Southern Burgundy, a region of rolling hills covered in woods, vineyards and meadowland scattered with Romanesque churches and lakes, is renowned for being both unspoilt and welcoming, with its tranquillity, easygoing lifestyle and unique blend of nature and culture.
There are numerous long-distance footpaths and country trails in the area as well as bridle paths and cycle ways (La voie verte is dedicated to cyclists, rollerbladers, horse riders and walkers alike).
If fishing is more your thing, the local ponds at Millard (Montmelard) and Pézanin in Dompierre les Ormes are worth a visit.
The La Salle Golf Course at Macon, designed by the architect Robert BERTHET is located in the beautiful countryside of Burgundy. The 18 holes, in Château de la Salle's rolling fairways and large fast greens were designed for maximum pleasure and excitement. www.golfmacon.com
Just outside Dompierre Les Ormes is the Arboretum de Pezanin one of the oldest arboretums in France. More than 400 species of trees and shrubs from all over the world, including some exotic varieties rarely seen in Europe, have been planted in a peaceful setting around a small lake.
Just 20 minutes away is the medieval town of Cluny with its Benedictine Abbey, National Stud, shops, bars and restaurants. Visit: www.cluny-tourisme.com
The Castle road takes in 6 major castles in the area including Chateau de Cormatin, Chateau de Pierreclos and the beautiful Chateau de La Clayette where outdoor concerts are held during the summer months.
The Cluny area also possesses some excellent underground treasures with a number of prehistoric cave sites. The most notable of these are Grottes de Blanot and Grottes d'Aze.
To the west the canals offer boating and other water sport activities or for those who wish to be inactive, let someone else row you gently up-stream. Wine tasting is widely available and we are happy to arrange 'degustations' for you.
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