Burgundy has it all: glorious countryside, vineyards, amazing gastronomy, a fabulous history, picturesque villages, awesome towns, the Burgundy Canal and an incredible capital city – Dijon. There are also more chateaux in this region than any other in France, many of them with well stocked wine cellars and gourmet restaurants and swimming pools. Some of them are available to the public as luxury hotels like the stunning 19th Century Chateau de la Marquise Thesut near Chalon-sur-Saône in the heart of Burgundy.
Wine, Chateaux, Gastronomy!
There are hundreds of reasons why you should be tempted to visit this lovely region. The diversity of the local landscape, the chance to stay in a fabulous chateau or gorgeous gite amazing heritage, picturesque villages, lush vineyards, the waterways, the peacefulness of the countryside… cheese, wine and the most amazing gastronomy.
Dijon, capital of Burgundy
The Dukes of Burgundy were once more powerful than the royal family of France. Their footprint in Dijon is staggering. Hugely wealthy, the Dukes of Burgundy were patrons of the arts and spent fortunes making Dijon as beautiful as possible. An enormous palace, wide open squares, medieval streets with breath-taking mansions – their legacy is on every corner.
Wander round Dijon town and take in the sights of this historic town that bears so many traces of its illustrious and very prosperous past. It’s astonishing to nip into a modern clothes shop and discover an ancient well left over from the 15th Century. Dip down an alleyway and find a hidden medieval house that looks like it was built yesterday. Rest your feet and people watch at Place Francois Rude, encircled by cafés and bars whose tables spill onto the pedestrianised square. A lively place named after the Dijon-born sculptor of “La Marseilleise” which graces the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The locals call it Place du Bareuzai thanks to the statue of a naked man treading grapes; the name means ”red stockings” (from bas rosé) which the winegrowers had after crushing grapes with their feet.
Beaune is a pretty town where they take their wine seriously. The Hospices de Beaune was a cutting edge hospital in the 1400s and incredibly parts of it stayed open until the 1990s. Nowadays it’s just as famous for its wine auctions. It is a fascinating place to visit and you will never forget the sight of that magnificent multi-coloured tiled roof.
Must do’s in Burgundy
Enjoy a picnic along the famous Burgundy canal shaded by leafy trees.
Cycle - there are 800 km of cycle routes and 5 major routes.
A must-see is the Chateau of Guedelon, Yonnne, a medieval castle being built in the 21st Century. (Open March – November).
Chateauneuf- en-Auxois is a fairy-tale looking picture perfect hill top Burgundian country town. It overlooks the Burgundy Canal and is officially one of the “Plus Beaux Villages de France”. A great place to spend a day chilling out though there is not a lot to do other than wander, wonder and eat - the views alone are worth the detour.
Check out our Burgundy rentals and be inspired…
Here at French Connections, we’re always looking for ways to tempt you to France!
We love the French way of life – the wine, the cuisine, those delicious cheeses, beaches, walks in the countryside, the smell of croissants fresh cooked in the boulangerie… and heaps more. So we’re constantly trying to come up with ways to make it easier for you to enjoy a holiday here– whether it’s a last minute break, a long let or with a bit of a special offer that you can’t resist.
French Connections will be at The France Show in London 27-29 January 2017 and we have five pairs of tickets to give away!
We’re one of the leading websites for property rentals in France and we’ll be at the show to share the fabulous gites, B&Bs, chateaux and villas we have on our books for you to rent. And if you have a property you want to rent out – come and see us, we can help you get bookings for next year.
We also have properties for sale and if you’re dreaming of a new life in France, come and see us, we may just make that dream come true.
The France Show brings you the best of France - food, wine, property, holiday ideas, travel offers and entertainment - all under one roof. A great French market, cookery demonstrations, tutored wine tastings, language and travel theatre and even a chance to play pétanque! The France Show also hosts the largest French Property Exhibition in the UK, so come along, meet the experts and find your dream home.
Just click on the link below to enter your details for the random draw to win a pair of tickets. We’ll do the draw on Friday 20 January and let the winners know tout de suite!
The France Show 27-29 January; 10am-5pm Friday and Saturday | 10am-4pm Sunday
Enjoy a great French day out in the heart of London – see you there!
Banish the blues with a sunshine trip to the south of France. This time of the year flights are cheap and plentiful and with more than 300 days of sunshine a year recorded along the Cote d’Azur – it’s a great time to soak up a few rays.
