surrounded by old ramparts in the Puisaye region 1h30 from Paris
Straddling the Yonne and Nièvre regions, 150 km from Paris, the property is located in northern Burgundy. A small town of character with many shops necessary for daily life, schools, and a health centre with physicians from a range of specialities. A few minutes away, SNCF stations in nearby towns such as Auxerre connect to Paris-Bercy in just under 2 hours.
A historic, tourist-friendly town with medieval buildings such as a listed keep built by the bishops of Auxerre, a 12th century castle and its ramparts, not forgetting its Romanesque church. This is a historic place where the Counts of Auxerre and Nevers fought on the Burgundian trail that links the Morvan to Paris, along the Loing river. Many artists lived there, and the village bears the mark of quality "Maison des Illustres".
The main house
The family residence was built in the 18th century. Some records refer to it as an "old chateau" after the French Revolution. Some modifications were made in the 19th century. The architectural style is simple and elegant, with a few rounded stone steps and a double main entrance door, partly made of crafted glass, moulded at the bottom and topped by a glass transom. The facade features numerous double-leaf, large-paned windows with dressed stone lintels and sills. Wooden louvered shutters decorate the openings. Under the gable roof with gable dormer windows, a characteristic feature of Puisaye, the house offers a significant living space.
The floor of the large hallway features ceramic tiles with colourful geometric designs. Most of the doors in the house have moulded wooden frames, highlighted by the white walls. A small living room is lit by large windows on the main facade, offering a glimpse of a straight strip oak parquet floor. Follows a very airy kitchen, of generous size, which opens directly onto the garden and remains a very functional room. A separate bathroom and toilet are nearby, fully tiled. A large corridor precedes the small living room where a staircase with a red carpet leads to the first floor. At the end of the hallway, a double door leads to a very large living room that serves as a living-dining room. High windows opening out to the greenery and the pool still have period espagnolette locking devices. The living room features a rounded niche, two fitted bookcases and a more recent open stone fireplace. A fully equipped kitchen lies at the other end. A large-framed double door leads to the first bedroom decorated in blue which recalls the atmosphere of the past. It has old floor tiles enhanced by medium and large skirting boards. A shower room and a fully tiled toilet are adjacent, fitted with large cupboards. A second bedroom with 18th century parquet flooring follows, as well as another shower room and toilet. A door opens onto a corridor which leads to two other bedrooms on the side of the main facade. One is a children's room with authentic terracotta floor tiles, giving it a warm character; the other, more spacious, has a marble fireplace with an open hearth topped by a period overmantel. The fireplace has two large, moulded cupboards on either side. Blue floor tiles echo the colour of the walls. This room is outstanding for its elegance and sobriety, it has been completely refurbished to the latest taste. A double door leads to the hallway. An Italian shower room with toilet completes this level.
The first floor offers six bedrooms with authentic charm. They have all kept their original features: terracotta floor tiles, wood panelling in some rooms, and exposed beams. This floor also has a shower room, cupboards and above all an attic, which can be converted and boasts an impressive size: Approx. 185 m², with terracotta floor tiles and an oak frame with all its fixtures in perfect condition.
A building stands near the entrance gate. The walls are lime plastered. It consists of a large workshop on the ground floor which can be used as a garage for at least two cars. It has a surface area of about 55 m². A wooden staircase leads to the first floor where a bedroom of about 35 m² has been fitted out. A vaulted cellar completes the property.
A famous novelist describes the village as follows: "The houses [that] tumble down from the top of the hill to the bottom of the valley.” As part of this village, the property, like all family houses, has kept its soul. However, more so than the others, this house has retained some of that authenticity that many seek. Its outstanding features are clearly its location at the top of the village, its environment and its character.
However, as the comfort of two hundred years of history by the fireside will not suffice, some refurbishment work is required, particularly on the first floor.
|Land registry surface area||1005 m2|
|Main building surface area||303 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||10|
|Outbuilding surface area||89 m2|
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.