An old Benedictine abbey run as a hotel-restaurant,
near to the Chablis vineyards and Auxerre in Burgundy
Auxerre, YONNE burgundy 89000 FR

Location

On the heights of a picturesque town in the French department of Yonne (all shops and amenities as well as a train station with links to Paris). Near to Auxerre and slip roads for the A6 motorway to Paris.

Description

This old abbey looks down on to a little town, its beautiful church as well as the biggest and oldest hospital recorded in Europe during the Middle-Ages. On the 26 February in the year of our lord 1429, Joan-of-Arc was received by the abbey’s monks when travelling from Pothières to Auxerre, on the road to Chinon, where she joined the future King Charles VII. Confiscated by the state at the time of the French Revolution, then sold as national property, the abbey has partially disappeared. Its restored ruins have been transformed into a renowned hotel-restaurant, a great gastronomic stopover along the road through the Chablis vineyards.
A wide gateway, flanked by Burgundy stone pillars, opens on to parklands, partially enclosed by a perimeter wall and spanning a surface area of 4.8 ha. The owners’ house precedes the driveway leading to the door of the abbey. Dating from the original construction, this gothic arched door, more than 4 m high, is one of the vestiges of the impressive monastery.
The building remaining from the French Revolution houses the restaurant and the hotel accommodation.
The parklands and their heliport (terrace in a dominant position) are extended by a plot of old vine stock with “Burgundy” appellation which could be rehabilitated and exploited once again.

The owners' house

This house, just inside the main entrance, acts as the property’s gatekeeper. It spans two levels and is heated via an independent mains gas-fired boiler. It also has its own sanitation system.


Ground floor
An entrance hall provides access, on one side, to a bedroom, with its bathroom and separate toilet, and, on the other side, to an American-style kitchen as well as a lounge. The latter opens on to a dining room.
First floor
An oak wood stairway goes up to the only bedroom on this level, together with its bathroom, separate toilet and dressing room.

The restaurant

Although the restaurant and the hotel accommodation share the interior of the old monastic buildings, each entity is run separately.


Ground floor
The entrance remains identical to that of the old abbey: a gothic arched doorway opening into an entrance vestibule, paved with Burgundy stone and featuring 4.3 m high, cross-ribbed vaults. A few steps lead to the long restaurant gallery which provides access, initially, to the summer reception room and, then, to the winter restaurant. The vast vestibule is fitted with a lift. The summer restaurant can seat some 30 covers. Featuring a 5.45 m high ridge, it is surrounded by wide picture windows, giving vistas of the gardens, with the town in the distance below. The winter restaurant, with its 3 m high vaults, is dotted with stone pillars (vestiges of the old abbey), forming 8 areas for housing tables, with a seating capacity for some 50 covers. The gallery, enhanced with corbels and a French ceiling, adjoins the bar with its monumental fireplace. Thirty or so people can relax here. Its 4.40 m high ceiling leaves room for a mezzanine, home to the sound and lighting system. And lastly, a lateral, vaulted gallery leads to cloakrooms as well as bathroom and toilet facilities. The professional kitchens are illuminated via a vast lightwell (7 m high ridge). All the fixtures and fittings are made of stainless steel, some have polished granite worksurfaces. Nothing has been left to chance and the vocation of the premises has also naturally included an area for the chef to meet with his excellent staff, when jointly drawing up timetables and the best of menus. Everything is in keeping with modern-day professional standards: directional flow, cold-hot chain management, suppliers’ storage areas, extraction/ventilation, etc. In addition to their model layout, the kitchens are fitted with a reserve, a special entrance for suppliers with a goods lift, two access corridors with a specific direction of flow, a sick bay, two storage areas, a walk-in refrigerator, a cold room, a storeroom and a storage room for cleaning materials. It should be noted that the entire restaurant is covered by a fire alarm system and offers a free WIFI service. The restaurant meets all current French ERP (buildings open to the public) standards throughout, with a capacity for 55 people inside the buildings, and checks guarantee the good working order of the safety installations (gas valves, extraction hoods, fire doors, smoke extraction vents).
First floor
This floor is given over to staff accommodation as well as offices and other staff rooms. An independent entrance hall, all on a level, houses a stairway. A corridor provides access to two offices, male and female staff changing rooms, toilets and showers, as well as a changing room for the stage costumes. The staff restrooms are set out around a corridor leading to three bedrooms and a flat, each one having its own bath or shower room and a separate toilet.
Second floor
This floor comprises a room housing the machinery for the kitchen extraction hood and the smoke extraction vent system.

The hotel

Although housed in the same building as the restaurant, the hotel shares an entrance but is run independently.


Ground floor
A lounge, with a French ceiling and a fireplace, is intended for receiving guests. It is followed by a heated, indoor swimming pool, composed of Burgundy stone. A long, paved gallery, featuring picture windows looking out over the gardens, provides access to three bedrooms and their respective bathrooms. A large plasma screen television, a fireplace, terracotta floor tiles and polished black granite embellish all the bedrooms and bathrooms.
First floor
A stone stairway goes up from the long, ground-floor gallery to two bedrooms and their respective bathrooms and separate toilets. Both bedrooms open on to a vast terrace. The bathrooms (with separate showers) feature polished granite floors and partition walls.

The outbuildings

A building, used for utility purposes, stands at a safe distance from the restaurant and the hotel. It houses a boiler room where three mains gas-fired boilers are linked to produce hot water and heating. It is adjoined by a workshop.

The annexe building

This highly-appreciable annexe building, standing in the parklands, is constructed from quarry stone blocks and topped with a tile roof. Not currently in use, it could be transformed into a caretaker’s cottage or a rural holiday accommodation rental unit.

Our opinion

In addition to the intrinsic historic interest of these premises, the hotel activity that existed in the original abbey is still ongoing. This property is, therefore, sold complete with its restaurant and bed & breakfast business activities. The quality of the contemporary facilities is equal to that envisaged by the monks of old, given the changes in architectural styles and the way of living.
And lastly, it is possible to additionally purchase a neighbouring property (house, orchard, barn and meadow).

2 660 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 898391

Land registry surface area 4 ha 88 a 11 ca
Main building surface area 1011.20 m2
Number of bedrooms 12

French Energy Performance Diagnosis

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Michel Monot +33 1 42 84 80 85

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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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