Private home with large park-like garden accommodations for six people
Pete and Shirlene
- english, french, german, italian
About Pete and Shirlene
A long time ago in the last Millennium, Pete and Shirlene were living in Seattle where Pete was an environmental executive and Shirlene was an civil engineer. One day a friend introduced them to an awesome white wine called Meursault from Burgundy. The more they learned about Burgundy the more they wished to see the country and sample its other wines and foods. Shirlene discovered jobs were available in Germany where engineers were needed at American Military Communities. She applied and was offered a job at an American base in Bavaria. Pete decided to give up his office job and become a free-lance writer. In 1980 they moved to Bavaria and were soon hiking and skiing in the Alps and kayaking and rafting wild rivers. But continued to dream of Burgundy and that magical wine they had enjoyed back in Seattle. A year passed before they could visit. They immediately fell in love with Beaune and its network of narrow streets surrounded by medieval ramparts. Wine and cheese shops, cafés and bakeries all pulled on them like magnets. Meursault turned out to be a wonderful wine village with delightful restaurants, a maze of narrow crooked streets and white-stone homes and wine buildings. Friendly vintners welcomed them into cool, dark caves and offered generous portions of crisp, flinty-flavored Meursaults. Wouldn’t it be nice to live here, they often thought. But Shirlene’s work was in Germany. Finally, in 1990, they found themselves looking at photos in the window of Beaune realtor. What about a modest vacation home? A few prices looked affordable. “Let’s ask,” said Pete. They were shown a house in Saisy not far from Meursault. It needed a lot of work but was livable. They shook hands with the realtor, signed some papers and drove back to Germany wondering how the new adventure would unfold. Twenty years and many work vacations later, Shirlene retired and the vacation home became a part-time retirement home. Pete continues to write.
Pete and Shirlene purchased this House in 1990
Why Pete and Shirlene chose Saisy
We chose the property, Chez Peshi in Saisy, for a variety of reasons. Most notably, because of it’s ideal location on the border between the best vineyards of Burgundy to the east and the Morvan, France’s equivalent of Germany’s Black Forest, on the west. We are wine lovers and active outdoor people. Some of the world’s best wines are produced just a few minutes to the east by honest, hard-working families, the kind of people we feel richer for getting to know. Generous tastings and always learning something new are the rule. While wine is the attraction of most visitors, we found the same territory is a paradise for hikers, cyclists and rock-climbers. Trails begin in Saisy and multiply into an amazing network extending to the Beaune plain. Beginning in Nolay, 5 minutes east of Saisy, limestone cliffs offer fascinating hikes and serious rock-climbing challenges. Trails are named after Jean-Marc Boivin, the great French mountaineer who learned to climb here in his youth. The Bout du Monde, just north of Nolay, is a fascinating blind canyon dating back 170 million years to the Jurassic Period – ideal for walking, climbing and picknicking. Twenty minutes west of Saisy is Autun, “gateway to the Morvan.” The Morvan is vast forest laced with rivers and dotted with lakes that offer fishing, boating and beaches. For us the attraction was kayaking. Our market town, Nolay, was another factor. It has all the post-card charm of French villages featured in coffee-table books that include “most beautiful” in their titles. Additionally, Chez Peshi’s location directly across the street from the mayor’s office and grade-school offered security. Isolated homes risk break-ins when owners are not in residence. We have never had to worry. The large, park-like back yard was another factor. We like to dine outside on summer evenings. The house was and remains perfect for this activity.
What makes this House unique
Chez Peshi is uniquely suited and located for wine and food lovers who seek an active, educational vacation holiday. Wineries, most of which welcome walk-in visitors, number in the thousands. Tastings are generous and free. Questions are always answered with patience and wisdom and, after buying a couple or few bottles, we always depart feeling richer and enlightened. Burgundy’s gastronomy ranks among the world’s best. Slow, multi-course, palate-pleasing, artfully-presented dining is the rule. Supermarkets and weekly street markets offer wonderful food surprises for dining at your vacation cottage. Hiking and cycling opportunities through vineyards and forests and along ancient canals are unlimited and unique in multiple ways. Châteaux and castles, cathedrals and churches wait to be explored. Romanesque churches, like the one in Saisy, date from the 1100s. Charming medieval villages are also a joy to explore with the added pleasure of café terraces to relax with a café crème or a glass of wine. Burgundy’s history is incredible, beginning with the Gauls, moving up through the Roman period, early Christians, Islamic and Visigoth invasions and then 900 years when the Dukes of Burgundy ruled. Places to visit and learn abound: the Gaulish village of Bibracte and archeological site fascinates both young and old. A new 2012 museum dedicated to Julius Caesar’s final defeat of the Gauls at Alésia is worth a half-day visit. There are Roman gates in Autun and a World War II Resistance museum in the Morvan. The Château de la Rochepot near Saisy is one of France’s best preserved castles. Activities seem unlimited: Hot-air ballooning, gambling at the Santenay casino, barging the 1800 hundreds canals of Burgundy. All of this and so much more is in the area surrounding Chez Peshi. Tips, maps and guides await guests in the Chez Peshi WELCOME PACKAGE.
