Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Nolay - Le Pigeonnier
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
In the pretty village of Change, situated just 2 minutes from Nolay in the Valley de la Cozanne, and on the ‘Route des Vignobles de Beaune à Cluny’, you will find this very comfortable 2 bedroom former winemaker’s house.
Built at the turn of the 19th Century it was one of the traditional houses of the longstanding winemaker ‘Domaine Georges Guérin’ in Change. The lower level served as a ‘Cave’ holding large barrels of wine, and the first floor was used as the living area with access to the rear garden and its unique ‘pigeonnier’.
100 years later, Gérard Martini, fell in love with the house and gave it a new name, ‘Le Pigeonnier’. He has completely restored the property, conserving much of the original charm & antique furniture but at the same time has created a well equipped home with a delightful bathroom & cleverly designed kitchen, satelite TV, Audio and free Wi-fi. You will enjoy original ‘Art Noveau’ elements such as floral and geometric floor tiles, the rosace, stained glass. Now recently the property has been bought by Karl and christine De Bruyne who will keep the spirit of the house intact who have decided to open up the attic exposing the original beams and typical stone wall.
Outside: You arrive at the walled courtyard and double gates. There is ample parking for 2 cars here in the courtyard. An original well has been turned into a pretty fountain feature.
Wide steps lead to the upper garden and outdoor dining area. A wooden table and 6 chairs under metal framed gazebo with outdoor kitchen and BBQ provide the perfect ambiance for al-fresco dining. A wood store can be found by the back door – wood supplied for those cooler summer evenings.
The garden is fully enclosed and has many flower and shrub borders.
At the rear of the property you will see 'Le Pigeonnier' (giving the name to the property) which has been nicely restored. Next to it there is the swimming pool and the little spa with, sauna, shower and gym with a professional fitness bike. The stereo unit provides beautiful Feng Shui or Yoga music while you are relaxing.
You also find a Boule-track for the typical french game.
In the court-yard you can play table tennis
Biking and hiking: The 'Pigeonnier' is ideally located for your biking and hiking activities. There is detailed information in the house where to bike and hike.
Behind the property you find the recently opened 'VOIE VERTE' (Green Way') built on the old railway track: ideal for hiking, biking and even roller skating. When you go to the right you pass the beautiful Maranges vinyards, you come down to Santenay with it's nice Castles, you can turn right again and continue along the 'Canal du Centre'.
EXTRA: there are 7 (!) Bikes for your use (free of charge): 4 mountain bikes for adults, 2 MTB's for children of different ages and one little bike with supporting wheels for a real 'youngster'. We provide 2 bike-baby-seats plus enough helmets.
Wine and wine making: Our neighbours 'the Monnots' are vintners (Domaine Monnot-Roche). If you are interested, Christophe can explain a lot about the wines and wine making. Of course you can taste his Hautes-Côtes-de-Beaune, Maranges 1er Cru, Chardonnay, Aligoté...
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
About Karl De Bruyne
We are Christine and Karl De Bruyne, married for about 24years with 2 studying daughters Hannah (22) and Emma (20). We live in Belgium in a village near Antwerp.
Karl De Bruyne purchased this house in 2014
Why Karl De Bruyne chose Nolay
Burgundy is a region we have been visiting numerous times over the years, usually returning home with a trunk full of delicious wines. Last year in July we started thinking of buying a house in Burgundy and started our search which lasted about 8 months and took as several drives up and down. We were on the verge of abandoning our search when we fell upon “Le Pigeonnier”. It was love at first sight and by the end of the next week the deal was sealed.
What makes this house unique
wonderfully situated amidst hills, vineyards in a very quiet village not far away from towns with restaurants and commerces within cycling distance.
Guestbook comments from the owner
We arrived Wednesday evening after a flight from NYC thru London to Paris and a four hour drive to Change.
Christine and Gerard greeted us in front of your gite and showed us around.
They are very kind.
Have been on a "whirlwind" touring the area. The Cote de Beaune villages are so scenic and way beyond our expectations. We have toured many areas of France, but this is fantastic in its beauty and superb food and wine.
After exhausting ourselves for the first two days we decided to cook in tonight..which gave a chance to really enjoy our home.
We now understand why you fell in love with the Pigeonnier and Change. We have too.
Wish we had arranged to say longer.
Thanks for letting us stay in your lovely country home.