The Gardener's Cottage

The Gardenerís Cottage is an 18th century village house that has been transformed into a very comfortable modern house. With three bedrooms that accommodate six people, it is an ideal base for a family vacation in Burgundy.


. Along with comfortable furniture, American-style mattresses and high quality linens, the cottage has a fully equipped modern kitchen, satellite TV,WIFI, CD, multi-region DVD player and Stereo. Bicycles can be provided for exploring the countryside. Though we normally rent during the May through October season, the house can be made available at other times of year. The Cottage is fully insulated with convection heating in every room .


The Cottage is 25 minutes away from Beaune, the center of the Burgundian wine trade and Burgundyís greatest vineyards. There is a wealth of historical sites, chateaux, and picturesque villages within an easy hourís drive.

For further information,contact us at W. Kenneth Thompson, 23 North Street, Bristol, Vermont 05443. (Tel 802-453-7855).

View of Cottage Back Garden
Burgundy Cottage Flowers
Cottage side garden

The Cottage

The Gardener's Cottage combines antiques with modern amenities to create an extremely comfortable atmosphere. It has:

*** a fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher and all appliances including washer and dryer,

*** a dining area,

*** a well-appointed living room with WiFi,  satellite TV, code-free DVD and stereo unit with a selection of DVDs, CDs and English-language books,

*** three bedrooms (two with queen-size beds, one with two twins,  and

*** two bathrooms with shower. (Note: a downstairs bedroom and bathroom allow easy access for those who have trouble climbing more than two steps.)

*** bicycles can provided for guests upon request

The bedrooms and bathrooms are provided with linens and towels, duvets, and US-style down and hollowfill pillows. The downstairs bathroom has a heated towel rack.There is a portable air conditioner in the event of a heat wave, but fans are generally sufficient. In addition to large windows, the two upstairs bedrooms have Velux skylights for additional light. The skylights have shades which can be lowered to darken the room. 

The house sleeps six comfortably. A private back garden with a "wishing well" and garden furniture offers a pleasant place for outdoor reading, evening drinks, or dining.

The cottage and chateau

The Setting
The upstairs front bedroom of the cottage looks over a wall to the grounds of the Chateau d'Antigny, one of Burgundy's oldest baronies. Built on the site of a Gallo-Roman fort, the chateau once offered protection to the village nestled under its walls in times of war. Since Arnay-le-Duc was the scene of Henry IV's first battle in 1570 in the wars of religion, the fortress served an essential purpose.


A Tiny Medieval Village
The little village of Antigny-le-Chateau has preserved much of its medieval character. Its ancient spring, dating from pre-Gallo-Roman times, still provides water for farmers to take to their animals in the fields.

A country lane winds out of the village square around the chateau walls and circles the long ridge that the chateau defended. There are wonderful views from various points. One can see the traces of Gallo-Roman trenches on the hill behind the chateau. It is an ideal place for walking, biking, horse-back riding, or jogging in a peaceful rural landscape.