Situated in the Côte d’Or, mid-way between Paris (260km) and Lyon, the chateau is easily accessible by the A6 or by the TGV train to Montbard. It is also conveniently placed in relation to Paris Orly Airport, which is 210km to the north, by the A6.
Places to Visit
It is in the centre of the three principal wine regions – Chablis, the Loire and Beaune and the Côtes de Nuits, and adjacent to the Morvan Natural Park.
Beautiful, unspoilt villages and towns abound in the Auxois and the Morvan, the two regions which envelop the village. The local market town is Saulieu, 13 km to the west, where there are a range shops and services, a Saturday morning market, numerous restaurants (including the Michelin 3* Relais Bernard Loiseau) and the fabulous Basilica St Andoche. It also has a beautifully refurbished cinema, which is good value, and sometimes shows films in the original language.
Avallon, Semur-en-Auxois, Flavigny–sur-Ozeron (as seen in Chocolat), Chateauneuf-en-Bourgogne and Nolay are other small towns or villages worth exploring. At the heart of the Burgundian vineyards, Beaune, the ancient seat to the Dukes of Burgundy, boasts colourful roofs, the famous Hospital and ramparts, and acts as a perfect base for wine tastings. The Beaune Festival of Baroque Music takes place there during the month of July, with concerts every week end.
Burgundy has always been known for its elegant châteaux, family homes which have evolved over the centuries. Those most worth visiting locally are Bussy Rabutin, Commarin, Sully-en-Bourgogne, Époisses, Bazoches and Chateauneuf.
Certain abbeys and religious sites also make fantastic visits, in particular Fontenay (where the film Cyrano de Belgerac, with Gerard Depardieu, was shot), Vézeley, Citeaux, and Cluny, which is further to the south.
Burgundy offers a host of activities, including horse riding, tree climbing, golf and balloon riding - one of the best ways of seeing the countryside is from the air! A canal trip, followed by a picnic and then a cycle ride back to Pouilly-en-Auxois is one of our guests’ favourites, as is a visit to the Grottes d’Arcy or to the MuséoParc Alésia, which brings the Roman conquest of Gaul to life. A bit further afield is the fascinating experiment that is the construction of Guédelon Castle from scratch, using only techniques and materials used in the middle ages. Well worth a visit.
A series of events enliven the spring and summer months, such as regular brocantes (car boot sales/antique fairs) in surrounding towns and villages; Saulieu’s yearly Salon Gourmand (a gastronomic fair) in May, the ‘Fête de la Musique’ (21st June); the Festival of Baroque Music in Beaune (July); the Cajun Nights in Saulieu (start of August); and the Musical Encounters at Vézelay (end of August).
A Welcome Booklet with further information on the château and the local area will be sent to you on booking, and we will be happy to advise or help organise any of the above in the run up to your holiday.
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Mont St Jean
Chateau de Chailly