BURGUNDY – FRANCHE COMTE
A region famous for its culinary traditions and world famous wines but also for its old cities and unspoiled nature.
A favorite destination for people who love to eat but who are also active and want to hike, go fishing or ski in the great outdoors.
Taste boeuf and escargots à la bourguignonne, famous morteau sausage, learn how Comte cheese is made while touring charming hamlets and famous wineries such as Mercurey, Puligny-Montrachet, Vougeot, and Nuits-St-Georges.
Experience dog sledding in an polar atmosphere through valleys and wooded areas. Admire the icing-sugar landscape at high speed, enjoy the silence and serenity.
Taste Vin Jaune and local cheese
Try something special and exquisite: vin jaune – the liquid gold as they call it. It’s a high-spirited dry wine made of late grapes with a complex aftertaste of nuts, spices, cinnamon, and dried fruits.
With local Comté cheese, Mont d’Or or Morbier, or with a plate of creamy morille mushrooms served with croutons, this is a divine association.
Hike the Route de Absinthe
Your starting point will be Pontarlier, on the background the fairy-tale like Fort Joux, the place where absinthe was produced long before the Dutch took over the initiative.
The whole route follows the border of Switzerland. You will have a lot of tasting sessions along the way while admiring mind-blowing emerald plateaus and snowy peaks.
Explore the vineyards of Burgundy by bike
Ride along an easy cycling route through the heart of the Pommard, Volnay, Meursault vineyards. Learn about the wines, the vines, the soil and why Burgundy wine is amazing! A winemaker will open his doors for a visit to his stone cellar and a wine tasting.
OUR FAVORITE HOTELS
Château de Germigney
4-star hotel – Port Lesney
Set on 4 hectares of gardens in an 18th-century hunting lodge (plus an annex), this elegant inn is a 3-minute walk from the banks of La Loue river and 7 km from the Arc-et-Senans building.
The bright, country-chic rooms and suites all feature en suite bathrooms and free Wi-Fi, as well as satellite TV and minibars. Upgraded rooms add sitting areas and/or espresso machines; suites offer separate living rooms and garden views. A bi-level apartment with a kitchen is also available.
Dining options include an upscale restaurant, a quaint bistro and a cellar bar. There’s also an outdoor pool, a terrace and a garden.
Chateau du Mont-Joli
4-star hotel – Sampans
Set in an 18th-century mansion, this refined, upscale hotel is an 8-minute walk from the village of Sampans, 5 km from La Gare de Dole-Ville and 14 km from the Forêt de Chaux.
Genteel, subdued rooms and a suite offer free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs with cable. They have views over the gardens and the pool.
The acclaimed restaurant uses seasonal local produce. There’s a heated outdoor swimming pool set within a 2.8-hectare park that features trees and a fitness circuit. There’s also a bar, and breakfast is available (fee) in the former chateau kitchen. Other features include a wine cellar, guest sitting rooms, meeting rooms and secure parking.
Chateau de la Houillere
In a 19th-century chateau surrounded by a 3-hectare park, this quaint, old-world guesthouse in Réserve Naturelle des Ballons Comtois is 4 km from the modern religious architecture of Notre Dame du Haut.
The 5 cozy, individually styled rooms provide complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and antique furniture, plus views of the park.
Freebies include parking, and continental breakfast served in a dining room or on a terrace; dinner is available at extra cost. There are also 3 elegant lounges.
Hotel le Sauvage Besançon
3-star hotel – Besançon
Set at the base of the Citadel of Besançon in the city’s historic district, this elegant hotel in a former monastery is a 7-minute walk from Cathédrale Saint-Jean de Besançon and a 14-minute walk from the Musée des Beaux-Arts et d’Archéologie de Besançon.
Refined rooms have original architectural features, wood floors and classic decor, plus free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Some rooms come with balconies or pull-out sofas. Suites add separate living spaces.
The hotel offers lounge areas, a bar, a terrace and gardens. Private parking is free. A continental breakfast buffet is available for a surcharge.
Château de Rigny
3-star hotel – Gray
This elegant hotel in an opulent chateau and 2 adjacent buildings on 5 hectares of English-style parkland is 1 km from a riverside walking path off Rue du Pont and 6 km from Gray’s charming village on the banks of the Saône river.
