The glorious reception area of Abbaye de la Bussiere
The 12th century abbey and church that are the heart of Abbaye de la Bussiere
A sitting area you won't want to get up from
The entrance to the dining room and the culinary experience that awaits
An historic view from the upper gallery
History and a modern French touch are yours in the Loizerolle Suite
Abbaye de la Bussiere
Both architecture and history resonate in this former 12th century Cisterian abbey, restored and given back to its Dijon region as a truly historic place to stay.
Abbaye de la Bussiere has a long and well documented history with land records dating as far back as 696 AD. In the 12th century, the Cisterians, having established an abbey on the grounds, named it Vallis Beatae Maraie de Buxeria,or “Valleys of the Blessed Virgin of Buxeria”. Buxeria means “place covered with box trees”. The abbey was thus conceived as a place of refuge, beauty, and peaceful repose and reflection in a period dominated by feudalism and the Crusades.
Construction of the abbey started with the church in 1140 and over time was followed by other monastic buildings. In the 13th century the founding benefactors married into a wealthy family, creating an ideal alliance of power. The tombs of these families, the de Montagu-Sombernon, are in the abbey today. The Abbey became so important it received rare Papal protection into the late 13th century.
The Abbey survived unstable periods during wars against the English in the 14th and 15th centuries; however, it was no longer the powerful seat it had been and fell into decline. Following the French Revolution, the last of the monks were expelled, and in 1792 the property was sold at auction, ending 650 years of Cisterian life at the Abbey.
We enjoy the Abbey today as the exclusive boutique hotel Abbaye de la Bussiere, a proud Relais & Chateaux property. The hotel is comprised of the original church and abbey buildings. These buildings are architecturally authentic and extraordinarily atmospheric. The owners, the Cummings family, are former owners of the 13th century Amberley Castle Hotel in England. In the Abbey they have created another great historic experience for their guests. There are 16 rooms, most of which feature exposed hewn roof timbers, stone arches, and leaded glass windows. The interiors are varied and creative, featuring both period pieces and contemporary French patterns and accents. The rooms have a wonderful romantic quality and are all special.
Fine dining is in the main Abbey building, dominated by its great height and exquisite stone carvings and tracery. The kitchen belongs to head Chef Emmanuel Hebrard, who has earned the Abbey 1 Michelin Star in both 2007 and 2010.
The recently renovated L’Orangerie, a lovely early stone building, offers dedicated space for business meetings and seminars. The L’Orangerie has a traditional look, set against the peaceful backdrop of the abbey and its 15-acre parkland setting.
The Abbey’s location in the Dijon region is ideal for automobile and racing enthusiasts. Dijon is the former home of the French Formula 1 Grand Prix, and the race tracks are available for special motoring events.
Images courtesy of Abbaye de la Bussiere
Awards and certifications
Below are the awards and accolades gained by Abbaye de la Bussiere
Abbaye de la Bussiere
21360 Dijon, Cote d’or, France