Le Domaine Richot

Aubepierre-sur-Aube, Haute-Marne
Self-catering


Kids range free, adults recharge in these two gites on a 17th-century estate with sunny gardens and a pool. Hike, bike, swim, relax...

Place

2 places

Sleeps

Sleeping from 4 – 5

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Behind wrought-iron gates in quiet Aubepierre-sur-Aube, a pair of delightful cottages with revealed stone façades and walled gardens – La Tonnellerie sleeps four, and L’Entrepot is for five (plus another child) – come as a big group and take them together. Communal rooms in each are pretty and open-plan, mixing original features – flagged floors and raw beams, stone fireplaces – with wood-burners, coffee tables and comfy sofas. In the smaller of the two, La Tonnellerie, find one twin/double on the first floor and the master at the top; L’Entrepot has its double and two twins on the first floor. Warm friendly owners Tim and Sarah, whose holiday home is here too, are sticklers for detail, so count on fine linen and fresh towels. Best of all are the gardens. Sunny days mean lazy hours in your own private garden (entrance through the back door of each gite) or by the walled pool, flanked by trees and shared by both cottages. Stroll across crisp, secluded lawns to the wilder meadows beyond, where you’ll find an orchard (if it’s ripe, help yourself), a gigantic kids climbing frame, a grass badminton court and a fascinating old dovecote. Bike or hike the wooded, rolling winelands of Burgundy and Champagne, or drive 30 minutes to Langres or Chaumont for museums, markets and cathedrals.

Essentials

  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights. 7 nights in high season. Pets by arrangement. 1st set of photos in gallery of La Tonnellerie (4 guests), 2nd set of L'Entrepot (5/6 guests).
Closed
Rarely.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property

Pricing

Nightly price
from £125
Weekly price
from £700
Damage deposit
£250
1 Cottage for 5
From £1805 beds3 bedrooms
1 Cottage for 4
From £1253 beds2 bedrooms

Accommodation

Reviews

We stayed at L’Entrepot for a week in August. What a relaxing and tranquil place to be in and get away from it all! The house is well-equipped and very comfortable, with the grounds full of activities for children to enjoy, including a wonderful pool area. Tim and Sarah are perfect hosts, with great hints and tips for things to do and enjoy in the immediate and surrounding areas. It’s a testament to the place that we managed not to get bored even when, unusually, the weather didn’t cooperate. Highly recommend!

Graeme, London

‘Wonderful place to holiday at as two families. Being 3 generations of the same family, it gave us the space we needed to chill and relax separately but at the same time spend time having fun together at the pool and playing games in the large garden and grounds’.

Etta, Harpenden

We had the most wonderful stay at Le Domaine Richot this summer. The quiet village of Aubepierre was the perfect antedote to our hectic family life with beautiful walks and great cycling (for the novice and professional). Sarah, Tim and their family were wonderful hosts providing guidance on things to do and places to see. For a family with teenagers there were various activities nearby (high ropes, water park etc) or for those wanting to relax the gardens/pool were the perfect place to unwind. Our accomodation L'Entrepot had eveything we might need and we thoroughly recommend a visit!

Angie, Saffron walden

Our family (3 adults, 2 kids + dog) stayed at L'Entrepot for the Easter holidays and had a lovely time. The house was well equipped, clean and very comfortable - a real home from home, full of rustic French charm. The large gardens were safe, well maintained and provided plenty of space for the kids to run around and play. The pool area looked lovely tho a bit too chilly in April to make full use of it. Set in a quiet village with lots of river & woodland walks on the doorstep, and quiet roads for cycling. Lots to see and do within an hours drive, would love to go back.

Susan, Abergavenny

I fully agree with the other comments - probably the best self-catering I've stayed in over our last 6 years of staying in France - and a big hit with our 11 year old daughter. We stayed in La Tonellerie - very clean, peaceful and charming, with constant hot water and a good supply of thick towels! Some fantastic cultural sites to visit nearby - Troyes, Chaumont, Langres, Fontenay, etc... plus Lake Liez for pedal boats. The village is very friendly, restaurants in Arc en Barois are just right - relaxed with good local food. Above all Sarah and Tim are incredibly helpful and solicitous.

Stuart, Saffron walden

Probably the best gîte we have ever stayed in. Wonderfully clean and well presented on arrival, lovely location (as part of an estate, all of which was available to us), superbly helpful owners, and located in a lovely village. Not mainstream France, but all the better for that: bucolic, green and relaxing. Would stay there again in a flash.

Mark, Shrewsbury

We have just had a lovely family holiday at these two properties. The houses are very attractive, have comfortable beds and the kitchens are well equipped. The secure shared pool is in a large garden with plenty of space for a game of boules, pirates on the climbing frame or relaxing. The village is in a pretty rural valley with lovely views. Most of the large towns are about one hour's drive from the property. The grandchildren had a great time and the grandparents managed to have the odd glass of wine in their own space. The owners Sarah and Tim are lovely and very helpful if needed

Hilary

We had a fabulous week staying here! The house was stunning and the pool and gardens were heavenly, the kids were so happy running about all week and Tim and Sarah were incredibly generous and accommodating! The local area was superb for cycling with and without the kids with easy tracks on empty roads and paths, and challenging off road rides too for the more adventurous! Dijon was an hours drive away, and well worth the trip, although Langres was lovely too! We loved the midday baguette & patisserie van that came to the door daily in time for lunch in the garden- who could ask for more?

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Location

The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Sarah Groves

  • Historic towns of Troyes, Chaumont, Langres, Beaune and Dijon are well worth visiting, especially on their buzzing market days.
  • Four raised vegetable beds in the Pigeonnier field supply a mixture of tomatoes, salads and courgettes. Visitors are encouraged to use and “re-sow” after they have harvested and are also invited to help themselves to the raspberries mid summer!
  • Plenty of Brocante markets all summer long in local villages. Always authentic bargains to be had.
  • In France's latest National Park, 'Parc National de forêts en Champagne et Bourgogne', it is an area of natural beauty. The cycling for road bikes and mountain bikes is fabulous in the area.. Such quiet roads and tracks, and beautiful rolling countryside.
  • Guests can forage for ceps and truffles in the forests during Autumn and then spend relaxing evenings by the wood burner.
  • River running through Aubepierre, from the source of the Seine, offers a delightful alternative to the outdoor pool. The plunge pool ('empêlement') near the weir at the end of the village is a favourite place for locals to cool off during hot summers.