Things to do
Hiking and Cycling
There are many attractive hiking and cycling opportunities in the area,
including several in the immediate vicinity of the house.
The voie verte - a cycle path stretching over 100 km with a smooth
tarmac surface using the foundation of old railway and haulage
paths - is especially popular with cyclists and inline skaters.
This path is accessible in St. Gengoux, south to Taizé/Cluny/Macon and
north to Buxy/Givry/Chalon while passing many picturesque villages
along the way.
A wine route has been demarcated in the area - the Route des grands
crus de Bourgogne. It runs south of Dijon (the Côte-d'Or), and goes to
the Beaune area (the Côte de Beaune) and then further south to Saint
Gengoux (the Côte Chalonnaise). There are, of course, many
to taste and buy at the local domaines on the way.
The discerning gourmet will feel at home in Burgundy. All price ranges
are well represented - from Michelin Guide listed
restaurants (several Bib Gourmand as well as one and even three starred
entries in the Guide), to cheap and cheerful, good-value-for-money
family eateries which can often be found in even the smallest villages.
Even the cheap meals served in the truck stops (usually between 12
and 1 pm) are often tasty traditional fare and of good quality.
Rather cook yourself? Try cuts of the famous local Charolais beef, or prepare a meal with the equally renowned Bresse chicken.
- Lacs de Laives (12 km from St. Gengoux, modest admission fee) is a
natural lake with beach and other facilities - very suitable for
- Swimming in the local rivers is possible nearby - for example at
the Vieux Pont de Lalheue (10 km) or at Le Pont de Malay (5 km).
- Chalon has a large modern swimming pool with several aquatic recreational facilities (modest entrance fee).
- Lac Montaubry near St. Julien sur Deune (direction of Le Creusot)
is a reservoir with beach, pedal boats and terrace/bar facilities.
- Etang Berthault near Montchanin le Haut (direction of Le Creusot).
From Chalon or Mâcon one can take cruises along the Saône River - with dinner if you prefer.
The river view of the Burgundy countryside is a unique experience.
In the village visitors can rent a tennis court (very basis accommodation) via the tourist office in St. Gengoux.
The southern Burgundy area has seven golf facilities including five 18-hole courses.
You will find them in the more urbanized areas including Chalon, Beaune, Monceau-les-Mines and Mâcon.
Horse Riding and Equestrian Sports
Cluny is a renowned centre for equestrian sports with a famous stud farm. For horse lovers is a visit to the centre a must.
for more information.
There is opportunity for horse riding excursions and lessons.
Or an excursion with the whole family with horse and wagon.
In the mid and high season there are (usually in the weekends) many antique, collectibles and junk markets.
There is also a second-hand book market every first Sunday of the month in Cuisery (near Tournus).
Regular markets (where the discerning epicurean Burgundian buys
his food) are on Saturday mornings in Cluny and Sunday mornings in
Very popular is the food market on the Sunday morning in Chalon in the
square and a side street in front of the cathedral.
And don't forget the market in St. Gengoux on the mornings of the first
and third Tuesday of the month.
On Monday morning there is a large farmers' market in Louhans.
During the week there are regular markets in villages in the
area, albeit on a smaller scale.
For detais see: www.marches-de-saone-et-loire.com
In the mid and high season there are often musical performances - often in one of the many Romanesque churches in the area.
The beautiful church in Chapaize is a favored location for concerts.
- The wine cellars along the Routes des Vins: for tasting and purchase.
- A visit to a goat cheese farm - where you can also directly purchase a flavorful fresh creamy cheese from the cheese makers.
- Visit one of the many castles in the area (the one in Cormatin is
the best known). Or follow the Route des Chateaux en Bourgogne du Sud.
Many of the castles on this route are open to the public.
- Visit the famous equestrian centre and stud farm in Cluny.
- Be impressed by the huge numbers of youth visitors to Taizé who
come not only for the conviviality but also for spiritual reflection.
- Visit the beautiful old towns in the area and go to a theatre or music performance.
- Additionally we mention the interesting Celtic archeological sites
in Mont Beuvray (day trip), the underground caves in the area and
museums of varying plumage and subject matter.
- There are several theme parks in the area that would interest children.
Available in the house, as well as in the local Office du Tourisme are detailed
to sufficiently inform you of all things happening in the area