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Buying and living in Burgundy part of Bourgogne - Franche Comté

Burgundy, a small summary of France and its art of living! Welcome to Burgundy


Proximity to their favourite vineyards tend to heavily influence where second-home owners buy in Burgundy. This is one of France’s major areas for wine production, with the red wine mostly Pinot Noir grape, and the white wine Chardonnay. You will find the finest and most prized wines in the Cote-d’Or, and not surprisingly property in this department attracts a premium price. The Plateau de Langres run through the department, with most of the famous vineyards on the south-east slope. Properties here nestle into the hillside and the rolling countryside is home to a fine selection of manoir, chateaux and country houses.

Transport and Access

Dijon-Longvic airport primarily offers flights to Bordeaux and Toulouse, although during summer it does offer charter flights to some holiday destinations. However, Lyon Saint-Exupéry and Paris Charles de Gaulle airports are both easily accessible by road.

The TGV stops at Dijon, Beaune, Chalon-sur-Saone and Macon with direct trains to Paris (and then London via Eurostar), Lyon, Marseille and Geneva.

Burgundy is easily accessible by car, with motorway access to Paris, Lyon and other major cities. From Paris the A6 autoroute gives easy access to Dijon, Beaune, Chalon-sur-Saone and Macon. If you are driving from the UK, you can take the Eurotunnel to Calais and then drive to Burgundy in around 5 hours.

The market

Burgundy is a popular region for holiday homes, particularly with buyers from elsewhere in France, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland and Germany. Property prices have risen in all four departments in the last 12 months. The biggest increase has been in the Cote d’Or (6.6%), with smaller increases in Haute-Saone (1.5%), Nievre (1.4%) and Yonne (1.4%).

You will certainly pay a premium price for property in the towns and villages renowned for the quality of their wines. These are predominantly found in the Cote d’Or, which is divide into two main areas: the Cote de Nuits in the north, and the Cote de Beaune in the south. Many international buyers head to Beaune, which is the wine capital of Burgundy. The town is surrounded by the most famous vineyards and the historic centre has many cellars, where you can taste the best wines. It is a beautiful walled city and a UNESCO world heritage site. Property is not always easy to find and you can expect to pay 3,000 euros per m2, or more, for a well located apartment in the town centre.

Particularly popular spots for holiday homes include the chocolate-box pretty villages of Chablis, Noyers-sur-Serein, Chateauneuf, Vézelay and Semur-en-Brionnais.

Of course, property prices are also higher in the cities and major towns. Dijon is the regional capital, and the historical centre is a UNESCO world heritage site, expect to pay around 3,000 euros per m2 for an apartment in the city centre.

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The 281,400 hectare, Parc naturel regional du Morvan is in the heart of Burgundy, and spans all four departments. This is a wild and hilly granite “massif” which reaches its peak, at over 900m, in Haut Folin. It is a collection of forests, with picturesque lakes and rivers scattered throughout. This is an area not to be rushed, so make sure you allow plenty of time for exploration. Avoid the main roads and travel on the smaller roads, lanes and dedicated cycle/walking paths. If you really do want to fall in love, then the Gouloux waterfall has to be one of the most romantic spots in Burgundy. Similarly, the village of Vézelay, on the edge of the Morvan, is both an architectural jewel and a UNESCO world heritage site. It also happens to be one of the “Plus Beaux Villages de France” and the Basilique Sainte-Madeleine is not to be missed.

There are four other “Plus Beaux Villages” in Burgundy, and it is easy to fall in love with any of them. Chateauneuf-en-Auxois is renowned for its beautifully preserved medieval ramparts, Flavigny sur Ozerain for its production of aniseed, Noyers sur Serein for its cobbled streets and 78 classified monuments and Semur en Brionnais for the glorious Chateau de Saint Hugues.

Finally, what could be better than sharing a cold glass of Pouilly-Fuissé with friends, whilst sitting in one of the many fine restaurants and bars in the centre of Macon, the capital of southern Burgundy. Make sure you visit one of the countless markets in the town centre, the one in Place aux Herbes is open from Tuesday to Saturday.

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    • Popular with Parisians as a holiday home destination, property is always popular and a good investment.
    • The vineyards of Burgundy also attract visitors from all over the world, so renting out your property should be easy.
    • The rolling countryside is particularly beautiful, and there are enough “places of interest” to visit to last you a lifetime.
    • Burgundy is well located, midway between Paris and Lyon, with easy access to the French Alps.

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    Yonne (89)

    Auxerre - Avallon - Sens

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    Dijon - Beaune - Montbard

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    Nevers - Château-Chinon - Clamecy - Cosne-Cours-sur-Loire

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    Mâcon - Louhans - Autun - Chalon-sur-Saône - Charolles

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    Burgundy has a diverse range of property styles, ranging from grand chateaux and country houses to quaint cottages and farmhouses. The region is also known for its historic townhouses, which feature traditional Burgundian architecture. In rural areas, farmhouses and barns are often constructed from local materials including limestone and sandstone. There are also a number of grand chateaux, many with a symmetrical façade, formal gardens and extensive grounds – look out for the conical roofs too.Property in Burgundy has some fine examples of different architectural styles, including Romanesque (particularly the Abbey de Fontenay), Gothic (such as the Basilique de Vezelay), Renaissance (including the townhouses found in Beaune centre, including the Hotel Dieu des Hospices) and Baroque (the Palais des Ducs in Dijon has a particularly grand staircase and ornate decorations). You can see that houses in Burgundy really do come in all shapes and sizes – look at our listings and you will find property to suit every budget too.

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