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In the centre of the village, this house exudes a certain nobility with its stairway tower and glazed roof tiles that cheerfully cover the white stone facades. The old dovecote also recalls the property's noble past, whilst the subtle harmonies of whites and browns inside create a softness that soothes the soul. Just a few kilometres north of Dijon, the Hôte antique and the calm of rural life will undoubtedly offer a stay with all the ingredients necessary to better understand the Côte d'Or department that is named after the golden hue of the vineyards in autumn.
Tired of my job twenty years ago, just a simple "yes" from my partner was enough for us to go in search of "The property" that would allow us to open a bed and breakfast. It was a life long dream that never faded away. We were looking for a place with character, history, nature, and enough space for us to have privacy and plan other projects. We fell in love with this fortified manor house from the end of the 15th century. On the outskirts of Dijon, the house had been somewhat neglected for several years but had a great deal of potential. The loft would be our showstopper, a cosy and romantic nest for lovers from all walks of life. We immediately felt at home when thinking about it.
It is a manor house from the end of the 15th century. At the time, it was surrounded by a wall and the stone roofs were supported by a massive frame. Today, the main house has a magnificent Burgundy roof and an octagonal turret. An old watchtower adjoins the dovecote to which it was previously connected by a covered walkway. Only the watchtower has its original stone roof. The loft is a perfect cylinder, five metres in diameter and nine metres high.
This turreted mansion from the Middle Ages has been passed down from mother to daughter for several generations. The dovecote, which had over 1318 flat stone pigeon holes, represented the resident lord's wealth. Each hole corresponded to a square acre of land he owned, that is to say 50 acres or 5,000 m2; x boulins divided by 2 = y hectares. Research has confirmed that the lord of Pichanges owned half of the village's land. Did the Templars ever come to the manor? Has their treasure ever been found? Are there any traces of the underground? These questions are yet to be answered. With time the mansion became a farmhouse. From 1973 to 1978, it housed a zoo where tigers, lions, hyenas, kangaroos and zebras enjoyed peaceful days in the park. It has now been a private residence for over thirty years and we are happy to contribute to its history and safeguarding.
An authentic charm. Five spacious and comfortable rooms restored with noble materials and decorated with family heirlooms and antique objects. The "family home" atmosphere invites you to enjoy the peace and surrounding nature. A nap by the pool, a stroll in our beautiful village and a candlelit dinner in one of our garden lounges are just some of the ways our guests can spend their day. A generous breakfast is served under the porch. We offer a selection of regional products in our grocery store which is set up in one of our vaulted cellars: we sell gingerbread, honey, mustard, wine and champagne as well as some decorative items. Finally, the one-hectare park allows us to set up an elegant marquee with a wooden floor in order to accommodate family reunions, weddings and business seminars.
With no need for the car, we love to stroll through the village. It is small but rich in history and heritage, Pichanges is proud of its classified fortified church (12th-13th and 15th centuries), its wash house and its chapel. The Bué trail leads to a hidden spring in the woods. The Côte d'Or is known for its wines but has many other treasures. We enjoy walking in the Moloy forest and admiring the Lady's-slippers, the largest and also one of the most beautiful orchids in Western Europe. Burgundy Truffle discovery days are organised in September.
For filming, access is limited to the guest rooms, common areas, the dovecote and the entire park and pool. Additional accommodation can be arranged in hotels and/or bed and breakfasts in nearby villages.