just two hours from Paris
This old, 290 m² mill, redesigned in the 1950’s, stands in a village with a very good tourist trade in the midst of the Burgundy region. The village still has all local shops. A train station with links to Paris-Austerlitz is not far away.
The village has specialised in pottery since the 14th century. A stoneware museum exhibits traditional and contemporary works by highlighting the creations of Jean-Carries, an innovator in the world of pottery, notably via his sculptural compositions. The house faces a Renaissance style chateau, reconstructed in 1530 by Antoine-de-Rochechouart, chamberlain to King François 1st. The site of the mill is, therefore, listed.
Double wooden gates open on to a driveway that leads to an old barn, where cars are now parked, and then to parklands, planted with trees over a hundred years old and dotted with various species of flowers. The countryside in the immediate vicinity of the residence is very English and pastoral. Stone grinding wheels rest on the grass as a reminder of this construction’s original vocation. The garden also includes a well-laid out vegetable garden. A stone table and chairs are set out near to the house, by the side of the river.
This 18th century mill was constructed over a cellar and a stable. The residence stands out courtesy of its roof which is an unusual one for the region as it features a slate break adjoining a top roof, covered with traditional tiles made in the village. Its quoins and the framing around its openings feature alternating brick and ironstone, both local materials. The window sills are made of white limestone. The small-paned openings on the ground floor are protected by solid wooden shutters. The roof dormers, under curved pediments, are highly decorative. The rendered facades contribute to the interesting contrasts between materials and colours.
A small, road-side garden precedes the residence. A little flight of stone steps leads from there down to the river, La-Vrille. It provides access to the outbuilding which once housed the mill’s wheel. On one side of the house, two original diamond-shaped openings, featuring brick moulding, face the main driveway.
An old stable, spanning approx. 32 m², is still in its original condition. The remainder of this level comprises several small wine cellars and machine rooms. The ceiling, covered with tiles signed by the local craftsman, provides a certain originality.
The front door opens directly into a large reception room spanning approx. 70 m². It is illuminated via numerous openings on the ground and first floors courtesy of its mezzanine floor. Large, light-beige, sandstone tiles cover the floor. Enlarged by the mezzanine, this area is used as a lounge and dining room. All the windows, some of which are double glazed, look out over the verdant surroundings. The ceiling is adorned with old beams on the dining room side. An impressive fireplace, with a closed-hearth fire that could be removed, features a wooden mantel and Burgundy stone jambs. Stone paving extends the hearth in front of the fireplace. The splayed stricture is composed of local brick. A coat-of-arms can be seen on the cast iron fireback. It bears “three cocks laid out two and one” supported by two heraldic lions. The coat-of-arms is set on two French marshal’s batons and topped with a Marquis’ crown. The fireplace takes pride of place in the house with regard to the mill’s history. Research by a historian has shown that the mill was part of the village chateau, which belonged to a large family from the French department of Nievre, the Grancey family.
A kitchen, with exposed ceiling beams, is well laid out on the right-hand side of the front door. It spans a floor surface area of approx. 12 m². An opening in an alcove provides access to two ground floor bedrooms, one of which has a dressing room. They both span approx. 15 m² and are steeped in light. They share a 7.52 m² shower room and a separate toilet.
A stairway, facing the front door, provides access to the mezzanine which spans a floor surface area of approx. 52 m². Courtesy of its luminosity, this is where the current owner has set up her artist’s studio. A corridor, spanning approx. 9 m², leads to two bedrooms, one spanning approx. 19 m², and the other approx. 18 m², as well as to an 11 m² study. The carpeted floors contribute to the muted atmosphere of this section of the house, steeped in natural daylight.
An old house, right next to the mill, features a large bull’s eye window, with brick and stone framing, as well as several semi-circular openings, with brick surrounds. Generally speaking, this building was once again constructed by the local craftsman, partially from stone and partially from brick. Inside the outbuilding, its roofing framework stands out because of its state of preservation and a wooden door opens directly on to the river.
An old house standing in the parklands contains a bread oven, awaiting renovation, and an old barn which is currently in use as a garage.
The countryside, exuding harmony, is but an invitation to rest, to read or to paint. For centuries, the quality of the earth has incited potters to come and practice their activity and their art. The millrace, with its full water rights, has been preserved even though the mill no longer has its traditional wheel. The inside of the main residence has been tastefully and unpretentiously redone. The outbuilding, which housed the wheel under a spectacular roofing framework, could do with works to transform it into a guest house. The banks of the river, La-Vrille, appear to be a promise of well-being and inspiration in countryside, ideal for recharging one’s batteries and within easy reach of the French capital.
|Land registry surface area||7000 m2|
|Main building surface area||290 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||160 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||4|
Isabelle Ponelle +33 1 42 84 80 85
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.