With your basket under your arm, come and visit the markets of the Nièvre to meet local producers. Wines, cheeses, pastries, honey, Charolais meat, everything you need to prepare a delicious meal with fresh produce! Are you looking for a sweet souvenir to bring back from your stay in the Nièvre? Whether they are made of chocolate, sugar or nougatine, the confectionery of the Nièvre will delight young and old! All you have to do is choose between the Négus, the Pavé de la Route Bleue or the nougatine of Nevers…
The Negus, a mythical sweet
Created in 1900, this candy owes its name to the prestigious visit of an emperor on an official visit to Nevers in 1902: the Emperor of Etiopia nicknamed “The Nega”. It was a real success and has remained so ever since.
A history of tradition
The Negus is a soft chocolate caramel coated in cooked sugar. Why this name? The candy was created in 1902 by Maison Grelier following the official visit to Nevers of the sovereign of Ethiopia: the Nega.
Indeed, it was a tradition to create a new candy at the end of each year, named after an event or an important event that had taken place during the year. The visit of the sovereign was timely.
Our advice: let it melt in your mouth to discover all its flavours and to make the pleasure last!
“Charitois” and “Charitoise”, the delicacies of La Charité!
For those with a sweet tooth and for all locavores, you will find two tasty sweets in La Charité-sur-Loire to sink your teeth into! You will melt with happiness…
It was in 1921 that the most crunchy of sweets was born. A purely local product since it was named “Charitois”.
Its secret to make us all melt? A soft caramel made with Charentes butter, flavoured with chocolate or coffee, dipped in a bath of barely caramelised sugar.
In 1988, the family grew. The little sister of the Charitois was born. It was called “la charitoise”! This hazelnut praline, also dipped in a sugar bath, once again made everyone’s heart beat faster.
Visit La Tour du Pouillly Fumé, a wine tourism centre located in the heart of the village of Pouilly-sur-Loire, and discover an inventive and sensory scenography that will help you to better understand the wine, the work of the winegrowers and the Pouilly Fumé and Pouilly sur Loire appellations.
Because behind the wine, there are the people who make it, we suggest you sit around the large table in the cellar and listen to the Pouilly winegrowers tell you the story of their more than thousand year old vineyard.
Discover the hillsides through the seasons and the landscapes in perpetual metamorphosis; then accompany the winegrowers in their work from Saint Vincent’s day to the harvest. Feel the freshness of the winter mists or the heat of the summer, watch a vine grow, smell the wet earth after a storm.
Discover the mystery of wine making, from the arrival of the grapes in the cellar to the bottling. The winemakers speak with passion and share some of their secrets with you…
In a beautiful vaulted cellar, discover the ten aromatic families of Pouilly white wines. In each retort, the aromas are only re-created from natural products. A magical moment! The Cave aux Arômes is a creation of the Bureau Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bourgogne.
Taste Pouilly Fumé
At the end of the visit, enjoy a commented tasting of four wines and put your new knowledge into practice. The selected wines allow you to clearly perceive the difference between Pouilly sur Loire and Pouilly Fumé and the influence of the terroirs on the aromatic and gustatory expression. You can of course find the wines proposed for tasting in our shop! You might buy a bottle and drink it on the terrace in our garden ……………..
This tour is available at ca 30 min drive from our B&B, we can make the reservation and even drive you there, if you like .
At the crossroads of the Loire and the Nohain, Cosne-Cours-sur-Loire has occupied a privileged position since Gallo-Roman times: this bend in the right bank of the Loire was an ideal place to settle down and live peacefully without missing a thing. Near Pouilly-sur-Loire and its famous wine, the town of Cosne and its surroundings enjoy a remarkable built and natural heritage, the richness of which you can see in the Donziais. Very dynamic, the city offers many shows throughout the year and sets up initiatives that allow everyone to get closer to culture in all its forms. One-off events, often in the summer season, such as “Boy, the Note!” offer various cultural events of high quality to an ever-growing audience.
You can also take advantage of your stay to visit the Loire Museum, which is dedicated to this waterway, as well as to the Fine Arts. Speaking of the Loire, its banks offer many routes that you can explore on foot or by mountain bike for an unforgettable hiking experience.
The Loire also allows you to practice water sports for lovers of the genre or for those who want to discover this practice: canoe or kayak, it’s up to you to choose your boat to discover the city in a different way by sailing on the waves of the Loire, to reach Pouilly-sur-Loire or Saint-Satur. On the mainland, you can also go karting or play a game of bowling. Choose a strange means of transport to explore the city and its surroundings: the cyclorail. By travelling along the railway lines on board this machine, you will enjoy the landscape.
