Charbonnat is a small village set in the beautiful Burgundy countryside. The loca.tion will provide you with a small supermarket, a restaurant and pub, village hall where events take place, a beautiful old church and the River Arroux runs along one end of village.
Autun is a 20 minute drive and will provide you with larger supermarkets, DIY stores, a wonderful local market and a wide range of places to eat out.
The area abounds in historical sites. Julius Caesar wintered in the Celtic stronghold at Bibracte completing his Gallic Wars Commentaries. The European Museum of Celtic Civilisation now stands on the site (a 20 minute drive away). Autun was founded as Augustodunum by the Emperor Augustus and has many impressive Roman remains including a massive amphitheatre, temple, walls and gates. Napoleon attended school in Autun.
Burgundy has a higher number of appellation d’origine controlees (AOCs) than any other French region and La Planche is well placed to explore the vineyards of the Côte d’Or, Côte de Beaune, Côte de Nuits and the Côte Chalonnaise.
The Morvan Regional Park with its rolling hills and huge well managed forests is a haven for hikers, cyclists, climbers and horseback riders. We are a couple of hours easy drive from the Jura and the Alps for skiing.
Burgundy is one of the gastronomic centres of France, Dijon Mustard, Beef Bourguignon, Coq-au-vin and the best Escargots all originate from this region. With the Morvan being home to exquisite cured hams, sausage and cheeses. For eating out there is an abundance of Michelin-starred restaurants. Local farm produce is excellent especially the goats cheese.
La Planche has a fishing stream which is popular with local fishermen and if you are lucky you can see wild otters at play. We have an abundance of bird life including Owls, Eagles, Buzzards, Heron and King Fishers. The forests are renowned for their mushrooms, wild boar and deer. This is a haven for wildlife.
We have a TGV station locally with Paris just over an hour away by train.