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 via the vestibule in no. 9 Rue-des-Tonneliers and a private lift.
The first-floor landing provides direct access to this flat’s living room, illuminated via three large windows, with a view taking in the 18th and 19th century architectural features of the town. A high ceiling, oak wood parquet flooring as well as exposed and dressed stone walls. An arched opening gives access to a fitted kitchen, with its travertine floor tiles and a window overlooking the street. Semi-closed, it opens in a style reminiscent of a workshop on the hall side, leading to a private lift. A guest toilet is to be found in the corridor, providing access to a bedroom, with two large windows, parquet flooring and a view of the interior courtyard. A dressed stone wall at one end includes a door, opening into a shower room, with a toilet, a double vanity unit, a mirror as well as travertine wall and floor tiles.
The lounge gives access to a second bedroom, with parquet flooring, two large windows and a view of the interior courtyard. A semi-open-plan shower room includes a toilet, a single 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 basic modern-day home comforts. This large, luxurious flat, with its galley kitchen, is reached via a private lift. Its aspect and its ability to receive light bestow it with a unique charm. It also has a privileged view over the district’s beautiful architecture. 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||118.4 m2|
|Number of rooms||4|
|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.