La Colline du Colombier and Les Cadoles, architectural jewels surrounded by nature in Iguerande, southern Burgundy

a cadole Troisgros in BurgundyIn the hills above Iguerande, a Brionnais village at the southernmost point of the Saône-et-Loire district, Marie-Pierre and Michel Troisgros have restored an ancient farm surrounded by lush pasture.

They decided to work with architect Patrick Bouchain, using natural materials, “to help save a culture, an architecture, and a landscape.” La Colline du Colombier includes an inn, Le Grand Couvert; a country house and tower transformed into holiday apartments, La Longère and La Tour; and three cadoles, or cottages, in the field nearby.

In Burgundy, a cadole is a stone hut that used to serve as a shelter for farmers. These very modern versions are vacation cottages for two on stilts, made out of wood, steel, and canvas. The cadole’s architecture merges into the landscape, its gentle curves blending into the side of the hill. Each offers a superb panorama of the surrounding pastures. Sustainable materials like sheep’s wool, wool felt, and hemp were used during construction; respect for the environment was built into each cadole. The interior décor, contemporary and comfortable, also honors the natural setting and ecology.

La Colline du Colombier in Iguerande: a magnificent example of discretion and excellence created by Marie-Pierre and Michel Troisgros.
Photos ©Marie-Pierre Morel

La Colline du Colombier
1 reception area, 2 holiday apartments for four people, 3 cadoles with private terraces for two people
Dinning room/inn for 60 covers, a private reception room for 35
Private parking
Renovated with additional construction in 2008

Recommended tourist circuits near La Colline du Colombier
The Côte Roannaise vineyards ( 19km away (22mn)
A leisurely drive in the Madeleine mountains (1/2 day)
Charlieu, la Bénisson Dieu and the Côte Roannaise (1/2 day)
The Loire Gorges and the Forez Plain (1/2 day)
The Romanesque churches of the Brionnais (1 day)

71340 Iguerande
Roanne: 15km
Côte Roennaise vineyards: 19km (22mn)
Paray-le-Monial basilica: 33km (35mn) Lyon: 110km (1h40) Clermont Ferrand: 140km (1h45)

The cadoles: D La Tour or La Longère: D