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Top 5 French Chateau Hotels in Burgundy

Monday, March 17th, 2008

Burgundy, France, is historically highly regarded for its wines, excellent Pinot Noir red wines and Chardonnay white wines. The region, called Bourgogne in French, offers great food and wine and has a rich heritage for you to discover: Gallic remains, Romanesque towers and countless breathtaking châteaux, or manor houses.
Enjoy your stay in Burgundy in these fantastic Chateaus-turned-hotels:

1. Chateau de Challanges – Beaune

Chateau de Challanges

The Château de Challanges is a 19th century manor house that is now home to a 3-star hotel. The chateau is located in the town of Beaune on the famous Route des Grands Crus, a popular tourist road among the many vineyards of Burgundy. Hotel Chateau de Challanges is surrounded by a 7 hectare (17 acre) forest with a river and a secret underground passage.
The Chateau offers elegant and castle-worthy accommodation in suites or double rooms.
Amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, a bar where you can relax and have a drink after dinner and a conference room.

2. Château de Gilly – Vougeot

Chateau de Gilly

The glorious Chateau de Gilly with its breathtaking French gardens is located in Clos de Vougeot, at just 3 km (2 miles) from the lovely town of Vougeot and not far from Dijon. The 4 star luxury hotel was formerly and abbey, housing Cistercian monks from the 13th to the 17th century. The dining room is housed in a vaulted crypt-cellar and requires formal attire. Chateau de Gilly is part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group.
Some of the rooms have beamed ceilings. Amenities include an outdoor swimming pool and a bar with billiard.

3. Hostellerie du Château de Sainte Sabine – Pouilly-en-Auxois

Chateau de Sainte Sabine

The 17th century manor house Château de Sainte Sabine was built on the site of an 11th century monastry, in the lovely marrket town of Pouilly-en-Auxois in the Côte-d’Or department, the primary wine growing part of Burgundy. This 3-star hotel offers gourmet dining, an outdoor swimming pool and a large park with animals.
The hotel also features meeting and banquet facilities. Accommodation is offered in simple rooms with private bathroom, television and phone.

4. Château d’Island Vézelay – Avallon

Chateau d'Island Vezelay

Château d’Island Vézelay is located in the picturesque town of Avallon in the Yonne department of Burgundy. The 15th century castle offers a unique atmosphere and offers excellent local cuisine. Rooms are elegantly appointed and offer internet access. The elegant lounge with its wooden panels offers a great place to relax after a day spent hiking or touring the region.

5. Château de Flammerans – Auxonne

Chateau de Flammerans

The Château de Flammerans is situated in the town of Auxonne and offers homely guest house style accommodation. This charming manor house offers great amenities such as an outdoor swimming pool, the Orangerie living room, a billiard room and horse riding in the castle park. Dinner in the lovely dining room is prepared by the castle owner Mr Barrier and includes delicious dishes such as Bœuf Bourguignon and the traditional French escargots.

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