Discover

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“Missery puts you right where you need to be.”
– Hugh Johnson

Read

If you would like to learn more about the Burgundy, its history, architecture, customs and its cuisine, dive into the following titles:

  • The Michelin Guide to Burgundy, by Jura
  • The Companion Guide to Burgundy, by Robert Speaight & Francis Pagan
  • La Bourgogne Vue du Ciel, by Yann Arthus-Bertrand
  • A Château of One’s Own: Restoration Misadventures in France, by Sam Juneau
  • Food Wine Burgundy: A Terroir Guide (Terroir Guides), by David Downie & Allison Harris
  • France (Horrible Histories Special), by Terry Deary and Martin Brown
  • The Cooking of Burgundy and the Lyonnais, by Ann Willan
  • Burgundy Gastronomic, by Ann Willan, Olivia Callea and Hamish Park
  • Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book, by Hugh Johnson
  • Oz Clarke’s Wine Companion: Burgundy Guide, by Clive Coates
  • Burgundy, by Ian Dunlop
  • French Provincial Cooking, by Elizabeth David
  • The Perfectionist: Life and Death in Haute Cuisine, by Rudolph Chelminski
  • Bernard Loiseau, Mon Mari, by Dominique Loiseau
  • The Discovery of France, by Graham Robb
  • The World Atlas of Wine, by Hugh Johnson
  • Truc, Astuces et Tours de Main, by Bernard Loiseau and Gerard Gilbert
  • Life in the French Country House, by Girouard
  • Les Châteaux de Bourgogne, by Vignier & Champollion
  • A Traveller’s History of France, by Robert Cole

Discover the historic towns, châteaux, religious sites and the picturesque countryside of Burgundy.

Beautiful, unspoilt villages and towns abound in the Auxois and the Morvan, the two regions which surround Missery. The local supply town is Saulieu, 15 minutes from Missery, where there is a Saturday morning market set under a canopy of trees. It has numerous restaurants and a fabulous Basilica in which to discover a stunning collection of wooden medieval polychrome.

Avallon, Semur-en-Auxois, Flavigny–sur-Ozeron (where the film Chocolat was set), Chateauneuf-en-Bourgogne and Nolay are other charming towns or villages worth exploring. The neighbouring town of Mont Saint Jean has a medieval château, a popular annual antique fair and panoramic views over the Serein valley – an ideal destination for an afternoon’s promenade. At the heart of the Burgundian vineyards, Beaune, the ancient seat of the Dukes of Burgundy, boasts colourful roof tops and acts as a perfect base for wine tastings.

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 are also very much worth a visit, in particular Fontenay (where Cyrano de Belgerac was filmed), Vézeley, Citeaux, and Cluny, which is further to the South.

The stunning countryside that frames Missery is made up of two regions. To the west, the Morvan is a combination of granite and high altitude hills (up to 800m) covered in forests and lakes (reservoirs for the Paris water system). To the east, the Auxois presents a countryside similar to that found in England, with rolling hills, woods, streams and open fields, and peppered with white Charolais cattle.

Do

Burgundy is bursting with activities. One of the best ways of seeing this unspoilt countryside is from the air – balloon rides around the château and beyond can be organised for the adventurous.

Take a trip to the lakes in the Morvan, where you can swim and feast on a picnic comprising local produce and vegetables from the kitchen garden. Or float along the Canal de Bourgogne on a barge for a day’s leisurely amble through the Auxois.

For the kids (big or small) you might want to test your monkey skills and zip wire between branches high in the tree-tops in adventure camps. For the horse lovers, we can organise a gallop over the green plains and through the majestic woods; or, for the cycling fanatics, a leisurely ride through the pretty lanes and villages.

Golfers can enjoy a round at the championship course at the Château de Chailly, 15 km towards Pouilly-en-Auxois and, nearer to hand, there is a 9-hole beginner’s course in the next door village of Fontangy. Other activities include tennis in the nearby village, canoeing near Cry-sur-Armonçon, piano playing, wine tastings and classical concerts.

Best of all, stay at home - cool off and create whirlpools in the round stone bassin in the kitchen garden; thrash your opponents with a championship game of ping-pong; row around the moat; brush up your watercolour skills and paint the 13th Century towers reflected in the waters; take up your mallet and beat your rivals at croquet on the front lawn. Of course, eating and drinking have paragraphs of their own, but they are definitely amongst the most popular activities of a holiday in Burgundy!

Learn

Missery is an ideal place to participate in bespoke courses on a number of subjects which can be organised on request. Artists can teach you how to paint or draw; gifted writers will guide would-be novelists or historians; Masters of Wine can instruct you on the Nectar of the Gods and take you on wine tastings around the vineyards of the Côte d’Or or Chablis; local or Michelin Starred chefs would be delighted to give cooking demonstrations and lessons; or take a language course to improve communication with the locals.