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Very Comfy Former Winemakers Home In Burgundy, Nr Beaune ( UNESCO worldheritage)



Updated: 31-Aug-2016
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 3 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. In the court-yard you can play table tennis, petanque

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 ( UNESCO world heritage), 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 8 (!) Bikes for your use (free of charge): 4 mountain bikes for adults, 1 city bike, 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...

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We are Christine and Karl De Bruyne, married for about 25years with 2 daughters Hannah (23) and Emma (21). We live in Belgium in a village near Antwerp.

Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch

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.
Sep 2014
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31 Reviews

based on 31 holidaymaker reviews


Lovely Cottage in Wine Country

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at this apartment in Burgundy. The location was tucked away, yet very close to the charming town of Nolay. Having the bikes was a real plus, as we could ride almost anywhere we wanted on the charming bike bath and rolling country roads. A few of them were not functioning when we got there, but after a quick call to the caretakers of the property (a sweet couple who live down the street), the bike was fixed and returned to us.

The house was very clean, except for a few dishes which we were able to throw into the dishwasher prior to use. The yard is wonderful to sit out in. We did not use the pool or the sauna, but they looked clean and wonderful. Make sure you visit Christophe and Fredrique at Domaine Minnot Roche next door for a tasting of their fabulous wines. The visit to their cellar was the highlight of our trip!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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First time in Burgundy

  • 5 of 5

First stay in Burgundy, only 6 hours away from home and I didn't know the area is so nice for hiking, bicycle tours, visits of the nice little towns and taste/buy the wine at the local vinyards. This holiday house made the nice holiday complete. Lovely house (in a little friendly village) with all the comfort and decorated in the style of the former winery. The swimming pool was an advantage to refresh after a warm day. There is plenty of space to sit outside in the sun or in the shadow as you want yourself. Kithchen is well-equipment with bbq outside for long nice evenings. We will come back !

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ferienhaus mit Liebe zum Detail

  • 5 of 5

Kleines charmantes Dorf, nette Vermieterin (sie kann leider kein Englisch aber wir haben es hinbekommen), ausreichend Platz/Ausweichmöglichkeiten auch für 6 Personen, ein Schlafzimmer hat keine Tür aber einen Sichtschutz (ausreichend), die Ausstattung ist großartig mit ausreichend Geschirr, Handtüchern (auch für die Hände), Bademäntel für die Sauna oder Gewürzen in der Küche, Handseife, etc. Alles was man braucht ist vorhanden auch viele Informationen für Ausflüge und Co. Wir kommen sehr gerne wieder und bedanken uns!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Blissful stay in rural Burgundy

  • 5 of 5

A gorgeous home, full of history and personality! A superbly equipped kitchen with everything one could need. Our adult children loved taking the bikes onto the Voie Verte for a ride. In the afternoons the outdoor eating area was the scene for wine and cheese and card games before dinner. The close proximity to a supermarket and boulangeries in Nolay made shopping very easy. Not to mention the two 'caves' where we could buy good value Burgundy wines.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful stay in Burgundy

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in this house full of character, which was immaculately presented and very well equipped, especially if you like cooking. The outside space for sitting and eating were lovely with a beautiful view. The information on what to do in the area and the selection of guides and walking routes were excellent. Having the bikes was great, cycling and walking through local vineyards were both real highlights of the holiday. The local caretaker was very friendly and helpful. There are many good restaurants nearby and the Cave at Mazenay great fun. We would thoroughly recommend the property and the area.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Le Pigeonnier

  • 5 of 5

We stayed 3 weeks in Le Pigonnier and loved it. The house is very practical and the kitchen has everything you need for cooking. The house has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Be aware that one bedroom is not completely closed, but has a lot of privacy.

The garden is small, but very nice. We ate the whole time outside at a table who has a very nice view of the village and a little vinyard.

The town of Nolay is 2 Miles away and I walked to the city every morning to buy croissants and baguettes.

The house comes with 6 bikes, but we hiked mostly. There are stunning walks to make in the middel of the vineyards.

Communication with the owner was very easy and we had a very good contact with the lady who takes care of the house.

We can recommand this house to all Burgundy lovers.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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From the Owner

Burgundy is a region we have been visiting numerous times over the years, usually returning home with a trunk full of delicious wines. In July 2013 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.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Lyon St Exupéry at 160 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : le Carnot at 3 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Levernois at 25 Kilometres Nearest Train : Chagny at 15 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Beaune at 23 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Midupi at 3 Kilometres Car: recommended

Change is a charming little village, home to 8 winemakers! In the heart of Hautes Côtes de Beaune (one of the climats of burgundy which are in the Unesco World Heritage list), 20km south west of Beaune (Wine capital of Burgundy), 28km North west of Chalon (large town on the River Saone) and 25 km east of Autun (roman town and gateway to the Morvan Natural parc), Change is perfectly situated for exploring the best that Burgundy has to offer. The Canal du centre is just a few minutes away, where you can walk, cycle and horse ride along the bridle paths. Hikers can start in Change, either from the ‘Circuit de Trois Monts’ or the famous GR7. From the top of Mont des Trois Croix you will find a fantastic view. The 4(!) mountain bikes at the house will help you to experience the surrounding natural beauty that Change has to offer. For those who like a little bit of ‘Las Vegas’, Santenay with its castles and famous casino is just 5 km away.


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1 Oct 2016 - 12 Nov 2016
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Refundable Damage Deposit £134

Fully inclusive price including TV, WiFi Internet access, linen and towels (also for sauna), barbecue, welcome pack, consumables, end of stay cleaning, utility costs.
Short breaks available. Available principally in low and high season. Outside season (e.g. Christmas/New Year) renting possible after consulting owner: +32478384747 (we need time for maintenance, improvement

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From the Owner

wonderfully situated amidst hills, vineyards ( UNESCO "climats") in a very quiet village not far away from towns with restaurants and commerces within cycling distance.

Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities


  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool
  • Sauna


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 175 m²


  • sauna - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom Attic - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • There’s a comfortable, tasteful bathroom with bath-tub, shower over, large sink, storage and WC on the first floor. There is a bathroom in the attic with sink, toilet and shower in the attic. In the Sauna area there is another shower.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • The master bedroom in the attic has a king-size bed, antique furniture, and Art Nouveau chandelier and original wooden floorboards. Second bedroom is also in the attic and is the most spacious with enough space for the baby cot. original beams and stone wall are visible. The cosy third bedroom is on the first floor and furnished with twin beds, antique furniture (e.g. a lovely Henry II mirror) and wooden floorboards. From the beds you see the unique Pigeonnier. There is a second cot available which is larger than a normal cot.


  • Balcony
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Deck Furniture
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Porch Furniture
  • Tennis ...
  • Yard
  • 8 bicycles


  • Self-catering


  • With many of the original features, charm, character and furniture you will find a large open plan main room, with stylish kitchen where you can prepare your traditional gourmet dinners using local produce found at the markets in the region. There is an original open fireplace with a black marble surround and two little sofas to while away lazy mornings or evenings. A dining area with table, 8 chairs and a little balcony where you can sit and enjoy your café and croissants in the morning, overlooking the village vineyards. A TV and music corner with DVD, CD and tape players, and 100’s of international TV and radio channels to choose from (there are 3 satellite receivers), with further armchairs, and WiFi internet access completes the main room. The property benefits from an oil fired central heating system and radiators. Kitchen facilities include: Extractor; Mini oven (perfect for warming those croissants through!); Toaster; Coffee,- tea- and expresso machines; Triple sink.

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