Peaceful Sojourns: Burgundy, France

The Pastoral Setting of Burgundy

A few hours removed from the bustling avenues of Paris, the pace slows significantly. High-speed trains whisk passengers from the City of Light into the countryside, where the quiet rhythm of Burgundy awaits. Take in the bucolic delights of legendary destinations steeped in appreciation for life’s most humble pleasures.

Enjoy a glass of wine in Burgundy!

Thoughtful renovations have returned Château de Besseuil, in the township of Clessé, to its sixteenth-century majesty. Set within the heart of a 7-acre vineyard, the luxury hotel encourages guests to immerse themselves in the region’s natural splendor, whether they navigate the terroir on horseback or float through crystalline skies in a hot-air balloon.

The courtyard of Hotel Le Cep

Lingering in the courtyard of Hotel Le Cep invites summertime bliss.

Hospices de Beaune in Burgundy, France

With its colorful, glazed-tile roof and Gothic facade a beacon of hope, the Hospices de Beaune was founded in the fifteenth century as a hospital for the destitute. Through the years, gifts from wealthier classes afforded expansion and an impressive art collection. The original structure, the Hôtel-Dieu, now functions as a museum.

Roses outside a French café

Roses outside the café—the casual counterpoint to gastronomic La Table de Levernois—welcome patrons to the mansion’s eighteenth-century kitchen.

Tour des Fromages, a tower once used for ripening cheese—yields panoramic views of the surrounding valley

In picturesque Cluny, a trio of spires draws the eye. Climbing to the top of the tallest—the Tour des Fromages, a tower once used for ripening cheese—yields panoramic views of the surrounding valley.

Refreshing berry sorbet in Cluny, France

Above left: At Hostellerie le Potin Gourmand, in Cluny, berry sorbet topped with whipped cream offers a refreshing end to a meal at the onsite eatery. Above right: Built in 910, L’Abbaye de Cluny was the largest basilica in the world. The remains hearken to the Middle Ages, when the Benedictine monastery reached its pinnacle of influence across Europe.

Passengers travel in comfort aboard the hotel barge Wine & Water in Burgundy, France

Passengers travel in comfort aboard the hotel barge Wine & Water. 

Travel comfortably aboard Wine & Water's boat tour

From one-day excursions to weeklong getaways, flexible charter cruise programs allow tourists to survey the wonders of Burgundy.

No trip to Burgundy would be complete without a visit to L’Abbaye de Fontenay, near Montbard

No trip to Burgundy would be complete without a visit to L’Abbaye de Fontenay, near Montbard. The Cistercian monastery remained self-sufficient until the sixteenth century—in its heyday boasting a community of more than two hundred monks. Converted to a paper mill in 1791, the abbey was returned to its former glory at the turn of the twentieth century.

Text Melissa Lester 
Photography Jim Bathie 

 

To learn more about Burgundy, see “Exploring the Pastoral Setting of Burgundy” on page 47 of the May/June 2016 issue of Victoria. 

 

 

 

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