Between Mâcon, Lyon and Bourg-en-Bresse
In Vonnas, a village that has been ranked "Four Flowers" and won the "National Flower Display Award" on several occasions, water can be seen everywhere: two rivers the Veyle and the Renom, pass trough the village and split into many branches and reaches. Take a walk around the village, and discover Bresse traditional half-timbered houses.
Sports and leisure activities in Bresse area
The Bresse area
Nestled between Lyon and Geneva, the French Département of Ain belongs to Rhône-Alpes region, in the very heart of a vast communication network. It can be accessed via two local airports (Lyon St-Exupéry and Geneva-Cointrin, about 1 and ¼ hours drive), by train (if you take a TGV train, Paris is only 1 and ½ hours from Mâcon-Loché), or through a large-scale motorway network (A6, A39, A40, A42, A46).
Yet, Ain remains a unique, natural, unspoiled territory: 490,250-acre forest, 3,060 km rivers, over 1,000 ponds in the Dombes area, 664,200-acre farmland, the highest mountains in Jura, etc.
The exceptional character of this area lies in its amazingly varied landscape, culture and heritage. It is made of two distinct geographical zones, a plain and a mountainous area, each of them split into two parts, to produce the four natural zones of Ain district.
In the North-West part: the Bresse area
A bocage countryside with many fields and hedges, the fertile land of Bresse is also a place of farming and animal breeding, among which poultry breeding is the noblest, with the only poultry in the world to bear the famous AOP label, a French certification that guarantees the quality and origin of food products.
Since water is an integral part of this region, most farmhouses – traditionally low and made of wooden walls and raw clay- have been scattered all around the countryside without forming any real village.
Bresse is THE place to be when it comes to Gastronomy, with a large panel of culinary delights: chicken in a creamy sauce, Vonnas pancakes, chicken liver cakes… it hosts a great number of restaurants and inns as well as world famous chefs. Bresse has also managed to preserve its architectural history that you will admire in old Roman churches, mysterious farmhouses with Saracen chimneys and Bresse finest monument, the Royal Monastery of Brou.
To find out more about Ain… www.tourisme-en-dombes.org
A gourmet destination par excellence, but also a most attractive resort, be it for a week-end or for longer stays.
Your sport and leisure activities
- Cinéspace Laurent Gerra (movie theater)
- “Cuisine Passion” Boutique
- Gourmet Shop and great wines cellar
- Wellness shop
- Library and video library
- Reading room
- Billiard room
- 2 outdoor pools (heated during the season)
- Mountain bikes and electric bikes
- Cooking lessons and wine tasting (reservation required)
- Swimming learning lessons
- Lara’s garden: an outdoor playground for kids above 5 years
- The Dovecote Park: discover the kitchen garden, orchard and vines
- Angling in our ponds and rivers
- A walk in the 40-acre park of Epeyssoles Castle
Our Mosaïc Spa
- 1 heated indoor pool (hydro-massage with jets and sprinkles), built-in Jacuzzi
- 4 wellness and massage rooms
- 1 steam bath, in a true Oriental style
- Relaxation spaces,
- 1 fitness room equipped with Power Plate, Treadmill, Exercise Bike and Traction Device
Your leisure activities in surrounding areas
- Several 18-hole golf courses within less than 15 minutes from the hotel (La Salle, La Commanderie, La Bresse and Gouverneur golf courses)
- Hunting in the Dombes (reservation required)
- Treetop Adventures at St-Paul-de-Varax
- Bresse Racing Circuit
- Hot-air balloons at Châtillon sur Chalaronne
- Bird Park at Villars-les-Dombes
- Planon Farmstead Museum
- Hameau du vin Georges Duboeuf and Touroparc at Romanèche-Thorins
- Brou Museum à Bourg-en-Bresse
- Walking Tours
- A great range of excursions
The Bresse area: the Bresse Route with its interesting and unusual architecture pieces (Saracen chimneys, half-timbered farms, Roman churches), the city of Bourg-en-Bresse (the old XV century quarters, the XVI century Brou royal monastery, church and museum, Notre-Dame Collegiale Church), La Teyssonnière Botanic Park in Buellas, Bresse Museum, Domaine des Planons in Saint-Cyr-sur-Menton.
The Dombes area: the Dombes Route with its 1000 ponds, the Bird Park at Villars-les-Dombes, Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne arboretum (Villars Gate, the XV century covered market, the apothecary shop, the “4 flowers” village), the medieval city of Pérouges, the city of Trévoux (ancient parliament of the Dombes region), Ars (the village of the famous Ars priest) …
The Bugey area: the Bugey Route, Nantua Lake (Museum of the French Resistance), the upper valley of Ain River, the vineyards and copper manufacture of Cerdon, Belley Episcopal city, …
The Mâcon area: Mâcon wine route, Solutré and the Prehistory Museum, Lamartine circuit, the city of Mâcon (the old bridge, Saint-Vincent quarter), the major Roman Art centers (Cluny, Tournus, Paray-le-Montal, Autun), Cormatin Castle, Azé and Blanot caves,…
The Beaujolais area: the Beaujolais Wine Route, Georges Dubœuf “Wine Hamlet” and Romanèche-Thorins Touroparc, Corcelles Castle, the Golden Stones Circuit,...
Major regional scenic cities: Lyon (45 minutes), Geneva and Annecy (1 and ¼ hours), Chamonix (2 hours), Beaune (1 hour).
Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne Website: www.tourisme-en-dombes.org