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What Oliver loves…
- You are staying in a majestic 13th-century castle full of historical features yet with contemporary style and elegance throughout
- The vast meandering grounds feature beautiful gardens, terraces and a glorious eco-heated swimming pool
- You can walk into the local village for your daily essentials
- The owner has arranged for guests to use the village tennis courts free of charge, just a short walk away
- The nearby medieval town of Noyers-sur-Serein, just ten minutes drive away, is one of France’s ‘plus beaux villages’
- You are in the heart of the Burgundy wine region with world famous wines produced nearby, including Chablis, just over half an hour away
- It’s only one hour by high-speed train to Paris from nearby Montbard, just a short drive away
Walk through the wrought iron gates, under the 400-year-old chestnut tree and down the secluded path to discover a majestic 13th Century castle filled with historical charm and beautiful contemporary style. Located in the heart of the Burgundy wine region, near some of France’s most stunning towns and sights, Château Bourgogne is a truly magical place to escape to.
It’s a wonderful story – starting as a dream when the devoted owners spotted the castle in an estate agent’s window in Paris. Since then they have put their heart and soul into the château’s sensitive restoration and what they have created is a unique, unpretentious yet luxurious place to stay which has retained so much of its rich historical past.
With origins date as far back as 1000AD; the main château was built in medieval times and used to protect local inhabitants during times of war. It has a long and interesting history with various owners, including a famous French actress and singer during the last century. There are historical features throughout such as the 15th-century steep staircases, thick stone walls, a library in the turret and the watchtower terrace overlooking the glorious grounds and countryside. You can enjoy listening to the grand piano by one of the original fire-places or dine by candlelight on the medieval table by the two roaring fires in the stunning living-dining room.
You will be greeted with a glass of sparkling wine as you arrive, then you can begin to explore your enchanting castle. There are ten bedrooms across the three upper floors, some of them en-suite and with original fire-places. Only the finest quality bedlinen has been used plus there is central heating and Wi-Fi to add to the list of modern amenities. You can hire a chef to work in the immaculate kitchen or keen cooks will love the Lacanche range cooker to prepare a feast of local delights.
Step outside to the meandering grounds and find the wonderful eco-heated swimming pool or simply sip local wine by the terrace. Keen walkers can wander through the nearby forests whilst tennis lovers only need to walk into the village to hire a court, complimentary for Château Bourgogne guests.
This small ancient farming village is built around the castle, is a little hidden gem overlooking surrounding forest. You’ll find a shop selling essentials there, including fresh bread which you can pre-order for your stay. For a wider choice of boutique shops, supermarkets and excellent restaurants head to the medieval town of Noyers-sur-Serein (12km), one of Frances ‘plus beaux villages’, where you can walk by the river or have a leisurely lunch in this picturesque setting.
A little further are the two World Heritage sites of Abbey de Fontenay (30km) and Vézelay (40km) or take the high-speed train from Montbard (24km) to wonderful Paris in an hour for a day to remember for all the family.
You are of course in the heart of the real Burgundy with so many world-famous wines within an easy drive. You can spend a day tasting fine white wine in Chablis (36km) or head to the wine capital of the region, Beaune (106km) in just over ninety minutes. The château can arrange for a top-class sommelier, who has worked with world-class chefs, to spend time with you to advise you on the best vineyards to visits and wines to try.
There’s no doubt that in such a divine and historical setting, in the heart of beautiful Burgundy, you will create memories here with your friends and family that will stay with you for a lifetime.
What you should know…
- The little shop in the village sells a few essentials including bread – you’ll need to pre-order it the day before or you can set up an order for the duration of your stay
- Although there are steep spiral staircases dating back to the 15th Century leading to the upper floors and bedrooms, there is also a modern spiral staircase easier to scale and leading to the top floor
- Car hire is essential to discover this wonderful part of Burgundy
This home is a part of our Great Value and Heritage Collection!
This is a historic home, and as such:
- It has probably been standing for over 100 years, which means it's full of historic value and charm but it may also have one or two quirks!
- Some of the decor and furnishings may not be brand new, but that should not detract from your holiday experience in this unique setting that allows you to take a step back in time!
