is not just vineyards -- it is extraordinarily beautiful countryside
with delightful small villages, criss-crossed with streams and rivers,
made more interesting by green rolling hills and small forests and
travelers the comfort of magnificent estates such as this one in the
Château de Villette is a classical private residence set on an
500 acres in the Morvan hills of western Burgundy sixty kilometers from
The parkland and setting are said to be earlier examples of the work of the famed André le Notre, renowned for his designs at Chantilly and Versailles. Guests will find themselves enjoying the formal gardens and terraces, centuries-old landscapes, running crystal streams, ponds, lakes, forests and hedged fields -- and astonished by the unending panoramic views.
The accommodations offered are recently redecorated rooms incorporating exquisite linens and fabrics, luxurious beds, furniture suited to the period and en suite bathrooms with all modern amenities. New in 2012 is the completely renovated 18th century cottage for two, Maison Escargot, offering a spacious living area with open fireplace and an open kitchen and dining area, a bedroom with a king-size four poster bed and a bathroom with antique tub and shower. A convertible sofa in the living room will sleep an additional two people. A small private garden and private entrance make this a lovely private getaway. Of course, the pool and tennis courts are available to its occupants during their stay. There is a television and access to the pool. This cottage can be rented by the night or weekly as a self-catering retreat.
The second cottage, La Grenouillère, welcomed guests since August of 2012. It has three bedrooms - two doubles and a twin - bathroom with antique tub and shower, spacious living with an open fireplace, dining corner, television, access to the pool and a southfacing view over the lake and the Morvan countryside. A dishwasher, washing machine and dryer are wonderful conveniences in this cottage.
Dinner , with menus devoted to fresh local meat, vegetables and dairy products, is prepared in the sixteenth century kitchen and can definitely be categorized as Burgundian "haute cuisine". Guests are then served by candlelight in the grand eighteenth century formal dining room, accompanied by carefully selected wines found on the finest wine lists in France -- wines from the nearby Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune and Côte Chalonnaise.
The château's host and hostess, Coen and Catherine Stork, are proud of their cellars containing wines they have personally selected for their quality and authenticity. Whether travelers are seeking the comfort and convenience of a bed and breakfast or are interested in renting the château with a helpful staff for cooking, cleaning and laundry service (available a limited number of weeks during the year), Château de Villette is a perfect choice. The chambres d'hôtes offers six bedrooms, combinations of which can become three suites, all with en suite bathrooms. Two additional guest rooms become availble when renting the entire château.
Guests have the use of a sparkling swimming pool and a tennis court on the estate, and can spend their days visiting the local antique shops and historic sites, touring vineyards, playing golf at nearby courses, visiting picturesque villages of the area for shopping, seeing Roman churches or browsing the stalls on market day. Most important of all is the personal attention and care guests receive from their host and hostess -- a reminder that this is a family home where all are welcomed as friends and encouraged to partake in château life and explore the wonders of the region.
Rates per night for two persons: Mersault,
queen bed, bathroom
shower € 195; Chambolle, king bed, bath with tub € 225; Musigny,
king four-poster bed, sitting area, bath with tub, €265; Montrachet,
king bed + single bed, bath with tub and shower, € 225; Chassagne,
two single beds, bath with shower, € 195; Volnay,
queen bed, bathroom with tub and shower, € 195; and Santenots,
two single beds, bathroom with tub and shower, € 195.
Cottages: Escargot € 285/one night. Weekly € 950,€1200,€ 1500 - low, mid and high season. 3-night stay €450, €550, €650 by season. La Grenouillère €1350,€1600,€1950 low,mid and high season. 3-night stay €575, €715, N/A in high season.
Family Suites: Chambolle + Musigny € 410 per night for 5 persons; Chassagne + Montrachet € 340 per night for 5 persons.
Extra bed: € 50 per night. Local taxes €0.68 p/p per night.
Continental Breakfast included. for B&B guests only. For cottage guests €18 per person available July/August only.
Dinners: available at château on Wednesday and Saturday evenings for € 55 per person. Other evenings for six or more guests on request. Also, fine restaurants nearby at Millay, Luzy, Autun and Beaune. Cheese and Wine Platter (any day) € 28 per person for B&B guests only. Charcuterie platter (any day) €24 per person for B&B guests only.
Renting the Château: Sleeps up to 18 people. Low- and Mid-Season € 8750 or High Season € 8750 to € 12500 per week. Prices include linens and local taxes. For the hourly cost of staff for cooking, cleaning, hosting services, or minding children, please request more information by sending us an email. Two-week minimum rentals might be required during Summer months. Closed for a time during hunting season; open to hunting groups at that time. Deposit of 30% required at time of booking.In case of cancellation, deposit is not refundable; if cancelled within 48 hours of start time, the entire booking will be charged.
Check-in from 4PM; Check-out before 10:30 AM.
No pets and no smoking, please. Guest rooms are all non-smoking.
From Paris, 2.5 hour drive from Paris, 2 hours from Lyon, and 1 hour from Dijon. Take the A 6 from Paris and exit onto the N81 at Châteauneuf. Proceed direction Autun. Continue past Autun for about 20 kilometers and turn right onto the D192 direction Poil. Drive through the tiny village of Poil and 2 kilometers after the village, turn left for “Villette”.
Airports: Paris, Dijon and Lyon
Railway Station: TGV to Le Creusot-Montchanin or Autun about 1.5 hours from Paris
Car Rental at Le Creusot-Montchanin (click here)