In the plump heart of France, Burgundy's varied countryside is threaded with rivers, patched with woods and vineyards and peppered with castles and abbeys. Rich is the word. But while the food and drink are worthy of a king’s table, your accommodation choices don’t have to cost you a king’s ransom: some of the best accommodation can be found in the best B&Bs in Burgundy.
On the subject of lodging, it's a question of avoiding insipid tourist hotels and knowing the individual, homely and characterful places that match the restaurants and the famous wines in character and local colour. Because, like some of the best restaurants, some of the best B&Bs in Burgundy are the unknown gems.
Les Charmes is a 14 room charmer in Mersault, converted from an 18th Century maison bourgeoise in wonderful grounds. Another of the best B&Bs in Burgundy for folk who’re looking to escape is Le Moulin des Templiers in Avalon. This is a simple guesthouse in an idyllic spot by the river with a great dining room to enjoy the local bounty in. Le Clos de L'Argolay is another option, a quiet, three roomed spot in an 18th Century building with large rooms and a lovely garden terrace where breakfast is served.
Château Les Roches is an early 20th Century château with five large and beautifully decorated rooms and a charming breakfast terrace. This is also one of the best B&Bs in Burgundy for those looking for a house party feel. Another of the best B&Bs in Burgundy for romantics is La Cour Berbisey in Dijon. This is a smart townhouse B&B with a great spa and a sophisticated vibe.
L'Ange Souriant has just four rooms in the historic village of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, but it’s extremely comfortable, the breakfasts are excellent, and the rooms start from less than £40 per night, making this one of the be B&Bs in Burgundy for great value. Hotel Villa Louise in Aloxe-Corton is an attractive country house with 12 charming rooms and suites and a lovely garden, extensive wine cellar and small spa. Rooms start at around £60 per night.
La Terre d'Or is a charming nine room B&B with two self catering cottages on its grounds, which also overlook vineyards and the ramparts of Beaune. The kinds will appreciate the pool too.
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 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.
A quiet B&B in an 18th century building. Large charming rooms feature antique furniture, artwork and lots of individual character. A tranquil garden terrace where breakfast is served. Elegant public areas within hotel. Unique, intimate and great value.
Extremely smart townhouse B&B with an excellent spa. Contemporary comfort blended with classical furniture and style for sophisticated effect. The suites are enormous. A hotel for grown ups.
A quaint B&B in on of France's most beautiful and historic villages. Charming hosts and family style meals make this an extra special experience. The comfortable bedrooms and family suites boast personal touches and character. A great choice for exploring this wonderful part of France.
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.
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.
Early 20th-century château with delightful owners. Celestial views of the surrounding countryside and vines from the breakfast terrace. Five large, beautifully decorated rooms. Delicious table d'hotes dinners Thurs to Mon with a relaxed atmosphere. Ideal for groups and families.