- Entrance Hall
- Well equipped kitchen featuring Lacanche range cooker
- Grand dining room and lounge with two fireplaces (one decorative, one working)
- TV room with fireplace leading to south-facing garden terrace
- Turret library
- Laundry room (cellar)
- Games room in separate Servant Quarters (available in May 2020 -please enquire at the time of booking)
- Guest WC
- Music room with Grand Piano and decorative fireplace
- Master bedroom with super king-size bed and decorative fireplace. En-suite shower room with WC
- Bedroom One with Super King-size bed and fire-place
- Guest WC
- Bedroom Two with double bed and en-suite shower room with WC
- Bedroom Three with twin single beds
- Bedroom Four with King-size bed
- Bedroom Five with King-size bed
- Bedroom Six with King-size bed
- Bedroom Seven with King-size bed
- Separate bathroom inc. bath with shower and bidet plus WC
- Separate shower room with WC
- Guest WC
- Bedroom Eight with King-size bed, accessed via own staircase
- Bedroom Nine with twin single beds.
- Shower room with WC. Accessed via own staircase.
- Steps leading to Watch Tower terrace
- Private eco-heated swimming pool (size: 11mx7m) with high-performance solar cover, alarm system and security gate to enclosed pool area. Open from May to end of September
- Garden terraces
- Vast grounds and gardens (5000m2)
- Washing machine and dryer
- Iron and ironing board
- Hairdryers in bathrooms
- Board games
- Children’s games
- Croquet set
- Charcoal barbecue
The magnificent castle is located in a small village. Here you will find a small shop selling essentials such as cereals, meats, beers and wine as well as bread, which you should order the day before (you can set up a regular order for your stay).
There are tennis courts in the village which guests may use free of charge (the chateau has rackets you can borrow) and bikes from nearby Auxerre can be rented and delivered to your door. Horse-riding is within half an hour and there are some stunning hikes in the area. Keen walkers can discover a druidic menhir in the nearby forests just 2km from the castle.
Noyers-sur-Serein (12km), one of Frances ‘plus beaux villages’, is the nearest town with a wider choice of facilities such as a wonderful bakery, excellent restaurants and a brilliant shop selling the very best meats, terrines, snails and fine wines. The charming medieval town is full of history with pretty squares and fascinating buildings dating back to the 13th to 19th Centuries. You can wander down by the river, watch artists paint and have a delicious lunch in the picturesque setting.
You’ll find two small supermarkets in Noyers as well as one with a greater choice of fish in L’Isle-sur-Serein (10km). This is another gorgeous riverside village, with an excellent supermarket, a bar, a highly regarded restaurant and a 24h petrol station.
You can also visit local farms to pick up amazing fresh produce such as milk and cheese near Blacy (10km) and meats near Noyers at Clavisy (15km).
Food lovers must visit the wonderful morning French markets to pick up all sorts of local delicacies to cook back at their château. Noyers has a market every Saturday and Wednesday plus in the autumn they host the famous Burgundy truffle market with stalls selling local produce and pottery. Others include Avallon (25km) on a Wednesday, Chablis (36km) on a Sunday morning, Auxerre (52km) on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. A little further afield are markets in Dijon (110km) four times a week on a Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and Beaune (106km) on a Saturday.
Burgundy’s wine regions now have a World Heritage status with the beautiful Chablis just over half an hour away, producing one of the world’s most famous white wines. A day’s wine course with tastings and lunch can be arranged at one of the finest producers in the town or simply visit the domaines, boutiques and specialist shops that are scattered over this delightful place. The château can arrange for a top-class sommelier, who has worked with world-class chefs, to spend time with you to advise you on the best vineyards to visits and wines to try.
Also nearby you have the Abbey de Fontenay (30km), dating back to 1118, the oldest preserved Cistercian abbey in the world and the idyllic town of Vézelay (40km), with boutiques, galleries, cafes and flower filled alleyways and courtyards. Both are World Heritage sites and can easily be reached by car in under 45 minutes. The famous Grottes d’Arcy (34km) with amazing ancient cave paintings are also within a short drive.
You can also reach Paris in just one hour by taking the TGV train from nearby Montbard (24km), a wonderful day trip for all the family whether you want to take in the city’s galleries, stroll in the magnificent parks or simply see some of the sights of one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Other fantastic places to visit during your stay include the ancient Roman town of Auton (90km), a must-see in Burgundy, Beaune (106km), the historic wine capital of Burgundy and Dijon (110km), also famous for outstanding wines and stunning architecture.
(in the village)
In the village (free of charge)
(Short walk )
(1h 30 mins/2h )
Renowned throughout the world for its venerable wines, Burgundy is an essential destination for those who appreciate the finer aspects of the winemaker’s art. This is a region where you can visit some of the oldest and most prestigious vineyards in the world and taste wines that are regularly regarded as the best France has to offer (which is saying something). As one of the richest regions of France for hundreds of years, Burgundy also offers a wealth of history and culture as well as beautiful landscapes that offer the adventurous visitor plenty of stuff to do, even if it’s just a walk to admire the scenery. If you’re booking one of our fantastic villas and chateaux in Burgundy, you’ll want to read this fantastic Burgundy travel guide to find all the best things to do, see, eat and drink.
