a 19th century manor house and an elegant private dwelling
About forty kilometres from Auxerre, a property with a main building dating back to 1852. Close to essential shops and twenty-five minutes from a train station with direct services to Paris-Bercy. The estate is located halfway between two villages famous for their history and character. The first village boasts a 10th century military castle, which has since been restored, and a 13th century listed church. The second small town is the birthplace of French pottery in the 14th century, a Renaissance castle houses the stoneware museum. These two market towns attract 30 to 40,000 visitors every year. A large number of restaurants can be found in this still very rural area rich with game.
The Manor House: the hotel
In the 19th century, the house was considered a castle and belonged to the family of the French woman of letters Colette. Indeed, Robineau Duclos, the first husband of Colette’s mother Sidonie Landoy, used to live here. The estate has been transformed into a three-star boutique hotel and welcomes a large number of French and foreign tourists. The classic architecture features a large number of full-height French windows with basket arch lintels and external shutters. All windows have mullioned fanlights, which enhances the bourgeois charm of the house. The white corner bonds bring out the powdery blue of the walls, a colour typical for this region. A cornice with ogee moulding extends over the entire length of the facade. On the main facade, the Mansard slate roof has two small-paned dormer windows which echo the openings on the ground floor. Wide stone steps lead to an elegant terrace partially closed off by a very elaborate railing.
The current entrance is the former kitchen of the house. Some elements are a reminder of the earlier use of this space, such as soap dishes hidden in a cupboard or a very old wooden piece of furniture which is part of the room. The floor tiles are made of terrazo. The entrance serves to one side a fully equipped, very well lit kitchen, which highlights the old floor tiles; and to the other side a large and bright living room, decorated with a central ceiling rose and ornamented with an open stone fireplace, where the white surround brings out the brick insert typical for the region. Burgundy stone floor tiles enlarge the surface area of the hearth in front of the fireplace. Large double-glazed French windows reveal three bedrooms overlooking the park. Two bedrooms overlook the terrace, each comes with a marble open fireplace with antique oak flooring and a fully equipped en-suite bathroom with tiled floor. One bedroom has an open fireplace where the white firebox brings out the black, finely worked angular mantel legs. In the centre of the living room, a spiral staircase with wooden steps leads up to the bedrooms. This staircase with handrail has a first slightly lower wooden step, its starting newel is topped with a golden pine cone, symbol of eternal plant and animal life.
An imposing and very bright landing leads to six distinctive rooms, each painted in a different colour and with a specific floral name, such as lily of the valley, honeysuckle, and many others. Each room is characterised by different shades reminiscent of the original period: yellow, red, orange, warm tones that highlight the exposed beams and oak frames. The antique terracotta floor tiles throughout enhance the very intimate character of this floor. Each bedroom has its own bathroom with toilet, the tiles featuring different floral or geometric designs.
The former outbuilding transformed into a private dwelling
The architecture of the house remains typical for this region. The decorative colour palette of the house, such as ochre, white and brown, exudes a certain fantasy and elegance at the same time. The walls are all of rough limestone, the rather large openings are framed with brick and white stone. A brick entablature runs along the façade. A large bay window and the original doors are pointers to the brightly lit interior. On the first floor are two adjacent double windows with large glass panes and elaborately crafted railings, crowned by a semi-circular arch, still using the materials typical of this region. The roof is laid with old, hand-crafted, flat Burgundy tiles.
An entrance hall leads to a shower room with terracotta tiles and, opposite, to an office which, given the size of the room, could perfectly serve as a bedroom. Large openings illuminate a light-coloured, wide strip parquet floor and ceiling joists. The main entrance leads into the living room where the white walls highlight the exposed beams and the Burgundy stone flooring in the central part of the room. Plenty of daylight pours in from both sides of the living room overlooking the surrounding countryside. A winding wooden staircase leads to the first floor. A door opens onto a kitchen with black and white checkerboard tile flooring, just as in former times. A pleasant area, fully equipped, which opens on both sides of the house onto terraces perfect for al fresco dining in the summer months.
The landing features a distinctive wrought iron railing and a wide-plank wooden floor. Decorative borders and brick work recall the exterior facade. The first floor serves five bedrooms with either traditional terracotta tiles or parquet flooring. All roof frames and beams are exposed. Some bedrooms have modern en-suite bathrooms and numerous fitted cupboards. Each room benefits from lovely countryside views.
Opposite the house, an old barn has been restored. It has a large 26 m² living room with white wall panelling, a 17 m² bedroom and a 2.70 m² shower room with toilet which has been renovated.
They are scattered behind the hotel, and all have bird names such as "the sparrows", "the partridges", "the doves". Each cottage comprises two bedrooms and a shower room with toilets.
The sheep barn:
A small former outbuilding with a bedroom and adjoining shower room.
Right in the heart of nature, the abundant wildlife of the surrounding countryside is delightful. The woods nearby bring freshness during the summer months and provide a real show of colours in the autumn. The very welcoming manor house seduces with its colourful architecture and an interior with a light and airy feel. Its charming, slightly romantic touch immediately appeals to the visitor. The second dwelling fits perfectly into this bucolic setting. A place where the authenticity of the countryside is still very much alive. Whoever takes over the hotel can consider themselves fortunate. It is in full expansion and has a good reception capacity as well as a strong turnover. The sale price includes the real estate assets, the value of the business and the hotel facilities.
|Land registry surface area||4 ha 14 a 88 ca|
|Main building surface area||661.47 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||353 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||+20|
Isabelle Ponelle +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.