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Outstanding vacation rentals in a historical property facing the vineyard - LITTLE BEAR **** - Luxury gite for 2 at garden level

Bedrooms 1
Space 46 m²
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights



LITTLE BEAR **** - Luxury gite for 2 at garden level

Charming and lovely apartment for 2 with a small terrace. Easy access (ground floor / garden) with all amenities. Suitable for people who have difficulty climbing stairs.

Official Rating 4 stars (19 March 2013)

The Little Bear is right on the small and quiet square of the Winegrowers (place des Vignerons) where a small terrace with 2 garden chairs provides a nice place to have breakfast in the sun. The Little Bear gite has two independent entrances. It is accessible by 3 steps on the front or from the side by a small paved ramp.

Although not fully meeting the standards of handicaped access with use of an autonomous wheelchair, this apartment was designed to facilitate the stay of people who have difficulty climbing stairs: no step inside the apartment, large walk-in shower.

The former main entrance hall is now organized as a dining room in a kind of winter garden. It gives access to the little outside terrace.

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About the property

Les Remparts de Riquewihr

The location is exceptional: in the medieval ramparts, facing the vineyards. It is quiet, but only a few hundred meters from the heart of Riquewihr, one of the most beautiful villages in France ...

This is a collection of 6 new outstanding luxury holiday homes: 4 of them are located in a big Renaissance house (actually a winery built in 1580) on the first belt of the ramparts (built 3 centuries earlier in the year 1291). The property is facing the famous Schoenenbourg Grand Cru vineyard producing some of the best Alsace wine; 2 other apartments are in a 17th Century adjacent house. The houses are surrounding a small garden. The renovation works took more than 2 years. The result is a gem!

Property Manager
Jean-Paul Krebs
Member since: 2013
Speaks english, french, german
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
15 April, 2018

About Jean-Paul Krebs

Les Remparts de Riquewihr (Ramparts of Riquewihr) is our small family business. We are a couple of tourism professionals - Martine and Jean-Paul - having many years of experience in airline business and travels.

We think that - especially for a rather long stay (most of our guests are discovering the slow travel concept and are staying 7 nights and more) - it is not enough to sleep well during the night but it is necessary to enjoy the stay in a place which is somehow of the same level as the historical surroundings, the landscape, the mountain and the vineyards: beautiful. We put a lot of effort and care in the renovation and decoration of our vacation rental apartments because we want our holiday homes to be a memorable part of your travel experience to Alsace and France.

Jean-Paul Krebs purchased this apartment in 2012

Why Jean-Paul Krebs chose Riquewihr

After 6 years of efforts rebuilding this old medieval property we are proud to announce that our collection of new outstanding luxury holiday homes in Riquewihr, Alsace just earned a 4 and 5 stars official classification by the French ministry of Tourism.

Our holiday homes belong without any doubt to the finest places to stay in Alsace.

What makes this apartment unique

The location is exceptional: a very quiet historical place facing the most famous vineyard in the area but within short walking distance of the historical center of the village.

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A Pâques, Noel et Nouvel an, minimum de séjour 5 NUITS. Les jours d'arrivées et de départ sont flexibles mais ne doivent pas générer de 'trou' d'une ou deux nuits avec les réservations existantes.
Le forfait ménage comprend draps et serviettes, les lits faits à l'arrivée et le ménage au départ.
Un seul chien autorisé après accord préalable. PAS DE CHAT.


Accommodation and facilities for LITTLE BEAR **** - Luxury gite for 2 at garden level in Riquewihr, France

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 46 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:30 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • City Centre
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • - toilet , shower enclosure
  • Large walk-in shower. Independant toilet.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • - 1 large double bed
  • This very new apartment meets high level equipment standards as most of our holiday apartments. The bedroom has a double bed (queen size 160 x 200 cm) and high quality bedding, toilets, bathroom en suite with large shower.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Veranda / Loggia ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • hydrotherapy
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
Apartment strictly NON SMOKING The Little Bear right on the square des Vignerons and has 2 independent access. It is accessible via 3 steps or front side by a small paved ramp. Although not meeting the standards of access and independent use by people in wheelchairs, this apartment has been designed to facilitate the stay of people who have difficulty climbing stairs: ground floor apartment, large shower Italian. This apartment benefits from excellent natural insulation, so we did not deem it necessary to install a gourmet air conditioning energy.


