La Maison du Curé - Information about the gîte and tourism around Cormatin

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The Gîte

La Maison du Curé dates from 1823 and was originally a small cottage and stable belonging to the village priest. After the last priest of Cormatin retired in the 1990s the house was modernised and extended to make a comfortable three bedroomed house.

Guests have the use of free WiFi, and the television receives French digital and English satellite channels. The DVD player is complete with a selection of DVDs.

The house has gas central heating and there are additional electric flame effect fires in the dining room and sitting room. The modern kitchen is equipped with a ceramic hob and electric oven, microwave, fridge freezer, washing machine and coffee filter machine.

Downstairs is a shower room and toilet, and upstairs is the bathroom with shower and separate toilet. Towels are provided.

The front bedroom has a double bed (140cm x 200cm) and an extendable bed (80cm x 130cm-190cm). The back bedroom has a double bed (140cm x 200cm) and a single bed (90cm x 200cm) while the third bedroom has a single bed (90cm x 200cm). All the bedrooms have a washbasin. All bedding is provided and the beds are ready on your arrival.

At the rear is a small enclosed garden with trees and a small lawn. Tables, chairs and sun umbrellas are provided, as is a barbeque. In the garage you can play table tennis and we have five bicycles for use by guests.

We are sorry but we do not allow smoking or pets inside the house.

For details of our availability and prices visit our Availability & Tariffs page.

Around Cormatin

The Village

La Maison du Curé is just off the main street of Cormatin with its two boulangeries and variety of small shops. Next to the wine outlet there is a useful tabac. Further along you find the grocer, the post office and the hairdresser. A small tourist information office is open in July and August. Down by the river at La Filaterie, the old spinning mill, you can buy local gourmet foods and admire the work of the many local artists and potters.

There are several good eating places in Cormatin including the restaurants at the Hôtel Les Bles d'Or and La Terrasse, several pavement cafés and bars. For a snack Marco’s pizzeria is to be recommended.

Religion

Many people find Cormatin an ideal base for visiting Taizé, the Christian centre, which is five minutes away by car. Young people attend from all over the world for teaching and prayer. The monks hold three Church services a day and all visitors are given a warm welcome.

10km to the south is the famous town of Cluny. In medieval times Cluny Abbey was described as the light of the world, the largest abbey in Europe until the rebuilding of St Peter’s in Rome. Although the Abbey was largely destroyed after the Revolution it is easy to see how impressive it must have been. In September 2010 we celebrated its 1100th anniversary.

Due to the influence of Cluny on the area most of the villages have beautiful Romanesque churches. The one at Brancion, near Tournus, is particularly interesting, and it affords a beautiful view over the Grosne Valley. You can visit the 10th century military castle and walk along beautifully restored medieval streets.

Cormatin is central to the three large towns in South Burgundy of Chalon, Mâcon and Tournus. All have intriguing medieval centres and awe inspiring Abbeys.

Wine

Although Cormatin is set amongst farmland it is surrounded by the best wine producing areas of Burgundy. Beaujolais is to the south, the Mâconnais vineyards to the south-east, and to the north are the Chalonnais and the Côte d'Or. You can follow the wine route past Beaune up to Dijon, on the way visiting the grand cru vineyards of Clos-Vougeot, Pommard and Nuits-St-Georges.

Cycling, Walking and Swimming

Cormatin is on the Voie Verte, a wonderful cycle and walking track which uses the old railway line and canal tow paths. It runs the length of southern Burgundy and provides easy cycling. Follow the directions at the junctions to visit villages and vineyards along the way.

Most villages in the area have a series of waymarked walking trails of varying distances through forests and vineyards, providing breath-taking views over the countryside.

For swimming there is an open air pool in Cluny and lakes at St. Point, south of Cluny, and Lac de Laives near Sennecey-le-Grand. There is also an indoor pool at Mâcon.

Markets

Saône-et-Loire is famous for its lively markets. Cormatin has a few stalls on a Tuesday morning, but the Saturday morning market in Cluny is the regular meeting place for the locals. On Sundays the market at Chalon is well worth a visit too. On Wednesdays is the cattle market at St Christopher-en-Brionnais where you can admire the Charolais, the best beef cattle in France.

Lamartine

Cormatin is a magnet for fans of Alphonse Lamartine, the French romantic poet and politician. In Mâcon there is a museum devoted to his work. He spent his young life at Milly-Lamartine, often visiting friends at the château at Cormatin. After his marriage, in 1820, he moved into the château at St. Point with his English wife. You can follow the Lamartine trail from Cormatin to Milly, St Point and Monceau.

Food and Drink

Burgundy is known as 'le pays du bien vivre' . It is the quintessential heart of French cooking. Typical dishes are escargot, bœuf bourguignon and coq au vin and are often offered as dish of the day at local restaurants.

Burgundy is also know for fine wines and you can enjoy tasting them on trips round the local caves. The wine trails will guide you to the most famous vineyards of the region. Cormatin has an outlet where you can taste before choosing from an impressive selection of local wines.

For details of our availability and prices please visit our Availability & Tariffs page.

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