Classic rooms with old-school decor are traditionally furnished and include flat-screen TVs and free WiFi. Some have antique furnishings and exposed beams. Upgraded rooms are plush and add higher-end furnishings with country-manor decor. Suites have 2-person tubs, seating areas and chandeliers.
There’s fine dining in the Louis-XVI-style dining room with a fireplace. Drinks are served on a tree-shaded terrace.
Hotel le Cep
4-star hotel – Beaune
Close to quaint shops and restaurants in the town center, this elegant hotel is 4 minutes’ walk from the 15th-century Musée de l’Hôtel-Dieu and 3 minutes on foot from the Collégiale Basilique Notre-Dame.
Featuring antique furnishings, the genteel, individually decorated rooms offer flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, plus minibars. Suites add sitting areas and coffeemakers, and some also have 4-poster beds. Room service is available 24/7.
Amenities include an acclaimed restaurant and a refined bar, as well as a spa with a sauna and a hammam. There’s a pair of 16th-century courtyards and a garden, along with 7 meeting rooms.
Le Relais des Abbesses
4-star hotel – Chateau-Chalon
In a stone house in the village center, this quaint B&B is 4 minutes’ walk from the 11th-century church tower, La Tour Charlemagne, 6 km from Domblans-Voiteur train station and 12 km from the limestone cliffs of Reculée de Baume-les-Messieurs.
The 6 individually decorated rooms include traditional wood furnishings and en suite bathrooms, plus TVs and free Wi-Fi. Some rooms feature exposed-wood beams and/or sofas; 1 has a 4-poster bed.
Breakfast is served at a communal table in a low-key dining room. Other amenities include a garden, and a terrace with a fountain and scenic views.
On the hillside of the Jura Revermont, overlooking the vineyard; the house overlooks the plain of Bresse and faces Château-chalon.
Thus, in the heart of the vineyards recognized and appreciated for the production of its prestigious yellow wine, it offers to the nature lovers an important park of excursions.
bed and breakfast
Sarah and Eric (winemaker) by their renovations have strived to beautify while keeping his soul. They chose raw and authentic materials such as stone, terracotta and wood that restore and help give the house an atmosphere of character and warmth.
La Ferme de Marie-Eugénie
In southern Burgundy, ideally located on the road to the Alps and the Midi, Marie-Eugenie warmly welcomes you to the elegantly restored outbuildings of her 18th century Bressanne farmhouse.
You will be able to shine in our region rich in heritage (Beaune, Tournus, Cluny, route of the Romanesque churches …), wine routes (Burgundy, Jura, Coast Châlonnaise, Mâconnais …), natural sites (lakes and forests of Jura …)
A preserved regional architecture but a very contemporary comfort. 4 rooms with original decoration, with wi-fi and television; a comfortable and welcoming lounge reserved for guests’ use with its sofas, books, magazines and various documents as well as its fireplace; a flower garden, a pond and its ducks, not to mention a generous table d’hôte open every evening; everything here is done to offer our guests a stopover or a quiet and serene stay in nature.
Abbaye de la Bussière
4-star hotel – La Bussière-sur-Ouche
Set in a 12th-century abbey and adjacent annexes, this upscale hotel is 5.2 km from Les Jardins de Barbirey and 8.3 km from Château de Châteauneuf.
The garden-view rooms are individually furnished with antique furniture and plush fabrics, and come with free WiFi and flat-screen TVs. Upgraded rooms have Jacuzzi tubs; some feature original wood beams or 4-poster/canopy beds. Suites are more luxurious in style and add lounges with pull-out sofas.
There’s an acclaimed fine-dining restaurant in the abbey’s former cloister, as well as a more casual bistro with a terrace. Other amenities include landscaped gardens, meeting rooms and free parking.
Chateau de Vault de Lugny
5-star hotel – Vault-de-Lugny
Set in a grand 13th-century chateau and annex on 40-hectare grounds, this seasonal castle hotel is 6 km from Avallon and 12 km from the Basilique de Vézelay.
The historic rooms are individually furnished in a classic French style, and some have TVs and minibars. Upgraded rooms have regal decor and antique furniture, plus features ranging from fireplaces and 4-poster beds to beamed ceilings and tiles.
There’s a fine-dining restaurant in the former kitchen, plus a bar with a fireplace. Other amenities include an indoor pool with a vaulted ceiling, a whirlpool tub, a tennis court and bike rentals, plus trout fishing and hot air ballooning.
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