With our three nights at La Source des Fees, we completed what has been over several years a circumnavigation of the perimeter of France and its central regions. Of all the places we have visited and loved, if I could pick only one to which to return, this would be it. Fuisse is a small town surrounded on all sides by vineyards. A short walk up to high ground in any direction takes you to panoramic views that stretch to the horizon. It is so quiet and free from traffic that you feel you have stepped back into another century, but within 10 minutes you can reach the autoroute, and via that route Beaune is on hour away and Dijon an hour and a half. From the Cote d'Or you can the drift back south on small roads through the legendary wine villages of Burgundy, and if you wish, continue past Fuisse into the Beaujolais region.
Your hosts and owners at La Source des Fees are Gerald, Philippe, and Thierry. Their "day job" is their vineyards, one of which stretches right to the back yard of the lodging. The house with five bedrooms dates from the 1600's, but has been lovingly modernized without losing its character. All rooms and bedrooms are spacious and peaceful. Despite their busy days, one of the hosts is always available to look after your needs, and answer all your questions. Their suggestions for day trips will take you to locations you might never have considered. Walking routes are plentiful and well mapped. Our favorite was a climb of the Rocher de Solutre.
Breakfast is plentiful and delicious, but the real treat ( and bargain) is dinner cooked by Florence. She arrives an hour in advance and with ingredients hand picked that day, and then turns them into magic served family style. From starter to dessert, it is all wonderful.
On the evening of your arrival, your visit includes a tasting of the wines of La Source des Fees. The term "tasting" does not do it justice. The three bottles are opened and left before you to empty, if you can. Their Pouilly Fuisse and Saint Veran are distinctive, delightful, and quite reasonable.
It is an enchanted place with warm hearted and welcoming people who will remind you came to France and how good life can be if you slow down and savor what it has to offer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Guest house and wine produceur ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Domaine La Source Des Fees Fuisse, France - Burgundy