A River Runs Through It: The Top Ten Riverside Gîtes For A Spot Of Wild Swimming

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8 The Cube, River L’Ignon, Burgundy, France

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Imagine waking at dawn and looking out through the cleverly designed bed-height observation window to see herons, kingfishers, black storks and white egrets looking for crayfish in the lovely River L’Ignon.

The Cube window

Drink your morning coffee sitting on the lovely terrace in your PJ’s (there’s no one around, so why not?) and watch the spectacle of trouts feeding on insects. Try your hand at a bit of fishing in the beautiful clear river or just laze in the hammock.

The cube jacuzziThe cube clear river






In any weather you can spend the evening in the wood fired, river-fed jacuzzi while drinking the complimentary bottle of Chablis. If you retreat back to the bedroom at dusk and stay very quiet you may see the deer come to the river to drink. After dark you can watch the shooting stars from the deck, there is even an astronomical observation kit available for this purpose. Turn off the phones, forget about Facebook and let the stresses of the real world just fade away for a week. If you don’t unwind here then there is no hope for you!

When you need to top up on wine you can stock up by visiting one of the many wonderful wineries in the famous Burgundy region. If you can’t resist the city life then it is only 35 minutes into the very appealing, Renaissance and Medieval city of Dijon. If you like good food and wine this will be another taste of paradise.

Sleeps 4. Book through Home Away from €690 to €990 depending on the season.

The cube bedroomThe cube interior

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