From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
A stay at the Abbaye de la Bussière suggests that monastic life isn't so bad after all. The setting alone is divine—an idyllic village in Burgundy with canals and poplars. The estate dates back to the twelfth century, and most of its stone buildings, from a crypt to a wine press, haven't been touched for some 700 years. The main house consists of 12 plush chambers, and even the smallest have giant Jacuzzi tubs, feather beds, DVD players, and a castle's worth of polished antiques. Its three sitting rooms are ideal for contemplating a glass of the local vintage, which the pleasant staff can obtain for you. As with any respectable French country hotel, this one comes with a Michelin-star restaurant (featuring a $110 seven-course degustation menu) and a casual bistro. Since both dining rooms feel somber, get a table on the terrace overlooking the immaculate gardens.2007 Hot List
When to go: Late autumn promises the best scenery and more elbow room at nearby wineries.
Which room to book: Cìteaux and Fontenay have the best views of the grounds.
Amenities: Bar/loungeSubscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›