2 hours from the capital, in Burgundy, close to a historic city,
an estate ideal for hosting seminars, its pond and approx. 8 ha of land
Auxerre, YONNE burgundy 89000 FR

Location

The property is conveniently located between Paris and Dijon in a village not far from Auxerre, a historic city of character. The manor is close to all amenities and 15 minutes from the train station which serves Paris-Bercy in just under 2 hours. Founded on the left bank of the Yonne during the Gallo-Roman period, the village has preserved its discreet 17th century church dedicated to Saint-Léger as well as its manor. It contains the coat of arms of the Boulard de Vaucelles family who lived in the property in the 19th century. The small village where the large residence is located has kept its own character despite its proximity to a town. The manor remains one of the major monuments of the city.

Description

A lime tree alley leads to an imposing gateway which opens onto a park where a dovecote faces several buildings in a row dating from the 16th and 17th centuries, and to a more imposing 19th century building. A gravel driveway allows for parking cars at the foot of the manor house. The area is green and varied at once, planted with centuries-old trees of rare species such as purple beeches, redwoods and old oaks. A second lime tree alley runs alongside the former farm buildings which are now used as a gîte.
The complex boasts a pond of almost 1 hectare, lined with pastel-coloured water lilies, where carp and sturgeon live side by side. An imposing 400 year old oak tree is still full of vigour. An orchard with fruit trees such as pear, apple, hazelnut and fig trees is located near the manor, not far from the “fruitière”. Finally, there is a tennis court opposite the orangery.

The manor

The manor house, built in the 16th century, was the scene of events during the French wars of Religion which set the region ablaze, as it served as a refuge for the Auxerrois nobility. An illustrious family, originally from Berry, owned the property for a century, the d'Estampes family. Claude d'Estampes, then captain of the guards of Francis III, Duke of Brittany, opted for the side of King Henry IV, in the middle of the wars of religion. This is where in 1589, he brought together all the nobility in order to put an end to the local struggles and to define the means for maintaining peace. Two wings with flat handcrafted roof tiles adjoin on either side of the oldest part of the manor house. The roofs are either dual-pitched, gabled or hipped. They all feature dormer windows. The facades have small-paned windows with stone surrounds. In the centre, a fan-shaped tympanum frame adorns the building. The second wing boasts a more elaborate architectural style. Two local brick and stone oeuil-de-boeuf windows are placed on either side of an opening with a white stone semicircular arch. The facade is embellished with representations of various animals. They show that the livestock was very important at the time. Indeed, the farm was a model farm, the largest in the region in the 19th century. The colours of the facade blend in with those of the dovecote that stands at the heart of the property. The more recent second part is Mansard style and the roofs are clad with slate tiles. The small-paned, double-sash windows feature Venetian wooden shutters. In the centre, a metal and glass conservatory leads to the building's main entrance. The latter is enhanced by a very elaborate and delicate frieze placed high up. On the south side, on the first floor, there are two large double windows with wrought iron railings and gilding with two crests with golden beaks in the centre.


Ground floor
The chateau comprises two buildings: one dating from the 19th century which comprises a conservatory and a second onlder one dating from the 17th century. Access to the first is through a double door that opens onto a conservatory where natural light is reflected by the Burgundy stone floor. A second opening leads to the hallway with cabochon paving. On one side follows a scullery featuring dark wood half-moon cupboards and panelling. Opposite the hallway, a double wooden door leads into an office surrounded by large bookcases, a very bright place with a view over the park. A bedroom follows. On the other side of the entrance hall, several rooms with large windows have vaulted ceilings. The sitting room features a stone fireplace with an insert. The stone hearth slabs extend the surface of the fireplace. The dining room is located next to a fully equipped kitchen with a Delphi credenza. Another room echoes a second kitchen, and a laundry room where the floor is paved with old terracotta tiles. Here too, a vaulted ceiling. The hallway is also the starting point for a wooden staircase leading to the two upper floors. It has a resting landing. The railing is wrought iron.
First floor
An imposing landing opens, through a moulded double door, onto a grand reception room with a monumental marble fireplace topped by a fine gold ornamental mirror. Opposite, a room is particularly bright thanks to the windows that overlook the park. A typical 19th century decor with gilded skirting boards, large framed panels, and also a dado rail running along the wall. On the other side of the landing, a corridor leads to several bedrooms, most of which still feature open fireplaces with gold overmantel windows. The colours are soft and soothing, revealing a honey-coloured floor. Some rooms have fitted carpets. The bathrooms have been comprehensively updated. The corridor leads to a large billiard room which retains an open stone fireplace in the centre of the room. An original room comprising a small lounge, a place to rest and a corner for reading.
Second floor
It is currently being restored and offers eight spacious and bright bedrooms. All rooms have parquet floors and most have open marble fireplaces. Several rooms feature oak ceiling beams and wooden cupboards. There are several water points, washbasins, shower and bath.

The second part of the manor

The oldest part dates from 1650. The building reveals its age with its mullioned openings and light-coloured lime plaster.


Ground floor
An opening with a semi-circular arch leads into a large, approximately 4m high ballroom. The floor is paved with large Burgundy slabs while the ceiling features oak beams. The openings are all framed in stone. Adjacent to the ballroom is a fully equipped catering kitchen with a service door to the outside. Two stone steps lead up to a landing which serves a second, slightly smaller room with a stone and brick fireplace. Small-paned windows and interior wooden shutters. A living room with stone fireplace and traditional Godin insert. A straight wooden staircase with balusters leads to the first floor.
First floor
Two connecting reception rooms follow one after another. The floor is paved with old terracotta tiles and the ceiling features exposed joists. Large mullioned windows look out over the pond and the surrounding park.

The dovecote

This is one of the most outstanding elements of the old building. With a surface area of approximately 60 m², it houses guests for festive gatherings. Its roof frame is supported by a central column, linked by several beams to a revolving ladder that allows the nesting holes to be reached. The dovecote is illuminated by small openings with small wooden panes lighting up the old terracotta tiled floor in perfect condition. The dovecote features 780 nesting holes - the number of nesting holes being proportional to the surface area of the cultivated land. It is therefore a visible external sign of wealth. Some owners added false nesting holes to make it look like they owned a lot of land, hence the expression "being pigeonholed".

The “fruitière”

Located opposite the former orchard of the manor, no one knows for sure whether it was a place for storing fruit or cheese. In fact, in the 19th century, there was a model farm adjacent to the manor, where livestock was raised.

Small gîte

Laid out in the chateau's old farm building, this building has been converted into a small gîte of approximately 60 m²: a large living room with an open-plan kitchen, beamed ceiling and old terracotta floor tiles. Two spacious bedrooms on the floor above.

Our opinion

From east to west, from history to history, buildings of different styles and periods line up, perfect examples of architectural moments that have always been inscribed in a logical continuity. The manor is in perfect condition: the roofs have been professionally redone, double glazing is the norm, and most of the rooms have been refurbished. The property is open to the public: everything is up to standard for hospitality activities such as bed and breakfast, gîte, event organisation like weddings or training seminars.
The interiors of the buildings reflect a monastic atmosphere, inciting withdrawal from the tumult of the modern world, far from the nearby city life.

1 315 000 €
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Reference 331912

Land registry surface area 8 ha 45 a 51 ca
Main building surface area 1128 m2
Number of bedrooms 15
Outbuilding surface area 1000 m2

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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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