We try to vary the way we travel from our home in London to our flat in Grimaud, sometimes we fly, sometimes we take the train (my personal favourite) and sometimes we drive (my husbands favourite). This time it was his turn to choose so we drove down, all 800 miles which takes about 11 to 12 hours. Our friends manage to do the journey in one day but for me this is just too much so I insist on a nights stop over, normally somewhere between Dijon and Lyon, the wonderful wine growing area of Burgundy. Always a good excuse to sample a few glasses! We usually stay in hotels but this time I decided to be more adventurous and try out a “Chambres d’hotes”, or B and B’s as they are known in the UK where they are popular as traditional holiday accomodation.
For those historians who want to check out The History of the origin of B and B’s. A very useful guide book
French Bed and Breakfast led us to the discovery of Le Crot Foulot run by the super efficient and extremely welcoming Annie and Jan. As you can see from the pictures below the original “winemaker’s domain” has been lovingly restored about 6 years ago when Annie and Jan decided to sell their prize winning restaurant in Brussels and come to live in the beautiful countryside in the heart of Burgundy with all it’s culture and tradition. We were treated to the most delicious three course evening meal accompanied by some of the best Burgundian wines.
If you are ever visiting that area of France I would highly recommended you spend a night or two at Annie and Jan’s wonderfully calm and restoring “Chambres d’hotes”
|The bedroom we stayed in. I love the original way the architect has added the bathroom. Very good use of space|