Les Roches offers the experience of staying in a private country residence where we have just six guest bedrooms. Les Roches is located in a hilltop medieval village of Mont-Saint-Jean with unobstructed views of the countryside. Les Roches is situated in the Côte d'Or, in the heart of Burgundy, and we are within an easy reach of the famous Burgundy wine areas (including Côte-de-Nuits, Côte-de-Beaune, Chablis and Côte Chalonnaise), historical sites and other popular places of interest.
Description of Les Roches Bed & Breakfast:Les Roches was built just at the turn of the 1900s and it was commissioned by a Parisian judge. Mr Perrot built the house for his mistress and the face of the mistress can be found on the hand-painted ceiling panels in the dining room as well as over the main entrance door in the form of a stone carving. The architecture of Les Roches quite unique and it is called “eclectic” as it combines architectural styles found in Austria, Switzerland and Germany. There are similar styled buildings, which were built during the same period, in Normandy and Biarritz. There are a lot of details on the exterior of the house including the gold leaf mosaics under the roof eaves, intricate stone carvings, different coloured bricks in various shapes, intricate flower shapes in the iron works, etc. and one needs to spend a little time to notice them all. The rooms in the house are well proportioned and the public rooms are decorated with the original wood panelling and the high ceilings are decorated with intricate plaster work.
Our guests are very welcome to use our salon, library and terrace to read the daily newspapers, peruse magazines, read a book and enjoy some of our wine. During the fall and winter periods the salon and library are even cosier as we burn wood in the fireplaces.
The salon is very bright as it features a very large window with three French doors leading out to the terrace. Here in the salon you find a copy of the daily International Herald Tribune and the weekend editions of Le Figaro as well as a selection of magazines. The salon is a great place to meet and mingle with your fellow guests.
In our library, we have a television with hundreds of channels in various languages where you can catch up on the latest news, watch your favourite sports events or enjoy a movie. We also have a selection of books for your enjoyment (many of the paper-back books have been left from our guests!). You will find complimentary maps and brochures on the various tourist attractions in Burgundy and contact details for some of our favourite vineyards.
The sun-filled terrace is very popular in the afternoons where many of our guests unwind with a drink after a day exploring Burgundy and visiting vineyards. During the summer months, we serve breakfast on the terrace and we normally serve our four-course dinners outside.
We offer home-cooked dinners twice per week, Thursdays and Saturdays, using regional and seasonal ingredients and we recommend matching Burgundy wines for each course. Many of our recipes are based on traditional Burgundy recipes which we have adopted to modern tastes. The dinner experience begins at 19h30 with an aperitif in the salon, set four-course meal in the candlelit dining room or terrace and ends with a coffee or tea in the library. The cost is €32 per person. The dinners need to be booked in advance. We are pleased to offer a more casual dinner option on Mondays, "Monday Brasserie", as many of the local restaurants are closed on Mondays. Our Monday Brasserie will be open from 19h00 to 21h00 and our menu will have choices of starters, main courses and desserts. On the other evenings, Sundays, Tuesdays through Wednesdays and Fridays, we offer cold-cut dinners consisting of a selection of cold cuts, selection of cheeses, salad and fresh bread. The cost is €19 per person.
The price for the bedrooms starts from 129 euros per night (based on double occupancy and includes breakfast).
Attractions:Les Roches is ideally located to explore the famous Burgundy wine areas where you can visit vineyards and taste their wines: • Côte-de-Nuits (about a 45 minute drive from Les Roches) • Côte-de-Beaune (about a 45 minute drive from Les Roches) • Chablis (about a 60 minute drive from Les Roches) • Côte Chalonnaise (about a 60 minute drive from Les Roches) We are also well located to visit some of the following historical sites and villages / towns: Abbaye de Fontenay, Beaune, Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, Dijon, Château de Commarin, Château de Bussy-Rabutin, Morvan National Park, Château du Clos de Vougeot, Noyers, Alésia, Château de la Rochepot, Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, and much more. The nearest golf course is Golf du Château de Chailly and is only a 15 minute drive from Les Roches. Golf du Château de Chailly is one of the top three golf courses in the area and will challenge your long game as well as your approach shots (as nearly all the greens are raised and well protected by bunkers and water so your club selection is critical!). Le Golf Dijon, Golf de Château d'Avoise and Domaine du Roncemay are parkland golf courses and the fairways are lined with mature trees. The most challenging golf course is the front nine at Le Golf Dijon as the fairways are very narrow and it is wise to leave the driver in the bag! Le Golf Dijon has the best greens! Golf de Beaune is quite challenging with its narrow fairways and long par threes. The golf course is ideally located if you would like to visit vineyards and taste some wines after your round of golf! Les Roches is well situated for outdoor activities (such as walking, bike riding, horse riding, tennis and swimming) as we are located among many pretty rural villages and on the edge of the Morvan National Park (France’s largest national park). Walking Many of our guests go for long walks from our village of Mont-Saint-Jean given the beautiful scenery. There are a few trails that we can recommend given your desired length of walk. At Saint-Brisson, in the Morvan National Park, there is a park open for visitors including a Botanical Garden (the garden gets its inspiration from gardens for castles and monasteries during the Middle Ages), a Fruit Orchard (specialising in the local old fruit varieties), an Educational Trail (13 information boards along the trail show visitors the vast variety of landscape and wildlife in the area), The Resistance Museum (this museum highlights the events during the German Occupation of the area during the war), and a marked walking trail. Saint-Brisson is about a 30 minute drive from Les Roches. Bike Riding Mont-Saint-Jean is a great starting point for a bike ride as there are many pretty little hamlets and small rural villages in the area. The setting is very picturesque and the small roads are ideal as there is not much traffic. We can suggest some routes given the length of your desired bike ride. For a more leisurely bike ride, we recommend riding on the canal (a good place to start is at Vandenesse-en-Auxois, which is about a 30 minute drive from Les Roches). The Morvan National Park offer nature lovers over 3 400 km of marked trails for mountain biking. The following are some of the nearby departure points for the trails: Saulieu and Saint-Brisson (the local tourist offices in those towns can provide details on the trails). If you are not planning on bringing your own bike on your holiday, we have Trek Mountain bikes for hire (€15 per bike per day). Horse Riding There is an equestrian centre in Thoisy-le-Désert (about a 20 minute drive from Les Roches) called Poney-Club de L’Auxois where they offer horse riding. For information, please call +33 (0)3 80 90 88 41. Tennis There is a tennis court in our village that is open for our guest's use. Swimming There are a few lakes in the area where you can swim or simply soak up the sun during the summer. The two lakes that we recommend are Lac de Chamboux (about a 25 minute drive from Les Roches) and Lac des Settons (about a 50 minute drive from Les Roches). Both are in the Morvan National Park.
Directions to Les RochesLes Roches is situated about 25 minutes away from the A6 (Pouilly-en-Auxois exit), which is the main motorway between Paris and Lyon.
From the A6 (main motorway between Paris and Lyon), take the exit for Pouilly-en-Auxois. Drive through Pouilly-en-Auxois and follow signs towards Saulieu (you should be on the D977 road). After about 20 minutes you should see signs for Mont-Saint-Jean going to the right (D36 road). After about 2 km, there will be further signs to Mont-Saint-Jean on the right going up a hill. Once you enter Mont-Saint-Jean, turn right at the restaurant called “Le Médiéval”. Les Roches will shortly be on your left (behind a large gate with pillars standing over 6 meters).
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