We stayed at the Abbaye for two nights and nothing could have been better (except for the low beams in the room but we learnt to avoid them after a few head bumps...). We checked in after a tour of Dijon (review under Owls tour of Dijon) and a lovely sampling of cheese at Gaugry cheese factory, home of Epoisse cheese, well worth a visit.
Abbaye de la Bussiere is a Relais &Chateau hotel so our expectations were high and we were not disappointed. The grounds are spectacular - manicured lawns, ponds, ponies that come when they are called, and two absolutely beautiful dogs, Rully and Macon (named after wines of the region) two big hairy Pyrenean Mountain dogs who belong to the owners.
Our room was in the roof- with the low beams as mentioned, but pretty and very cool which was a relief in the 30C heat. Bathroom was fine, not much to write home about but all very attractive and a good base for seeing the countryside. The highlight was dinner in 1131, the year the Abbey was built by the Cistercian monks and the recipient of one (maybe two Michelin stars...). We started the evening outside after a wine tasting with sommelier Freddy, where a lovely amuse bouche was served with a view of the gardens. We then moved inside once the "chef was ready for us", we were certainly ready for him. We started with escargot in a most delicious creamy sauce, followed by five courses including fish and beautifully cooked steak (we are sure the waiter was happy when we ordered ours "bleu") and three dessert courses, all beautiful and delicious.
If i could improve one thing - there could be a coffee maker in the room. Hunting for coffee when waking is never my favourite way to wake up.
All in all, the restaurant is beautifully laid out, the hotel is a lovingly restored building which has a church like feel to this day- we think that nothing we experienced was very "monk-like" as it was all an indulgence but one well worth the cost. If in Bourgogne make your way to Abbeye de la Bussiere for a stay and dinner if time allows.
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