This stunning conversion combines many features of the original farm with modern comfort.
The colombage (timber & brick) façade of the original house has been retained. A spacious living area has been created where animals once lived. The cedar-lined roof is a striking feature, seen from the lounge / dining area and kitchen and forming the ceilings of the upstairs bedrooms. A bridge gives access to the mezzanine and south bedroom, its glass-panelled surround giving views through the house.
The three downstairs bedrooms are traditionally furnished, quiet and characterful. The downstairs pool shower is accessible for wheelchairs - please discuss access fully during booking.
The home cinema is upstairs. Bring your own DVDs, and your own music.
The 'old kitchen' has a good collection of books. Please tell our 'femme de ménage' if you take one away to finish.
Outdoor meals can be taken on the back veranda or in the front courtyard. The barbecue is portable.
Dijon, Cluny, Geneva, specialities and wine!: In addition to the towns mentioned above, Halfway House is only an hour from Dijon.
Dijon has numerous museums, most famously the Musée des Beaux-Arts. It has beautiful churches and civic buildings and the Jardin botanique de l'Arquebuse. Dijon holds its International and Gastronomic Fair every year in autumn. It also hosts, every three years, the international flower show 'Florissimo'.
The house is an hour from Tournus and about an hour and a quarter from Bourg en Bresse. Cluny would take an hour and a half, through the Macon wine country.
We can advise on visits to the South Burgundy vineyards, and tell you where you can eat and sample half bottles of the local wines with your meal.
During August there are a number of events in Bresse that take place at night and teach about the stars.
It takes only two hours to drive to Geneva.
Don't fail to visit the speciality shops: chocolate (Pierre and Louhans), high fashion leather (Pierre), and cheese (Bellevesvre).
More about the Jura Mountains: The monks who built Cluny lived previously at Baumes-les-Messieurs in the Jura, and a trip to this ancient priory in its remote and spectacular setting is a highlight of any visit. Children will love the cavern and waterfall in this amazing valley. This can be coupled with a trip to the hill-top town of Château Chalon with its glorious views. Nearer home, for children there is the Château at Arlay where each afternoon in the summer there is a falconry display.
Further into the mountains, Arbois and Poligny are well worth a visit. A slightly longer journey will take you to Arc-et-Senans, a world renowned historical site.
The Lakes of Chalain and Vouglans offer many delights for children (an hour and a quarter’s drive).
More things to do at Halfway House: In the huge barn (hangar) you will find a basketball net, dart board and various other games to play. A badminton net and rackets are in the store room.
In the garden is a big swing set (children only, sorry).
You are welcome to pick some flowers, and fruit if ripe – plums, grapes, cherries, apples & mirabelles.
Hares, red squirrels and many birds, including a golden oriole, have been seen, and a nightingale is often heard.
You are welcome to use the Bread Oven (though please be careful). It needs to be heated by burning logs for an hour or so, and we suggest cooking home-made pizzas straight on the brick floor. They taste delicious. While the oven is heating up, you could play petanque in the large courtyard.
We strongly recommend swimming at night with the pool light on. Stargazing with truly dark skies is also a must.
Fairs, markets and 'vide-greniers' (when whole villages turn out their attics) are frequent and fun.