Chateau de Villes is located in a stunning countryside location in the Morvan Hills in central Burgundy, approximately 60km from Beaune. Luxuriously furnished and recently sympathetically renovated, Chateau de Villes offers the perfect combination of sumptuous opulent living with beautiful period features and details. The chateau also benefits from a private heated swimming pool.
The Chateau de Villes enjoys magnificent panoramic views of the surrounding 1000 acre estate, set in parkland said to be an early example of the design of Andre le Notre, famous for his work in Chantilly and Versailles.
Chateau de Villes has recently been redesigned following its former use as a private residence and playground of the French aristocracy, and guests to the chateau will enjoy fine bed linen, beautiful drapery and luxuriously appointed rooms.
On the ground floor the magnificent reception room benefits from an open fireplace and provides access to the formal outdoor terrace, where guests of honour would be received. Through to the hall, one will find a sweeping staircase which provides access to the other parts of the chateau. There is a huge kitchen that dates back to the sixteenth century, fully equipped with a Lacanche cooker. The ground floor salon and large formal eighteenth century dining room both benefit from large open fireplaces. The first bedroom - Carrol’s Corner – is situated on the ground floor. Sleeping two, south facing, furnished with a king size bed and en suite private bathroom with shower, this beautiful room enjoys a fantastic view. A second bedroom, furnished with two single beds, is also situated on the ground floor.
On the first floor the Fairthorn bedroom, decorated in natural colours in keeping with the countryside location, sleeps up to three, and benefits from a four poster king size bed, a separate single bed, open fireplace and en suite bathroom with bath. The Freshford bedroom also sleeps two, benefitting from a large double bed and en suite bathroom. The decor is warm and colourful. The Angelica bedroom, classically decorated in pink, is also south-facing and enjoys beautiful views. This fourth bedroom benefits from a large king size double bed, en suite bathroom with bath and open fireplace.
On the second floor sleeping two in separate single beds, Chambre Emmelina and Chambre Charlotte are each equipped with a hand basin and enjoy super views from the south-facing window. Chambre rouge and Chambre Harriette each have south-facing windows and benefit from fantastic views of the parkland. The former sleeps three, with a king-size bed and single bed and the latter sleeps two in a king size bed. Each are again equipped with a hand basin. There are two bathrooms on the second floor, with a bath and shower attachment, washing basin and WC.
The superb grounds are perfect for those who wish to explore and enjoy French country living. In addition to the chateau’s extensive own grounds, those who stay at Chateau de Villes will have access to over 2800 hectares, including neighbouring estates. The land surrounding the château comprises over 1500 hectares of woodland, fields, streams, several huge lakes and more than fifteen smaller ones. The land around the chateau is a shooters’ dream, combining hilly, varied, challenging terrain with incredible views, across the chateau park, which is over 100 years old.
*Please note, locations shown on the maps are approximations only
The nearest airport is Lyon (200km) and the nearest major town is Autun (18km). The location and facilities allow many different activities – whether you seek nature, history, culinary delights or relaxation.
Château de Villes is in an idyllic location, surrounded by beautiful, unspoiled countryside. The area is a hiker or cyclists’ paradise, with a huge variety of wildlife and plant life. Guests can enjoy, among other activities, searching for mushroom and escargot, wildlife studying and shooting and hunting for small and large game. The magnificent foliage in the area protects you from the sun, which means you can enjoy these activities at any time of year.
Information on opportunities to enjoy swimming, golf, horseback riding, ballooning, fishing, flying and day trips to nearby chateaux and Roman churches can be provided.
Burgundy is world renowned for its wine, and many well known vineyards are very close to Chateau de Villes. .
Idyllic country villages in close proximity to the chateau, including Autun, Nevers and Chalon sur Saone, are perfect for exploring away a Saturday or Sunday browsing around the antique markets. Information on where brocantes are being held can be provided on request. Autun also has the best local food market, held on Wednesday and Friday mornings.
At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. If there is anything you would like to arrange for your stay, please contact the Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can usually help you arrange any of the following:
Maid service/extra cleaning
Local day-trips or tours
Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
This is by no means an exhaustive list, so please just contact Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team to help you arrange any of those little extras that can really make the difference.
Availability All year round but Christmas unavailable
Catering Between €25 and €100 pp
Accommodation The Chateau sleeps a maximum of 20. Accommodation nearby can sleep the rest of the party.
Travel The Chateau has a helicopter pad. The nearest airport is Dijon (1 hour drive) and Lyon (2 hours drive).
- Security deposit: €1000. This is paid prior to arrival and will be refunded in full after departure subject to damage inspection. A signed rental agreement is also required before guests can gain entry to the property. This will be sent to you by the owner prior to arrival. - Linen & towels: All linen and bath towels are included in the rental price. - Energy costs: To expenditure. - End of stay cleaning: €200. - Arrival time: 4pm onwards. - Departure time: 11am. - Pets: No pets allowed. - Smoking: No smoking in the property. - Swimming pool: Heating of the pool is not included but is not usually necessary. - It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property.
Fairy-tale spot in the hills
Posted by Anonymous Gueston 05/12/2011
For a long time we had been hearing about the chateau and its sympathetic owners. Now we have our own stories to tell about this fairy-tale spot in the hills, woods, fields, farms, wildlife and friendly locals. The atmosphere of this place, the dinners, and fine wines, we will continue to taste in our mind for a long time.
We were surprised again and again
Posted by Anonymous Gueston 29/07/2010
After our arrival we were surprised again and again. The hospitality and your natural ability to make strangers feel welcome are unique. The domain is of unknown beauty. A pearl in an oyster; so real and pure.
A legend has been born
Posted by Anonymous Gueston 29/07/2010
A legend has been born because of your efforts; thank you that we could participate in this fairy-tale.
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