Les Tournelles

Guyancourt, Yvelines

Delightful little antique-filled cottage with large walled garden and an allotment near Versailles. Gardeners will be happy


2 beds


1 bedroom


Sleeps 3


How lovely to find yourself just a 20-minute drive from Paris but cocooned in a 17th-century rustic cottage surrounded by gardens in the old part of a sleepy town. Drive through wooden gates to find the big house, and across the gravel drive, your holiday home with bikes to borrow, wood for the fire out the back, an assortment of homegrown veg – it’s all deeply generous thanks to kind owners Daniel and Claude. Inside find a large, beamed sitting room with white sofas, antique furniture, terracotta tiled floor and elegant stone fireplace for a roaring fire when you want it. Off here is a small kitchen with white tiling, 70s pine cupboards, a dining table, (you’ll be eating in the garden mostly though) a handsome antique wall clock and an ancient stone carved sink. Up to the eaves and a large bedroom which spans the width of the cottage and has shelves crammed with books, vintage artwork and views over the courtyard and garden. The bathroom is sparkling and roomy with a walk in shower and more views. Walk into town for shops and restaurants, visit Versailles, hop on the train to Paris, or just stay put and relish the peace.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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


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


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

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 5 nights on weekdays. 5 nights at weekends. 5 nights in high season.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from €107
Weekly price
from €750
Singles €750-€950.
1 Cottage for 3
From €1072 beds1 bedroom


We think this place is even better than the pictures shown on the website. Guyancourt is a quiet, modern town. However, Les Tournelles is situated in an old courtyard. A true sanctuary, because it is completely walled. Inside you share the lovely garden with your hosts, who we thought were splendid. Leave your car in the yard, because Versailles and Paris are within easy reach by public transport. The bus stops almost in front of the house. Baker and butcher are a 1 minute walk away. A supermarket is also nearby (3-4 minutes by car). We recommend this unique place without any hesitation

Wim, Wageningen

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Daniel Genton

  • 10 minutes from Château de Versailles - 45 min. from the center of Paris by bus+train
  • 5 minutes from "GOLF National" - Three other golfs within a 15 min. drive
  • 10 minutes from Abbaye de Port Royal - 45 min. from Jardin de Monet at Giverny - 15 min from "vallée de Chevreuse"
  • This house was erected in 1685. At that time it was a farm in the "Grand Parc du Château Royal". The church nearby is from the 12th century. Guyancourt is now part of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, "ville nouvelle" gathering 13 former villages west of Paris.
  • We bought this place 22 years ago. We, Claude my wife and I are very active in our garden...