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Lodging in Burgundy

My wife and I will be traveling in Burgundy next April (2015) with another couple and are looking for a place to stay for 3-4 nights. I've been on airbnb.com, bedandbreakfast.com and have seen a number of neat looking places, but some recommendations based on personal experience would be helpful. I'm thinking somewhere in or around Beaune. Is Dijon convenient (although it looks a little too big for my taste). A smaller village would be more to our liking. We will have a car, so staying 10K or so from a village isn't out of the question, but not ideal - would prefer to be closer to restaurants, shops, etc.

Thanks in advance for everyone's assistance.

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If Dijon looks too big for you, it probably is. Beaune makes a fine base with a car: great food within walking distance, but easy egress for day trips.

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We spent a great week last fall at this apartment in Beaune. Two bedrooms, ground floor, good location, nearby garage parking included. Mme. Leveque is a kind and careful hostess. Takes PayPal for the deposit, prefers cash when you get there. She has other apartments in Beaune as well, though I think this is the only one with two bedrooms.

Dijon is a fine city with a good historic center and art museum, but I wouldn't use it as a base with a car. It's about 20 minutes by train from Beaune so easy as a car-free day trip. Beaune is more than a village, but easy enough to get in and out of so it makes a good base for driving in Burgundy. It's close to autoroutes if you want to get somewhere quickly (for instance, Alesia and Fontenay are in easy reach). In Beaune itself the Hotel-Dieu is not to be missed, or the twice-weekly market. (The "train" tour can be missed, as far as I'm concerned.) Lots of eating choices and wine stores if you're into the vin. We thought about a smaller town as a base (like Nuits-St-Georges) but decided we'd rather have more eating choices and not have to drive after dinner. We didn't regret our choice.