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Amongst lakes, mountains and forests for as far as the eye can see stands the green, granite massif of Burgundy. It seems to have distanced itself from the world so as to join vast, wild spaces. In the neighbourhood of Mount Beuvray, nature reigns supreme. It is where Vercingetorix rallied the Gauls to fight against the Romans and where Julius Caesar is said to have written his first "Commentaries on the Gallic Wars". The history of man has left some traces at the heart of this green paradise, among them is the chateau of Villette. At the edge of the thick forests, it exudes a simple beauty, with its elegant facade and large windows turned towards the elaborate gardens. Tucked away like a well preserved island, it inspires calm and a joy for the finer things in life throughout the year: the perfumes of a starry night, a good meal shared with loved ones, a spot of reading in the shade of a tree. Everybody will find a way to relax here.
We had a originally planned to buy an estate in Normandy, but destiny led us to Burgundy and the Natural Park of Morvan because we fell in love with the region and the surrounding nature. We then fell head over heels for this estate and bought it. After celebrating our wedding, we spent two years renovating the property and left our hectic lives to open a guest house.
The chateau was built on Gallo-Roman foundations. Its design is quite simple and balanced, the main house dates back to the late 18th century. The outbuildings are older and date back to the 16th century. At the front are two large terraces, the main courtyard and a French garden.
The building was originally built to protect the site of Bibracte, a former Gallo-Roman site. There are several chateaus and large houses around Bibracte that were built for the same reason. The building burnt down in the 16th century and was rebuilt for the Bishop of Autun. Villette was designed as a holiday residence for the bishop and the subsequent owners. We are the first owners to live in the Domaine de Villette year round.
We have several guest rooms located in the chateau. They have all been renovated and decorated in a classic style with large draperies on the windows. Some of them have four-poster beds and all are equipped with high quality bedding. The generous breakfasts can be served in the dining room or on the terrace if the weather allows it. On sunny days, a swimming pool is available to guests along with a tennis court. The gardens are a haven of peace with exceptional nature, ideal place for a nap in the shade of the apple trees. Some evenings we have a table d'hôtes.
The site of Bibracte is not to be missed, it was the capital of the Gaulish people of the Eduens at the end of the second century BC. Autun (Augustodinum) is a small regional town with a Gallo-Roman and medieval feel. We highly recommend "Le monde de Don Cabillaud", a small seafood restaurant in the old town of Autun and the "Bistro du cochon ventru" in Saint-Didier-sur-Arroux for its Burgundian bistronomy. If you like walking, the GR13 hiking trail is not far from the property. The Romanesque architecture is also a must-see, the Romanesque church of Poile's apse, choir and bell tower date back to the 12th century and the Saint-Maurice de Millay church was built in the second half of the 11th century.
The "la Grenouillère" cottage is located at the entrance of the estate near the pond. It consists of three bedrooms (two of which are equipped with a double bed and the third has two double beds) a large living room with a large fireplace and a wood stove, a fully equipped kitchen, a bathroom and a dining area with a covered terrace overlooking a large private garden.
195 € - 285 € / night
All of the guests rooms are located in the chateau. Two of them are on the first floor and the other three are on the second floor. All are equipped with a private bathroom with bath and/or shower. Almost all have a view of the gardens.