Holiday Accommodation in Burgundy
While the entire country of France has always been a popular destination for holidays of all sorts, specific regions draw travelers of a certain ilk to enjoy the particular characteristics that distinguish that region from the rest of the nation. Romantics, wine lovers, those searching for a bucolic retreat and lovers of history often select the region of Burgundy for their travels, and are never disappointed by this beautiful, pastoral area. From picturesque fields of grain or sunflowers tilting gently in the breeze, to vineyards that produce some of the most famous wines in the world, a Burgundy holiday is the ideal choice for those in search of romantic Burgundy cottages for a couple’s break, or Burgundy gites that allow easy access to sightseeing and local wineries.
Travelers who opt for Burgundy villas as their home base when traveling in France will soon discover that they may never need to leave this pastoral region where they will find monasteries, abbeys, woodlands, rivers, mountains, castles and medieval villages that have retained every bit of their old-world charm. Life in Burgundy is a bit slower-paced than most areas of France and a love of the simpler and finer things in life has led this region to sometimes be referred to as the land of fine art and fine living.
Self catering Burgundy accommodation offer easy access to other regions of France, but the four departments of Burgundy, including Saône et Loire, Nievre, Yonne and the Côte d'Or, have much to offer to travelers looking for relaxation in a natural setting, or a low-key Burgundy holiday. For example, renting Burgundy gites in Morvan, Beaune or Dijon in Côte d'Or allows travelers to enjoy the rolling hills of the Plateau de Langres, the dense forests of Châtillonais, the vineyard-covered slopes of the Côte d'Or escarpment to the south and several important historic sites, including the Chateau de Bussy Rabutin, the Cistercian Order headquarters at the Abby of Citeaux, and the abbeys of Saint-Seine-lAbbaye and Saulieu.
Travelers looking for a Burgundy holiday that is a little less rural may want to consider renting Burgundy cottages or Burgundy villas in Chateauneuf in the department of Saône et Loire. Saône-et-Loire is the most populous department in the region of Burgundy and is an excellent option for a Burgundy holiday that allows travelers to blend spending time in the Autonois hills, or on the banks of the Saône, with days of shopping or nights out on the town.
While wine lovers will enjoy a Burgundy holiday regardless of where they choose to rent Burgundy gites, the department of Yonne and its world-famous village of Chablis just might be the destination of choice for white wine lovers. Chablis is, of course, one of the best-known French wines around the world, which takes its name from this small village where the Chardonnay grapes needed to make Chablis grow rather well. Those traveling to Chablis in Yonne may want to look into renting Burgundy villas during the annual Festival du Chablisien, which is held in May and June. White wine lovers, as well as those seeking untouched countryside, will surely want to take at least one day trip to the department of Nievre from wherever they rent their Burgundy cottages to experience this well-known wine-making area, where small villages and vineyards are all you will see for miles on end.
Burgundy is a region that is meant to be enjoyed at a leisurely pace and without the hustle and bustle of touristy hotels and crowded tour buses. Opting for private Burgundy accommodation is really the only way to fully enjoy this romantic region of France, and will ensure that you spend your Burgundy holiday is luxury and comfort.
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