Commerces et Services

Bussières is a small hamlet with no shops, but the village of Ouroux-en-Morvan is only 3 km away from the cottage (5 minutes by car, 15 minutes by bike, less than 30 minutes by foot on the Jallois path) with its shops and local services.
Website of the municipality of Ouroux-en-Morvan :

  • Tourist office
  • Post office
  • Banks (Cash dispenser/ATM)
  • Garage and gas station (24 hours a day)
  • Doctor, Pharmacy and Osteopath
  • Religious service
  • Cinema "Le CLAP"

For more choices and services, the easiest way is to reach the city of Château-Chinon, sub-prefecture of Nièvre, located 21 km away (about half an hour by car), with its supermarkets (Atac, Lidl…) and its many shops and businesses in the city centre.
Website of the city of Château-Chinon :

Nature and Sports

The Cottage of Bussières is located in the heart of the Morvan Regional Natural Park, a real and authentic green setting straddling the 4 departments that make up Burgundy : Nièvre, Saône-et-Loire, Yonne and Côte-d’Or. This park is known and recognized for hiking, horseback riding and bicycle tours.

Directly from the cottage, the hiking trail leads to the GR of Pays Tour du Morvan and the Chemin de Compostelle Vézelay-Autun, both of which pass through Ouroux-en-Morvan, and also to the GR13, as well as many other remarkable places (Maquis Bernard, Lake of Pannecière…). As well as horse riding and mountain bike tours (GTM/Grande Traversée du Morvan). It is also possible to rent electric bicycles in the village ! Find all this information on the website of the town hall of Ouroux-en-Morvan :

Aside from hiking, many other sports activities are possible, including all water sports and fishing, thanks to the many lakes in the Morvan Park. A few suggestions :

Culture and Heritage

Besides being a green setting, Morvan is full of a vast historical and cultural heritage, from prehistoric times to the present day, some of which is carefully preserved in museums.

Around the Cottage of Bussières and the village of Ouroux-en-Morvan, there are many sites to see that have marked the history of the Morvan and are accessible within walking distance from the house :

  • Maquis Bernard (one of the fiefdoms of the resistance of Morvan)
  • Banquet Chapel (19th century) with its magnificent view over the Morvan
  • Presbytery (19th century)
  • Trenches of the Loutière
  • Roman road

And of course, more widely throughout Morvan and Burgundy, and to mention a few of them :

  • House of the Morvan Natural Park in Saint-Brisson (25 km), with its resistance museum.
  • Gallic and Roman sites : Celtic Oppidum of Bibracte and its archaeological museum (43 km), Arena of Arleuf (30 km), Roman Way (again!) that I recommend that you explore with a detailed map such as NGI (National Geographic Institute) map at scale 1/25000th !
  • Abbey of Pierre Qui Vire (and its organic cheeses) and nearby, Vauban Museum in St-Léger-Vauban (39 km)
  • Basilica of Vézelay (12th century, Romanesque art) and its splendid village (48 km)
  • Avallon and its collegiate church (12th century dedicated to St Lazare) with its city centre (50 km)
  • Medieval city of Semur-en-Auxois with its fortifications (65 km)
  • Natural caves of Arcy-sur-Cure, decorated with prehistoric cave art (64 km)
  • Alésia MuséoParc (Vercingetorix Park / 76 km), Leader of the Gallic revolt, a true symbol!
  • Abbey of Fontenay (12th century) and next to it Les Forges de Buffon (86 km)
  • Museum of the Septennat in Château-Chinon, fiefdom of France's former President François Mitterrand (21 km), Museum of Nourrices and Children of the Public Assistance in Alligny-en-Morvan (25 km)
  • And of course, the castles of Bazoches, Besnes, Saint-Leger de Fougeray, Chatelux-sur-Cure with a must visit in Saint-André-en-Morvan ! And further on, the castles of Tanlay, of Ancy le Franc, of Maulnes

Taste and Gastronomy

  • Renowned for its delicatessen meats, terrines and hams, Morvan also has some very typical dishes : the Râpée Morvandelle (potato pancake, called "Treuffes"), the Crâpiau (wheat pancake with bacon or apples), the Galette au griaudes or "grêles" (basted bread from Morvan with pieces of bacon), Ham and eggs in pot au feu or jelly.
  • For the food lovers, there are excellent restaurants in the region, in Dun les Places (20 km), Quarré-les-Tombes (32 km), Rouvray (45 km) and, of course, in Saulieu (36 km) with Le Relais Bernard Loiseau, the famous starred chef, and many others to discover by yourself... and to let me know about ! But each village has its own restaurant that offers a simpler cuisine that will delight your taste buds, to be discovered by yourself... and to let me know about ! In Ouroux-en-Morvan, don't forget to book at the Ferme Auberge Chez Flo (link below), you will enjoy it and can even buy dairy and poultry products there.
  • Ferme Auberge Chez Flo
  • For wines, we are in Burgundy with its five wine regions of vineyards of Chablis and Grand Auxerrois, Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune, Côte Chalonnaise, and Mâconnais. The Burgundy Wine Routes have some great visual and taste surprises in store for you. But some wines from the Centre Val de Loire are very similar, such as Pouilly-Fumé and the famous wines of Sancerre.
  • For cheese lovers, the Epoisses is a must, but you will find many regional cheeses, such as Morvan goat cheese and cottage cheese (especially from Chez Flo) on the Morvan markets, including the Ouroux-en-Morvan market on Sunday mornings and the Avallon market on Saturday mornings.
  • For meat lovers, the Harand de Corbigny butcher shop (28 km) or the butcher shop of the Breeders in Quarré-les-Tombes (32 km) sells Charolais meat raised in the Morvan. Don't forget to let yourself be tempted by the Morvan ham and the calf's head !
  • For fish, it is the trout that you should taste, natural, in rillettes, in cooked meals.... And if you don't have the patience to wait for the trout to catch the hook, go to the Corancy Fish Farming School (link below). Perhaps you will have the opportunity to visit it, I hope you will ! The fish farm offers trout tasting in a very original way (call them before coming).
  • Corancy Fish Farming School
  • And don't forget to taste the honeys of Morvan, the bees forage freely in the heart of the Morvan Regional Park where nature is preserved, and the environment diversified. Visit the bee farm run in organic beekeeping of the Ruchers du Morvan in Château-Chinon. There are some for everyone: bramble honey, acacia, bourdaine, dandelion, lime tree, forest, chestnut, wildflowers.... Enough to fill up your tank for a healthy year guaranteed!

Celebrations and Events

Of course all traditional festivals and commemorations are celebrated (Bastille Day, Festival of Saint-Jean,…) but many other events take place during the high season/summer period, such as the Short Film Festival in Ouroux-en-Morvan (during July) or the Vézelay Music Festival (late August), plus many local events throughout the year (The month of pléchie in March, y ard sales,… !)

To make it easier and avoid a long litany, all the specific information on these events is available directly in the “Blog” section of the website or on the website of the town hall of townhall of Ouroux-en-Morvan.

To learn more about the Park’s events, visit the sites of Domaine Morvan Peaks and Great Lakes, the Morvan Tourist Site and the Morvan en fêtes Site,
or even better, come to the Tourist Office in Ouroux-en-Morvan.

It is located at the post office of the village and is run by Sébastien, a passionate of his native region who has a rich tourist documentation, excellent advice and great competence.