A townhouse, with the air of a cottage,
near to a historic district in the town of Autun
Autun, SAONE-ET-LOIRE burgundy 71400 FR

Location

In Burgundy, in the French department of Saône-et-Loire, Autun is the emblematic town of the Morvan Regional Nature Park, not only because of its site and its rich history, but also because of its architecture. Numerous monuments are a reminder of the Gallo-Roman origin of the fortified town of Augustodunum, founded by the emperor Augustus. On the heights of the town, the cathedral and its canonical district, with its half-timbered houses, bear witness to the medieval period of the bishopric of Autun, and the mansion houses to its development in the 18th century. Nowadays, Autun is a town full of attractions, notably its heritage, its economic dynamism as well as its many state and private secondary schools and sixth form colleges. The TGV train station is just 30 minutes away (links to Paris taking less than 2 hours and 1¼-hour links to Lyon). Switzerland is 3 hours away by road.

Description

Autun is set in a landscape of irregular-shaped meadows separated by hedges and ditches, the Morvan Regional Nature Park and a wooded mount to the south of the town. The heights of the town are dominated by the cathedral and the Ursulines tower, former keep of Autun’s fortified castle. After having taken the narrow, paved streets around the cathedral and its historic district, visitors reach the Saint-Blaise district which, still on the heights of the town, was attached to the Ursulines tower. This house, standing on the corner of two narrow streets, has a rendered facade and an exposed stone gable, with dressed stone quoins and surrounds framing the openings. It spans two levels, partially built over a cellar. The roof, restored in 2009, is covered with flat Burgundy tiles and features two triangular-pediment roof dormers on the garden side. Access is gained via the gable wall which is extended by a wall delimiting the garden, raised in relation to the street. A gate opens into the garden, then, a wider door provides access to the garage, located under the garden. The garden facade comprises a central section, flanked by two projections and bordered by a paved terrace.

The townhouse

It is difficult to date this townhouse, so typical of Burgundy, with its flat roof tiles, the bonding of its walls and its roof dormers. The vaulted cellar and the French ceilings to be found throughout the ground floor rooms as well as its location in a historic district all indicate that its origins are very old. The inside of the house, very comfortable and completely redone by the current owners, is in keeping with the house’s character as defined by its original architecture.


Ground floor
An opening, set in the gable wall and enhanced with a dressed stone surround, leads to a flight of steps providing access to an outside landing with a French ceiling. The entrance door opens into a little corridor with a view over the garden. On one side, a bedroom with access to the garden via a terrace, then a stairway; on the other side, the entrance hall, with its English wallpaper and terracotta floor tiles, provides access to a lounge-dining room, a kitchen, a bathroom and a toilet. The living room, with its French ceiling and parquet flooring, opens into a dining area and then on to a lounge area, laid out around the fireplace. Double doors open on to the garden terrace and provide a view of the distant countryside. A glazed door at the end of the lounge opens into a study, laid out in the right-hand projection, with access to the terrace and to the upstairs via a second stairway. The fitted kitchen includes an eating area. The bathroom has a bath and a shower.
First floor
The main, quarter-turning stairway goes up to the first floor and a corridor, lined with wallpaper and featuring sections of the roofing framework, left exposed. It leads to two bedrooms, a shower room with a toilet, a dressing room and two adjoining bedrooms. One bedroom opens on to a mezzanine landing, laid out as a bedroom under the trusses of the roofing framework and the second stairway.
Cellar
A vaulted cellar, spanning a surface area of 12 m² under the central section of the house, can be reached via the street.

The garden

This 412 m² garden looks out over the surrounding countryside. It can be reached via the house or via the street on a lower level. A terrace, paved with Burgundy stone in front of the house, precedes a lawn, extending as far as an evergreen laurel hedge, a well and a wooden shed, with small Burgundy roof tiles. The garage, under a section at the end of the garden, can be reached from the street.

Our opinion

This house, with its natural surroundings, its architecture and its interior decoration, resembles a cottage. It only needs the garden to be landscaped in the English style for the impression to be complete. The view over the valley and the forest adds a feeling of great tranquillity and invites residents to go for long walks. The proximity of the historic district and the town shopping centre makes for a wonderful place to live. This house, in a good general state of repair throughout, appears ideal, not only for a family courtesy, amongst other things, of the wide choice of schools, but also for a newly retired couple, seeking an urban way of life in a heritage, landscape setting.

339 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 826086

Land registry surface area 412 m2
Main building surface area 163 m2
Number of bedrooms 5

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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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