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Local Area

Amenities & Access

The Surrounding Area

Chateau Les Arcis is in Hauterive, a commune in the Yonne department of Burgundy, in north-central France. It is a rural farming community on the River Serein, with a Mairie (town hall), Church and Auberge.

Seignelay, the nearest town, (approx. 5 minutes drive). A pretty town with an 18th Century covered market. Here you will find everything you need: A pharmacy, boulangerie (bakery – the best in the area), Saturday morning market (food only), Cave (wine shop), supermarket, petrol station, eateries (basic), bar/tobacco shop, car wash, church, post office and police station.

Cheny / Migennes (depending on which side of the river) is approx. 10 minutes drive. Our nearest train station is located here (Laroche-Migennes). We offer a pick-up delivery service to/from the train station if desired. This town is not really worth a visit, unless it's for amenities: banks, supermarkets, boulangerie, petrol stations.

Moneteau (approx. 10 minutes drive). On the river, and with walks along the canal, there is a Post Office, pharmacy, bar/tabac, supermarket and petrol station. Nearby is a large commercial centre (Clairions) with shops such as Picard, Darty, etc. One of our favourite local restaurants is in Moneteau (see our Dining section).


By road: Autoroute A6, junction 19 (Auxerre) 1hr45 from Paris or 4 hours from Calais (A16, A26, N77, D84)

By rail: Our nearest train station is Laroche-Migennes in the town of Migennes, approximately 10 minutes drive away. There is a direct train from Paris (Gare de Bercy) every hour. We can arrange for pick-up/drop-off at the station as required.

By air: Orly Airport, Paris


Open Air Markets

Almost all the local towns have a market on a given day, predominantly for foods, but some also have clothing, local wine and more.

Seignelay is the closest, and offers good fruit and vegetables.

Joigny is the best for choice of fish, meats, cheese and choice of vegetables.

Chablis is the most fun and diverse, with a variety of foods and more, as well as cafes, wine tastings and some shops also open.


The nearest supermarket is Bi1, in Seignelay. Open: Monday – Saturday 9:00 – 19:30, Sunday 9:00 – 12:30. Follow signs for Hery, you will come to Bi1 before you leave Seignelay for Hery.

There are two hypermarkets within a 10-minute drive: Cora in Moneteau and LeClerc in Migennes. These are open all day, Monday – Friday.

We thoroughly recommend Le Grand Frais which not only has a huge selection of fresh fruit and vegetables but also a fish, meat, and cheese counter, as well as a boulangerie. It is only 10 minutes away in Perrigny.
Open: Monday – Saturday 9:00 – 20:00, Sunday 9:00 – 12:30


Almost every town has a Boulangerie, generally closed Mondays, but there’s always one that is open. Our nearest Boulangerie is in Seignelay and it is award winning! (On the main road through Seignelay, just as you head out towards Auxerre). Open Tuesday - Saturday 6:30 – 19:00 , Sunday 6:30 – 13:00.

We also have an organic mill (Moulin), within walking distance of Les Arcis. Normally wholesale, they are open to the public on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 17:30 – 19:30. (See Activities for directions).

Cheny Boulangerie is the nearest open on a Monday. Bi1 Supermarket also has freshly baked bread.

Petrol / Diesel

There is a 24/7 station opposite Bi1 in Seignelay. Credit/Debit card only (chip/PIN). There are also petrol stations in Moneteau, (near Cora supermarket), and in Migennes (at LeClerc Supermarket). Both are 24/7 and take credit/debit cards (and cash during opening hours, except lunch time.)

Cash Machines

The nearest Cash Point is in Moneteau where there are three locations. Nearly all towns have cash machines. Both Cora and LeClerc have cash machines in the stores.


Moneteau (nearest) has three banks, open weekdays, closed lunch time 12:00 – 14:00. There are also several banks in both Migennes and Auxerre.