and 4.5 ha of land, between the Burgundy and Champagne regions
This property in the east of France stands in the Haute-Marne department, to the north of Dijon, 6 km from the fortified town of Langres in a village where stone is omnipresent. Constructed in the 18th century, it has been in the same family since 1840.
The village of Bourg grew up from a fortified castle, built on the end of a plateau to defend Langres, on the supposed site of a Roman fortress responsible for protecting the Agrippa Way, linking Lyon to Trèves.
This manor, dubbed the “Little chateau”, stands on the hillside looking down over the Vingeanne Valley and Villegusien Lake. Stretching some 20 km, this viewpoint gives the property a peaceful, pastoral horizon. A leisure property, it once belonged to the canons from the diocese of Langres.
This property, 7 km from the A31 motorway interchange, has easy access to all shops in just a few minutes. Langres TER train station provides 3-hour links to Paris and 1½-hour links to Dijon.
The entrance courtyard on the east side welcomes visitors passing through the porch and its gates. The manor’s outbuildings are in a good state of preservation and comprise barns, garages and workshops as well as a caretaker’s cottage.
On the south side, the property looks down on to the old village cemetery with vestiges of its outstanding church, dating from the Middle-Ages. Demolished in the 19th century, it now provides a viewpoint over the countrified Vingeanne Valley and the artificial Villegusien Lake which, spanning approx. 200 ha, includes an outdoor activity centre. Its 7.4 km of banks and its two ends are home to a multitude of birds.
On the west side, under the watchful eye of a statue on its base since the 18th century, a walled, terraced garden provides glimpses of the remains of a French formal garden through the geometric alignment of small paving stones.
On a lower level, reached via a maze of stone steps, a hectare of romantic wooded parklands lets residents enjoy a variety of areas, where a grotto, a well, an ice cave, a bench and a statue on its base bring to mind the 18th century atmosphere of afternoons spent in the shade of tall ash trees. An orchard adjoins the parklands at the foot of the hill.
A short distance away, the property is extended by a meadow, surrounded by approx. 3 ha of woods. A tapped spring and its stream in the valley ensure the premises remain cool.
The manor house
This 2-storey manor, constructed over cellars and topped with a hip roof covered in flat tiles, features three rendered facades, enhanced with Virginia creeper. On the east side, facing the entrance courtyard, a paved terrace spanning approx. 80 m² looks down on to the two cellar entrances. On the south side, the inward-opening, bedroom windows reveal the valley and its vista. On the west side, a large living room as well as a hanging, shed roof dormer face the romantic garden and the wooded parklands.
A few steps go up to the terrace and the main entrance door which opens into a vestibule, paved with Burgundy stone tiles and featuring a stone fireplace. Original wooden panelling still lines the walls. This room provides access to a kitchen and its pantry, a lounge and a living room as well as a billiard room. The kitchen, also paved with stone tiles, faces the entrance courtyard and has a Burgundy-style fireplace. A little pantry and a storeroom communicate with it for more comfort. The dining room, with wainscoting and a marble fireplace, looks out over the garden and adjoins a small study. The large living room, with its wainscoting, strip pattern parquet flooring and black marble fireplace, topped with its trumeau and mercury mirror, opens on to the garden, once laid out in a French formal manner. Inside, it gives access to a first bedroom and its shower room, a library as well as a second bedroom, with its shower room and toilet. The bedrooms also have wainscoting and marble fireplaces. And lastly, returning to the entrance facade, a vast hall-billiard room, with a 5.10 m high ceiling, houses a wooden stairway going up to the first floor.
This level comprises 5 bedrooms, 3 shower rooms, a bathroom and a storage room. All the rooms are reached via a gallery, looking down on to the billiard room and the stairway. A back stairway at the end of the corridor goes back down to the kitchen.
Forming an entrance courtyard, these outbuildings include a bakehouse, complete with a bread oven in good working order adjoining a barn, hewn out of the rock. It is possible to imagine taking lunch during the summer in the cool of this building. Also adjoining, a woodstore, a garage and its upper levels precede the caretaker’s cottage standing near to the entrance gates.
The room housing this bread oven, in good working order, is paved with Burgundy stone tiles and communicates with the adjoining barn that appears to be intended for large summer meals, enjoyed with friends in the shade of the beam system. The oven is but waiting to be used in the preparation of a wide variety of dishes.
The walls of this barn are, in places, hewn in the limestone rock. It is ideal for housing a large summer room or a car garage. The floor is a concrete screed and the ceiling is approx. 3 m high.
The woodstore, once a stable and still with its paved floor, is partially hewn in the limestone rock. Upstairs, resting on an impressive concrete screed, a car garage gives direct access to the upper road that borders the rear of the building. A second level, reached via a stairway, comprises a vast attic space under the ridge, it too has a concrete screed.
The caretaker’s cottage, spanning a surface area of approx. 50 m², could be transformed into guest bedrooms or a rural holiday rental unit. It comprises a kitchen-living room, paved with Burgundy stone tiles and, upstairs, a bedroom, with its stone fireplace and its shower room. It has all the qualities required for an overnight stopover or guest bedrooms along the route to the south of France.
Two vaulted cellars, laid out under the manor house, can be reached all on a level from the entrance courtyard via two vaulted corridors. The vault in the first, intended for storing wine, goes up to a height of 2.3 m, whilst that of the second, which could house a central heating system, goes up to a height of 3.5 m.
It is easy to understand the choice of 18th century men to construct such a property here, where the immensity of the landscape stretching from east to west is so impressive. The wooded parklands and their maze of steps, the romantic garden and its statue are spread out like a verdant introduction to the manor and its outbuildings. With its wine and its architecture, it exudes the 18th century atmosphere of the Champagne region.
This property most certainly deserves to be maintained in its original era, whilst adding some modern-day home comforts. New owners will, furthermore, own one of the region’s most impressive points of view; one that fills the premises with fresh air and authentic light. And lastly, it is worthy of note that the caretaker’s cottage has all the qualities required for an overnight stopover or guest bedrooms along the route to the south of France.
|Land registry surface area||4 ha 53 a 38 ca|
|Main building surface area||338 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||7|
|Outbuilding surface area||173 m2|
Michel Monot +33 1 42 84 80 85
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.