in Burgundy between the Morvan National Park and the Charolais region
This property, in undulating French bocage countryside, between the Morven National Park and the Charolais region, is set between Autun and Paray-le-Monial. In surroundings where nature and heritage have been preserved, this property stands on the outskirts of a market town, a former stronghold, the ramparts of which remain, together with a listed 12th century Cluniac church. It also has a primary school and local shops.
Across a little bridge spanning the Somme, a tributary that flows into the river Loire in the spa town of Bourbon-Lancy, this large luxurious home, its pond and its outbuildings are in the centre of an estate, extending over more than 4 ha.
This property is 40 km from a TGV train station, with 1½-hour links to Lyon and 2½-hour links to Paris. A regional train station, 15 minutes away, provides links to Nevers and Dijon taking an hour. And Switzerland is but a 2½-hour car drive away.
The large, rectangular, 18th century residence stands in the centre of the estate with the old buildings, used for exploiting the resources behind its wealth. It has a double aspect between the pond and the courtyard laid to lawn, delimited by the barn and the miller’s house with, opposite, a wooded slope with a spring. The architecture of the house and the history of the estate illustrate its high standing. Facing north-south, it has the pond and its mill, with a view of the village and the medieval church bell tower on the north side and a view over the property itself on the south side. Its roof, covered in small Burgundy tiles has been completely restored, earning it a label awarded by the French Heritage Foundation. Finials enhance the roof’s elegance. Two shed dormers on the south-facing slope illuminate the converted attic space. Its facades are rendered and its exposed granite stone quoins act as a reminder of the proximity of the Morvan lands. The wooden-framed, double-glazed windows are aligned in perfect symmetry on each facade.
A driveway at the end of the courtyard leads, left, to the swimming pool and the outbuildings, before continuing towards the estate enhanced with meadows and a wood. On the right-hand side, the drive extends towards an orchard and a landscaped carparking area, with its own access via wide gates.
The large, luxurious home
This main residence spans approx. 370 m² of living space over two levels, constructed over cellars.
The house can be accessed either via three doors all on a level with the courtyard or via the kitchen, set at right angles to the main house. The main entrance, via the wide central door, provides access to a lounge and its adjoining rooms. On one side, a dining room is followed by the kitchen and, on the other, after the stairway, a small entrance hall leads to a bedroom and a shower room with a toilet. The lounge and dining room are both through rooms, making them extremely bright.
All the rooms, except for the bedroom, are laid with the geometrically patterned, cement floor tiles that were highly fashionable in the 19th century and that came from the tile production plant in Perrusson. The lounge is decorated with wainscoting and panelling in the casement-bolt window embrasures and with a black marble fireplace as well as a moulded ceiling. The dining room still has its French ceiling. A cast iron, wood-burning stove has been installed in the vast granite fireplace. The modern, fully fitted kitchen opens on to the courtyard and the millrace via another window. The bedroom, formerly a music room, has oak wood parquet flooring and a moulded ceiling.
An elegant, wooden, hanging stairway, with a central stringer, goes up to a large landing, providing access to four bedrooms with parquet flooring. On one side, a bedroom with a bathroom and toilet, opposite the landing, a bathroom, with a shower room and toilet, as well as another bedroom and, on the other side, a small flat, with an entrance hall leading to a bedroom and a bathroom with a toilet.
The attic space has been insulated and converted, with a large central landing, in use as a reading room, and, on either side, two vast bedrooms, with plumbing laid on.
A vaulted wine cellar is laid out under the kitchen and another cellar, at the other end of the house, houses a mixed wood-fired boiler (firewood and wood pellets).
The miller's house
Spanning approx. 115 m², a house in the courtyard, once home to the miller, has been fully renovated just like the main house. Nowadays it is used as a guest house or for holiday accommodation rental purposes.
A vast lounge-dining room, with a dressed stone fireplace and exposed ceiling beams. An adjoining fitted kitchen. A bathroom, with a shower and a toilet, at the end.
A landing provides access to two large bedrooms, under panelled ceilings.
This barn, reflecting the typical Burgundy style, comprises a converted section, spanning a surface area of approx. 140 m². A cowshed and an attic still await conversion (approx. 100 m²). The roof has been restored. The openings, with their aluminium frames, indicate the fact that the vocation has been changed to one of accommodation.
A picture window opens into a vast dining room, with an open-plan kitchen. The exposed stone walls exude all their authenticity as does the ceiling. The floor is laid with terracotta tiles. The old cowshed, with its mangers, still awaits conversion on the other side.
A wooden stairway goes up to the converted section, laid out on either side of a landing. On one side, a large bedroom and, on the other, a large room used as a dormitory, intended in particular for pilgrims travelling along the Way of St James. The landing houses a shower room, with two wash-hand basins, and a toilet. An opening in the ceiling at the end of the cowshed provides access to the attic.
The small forge
This small forge spans a surface area of approx. 20 m². The brick framing surrounding the windows, enhanced by the black aluminium windows, mark its original vocation. It is completely restored and comprises a bedroom, a shower room and a toilet.
The turbine-powered mill
The mill has two entrances: a door opening on to the bank of the pond and, another, on to the road. This turbine-powered mill, spanning approx. 260 m², could be restored and converted into a house. It spans two levels above a cellar. Most probably dating from the 13th century, it stands on the side of the pond, the water of which still flows under the old turbine. The mill, with its large wheel and its grinding stone, produced flour from the 13th through to the 19th century, when the turbine replaced the wheel for the production of animal feed, flax flour and electricity, not only for domestic use but also for the sawmill.
A new turbine could be installed so that the mill could once again produce ecological electricity for the estate.
The estate and its outbuildings
This estate spans a surface area of approx. 4.22 ha. The meadows border the river Somme and form a little, pastoral valley, with the wood on the hill. They could accommodate horses. The millrace feeds the pond, spanning approx. 0.1827 ha in front of the main house.
The wood, spanning a surface area of approx. 2.90 ha, looks down on to the meadows.
The swiming pool
This 7x11 m swimming pool is sheltered by an old barn wall and is heated by a heat pump. One section of the outbuildings is used as a pool-house (approx. 27 m²), with three-phase electricity laid on for the installation of a sauna or hammam.
A partially dismantled outbuilding (approx. 120 m²) still has several covered sections, used for garden shed and workshop purposes (approx. 50 m²).
The orchard, on a small hill facing the main house, is planted with twenty or so fruit trees (apple, pear, cherry and plum).
This estate forms a harmonious hamlet, a haven of peace. An estate in the real sense of the term as it is both an ideal house for a large family and a place for running a bed & breakfast or holiday accommodation rental activity. Its Internet access also means that residents could work from home. Tourist accommodation, essentially taking place during the summer months, makes it possible to more than cover the running costs, which are relatively low notably due to the boiler using wood from the estate. New owners could continue this ecological and economic transition by installing a new turbine in the mill as well as by converting the mill and the cowshed.
|Land registry surface area||4 ha 22 a 30 ca|
|Main building surface area||643 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||315 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||11|
Marie de La Ville-Baugé +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.