Franck and Laura's cottage in Villers la Faye is everything as advertised and so much more. We were fortunate enough to stay in their wonderful lovely, warm, cozy vintners cottage for 10 days. We had an absolutely wonderful experience and cannot wait to return.
Many a night, after visiting every vineyard and village we could trip upon, including driving up to the cliffs overlooking the valley, we would end the day with a flickering fire warming us while we sipped the amazing Bourgogne wines and cooked our dinner.
Their cottage is authentic, beautifully decorated, well appointed and could not be cleaner; while they have taken into consideration every need a visitor may have.
Many thanks to you both - a bientôt et merci.
Stayed: Oct 2016 Reviewed by: Ron and Patty Vodian, Boston, USA
My husband and I had a wonderful time visiting the beautiful location with vineyards surrounding the village in every direction. We visited during the off-season, and enjoyed the fireplace and quaint cottage immensely. The home is equipped with everything we needed and more and the lovely bottle of wine when we arrived was a pleasant surprise!
Stayed: Nov 2016 Reviewed by: Kay M.
We spent two weeks in Franck and Laura's cute little gite, La Maison de la Vieille Vigne as part of a five week stay in France. It was the highlight of our vacation. Imagine waking up every morning in an old (but modernized for comfort) stone cottage in a slowed-down, quintessential French wine village and no matter the direction you drive vineyards, vineyards, vineyards! So breathtakingly beautiful. The house is great. A big bed that is comfortable, a full bathroom with laundry facilities and a totally usable kitchen. A nice living room area for resting after a day of sight-seeing or "degustation" and wide patio area when you want to eat (or sip) outdoors. The location is perfect for exploring Burgundy with quick, easy access to Beaune. The famous wine villages of the area are just minutes away and wine tasting is as easy as walking in (except noon to 2:00 when a lot of things close). If wine is the reason for your visit you couldn't be better situated than Villers-la-Faye. The short drive to D974, the main road along the wine route, takes you to Ladoix-Serrigny where to the left is the Cote de Nuit and to the right is the Cote' de Beaune. So many great restaurants in Beaune and the surrounding villages, too. If cooking at home is something you plan on doing then don't miss the big Saturday market in Beaune. We did a lot of preparing meals at home and we were happy with the kitchen. The two features we need the most, a good coffee maker and strong wi-fi, were present. We particularly appreciated the detailed operational manual for the house that Franck and Laura left. Everything worked just as they said it would. If we had one unfulfilled desire it was for a nearby boulangerie or patisserie. The smaller villages, like Villers-la-Faye don't have them but it was easy to plan ahead and have what we wanted on hand. We travel to France every two years, settle in a bit and experience new regions on each vacation. After visiting Burgundy and Villers-la-Faye we have decided to break tradition and return to this wonderful place, if only for a week, from now on. We loved our stay at La Maison de la Vieille Vigne and give it our highest recommendation.
Stayed: Aug 2016 Reviewed by: Michael and Nancy H.
My husband and I spent a week at the cottage and it was one of the most restful, beautiful and interesting stays of all of our many vacations. The Village itself is charming and the surrounding countryside is spectacular. We dined on the Burgundy canal at a little restaurant filled with truckers and workmen that was phenomenal, wine tasted to excess, visited castles and tiny towns and ventured frequently to Beaune and once to Dijon. We don't often return to the same place with so much of the world to see but this cottage and region may very well lure us back. Go immediately if you can!
Stayed: Jun 2016 Guests: Deirdre S.
What a perfect, central location to enjoy all that the Burgundy region has to offer. Let's begin with the apartment itself... exquisitely appointed, comfortable and charming, it is the height of romance and mellow atmosphere. The village is so peaceful we didn't want to leave, but when we did we were minutes from amazing sights and adventures. Can't say enough about this experience.
Stayed: Sep 2015 Reviewed by: Larrynlaura Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
A charming cottage, well furnished and set up, within the delights of the Côte d'Or. In a quiet village, great to come home to after dégustations and various peregrinations. We recommend it to anyone with a love of Burgundy.
Stayed: Sep 2015 Reviewed by: Sandy and Rob Canberra, ACT, Australia
We highly recommend this little gem, especially in september
Stayed: Sep 2015 Reviewed by: Renate L.
We just got back from a week staying in the lovely Maison de la Vieille Vigne! Having read about the house and Laura’s and Franck’s exploits in restoring it, we were excited to finally get here. Our trip had to be postponed a year due to a sudden death in our family, and Franck and Laura couldn’t have been more gracious or flexible in dealing with our changed circumstances, which made it all the more meaningful to finally arrive!
The house is tucked away behind the main road through the tiny village of Villers-la-Faye, about 10 minutes from Beaune by car (less if you’re a French driver, which I am not). It’s a wonderfully appointed and designed cottage! Our favorite features are admittedly the more modern amenities: the skylights, the washer and dryer (not a small concern considering our total vacation was three weeks!), the modern shower, and the full kitchen! We made our breakfasts here on many mornings, which helped us feel like we were living as locals for a while!
The town is very centrally located for the Cote d’Or, a region we’d never been to and are still only just discovering. After a week of driving around it, I can say this location is perfect, and the quiet village home makes for a peaceful and relaxing stay. There’s very little traffic, and we rarely saw neighbors, although the adjacent house next door had a family dinner most nights, which made the neighborhood feel homey.
We used the patio furniture for breakfasts and one picnic lunch, as well. The weather was perfect, highs in the 80s, and having a patio to relax on was another great feature of the house. We also loved having the windows open, where a nice breeze coupled with the thick stone walls meant that the house never got too warm, even on a hot spring day!
I highly recommend this cottage as a springboard for any kind of adventure in Burgundy!
Stayed: May 2015 Reviewed by: Carrie G