Its historical and architectural heritage will amaze you. At the essential points of your walk, don’t miss the churches of Saint-Agnan and Saint-Jacques, the Bishop’s Palace, the former Augustinian convent that houses the Loire Museum, the Forges de la Chaussade site, the enclosure of the old castle cleared of the dwellings that it hid and the chaplains’ house. The tourist office also offers you a city walk, come and get it!
Nevers is a beautiful city in the department Nièvre and is located in the region Burgundy. Nevers The city is located on the river Loire and is known for its beautiful historical centre. There is a lot to see and do in this town!
History of Nevers
This beautiful city has a rich history that goes back to the heydays of the Roman Empire. When the soldiers of Julius Caesar conquered this area, there was already a settlement at this location. This settlement was known as Noviodunum Aeduorum. Throughout the centuries, many traces have been found from this period, from pots to Roman coins. In the fifth century, Nevers became a bishop’s seat. The city gained a lot of prestige and became known for its pottery industry. In the eleventh century, the construction of the Romanesque church of Saint-Étienne was started. The construction of this beautiful church lasted until the sixteenth century. The fact that the town was one of the most important towns in this region for centuries is shown by the remains of its fortifications. Throughout the centuries, this lovely place has largely kept its original character.
Today, a visit to this beautiful city is definitely worthwhile when you are on holiday in the department of Nièvre or elsewhere in the Burgundy region. In the historical city centre, you can stroll and enjoy the many beautiful historical buildings and streets. There are also many nice shops and restaurants. Your visit to this beautiful city is not complete without having seen the Palais ducal de Nevers. This palace of the dukes is known as one of the most beautiful buildings in this city. The cathedral and the beautiful church of Saint-Étienne are also worth a visit!
The white Sancerre wines are the jewels among the sauvignon blanc wines. A wine that can be found in restaurants all over the world. Originates from a small but special area around the town of Sancerre in the French Loire region. But what exactly is a this wine and what makes it so special?
HOW DOES SANCERRE GET ITS SPECIAL TASTE? Sancerre white wines are made from the very popular Sauvignon Blanc grape. The protected area of origin where these Sauvignon Blanc vines are located makes this wine so special. Sancerre is located right in the east of the Loire region about 200 km south of Paris, so if you are in the area, drive a little further!
By the way, the Loire area is much larger than the relatively small Sancerre area. It runs from the Atlantic coast to the very centre of France. Because the area is so widespread, every wine region in the Loire has a different microclimate. There are three types of soil in this region. These differences in soil are all responsible for slight taste differences in the wine:
White clay with a high lime content produces wines with more body and spirit.
A soil covered with pebbles produces lighter wines
One of the many great things in France is the daily fresh made bread. Croissants, baguettes or any other sorts smell and taste very good. But what do you do as B&B in the country and the nearest shop and bakery is 5 km away?
The local baker (boulanger) found a solution for the people here in Chateau du Bois, and 3 times a week he delivers fresh bakings at your doorstep.
You simply hang a big sac at your door, put in some money and tell him what you want next time. So once you started this schedule you’ll have fresh baguettes etc and so we can offer it to our guests at their breakfast!
For the French, good bread is important. It has been around for a long time, long before the egyptians wore their molars on bread made of poorly ground flour with gravel and pebbles. The French bakers (boulangerie) bake many kinds. The daily quantity of bread is about 300 grams per capita.
French bread comes in many varieties, but one thing they all have in common is that most of them are fresh. Some French people use the old bakings the day after and soak it at breakfast in a big ball of coffee, and the children take a big ball of chocolate milk instead… also with that old bread. Smart thinking, isn’t it? The modern Frenchman is a bit smarter and just gets fresh bread for breakfast in the morning, and the kids do it with cornflakes and all that.
The Centre is the Loire basin from south to north, from the Côtes du Forez and Côtes d’Auvergne plateaus to the Orléanais where the Loire at Orleans slopes towards the Atlantique. In the south on the plateaus, the grapes grow on volcanic basalt and granite soils. Here they make original wines from the Gamay, sometimes in combination with Pinot Noir. Further north on the slopes and in the river valleys of Indre, Cher, Allier and Loire, the grapes mainly grow on sand, gravel and limestone soils. Here they make the crisp and clear Sauvignon wines of Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé, but also in the less known AOC’s of Quincy and Reuilly.
