This independent wing of our home has both the charm and privacy that guests are entitled to expect for their holiday in this most beautiful part of France. The house was originally our own holiday home and is offered as we ourselves most enjoyed it. For us its overriding feature is the first floor balcony where we would eat almost all our meals, or simply sit and soak up the stunning views across the valley to the distant hills, usually with a glass of Macon Blanc wine, as the sun went down. Originally a small farmhouse with adjacent barns, and constructed from the mellow local stone, we have over the years transformed the house into a modern, comfortable dwelling, consisting of two good-sized double bedrooms with independent bathrooms, a cosy sitting room and a large kitchen/dining room. The peace and quiet to be found in rural Burgundy is as legendary as its glorious wines, although we are constantly surprised at the wealth of leasure and cultural activities within easy reach.
House in Bessuge, Nr. Tournus, Saone-et-Loire, Burgundy, France - Comfortable House With Stunning Balcony Views, Close To All Amenities
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About Robin Law
Now enjoying retirement in Burgundy, I was both an Army Officer and Diplomat before changing careers to manage some of the major landed estates in England and Scotland.
Robin Law purchased this Farmhouse in 1999
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
een gite met uitzicht...
Vanop de Bourgondische galerie is het uitzicht op het groen, de bossen en de heuvels prachtig. Het verblijf is gelegen in een zeer mooie streek. Er zijn vele Romaanse kerkjes te bezoeken; we maakten grote wandelingen en konden mooie fietstochten doen. Het bezoek aan het kasteel van Cormatin was een meevaller.
Het verblijf is smaakvol ingericht. De slaapkamer is ruim, de living is gezellig en de keuken is goed uitgerust.
We werden zeer vriendelijk ontvangen door de eigenaar, met wie we een hartelijk contact hadden.
Charming Burgundian Farmhouse in Verdant Landscape
For two New England retired couples our exploration into the history and culture of southern Burgundy in early spring was enhanced by out stay at the charming farmhouse at Bessuges. Our home away from home provided us with a large, modern kitchen, two very comfortable bedrooms with glorious views, a beautifully decorated library/sitting room, and a lovely south facing porch. The farmhouse is set in a small enclave of stone farmhouses with tiles roofs surrounded by verdant green fields, grazing cattle, and vineyards.
Each day in our rental car we drove in another direction stopping at historic sites, enjoying lunch out, and visiting local markets to provision for our dinner and breakfast. Our daily adventures took us to Cluny for the ancient Abbey, to Cormatin for the outstanding 17th century Chateau Cormatin as well as exquisite patisseries, to Romanesque churches at Chapaize , Massy, and Tournus, and to Beaune for a splendid tour through the Hotel Dieu.
Our delightful, friendly host was always available to answer our questions and respond to our needs making our visit one we hope to repeat.
A wonderful Burgundian retreat
This beautiful, classical Burgundian house is the perfect base from which to explore this loveliest area of Burgundy. The house is beautifully presented. The kitchen spacious and well-appointed; the first floor balcony a terrific asset for sitting out and eating or reading; the snug sitting room a perfect alternative when the light began to fade; the courtyard stocked with delightful plants and visited in the evenings by hummingbird moths! We found a very nice walk from the house to the local village, where we also discovered a couple of excellent restaurants. And, of course, we explored as many vineyards as possible. We would love to go back some day.
Very relaxing in beautiful countryside
Just home from our 2nd visit to this really comfortable ,very well equiped property with a VERY comfortable large bed! The house is in a very small quiet hamlet in lush green countryside. An ideal spot for ramblers and cyclists or just being lazy!! sitting out on the verandah reading, listening to nature with glass of local wine - what more do you want? There is a very good restaurant in the neighbouring village of Chapaize ( advised to book for a weekend meal ) This village has an ancient very interesting church. Cormatin is also nearby where there are 2 Boulangeries, cafe/restaurants, a Tabac, a good small supermarket, one or two other small shops all on the main road through the village and a magnificent Chateau.10 miles away in Cluny there is a large supermarket which also has petrol. Cluny is one of THE biggest equestrian centres in France where there are frequent Gymkhanas. The town is well worth spending at least one day there as there is SO much to see and do.