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LITTLE BEAR **** - Luxury gite for 2 at garden level
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews
Cambridgeshire, UK


  • 5 of 5

I am delighted to say that this was one of our most enjoyable and memorable holidays yet. The Alsace region and the accomodation at Les Ramparts de Riquewihr were more wonderful than we had hoped for or expected. Firstly the apartments; we stayed in Little Bear and we found it to be completely charming. Perfectly placed, right in the center of Riquewihr and yet totally private and quiet. This ground floor apartment has access to the serene and fragrant garden where there are peaceful seating areas, as well as its own little outside seating area off the wintergarden. The apartment is decorated in the most charming, romantic, cosy and welcoming style whilst having appliances of the highest standard including a top of the range microwave/oven and a krupps coffee machine. Pods for the krupps are available from the office run by the very efficient and friendly Valerie. Nothing was ever too much trouble for her and you could tell she is as passionate about Les Ramparts and Riquewihr as Jean Paul, the owner and they are both so genuinely determined to do all they can to ensure a wonderful experience is had by their visitors. Every tiny little detail has been thought about, down to the provision of tabs for the washing machine and dishwasher and quality toiletries in the shower room.We loved our stay in Little Bear and will certainly return again.

As for the Alsace region, well it is just beautiful and Riquewihr is chocolate box pretty with endless charm to be found around every corner. It is so lovely, its hard to take it all in. Other beautiful and charming little towns we visited were Kaiserberg and Ribeauville and a gorgeous little village near Ribeauville called Bergheim. Then of course there is Colmar which is larger than the others but also very beautiful. We found the local people to be very welcoming and helpful.If you love ancient architecture in pretty towns and villages with wonderful food and wine ( the local pinot gris is fabulous) all set in amongst rolling vine covered countryside, then look no further, you will have found paradise. Do try to take a trip into the Vosges mountains as well and take lunch at one of the mountain farm restaurants serving wonderful, rustic traditional dsihes. Alsace is said to be one of the sunniest regions of France and the sun certainly shone for us all days but one and we were able to sit outside to eat most days. It was just fabulous in every way possible and we can't wait to go back and do some more exploring!

  • Review Submitted: 01/10/2014
  • Date of Stay: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Ce gîte est tout ce que nous aimons : calme, intérieur cocooning mêlant l'ancien et le confort moderne. Nous avons eu un très bon accueil. Si nous décidons de refaire les marchés de Noël en Alsace, nous n'hésiterons pas de revenir dans ce gîte et pourquoi pas aux beaux

jours !!!!

  • Review Submitted: 25/01/2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci pour votre appréciation. Elle est pour nous comme une belle récompense pour tout le travail fourni. Comme vous pouvez l'imaginer, la restauration d'anciens bâtiments historiques (des ruines au départ) demande beaucoup d'efforts, non seulement de l'argent mais des idées et une volonté tenace pour surmonter tous les obstacles. Au mois de mai 2016, l'Association de Sauvegarde de la Maison Alsacienne nous a décerné deux médailles d'or et un coup de cœur hors concours pour les travaux de restauration que nous avons mené ces dernières années à Riquewihr. Pour la création de nos appartements de vacances et gîtes à Riquewihr, nous avons aussi suivi méticuleusement le cahier des charges du ministère du tourisme, de façon à ce que nos visiteurs, non seulement séjournent dans des lieux chargés d'histoire, mais bénéficient également d'un confort maximum. Et, avec toute notre équipe, nous faisons de notre mieux pour que nos visiteurs passent un excellent séjour. Et ce magnifique village de Riquewihr nous aide bien. A bientôt !
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Très agréable

  • 5 of 5

Tous simplement magique!

