You are welcome to our large old stone house in the centre of the small village of Sivignon. Authentically French, this lovely home (originally the village inn) has many of the furnishings and decor bought by us with the house 26 years ago. We have used it as a no frills holiday home during this time. It is somewhere beautiful to spend time away from the pacy treadmill of the work routine in the peace and quiet of the Southern Burgundy countryside.
The house has a spacious kitchen with dining table. It is equipped with all the basics for cooking for 8 people or more, but very keen cooks might find it needs a few additions. We are working on this. We have entertained up to 20 friends and neighbours comfortably using what is in the house at present.
A staircase leads from the kitchen to the master bedroom.
The living room has a large extendable table (not shown in the photos as extended), a 3 seater sofa and 4 easy chairs. I think the comfort factor could be improved a bit - so again, I'm working on this. There is a large woodburner. Some logs are available under the deck, and although available to use should not be necessary during the summer when we are letting the house.
There is a staircase in the living room to access the landing and the 3 bedrooms and a toilet/basin.
Upstairs there is a huge master bedroom with double bed. Currently we have the 2 single beds set up in there too. This room has its own staircase down to the kitchen and downstairs toilet and shower. Alternatively, a door leads from the master bedroom to the landing and upstairs toilet. This room has 2 windows opening to the front.
Bedroom 2 is a very pretty room with a king sized bed and view to the front.
Bedroom 3 is the quietest and smallest room, with double bed and quaint view to the outbuilding at the rear.
The master bedroom and bedroom 2 have traditional shutters for those who prefer a nice dark room for sleeping.
There is no garden but a large covered decked area at the rear of the house which is perfect for eating out/sitting and reading/gazing at the stars and the view. It's always a winner with people who stay. However, it is uneven and not fully balustraded so GREAT CARE needs to be taken.
Things to do: The town of Cluny, famous for the Benedictine Abbey founded in 910; visit numerous vineyards of the Maconnais; cycle the Voie Vert; visit the Taize Communaute; swimming in the lac du St Point; hike or bike up the nearby Butte de Suin for fabulous 360 views and see if you can spot Mont Blanc in the Alps on a clear day; just absorb the sounds and the sights of the rolling Charollais countryside. It's an enchanting place.
It is about 20 minutes drive from Cluny and 30 minutes from Macon Loche TGV station. Nearest boulangerie St Bonnet de Joux. Nearest large supermarket Super U 10-15 minutes St Bonnet de Joux.
Your own transport is necessary as public transport links are too far away.
Guests can access the entire property. There is a workshop with tools in it which we would kindly ask that you put back if you need to use them. We would prefer it if children did not access the workshop to prevent tools being mislaid.
I do not live in France but can be contacted by phone or email during your stay if you need help or advice. I will leave my contact details in the blue welcome book in the kitchen. Sivignon, though a small village, is extremely sociable and friendly.
The church bells chime on the hour, twice! Day and night.
In August and September there will be some works in the road to replace some water pipes. We have been staying here for a few days since the works have started and they have barely impacted on our stay but there is some noise from time to time.
Please bring your bed linen and towels. Duvets and pillows are provided.
The house is in transition from being used as a family holiday home to being let to guests and unfortunately we can't provide bed linen at present, unless on special request at an extra charge.
I have listed it as "suitable for children", however it is important to take care as there are some potential safety issues.
Younger children are very welcome but it is important to note that the house is on the corner of a quiet country road and so parents......please take note! It is not a particularly relaxing place to take an adventurous toddler.
The deck to the rear is a beautiful sheltered, sunny or shady space to spend time. However, it is uneven and could pose a danger to young children or those who have mobility issues.