In the town of Autun, an 18th century mansion
with outbuildings and botanical garden
Autun, SAONE-ET-LOIRE burgundy 71400 FR

Location

In Burgundy, Autun is renowned for its rich historical heritage and the surrounding countryside in the Morvan Regional Nature Park. The city wall is evidence of the Gallo-Roman origin of the city, "Augustodunum” was founded by the emperor Augustus. In the upper town, the cathedral, its religious quarter and the Ursuline tower are witnesses to its medieval history. The bishop's residence, the military high school and many private mansions were built in the 18th century. In addition to its history and geographical location, Autun's appeal is particularly strong in terms of economy and tourism. It also offers a large choice of public and private secondary and primary schools. 30 minutes from a TGV station, Autun is 1h20 from Paris and 45 minutes from Lyon by train. Switzerland is a 3-hour drive away.

Description

The mansion, built in 1784, is located where the former gatehouse of the fortified town of Autun used to sit. A few metres away, several historic monuments bear witness to the development of the city beyond the medieval district. In the 18th century, three important buildings were erected around the Place du Champs-de-Mars: the Church of Notre-Dame, the private school Institut du Saint-Sacrement, and the Autun public secondary school, later called the Lycée Bonaparte, to commemorate the fact that the emperor was a pupil of this school. In the second part of the square, the theatre and the town hall bear witness to Autun's continued development in the 19th century. The entrance to the property is marked by a monumental 18th century porch with dressed stone moulding and an entablature, an elaborate carriage gate and a paved threshold with guard stones. The distinctive street façade of the mansion illustrates the importance of the owner who commissioned the construction, it is prolonged by the garden wall with a pedestrian gate. An outbuilding sits on the other side of the entrance porch on the corner of two streets. Its façade is extended by the garden wall with the façade of the hunting lodge in the centre.

The mansion

Built in the Burgundian style with a flat tile roof decorated with elegant eyebrow dormer windows in dressed stone, its facades are rendered and feature corner quoins. On either side of the entrance door, large paned windows with shutters punctuate the street and garden walls. The façade on the street side is more elaborate, and the central French window on the first floor opens theatrically out onto the balcony and the street. A cornice highlights the roof. Bands mark the different levels of the elevation and dressed stone frames decorate the openings. On the garden side, a terrace with a flight of steps runs along the façade. In the centre, a large central staircase with a stone banister leads down to the garden, and on either side of it, steps provide access to the stable yard and the garden.


Ground floor
Modified in the 19th century, the entrance hall is impressive for its size and its wooden staircase with an elegant cast-iron banister. On one side, the main wall features full hight panelling with built-in cupboards. A back door opens into the study. Wainscotting enhances the other walls. The cement tile flooring by the Charnoz et Cie factory in Paray-le-Monial was made to specification for the hallway and dining room. Following on from the entrance door, a moulded double door opens onto the dining room and, in the same axis, onto the garden. On the other side, a double door leads to the large living room. The dining room with wainscotting boasts a 19th century Alsatian stove in the same shades as the cement tiles. Another door leads out to the terrace and its perron. A small drawing room with parquet flooring and a moulded ceiling opens directly into the large living room. It also features parquet flooring and an elegant black marble fireplace. The refinement of the decorations can also be found in the locksmith's work and the elaborate door handles. On the garden side, a scullery is followed in a row by the kitchen which also opens onto the terrace. On the street side, a corridor leads to the passageway under the porch. It serves an office, a bedroom, a kitchen, a bathroom and a toilet.
First floor
First floor
The quarter-turn staircase leads to a large landing serving three flats of approximately 55 m². The layout of the rooms has not been altered, so one merely has to open the doors to the hallway to rediscover a house with many bedrooms and bathrooms. At the top of the staircase, a corridor serves on the street side: a flat with in a row a living room, a bedroom, a kitchen, a bathroom, a toilet and a laundry room; and on the garden side another flat with connecting living room, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and toilet. On the other side of the landing is a flat with a living room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and toilet.
Second floor
A landing leads to two full-width flats under the roof, dormer windows overlook the street and the garden. Opposite the staircase lies a flat of approximately 70 m², with living room and bedroom on the garden side; kitchen, shower room, toilet, laundry room and two other bedrooms on the street side. On the other side of the landing is a flat of about 50 m², with a bedroom and kitchen facing the street, then follow the living room, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and toilet.
Cellar
The entire mansion is built on three vaulted cellars, ventilated by window wells. Two cellar doors are located on either side of the terrace entrance door. A wine cellar is followed by a second cellar in which the very compact gas boiler is located. Access to the third cellar is via the southern façade.

