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This is a charming 150 year old 3-bedroomed gite in a quiet street in the centre of the ville. It has a lovely courtyard garden with a sun terrace, where you can look over the rolling hillside around Vermenton. The village owes its prosperity in former times from vineyards and timber-floating along the River Cure. There is wi-fi, satellite tv, and free landline calls worldwide. Vermenton has everything you need - butchers and bakers, bars and restaurants. The supermarket is especially good - it sells local wines and has an extensive butchers section using locally-reared animals - and it's within easy walking distance. On Friday mornings there is a lively vegetable, meat and dairy produce market.
Local activities include horse riding, kayaking/canoeing, coarse fishing, cycling, hiking/walking, rock climbing and swimming. Burgundy is famous for its wines - there are plenty of opportunities for wine tasting within 20km - Chablis, Cote d'Auxerre, Irancy, Caves de Bailly. The countryside is beautiful with the vineyards and there are lovely medieval towns worth visiting such as Auxerre, Avallon and Vezelay. The Parc du Morvan Nature Reserve is within 30km.
The River Cure runs through the village. There is a designated swimming area with a little sandy beach - ideal for all ages as the riverbed has a gentle incline. There is a grassy play area with playground equipment behind and paddleboats in the summer. A little way along the river bank is the Port, where you can take a stroll and look at the boats. The Parc des Iles by the River Cure is a lovely park - good for a picnic or fishing. The beautiful Cistercian Abbey of Reigny is set alongside the River Cure and forested hillside - concerts and weddings are held there.
Coarse fishing is available within walking distance in the beautiful setting of the Parc des Isles. Permits are available for the category 2 River Cure and the Canal de Nivernais between Cravant and Arcy-sur-Cure through Vermenton. Pike, brown and rainbow trout, eel, black bass, carp, roach, zander and perch. Costs 10 euros per person per day or 30 euros for a week. Permits are available online at www.cartedepeche.fr or from the Maison de la Presse on the main road.
The kitchen is well equipped and has a table large enough to seat all the guests.
The spacious salon is a lounge/diner with wi-fi and satellite tv - which has all the English Freeview channels and also French channels.
There is one bedroom on the first floor, adjacent to the family bathroom. There are 2 more bedrooms on the upper floor, one has a double and a single bed, the other has 2 single beds. The stairs to the upper floor are quite steep and may be difficult for toddlers or people with mobility difficulties. All bedrooms have wardrobes, bedside tables and lamps.
Large family bathroom on the first floor. Separate toilet and shower room on the ground floor.
Gas fired central heating throughout the house.
In the salon there are loads of dvds, books and games for all ages.
Outside is a pleasant walled courtyard garden, with a rooftop sun terrace where you can see across the rolling hillside.
Rue du Vau is a narrow one-way street and there is no parking outside the house, except for loading and unloading. But there is ample free parking at the bottom of the street, about 70 metres away.
Fleur de Lys is suitable for visitors of all ages, bearing in mind the stairs to the upper floor.
Praised for its religious architecture, its pretty riverside setting and its football team, Auxerre is one of Frances' most celebrated places full of art and history. The town is dominated by a Gothic style Cathedral and several smaller churches. Auxerre offers an Aladdin’s cave of places to see and things to do. Throughout the town itself, there are many attractive squares and narrow streets to meander around and plenty of cafes to sit and watch the world go by. In addition to the crypts and churches, there are numerous medieval half-timbered houses all offering their own slice of history.
The Grottes d'Arcy-sur-Cure are well worth a visit. The pre-historic decorated caves hold the second-oldest cave paintings known. Prepare to be astonished at the limestone rock formations. This is Wookey Hole on a grand scale. You can be forgiven for believing at times that you are on a sci-fi film set. It seems improbable that such fantastic shapes and sculptures have been formed simply through the action of water on chalky rock. The stalagmites and stalagtites transform caverns into weird rooms of cathedral proportions. Opening times are 10.00-12.00 and 14.00-17.30, and 10.00-12.00 and 13.30-18.00 during July and August.
There are 3 bars in Vermenton: the Meridian and “Fi-Fi's” are on the main road, and the Bar de Sport on Rue du General Leclerc. The Bar de Sport is also a PMU – betting shop – and you can buy Lotto tickets there. The Meridian does good food at lunch-time and in the evening, when you will need to book (03 86 81 50 61). The Auberge d'Esperance is a small, family-run restaurant, also on the main road. There is a pizzeria in the square off Rue du General Leclerc, and another one on the main road. There are very good restaurants in Arcy sur Cure , Accolay and Chablis. Auxerre and Avallon have a range of restaurants, including Chinese, Indian and even MacDonalds!
Just past Auxerre there is a bowling alley with mini golf, an ice rink, Laser Games Megazone and Corsaires Et Pirates - an indoor play park. There is another indoor play park called Youmbao in Appoigny, which has a large climbing structure, ball pool, bouncy castle, climbing wall, trampoline and karting track.
Vermenton market is on Friday mornings, but as the change over day is usually Saturday, guests often like to visit Chablis market on Sunday morning to buy their cheeses, meats, fruit and vegetables. There is also a large market in Auxerre on Tuesdays. The markets also have stalls which sell spit-roast chickens and potatoes, pork and other meats.
There is a swimming centre adjacent to the football stadium, with several pools, both indoor and outdoor in the summer. There is also a swimming centre at Montbard which has both indoor and outdoor pools, but this one has a water chute, a wave machine and an excellent lazy river. You should check for opening times first for both centres.
The lovely town of Vezelay is 25km from Vermenton. It has a sense of simplicity and peaceful tranquility. Vézelay is best known for the Basilica of St Mary Magdalene, one of Europe's largest and best-preserved Romanesque churches. Its harmonious architecture is alive with fascinating sculptures of saints, sinners and biblical figures. In the Middle Ages, Vézelay's basilica was a major pilgrimage destination thanks to its claimed relics of St Mary Magdalene and its position along the route to Santiago de Compostela. The narrow streets are lined with shops selling local produce, art and sculpture galleries and exhibitions.
Vide-greniers are the French equivalent of car boot sales, and they are lively and social events. Each ville holds their own vide-greniere on a different weekend during the summer.
There are three walking trails at the archaelogical site of Camp Cora at St More – neolithic, later a Roman settlement where you can visit a Roman amphitheatre. Guided tours are available from June to September. Telephone 03 86 33 44 19 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Burgundy is famous for its wine and the lovely village of Chablis is only 20km away, so there are plenty of opportunities for wine tasting. Another very interesting trip is to the Caves de Bailly - only about 7km in the direction of Auxerre - where you drive into the massive caves which hold approximately 5 million bottles of wine. You can take a tour which tells you all about the wine-making process, followed by tasting the locally produced wines. The Cotes d'Auxerre begins within 10 km of Vermenton. It is an area that produces some fine wines, including pinot noir, Cesar and Gamay. Irancy and St Bris les Vineuse have both just received their appellation d'origine controlee . Coulange , Chitry and Courgis are all examples of wines between Cote d'Auxerre and Chablis.