This is our Petite Maison. It is located in the Saône-et-Loire region of Burgundy, France. We haven't seen the property in person, and made an offer on it from its online listing on a French property website. This will be the story of its purchase from afar and the challenges of negotiating in different time zones and then the subsequent renovations and creation of our dream French country holiday home. Join us on this adventure…The dream
We discovered we had made an offer on a house and garden with no obvious right of passage from the road to the property. Our tenacious agent investigated and after several trips to the notaire and local Marie, found the needed proof of right of way through our neighbour's property.
A French bank account is required to turn on services such as gas, water and electricity. No easy feat from the other side of the globe.
The previous owners left everything behind. A bulldozer with a flat battery, a barn-full of old furniture, rubbish and rubble and a house full of very pre-used furniture that we have no desire to keep.
"Oh I forgot to tell you about the caravan. The keys are on the counter" was all we got from the owner. Its fate still remains to be seen.
Our property boasts three barns, each with problems of their own – crumbling stone, major roofing issues, and evidence of asbestos. We hope to salvage and restore as much as we can.
Burgundy has always held a special place in our hearts. With its vine-covered hills, bustling markets, classic cuisine, and amazing historic architecture, Burgundy is a small region compared to others in France, but has so much to explore and experience. We have been lucky enough to visit the area in all seasons and it would be hard to pick a favourite. From the sun-drenched markets in summer, to the snow-covered vineyards in winter, Burgundy has something special to offer year round.Explore the region
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We will be posting regularly on Instagram and sharing all the joys, trials and tribulations as we embark on our renevation journey from afar ...