in the midst of a quiet town 100 km to the south of Paris
Pont-sur-Yonne is a little town 15 km from Sens, 35 km from Fontainebleau and 100 km from Paris. The town can be directly reached by train (Paris-Bercy) or by road (A5 and A6 motorways).
A very busy market is held there twice a week.
The early gothic style Notre-Dame church dates from the 13th century. It is listed as a French Historic Monument.
Pont-sur-Yonne has all administrative services, local shops and amenities linked to residential life (schools, heath, sport).
The predominantly rural region alternates fields and woods. Several golf courses are to be found in the local area.
Architect Octave-Ernest-Prévostel had this villa built in 1914 for himself. He multiplied the stylistic codes constituting a subtle, eclectic property: a brick bay window, reminiscent of North African gazebos; Art Deco contours and floral inlaid decoration; a roof with widely overhanging eaves exhibiting a large number of rafters inspired by the neo-Norman style; and neo-classical touches in the form of brick used for string courses and arched lintels.
The contour and profile meticulously enhance the architecture and the interior layout: picture windows, string courses, quoins, the outline of chimney flues on the west gable as well as the top and the lower sections are all pretexts for using various types of features. Consequently, the two alternating colours of brick, the glazed sections, the hollow pointing and the projections form a surprising and harmonious arrangement, linking all the facades and the protruding sections. The main bay standing out from the rest of the house is embellished with protruding balconies. Cornices and string courses feature modillions and alternating tiles. The roof dormers are decorated differently. The tall chimney stacks highlight the verticality of the building.
This villa spans a raised ground floor, above a semi-underground level used as a garage and cellars, and two upper floors, one of which is under the rafters. The architect enhanced the lie of the land using flights of steps and landings. The choice of materials ensures the house’s luxurious and timeless character: the rustic rocklike appearance of the exposed millstone grit, giving the facade's load-bearing masonry its golden-brown hues; the different colours of the brick (red, pink, white, ochre and glazed) for the various contours and profiles; the slate of the hip roof; the wood for the roofing framework and the flooring; the stone and cement of the porch and the protruding floors.
The ground floor spans approx. 90 m², divided into large rooms. A vast vestibule provides access to a little lounge, on one side, and to the reception rooms on the other. The decor in the reception rooms is eclectic, inspired by the gothic style and rococo putti: moulding, cap moulding, mirrors, fireplace surrounds. The French window, adorned with a stained-glass window, opens on to a south-facing terrace. Further on are a pantry, a fitted kitchen and a laundry room. A room currently used as a storeroom has a door leading outside. This house still has all of its original finishing features such as cement floor tiles, the stairway and the heating grills.
A large landing provides access to three bedrooms, illuminated via large windows and featuring marble fireplaces and cupboards. Two shower rooms and toilets. Parquet flooring.
On this level, a landing room with a cupboard provides access to one small bedroom and two large bedrooms, with wardrobes, marble fireplaces and bookshelves, followed by a shower room. The east-facing bedroom has a balcony and its own bathroom.
The basement comprises a garage, cellars and a boiler room.
The little house
Standing on one side of the villa, this little, 60 m² house comprises a fitted kitchen, a living room opening on to a south-facing terrace, a small dining room and a shower room as well as two upstairs bedrooms.
The garden, enclosed by walls on the road side, surrounds the property, isolating it from the neighbours. It is composed of lawns, tall trees and shrubs of various species and a large orchard on the heights. Two sheds, one well.
The property’s dominant position and its first-class architecture make this building an outstanding feature of Pont-sur-Yonne’s heritage. Although laid out in the town centre, the lush garden steeps its residents in the atmosphere of another time, enabling them to recharge their batteries. This family home exudes an ambiance of tranquillity and nostalgia, an effect created by its past and its architectural elegance. Recent works have given this house back its splendour of yesteryear. The size of the building and the parklands is such that this property can comfortably accommodate family and friends, relegating any problems due to lack of privacy to the city.
|Land registry surface area||3500 m2|
|Main building surface area||230 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||8|
|Outbuilding surface area||60 m2|
Yves Delloye +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.