If you appreciate beautiful countryside, rivers and canals, historic towns and authentic French food and wine, then you’re likely to arrive in Burgundy and breathe a deep sigh of pleasure. Our featured region this month is also a haven for artists, writers and bird watchers – a corner of France where it’s possible to be both relaxed and inspired by the surroundings and way of life.
Burgundy has been described as the heart of France, summing up so much that is appealing about the country to Francophiles. It lies to the south-east of Paris and two of its most famous names are located in the Côte-d'Or department – Dijon, city of gastronomy, and Beaune, home of the fine wine.
Dijon boasts an abundance of historic architecture, some with the distinctive coloured tiles of the region, along with fine museums, art galleries and parks and a lively music scene. From 31st October to 11th November, the city plays host to the International and Gastronomic Fair, one of France’s biggest, so a great time for a foodie visit to the city.
In a landscape of vineyards that reach as far as the eye can see, Autumn is also perfect timing for wine lovers to join in the celebrations of harvest. Here, the grapes go to make not only internationally famous wines but also those gems that are exclusive to small vineyards and only leave the area in the car boot of visitors!
Whilst Burgundy is easily accessible by autoroute, it also has fast and frequent TGV rail connections from Paris, making it an excellent destination for a short break.
Our self-catering properties in the Côte-d'Or include many traditional farmhouse gîtes with all modern comforts. Typical of these are Les Fermettes, two delightful stone cottages converted and furnished to a high standard and set in the grounds of the owners’ own Farm House. The surrounding countryside is breathtaking with plenty of restaurants, bars and places to visit, including the lovely hilltop village of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, pictured above.
Find out more about what to do and where to stay in the Côte-d'Or