A fully restored, 18th century manor house in the heart of the countryside,
just two hours from Paris, in Burgundy, in the French department of Yonne
Auxerre, YONNE burgundy 89000 FR

Location

This property is set between a very old market town dating back to the Gallo-Roman era, with 600 inhabitants, and a historic, medieval town, famous for its many half-timbered houses and its narrow streets, typical of the region. This manor house stands out as its location is near to a medium-sized town with many shops, good schools and an SNCF train station with 1¾-hour links to Paris-Bercy.

Description

After having passed through several different landscapes such as that of the Yonne Valley, with its vine and orchard-covered hillsides, and a rich forest planted with old oak trees, several hundreds of years old, a lane leads to a manor house whose origins date back to the 18th century. This residence has an unobstructed view stretching out over the local countryside. The estate is preceded by an entrance, enhanced with two stone and brick pillars, flanking its spiked wrought iron gates. A gravel driveway makes it possible for cars to park near to the main building. The vast courtyard is enclosed. Farm buildings, surrounding the manor house, are dotted with lawned areas planted with shrubs and flowers as well as several trees. Near to an outbuilding, mosaic tiles enhance the white coping of a sunken swimming pool which is surrounded by a wrought iron fence. A little further away is a well-tended vegetable garden. Beyond the courtyard, a large pond looks out over the countryside. An orchard, planted with several species of apple trees, provides a glimpse of numerous paddocks where ponies and horses blend in with the landscape. A forest pathway completes this pastoral, rustic setting.

The manor house

Designed as a long, traditional farmhouse with converted attic space, this manor house features numerous openings. The double, large-paned windows are enhanced with solid shutters, composed of tongue and groove planks, reinforced by crossbars and flush-mounted strap hinges. The contour and profile of the facade has been embellished through the use of local materials such as brick and stone, also used for all the surrounds. Some openings still have basket-handle arches, avoiding any architectural monotony. The facade is similarly enhanced with the colour blue. The gable roof, recently redone using local tiles, features some hanging roof dormers, the wrought iron railings of which have been restored. A few bas-reliefs and a wisteria further brighten the facade.


Ground floor
An entrance hall provides access to three adjoining rooms. Firstly, a lounge, featuring a white stone, open-hearth fireplace which enhances the honey-coloured floor tiles. A wide, oak wood ceiling beam crosses the room. Wainscoting, dotted with large panels, lines the lounge. The contemporary colours in no way spoil the original features, on the contrary, they enhance them. An elegant stairway stands out courtesy of its wooden handrail and the cast iron ball adorning the newel post. A wide old door provides access to a dining room, laid with terracotta floor tiles and featuring exposed ceiling joists. And lastly, a third room which could be used for reading or relaxation purposes. Exposed beams and terracotta floor tiles remain the order of the day. A room enhanced with a stone, open-hearth fireplace where Burgundy stone tiles extend the surface area of the hearth. A particularly warm layout which has the particularity of having a door leading out the rear of the house and acting as a genuine lightwell. On one side of the main entrance hall, a good-sized bedroom features exposed ceiling beams and a few mangers, reminiscent of the building’s original vocation. Not far from this room are a shower room, which has been modernised with a walk-in shower, and a laundry room. Here, certain doors made of wood have decorative openings and double pivoting doors provide access to a large kitchen. It is adjoined by a section laid out as an eating area as well as a second kitchen, housing the “laboratory”. This fully fitted kitchen is a harmonious blend of the old and the new.
First floor
On one side of the landing, a wide door, with a brick surround reminiscent of the facade, opens into a games room. The latter provides access to two bedrooms featuring the exposed roofing framework. All the windows are fitted with old indoor shutters. The games room has parquet flooring, whilst the bedrooms are laid with carpet. On the other side of the landing, other bedrooms succeeding one another are marked by the presence of stone and wood. They all look out over the surrounding countryside. A study is laid out near to the main bedroom, adorned with an outstanding roofing framework, standing out against the whiteness of the walls.
Outbuilding

The outbuildings

Spacious barns follow one after another. Their old roofs are typical of the region, not only because of the roofing framework but also because of their small Burgundy tiles. A wooden stairway in one of the outbuildings goes up to the first floor of the main house. The entrance is elegant, adorned with a sort of brick alcove. A door includes a grille through which it is possible to glimpse the orchard. Another, fairly large area houses, amongst other things, a vaulted cellar. A small house near to the swimming pool includes one section with machinery and another, comprising living space, adorned with old terracotta floor tiles and painted oak wood beams.

The stables and horse loose boxes

Vaulted stables are also laid out around the interior courtyard with a riding arena and six horse loose boxes. Some stalls have mobile partitions and mangers. They are fitted with stable doors.

Our opinion

A unique place in the heart of the countryside, it is not however secluded and is near to a town. This manor house is of a reasonable size and pleasant to live in as a permanent residence or a holiday home. The interior courtyard, surrounded by impressive, remarkably well-preserved buildings, is exceptional, linking the useful to the delightful. The restoration works, far from changing the original features, have enhanced them. As for the wide panoramic view, it is of a rare beauty.
This property could take advantage of significant economic assets: future owners would, for instance, be able to organise horse-riding lessons or to carry out works in some of the outbuildings so as to be able to accommodate guests.

748 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 967836

Land registry surface area 5 ha 46 a 5 ca
Main building surface area 326.87 m2
Outbuilding surface area 621.5 m2
Number of bedrooms 7

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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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