in Burgundy’s Yonne department, 1½ hours from Paris
This property is in the Puisaye region, 1¾ hours by car from Paris and just a few minutes from Montargis and Briare train stations, with their links to the French capital’s Paris-Bercy.
This residence is near to a village with all local shops required for everyday life.
A place with a rich cultural heritage and where numerous classical music concerts are held each summer under the “Estivales de Puisaye” banner.
This completely rural area is characterised by the diversity of its landscapes, its colours and the wealth of its architecture. It is also a land of undulating bocage countryside featuring irregular-shaped fields separated by hedges and ditches.
Verdant vegetation is reflected in a pond to be found on a lower level below the estate. A little gravel lane leads to high ground and the farm as well as to the outbuildings and the parking area. A house and a terrace, enhanced by a lawn parterre and various species of flowers, dominate the surroundings. The eye is inevitably drawn from there by the presence of an oak forest, bordered by a river which, meandering amongst the trees, partially flows into a very old lake.
Two lakes abound with carp, pike and many other species of fish. This section of the estate accommodates the owners’ two horses and is used a trotting course.
Behind the farm are a traditional, long farmhouse and an organic vegetable garden where a particularly impressive number of vegetables are grown.
Constructed as a traditional, long farmhouse over two levels, the facade is enhanced with a few climbing plants, extending all along its length.
Its gable roof is covered with old, ochre-coloured, traditional, flat tiles. This roof features brick chimney stacks on its gable ends and roof dormers. A canopy, also covered with flat tiles, acts as a shelter for the first level and embellishes the windows on the second level.
The light-coloured, lime facing makes the many openings that enhance the facade, stand out. The wall rendering has a very smooth finish. The small-paned windows on the ground floor are fitted with solid oak wood shutters. Red brick, typical of the region has harmoniously been used for their jambs and lintels. Several intermediary toothed quoins feature Burgundy stone. Hanging roof dormers are to be seen on the top floor as well as an internal dormer at one end of the farmhouse.
The architecture of the construction bears witness to the diversity and constancy of local materials such as brick, stone and wood.
The current living space has a bright entrance hall, featuring half-timbering. It provides access to a bedroom, illuminated via two windows, one of which is a small-paned French window. This room features old ceiling beams and half-timbering filled with tiles set at angles. A bathroom and a separate toilet are laid out near to a bedroom, opening on to the entrance hall. A very old door, with diamond-shaped moulding, opens into an enormous room in use as a lounge and dining room. This living room still has some of its original features such as a wooden pillar supported on a stone base and fitted with one or two rings, once used for attaching animals. On the dining room side, a highly decorative wall, with brick masonry filler, faces an open-hearth fireplace which also features bricks set at angles on either side. The presence of wood and stone in this room is essential to the regional architecture. Next to the fireplace, an old, semi-circular bread oven completes the hearth. Windows on either side of the lounge and dining room areas illuminate the living room. An old door, topped with a wooden lintel, opens into a bedroom with a shower room. The tiles have been completely redone. A small counter on the dining room side, near to the kitchen, is intended for serving dishes during meals. It, too, is faced with tile fragments set at angles which are also typical of the region.
One section of the house is not currently habitable as it is undergoing works but it, nevertheless, communicates with the section actually lived in. It also includes bedrooms, bathrooms and rooms which could subsequently become lounges, each having its own fireplace.
A stairway goes up from the entrance hall to five bedrooms.
A fairly wide corridor, featuring old ceiling beams, provides access to the bedrooms. They all have views over the terrace and the pond in front of the residence. Almost all of them have a shower room and a toilet. Their minimalist style of decoration, featuring half-timbering and some alcove openings, exudes a monastic atmosphere. Some of the windows are fitted with espagnolette bolts. All of the original features have been unpretentiously enhanced.
Other bedrooms, communicating with the floor, are in need of some attention.
A small house in use as an outbuilding
Another, much more recent building has been constructed as a guest house. In fact, this outbuilding houses a professional kitchen and a function room where a large, open-hearth fireplace takes pride of place. Near to it is a pastry oven. This building spans a floor surface area of 150 m².
A large farm shed used for farming purposes
The owner of the premises, a horse lover, has constructed four horse loose boxes in this large farm shed.
A few horses spend the winter in these loose boxes which are very spacious. The entire farm shed spans a surface area of approx. 900 m².
The old sheepfold
This old sheepfold stands in the farmyard. Two stable doors give the impression that this building was once used as a stable.
The old sheepfold is fitted with a natural ventilation system, framed with regional bricks. These are enhanced by the addition of coloured rendering.
This outbuilding, made totally of wood, houses two bedrooms, a new, fitted kitchen, a shower room and a toilet. A little chalet can be rented during the summer season (approx. 100 m²).
This farm and its land would be ideal for a large variety of economic and private possibilities.
Outbuildings such as the one which houses a huge function room with its own professional kitchen are obviously ideal for organising receptions. Some works to install modern-day home comforts and to restore certain areas do however appear necessary if the house is to be brought in line with today’s living standards. The traditional, long farmhouse, currently divided into three sections, could harmoniously and inexpensively be converted back into a single unit.
This property will greatly appeal to those seeking tranquillity and advocating a return to a countryside where nature still rules.
|Main building surface area||326 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||1091 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||10|
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.