Burgundy is a beautiful region with so much to offer families with children of all ages.
For outdoor activities, head to the Parc Naturel Régional du Morvan where you will find beautiful woodlands, streams and waterfalls, gentle rolling hills and hidden villages. Wonderful for cyclists, the park also offers canoeing along the Yonne River, horse-riding in spectacular scenery and watersports on the lake such as kayaking and sailing.
Kids will also love the nearby Muséo Parc Alésia (36km), a huge park that tells the story of the ancient city Alesia, it’s battle and the fate of the town through tours, museum exhibitions, archaeological sites and historical re-enactments. There’s also an exhibition featuring the world’s most famous Gaul, Astérix.
The animal park at Parc de l'Auxois (48km) with its miniature train, play area and swimming pool is especially lovely for toddlers and younger children whilst the theme park Nigloland (102km) will appeal to older kids with all sorts of thrilling rides.
Baby and Toddler Equipment
Kids Activities Close-by
- Walk to Village
- Tennis Nearby
- Horse Riding
- Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
- Tourist Towns & Villages
- Historical Sites
- Board games
- Child-Safe Pool
- Indoor Games
- Outdoor Games
- Catering Available
- Chef/Cook Available
- Catering Available
- Chef/Cook Available
- Meal Delivery Available
- Bike-Hire Available
- Wine-Tasting Available
At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:
- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting / childcare services
Extras available at this property (payable locally):
- Private chef
- High-end restaurant service who will deliver to your château
- Chateau hampers for lunches in the garden
- Hire a prestigious local sommelier for vineyard and wine-tasting recommendations
- Bike hire available locally which can be delivered to the château
Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!
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Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs
These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.
|Security deposit||€900 charged to client’s credit card by the owner before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.|
|Arrival time||5pm - 7pm|
|Energy costs included?||Yes.|
|Heating costs included?||Yes, except in winter (approx. from November to March). Open fireplaces and chopped wood included.|
|End of stay cleaning included?||Yes, within reason. The owners reserve the right to deduct a surcharge from the security deposit to cover any extra cleaning costs that may be required. Guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.|
|Linen & towels included?||Yes, including pool towels.|
|Pets welcome?||On request only and subject to prior agreement with the owner .|
|Smoking Allowed?||Outside only.|
|Minimum stay||5 nights, except from June to end of September when 7 nights.|
|Changeover day||Flexible, outside May to end of September when Saturday (during this period, other days may be possible on request only). No Sunday changeover.|
|Other Ts and Cs||Weddings, stag/hen parties and any special events are not allowed.|
|Other Ts and Cs||Open from May to end of September (cooler months may not be suitable for swimming).|
Prices based on an occupancy of 16 people:
|Rental period||5 Nights||Weekly|
|Jun 25th 2022 - Sep 3rd 2022||-||£6,098|
|Sep 3rd 2022 - Sep 24th 2022||-||£5,352|
|Sep 24th 2022 - Dec 17th 2022||£4,550||£5,352|
|Dec 17th 2022 - Jan 7th 2023||-||£6,098|
|Jan 7th 2023 - Apr 29th 2023||£4,550||£5,352|
|Apr 29th 2023 - May 20th 2023||-||£5,352|
|May 20th 2023 - Sep 2nd 2023||-||£6,098|
|Sep 2nd 2023 - Sep 23rd 2023||-||£5,352|
|Sep 23rd 2023 - Dec 16th 2023||£4,550||£5,352|
|Dec 16th 2023 - Dec 27th 2023||-||£6,098|
Prices based on an occupancy of 16 people:
|Rental period||5 Nights||Weekly|
|Jun 25th 2022 - Sep 3rd 2022||-||€6,652|
|Sep 3rd 2022 - Sep 24th 2022||-||€5,839|
|Sep 24th 2022 - Dec 17th 2022||€4,963||€5,839|
|Dec 17th 2022 - Jan 7th 2023||-||€6,652|
|Jan 7th 2023 - Apr 29th 2023||€4,963||€5,839|
|Apr 29th 2023 - May 20th 2023||-||€5,839|
|May 20th 2023 - Sep 2nd 2023||-||€6,652|
|Sep 2nd 2023 - Sep 23rd 2023||-||€5,839|
|Sep 23rd 2023 - Dec 16th 2023||€4,963||€5,839|
|Dec 16th 2023 - Dec 27th 2023||-||€6,652|
Prices based on an occupancy of 16 people:
|Rental period||5 Nights||Weekly|
|Jun 25th 2022 - Sep 3rd 2022||-||$7,022|
|Sep 3rd 2022 - Sep 24th 2022||-||$6,164|
|Sep 24th 2022 - Dec 17th 2022||$5,239||$6,164|
|Dec 17th 2022 - Jan 7th 2023||-||$7,022|
|Jan 7th 2023 - Apr 29th 2023||$5,239||$6,164|
|Apr 29th 2023 - May 20th 2023||-||$6,164|
|May 20th 2023 - Sep 2nd 2023||-||$7,022|
|Sep 2nd 2023 - Sep 23rd 2023||-||$6,164|
|Sep 23rd 2023 - Dec 16th 2023||$5,239||$6,164|
|Dec 16th 2023 - Dec 27th 2023||-||$7,022|
Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.
