In Burgundy’s Beaune, an 18th century building
and its renovation into spacious, contemporary flats
Beaune, COTE-D'OR burgundy 21200 FR

Location

The town of Beaune nestles in the heart of the “Climates of Burgundy” (Burgundy vineyards), classified on the UNESCO World Heritage List, and acts as the Burgundy wine capital. Its world renown is also based on the wine auction held by the Hospices every third Sunday in November.
Standing in its historic centre, this flat is 10 minutes from slip roads for the A6 motorway, a crossroads providing links to Paris or Geneva in 2½ hours and Lyon airport in 1½ hours. The train station, just a 10-minute walk, puts Paris less than 2 hours away. Beaune aerodrome, a 15-minute drive away, is open to civil aircraft. Numerous food shops, markets, restaurants and hotels are within walking distance. Boutiques are also brought very much to the fore with a wide choice of national brand names and local craftsmen, art galleries, antique shops and wine merchants.

Description

The property, between Rue-Rousseau-Deslandes and Rue-des-Tonneliers, is an outbuilding of Sainte-Trinité Hospital known as the Hospice-de-la-Charité. It is composed of two buildings set out around two main, paved, rectangular courtyards. The facades are enhanced with flower beds with a central square of medicinal herbs and plants, surrounded by boxwood. They are reached via an impressive stone gateway and its gates on the south side and via a discreet little door opposite the hospital on the north side. One of the flats can be accessed via these courtyards, near to the statue of Christ and its stone font. The facade on Rue-des-Tonneliers, initially named Rue-des-Négociants, is a succession of buildings, the walls of which are interspersed with carriage doors and discreet little entrance doors. The entrance to no. 9 links two buildings, with different heights and roof dormers, unified by a stone-coloured facade. Three steps go up into a private vestibule, with exposed Burgundy stone block walls and a travertine floor, providing access to the other four flats. The ground floor houses the entrance to one flat. Winding around its stairwell, a stone stairway, embellished with refined, wrought iron railings topped with a wooden handrail, goes up to the first floor and its landing, giving access to two flats. The stairway, now with vitrified wooden steps, continues up to the second-floor landing and the entrance to the fourth flat. The luminosity provided by a lightwell enhances the beauty of the exposed stone walls and the elegance of the stairway which appears to pirouette.

History

The history of Beaune is linked to its geographic, strategic, religious and hospital position. Since the 3rd century, the actions of the abbeys, convents and hospices have been intertwined with the history of wine and the development of trading companies. Bearing witness to this are the world-renowned Hospices-de-Beaune founded in 1443. The other important building is Sainte-Trinité Hospital known as the Hospice-de-la-Charité founded in 1645 by Antoine-Rousseau and his wife Barbe-Deslandes. Initially founded for reasons of “pro remedio animae” (salvation of souls), the hospice accommodated young orphans, providing them with shelter, food and education for more than three centuries. The first two Saint-Vincent-de-Paul nuns arrived in 1690. The charitable and benevolent spirit was ever to remain on these premises. A school for poor, young girls, teaching them a domestic or arts and crafts trade, saw the light of day in 1728. At the beginning of the 19th century, the buildings on Rue-des-Tonneliers were joined and redesigned in accordance with plans drawn up by Louis-Moyne, a famous, local architect, in order to provide the nuns with housing. In 1880, the town took back the buildings whilst allowing the nuns to stay. The 15 July 1903, the date when the nuns were evicted, remains in the memory of all Beaune families. Some still talk about the floods of tears on the station platforms as they left. And for good reason, they had raised generations of young local children. An association was then to purchase the building at no. 9 Rue-des-Tonneliers, followed by no. 7 in anticipation of their long-hoped for return which finally took place in 1919. On 28 August 1920, they opened a retirement home for women. In 1983, the Saint-Vincent-de-Paul home was entrusted to the Association-Santé-et-Bien-Etre which manages a home for children and the disabled as well as an old peoples’ home. In 2017, a new EHPAD (care home for elderly dependent people) was opened in Vignoles, leaving the buildings in the town centre ready for a new vocation. In 2020, full renovation works began under the supervision of zealous buyers seeking to rehabilitate an exceptional property, bringing its original architectural features to the fore.

Flat 702-603

This flat can be reached all on a level from the interior courtyard and its private terrace, accessed via a flight of three steps or a ramp bordered by a flower-filled planter. The pink rendered facade, with a floated finish, features sky blue door and window frames. A glazed entrance door opens directly into a south-facing kitchen-living room. Two tall, barred windows look out over the street. The double coffered, moulded ceiling is delicately adorned with a few roses, bearing witness to the building’s devotion to Mary. A large wall cupboard, a pink marble fireplace sculpted with acanthus leaves. Above, a trumeau mirror, flanked by two thin pilasters, reflects a wall cupboard with delicate moulding. Oak wood parquet flooring. The fully fitted, open-plan kitchen area is sober and functional. Travertine floor tiles. A door, on the kitchen side, leads to a shower room and toilet, with an opaque-glass window, looking out on to the interior courtyard and the terrace. Travertine wall and floor tiles as well as a single vanity unit, with a mirror. A wooden stairway goes up to a little mezzanine, with parquet flooring, suitable as a study or a spare bedroom. The entrance hall provides access to a bedroom, with a wardrobe. Parquet flooring and a large, triple-leaf window set in an arch, on the courtyard side. An adjoining shower room and toilet, with a single vanity unit, a mirror as well as travertine wall and floor tiles.

Our opinion

The architecture of this property blends superbly with the centre of town and the character of Beaune. It also includes a spiritual dimension under the benevolence of a sculpted Christ and a humble portrait of Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, both of which appear to exude a calmness over the buildings and their residents. Mindful of the characteristics of each area, the current owners have renovated each flat in keeping with their original materials and eras (18th century features), aesthetically providing all essential modern-day home comforts. It is pleasant to access the ground floor flat by passing through the two interior courtyards and to have a private terrace. The functional layout and the high ceilings bestow a feeling of grandeur and space amplified by through light. There is no doubt that this haven manifests a feeling of timelessness, a deep serenity and the certainty of well-being. Another way of living the “pro remedio animae” (salvation of souls). Purchasing a property in Beaune is a sound investment and its rental income is guaranteed.

500 000 €
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Reference 281458

Ceiling height4.3
Living space70.4 m2
Number of rooms 3
Number of bedrooms 2
Cellar
Surface Terrace16.2 m2

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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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