If you want to see what a real French house is like, rent a gîte rural. But rent it from French owners, not foreigners. What you'll see is the authentic decorating style. The authentic appliances. The authentic furnishings. It's always an interesting experience. You pay less, too.
That's why I say I wasn't fundamentally disappointed with the house we rented in Bouzy. It was comfortable, and it was inexpensive. Leaving the dog out of the equation, we each paid 105 euros, or about 150 U.S. dollars, for our four-night stay there. That's less than $40 per night per person.
The house was large. The description said it was 180 square meters — that's about 2000 square feet. There were three good-size bedrooms, and a very large kitchen. One bedroom didn't get used at all. There were two toilets — one up and one down. The shower had good water pressure, and we never ran out of hot water. The refrigerator was big enough. The oven worked.
We took our own sheets and towels — they are often not provided and since people usually drive to their gîte, they can easily bring their own. We could have chosen to rent sheets from the landlady for six euros per bed, but we didn't need to.
We didn't need to turn on the heat, but it was included in the price of the rental. Some gîte owners will charge extra for heat, or will give ask you to pay extra for electricity over a certain amount consumed. I remember a gîte we rented in Vouvray 10 years ago. On check-out, I told the owner that we had probably used a lot of electricity. She checked the meter, and said yes, you certainly did. I expected the worst. The surcharge came to 12 dollars for the week.
One afternoon in Bouzy, I went out for a walk by myself and took pictures of whatever I thought was interesting. As I've said, the town in not genteel and fancy — it's more agricultural, with warehouses and wine-production facilities. Champagne is an agricultural product. In Bouzy, you sometimes feel the town's glory days are behind it. But the price of champagne keeps going up. Internationally, demand is high. In the town, you'd never know it.