Sometimes when you travel around you come across a gem of a place. Abbaye de la Bussiere is one such place. A short walk from our overnight stop of Bussiere sur Ouche on the Canal Bourgogne, it was certainly impressive.
This former abbey was bought from the church by English couple Clive and Tanith Cummings about 12 years ago and has been restored and converted into accommodation, a bistro and a 1* Michelin restaurant. The attention to detail is amazing and the grounds are a delight to walk through.
The owner greeted us when we arrived for dinner and told us a little about the problems associated with a renovation of this magnitude. He then proceeded to tell us how he had spent time in Donnybrook some 20 years ago when he was backpacking around Australia.
As we sat with our predinner drinks in the upstairs lounge we were able to take in all the details of this impressive space.
We ate in the Bistro which has a set menu, usually limited to brunch and lunch, however, we were able to eat dinner here. For €45 we had four courses. I believe lunch is between €25 and €35. Obviously, if you eat in the Michelin restaurant then you can expect to pay a lot more. I believe the chef's suggestion was €98 a head for 4 courses. Even so, we had a lovely dinner in the Bistro with attentive service.
Only guests are allowed to wander around the grounds so if you want to see this abbey then I would recommend making a reservation for lunch or dinner. If you're feeling especially flush with funds you could stay the night in a suite at a mere €600 for the night. Hotel rooms are cheaper.