Property Guide – Burgundy
Is this the region for you?
Départements: Côte d’Or (21), Nièvre (58), Saône-et-Loire (71), Yonne (89)
When you hear the name Burgundy it conjures up most of all the fabulous wines that make the area so famous: Chablis, Nuits St George, Meursault and the list goes on. But Burgundy has much to offer beyond the grape and is increasingly popular with second home buyers and permanent movers. Why? Perhaps because it offers an appealing combination of history, art, landscape and architecture – the things that draw many of us to the French way of life. The ducal cities of Dijon and Beaune, the glories of the many chateaux, the architecture of the Romanesque churches and the sense of history are part of the tapestry that makes up this Region.
The landscape adds it own colours to the tapestry; spring brings the vineyards into leaf, summer is the time to enjoy the canals, the paths and lanes ideal for walking and cycling and the mild autumn is many people’s favourite with the spectacular autumn colours from oaks and maple forests. But if you want more spectacular scenery head East to the Jura mountains or a a little further and you’re in Switzerland.
Access to this area is good with the A6 Autoroute from Paris, good motorway access in about 5-6 hours from Calais, TGV links and direct flights to Dijon and Lyon. House prices are not the cheapest as this is a popular area for Parisian second-home owners but still very affordable with some attractive architectural styles. The climate of Burgundy sees much fine cold-weather in the winters, pleasant summer temperatures with spring and summer showers helping to fatten up the grapes. The Saône-et-Loire departement stretches down towards the Mediterranean and experiences a milder climate. Finally, it’s not just the wines of Burgundy that you’ll be sampling if you live here but you’ll also be able to enjoy some fine cooking with more Michelin starred restaurants than any other region. Burgundy offers plenty to discover and plenty to do – not surprisingly it’s a secret that’s gradually being discovered by househunters from abroad.
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