C'est la seconde année que nous venons dans ce lieu et nous sommes toujours aussi satisfait, accueil, propreté, calme et intérieur charmant.

  • Review Submitted: 24/01/2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci pour votre fidélité et votre confiance ! Nous faisons de notre mieux pour que nos visiteurs passent un excellent séjour dans un cadre historique mais doté de tout le confort moderne.
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Romantische Ferienwohnung mit Charme

  • 5 of 5

Wir waren für 7 Tage zu Gast im kleinen Bär. Die Wohnung läßt keine Wünsche offen und ist mit viel Liebe und Geschmack eingerichtet. Als Ausgangspunkt für erlebnisreiche Ausflüge im Elsass sehr zu empfehlen. Die Betreuung vor Ort durch Valerie und Nathalie war so herzlich das man das Gefühl hatte, gute Freunde zu besuchen. Jede Frage wurde kompetent und schnell beantwortet, alle Wünsche prompt erfüllt.

Vielen Dank dafür!!!

Wir kommen sehr gerne wieder!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Review Submitted: 30/08/2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Plus que parfait!! Tellement de style!!!

  • 5 of 5

Nous sommes complètement tombés amoureux de cette gîte et l'endroit tellement beau. On voit très bien que les bâtiments ont été restaurés avec plus que passion et l'amour pour tous les petits détails. Nous avons toujours trouvé de nouvelles beautés dans la gîte et l'ensemble que nous ont totalement ravis. On se trouve comme chez des amis qui ont un lieu très beau et qui étaient suffisament sympa de le confier à leur visiteurs :)

Tout se présente avec beaucoup de style et d'atmosphère et on se trouve totalement à l'aise dès l'arrive. On se trouve très bien acceuilli parce-qu'on trouve des information très détaillées sur la ville, les environs, les réstaurant, les magazins. Pour nous, un élément très important étaient les nombreux réstaurants d'excellente qualité juste à quelques passes de la gîte. Nous espérons de pouvoir venir très souvent parce-que la combinaison de la gîte dans cet ensemble de vieux bâtiments avec tellement d'atmosphère, la précieuse ville de Riquewihr, les vignobles, les montagnes, le vin, les restaurants est justement comme être au paradis.

  • Review Submitted: 14/04/2015
  • Date of Stay: April 2015
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: C'est vrai, reconstruire ces vielles ruines n'a pas été facile. Certains, pendant le chantier, nous ont même dits que nous étions fous ! Mais le témoignage des siècles passés méritait d'être sauvegardé et la situation des bâtiments dans la très jolie ville médiévale de Riquewihr et au cœur du vignoble alsacien nous a donné du courage. Mais nous n'avons pas voulu faire un musée mais plutôt marier la tradition historique et le meilleur du confort moderne, dans un emplacement exceptionnel. Notre meilleure récompense est de savoir que nos visiteurs y ont passé un excellent séjour. A bientôt !
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Nearest Airport
75 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Nearest Train
12 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
30 restaurants within walking distance
Nearest Ski
20 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

Riquewihr, perhaps the most romantic medieval city of Alsace is hidden among the vineyards and the Vosges Mountains.

Alsace and the medieval town of Riquewihr the vineyards are definitely a great destination. Alsace offers a unique combination of history, culture and landscapes. A renowned gastronomy and delicious wine make it one of the most interesting regions to visit in Europe.

In early 2010, the famous travel guides Lonely Planet elected Alsace among the original 10 destinations in the world to visit this year! For Lonely Planet, Alsace is one of the most beautiful and the most original of France which, thanks to its wine, cuisine and other attractions and tourist facilities are worth the trip.

Riquewihr is one of the crown jewels and has still the face that was hers there nearly 500 years. More than 30 restaurants are within walking distance in the village, the traditional family restaurant in the establishment of prestigious Michelin star.

Riquewihr is also a convenient place to stay for exploring and discovering all Alsace, but also very close to Germany and even Switzerland.


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