A charming canal-side property overlooking the canal and beyond to Santenay and its hillside vineyards. The house has three floors. There is a fully equipped kitchen with dining area and log burner. The cosy sitting room has double sliding doors leading to an outside eating area, with an additional eating area with barbecue to the side. On the first floor there are two bedrooms (one with double bed and one with twin beds) both with en-suite showers and a separate WC. A spiral staircase leads to a large open plan bedroom (twin beds) with en suite and separate WC. There is plenty of room for two additional (fold-up beds) should they be required. The outside consists of an acre of cultivated land with private canal side frontage and shady areas to sit. There is an acre of woodland incorporating a historic lime stone quarry. There is a house rowing boat to explore the canal or for crossing the canal to get to Santenay.
Local activities: Santenay is a small spa town (1000 inhabitants) in the heart of Burgundy. The spa is in the process of being refurbished (re-open date 2012). It has a mooring area and an open air swimming pool (June-Aug), tennis courts and horse-riding.
It is great for cycling days out (or on foot), meandering through the wine routes of the 'Grand Cru', which goes from Santenay to Dijon. You can stop off to sample the famous wines, such as Beaune, Pommard, Volnay, Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet and Santenay. You can also cycle on the green route, 'voie verte', along the canal from Santenay to Chalon sur Saone (20 kms). From the comfort of your garden, you can fish, picnic, walk or explore the canal with the house boat that awaits for canal navigation! If you prefer, just sit back and relax in one of the shady garden areas (with your glass of Santenay), and watch the boats, joggers. cyclists and walkers, hard at work.
History of the house: The house is situated in Santenay, Cote d'Or on the Canal du Centre which was built between 1783-1793 and mainly used for commercial purposes. The ancient limestone quarry was in use for many years until commercial traffic fell into decline after World War II.
The limestone quarry at the side of the house was quarried by hand and loaded on to barges. The house was built for the quarry owner and used as such until its closure. The Canal du Centre is now only used for touristic purposes and guests delight at the sight of passing river boats and barges. The house was completely renovated in 1997.