Mont St Jean is a small rural commune in the Cote d’Or area of eastern France. Local boulangeries, grocers and markets supply the freshest foods and the area is amply supplied with good restaurants. Situated just 58km west of Dijon, it is well located for exploring this lovely area, known for its fine wines, gourmet cuisine and mustard.
Enjoy the Museums
One of the finest museums in the area is the Musée Rolin in Autun. Built by Chancellor Rolin it has many early Flemish paintings and sculptures, including the 15th century Nativity by Maitre de Moulins and the famous Temptation of Eve by Gislebertus. Dijon has one of the finest Museums of Fine arts in France along with the excellent Mustard Museum.
The markets of Burgundy are ideal place to find fresh local produce. They are held on different days in each small town. Dijon’s markets are on Fridays and Saturdays.
Wine lovers will enjoy a stay in a holiday cottage in Mont St Jean as it is surrounded by vineyards. Burgundy wineries offer tours and wine tastings of the world-renowned wines before you buy, or pay a visit the Maison des Vins in Chalon-sur-Saone for an informative wine-tasting experience.
Chateauneuf is one of the most beautiful villages in France, a pleasant drive from your Mont St Jean holiday rental. Once an important resting place on the pilgrimage route the wonderful chateau was built to defend the road to Autun. The town has fine merchant houses from the 12th to 15th centuries and the lovely church is worth a visit.
Dijon, the capital of Burgundy, is known for its exceptional Renaissance architecture and is packed with museums, parks, theatres, an opera house and grand houses. It is best known for its mustard and has some fine gourmet restaurants.
Cote d’Or is home to one of France’s finest architectural treasures – Fontenay Abbey which dates back to 1118. This popular historical site has several buildings to explore and beautiful gardens which are open to the public. It is about 38km north from your holiday home in Mont St Jean.
Mont St Jean enjoys warm sunny summer months averaging 25° C (77° F) with showers at any time. Winters are cold with freezing overnight temperatures during the winter months making it a popular area for winter sports in the nearby mountains.
The nearest airport to Mont St Jean villas is Geneva (GVA) Airport which is about 174 km drive away. Flights with budget airlines can also be booked to Lyon (LYS) Airport and St Etienne (EBU) Airport a little further away. The fast TGV trains connect with the Eurostar from London making this an easy way to reach Dijon.