in the midst of a historic town 2 hours from Paris in Burgundy
This hotel, to the north-east of the centre of France, stands on the embankments of the river Yonne on the outskirts of a town with a famous heritage. The building has a historic site, with a backdrop featuring a cathedral housing the oldest murals in France. Classified as a “Town and region of art and history”, the urban area therefore has an outstanding heritage. A lively kingdom of bargemen, merchants and craftsmen in bygone days, the embankments of the river Yonne have become a very pleasant place from which to appreciate all the town’s architectural wealth.
This hotel is rooted in an old market town, bristling with bell-towers. The elegant residence, nevertheless, remains a true institution in the Burgundy town. Ideally located, it enjoys an unusual setting by the waterside and the yew trees bordering the river Yonne. A district made lively by numerous first-class restaurants and enhanced with architectural monuments from the medieval period.
Many shops are within walking distance. Similarly, the train station, with 2-hour links to Paris-Bercy, is just a few minutes away. An airport just a few minutes away from the old town.
The large, luxurious building housing the hotel
Once a house, this building is now a 3-star, soon to be 4-star hotel. It comprises a total of 27 bedrooms, divided into 5 categories: luxury, superior, privilege, comfortable and family. Some are smaller, some bigger, others have mini-bars or coffee machines, etc. Each type of room has its own advantages. The price of the rooms varies between 100 and 300 euros. The current developing turnover is around 800,000 euros.
The hotel is contained in an elegant character house. Completely composed of white stone, it spans three levels, topped with a gable roof, covered with traditional, Burgundy flat tiles. The facade features numerous openings, indicating that the interiors are extremely bright. On the ground floor, wide, small-paned windows are adorned with several floral species on the window sills. On the second level, light-grey, wooden, slatted shutters enhance the openings, whilst dormers embellish the roof. A large porchway, with a semi-circular-arched stone surround leads to a passageway with an old watering trough. This is where double, glazed doors provide pedestrians entrance to the hotel. At the end of the passageway is the car parking area, facing the walls of the town’s old Prefecture building.
As of the entrance doors, a large hall sets the tone, with its floor tiles inlaid with decoration and its exposed ceiling beams. On one side, the reception area, bordered by its moulded counter, faces a little cosy lounge, marked by its coloured carpet, its exposed beams and its openings giving access to the outside terrace. Near to the entrance, a room acts as a bar, the like of which is rarely found in a hotel. On the other side, a lift and a stairway, with a carpet runner, provide access to the upper floors. Following on, a second entrance hall, paved with Burgundy stone, leads to a fully-fitted meeting room, illuminated via numerous openings which enhance the wrought panelling and the French ceiling. Double doors reveal a large lounge, embellished with an immense open-hearth fireplace, featuring a wrought, wooden mantel and stone jambs. Hand-painted wallpaper depicts the embankments of the river Yonne in the Middle-Ages. A little, discreet door provides access to a completely vaulted room, lined with large pieces of stone, which is currently used as a room for tasting regional wines.
A vast landing is extended by a corridor which gives access to 14 bedrooms, with carpeted floors. Some have a view over the river, whilst others at the rear of the building have a view of the cathedral and the old wall of the stables belonging to the dominant Episcopal palace. They each have their own fully-tiled, bath or shower room, with a separate or an included toilet. All the windows have two double-glazed sections. Some small-paned windows, the oldest, are still to be found in the rooms overlooking the cathedral. They still have their original opening mechanisms with espagnolette bolts.
The top floor comprises 11 bedrooms and a 2-roomed suite. The unobstructed views look out over the Yonne and the trees bordering the river; those out for a walk greatly appreciate the numerous pleasure boats moored there. As on the first floor: a landing is extended by a corridor that leads to all the rooms. However, the suite stands out from all the others. A door opens into a lobby which reveals a bedroom overlooking the cathedral, with an adjoining shower room and a separate toilet. The bathroom and toilet facilities are fully tiled. Then a second entrance hall opens into a vast lounge, illuminated right up to its exposed beams by two French windows that open on to a wide private terrace, where meals can be taken in the summer season. Floors are covered with light-coloured, wooden flooring. An exterior greatly enjoyed because of its impressive view over the water, with boats coming and going. The lounge is large enough to include an eating area. A small kitchen and another bedroom, with an adjoining bathroom, complete this suite.
Under the covered passageway, double wooden doors open into an interior courtyard where a dozen or so car parking spaces are available to guests and visitors. This parking area is covered by gable roofs, topped with old flat tiles, just like the main building.
An enchanting panoramic view that delighted the American Henry-Miller: “I remember the reflections on the water, the tall trees that swayed under the pleasant French sky. I remember experiencing a feeling of a great peace.” The setting of a hotel is equally as important as its interior comforts. Here, the views over the town are unobstructed on either side of the building, whether of the river or the cathedral, both are favourably treated. All the bedrooms offer individuality and their number makes it possible to give each customer a different atmosphere at a suitable price. All the hotel rooms stand out courtesy of their welcoming, comfortable facilities. It is because of this that the building has retained its reputation as a genuine institution in the midst of the old town.
It is also worthy of note that the many French and overseas tourists enable the profitability of the hotel to continue to grow, which is no doubt what will enable it to keep its honourable status within the town.
|Land registry surface area||770 m2|
|Reception area||189 m2|
|Number of rooms||+20|
|Number of bedrooms||+20|
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.