and its renovation into spacious, contemporary flats
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.
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.
This flat is reached all on a level from the vestibule in no. 9 Rue-des-Tonneliers. An entrance lobby, with a small hall area and two cupboards. Straight on, a bedroom, with oak wood parquet flooring, a window and a French window looking out over the interior courtyard as well as an exposed stone wall on one side. A semi-open-plan shower room, with a toilet, a double vanity unit, a mirror as well as travertine wall and floor tiles. The entrance hall also provides access to a vast lounge, with oak wood parquet flooring, two exposed dressed stone walls, one exposed stone block wall, a large recess awaiting fitting and two windows with bars, looking out over the street. An arched opening in the exposed stone block wall gives access to a fitted kitchen, with a large, original wall cupboard, a barred window overlooking the street, a coffered ceiling, adorned with a moulded frieze, enhanced with motifs, alternating acanthus leaves with flowers, encircled with a garland of stars, travertine floor tiles and an exposed dressed stone wall. This fully fitted kitchen is sober and functional. The lounge gives access to a guest toilet and a second bedroom via an arched doorway in the exposed stone wall. The bedroom has parquet flooring, a pink marble fireplace, an exposed stone wall, interspersed with brick, and two windows, looking out over the interior courtyard. A door opens into a shower room and toilet, with a window, a double vanity unit, a mirror as well as travertine wall and floor tiles.
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. Flat 803 is spacious and an ode to the beauty of Burgundy stone which is delightfully laid as dressed stone or as stone blocks. Arched openings are ingeniously arranged. The kitchen separated from the lounge is an invitation to create inspired dishes under its elegantly wrought coffered ceiling. The bedrooms, overlooking the interior courtyard, can but encourage a good night’s sleep. The high ceilings and the large windows 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.
|Living space||110.9 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.