Maison Marais is now open for 2021
Private, peaceful, comfortable in the heart of the old town. For you, your family and friends only. The West Wing rooms are all solely for your personal booking.
I rue des Marais is in the heart of the old town of Charolles, next to the River Semence.
Maison Marais offers generous accommodation in the West Wing for up to 6 people, with 3 double bedrooms, a new salle d'eau and a quiet library. You'll have your own front door leading to a kitchen where you can make tea and coffee or keep cold drinks. There is a comfortable private sitting room where you may take your breakfast.
You may book from 1 to 3 rooms for your private use. The West Wing bedrooms can only be booked by you for your own friends and family. You won't share with people you don't know. If you only need one room, the West Wing will be yours alone.
When the sun is out, the double doors will be opened onto your own corner of the courtyard garden where you can relax under the shade of a huge catalpa tree (Indian Bean Tree). In June and July it will be in bloom with spectacular long creamy scented flowers.
Maison Marais was built in 1790 and extended in 1846 .
The house was bought by the Gerbe family in 1875 who in 1888 commissioned the West Wing extension. The same family lived here for the next 150 years.
Chris and Tamsin Anstey bought the house in 2015 and undertook a total renovation, retaining the superb period features.
They look forward to offering a warm welcome to you, your family and friends.
THE CLOCK ROOM
The Clock Room is the principal guest room. It's a generous size with French antique furniture and a big, comfortable bed.
It has a newly refurbished Salle d'eau and seperate wc
The windows offers a peaceful view of the River Semence and the old town .
We'll be happy to prepare your evening meal. Just ask and we'll let you know what's for supper.
Bring your own wine.
We have an extensive vegetable garden and provide our own fruit and veg whenever possible.
€25 per person, 3 courses
Sheets and towels
Leave everything to us.
Crisp fresh white linen and fluffy bath towels.
Swimming pool towels provided.
The best French breakfast
Fresh croissants and bread, homemade jams and local honey.
Yogurts, muesli, fresh fruit, cheese and cold meats.
Good coffee, a choice of tea and orange juice.
Included in your room rate
€10 discount if no breakfast
We offer secure car parking. When you arrive we'll provide access.
You may book from 1 to 3 rooms for your private use. The West Wing bedrooms can only be booked by you for your own friends and family.
You won't share with people you don't know. If you only need one room, the West Wing will be yours alone.
There is a single shower room and separate WC upstairs. If you book the other rooms you will all share these facilities.
Clock room €120
Kent and Rose rooms €95
A sheltered courtyard garden with year round interest. You'll have your own space to rest and eat under the catalpa tree.
Our extensive vegetable garden is nearby. Just ask if you want to visit.
Well behaved dogs are welcome.
We have a friendly dog.
We've got a great pool with changing room and hot shower.
Let us know if you want to use it so we can check availability
Charolles, at the heart of the beautiful Charolais region, has a long history as an independent ‘mini-state’.
In 1771 it became the very last territory to be absorbed into modern France when it reverted to the French crown, being exchanged with the Spanish king, Charles III, for a small suburb in Paris.
The extensive pastures of the Charolais (to the north) and the Brionnais (to the south) are home to the famous Charolais cow. These lovely, gentle and curious white cattle, often with their calves, gaze at walkers from behind their hedges and stone walls. There's also the Charolais sheep, a distinct local breed that has gone on to be used in farming around the world. Enjoy the beauiful views that open up around the corner as you pass into a new valley.
Charolles has a population of 3,200. As the principal market town for the area, it is well served with 6 boulangeries and an exceptional patissier, great butchers, supermarkets, hairdressing salons and banks. The renowned Lycee with its students, add a vitality to Charolles lacking in many a French country town.
Maison Marais is situated in the heart of the old town, close to all amenities and many small cafes and restaurants, including the Michelin starred Maison Doucet.
Charolles has easy access to the wineries and restaurants of Burgundy, the Maconnais and the Beaujolais.
THINGS TO DO
Wine: Burgundy and Beaujolais
Charolles, although separate from the wine growing areas, is close! Mâconnais whites are world famous and perhaps the very best, Pouilly-Fuissé, is under an hour and is right on the edge of the superb Beaujolais region.
Drive north-east for 40 minutes and you'll be in Montagny, just south of Puligny-Montrachet, Meursault and all the other great Burgundy wine villages.
The Musée du Prieuré looks out over the town. The greatest treasure in its collection is actually the building itself, rescued and renovated quite recently.
Wonderful roman churches are sprinkled throught the Brionnais. Some are rightly famous, like Semur-en-Brionnais. Others are there to be discovered and enjoyed.
There's also the nearby Château de Digoine and Château de Drée.
Historic towns well worth a visit include Cluny, Autun and Nevers.
Birds and wildlife
The biodiversity around the town is rich. Wild boar and deer are in the oak forests. Buzzards and sparrow hawks soar above the fields. In summer, playful swifts circle the town. Bats track up and down the rivers and the canal in the dusk. Patience will even give you a view of one the kingfishers that live in the town, hunting small fish in their favoured River Arconce. In May, orchids can be found. In summer and autumn there's plenty of edible fungi to be seen in the forests.
The canals of Burgundy
They're very well known already and rightly so. At Digoin, just 20 minutes away, you can get a day picnic boat and cross the amazing canal bridge over the Loire. An experience!
You can rent bicycles as well and enjoy riding along the tow paths after a good lunch.
Walking, jogging, cycling. These are wonderful activities where you can enjoy the pristine beauty of the Charolais and the Brionnais.
Our air is clean, our views are immense and our little paths and roads are quiet and peaceful.
There are local stables nearby where you can do rides at any time of the year. In particular, the 'Centre Equestre Jump'in' on the edge of the town and the nearby (5km) Centre Equestres at Varenne l'Arconce.
Tamsin and Chris, we wanted to thank you again for your hospitality and making us feel so welcome to your beautiful home. It felt like we'd hit the jackpot when we arrived to discover our own spacious, charming wing of the house, replete with many thoughtful touches. Breakfast was a treat every morning - best breakfast doesn't even begin to describe it; absolutely delicious each time! Thank you for the tips about what to do in the area, the map and directions for an amazing walk and the swim in your pool. Looking forward to coming back to your delightful, delectable chambres d’hotes soon! Elizabeth and Brad Desmarais, Canada