How long have you owned the property?
What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
We actually never saw the property – most of the falling in love happened through a chance encounter with an estate agent’s window in Paris. It all started with the idea a lot earlier.
I have always had a vision to own a castle in France since I was a boy. In my vision I had a castle with a vineyard in front of it – so ending up with a castle in Bourgogne was a good fit. My wife and I had both been to Bourgogne
separately before marrying and we both loved it and its sense of quintessential rural France. After we met, we travelled to Paris, almost every year, until we saw the castle in the Estate Agent’s window in Saint Germain. When we went to Paris for our honeymoon – my wife saw a picture of it on my phone by chance – we then talked about it. After a lot of research and deliberation we decided to “listen” to our inspiration and buy it.
I believe a person has to “follow their bliss” – to know their purpose and to follow their heart’s call for all endeavours. If they do, then life will unfold in profound and beautiful ways. The Castle is a part of that unfoldment.
We adore that origins of this castle stretch back to around 1000 AD. And that it has protected people from persecution and provided safe harbour. We love that the castle stood proud through vast slabs of history: the dark ages, Joan of Arc, the Revolution.
Imagine you discovered an ancient magical book covered in old leather with thick textured pages written in a beautiful but indecipherable mysterious language. This is how it feels when you step into the castle, its warmth, magic, and history are all around you. As one Burgundian put it “it’s like discovering a little bit of heaven.”
Are there any interesting stories in its history?
Many. Chateau Bourgogne is one of the oldest chateaux in Burgundy and is a royal estate. A fortified castle built around 1100 and belonging to the dukes of Bourgogne, it was one of the most important strongholds of the region over centuries, and the inhabitants of many of the villages took refuge there in times of war.
After the castle was caught and set fire to by Edward the III rd, King of England, the new castle was built between 1359 and 1361. It was in turn badly damaged during the wars at the beginning of the 15th century when the drawbridge, the fixed bridge and the towers and moat were destroyed. The dukes, and then the kings, would give this lordship to various people whom they wished to reward for their services or their loyalty.
Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
The castle was owned and largely elevated to its current stature by a French actress and singer.
For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...
- Take a walk from the Castle into the local forest to discover La Dame Blanche, a druidic Menhir.
- Visit the medieval town of Vezelay or the picturesque town of Noyers
- Chablis and its wine courses
One of the best things of being in Burgundy is access to sublime produce from vegetable and legumes to the finest charcuterie, meats and wine in the world. Restaurants abound a plenty, like the Michelin-starred restaurant Au Fil Du Zinc in Chablis but we have found that over time the best experience is to visit the markets like the ones in Avalon, Noyers, Chablis, Beaune, Auxerre or Dijon and experience the culture fare first hand. You can also enjoy the castle’s Lacanche stove and spacious kitchen.
- Abbey de Fontenay (World Heritage by Unesco)
- Avallon, a fortified town and its market on Saturday morning
- Cave paintings in the Grottes d’Arcy
- Beaune, the historic wine capital of Burgundy
- Dijon, the capital city of the Burgundy region, one of the country’s principal wine-producing areas.
What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
Make time to just be. Turn your stay into a balance of enjoying your time at the castle as well as enjoying its grounds and sight-seeing. Together, you’ll have a magnificent stay.
