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Bruailles never expected to be famous. But Marie-Eugénie arrived with plans to restore this farm that was once her family's holiday home. She and her eponymous farm became the darling of magazines and country lovers with a taste for elegance and simplicity. The one hectare flower garden near the river has already enchanted many. In the shade of the cascading wisteria, the climbing roses and the thick hydrangeas, many country parties have taken place and countless stories have unfolded. Not even the crunching of footsteps on the white pebbles of the courtyard or the singing of nightingales can disturb this haven of greenery, the Ferme de Marie-Eugénie is quite simply brimming with goodness.
The farm was added to a family property that had been abandoned since the last war. I bought it from my family in 1976, it became my holiday home because I always felt happiest here. There is nothing I enjoy more than sharing this happiness with visitors, and I have been doing so for about ten years now.
My property is a typical example of the Burgundy Bresse farms, with their large roofs sheltering the half-timbered walls which corn cobs were dried under. The property consists of a residential building, a ‘habitation’ building, a stable, a bread oven, stables and barns.
The farm dates back to the 18th century. It was part of the Château de Chardenoux’s outbuildings and owned by the Poligny family until the fifties. My grandmother, who was originally from the region, wanted to keep a tie in Bresse. So, our family bought the chateau and it became a wonderful place for us to spend our holidays. At the age of twenty-five, I bought the abandoned farm. The real challenge in the restoration was preserving the unique, architectural features whilst also making the inside more contemporary and comfortable.
A stay of one night or more in a calm and serene rural setting that is nonetheless close to main roads. Dinner is also available every night - this is always appreciated by guests who have travelled a long way as they don’t have to worry about finding somewhere to eat.
There are plenty of walks nearby as well as œnological attractions (Burgundy and Jura wine routes), cultural ones (the road of Romanesque churches from Tournus to Cluny) or more sporty, outdoor activities with the lakes of Jura nearby. Many farms that breed the famous chickens of Bresse are open to the public, as are the ‘fruitières’ in Jura known for their Comté. Just eight kilometres away is Louhans, a relatively busy city known for its Monday market. Tournus boasts four Michelin-starred restuarants. My personal favourite is Jean-Michel Carette’s "Aux Terrasses", the lunch menu during the week is unbeatable.
135 € per night
The guest house and its garden are separate from the house. The four bedrooms can be reached via a path that overlooks the countryside. Each room has its own bathroom or shower. A lounge is also available for all.