A drive across Burgundy will take you through splendid hilly landscapes covered with vineyards. These "climates" are all winegrowing terroirs that bring the plots, grape varieties and know-how together. They all give rise to great vintages renowned throughout the world. Their discovery goes hand in hand with equally exceptional visits to museums featuring outsider art and modern art, a Cistercian monastery classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the house of the poet and novelist Alphonse de Lamartine.
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Restaurant and hotel on a river. The Côte Saint Jacques, in the heart of Burgundy, is a captivating destination. Most of the pleasant rooms have nice terraces, and there are panoramic views from the jacuzzi on the banks of the river Yonne. With an array of activities available, from cooking lessons, to strolling along the canal, an indoor swimming pool, a spa and special programmes for children, you will not be at a loss for things to do. Chef Jean-Michel Lorain, the hotel’s talented and exuberant owner, will welcome you like a friend, and if you’re lucky, he will let slip the secrets of his recipes. ... Learn moreless
This outsider art museum is rather unknown, created by the architect and painter-sculptor Alain Bourbonnais in the sheds of his house in the countryside of Dicy. The museum houses wonderful pieces of atypical art imagined by eccentric fantasist and inspired artists who were farmers, miners or just young...Read More less
With its many houses, partly made from wood and its historic fortifications, Noyers-sur-Serein is listed among the most beautiful villages in France. Many artists have lived in the village for decades. It is at number 53, place du Grenier à Sel, where one finds the famous Burgundian ceramist François...Read More less
Secluded and sheltered by vegetation, Fontenay abbey remains an amazing sight. This Cistercian 12th century monastery, with its magnificent Roman architecture, has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site since 1981. As soon as you open its doors, you find such intimacy and grandness. We walk through...Read More less
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Restaurant and hotel in a village. The name Bernard Loiseau evokes a unique sensory voyage and an authentic culinary experience. Chef Patrick Bertron has added his talent to the legacy left by his master, with cuisine based on simplicity, powerful tastes and new flavours. But the food isn’t the only attraction at this stunning Burgundy location: owner Dominique Loiseau has made this hotel exceptional in every way. The breakfast room is a listed historical monument. The dining rooms offer a panorama view of the gardens, the rooms are elegantly decorated and at the spa, the welcome is warm and attentive. This is a magical and timeless place where the idea of well-being takes on its full meaning. ... Learn moreless
The name ‘La Côte’ brings to mind great Burgundy wines. Sixty-five kilometres of vines to each side of the road between the city of Dijon and the village of Santenay. Each hamlet or slope here is an international wine landmark. Along the Côte de Nuits, stop at Gevrey-Chambertin, Vougeot, Chambolle-Musigny,...Read More less
Located in the antiques quarter, in Dijon, this little bar is a meeting place for wine-lovers, viticulturists, and other oenologists. Well known in the world of gastronomy, its owner, Bruno Crouzat, has an excellent palate and a sensible motto: ‘My tastes are simple: I am happy with the best’. Over glasses...Read More less
His name is not well known, but his work has been exhibited all over the world. François Pompon (1855-1933) is exhibited at the Musée d'Orsay, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. A native of Saulieu, this animal sculptor is famous for his majestic Polar Bear, which has been copied many times,...Read More less
A little over a mile northwest of the historic town of Autun, you’ll find the Morvan Aero Club at the Autun-Bellevue airfield. Open to all, this club of enthusiasts offers flights over the region in small planes (such as the Aquila 210, Robin DR420, and Piper PA28). An original way to discover the castles,...Read More less
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Restaurant and hotel in a village. A true institution of French gastronomy and a charming hotel, the Maison Lameloise has cultivated art de vivre since more than 90 years. In medieval times the cuisine attracted already the Dukes of Burgundy. This long and delightful story is continued by Chef Éric Pras, MOF (Best Craftsman of France), and Frédéric Lamy at the head of the former coach house dating back to the 15th century. The fresh, precise and delicate cuisine of Éric Pras gives this iconic restaurant a new, young image. With the fine tart of Burgundy snails and the potagère of fresh herbs or the suckling veal chop rubbed with marjoram and orange, it pays a delicious tribute to the region and the heritage of the property. ... Learn moreless
For a number of years, the ’Entre-Deux-Monts’Castle offers an unusual visit of this historical monument, built in the 17th century .Your journey will start by a truffle hunt on the truffle farm where dog’s skills are sometimes used to find and unearth the truffle and will end with truffle tasting served...Read More less
Fostering organic farming since 2004, this beautiful area of Chevannes in The Côte de Nuits vinifies over 17 hectares, of which six are on the estate. Chambolle, Nuits Saint-Georges, Gevrey-Chambertin and Morey Saint-Denis…, you can find these excellent wines and much more on our wine list. These fruity...Read More less
For Yohann and Stéphanie Chapuis, their bet has paid off. They have re-ignited the flame of this legendary restaurant in Tournus by honouring Jean Ducloux, the patron saint of Burgundy gastronomy. Trained in the kitchens of many a historic Relais & Châteaux, chef Yohann has taken traditional cuisine...Read More less
It is at Milly, alongside other children of winemakers, where Alphonse de Lamartine grew up. A carefree and happy childhood marks the work of the writer. In 1830, a short time after having been elected at the French Academy, he inherited the family house before running unsuccessfully for a seat at the...Read More less
It is hard for us today to imagine that during the 12th century Cluny was the most important abbey of the West. Founded three centuries earlier in 910, the abbey has congregated nearly 10,000 monks. The “promenade of angels” maybe has lost its shine since then, but it remains one of the key places for...Read More less
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Restaurant and hotel in town. Atop an enchanting hill, the Villa Florentine offers all the spirit and charm of the Italian Renaissance right in the heart of Lyon. The lush green terraces of this 17th century former convent offer exceptional views of the historical city of Lyon, a Unesco World Heritage site. Period furniture and contemporary works meet in the rooms, havens of peace and softness. An exquisitely calm pool and Jacuzzi invite you to a voyage of the senses. In the kitchen Chef deploys treasures of refinement and places the culinary focus on the product. At nightfall, the sparkling city lights join together with the stars. ... Learn moreless
On the banks of the river Saône sits île Barbe, an enchanting, magical paradise that is listed among France’s historical monuments. In 1977, the eccentric writer Félix Benoît proclaimed the island independent and declared himself the governor of this new territory. Benoît was a gourmet through and through...Read More less
The Halles de Lyon is considered to be the "stomach of the city", and is an essential stop for food lovers. The producers' stalls are adjacent to areas dedicated to enjoying a quick lunch on the run. Regional products such as Lyon-style quenelles, cold cut platters, Beaujolais wines, and praline tarts...Read More less
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To give you inspiration, Relais & Châteaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: Suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully personalise according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover. Our consultants are available to help customise your route and assist you in making reservations at our properties. It is up to you to reserve any recommended activities on-site or nearby that might interest you.
‘I was born in Joigny, the Gate to Burgundy, as the sign at the entrance of the town suggests. It is where the region opens its arms to welcome you. I was not rocked by vineyard but by the Yonne River. This stunning course of water flows beneath our windows and is for me both soothing and inspiring. I would like to wake up in the middle of the night and be alone at the water’s edge with my line, waiting to catch some fish. Burgundy is a real paradise for nature lovers and those who want a bit of peace. It’s a region where we can go from the vineyards to the wineries and form the abbeys to the forest; a place where the diversity of climates may soon be classified as world heritage.’