The Seasons

Burgundy is special in every season. That’s why we are open throughout the year. Here are some of our suggestions for a year in Fulvy.

Spring

Spring is a lovely time at Le Petit Village with warm days, frost tinged mornings and scented blossom in the orchard. The trees and flowers are bursting into life, and the surrounding agricultural fields are a mass of vibrant yellow or fresh green.  The famous white Charolais cows are returned to the fields with their calves. Birds of prey, deer and wild boar can also be spotted as you explore the countryside and forests. Easter is the weekend when the tourist season really kicks off in Burgundy. Events include the Salon des Vins in Tonnerre during Easter weekend , the Auxerrois Wine Fair in March and the wonderfully atmospheric Medieval fair in Semur en Auxois in May which includes jousting, fencing, medieval food, music and pageants. 

Summer

The region gets into full swing in the summer. The countryside is filled with the colours of the forests, the golden wheat fields, the lush green pastures and sunflowers. It’s the time for swimming in the Armançon river, lazy days by our swimming pool, and cycling and walking by the canal amongst the multicoloured wild flowers, looking out for herons, kingfishers and hawks. At Le Petit Village the courtyard is filled with seasonal flowers and roses and the Virginia creeper envelops the house with its bright green leaves.
There are fetes, vide greniers, brocante markets, fireworks and music festivals throughout the region to suit every taste, from rock to jazz and folk, with especially fine classical music, like Music Ancy in the Chateau d’Ancy Le Franc.

Autumn

In Autumn, the Virginia Creeper around Le Petit Village turns a beautiful fiery orange and the surrounding forests are a riot of colour.  The landscape is beautiful; infact it’s one of our favourite times of the year, with cool mornings and warm, autumn sun days. It’s perfect for artists or photographers!   The wine harvest begins throughout Burgundy and in Chablis, the annual wine festival is the last weekend in October.  It’s mushroom season too, and you can go rambling in the woods to pick them, if of course you know what to look for!  We can arrange a truffle hunt in the forests with an expert and his dog or in the beautiful medieval village of Noyers sur Serein there is a truffle festival in the last weekends of October and November.

Winter

Winter is the time for frosty woodland and canal side walks and a cosy hot chocolate or a glass of fine Pinot Noir by the fire. Both Coach House and Spring Cottage have a lovely, cosy wood burning stove. At Christmas we decorate the gites and there’ll be a treat waiting on your arrival.  Pay a visit to the nearby Prieuré des Sources for a day of well being, with a spa and massage and a host of other relaxing treatments.  In the countdown to Christmas there are many festive markets, including one at nearby Argenteuil-sur-Armançon.  In Dijon there is an outdoor ice skating rink in the magnificent Place de la Liberation. At the end of January and beginning of February are the Saint-Vincent Tournante celebrations, the biggest of which takes place in Chablis in February. As St Vincent is the patron saint of wine makers, the festivals are of great importance to the region. The villages hosting the events are festooned with paper flowers and the wine flows freely!