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Great location in traditional French house
Situated in a small hamlet Chez Peshi is an interesting find. If you like an open fire (we really do ) this is the best fireplace I have ever used and with a plentiful supply of logs we had several cosy evenings in.
The garden is large, ideal for the summer.
It's a really good base for exploring the burgundy villages and within easy reach of the beautiful city of Dijon.
One final praise for the level of easy communication with the owners, very helpful.
Traditional french house well located for burgundy
Situated in a small hamlet Chez Peshi is an interesting find. If you like an open fire (we really do ) this is the best fireplace I have ever used and with a plentiful supply of logs we had several cosy evenings in. The garden is large, ideal for the summer. It's a really good base for exploring the burgundy villages and within easy reach of the beautiful city of Dijon. One final praise for the level of easy communication with the owners, very helpful.
Great for a family
I was looking forward to using the bikes, especially the folding ones that could be taken anywhere, but my husband was recovering from heart surgery, so we were not so active. We enjoyed the easier hikes that the hosts designed just for us. Pete and Shirlene have gathered an amazing amount of material to help guests have a busy and happy vacation. We had both!.
Wonderful place in burgundy!
In 15 years of renting vacation homes, I have never rented a place that was better prepared than Sherleen and Pete’s house. They really have thought of everything. The home and the grounds are beautiful and there is everything you need for a wonderful visit already provided. And importantly, the Wi-Fi works great! They are both experts in the area, and any questions that I had they were able to provide the answers quickly. It is especially nice, that you are close to all the wine tasting, yet a bit away from everything to experience a true French Village visit. The city of Nolay he is about five minutes away where you can buy all the supplies that you will need, and if you need anything special just asked them and they will guide you to the correct place. When we return to the area, this is the only place that we would want to stay. Thanks to you both for a wonderful visit.
Thank you so much for the wonderful words, Greg! We very much enjoyed your enthusiasm for Burgundy and all the activities that are available....and also being able to recommend some super restaurants and wineries. We hope one day you will return to Chez Peshi!
Thank you again!
A relaxing oasis!
We stayed at Chez Peshi for 4 nights in August 2018. After spending the previous 4 days in busy Paris, Chez Peshi was a relaxing oasis! The village of Saisy is quaint, peaceful and quiet. The house itself is beautiful and lovingly restored, while maintaining so much of its original character and charm. It has everything you could possibly need. We felt at home right away. We enjoyed some great meals in the back yard after days out exploring the area. The kitchen was a joy to cook in!
Shirlene and Pete were wonderful hosts. They share their insider’s view of all there is to do and see in Bourgogne. The fact that they speak English was a big help for us as this was our first visit to this region and our French could use some work! Shirlene responded to all of our questions quickly and ensured that we had all of the information we needed to plan our trip and explore this lovely part of France. Chez Peshi is an ideal home base for anyone looking to explore Bourgogne. Thank you Shirlene and Pete for making our stay so comfortable and inviting!
Thank you, Paul, for your wonderful words! We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Chez Peshi so much. You and your family are the kind of guests we love - appreciating our efforts, but most importantly appreciating our home! Thank you so much!
Shirlene & Pete
A wonderful, quiet country home - a beautiful place to some time
What a wonderful country home to spend some time in. My wife and I had spent the two previous weeks in Paris with all the big city activity and then drove to this wonderful place in the very quiet town of Saisy. It was so peaceful and in such a beautiful location. The home is located about 20 miles outside of Beaune and is an easy drive through some very scenic small towns.
