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Best known for its vineyards, chateaux, mediaeval churches and of course its cuisine, some of the best places to stay in Burgundy can be found in more off the beaten track locations. The area has huge history; for centuries Burgundy remained independent from the rest of France, ruled by its powerful Dukes. This rich heritage can be seen all over the area from the ruins of Cluny monastery to the numerous chateaux that dot the countryside.
In Burgundy (or Bourgogne as the French call it - hence Beef Bourguignon) there are thousands of excellent small scale producers of both red and white wine. By far the most commonly grown grapes in Burgundy are Pinot Noir (red) and Chardonnay (white). Although Burgundy sounds red to English-speaking ears, more white wine is produced there than red. Domaines, (when similar producers are marketed together as one type of wine, as opposed to chateaux where everything from growing the grapes to bottling is done in one place) are the norm in Burgundy. The villages of Chablis and Nuits-St-Georges whose names will be familiar to anyone who has ever lifted a wine glass to their lips are both in the region.
In the centre of the region, the national park covers 1,000 square miles of wild, unspoilt and protected landscape with verdant forests, clear blue lakes and villages with tree-shaded squares and the kind of family run brasseries that can make a holiday in France.
Some of the best places to stay in Burgundy can be found here: The Bernard Loiseau - La Côte d'Or is a restaurant with rooms in an idyllic setting within the park. Nearby hotels with easy access to the park are the Chateau Les Roche, Le Moulin des Templiers and the Chateau de Vault de Lugny.
There are so many chateaux to see in Burgundy that it would be possible to spend an entire holiday wandering their corridors and marvelling at remarkable rooms. The Italian Renaissance-style Chateau d'Ancy le Franc built in the 16th Century for the Dukes of Burgundy houses the biggest collection of Renaissance murals in France.
The once abandoned 17th Century Chateau de Cromatin, restored in the 1980s has gardens as spectacular as its gilded interiors. The garden, with its maze, aviary, fountains and theatre garden is considered one of the finest pleasure gardens in France.
There are loads of them. Try Chateau de Couches which has vineyards, underground tunnels and a 15th Century Chapel or the Chateau de Blancey which has a well-known rose garden which is well worth a visit.
One of the best places to stay in Burgundy is the Chateau d'Igé. Stone-flagged floors, winding staircases, fairytale turrets, huge hearths and a beamed dining room make this an atmospheric spot in a well-established, impeccably maintained garden. Food is delicious and distinctly Burgundian in flavour.
The best-known regional specialities of Burgundy are probably Beef Bourguignon, the region's signature dish and the stinky, runny irresistible Epoisses cheese which comes from the village of the same name. The locals like to eat it with a glass of local vielles vignes Chablis. In the south of the Morvan, the wild blueberries which ripen in summer on the hillsides are amongst the most delicious things you can eat in an area famed worldwide for fabulous food.
Amongst our selection of the best places to stay in Burgundy foodies would welcome a hotel with an all-day restaurant which is reassuringly popular with locals. La Beursaudiere close to Chablis, is one such establishment. Family run and housed in several old Burgundian buildings, the eleven rooms are all named after and themed around ancient trades. Exposed stone walls, wooden beamed ceilings and period features sit comfortably beside the more modern touches of en suite bathrooms and satellite TV.
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An old building transformed with romance and elegance into a luxury hotel. Celestial views over the vines and towards the lake from beautiful bedrooms or from under the 100 year old lime trees on the terrace. A romantic's paradise in the undulating countryside of Burgundy.
Impressive 13th century moated château with fantastic facilities. Beautiful grounds, tennis courts, indoor swimming pool and lofty bedrooms with four poster beds. Delicious dinners are served, house party style, in a large kitchen, at separate tables, or on the lawn. Great for groups and families.
Fortified château with pristine gardens and a friendly feel. Fairytale turrets with spiral staircases and stone-flagged floors house pretty pastel bedrooms with vast beds and antique furnishings. Fantastic food and luscious gardens.
A charming B&B and two 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.
Early 20th-century château with character and delightful owners. Celestial views of the surrounding countryside and vines from the breakfast terrace. Large beautifully decorated rooms and a separate self-catering cottage. A relaxed house-party atmosphere - ideal for 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.
18th century maison bourgeoise in wonderful grounds - a shady walled garden, ancient trees and a great swimming pool. A place of calm and relaxation in an old-fashioned and genuine atmosphere.
Sophisticated local cuisine at this established hotel-restaurant. Cosy, comfortable bedrooms and two restaurants - one rustic, the other more intimate and elegant. A great choice for foodies and those who want to explore the chateauxs and taste the wines of the region.
Delightful family-run hotel in several old buildings. Rustic rooms themed on local crafts - wooden beamed ceilings and local decorations. The atmospheric all-day restaurant is a popular hot spot. A great choice for foodies and local explorers.
Simple and cosy guesthouse in an idyllic spot on the banks of the river. Quaint bedrooms with white plastered walls, flowery wallpaper and old polished doors. Fantastic local cuisine using the freshest produce of the day in a cosy dining room with a fireplace. Great value for money.
A charming host and excellent breakfasts mark out this B&B in this historic village. Large comfortable bedrooms and family suites. A great choice for groups or families to explore the surroundings from.
Restaurant with innovative cuisine and traditional rooms. The beamed, chapel-like dining room and delightful garden with outdoor dining patio are in an idyllic setting.