An astonishing Belle-Époque style villa designed by architect Charles-Albert-Gautier,
with a guest house, an infinity swimming pool and 3.8 ha, in Burgundy
Paray-le-Monial, SAONE-ET-LOIRE burgundy 71600 FR


This house, in the centre of France, can be reached in less than two hours from Paris, Lyon, Dijon or Clermont-Ferrand via TGV train or motorway. This property is to the south of Morvan Regional Nature Park, where an industrialised area meets cattle raising land, interspersed with forest and bocage landscapes. All daily shops and amenities are to be found just two kilometres away from the property.


It takes but a short journey away from the hustle and bustle of the neighbouring town to glimpse a distant view of this house, in its wooded setting, looking down on to the surrounding countryside. An access lane, bordered by a lake, goes around the house. It still has all the features constituting a 19th century, middle-class home. The wall vegetable garden and orchard are still to be found on the heights. A caretaker’s cottage, extended by a stable, as well as a building used for storage purposes enclose the courtyard in the direction of the main house. Installed more recently away from all the buildings, a vast infinity swimming pool has a superb view of the bocage countryside.

The villa

This villa was constructed in 1898 for the well-known, industrialist Campionnet family, several members of which owned forges in the neighbouring town. Its creation was entrusted to Parisian architect, Charles-Albert-Gautier, renowned for his creations during the 1889 and 1900 World Fairs. This villa exudes an air reminiscent of the Belle-Époque, tinged with a carefree attitude as well as economic and social progress. An impressive, L-shaped building, it spans two levels and a converted attic floor, constructed over cellars. This house is in pristine condition courtesy of the fact that its current owners have spent the last few years renovating it.

Ground floor
An entrance hall, with a fireplace and wainscoting, set in the middle of the building, provides access to the various rooms on this level. Three south-facing, reception rooms feature wide openings, making it possible to take advantage of a view of the surrounding countryside stretching into the distance. One elegant lounge comprises a pink and grey marble fireplace, moulded cornices, wall paintings, reflecting the rural spirit of the house, and chevron pattern parquet flooring. It is followed, in the centre of the south facade, by a smaller dining room. Another relaxing lounge, with parquet flooring, wainscoting and a wooden fireplace, is less formal than the first but just as bright. A corridor provides access to the utility rooms: an ancillary kitchen, a main kitchen, with a back kitchen, a laundry room and a bedroom. These rooms have red brick and straw-coloured floor tiles laid in a chessboard pattern. A study-library, with a stone fireplace topped with the engraving “Bon an, mal an, dieu soit céans” (good year, bad year, may God be with you), also looks out over the wooded parklands.
First floor
An oak wood stairway, with a central stairwell and housed in the entrance hall, goes to the upper floors. A vast landing provides access to four suites, each with its own bath or shower room. All spacious with parquet flooring, they feature marble fireplaces and have unobstructed views over the parklands or the countryside.
Second floor
This floor, with sloping ceilings, comprises three independent bedrooms, a shower room and a separate toilet. A vast suite with two bedrooms, a shower room and a balcony complete this floor.
These cellars run under the entire floor surface area of the house and can be reached via the inside and the outside. One vaulted cellar is used as a wine cellar, another as a larder, the area further away was used for storing coal. It also houses the oil-fired boiler and a 10,000-litre oil tank.

The outbuildings

The outbuildings, laid out behind the main house, enclose the main courtyard and were used for the everyday running of the estate.

Guest house
A long building comprises a renovated guest house, spanning approx. 100 m². It includes a lounge, a dining room, a kitchen and two bedrooms.
The stables
Following on is an old stable which houses two horse loose boxes and access to attic space which could be converted. Opposite, an old shed where carriages were once stored, is now used for garage and storage purposes.
The buildings, beyond the parklands, used to accommodate farmyard animals. These have now been transformed to house a changing room, a shower, a toilet and a bar for the swimming pool.
The swiming pool
The design of this swimming pool, 18 m long by 6 m wide, makes it quite unusual. Perfectly integrated into the landscape, its infinity aspect is extended and enhanced by the countryside. There is also a spa.

The parklands

This property, on a little more than four hectares, is pleasantly laid out around the main house. The vegetable garden and the orchard were the estate’s food-producing areas. Enclosed by walls with an independent entrance off the road, they are laid out over two terraced areas which could be pleasantly developed. The lake and the mature trees in the parklands constitute cool, shady areas. At a distance from the main house, the large, infinity swimming pool, looking out over the countryside, is another of the property’s modern-day comforts.

Our opinion

This villa, far from the much talked-about Burgundy wine-growing region, is the reflection of an industrial era. It is a pleasant family home, in pristine condition, where residents can come during the summer season to relax by the side of the pool, in the shade of the chestnut and lime trees, whilst taking advantage of the peaceful view stretching into the distance. Set amidst fields, its tranquillity and its carefree, easy-going charm are extremely pleasant. Passing guests have made a good choice and a hotel and catering activity could be continued here.

Exclusive sale

1 485 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense

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Reference 152994

Land registry surface area 3 ha 77 a 82 ca
Main building surface area 550 m2
Number of bedrooms 9
Outbuilding surface area 100 m2

French Energy Performance Diagnosis

Southern Burgundy

Gautier Dumontet +33 1 42 84 80 85



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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.

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