A family home and its outbuildings, dominating bocage countryside
in the Brionnais region to the south of Burgundy
Marcigny, SAONE-ET-LOIRE burgundy 71110 FR


The cities of Paris and Geneva can be reached in 2½ hours, respectively by train and motorway, whilst Lyon is a little more than a 1½-hour-drive away. The local towns of Roanne and Paray-le-Monial are but 30 minutes from the house. All daily amenities are to be found in a market town, less than 10 minutes from the property. And lastly, the village, with its outstanding Romanesque bell-tower, has a bakery and a restaurant.


On the undulating hills of the Brionnais region, where man has fashioned the landscape century after century. In the 11th and 12th centuries, by establishing an outstanding number of Romanesque churches and then, in the 18th and 19th centuries, by raising Charolais cattle, which favoured the appearance of thick hedges around the pastures. The many water supply points, spread throughout the land, then made it possible for scattered rural housing to develop. With the increased standard of living of the small farmers, a new type of architecture appeared: local houses were given a classical layout, topped with an upstairs and a hip roof.
The estate available for purchase stands discreetly in the midst of a hamlet far from all hustle and bustle. It comprises a main house, an outbuilding, a dovecote and a guest house. A pond and an age-old lime tree take pride of place in the middle of a courtyard.

The house

Its unusual and captivating architecture, made of golden limestone and topped with flat tiles, is the result of two periods of construction, carried out one after the other, most certainly in the 17th and 19th centuries. The oldest section is enhanced with a levelled-off tower and a wooden galley probably ran alongside the facade. The other section reflects all the traditional architectural codes of local Brionnais housing. A stone porch gives access to the inside.

Ground floor
A long entrance vestibule, in the centre of the house, provides access to the various rooms. A dining room, spanning approx. 40 m², has a robust French ceiling and an impressive fireplace, in good working order. At the back, a kitchen has a door leading directly outside. A shower room and a separate toilet are also present. A vast lounge, on the other side of the vestibule, gives access to a bedroom, with a black marble fireplace, topped with a carved wooden mantel.
First floor
The upstairs is reached via a straight stone stairway, covered with carpet and enhanced with wrought iron railings. A landing provides access to the various rooms. A vast bedroom, spanning approx. 40 m², has a fireplace, with stone jambs and a wooden mantel, as well as a French ceiling. This room is illuminated via a window, divided by a stone upright and via a glazed door opening on to a balcony, looking out over the bocage landscapes. At the back, a corridor leads to a shower room and a separate toilet. On the other side of the landing, two carpeted bedrooms, spanning approx. 30 m², exude old-fashioned charm.

The outbuildings

Set at right angles to the west side of the house, the outbuildings consist of a variety of buildings once necessary to the everyday way of life of the estate. They are in an excellent state of repair.

Reception building
A workshop precedes a wide function room, spanning approx. 50 m² and including a fitted kitchen area.
This impressive building, reinforced with old buttresses and covered with flat tiles, comprises a storage area, two cowsheds and a vast barn.
Standing separately at the end of the previous building is a robust, quadrangular dovecote. It is a sign of the size of the estate and admirably dominates the surrounding countryside. A shower room has been installed on the ground floor and an outside stone stairway provides access to the upstairs.
Guest house
This guest house, at a distance from the other buildings, stands discreetly facing the view. Spanning a surface area of approx. 55 m², it currently comprises two rooms, with a sink.

The grounds

The buildings are laid out over a grassy surface area of more than 5,000 m². A gravel courtyard behind the house is used for parking vehicles in an independent manner. A grassy courtyard out the front looks out over the landscape and provides access to the various buildings. A lime tree and a masonry pond, with stone sides, take pride of place in its centre. Behind the outbuildings, a vast plot of land protects the house from the few other houses in the hamlet. This property is partially enclosed by low stone walls.

Our opinion

The name of the haven known as the Brionnais region is one that should be kept secret if the peace and quiet is to be preserved. This age-old country estate, free of all nuisances, blends in with unchanging landscapes stretching for as far as the eye can see. Ideal for the enjoyment of family get-togethers or for solitary escape to the shade of the lime tree, this house will continue to be modified just as it has during past centuries. The excellent state of repair of the building carcasses will let new owners concentrate on a few personal finishing touches on the inside.

Exclusive sale

380 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense

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Reference 764502

Land registry surface area 5240 m2
Main building surface area 260 m2
Number of bedrooms 5

Southern Burgundy

Gautier Dumontet +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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