Café de Tannay is a spacious and authentic one to four person lodging in the ancient center of the originally Middle Aged wine village of Tannay (name derived from Celtic ‘tann’, oak) in the western part of the Burgundy region, at two-and-a-half hours driving south of Paris and at 20 kilometers from UNESCO World-heritage site Vézelay, on its ‘eternal hill’ dominating the surrounding Morvan National Park. After 20 months of careful restoration, since 2009 the Café de Tannay is available for short to medium term rent.
The house is rich in architectural detail from various periods: pièce de résistance is its 16C stone spiral staircase; roughly from the same period are supporting stones, niches and door portals, or the salon’s long wall with embedded arches extending into the kitchen; an impressive oak beam connects the salon’s other walls, its floor is in 19C decorated cement tiles, the kitchen’s floor in ancient pottery tiles; on the second floor are two 18C oak cupboards and more stone details and niches. In the vaulted wine cellar are stone fermentation tubs.
Tannay is a still rather well served small town, with just under 600 inhabitants, offering a bakery, butcher, two wine producer’s caves, a supermarket with ATM and gas station, a 'maison de presse' book and magazine store, drug store/pharmacy, (Dutch) doctor, veterinarian, two restaurants, one hotel, a café-tabacconist and two other bars, two shoe stores, two hairdressers, a post office and Crédit Agricole bank. At two kilometers from the center is a small port where one can rent a boat to float along the Canal du Nivernais, running parallel to the Yonne river. To the north-west of Tannay are its Melon de Bourgogne or Chardonnay varieties growing vineyards and surrounding woods.
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Cafe de Tannay was a well-appointed and characterful home base for the three weeks we spent in Burgundy. Jouke is a very warm and responsive host, who has brought together a wonderful blend of historic charm and modern comforts in the property. Having a car is a definite must in this part of France, to be able to visit the villages and sights dotted around the area, but the beautiful Nivernais canal is in walking distance and a great place for a picnic. We'd recommend a visit to Les Caves Tannaysiennes, and also sitting outside late on a balmy night to spot the local bats and owls.
Dear Melanya and Richard, thank you so much for your kind words! The pleasure was all mine! Our open end personal communication makes me regret that we did not meet in person, so if ever you plan to come visit Amsterdam you know where to find me :-) Meanwhile I can wholeheartedly recommend you as lovely and grateful guests, who leave nothing but good memories with a host. Take care and hope to hear from you again.
This was an excellent spot for us to explore Burgundy from. The Cafe de Tannay provides a very spacious, comfortable, and artistic environment with great kitchen facilities. We found it very relaxing staying there, a great place for settling into some reading, and with the cooler weather enjoyed being able to have a fire. Jouke was always quick to respond to any queries we had about our visit there.
We spent a wonderful week at the Café de Tannay in Burgundy. Tannay is a very charming village, and there are lots of interesting things to do in the surrounding villages.
The house itself has a very nice feel and is beautifully decorated with vintage and brocante furniture and well equipped.
We will definitely come back for a longer stay!
I am a Dutch artist living and working in Amsterdam and in Burgundy, France where I rent out my place in Tannay, the former Café de Tannay. My own travel took me to remote regions, so the importance of a personal and comfortable place to stay is well known to me! (phone number hidden) I spent 10 years living in Burgundy full time.