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Small, 19th century presbytery in the French department of Côte d’Or


In a tiny village in the French department of Côte d’Or, just a few miles from Montbard, to the north of Semur-en-Auxois. Paris is 240 km (150 miles) away. Montbard station is on the TGV train line running from Paris-Gare-de-Lyon to Dijon (60 minute journey). The A6 motorway is 30 minutes away.


A group of buildings in a 3,000 m² (0.74 acre) garden where children can play quite safely as it is partly enclosed with walls and partly with a natural hedge and fencing.
The main house is a small 18th century presbytery which was built not only for the country priest to live in but also as a place in which local children could be taught the catechism. It then fell into disuse and became almost totally derelict before it was completely renovated by its current owners.
The presbytery’s outbuildings comprise an old bread oven and former pigsties as well as a small barn, all made of exposed quarry stone.

The main house
The presbytery spans three stories. Its rendered facade features quoins. This symmetrical building has a low-pitched, flat tile roof, complete with a roof dormer. A small porch way provides access to the house and tall windows adorn the facade. All the original windows frames have been preserved.
It spans a total surface area of 193 m² (2,077 sq ft).
Ground floor: Two small lounges which can be made into one, in the middle of which stands an open-hearth fireplace. A dining room and a kitchen. Double entrance doors lead into an entrance hall with Burgundy floor tiles, at the end of which are a toilet and a stairway leading upstairs.
First floor: Three bedrooms and a small room that can be used as a study or a very small bedroom, with a spacious bathroom, complete with toilet. The modest-sized bedrooms are reached via a corridor spanning either side of the main stairway.
Second floor: The attic, with its roofing framework in pristine condition, was converted to form this floor which comprises a single room forming a very large bedroom with a small lounge. The currently abandoned project was to install a bathroom so that the bedroom was totally independent from the rest of the house. Everything is laid on for this future conversion. The central stairway is the work of a craftsman with its flat carved balusters. The floors on the ground floor, with the exception of that in the entrance hall, are covered with terracotta floor tiles that have been fully renovated without losing their original character. The first floor features old varnished floorboards which have been refurbished. On the second floor, the floor is of rough timber. The original fireplaces in the dining room and the lounge are plain and without ostentation. The kitchen has a door leading outside to a small garden where it is pleasant to eat outside in the summer months.

The outbuildings
These comprise an old bread oven that is still in an operational condition but that is not currently used. The former pigsties have been completely cleaned and the large barn is not in use at present.

The garden
In the immediate surroundings of the house are lawns with several fruit trees, adjoining is a grassy meadow where two goals have been set up for children.

Our opinion

An attractive family home in the country. Just like its original vocation, the property is plain but welcoming. As it now possesses home comforts, each season should bring its very own flavour.

380 000 €
Our fees are included in the stated sale price.

Reference 674977

Land registry surface area 2985m2 m2
Main building surface area 185 m2
Outbuilding surface area 100 m2


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NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.