In the southern reaches of the Beaujolais, just a few kilometres from our hotel, discover the stunning pays des Pierres Dorées, or golden stone country. This luminous region takes its name from the ochre-coloured stone used to build the local villages. The sunlight brings out a vast a palette of warm tints in the stone, earning this region near Villefranche-sur-Saône its nickname of "little Tuscany in the Beaujolais". To take in the best of this stunning play of light, stop in Saint-Vérand, home to a magnificent church, in Charnay to see the château de la Mansarde, in Alix to visit the covered lavoir, and in Anse to see the Château des Tours and the chapelle Saint-Cyprien. Don't forget to enjoy the local delicacies and great wines of this bounteous region.