Whether you’re in France or elsewhere, we wish you a truly happy New Year from all the team at French Connections.
What better way to spend some time during January than planning your next trip to France? The most beautiful villas, gites and chateaux book quickly so make an early enquiry to be sure of maximum choice in all the popular holiday regions.
Making French Connections is, of course, what we do - and we know that our owners are looking forward with enthusiasm to connecting with guests for the 2017 season.
Many offer great deals and incentives on holiday homes at this time of year and these will build up as we go into January, so it’s the perfect time to grab an ‘earlybird’ bargain. You’ll find these deals in our Special Offers pages.
Remember that if you like the look of a holiday home, you can ask the owner questions via their listing page or request that they phone you for a chat. They know their property and the local area really well and most are happy to help with travel routes, facilities for babies, local sights, days out and where to eat and shop.
And we hope to see you at The France Show at London Olympia from 27-29 January. We’ll have a stand there and are excited about meeting new and existing property owners, chatting to holidaymakers and helping anyone who’s looking to buy in France.
France is the perfect place for a romantic get-away and as Valentine’s Day approaches, why not book a last minute break with your loved one…
At French Connections our properties include plenty of romantic retreats from chocolate box pretty little cottages to chateaux apartments, from Provence to Brittany and all over France.
Imagine, you wake up and surprise your loved one with a delicious breakfast as the scent of just baked croissants from the local boulangerie fills the room. Afterwards do you go for a walk in the countryside, perhaps along the beach? Maybe you’d choose to wander in an ancient town of cobbled stoned streets and timber buildings with a vibrant street market, like at Sarlat in Dordogne, a short drive from the romantic Le Grenier, a gorgeous luxury gite oozing olde worlde charm. This town is perfect for lovers with its wonderful architecture, Saturday morning market and fabulous restaurants with a lively café culture.
Will lunch be in a cosy café or a friendly bistro? Or perhaps you’ll really push the boat out in a swanky restaurant serving haute cuisine. La Petite Gravelle in Charente-Maritime is close to Cognac with numerous restaurants and the added bonus of distilleries where you can taste the local brew - cognac!
At this time of the year in the south of France there are frequent blue skies and sunshine whilst in the centre and north it can be chilly and even snow at times. It’s a quieter time of the year with less tourists meaning you can enjoy scenic locations in peace and quiet – very romantic! In Provence in the south it typically snows for just two days and early in the year is a great time to visit the region. In the summer it can be crawling with visitors. La Grange de la Lavande (Lavender Barn) is central for visits to magnificent little towns like Apt, famous for its crystalised fruit and relaxed vibe and Avignon with its stunning Palais des Papes. Aix-in-Provence is close by and it’s the sort of place you fall in love with on sight.
Where ever you are, spend the afternoon touring the local surroundings, perhaps taking in a museum or monument. As evening approaches, don’t forget to have an aperitif before dinner – Champagne of course!
Spoil yourself and your loved one with a Valentine’s Day break in France you’ll both adore.
Fancy escaping the British winter, taking a sabbatical or going house hunting in France? A long winter let at one of our beautiful holiday homes could be just what you need to see you into next Spring.
Long winter lets can run from one month right up to six months, usually between November and late February or March, depending partly on the region and local weather. Several of our owners offer long winter lets at their properties with rental by the month at very favourable rates compared with weekly summer rents.
If you’re thinking of buying in France, a winter rental is a great way to be on the spot for viewing properties when they come on the market, get to know the region and way of life and improve your spoken French.
Families thinking of emigrating often want to do the very sensible thing of ‘try before you buy’. Many even put their children into French schools for a while and get a true taste of the lifestyle.
To get away from the winter, you could head for southern regions of France where temperatures are generally higher and there is more light and sunshine. Or perhaps you want to use a sabbatical to do that writing, photography or meditation you’ve been promising yourself.
Our ‘Long Winter Lets’ pages list a range of attractive properties whose owners offer this service. Our photo shows La Bastide St Christophe on the beautiful Cote d'Azur, where several apartments are available for long winter lets.
Most owners invite you to get in touch to discuss rates, so use their weekly rental quoted as simply a guide to where they sit in the market. They are also knowledgeable about their area and happy to help you get what you want from your long winter escape. Browse our long winter lets now.