Charolles, our closest town, with a population of 3000, has remained charmingly unchanged with many old buildings and small canals. Visit the tower of Charles the Bold, one of the great Dukes of Burgundy, or treat yourself to dinner at the Restaurant Hotel de la Poste.
La Maison du Charolais houses an information centre about the region, and specifically about the Charolais cattle which originated here. There is also a small gift shop and restaurant where you can sample Charolais Beef, raised on lush meadows according to strict organic methods.
Each day of the week hosts an outdoor farmer's market in a different local town..Charolles on Wednesday, La Clayette on Tuesday, Paray le Monial on Friday..our favourite is Marcigny on Mondays. On Wednesday afternoon you can visit the Charolais Cattle market in St Christophe en Brionnais.
Cluny was one of the greatest monastic centres of the late middle ages and the area is rich in small Romanesque Churches scattered across the countryside. Paray le Monial, 15 km away, has the finest remaining example of Clunysian architecture and is a major pilgrimage destination.
France's second city, Lyon can be easily reached for a day trip by small local train, a journey which takes 90 minutes. Located at the confluence of the Rhone and Saone rivers, it has a long and illustrious history.Settled by the Romans, there is a large amphitheatre and Roman museum. There is also an extensive medieval area, fabulous shops, theatre and some of the best restaurants in France.
Some of the greatest wines in the world originate just half an hour's drive from here. Directly east you can find the great white Burgundies: Pouilly Fuisse, Macon and St Veran. Turn slightly south for the Beaujolais region. Explore small villages such as Chardonnay