“I signed (the sale) with Mme From Marchi on Tuesday. She then said to me: I can go now. On Sunday she was dead. Rest in peace. “
Franck De Giorgi speaks with emotion about this day in March 2019. When he was a child, he was afraid of Colette De Marchi. Very upright, enthroned with her impeccable bun, her black clothes and her severe air at the entrance of the restaurant, the owner of the Golden Ring with her husband Gilbert, her great love, has impressed entire generations of inhabitants of the country of Montbéliard.
Forty years of celebrations
Because, between 1971 and 2011, the years of its operation, did not come to celebrate a baptism, a wedding, any birthday, in the establishment perched at an altitude of 500 meters, in front of the fort of Mont- Bart in Bavans? For nine years, and the disappearance of Gilbert De Marchi who had carried out with his own hands the immense complex (endowed with a hotel extension, never put into service), the doors were closed. His widow, who at the time of her marriage and for forty years had lived there, could not see herself continuing the adventure alone.
At the cost of a modest house
Placed on the market, the Golden Ring, too large (4,500 m²), too isolated and where major work had to be done, did not find investors. At least with the initial price.
Finally, after nine years and a few strokes of the sword in the water (a holiday center was envisaged there by an interested person), it was an individual who placed the ring on the finger of the Ring. He bought the whole for the price of a modest house, that is to say less than 150,000 €. With the succession, then the virus, Franck De Giorgi has only officially been the owner since June. But this construction contractor in the sector has already started work since March.
Hotel part demolished
Initially, the very young fifty-something, his partner and the youngest of his three children were looking for a house in the countryside, on one level, in a quiet corner. After a lot of unsuccessful searches, the Golden Ring catches their eye.
The plan ? Demolish the entire hotel part to keep the 400 m² (plus the basement) of the large dining room to transform them into a dwelling house. With skylights, a new interior wood frame, an elevator, etc.
A circular terrace
The new owner, who has already started the clearing, does everything himself, from the new roof to the leveling of the land. Because here is the flagship project: to build a terrace of approximately 3,000 m² all around the new house. And this in order to take advantage of the main asset of the place: the fresh air and the magnificent view over the entire Montbéliard region. By the end of next year, the family is expected to move in.
In the meantime, Franck works every day on site.
A tour in the cave?
Doesn’t he have other projects for the place, he who teems with so many ideas and dynamism? “At the start, I wanted to build a nursing home,” laughs the entrepreneur. “But I had to have caregivers on site, pay crazy taxes and then the coronavirus came along. In short, there is no longer any question of it. “
Ultimately, however, it could develop an outbuilding “the cave” (the old passageways of the nearby fort) in order to offer “events”. In this hotspot for local tourism, that could be promising!