We have enjoyed our holidays so much we are seriously considering a return visit in the very near future.
An lovely break in an idyllic unspoilt location
We stayed for a short break in Mid August. The weather was wonderful, the welcome was fantastic, with a glass of local Cremant on arrival. The gite is spacious, well equipped and very tastefully restored. Robin was a wonderful host and recommended places to visit. We took the children to Brancion, and visited a lovely market in Chapaize. Overall a wonderful stay, in a wonderful gite, highly recommended.
Un tres jolie gite!
The gite is ideally located, being only twenty minutes from the autoroute. The drive from the autoroute is particularly pleasant through the rolling vineyards, fields and hills of south Burgundy. Robin made us all very welcome and we immediately felt very comfortable in his beautiful Gite. The villages of Chapaize and Brancion are a must, along with visiting the charming local markets. Thank you Robin, we look forward to coming again.
We are lucky to have a large lake with a sandy beach and good swimming facilities within 15 minutes drive. In the high season there is also a cafe, pedalo hire and a lifeguard on duty there.
We are about 10 km west of the town of Tournus which is on the A6 Motorway, and approximately 6 hours drive from Calais. Our rural location makes a car essential. The closest airports are Lyon (approx 1.5 hours) or Geneva (approx 2 hours), and the closest TGV stations are at Macon or Le Creusot, (both 30 to 40 minutes drive away). Car hire is available at all these airports and stations.
In spite of the seclusion we enjoy, the village of Cormatin is only 2 km away, with bakers and other basic facilities. St Gengeoux le National at 7 km has a greater range of shops for a small town, and a market on alternate Tuesdays. Tournus and Cluny are each about 12 km or 20 mins. Further still, to the north are Chalon (30 mins), Beaune (45 mins) and Dijon (just over the hour). Going south you will find Macon (40 mins) and Lyon (1 hr, 15 mins.
The region of Burgundy is a wonderful mixture of tranquility, culture, gastronomic delight, and sporting and leisure facilities. Apart from the Romanesque churches in our local villages, in close reach we have the town of Tournus with its beautiful pink stoned abbey, and Cluny with its magnificent ruined abbey which was a major centre of Christianity from 900 AD till the Revolution. Burgundy has a wealth of chateaux open for visits, including that in Cormatin, and many of these churches and chateaux are used throughout the year for concerts, music recitals and plays. The world famous Hospice de Beaune, is certainly worth a visit, but so is the lesser known, but equally interesting Hospice in Tournus. Artists of all types can easily be found in most villages, and the prehistoric limestone caves in the local hills are some of the best in France. Both Cluny and Tournus have interesting Saturday markets, but others can also be found somewhere every day of the week. Burgundy is one of the great wine regions of the world, and many visitors take the opportunity to visit a Cave or two locally in the Maconnaise or Cote Chalonaise, or perhaps further afield into the Beaujolais or the Cote de Nuit and Cote d’Or. But Burgundy is also rightly known for its wonderful food, and there is an abundance of local restaurants to suit all budgets, from café/bars with excellent daily menus, through to Michelin starred restaurants of high repute. The disused railway, the Voie Verte, that winds through Burgundy, and has been hard surfaced for walking and cycling, runs close by; and there are many other possibilities for both these activities, with the countryside being well marked and mapped. Opportunities also exist for horse riding, swimming, golf, fishing, boat trips, and hot-air ballooning – take your pick.
Booking Notes: We initially ask you to complete a booking proforma and provide a 20% deposit. The Balance is then due 8 weeks before arrival. On arrival we also ask for a bond of £200 against damage or extra cleaning, and this will be refunded, less any costs, within two weeks of departure. All services (gas, oil, water and electricity) are included as are cleaning materials, bedding and towels. Changeover Day: All bookings are for a minimum of 7 days. Changeover day is Saturday. Arrival time is from 4pm, and at the end of their stay we ask guests to leave by 10am.