This is an older home (some parts are over 700 years old) that is up to date with bathroom, kitchen and electronics. Speaking of the kitchen, it is completely stocked with all possible cooking utensils, spices, even zip lock bags for your left overs and most anything else one could need. We stayed there 4 nights and used the kitchen to prepare dinner 3 of those nights. All appliances are modern with full instructions on how to use them (great for us since we can never figure out European buttons and knobs on appliances). The bed is very comfortable, the bathroom is huge and the living room is very cozy. The upstairs is unique and very charming.
That brings us to the guest book that Shirlene and Pete have put together for their guests. We have had numerous rentals through HomeAway but never before have we been provided with a guest book that contains such a wealth of information. All the information one might need for every aspect of the home (TV, Apple TV, washer, stove, Wi-Fi etc.). But that is not all – included are restaurant recommendations, information on where the highway radar is, vineyards to visit, bike rentals & trails plus sites to see. I am not doing justice to this book as it contains so much more than what I have listed.
Pete and Shirlene are excellent hosts. They answered all our questions and provided a great amount of information prior to our arrival. They have taken great care to provide a great place to stay and a guide/guest book that eliminates the need for spending a lot time doing research on the area.
We highly recommend Pete and Shirleen’s Chez Peshi village home. If we are ever fortunate enough to be able to visit this area again, this will be our first choice for a home away from home.
Chez Peshi Cottage is located in the small village of Saisy, Burgundy, France. It is just off the D-973 highway roughly midway between Beaune and Autun. The village has limited bus service and a car is required for an enjoyable stay.
Beaune is easily reached by superhighway (autoroute) from Paris and Germany to the north and from Lyon and Geneva, Switzerland to the south and east. The village is 3 hrs south of Paris, 1hr 40 min north of Lyon and 2 hrs 30 min west of Geneva. The great Alpine mountaineering center Chamonix is 3 hrs east on the Italian border.
High-speed train service on the TGV from Paris, Geneva and Marseilles to nearby Beaune and Le Creusot is frequent. Rental cars are available at the Beaune and Le Creusot stations.
There are no commercial services in Saisy and guests shop in nearby villages. Nolay, with charming, medieval center is 5 min away in the direction of Beaune and offers all normal services.
Saisy is at the center of a geographic triangle – roughly 30-50 km per side (20-30 miles) with Beaune, Chalon and Autun at the points – which is considered one of the “most beautiful areas of France.” It is a region of stunning scenery, unbounded outdoor opportunities, three thousand years of fascinating history, castles and châteaux, Roman antiquities, cathedrals and monasteries, quiet winding canals, palate-pleasing gastronomy and, of course, the world’s finest wines.
Chez Peshi is thus perfectly located for wine and food lovers who enjoy active, educational vacation holidays.
Nearby wineries, most of which welcome walk-in visitors, number in the thousands. Tastings are generous and usually free. Questions are always answered with patience and wisdom and, after buying a couple or few bottles, one always departs feeling richer and enlightened.
Burgundy’s gastronomy ranks among the world’s best. Slow, multi-course, palate-pleasing, artfully-presented dining is the rule. Supermarkets and weekly street markets offer wonderful food surprises for dining at your vacation cottage.
Hiking and cycling opportunities through vineyards and forests and along ancient canals are unlimited and unique in multiple ways.
Châteaux and castles, cathedrals and churches wait to be explored. Romanesque churches, like the one in Saisy, date from the 1100s.
Charming medieval villages are also a joy to explore with the added pleasure of café terraces for relaxing with a café crème or a glass of wine.
Burgundy’s history is incredible! It begins with the Gauls who had developed an advanced civilization in the centuries before Christ and moves up through the Roman period, early Christian period, Islamic and Visigoth invasions and then 900 years when the Dukes of Burgundy ruled. There are Roman gates and an amphitheater in nearby Autun, a Gaulish village and archeological site in the Morvan, a new museum dedicated to Julius Caesar’s final defeat of the Gauls at Alésia and important art and history museums in Dijon and Autun. Several World Heritage sites are to be found in the area. The Château de la Rochepot, one of France’s best preserved castles, is just minutes from Chez Peshi.
Activities seem unlimited and googling is highly recommended. Who would expect activities such as hot-air ballooning, gambling at the Santenay casino and barging winding canals to bed part of the Burgundy résumé?
And Chez Peshi in Saisy is located at the center of it all. Tips, maps and guides await guests in the Chez Peshi WELCOME PACKAGE.