Les Chambres de L’Imprimerie is a fantastic Burgundy bed and breakfast
When choosing a bed and breakfast in Burgundy we limited our search to the City of Beaune, which is considered the heart of the Cote d’Or. We were also looking for a bed and breakfast just outside the city center. Why? Because the center of Beaune is actually the small historic—congested—part of the city surrounded by a one-way road that follows the path of the original ramparts or fortress walls.
Don’t get me wrong, what’s inside the center of town is amazing! And we spent a lot of time exploring it, but it’s nearly impossible to park a rental car there (or you have to pay a significant premium for parking), it’s very crowded and a lot of the hotels and B&Bs inside the ring road are more expensive.
What you can’t easily tell from looking at a map of Beaune, is that there’s a ton of the city that exists just outside the ring road, and those areas offer better parking, can be easier to get to and from if you’re making day trips up and down the Cote d’Or, and they’re usually a little less expensive.
Les Chambres L’Imprimerie on Rue Colbert was the perfect choice. Half a block from the ring road it’s literally a 10 mins walk to the Place Carnot (Carnot Plaza). And when we didn’t want all the noise and crowds you’d find in the center of town, we had peace and quiet. It’s also around the corner from Bourgogne Randonnées, an awesome bike rental shop where we rented bikes for the day. Don’t let the ordinary curb appeal you see here dissuade you…what’s behind the blue wooden gate of this bed and breakfast is magical.
Another advantage to staying in a Burgundy bed and breakfast rather than a hotel is that you get the added benefit of hosts looking out for your best interests who can suggest some of the more authentic places to see and things to do.
Marie and Sébastien who own and operate Les Chambres L’Imprimerie are fantastic. They’re totally connected in town so they know all the best restaurants and shops to recommend you visit (Les Pôpiettes, La Dilettante), and by “best” I mean the ones that locals prefer and not the tourist traps.
They’re a young couple who live on the property with their adorable daughter so one of them is always available and they’re very attentive. They have five rooms to rent (which is the maximum you can have and still be classified as a Bed and Breakfast in France) and each one is beautifully curated with comfortable contemporary hipster décor and a sprinkle of wine country antiques. You get a better sense of their style and commendable attention to detail on the Le Chambres L’Imprimerie website. Every decision they’ve made is 100% their personalities, which scream “welcome to our home” without you feeling like an imposition.
In addition to being such gracious hosts who designed the most amazing facilities, Marie is quite the gourmand. Most days you will find her at the stove making fresh fruit jams in a large copper pot that eliminates the need for pectin or agar-agar.
We enjoyed her jams at breakfast every morning with a basket of fresh baked breads (plain croissants, pain au chocolat, seeded bread, baguettes, country loafs etc) made from raspberries, strawberries, pineapples, bananas, apricots, and white peaches. She also makes her own speculoos spread which is a Belgium specialty like a gingerbread cookie dough the consistency of peanut butter.
The Époisses was even better than I’ve had in the states. Probably because it was made just a few towns away.
Alongside the cheese we got to try a Burgundian specialty “Jambon persillé” which is a terrine of ham and parsley gelee. Jonathan doesn’t typically like the taste of ham, but “when in Rome” right? We both tried it and loved it!
If Sébastien is up he may offer to cook you some eggs. With the spread as large as it is, this is really gilding the lily as Martha Stewart says, but it was nice to have an egg over easy with the amazing freshly baked breads and cheese.
To drink there was always a carafe of fresh juice, which is different from one day to the next. Sébastien is also very proud of their coffee machine that brews delicious cups of coffee at the touch of a button. Another example of their attention to detail is the coffee cups they use. They’re these beautiful thin white porcelain cups with black butterfly prints on the inside. Just a touch of modern elegance atop a country style table made from the wood of an old barn.
I like tea and was happy to see they had a large collection for me to choose from.
Their parking lot was easy to navigate and their WiFi strong throughout the property which made it easy to check-in with our families and friends back home and keep up with what was happening in the rest of the world, which was key with the Brexit referendum decision looming and Euro Cup starting.
In lieu of raving about this place any longer I’ll say this, ” if you’re traveling to Beaune you have to stay at Les Chambres L’Imprimerie Bed and Breakfast. I can’t recommend it enough to people planning a trip to Beaune. The people we met while staying there, the experience we had with the owners…I haven’t stopped thinking about how lucky we were to stay there.