near to a historic district in the town of Autun
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.
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.
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.
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.
A vaulted cellar, spanning a surface area of 12 m² under the central section of the house, can be reached via the street.
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.
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.
|Land registry surface area||412 m2|
|Main building surface area||163 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||5|
Marie de La Ville-Baugé +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.