Carpe Diem

Massangis, Yonne
Bed & Breakfast
+33 (0)3 86 33 89 32
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In the rolling hills and medieval villages of Burgundy one of the very few chambre d’hôte in the renowned Michelin guide


5 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

The Experience

Tranquil villages are close in this refreshingly unspoilt corner of Bourgogne: Vézelay and its hilltop abbey, quaint Noyers, and epicurean Dijon just a day trip away.

Through the gate all is verdant with vines and the garden is perfect for evening strolls. You eat convivially on the pretty terrace or in the grand dining room with Patrick and Eric hosting you warmly. Vegetables are home grown, everything is cooked from scratch. Breakfast is equally delicious – homemade yogurt, freshly-baked cakes, local meats and cheeses.

You’re surrounded by gorgeous countryside and the village perches on the river Serein so you can walk without coming across busy roads. Noyers is only 9km away and one of the 100 most beautiful villages in France. Return to romantic bedrooms with fine paintings and antiques, either in the main house or in the stables.

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We think you'll love

  • Being so well looked after
  • Having dinner in – the food is excellent
  • The total peace and quiet
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You should know

  • No children or dogs
  • There are no shops or restaurants in the village
  • You’ll need a car


  • Swimming pool
  • EV charger
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Children over 12 welcome.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Dinner with wine, €38; not Thursdays. Restaurants 4km.


Nightly price
from €75
Singles €66-€90.
1 Double
From €110
1 Double
From €98
1 Twin/double
From €98
2 Doubles
From €75



Carpe Diem was highly recommended to us by B&B guests from Belgium, who stayed with us, and we have been waiting for the opportunity to find out for ourselves. In spite of gloomy November weather we were thrilled to find such a beautiful, comfortable and friendly place to stay for a few days. The rooms are most tastefully decorated, the breakfasts and cordon bleu dinners of the highest possible standard, and our hosts could not have made us more welcome. As others have said, it was like home-from-home, and we were really sorry to leave at the end of our stay. We most highly recommend it.

Rosalind and John, St. Georges-sur-Cher

Our fixed adress in Burgundy: nice rooms, very kind hosts, good food. All you need for a nice holiday

Wim, Antwerp

We had a very nice overnight stop on our way back north, our second visit & every bit as comfortable & enjoyable as the first a couple of years ago. The same lovely welcome & a first class evening meal. This place is in a class of its own . Many thanks Patrick & Eric.

Neil & Betty, Rutland

Patrick and Eric are fabulous hosts, you are welcomed into their beautiful home as if you were friends. Carpe Diem is so peaceful, our room was very comfortable and the breakfast was delicious with homemade jams and yogurt, fresh croissants and bread, fruit, plentiful coffee - who could ask for more? Do have the evening meal which is also delicious and beautifully served. Patrick and Eric are charming and helpful and genuinely enjoy sharing their home with their guests. We look forward to our next visit!

Leslie, Nailsworth

Eric and Patrick are true professionals and make the perfect hosts. We stayed for one night on our honeymoon tour and we have fond memories. The place is immaculately clean and the rooms are timeless and spacious. The journey through the wine and food was first class with Patrick taking time to fully explain each course. Thanks also for making the added effort to cater for a Gluten Free Breakfast.

Paul, Dorset

We had five wonderful days at Carpe Diem, with the always friendly, helpful and pleasantly caring hosts - Patrick and Eric - and the interesting conversations we had with them. We were greeted warmly and meticuously cared for. There was also a large, beautifully decorated and quiet room, a sumptuous breakfast and Eric's excellent cuisine in the evening. In the small garden we could end the day wonderfully with an aperitif, before we went to dinner. Massangis is also a good starting point for tours in the region. Carpe Diem: Anytime and gladly again!

Peter, Stuttgart

We have stayed several times at Patrick and Eric's gorgeous Carpe Diem amidst it's lovely ambiance of beauty and tranquility. With rooms of sublime comfort and decor..and a cuisine, both breakfast and dinner, prepared by Patrick and Eric..always fresh and delicious. Each will discover for themselves the many sights and places of interest to visit in this area..and after the day's adventures it is more than satisfying to know that Carpe Diem, with such attentive and generous hosts..awaits you. We applaud such efforts.

