Eccentric guesthouse in Beaune.
This little place was recommended to us by a guidebook. Owned by a little old French couple, it has charmingly old-fashioned rooms. It is very close to the outskirts of Beaune (about 10 minutes walk from the centre). It is clean and very quaint and the owners leave you to yourselves. There is free parking. I would recommend this as a charming alternative to the usual sterile hotel rooms on offer. Quaint and old fashioned. Nicely decorated. Clean facilities. Off street parking out front.
HOSPICES DE BEAUNE (HOTEL-DIEU)
The medieval hospital was found in 1443 and was a place of refuge for the poor. It was used until 1971, when a modern hospital was finally built in Beaune.
Nowadays it's a museum with a good overview of how people where nursed for many years. It's the most beautiful building in Beaune and worthwile visiting.
Hospices de Beaune - Hotel Dieu Part I
Built in the middle ages just at the wake of the 'Hundred Years War' .This place was a refuge for the poor people in the village. Inside this hospital you can find the chapel and the ward as it was in those days. An amazing 50 mtr long ward, you can still see the mediaeval designed furniture which dates back to the 1800's. Please see more photos and tips about this hospital below.
HOSPICES de BEAUNE HOTEL DIEU
"Saint Hugues Room"
Created in 1645 at the instigation of Maitre Hugues Betault, this room was dedicated to the sick. The shelves above the beds held their personal belongings and a chord helped them to sit up more easily.
There are eleven wall paintings, nine of which illustrate the miracles of Christ. The other two depict Saint Hugues dressed as a bishop and monk, who was reputed to have brought two children back to life after succumbing to the plague.
The masterpiece of the room is the huge dual-hearth Gothic fireplace which has its original preserved accessories.
Also, there is a steel spit, made in 1698.
The shelves hold a collection of 130 earthenware pots from 1782 in which the ointments, oils, pills, syrups, etc., were conserved.
Hospices de Beaune Hotel-Dieu