A flat in a listed, 17th century mansion house,
in one of Burgundy’s character towns, 1½ hours from Paris
Joigny, YONNE burgundy 89300 FR


Since 1995, Auxerre has been classified as a “Town of Art and History”, with 35 listed or classified historic monuments. The historic centre abounds in extensive heritage dating from the Middle-Ages and the Renaissance period.
The mansion house stands in a protected sector, near to all amenities. In bygone days, the newly elected Bishops would take this street to get to Saint-Germain Abbey. The train station provides links to Paris-Bercy taking just under two hours. AOC Chablis vineyards are just a few kilometres out of town.


Tall wrought gates open off the street on to a paved driveway, decorated with potted shrubs and bordered by two single-storey buildings. The building is illuminated at night by light squares set in the ground. Stairways composed of a few stone steps provide access to a porch, delimited by a balustrade. Double, moulded wood doors open into a through vestibule. An opposing door at the other end makes it possible to reach the French formal garden. Lawn parterres are enhanced with rows of yew trees and decoratively trimmed bushes. Furnished terraces border the flats on the ground floor. A second set of wrought gates provides access to cars. A parking space has been created for each resident beyond the garden.

The flat

The mansion house dates from 1673. It was constructed by Jacques-Nigot, an entrepreneur dealing in stagecoaches. Confirmed legend has it that Louis XIV spent a night here. In 1869, the house was donated to the nuns of the Congregation of Nevers who founded a home for abandoned young girls.
The building was listed as a French Historic Monument in 2001.
The house comprises a main building, with five bays and two wings set at right angles, both with two bays. The Mansard style roof is enhanced with bull’s eye windows and roof dormers, topped with triangular pediments. The white limestone is embellished with large, raised, vertical panels between each window and a series of horizontal panels resembling a string course. A sundial, still intact, adorns the central bay. On the courtyard side, the 3-storey building features tall, large-paned windows, with glass fanlights. Slatted, wooden shutters close the windows. On the garden side, the facade is extremely luminous and features numerous openings with slatted shutters.
This flat is on the ground floor. The entrance hall can be reached, on the garden side, via a private terrace, spanning a surface area of approx. 40 m². Double glazed doors open into a vestibule, with ceramic floor tiles. It gives access to a first bedroom, with cupboards and wide strip parquet flooring. Then, a corridor, with numerous cupboards, leads to a second bedroom, with a double window overlooking the courtyard. It has several shelves that could be used for books and parquet flooring. It is followed by a bathroom and a separate toilet. A recently renovated, fully fitted kitchen communicates with the terrace via double doors. Two tall, large-panelled doors lead to a vast room, set out along one facade. The light provided by four sets of double windows enhances the many decorative features such as the wainscoting, the moulding and a ceiling rose, embellished with fruit and coloured vine leaves, bringing the regional crop to mind. A period, wood-burning stove stands in an alcove. All the windows are fitted with espagnolette bolts.

The cellar

This flat is sold with a fully tiled cellar, spanning a surface area of approx. 7.90 m². A stone stairway near to the private terrace leads to the co-owned building’s various cellars.

Our opinion

Bearing invaluable witness to the style of the great architect Mansard, this mansion house features all of the traditional characteristics. The building is of a good size and its decorative features are numerous both inside and outside. Set between a courtyard and an enclosed, classical, immaculately kept and decorative garden, residents are able to live here in all tranquillity. This flat is very bright and has an unobstructed view of both sides. On the ground floor, future residents will have the impression of living in a house, with easy access to the terrace. The conversion works have been meticulously carried out such that it is possible to take up immediate residence. Furthermore, it could provide significant rental income, should an investor so wish (approx. 800 euros per month).

Exclusive sale

230 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense

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Reference 395588

Land registry surface area 2339 m2
Reception area36 m2
Ceiling height3.30
Living space94 m2
Number of rooms 3
Number of bedrooms 2

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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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