BOURGOGNE, or Burgundy as it is commonly known, lies to the south east of Paris and is primarily recognised for its wine.
It is a region rich in history that is reflected in the many chateau and castles dotted around the countryside and is a popular destination for Parisians.
Being just 100 km from the capital many have bought second homes here, but it is an area that few Brits have considered.
One reason for this is that airports in Paris and Lyon serve the north and south of the region, but the principal city Dijon has no low-cost airlines flying to it.
Tourism and the vineyards play a key role in the economy of Bourgogne with over three million visitors a year, but other industries are scarce meaning other work can be difficult to find.
Auxerre is one of the main towns of the region and has a population of around 40,000 with a large university and its famous football team.
One advantage Bourgogne enjoys is quick access to both the autoroutes and TGV rail system, as the main road to the south the A6 and rail service to Lyon pass through the region.
The weather in this part of France can be cold during the winter, but does not usually suffer from heavy snowfall, although the south has suffered from flooding in recent years due to rising river levels. The summer and autumn months enjoy pleasant temperatures.
Départements: Côte d'Or (21), Nièvre (58), Saône et Loire (71), Yonne (89).