For five days we enjoyed staying at a small gîte in the small (450 people) village of Corcelles-les-Arts a few miles south of Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy. At one time it was surrounded by vineyards but after the vines were devastated by the American phylloxera insect in the mid 19th century, other crops were planted here instead. Nonetheless a large chateau remains to give credence to its more glorious past.

We were so pleased with our modest accommodations and our ever so gracious hosts who got us off to a good start each morning with an outstanding breakfast in their own dining room. Let’s take a look around the gîte, then I’ll show you the village from a one hour walk-around with the iPad.

The village center with its traffic circle, and our gîte on right

The village center with its traffic circle, and our gîte on right

Our gîte, a ground floor apartment, is behind our white rental car

Our gîte, a ground floor apartment, is behind our white rental car

Our host's apartment. We are back to the left.

Our host’s apartment. We are back to the left.

Here we are, so privately tucked in.

Here we are, so privately tucked in.

Our large breakfast table is in their living room.

Our large breakfast table is in their living room.

Carole and Jean-Marc, our ever so helpful hosts

Carole and Jean-Marc, our ever so helpful hosts

The village church on the traffic circle, with the bus to Beaune and life beyond.

The village church on the traffic circle, with the bus to Beaune and life beyond.

Now let’s walk down the five streets that pretty much radiate out from the circle.

Burgundian style stone buildings and walls

Burgundian style stone buildings and walls

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Part of a large estate

Part of a large estate

This is Burgundy

This is Burgundy

Repurposed side of a building

Repurposed side of a building

Cherries are in season

Cherries are in season

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Interior courtyard

Interior courtyard

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Woman collecting her mail

Woman collecting her mail

First siting of the chateau, behind high walls and a moat

First siting of the chateau, behind high walls and a moat

The chateau, now owned by a Parisian family as a weekend getaway

The chateau, now owned by a Parisian family as a weekend getaway

The end of the chateau wall, at the edge of the village

The end of the chateau wall, at the edge of the village

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