Originally, Pinot Noir was the most important grape here. After the Phylloxera Vastatrix in 1870, it was mainly the strong Sauvignon that was planted to produce excellent Loire wines on this terroir. Sancerre, Pouilly Fumé, Menetou-Salon, Quincy and Reuilly are now mainly known for their Sauvignon Blanc but fortunately there are still red and rosé wines made from Pinot Noir and in Reuilly they make a delicate rosé from the Pinot Gris. In the Orléanais, very different grapes play the leading role. Here they make fresh fruity wines from Chardonnay and the ‘Champagne grape’ Pinot Meunier, a real surprise.
AOC’s Orléans, Orléans-Cléry, Coteaux du Giennois, Pouilly Fumé, Pouilly sur Loire, Sancerre, Menetou Salon, Quincy, Reuilly, Châteaumeillant, Côte du Forez, Saint Pourçain and Côtes d’Auvergne.
In half an hour you may drive from the B&B towards the Loire and see what wines are produced there. Check the calendar for available rooms.
A department in the central region of France, Nievre, was created during the French revolution. It is a rural area with a low population, which makes it ideal for tourism. You can visit it to experience the authentic French vibe.
What to see in Nievre, Burgundy
There are several tourist sites that you can visit here in Nievre. From historically significant places to newly established regions, Nievre has a lot to offer. The following are just a few of the top tourist destinations that you should not miss.
This is an old palace constructed during the renaissance period of France. The tour to this place would take you back to history, and you would be able to enjoy the old touch that this palace gives to the whole department. Its magnificent structure is undoubtedly going to leave you amazed.
Cruise the Canal du Nivernais
Canal du Nivernais constantly ranks as one of the best kept-secrets of Nievre. The canal today is used for recreational craft but offer plenty of boat-hiring options. Cruising here is truly an amazing way to explore Nievre. The cruise starts in Auxerre and take you through the stunning hamlets, villages and hundreds of years old vineyards.
Château de Villemolin
Château de Villemolin is a beautiful castle that is converted into a house. The castle was built in the 14th century and remodeled in the 17th and 19th centuries. It was owned by La Corcelle family and has always been passed down by inheritance. If you look at the castle from far away, it looks like a horseshow with three towers surrounded by centuries old buildings.
Restaurants to Visit
Your budge is the most important thing when choosing a restaurant to eat in. We have listed the most affordable places you can eat in and enjoy the true French style of cooking for your ease. Some of these might be close to Nievre, so you can easily reach them too.
Creperie Le Goemon
Another great choice for you is the Creperie Le Goemon. It offers French cuisine and serves lunches and dinners. One of the best things about this restaurant is its vegetarian-friendly diet, which allows people not to compromise their values. You would experience the taste of France while also being kind to your pockets.
If you are interested in trying out France’s local food, you should pay a visit to this place. It brings vegetarian-friendly food to the table and has some amazing variety. The cuisines presented here are French and European, both of which are made with absolute care. In case you are late for dinner, you can still visit this place as it offers late-night meals as well. You would not be disappointed by the service of this restaurant.
Well, to get around this department, you can rent a car. You can pick up these cars easily after declaring the number of passengers that would be sitting inside. These cars are available from 10 AM onwards and can be used to explore the place at your own pace.
We’re now a month in France and we’ve already had several guests for our Bed and Breakfast and it’s been very insightful. We received some very uasable feedback and the guests were very happy with their stay here. On Google you may find some reviews, here are a few (in Dutch)
“Rust, ruimte heerlijke bedden en bovenal genoten van een fantastische gastvrij verblijf door Joyce en GJ. ‘s Nachts echt stil en donker! Uniek voor ons als Nederlanders.”
“Een heerlijke week gehad in een prachtige omgeving bij super lieve en zorgzame mensen. Joyce en GJ, enorm bedankt voor jullie gastvrijheid en heel veel succes met jullie B&B. Wij kunnen het iedereen aanraden in elk geval. Chablis, Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé en het Bourgondische eten maken het tot een heerlijk weekje vakantie!”
““Ons verblijf was als een warm bad. Na de vriendelijke ontvangst door Joyce, GJ en Pluto (labradoedel) werden we via de voor gasten beschikbare salon (boeken, spelletjes, tv en gezellig zitje) naar onze comfortabele kamer geleid. ’s Avonds konden we mee-eten: heerlijk met wijn van de streek. Over wijn gesproken: we hebben gebruik gemaakt van het aanbod van GJ om ons onder zijn begeleiding te “verdiepen” in de Pouilly-Fumé. Het museum en de aansluitende proeverij waren een prachtige verdere kennismaking met de regio.”
As you may understand, we’re very happy with this reviews and we hope that you feel the same way when visiting us in this beautiful part of Nievre, France.