Things to do!


  • St Fargeau is a pretty castle with a fascinating history, just a short drive away. In the warmer months there are grand evening performances with knights on horseback re-enacting historical events such as Joan of Arc’s epic battles across the country with dancing and fireworks thrown in. Make sure kids catch an afternoon nap as show begins at 10pm.

  • Escamps tourism, attractions and travel guide.

  • Toucy farmers market is on Saturday mornings. This is the best food market around! Stay on and enjoy a traditional gourmet lunch Bourguignon at the hotel restaurant of Le Lion d’Or, the snails are to die for! 37 Rue Lucile Cormier, 89130 Toucy.

  • You can spend several days discovering the impressive cathedral town of Auxerre just 14kms away! Do a walking tour and enjoy the stunning architecture. Visit the religious sights, drop in to the Tourism centre, catch a movie and enjoy some of the lovely restaurants

  • Visit the famous towns and vineyards of Chablis. Naturally there are lots of wine cellars (caves) to visit and there is a farmers market on Sunday mornings-

  • Take a tour with Eric to some nearby vinyards. Enjoy tasting the wines of the region during a half day or a full day tour with lunch included. Eric will collect you from Desjardins Cottage in his dinky old Citroen and shall return you to the door step! Just give him a call to arrange a delightful day.

  • Horse and pony riding/lessons just 10 minutes away in Pesteau (ask for Laurent and mention us, though her English is not great!).

  • guedelonGuedelon : Visit this unique medieval castle under construction using original techniques. The little village of tradesmen and women is in full swing. Really interesting for kids and adults alike.

  • Boating on the canals

  • The cave site of Arcy sur Cure is very important for the medium and late palaeolithic age in northern France. ‘The Big’ cave is the 2nd most ancient decorated cave known in the world

  • Taste test the wines of Irancy. Along the main street of the village there are signs inviting you to knock on the door of a house and you will be invited down into a cellar to taste and purchase these beautiful wines. The light reds (mainly pinot noirs) are sublime

  • Enjoy a day trip to Troys with its stunning architecture, art and churches to discover

  • Take a day trip to the wonderful, UNESCO World Heritage protected, 11th century abby of Vezelay. Less than an hours drive away, Vezelay receives half a million visitors a year so it’s worth going early in high season to avoid crowds as well as the midday heat. Why not pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the views

  • Make a short trip to Noyers, listed in the top 100 most beautiful villages in France. This little place reminds me of a Van Gogh painting with its wonky ancient houses and pretty surrounds

  • The great royal chateau of Fontainebleau is en route from Paris to Desjardins Cottage. Why not plan a visit?

  • The capital of Burgundy, Dijon, is about an hours drive away and is well worth a visit for it’s galleries, architecture, food and shopping and of course mustard

  • Take off for a weekend to tour the castles of the Loire Valley. Push the information button to see the website which mentions them all.

  • Disneyland-02For the kids! Disneyland Paris is about 2 hours drive from Dejardins Cottage.

  • L’ Entre Guillemet: enjoy a delicious meal at this gastronomic restaurant just 15 minutes away in the village of Coulanges la Vineuse

  • Colette Museum– Visit the birthplace of this famous writer

  • Vaux le Vicomte– We can highly recommend a visit to this stunning castle. It is en route to Paris. The gardens are stunning.

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