Back in September, my husband and I were discussing as to where we wanted to go for Spring Break in 2016 and we decided on the French Riviera. From where we live in Germany it is about a 10 hour drive so we wanted to spend a few days somewhere in between which would be in Côte-d’Or and the surrounding area. I knew I wanted to stay in a castle, but either (1) they were not available for our dates, (2) they were WAY out of our budget or (3) we would have to stay in multiple rooms. A couple of months ago, I received an email from AirBnB with a list of castles to stay in and I found Chateau de Burnand (unfortunately I can not find the link). I contacted them right away so we could make the reservation. We reserved the Rose Room for 204€ per night and it included a Continental breakfast. Of course I was hesitant due to the price, but we went ahead and reserved since … well we are staying in a castle!
The drive through the villages to the castle were breathtakingly beautiful! We drove through medieval villages that dated back thousands of years full of life and color. When we finally arrived at Chateau de Burnand, Jeane, the owner greeted us. She gave us a tour of the castle and to our room and helped us settle in. The Rose Room is PERFECT for a family of 5 and possibly even more. I do have to say the beds were a bit uncomfortable. So if you have a bad back before to bring some extra cushioning, but other than that no other complaints.
Surrounding the castle is tranquil with rolling hills, flowers and beautiful old buildings. The castle is said to be built on ancient ruins! Our children had an amazing time exploring the grounds as they pleased; while my husband and I spent time chatting with other guests of the castle and Jeane. It was very international! One couple were from Worms, Germany (right by us), another from Switzerland, another from the UK and the other from the Netherlands. We didn’t have very much of a language barrier either! It was absolutely fantastic and relaxing.
Jeane was the PERFECT host. Every morning she would let us know what was going on in the area. She recommended the market in Cluny. So we packed up the kids for just a short 30 minute trip there. It is a GORGEOUS village. Lots of goodies in every nook and cranny. Bought some delicious strawberries, some dessert spreads, baguettes, a beautiful basket to carry all of the goodies in and more. After we hit up Cluny, we went to Acrobath parc, a zipline park. The kids had a wonderful time! We ate some lunch (they have picnic areas!) and the guys hit the lines! Unfortunately our daughter was not able to do the lines as kids have to be 6 years old to go, BUT they do have a “treasure hunt” for the little ones.
France does have tolls, but in this region there were not many of them.
Take the backroads! Beautiful!
Chateau de Burnand
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