This is the story of how we spent our first night on our Europe Road Trip at a Farmhouse in The French Countryside.
We had packed up our leased car, and we were all set to get on the road. Just then we realized that we were not yet sure where we were sleeping that night. Although we had looked at a few options, nothing stood out. We knew that we wanted to stop somewhere alone the road between Paris and Dijon, but we weren’t sure where. This is where the magic of AirBnb kicks in! We used AirBnb for our Bali trip, and we have used it on a couple of other occasions. If you haven’t checked out this accommodation-booking option yet, you can do that through THIS LINK. If you sign up using that link you will get a “first timer” discount. Sitting in the lobby at the Best Western, we searched the map for homes/B&B’s in the countryside between Paris and Dijon. Even though we had searched the day before, we immediately found an option that caught our eye! A beautifully restored farmhouse in the countryside. We immediately knew that we wanted to stay there, so we sent a request and then set on the road. We had bought a couple of SIM cards so we could check on our accommodation bookings along the way. It was located in the village of Fontangy, to which the farm is attached. This seventieth-century farmhouse, built on the ruins of a castle, is located in the Côte d’Or region of France.
We arrived before sunset and took a few bags up to our room , which was located in the upstair rooms to the very right of the image below. That last window that you see on the right of the building, and the two on the side of it, where the ones that belonged to our room. We will show you all of that in a later post. First, a little about our relaxing sunset and evening at this beautiful farmhouse…
While Justin and I sat on the grass, facing the rolling hills that the farm overlooks, Elijah ran around exploring the grounds. There were cats and ducks, and plenty of little corners to check out. After five days of travel and big city explorations, we felt so incredibly blessed to be sitting there… completely relaxed, and loving every second of our time there. This was how we loved to vacation. We had spent the day out on the road, and now we were watching the sun go down on a perfect day!
When it got dark and chilly we started to feel the bugs biting, so we made our way inside. We knew that we might have some trouble getting Eli to sleep with the lights on. So we all showered and then called it a day. Going to bed at the same time as our toddler means that we often wake up at the same time, or even before, he does. It’s the nights where we stay up much later than Eli (as we often do at home) where we suffer the consequences in the morning.
Bright and early the following day, we got up and dressed and then headed down to the farmhouse kitchen for a traditional French country-style breakfast. The owner makes her own jams, and fresh bread is delivered every morning. We sat down at the large wooden table and basked in the glorious morning light that was coming through the windows. There was a lot of fresh wholesome food, and the coffee was prefect! In fact, breakfast couldn’t have been better! Elijah loved it… as you can tell (mouth stuffed full of food!!).
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this Farmhouse in The French Countryside. We contemplated extending our time here but the entire house was booked for the next two days, for a large function of some sort. We took that as a clear sign that we were meant to keep moving, and head onto Dijon for the rest of the day. Once we had packed the car, Elijah spent some time
chasing being chased by the geese. We liked to let him run as much as he could when we weren’t driving or pushing him in the stroller. We then climbed back into our car and headed towards Dijon.
We have more beautiful pictures of this place, so look out for a blog post entitled “La Tour De Giry”
We highly recommend stops like this – check out AirBnb and see what you can find!