Our choice of hotels and restaurants to make your trip to Burgundy even more pleasurable.
5* Château de Vault-de-Lugny, Vault-de-Lugny
If four-poster beds are your bag, look no further than the salubrious surroundings of this grand château. Dating back to the 12th century, the magnificent estate has been owned by the same family for generations. Today, they offer history-steeped guest rooms, a Michelin-starred restaurant and an underground swimming complex – all set within breathtakingly gorgeous grounds.
5* La Côte Saint-Jacques, Joigny
Situated at the gates of Burgundy, and with a panoramic view over the Yonne river, this five-star Relais & Châteaux retreat combines luxury accommodation, a double-starred Michelin restaurant and an exceptional spa with an indoor swimming pool. The 22 guest rooms and suites, each equipped with a balcony, terrace or bow windows, all overlook the river or the garden.
4* Château de Courban, Courban
Surrounded by beautiful countryside, in the north of Burgundy, this foliage-clad mansion house dates from 1820. Today, it combines a charming hotel and Nuxe spa with a Michelin-starred restaurant where Japanese chef Takashi Kinoshita works his magic. The 24 rooms are light and spacious.
4* Abbaye de la Bussière, La Bussière-sur-Ouche
Dating back to medieval times, this atmospheric abbey, set amid lush green landscapes, was once the home of Cistercian monks. Now a luxury hotel, and part of the Relais & Châteaux group, it features sumptuous guest rooms filled with character. The abbey is also home to a Michelin-starred gastronomic restaurant found beneath the vaulted stone arches and stained-glass windows.
Moulin des Templiers, Pontaubert
Found in a riverside setting in the Morvan park, this atmospheric old mill dates back to the 12th century. Now offering 14 beautifully renovated guest rooms, finished in high-quality materials such as Burgundy limestone, there is also a restaurant, two riverside terraces and a wellness area with outdoor hot tub to boot. It’s also a stone’s throw from the UNESCO heritage of Vézelay.
La Cour Berbisey, Dijon
Handily located in the heart of Dijon, this gorgeous guesthouse is found in a recently renovated 17th-century building. Divided into spacious suites, with period features and elegant decor, they each have their own living room. There is also a heated indoor swimming pool and a sauna.
Village Fantastique du Domaine de la Pierre Ronde, Lac de Chamboux
The clue is in the name at this place, the enchanted village of Pierre Ronde, which offers a truly magical getaway in the beautiful surroundings of the Morvan park. Set amid 25 hectares of woodlands, water and wending pathways, you will find a choice of tipis, yurts and even hobbit-style homes hewn into the hillocks.
Château de la Villeneuve, Saint-Marcel
For fans of glamping, the barrel-shaped bedroom here is the epitome of charm. Located in an attractive natural setting, it overlooks the grounds of the 19th-century Château de la Villeneuve – which itself offers lovely guest rooms. As well as being handily located for exploring the nearby vineyards, the historic centre of Chalon-sur-Saône is also close by.
WHERE TO EAT
Restaurant William Frachot at Chapeau Rouge, Dijon
The double-starred Michelin restaurant of chef William Frachot showcases the region’s finest flavours through inventive creations. The accolades speak for themselves: as well as their two Michelin stars, they are a member of the Grandes Tables du Monde and a veritable institution locally. The carefully curated wine list is led by decorated sommelier Maxime Brunet.
Le Terroir, Santenay
Situated in the charming village of Santenay, close to a venerated stretch of vineyards, this relaxed restaurant offers regional cuisine that reflects the changing seasons. They are happy to accommodate both vegetarians and vegans and there is also a children’s menu. The extensive cellar has a selection of some 300 wines.
From France Today magazine