Ormes, Saône et Loire, France

In June 2017, we purchased a house for Martine in the small village of Ormes on the Saône River near Tournus, in the Department of Saône-et-Loire in the Bourgogne region of France, two hours from Geneva, to be closer to the grandchildren. The house dates from the late 18th century, starting as a way station on the post road, and was renovated some 40 years ago, but it has taken a lot of work to make it habitable and more energy efficient. There is not much in the village of Ormes except for the church just across the street, but there is a larger village with stores 2 kilometers away, and the town of Tournus is a short drive down the river and across a bridge.

The real attraction is its park of 1.5 hectares, with many old trees, a pond, meadows, and what was once beautiful landscaping, and a view down to the river. The house was unoccupied for several years, so everything was overgrown, and it will take some effort to bring the garden back to its former glory.

Ormes, gate . house from garden sideliving room and terrace 
Street view with the entrance gate; the house from the garden side; living room and terrace

house entrance . house . Martine starting to garden
Entrance to the house; two stories plus extensive cellers; Martine starting to garden

view towards the Saône River . park from the house . house from the park
View towards the Saône River; the park from the house; the house from the park

in the park . park and view . in the park
Views in the park, still overgrown from lack of maintenance

pond . pond . in the park
The pond with a little island; meadows and trees in the park

To be continued...


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Last updated 2 June 2017

Photographs copyright © Arthur Lyon Dahl 2017