If you're interested in wine you'll fit in very well in Beaune. Unofficial capital of the Cote d'Or, Beaune is surrounded by golden hills of vine rows. This is what they make, they talk about, sell and of course taste. It is undoubtedly one of France's top destinations for wine tastings, and many of the best places to stay in Beaune will arrange all that for you.
The main event in Beaune's calendar is 'Les Trois Glorieuses', a three day wine fair held every November. This is when the wine is transferred from barrels to bottles, and wine buyers and merchants from around the world arrive to sample the previous year's vintage. Often making a judgement on a wine they won't even take delivery of for several years.
Beaune also has a wine museum. Housed in a building which was once the meeting place for the Dukes of Burgundy.
Aside from wine, Beaune is most famous for its Hotel-Dieu. Built in the 15th Century, this was one of Europe's earliest hospitals. But the Hotel-Dieu isn't just famous for its original purpose, it's got a glorious roof - tiled in a wonderful mosaic pattern. It remained in use as a hospital until the 70s and is now a museum of itself.
The rest of historic Beaune fans out from the hospital complex to the ramparts. On your stroll outwards you'll pass the 12th Century clock tower, medieval half-timbered houses and the Church of Notre-Dame - which has some impressive tapestries.
If you're driving north Beaune is an excellent place to stop off for a box of Burgundy. And you may as well sample local dishes Boeuf Bourguignon or snails in garlic, while you're at it.
A beautiful sandstone farmhouse B&B set in vineyards. Lovely rooms are rustic chic with brick walls, antique furniture, and floral fabrics. Stunning gardens and a courtyard to enjoy in the sunshine. Plenty to do in the region. A charming spot with plenty of rural charm.
An attractive country house with a cottage feel to it. Charming bedrooms and suites with wooden beamed ceilings and garden views, a small spa, and an extensive wine cellar. A perfect stop off for local exploring.
An 18th century maison bourgeoise, set on wonderful grounds boasting a shady walled garden, ancient trees and a great swimming pool. Simple and elegant rooms, with crisp linens and plenty of natural light. A place of calm and relaxation in an old-fashioned and genuine atmosphere.
A chic hotel set in the heart of the Burgundy wine region. Contemporary rooms feature soft colours, antique accessories and lovely bathrooms. Outdoor pool, gardens, terrace and billiards lawn. Great French cuisine in Michelin-starred restaurant. Great value, gourmet and beautiful.
A splendid little B&B in Beaune. Boutique rooms modelled on vintage wines feature lilacs and creams, antiques, oriental rugs, large bathrooms, some with garden views. Wine cellar, charming breakfast room and lovely gardens filled with magnolias. A romantic choice for wine lovers.
A charming B&B and three self-catering cottages in a glorious setting. Views over the vineyards and the ramparts of Beaune. Lovely bright rooms with pale woods and creams. Lots of surrounding activities. Perfect for couples, groups and families.
Superb food at this iconic restaurant with attractive rooms. A family run affair with a rich gastronomic heritage. The dining room at the heart of the house serves fantastic and unpretentious cuisine. A hotspot for foodies and local explorers.
Set in a picturesque garden in the centre of Beaune, this smart hotel offers guests large airy rooms and suites and a charming garden terrace. A cellar tasting room full of character is perfect for sampling the local vintages. A luxury base for exploring Burgundy's finest!