Les pommiers is a 17th century stone house in a quiet village called Dancevoir which nestles in the forested valley of the Aube river in rural Eastern France. If you are looking for great walking or cycling along quiet roads or forests tracks this is it!
OUt door activities
The area is due to become a National Park for Forests. There are limitless possibilities for walking and cycling either along the quiet country roads or along forest tracks. Nearby lakes proved plenty of opportunity for swimming and other water sports.
You can walk or cycle to good local swimming holes in the river, great for picnics or drive to one of the lakes at Langres which have beaches. There is tennis in the village, golf, horse riding ,fishing and kayaking are all available near by.
The house is well placed to explore historic towns such as the nearby medieval town of Langres ,or spend a day exploring Dijon, Troyes or Beaune. Why not visit Renoir's house at Essoyes, Chateaux at Dinteville or Tanlay or the wonderful Abbey at Fontenay
Excellent Local Produce
There are good markets at Chaumont, Langres and Troyes for regional produce. There are superb local cheeses such as Langres, Chaource and Époisses
Stroll down to the village shop to pick up pastries or have a drink at the bar with the locals where Friday night is pizza night. Jump in the car and follow the route de Crémant, visit Chablis, drive north for champagne, head south for Burgundian reds!
Alternatively sample the wines in the local vineyards where the 'Cremant' (similar to Champagne but much cheaper) shouldn't be missed! Or if you're not a wine drinker try the delicious local craft beer 'Chou'.
Abbeys and Chateaux
For those wanting to explore Abbeys and Chateaux there is plenty to see. There are excellent museums nearby including a knife museum at Nogent, La Grande Forge de Buffon (dates from 1768) and la Musee de Chatillonais in nearby Chatillon with a stunning bronze vase. For artists the Renoir museum at Essoye where he spent his last years is a must.