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Cocooned in a park with majestic trees and bordered by old outbuildings that form an open courtyard, this house embodies the proud demeanour of the noteworthy individuals who built it. The facades hemmed with red brick and the double-revolution porch showcase the great level of care that was taken with the construction to create a place where social status and comfort could unite without becoming ostentatious. Recent renovations have brought a certain sparkle back to the property. Each room affirms its personality with refinement and daring touches. It is a joy to leave city life behind and spend a few quiet days here, allowing oneself to be carried away by the charm of this region that provided Colette with endless inspiration.
I was looking for a house two hours from Paris and found this property somewhat by chance. I immediately fell in love with this mansion which, at the time, had been uninhabited for five years. Located in lush greenery surrounded by valleys cultivated by local farmers, it had a surprising resemblance to the family house I had just sold in the Gers.
The building was built in 1830 on the foundations of a former convent. Rectangular in shape, the façade is adorned with brick and freestone from the nearby Aubigny quarry. Thirty-two arched oak windows illuminate the house from all angles. Two 18th century buildings, formerly occupied by the convent kitchens, decorate the courtyard.
After the revolutionaries confiscated certain assets of the Church in 1789, Sieur Chambron (baron of the First Empire) bought the convent of La Croix Saint Louis. He demolished the homes of the nuns and had the current mansion built on the foundations. It was originally used as a hunting lodge before becoming a main residence over time. The property was inhabited by the same family for over a hundred years. It then belonged to Paul Guillemot, senator of the Yonne, who lived there with his family for more than half a century. During which time it was assiduously frequented by many renowned politicians, writers and noteworthy individuals of the region.
A bucolic place where calm reigns supreme. A house of character decorated in accordance with the French art de vivre tradition and adorned with great comfort. The period furniture gives the property an authentic charm.
The Auberge des Sources in Druyes-les-Belles-Fontaines and the Moulin de Corneil in Mézilles are two spots that are not to be missed. Also worth a visit are the Maison de Colette in Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye, and the Château de Saint-Fargeau which puts on a historical event during the summer. The Aubigny quarry is an unusual spot five kilometres from the manor. Just a stone's throw away are the vineyards of Irrancy, Coullange-la-Vineuse, Saint-Bris and Chablis. For those who enjoy a stroll, there are long walks in the forest or hiking trails near the mansion. And last but not least is the Toucy market on Saturday mornings.
170 € - 450 € per night
The mansion has five guest rooms. Upstairs is a 55m² suite comprising two bedrooms, a large living room, and a double bathroom in Carrara marble with a bath and walk-in shower. Two other bedrooms occupy the same floor with surface areas of 25 and 30m² respectively and adjoining bathrooms. A 65m² suite equipped with a king size bed occupies the top floor, it includes a large living room, a dressing room and a bathroom with a shower and bath.