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Looking out to sea, mass tourism and every night partying in the nightclub then you have come to the wrong address. Why go to Burgundy?

Burgundy offers scenery, magnificent views over undulating countryside interspersed with lovely villages and towns, quiet and space. This unspoilt countryside is the ideal backdrop for outdoor activities, especially hiking, biking, market visits and sniff at local flea markets. The nature of Burgundy is different in every season but always a pleasure to experience. A trip on the country roads often take you to the most unexpected places. The nearby Beaujolais is also worth a trip and give you the opportunity to discover the finest wines.

Besides the peace and quiet, there are also the lovely villages and towns of La Clayette, Cluny, Charolles and within a one hour drive you are in Macon and even in a two hours drive in Lyon. 

There are also several parks, a climbing park, swimming pools, lakes for fishing and lakes for swimming and many other features of pleasure. In all our homes you'll find an information pack including local information.


The good reputation of Burgundy wines and gastronomy of the area is world famous. Burgundy is well known for its lively traditions and numerous quality products, but also, and perhaps most importantly, its people have excellent skills. Vegetable markets, meat and poultry markets, organic markets, special day meals. So many opportunities for year-round on the rhythm of the seasons in a cozy atmosphere to stroll about the markets. You will discover the best local produce and meet many regional producers. And often you may also taste!


 

Weekly markets with local products can be found in La Clayette, Charolles, Cluny but also in the picturesque  Place aux Herbes at Macon. Do not forget to visit the special animal market of Saint-Christophe-en -Brionnais,  which takes place every Wednesday, this is the main cattle market in the Charolais breed.

Swimming facilities in the vicinity of the houses of Holiday Homes Burgundy

Nearby St.Point you will find a pleasant swimming location in a lake, with meadow, pedal boats and restaurants. In the village of St Point is also a castle to visit. 

Lac Le Rousset is also a swimming lake with beach, restaurant and play area for children.
Also Public pools in Cluny, Charolles, La Clayette and Matour and are perfect for a day of swimming. The baths are all equipped with a lawn and a restaurant.

General information about the area


The department of Saône-et-Loire

Saône-et-Loire is in the south of Burgundy. The capital is Macon. The Chalonnais lies between the Côte de Beaune and the Mâconnais, an area which produces famous wines, including Mercurey, Rully, Givry and Crémant de Bourgogne. 

On the banks of the Loire extends the Charolais/ Brionnais region. Gentle hills, castles and fortified farms determine the view. The rock of Solutré intriguing since the prehistoric inhabitants of the Mâconnais Clunisois. Here is a Southern atmosphere and renowned wines such as Pouilly-Fuissé, Saint-Veran, Macon and Beaujolais contribute to this.

Department Capital MACON

Macon lies on the west bank of the Saône and is a bustling industrial city. The city is dominated by trade in Bresse chicken and Beaujolais wines. In the Wine-houses you can learn everything about the wines of the region. Special features include the former cathedral of Saint-Vincent. The cathedral was destroyed during the French Revolution. There remain several areas, including the vestibule and the towers. 

The Musee de Ursulines (in the former Ursuline convent with a collection of paintings by French and Flemish masters), the Hôtel de Senec (Musée Lamartine) and the Maison de bois, a half-timbered Renaissance house, decorated with strange carvings

Cluny

Cluny in the Middle Ages not only revive, but also an important Romanesque period had far reaching effects. But now this small town in southern Burgundy, west of the Saône, acquired its leading position in the Middle Ages by the Benedictine monastery founded in 910 already. From this monastery were in Europe around 2000 cluniacenser founded monasteries. The profound influence reflected in the architecture of the convents In the Musée Ochier you will find 12th-century sculpture, religious art and a beautiful monastery library

Chalon-sur-Saône

Chalon-sur-Saône is of old an important commercial and industrial city. From the late Middle Ages the fame game market was held here. In the mid 19th century the Schneider brothers from Le Creusot started here a shipyard and a train connection to Paris came into being. Today Chalon-sur-Saône is still an important industrial city. The convenient location to both the motorway and the TGV line contributes to this. Chalon-sur-Saône has some attractions. From the original, dating from the 16th century, Tour du Doyenne you have a nice view of the city. The Quartier Saint-Vincent is a nice shopping area with some beautiful facades. The Musée Nicephore Niepce, shows the development of photography highlights. The, from the early 18th century dating, Eglise Saint-Pierre has a neo-Gothic facade and some interesting images from the 17th century. The Musée Denon has a diverse archaeological collection from prehistoric to medieval times..

La Clayette

La Clayette Situated above the valley of the River Genette. The original 14th-century castle (pictured) has three wings, surrounded by moats. The castle itself is not accessible.  Chocolate lovers should visit the chocolate shop of Bernard Dufoux. This in the Rue Centrale based company is known throughout France. The creations are beautiful but unfortunately not cheap. Just north of La Clayette you will find the beautiful Chateau de Dree. This castle is open to the public

Paray-Le-Monial

Paray-Le-Monial, located west of Cluny, is known for its Romanesque basilica and place of pilgrimage in the Holy Heart-worship. On December 27, 1673 for the first time Christ appeared to Sister Margaret Mary Alacoque and showed her His Sacred Heart. This church was built in the 11th century. Following the Sacred Heart Devotion, the church was elevated to basilica and in 1875 she was consecrated to the Sacred Heart (Sacre Coeur). The church was built in Cluniac style and is considered a smaller version of the now demolished abbey church of Cluny. The façade has two towers dating from the 11th and 12th centuries and has little decoration. In the Chapelle de la Visitation Margaret Mary Alacoque has had the apparitions of the Sacred Heart. Her body lies in a glass shrine. The chapel also contains a mosaic depicting the visions.

Roche de Solutré

The 493 meters high Solutré Roche is a huge limestone rock outcrop on the edge of the Beaujolais. The nearby the village of Pouilly-located Solutré rock is best known for the archaeological dig at the foot of the rock. Here was found an one meter thick layer of bones of mammoths, aurochs and bison. In the adjacent museum départemental de Préhistoire you can meet with residents from the late Paleolithic.  From the top you have a beautiful view of the Bresse, Jura and Saone.

 

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