Bernard and Annick are so welcoming, inviting you in to enjoy their home and gardens. The house, built for the master of the châteaux in 1860, has deep history which can be felt throughout; it’s easy to imagine its heyday with vines planted right up to the terrace.Burgundy’s cellars are its main draw but its charms extend beyond wine. Gentle countryside for walking, cycling, photography and birdwatching surrounds you. Just a five-minute drive from the house is the Route des Grands Crus, stretching for 30 kilometres through ancient stone villages and vineyards. Closer is handsome, cobbled Beaune with its colourful tiled roofs.Waist-widening French breakfasts of homemade jam, cakes and fruit from the orchard will set you up for a day of sipping and swirling in the vineyards. Gather up some picnic ingredients and bring them home to enjoy in the extensive gardens.