The local region

Village above the vineyardThe village of Saint Sernin du Plain is conveniently situated in the Chalonnais wine area, less than 30 mins from the elegant town of Beaune to the north, 30 mins from Chalon-sur-Saône to the south and the same distance from the romanesque town of Autun to the west. We are just 7 kms from the Canal du Centre, and its car-free towpath stretching for 100kms will satisfy keen walkers and cyclists alike.

Mont RomeFor those looking for a peaceful holiday, the region offers some picturesque walking. Above the village at 545 m altitude is the Mont Rome which gives a magnificent 360° view of the regions of Autun, Chalon sur Saône and the Dheune valley. From here you can follow a signposted trail and discover the local flora.

If you enjoy rock climbing and have a good level, there is an excellent site at the Mont Rome. An even more challenging site can be found at 8 kms at Nolay.

For golfers there are public golf courses nearby in Chalon sur Saône (holes: 18), Beaune (holes: 18-9-9) and Autun (holes: 9). Information about other courses further afield can be provided.

Central canalYou can walk or cycle along the specially adapted towpath known as ‘la voie verte’ which runs along the Central canal, and there are several public swimming pools in the area, including an Olympic size pool at Chalon sur Saône.

Markets are a part of French life and one can be found in one or other of the local towns, e.g. Beaune, Chagny, Chalon sur Saône, Autun, Nolay…..most days of the week, including Sundays. The markets offer an abundance of fruit, vegetables, bread, cheese, cooked meats; do some shopping or just soak up the rich atmosphere.

Market placeSummer is the time for the vide grenier and the puce – the French equivalent of car boot sales and flea markets – and you can stroll round one practically every weekend in search of that little something you just can’t resist.


Chalon sur Saône is the nearest big town at 26 kms. Visit the old town with its half-timbered houses built around the Cathedral of Saint Vincent. Chalon was the home town of Nicéphore Niépce, the inventor of photography,and the Niépce Museum gives a history of photography from its invention to the present day. The Denon Museum has an archaeological collection showing man’s presence in the Saône valley since prehistoric times.

Among well known towns in the region are:

Dijon : the capital of the Dukes of Burgundy (visit the palais des ducs) at 73 kms.


Autun : a Roman town (Roman amphitheatre, the Janus temple) at 33kms, and Cluny with its Benedictine Abbey at 71 kms.

The Gallo-Roman town of Lyon, Capital of the Gauls and gastronomic capital of France is further at 158 kms but is worth a visit.

The Jura mountains lie to the East and the Morvan National Park is to the North West.
Should you want to venture even further; to the South you have Geneva and Lake Annecy at 235 kms.