The guest house

After passing through the entrance porch, a passageway opens onto a courtyard with cobblestones, once intended for horse-drawn carriages, now used for cars. The entrance to the guest house is located next to the mansion’s service entrance. This 80 m² outbuilding is very elegant and similar to the mansion it adjoins. Its facades are rendered and two dressed stone dormers adorn the small Burgundy tile roof. A French window with shutters opens onto the paved courtyard.


Ground floor
A corridor leads on one side to a bedroom, a bathroom and a toilet. It opens onto a living room which overlooks the stable yard. On the other side, a straight staircase leads to the first floor.
First floor
The staircase leads to a large playroom and a bedroom with closet.

The hunting lodge

In the cobbled courtyard, the former hunting lodge is a rendered house with a gable roof covered with small flat Burgundy tiles featuring two Jacobean dormer windows overlooking the garden. The roof is decorated with a wooden pelmet. On the courtyard façade, a staircase with a wrought iron banister leads to a flat above a garage.


Ground floor
Cars have replaced the horse-drawn carriages that were housed in this large shed. Access is through the stable yard: a large double door and a door into the garden.
First floor
A staircase leads to a flat of about 55 m². In line with the entrance door, a corridor leads to a bedroom, bathroom and toilet on one side, a kitchen on the other, followed by a living room.

The botanical garden

The garden was designed by the great-grandfather of the current owners, Dr François-Xavier Gillot, a famous botanist who owned the mansion in the 19th century. The garden was then part of a large botanical park of which many species remain. The elevated gravel terrace, bordered by a low wall with a granite cover on which Medici vases are placed, overlooks the garden. Two climbing vines producing Muscat and Chasselas grapes adorn the façade of the house. Two large lavender beds are planted on either side of the façade. The large central open staircase with its granite stone banister leads to the garden. The right-hand staircase leads to the paved courtyard with its still functioning pump and the outbuildings. At the left end, another staircase leads to the garden and to a rose archway that marks the entrance to a small courtyard with a door to the street.


Garden
It is composed of several flowerbeds and a wide variety of flowers and shrubs planted in the 19th century by Dr Gillot. An extensive lawn in the centre of the garden features a rounded parterre, bordered by stachys byzantina, more commonly known as "lamb’s ears", decorated with tulips in spring and annuals in summer. A large row of rosebushes runs along the perron. On the lawn to the right, a rhubarb planted in 1890 and a Japanese maple create an island in front of a flowerbed of yukas, mahonias, banana trees and sage. In the cobbled courtyard of the outbuildings, jasmines and climbing roses adorn the guest house and the surrounding wall. The hunting lodge also features a climbing rose and hydrangeas planted in front of the main façade.
Driveways
A gravel driveway surrounding a large central lawn defines the garden. Other paths lead into groves and then along the garden wall under the foliage of trees and shrubs, creating a little walkway.
Grove
In front of the walls surrounding the garden, several groves offer different places to halt. Numerous varieties of trees, American oaks, red maples, Japanese maples, birches, Judas trees, lime trees, ash trees, pipes and large trees form a green fence. The garden also offers fruit trees: cherry, fig, quince and hazelnut. Shrubs, including seringas, form an understorey in the shelter of the trees. A small vegetable garden is located near the hunting lodge.

Our opinion

In the heart of Autun, an authentic mansion with woodwork and cement tile floors adding to its warm and bright atmosphere. The porch and the porch-terrace opening on to the botanical garden as well as the converted outbuildings contribute to the impression of visiting a property in the centre of town. The mansion has a great family history and the floors divided into flats allowed several generations to live together under the same roof. They were rented out for a few years. Only one flat is now occupied. Ideal for a rental investment project. A doctor's surgery could possibly be created in one section of the ground floor. Future owners could combine a private home with a rental income.

Exclusive sale

700 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 764028

Land registry surface area 2110 m2
Main building surface area 435 m2
Number of bedrooms 12
Outbuilding surface area 214 m2
including refurbished area161 m2

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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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