Carole, Frankfurt/London

When you stay at Carpe Diem, it is more than an ordinary holiday : it a is real time-travel. You experience the "art de vivre à la française" and all the refinement that goes with it. The atmosphere reminds you of novels written by George Sand, and you almost expect Chopin to play the piano . Every detail is well thought of. Nothing "show-off", everything is authentic and seems to have been there forever. But you are reminded that you are living in the twentieth century because of the ultimate comfort everywhere: king-size beds and magnificent bathrooms with walk-in showers!

Renée, Sawday's inspector

We have just spent 5 memorable days at Carpe Diem and it has been like staying with friends. Thank you so much Patrick and Eric for your wonderful hospitality. You are excellent hosts and your house has the perfect ambiance for a relaxing break touring France.

john and Carole, North Yorkshire

This really was something special. The reviews were good so expectation was high and from the minute we met Patrick and Eric they were the most charming and helpful of hosts. Their home I'd Devine, beautifully furnished with Antiques and ever home comfort imaginable. The breakfast of fresh home made yogurt and freshly baked brioch and an assortment of preserves,cheeses and cod meats was fabulous. Luckily we had reserved dinner with them the first night which was simply wonderful - such accomplished chefs. Every course not only looked exquisite but was infused with wonderful flavours. WONDERFUL

Keith, Pentlow

This place is amazing! We stayed in the Diane room and it was gorgeous. Lovely big bedroom area with beautiful furniture and bedding. The bathroom was very large with a lovely bath in the middle of the room. There is secure parking and the garden is very pretty. We had evening meal here and it was one of the best meals we have had a very long time. Patrick and Eric are amazing chefs and very professional and charming gentlemen. The food was "fine dining" quality and the presentation was first class. Breakfast was one of the best we had out of 8 B&B's we stayed in during holiday.

Sara, Chorley

Exceptional place to stay -just perfect: the welcome, accommodation, evening meal. Were sorry only to be there for one night and aim to revisit for longer next year.

Anna, Hampton

We had the distinct pleasure of spending two nights with Patrick and Eric in their beautifully restored farmstead now their home. Our room was perfectly appointed and immaculately kept. We were most comfortable and cozy in a season that had turned to a rainy and cooler time. In the evening a warming fire was set in the living room which also served as the inviting breakfast room. Our hosts were most helpful in suggesting towns and villages to visit for their natural beauty and Chablis wine sampling. Patrick and Eric are two of the most delightful and accommodating hosts in Chablis.

Bonnie, Louisville, Kentucky

This is an amazing place to stay. A brilliant welcome and fabulous comfortable rooms. The attention to detail that Patrick and Eric have taken with the decor and soft furnishings to the delicious dinner and breakfast are second to none. We will most certainly return.


We loved our 2 night stay at Carpe Diem. Our room was charming,very comfortable and roomy. It overlooked a lovely cottage garden and was very private and quiet. Patrick, our host, was very warm and welcoming. We were fortunate to have the opportunity to dine in on one evening of our stay (for a very reasonable additional charge). The meal cooked by Patrick, was delicious and was accompanied by a sampling of local wines.


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The neighbourhood

This part of Burgundy is highly protected – largely untouched by industrialisation, big roads and housing estates. A handful of shops and restaurants can be found in nearby L’isle-sur-Serein (5km), with more to see in medieval Noyers (10km) and fortified Montréal (13km). Walk part of the Saint Jacques pilgrimage, tour vineyards, indulge in gastronomic restaurants.

Local points of interest from Patrick Cabon

  • The medieval village of Noyers is 9km away - it's one of the 100 most beautiful villages in France.
  • Visit the basilica of Vézelay (40 mins).
  • The house is in the wine region of Chablis.
  • Try the Fontenay Abbey (40 mins).
  • 10 minutes drive from A6 Autoroute.


Patrick Cabon

Patrick and Eric bought their Burgundy home and left behind careers in banking to run their idyllic chambre d’hôte – 19 years later they still only take one evening off a week. They manage everything themselves, from housekeeping to entertaining, and are justifiably proud of their listing in the Michelin Guide. Chat to them about their passion for 19th-century France.