A mansion house and its enclosed garden,
in the former capital of the kingdom of France
Bourges, CHER center-val-de-loire 18000 FR

Location

The historic capital of the Berry region, with its cathedral classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, also owes its fame to some of the most illustrious names in the history of France such as Jean-de-Berry, Charles VII, Agnès-Sorel, Jacques-Cœur and Joan-of-Arc. Once swampland ensuring the defence of the town, the Marais district in the centre of the town is now a 135-ha leisure area. This marshland was developed in the 17th century by the Jesuit monks.
The Centre region is greatly expanding its tourist trade with a variety of activities.
Equidistant from the Ocean and the Alps, it has a mild climate.
This area is in an ideal geographic location, just 2⅔ hours from Paris, with a nearby road network, including the A71 motorway, as well as a train station with 2½ hour links to Paris-Austerlitz.

Description

This mansion house, built in the late 18th century, stands in the historic centre of Bourges, with its narrow, paved streets and its half-timbered houses, not far from the Marais district.
These premises have been meticulously transformed and renovated by the current owners, with the help of an architect.
The main entrance is via the paved street in order to reach the building, separated by a workshop, two patios and a corridor, featuring sliding picture windows letting copious amounts of light in on all sides.
A wide terrace looks down on a walled garden, reached via a few steps.

The building on the street side

Constructed at the beginning of the 17th century, it has a dressed stone facade.
The entrance is via the old wooden gateway, the former carriage gates, it is a landing door closed with glazing and an oak wood door. Access is gained via the music room. Access is gained via a music room. A stairway is protected by a wrought iron separation providing access to the cellar. A sliding picture window opens on to the patio, leading to the second building. The room is decorated with a monumental, white stone fireplace. Next to it is a linen room, near to a separate toilet with a wash-hand basin, followed by a room, featuring picture windows, in use as a workshop and providing access to the second building. Some of the floors on the ground floor are tiled, the rest are covered with oak wood parquet flooring. There is underfloor heating. Exposed, oak wood beams enhance the ceiling.

The patios

One is cleverly laid out between the kitchen and the workshop; a terrace where meals can be taken having been created. The second is decorated with a wall fountain and provides a link between the music room and the ladies’ sitting room in the second building.

The late 18th century house

This house was built with a Mansard style, slate roof, featuring zinc oculi. One of the facades is rendered whilst the other, facing the garden, features red brick. This building spans two levels. It is entered via the first building, a corridor lined with picture windows adjoining the second building. An oak wood stairway, set between the ladies’ sitting room and the lounge, provides access to the bedrooms on the upper two floors. The floors are covered either with tiles or oak wood parquet flooring. The spacious rooms are made extremely bright by the copious amounts of light flooding in through the windows. Various rooms are enhanced with 19th century style marble fireplaces and panelling. A wide terrace and a walled garden complete the property.

Our opinion

This residence still has all of its authenticity courtesy of the owners who have improved and redesigned the premises. The rooms that intercommunicate with one another are reached via several entrances, making it easy to move around the house and ensuring that there is no loss of privacy. In this verdant, fragrant setting, there is absolute peace and quiet despite the fact that it is right in the town centre.

695 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 575035

Land registry surface area 604 m2
Main building surface area 380 m2
Number of bedrooms 5

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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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