Domaine Richot

The rural charm of the cottages in Domaine Richot

These two self-catering properties offer a unique and relaxing holiday spot in an area of unspoilt French countryside, sitting between the wine areas of Champagne and Burgundy. 
La Tonnellerie Frontage
La Tonnellerie Frontage
La Tonn. - Living area
La Tonn. - Living area
La Tonn. 1st floor bdrm
La Tonn. 1st floor bdrm
L'Entrepot Frontage
L'Entrepot Frontage
L'Entrepot - Living room
L'Entrepot - Living room
L'Entrepot - Main bedroom
L'Entrepot - Main bedroom

 

Historically, 'La Tonnellerie' was used as a workshop where the barrels for the family wine business were made. 'L'Entrepot' - 'the warehouse' - was the wine store.

Where possible, we have retained the history of the property, by renovating furniture found in the houses, as well as from local 'brocantes', and using old artefacts to decorate the walls. 

We have aimed to make the houses as we would like to find a holiday home ourselves: with quality bedding and towels and a practical feel to the everyday running of the kitchens and bathrooms. We want you to feel totally at home, so there are always teabags, sugar and milk on your arrival to ensure the beginnings of a comfortable stay.

 

La Tonnellerie - Ground Floor

The ground floor comprises a large open kitchen/dining area (fully equipped with simple white crockery and practical cooking pans) and separate sitting area, kitted with Bose ipod speakers, TV and DVD player and radio/CD player. Internet access is available on demand.


La Tonnellerie - 1st and 2nd floors

On the first floor is the bathroom and a bedroom which can comfortably sleep 2. On the top floor, the stairs lead up to an open master double bedroom with a large and airy, ensuite shower room.

Beds will already be made and towels laid out on your arrival. Spare towels for pool use are available in the cupboard in the 1st floor bedroom.


L'Entrepot - Ground Floor

L'Entrepot is slightly larger than its sister 'La Tonnellerie' and can be rented separately or together . 

It comprises a large open-plan lounge and dining room (kitted with Bose ipod speakers, large flat-screen TV, and DVD player) and separate kitchen (fully equipped with simple white crockery and practical cooking pans).

There is a wc/shower room and laundry room on the ground floor with a back door opening onto an ample back terrace and private garden behind. 


L'Entrepot - 1st Floor

With three bedrooms on the first floor and one bathroom, L'Entrepot sleeps five people very comfortably but could accomodate a small sixth person on arrangement.

Like La Tonnellerie, beds will already be made and towels laid out on your arrival. Spare towels for pool use are available on the shelves beside the back door. 


Outside

Outside the back door of both properties is a secluded, private terrace, with barbecue and garden furniture for outdoor eating. You are free to use the rest of the adjoining gardens, picnic in the orchard or eat your supper watching the sun go down over the village rooftops.

In addition, there are two fields behind the rear walls, through the wooden gates. The right hand field leads up to an old pigeonnier, where a large wooden 'Treetops' climbing frame has recently been constructed. The raised vegetable beds are there for your harvest and we ask you to wtaer, weed and re-sow where necessary in return! The left hand field includes a full-size proper grass badminton court and a range of different fruit trees. If there is ripe fruit during your stay (apples, plums, pears, cherries, raspberries) please feel free to help yourselves.

The walled outdoor swimming pool (padlocked) is at your disposal, along with the wooden sunloungers. Badminton and tennis rackets, as well as sets of 'boules', are also available for your use, as are our mountain bikes which can be used, on arrangement, at visitors' own risk.


The village

Aubepierre's village store/bar is well-stocked and open from 8h00-12h00 and 17h00-20h00 every day except Mondays when it's closed in the morning. Our caretaker, Catherine, will deliver croissants and bread to you for breakfast on your first Sunday morning, unless you request otherwise. For a small price this can be extended to fresh orange juice and croissants every morning if you wish.

There is a travelling boulanger who passes through the village everyday, except Mondays,  between 11h00 and 12h00; other provisions include fresh fruit and veg supplied by Nathalie in her white van on Weds and Sat mornings, and eggs can be collected daily between 18h00 and 18h30 from the farmer across the road. For further produce, there is a well-equipped supermarket, more boulangeries, pharmacy, doctors, dentist, tourist office and restaurants in the neighbouring village of Arc-en-Barrois, 10mins away. The larger towns of Chateauvillain and Chatillon-sur-Seine are 20 and 30mins away respectively, and have more to offer in terms of shops. 


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