Perfect Visit in Every Way
We have just returned from our time at Chateau Bourgogne, and I am struggling for words to adequately describe our visit. Of course, when you have planned accommodations in a structure begun in the 1100s, you are a little concerned on the modern conveniences on which one is now dependent. Put those fears at rest! The Castle has been carefully and thoughtfully updated and our stay could not have been more pleasant. The rooms, linens and private areas are all very comfortable. The baths have been updated and easily accommodate a large party. We used the kitchen often to deliver every type and level of meal – from a quick nosh – to a five-course delight. The Great Room is my favorite with a fire place large enough to walk in and efficient enough to keep all comfortable. There is a Bluetooth enabled speaker system for that added touch as you relax, and wi-fi to stay in touch with the outside world. We were close to other towns and day trips were easy and fun! My only complaint is that it was too cool to use the lovely pool or sit at the table at the front entry and admire what must be beautiful flowering vines that grace the entry – but we were graced with snow which was magical! We can’t wait to return!
We met up with our friends from Australia & Ireland (13 in total) at CDG and drove approx. 2.5 hours to Chateau Bourgogne. The manager was waiting for us when we arrived and despite it being a cool April day, the heating was on and the place was warm. Chateau Bourgogne is a magnificent property with about 10 bedrooms across three levels and numerous bathrooms (some ensuite) as well as numerous reception rooms, turrets, cellars and a dungeon. It is very well appointed and easily housed our party for the week. It is very well located in the Burgundy countryside and in close proximity to a World Heritage town. We also visited many other towns as well as a day trip to Paris on the fast train from Montbard (about 20 minutes’ drive from Chateau Bourgogne). It was cold the week we stayed however the Castle was very warm and we spent several evenings in front of the enormous fire place in the main reception room. Highly recommended. We are looking forward to our next stay during summer, so we can use the pool!
Just WOW! An experience that we will never forget!
Thank you so much for such a very memorable week at this divine castle. It was just incredible. Our memories of the pool sessions, cooking French cuisine in your gorgeous fully-equipped kitchen, exploring the beautiful grounds and area of Chateau Bourgogne will last a LIFETIME. This castle is so pretty, unique, comfortable and so accommodating and close enough to so many other amazing towns. We will be back! Merci!
A magical setting to celebrate with friends and family!
We stayed in this beautiful place for a blissful week and held our French wedding celebration dinner (we had already been married back home in Aus) in the garden with the Chateau as the backdrop. The chateau is a truly unique experience, steeped in history with many picturesque villages and walks nearby to explore. Or you can just enjoy lazing by the pool with a glass of local rose in hand! We hope we get to visit one day again!
Best Ever Stay, So Unique!
In August 2016 we spent 1 week with family at Chateau Bourgogne. It surpassed my expectations from the moment we entered the medieval castle with all modern cons. The bedrooms on the 2 upper floors are large with beautiful bed linen and fluffy towels. The kitchen on the ground floor is spacious enough to prepare a sumptuous dinner, or just heat up the beautiful delicacies we bought mostly in the nearby gorgeous village nearby. The grand dining room we used only twice, as the weather was so perfect, we had most of our meals on the terrace, and pre-dinner drinks on the turret. There was plenty to explore in the area by car. We visited a Romanesque church, an abbey, caves, wineries and a medieval town. Coming home to the castle we always had a relaxing swim in the resort-style pool, which was a pleasant 25C. We would love to come back to explore more of the area, while living in a medieval castle.
What a fabulous hideaway in Burgundy. We really loved Chateau Bourgogne - A Castle hidden away in a medieval village in one of the designated Beautiful Villages of France. This whole area is packed with stunning villages, quiet roads, world heritage listed historical sites, vineyards, restaurants and artisans presenting their handiwork to the locals and tourists alike. We had such a wonderful time exploring this area whilst based in this beautiful castle. This castle is fantastic, with a great blend of medieval rustic charm and modern comfortable rooms with all the trimmings we expect as modern-day tourists. Clean modern ensuites and bathrooms, comfortable beds, beautiful linen, fully equipped kitchen, Wi-Fi, TV room, library, pool, outdoor area and privacy. All the rooms are huge, clean, comfortable and cosy. The thick stone walls provide a quiet and well insulated environment. This castle has all the fun and fantasy that we imagined, afternoon tea with local cheese and biscuits on the turret with a view of the surrounding town and farming fields, a library in another turret, our ensuite in another turret. Sipping local wines and basking in the mild French sun by the pool. Fresh baguettes, cheese, fruit, and other meals prepared in the kitchen. With 10 bedrooms you can bring your friends and family and have a fantastic getaway. We thoroughly enjoyed this castle and will make it our new home when next we visit Burgundy. Thank you for making this a highlight of our 2016 Europe holiday.
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