for the past week. And enabling us to enjoy the peace of Yonne. What a wonderful area you have chosen for your home.

Kelvin and Mollie B, Warwick

What a thoroughly relaxing time we have had at your lovely home. We cycled around the villages enjoying croissants from Lain, lunch in Toucy and simply enjoying the beautiful views…Our evenings playing cards in the petit salon were snug and most relaxing. Many thanks.

Jane and David S

We’ve had a very good week. St Fargeau is very pretty. We spent a day in Auxerre. We followed the trail around the town, had lunch sitting by the river and went on a short boat trip down the river and into the canal. We enjoyed this visit very much. We visited Guédelon – very interesting. Le spectacle at St Fargeau castle – a brilliant show. Thank you very much!

Bev and Steve B, Gloucestershire

Thanks Andrew and Marielle for letting us stay in your peaceful home – and what a week it was! We did not see a drop of rain all week and by Friday it felt as though summer had returned – it was so hot. We found Auxerre to be very beautiful (very sunny again!) The French people that we met were all really friendly. Very best wishes…

Patrick and Liz O, West Yorkshire

What was the highlight? Well maybe today when we walked to Fontenoy for lunch with the locals at 'le Fontenoy'. Simple, local food served by charming people and an easy walk. But then, maybe the visit to the vineyard of Jean-Luc Brocard in Chablis - he makes the Wine Society's Chablis. We also toured the showroom of William Favre and had an excellent lunch at the bistro next door. Not satisfied with that, we slipped along to Sancerre and sampled the produce of Florian Mollet - their Sancerre and Puilly fume are worth the drive. It's so good and the peace of le Sablon extends to the hedgehogs, who have become our friends...

Charles and Julia

We have enjoyed exploring a part of Burgundy we had not stayed in before and also had plenty of time in our two weeks to relax. The weather has been good and, like your other visitors, we have been to Chablis, Sancerre, Briare, Vézelay and Guédelon... The arboretum north of Briare was well worth visiting...

Paul and Marie W, Herefordshire

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. A beautiful area, people very friendly - did not hamper us having only limited French (schoolgirl some 56 years ago!) Extremely hot, so mainly stayed around the property (plenty of books read, wine drunk, and cheese and bread eaten).Trip to Auxerre one day when it was a little cooler. All in all a wonderful holiday.

Julie and Geoff S

Excellent Week…

Sue and Peter C

By Andrew Steward, Sep 25 2015 11:38AM

Just updated the website photo of our gite refurbished outside this summer. New shutters have been added around the gite and the main facade has been painted to make the whole garden experience even brighter and more beautiful:)

By Andrew Steward, Sep 6 2015 03:50PM

Just back in England from Burgundy after a wonderful summer with glorious weather! The change in temperature was was so striking that we had to put on the heating and long trousers lost at the bottom of a suitcase! Today it was great to feel the sun as we delivered some leaflets in Cheltenham our home town.

The garden was left looking fantastic and the house has been freshly painted on the main facade with new shutters. Pictures soon to be added! We imagine our current guests are enjoying the garden and another week of September sunshine...

Great to find lots more positive comments from this year's guests in our visitors' book, soon to be added to this site, too.

Bookings for 2016 open from today so let us know your preferred dates so we can reserve these for you:)

By Andrew Steward, Jun 4 2015 02:30PM

Back from a week in our farmhouse, the property and gardens are looking fantastic. The bees are doing their thing while the birdsong is idyllic. We've also had some visitors while we were there - a cockerel and his wife take a stroll around the garden in the morning, while in the evening a family of hedgehogs ramble around le parc. We have guests there now for the next few weeks and there promises to be some wonderful weather to light up the picturesque surrounding countryside...

By Andrew Steward, Apr 22 2015 05:20PM

Having spent the Easter holidays in France, we are now ready for our rental season and have already filled several weeks in the Summer, which will help the house pay for itself. It is always with some difficulty that we leave Gite de Bourgogne in the Spring as the garden is just coming into bloom with flowers and blossom doing their charming thing and the whole wonderful surrounding French countryside buzzing with life in the welcome Spring sunshine. The garden and house are even more equipped than they have ever been and we have also invested in having the walls of the farmhouse treated and cleaned, making the gite even brighter and attractive from outside:)

We still have availability in May, June and September - wonderful times of the year to visit the Yonne region in Burgundy, so let us know which dates would suit best by contacting us by email at

By Andrew Steward, Mar 23 2014 08:57AM

One tip for a great French holiday is to try and speak the language. Getting by in French is not only great fun, it is also a way of getting to know the locals and making French friends. Burgundians are well known for their warm welcome and generous hospitality. Before you know it, you’ll be inviting each other round for barbecues! If you live near Cheltenham, Marielle is a French Tutor helping many students improve their French. If you live further afield, she also offers online conversation sessions on Skype tailored to your interests. Our tutoring website link is:

Bon courage!

By Andrew Steward, Mar 18 2014 02:53PM

Sunning and relaxing in the garden is great but when you feel like getting up and seeing what’s around, there are some fantastic sights nearby. Our French holiday home is ideally located to explore this wonderful region. To the south, there’s Vézelay, a lovely old hill town, famous for its impressive abbey (a popular pilgrimage destination) and gorgeous views. Twenty minutes away is Guédelon (with its 100s of daily visitors), a reconstituted medieval chateau, which is being rebuilt using traditional methods – this is a great day out for all the family with loads to see, learn and enjoy. A real medieval chateau is found nearby – St Fargeau, with its farm and amazing spectacular show with hundreds of actors set in its superb grounds (a must for anyone visiting in the summer months). Other top tips for trips and visits to come…

By Andrew Steward, Mar 11 2014 09:59AM

To the east of our Burgundy holiday home is Chablis, a charming little town set among the vineyards, which produce its excellent wines. If you enjoy a tipple and would like to savour some of the local appellations, the area offers much to whet your appetite…

To the south of Auxerre you can also visit the popular Bailly Lapierre Wine Cellars, where you will be able to tour, taste and stock up on local bubbly:


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Bonjour et bienvenue to our Burgundy blog where you can find golden tips for a great holiday in Burgundy, the heart of France, using our holiday home as a perfect base for exploring this wonderful region. There is also a feedback post with comments from our previous guests. We are both teachers - I, Andrew, am English and have been travelling backwards and forwards to Burgundy in school holidays for nearly 30 years, while Marielle is Burgundian and has family nearby. We would be delighted to hear your thoughts about the area and any tips you have for our French holiday home visitors. We look forward to hearing from you and will do what we can to ensure your holiday here is a wonderful one.

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