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To give you inspiration, Relais & Châteaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully personalise according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover. Our consultants are available to help customise your route and assist you in making reservations at our properties. It is up to you to reserve any recommended activities on-site or nearby that might interest you.
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Restaurant and hotel on a river. The Côte Saint Jacques, in the heart of Burgundy, is a captivating destination. Most of the pleasant rooms have nice terraces, and there are panoramic views from the jacuzzi on the banks of the river Yonne. With an array of activities available, from cooking lessons, to strolling along the canal, an indoor swimming pool, a spa and special programmes for children, you will not be at a loss for things to do. Chef Jean-Michel Lorain, the hotel’s talented and exuberant owner, will welcome you like a friend, and if you’re lucky, he will let slip the secrets of his recipes. ... Learn moreless
The market takes place in a covered, well-renovated Baltard-style hall. I know nearly everyone there, among whom I have a dozen regular producers; two market gardeners, a creamer, a poultry farmer, a rabbit seller, a bee-keeper, a woman who sells me cress and herbs, a cheese maker etc. I go there every Saturday, (it also opens on Wednesday, but it is not as good on that day). The market is also the place for me to meet merchants and people from the village.
With its many houses, partly made from wood and its historic fortifications, Noyers-sur-Serein is listed among the most beautiful villages in France. Many artists have lived in the village for decades. It is at number 53, place du Grenier à Sel, where one finds the famous Burgundian ceramist François Gueneau’s gallery. He is so talented that he was asked to create the serving plates of Côte Saint-Jacques.
This outsider art museum is rather unknown, created by the architect and painter-sculptor Alain Bourbonnais in the sheds of his house in the countryside of Dicy. The museum houses wonderful pieces of atypical art imagined by eccentric fantasist and inspired artists who were farmers, miners or just young herdsmen. In the garden, don’t miss the Petit Pierre’s ride, a thoroughly poetic work which I always take pleasure in discovering.
Restaurant and hotel in a village. The name Bernard Loiseau evokes a unique sensory voyage and an authentic culinary experience. Chef Patrick Bertron has added his talent to the legacy left by his master, with cuisine based on simplicity, powerful tastes and new flavours. But the food isn’t the only attraction at this stunning Burgundy location: owner Dominique Loiseau has made this hotel exceptional in every way. The breakfast room is a listed historical monument. The dining rooms offer a panorama view of the gardens, the rooms are elegantly decorated and at the spa, the welcome is warm and attentive. This is a magical and timeless place where the idea of well-being takes on its full meaning. ... Learn moreless
Secluded and sheltered by vegetation, Fontenay abbey remains an amazing sight. This Cistercian 12th century monastery, with its magnificent Roman architecture, has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site since 1981. As soon as you open its doors, you find such intimacy and grandness. We walk through the abbey-church, the cloister, the chapter hall or the dormitory, good places for meditation and work. The site served as the backdrop for the movie “Cyrano de Bergerac”, in which the actor Gérard Depardieu stars.
Restaurant and hotel in a village. A true institution of French gastronomy and a charming hotel, the Maison Lameloise has cultivated art de vivre since more than 90 years. In medieval times the cuisine attracted already the Dukes of Burgundy. This long and delightful story is continued by Chef Éric Pras, MOF (Best Craftsman of France), and Frédéric Lamy at the head of the former coach house dating back to the 15th century. The fresh, precise and delicate cuisine of Éric Pras gives this iconic restaurant a new, young image. With the fine tart of Burgundy snails and the potagère of fresh herbs or the suckling veal chop rubbed with marjoram and orange, it pays a delicious tribute to the region and the heritage of the property. ... Learn moreless
The excellent Pascal Millot, my former chocolate maker, reopened the Bouché bakery on Monge Square in 2011. This bakery is where you can find all the delights of Beaune. It is worth feasting your eyes on the latest of Pascal’s creations in the shop window, definitely something to see before or after having visited the Hôtel-Dieu (Hospices de Beaune), founded in 1443, a masterpiece of Burgundian-Flemish art.
Fostering organic farming since 2004, this beautiful area of Chevannes in The Côte de Nuits vinifies over 17 hectares, of which six are on the estate. Chambolle, Nuits Saint-Georges, Gevrey-Chambertin and Morey Saint-Denis…, you can find these excellent wines and much more on our wine list. These fruity and young wines are ideal to be served in restaurants and home dining.
For a number of years, the ’Entre-Deux-Monts’Castle offers an unusual visit of this historical monument, built in the 17th century .Your journey will start by a truffle hunt on the truffle farm where dog’s skills are sometimes used to find and unearth the truffle and will end with truffle tasting served with a glass of wine. It is the ideal way to combine the site’s history and fine food, a taste of history…
Restaurant and hotel in town. Atop an enchanting hill, the Villa Florentine offers all the spirit and charm of the Italian Renaissance right in the heart of Lyon. The lush green terraces of this 17th century former convent offer exceptional views of the historical city of Lyon, a Unesco World Heritage site. Period furniture and contemporary works meet in the rooms, havens of peace and softness. An exquisitely calm pool and Jacuzzi invite you to a voyage of the senses. In the kitchen Chef deploys treasures of refinement and places the culinary focus on the product. At nightfall, the sparkling city lights join together with the stars. ... Learn moreless
This is an unusual property, snuggled in the heart of Barbe Island, surrounded by the water of the Saône. We find ourselves in a former refectory of a medieval monastery, so near to Lyon’s town centre and yet so cut off. Another great chef from Lyon, Jean-Christophe Ansanay-Alex has carried high the restaurant which once belonged to his father. He offers today a succulent, subtle and minimalistic cuisine.
It is at Milly, alongside other children of winemakers, where Alphonse de Lamartine grew up. A carefree and happy childhood marks the work of the writer. In 1830, a short time after having been elected at the French Academy, he inherited the family house before running unsuccessfully for a seat at the parliament at Mâcon. Here, he wrote some of his famous Méditations poétiques and some of his finest poems. The house, which is still a wine growing estate, is open to visitors.
It is hard for us today to imagine that during the 12th century Cluny was the most important abbey of the West. Founded three centuries earlier in 910, the abbey has congregated nearly 10,000 monks. The “promenade of angels” maybe has lost its shine since then, but it remains one of the key places for Christianity. Here, we also find a lovely museum of Art and Archeology with beautiful works and Roman sculptures.