in a preserved sector of the former capital of the Dukes of Burgundy
The TGV train provides links to Paris taking just over 1½ hours. Dijon, home to the Dukes of Burgundy in the 14th and 15th centuries, has an exceptional historic and architectural heritage. Culture is also omnipresent in the form of a large cultural centre and an opera house, a theatre and cinemas. The museums and, notably, the much-appreciated fine arts gallery attract local inhabitants and many passing visitors alike. For several years, Dion has been classified as “the most attractive town in France” by the French magazine “Entreprise”. This mansion house stands in one of the most well-known streets of Dijon’s historic centre, near to the future “International Gastronomy and Wine Centre”.
The mansion house
This house, dating from the 17th century, belonged to a famous local family of merchants and lawyers. It is composed of two aligned buildings, one protruding from the other.
These sober, elegant buildings span three levels, one of which is under the rafters. The quarry stone block walls are covered with a light-coloured rendering and the dressed stone surrounds framing the openings have been left exposed. The Mansard style roofs, covered with flat, Burgundy tiles, feature roof dormers with stone and brick surrounds. Several stone chimney pots are an indication of numerous fireplaces. The openings are rectangular and sometimes topped with a fanlight. The windows have large panes. Highly wrought, iron railings protect a stairway, going down to a vault, as well as a balcony on the first floor.
The front door opens into a hall, paved with tiles and their inlaid decoration, a feature typical of the 17th century. The stairway, with its wide steps, is made of wood and its balusters and handrails are carved. It is possible to glimpse the various adjoining rooms on either side. The floors are covered with parquet flooring, laid in herringbone or wide strip patterns. The walls are lined with wainscoting of different heights or floor-to-ceiling panelling. The ceilings are enhanced with moulded cornices or their joists painted and their beams elegantly boxed. On one side of the hall, a vast lounge is widely illuminated by large windows. Two steps lead to a little passageway, the thick dressed stone walls of which are a reminder of the building’s old origins. It leads to a study. The ambiance is muted and marked by the large amount of period panelling, the beams and joists have been left exposed. Indoor shutters adorn the windows. A marble fireplace is part of the decoration. At the end, a door opens into a vestibule, housing a second wooden stairway. Once again, it is decorated with typical 17th century features such as balusters and the heads of its wooden pegs.
On the other side of the entrance hall, the decoration in the dining room is a combination of classical and contemporary styles. The luminosity enhances the pastel-coloured wainscoting and cap moulding as well as the wide strip pattern, black parquet flooring. An old, ceramic and copper wood-burning stove, standing on a marble base, is housed in an alcove, giving a certain majesty to this room. The stone surrounds framing the windows remain exposed. An opening provides access to another, smaller entrance hall that adjoins a fully fitted kitchen, steeped in light.
A landing provides access to two vast suites. The first has double French windows that open on to a balcony, with highly wrought, iron railings, giving a view of the interior courtyard. Wood is omnipresent in the form of indoor shutters, herringbone pattern parquet flooring and the superb beam system enhancing the ceiling. The bathroom is in keeping with the suite, with two wash-hand basins, a shower and a separate toilet. The atmosphere is contemporary. A lounge adjoins the bedroom. Here, the atmosphere is welcoming courtesy of the period woodwork and the French ceiling. Floor-to-ceiling panelling featuring large panels completes the decor.
The second suite has a similar layout. The very high ceiling is adorned with old, oak wood beams, the floor is laid with herringbone pattern parquet flooring and the fireplace is unusual: its marble mantel enhances a splayed stricture covered with orangey-coloured ceramic tiles, originating from the famous Cîteaux Abbey. This decor is to be found elsewhere in the house.
All the suites are meticulously and successfully decorated. The bathrooms have been redone in a contemporary style. Each one is different and has a walk-in shower. Toilets are always separate.
Double moulded doors on the landing open on to a stairway that goes to a library, one entire wall of which is covered with books.
A few steps go up from the library to the top floor with its sloping ceilings. A landing provides access to another two suites. One comprises two adjoining bedrooms, with a wash-hand basin. The decoration combines the old with the new. The first bedroom is vast. It features strip pattern parquet flooring and an exposed roofing framework. A double, carved wood cupboard is built into the wall. It is followed by a door that opens into a second bedroom which can be totally independent as it also has a door leading out on to the 17th century stairway. In the other suite, light-coloured walls enhance wainscoting, indoor shutters and exposed beams. Ceramic tiles from Cîteaux Abbey once again decorate the lintels above the windows. Some depict animals and some feature bunches of grapes or inscriptions such as “Vive le Roi” (Long Live the King). The radiators in all of the rooms are concealed behind wrought wooden cladding.
The basement can be reached via a stairway next to the kitchen. Fully tiled, it is fitted with a sauna, a shower, a toilet and an old stone cellar that currently houses the boiler room. A corridor leads under the paved courtyard to a spiral stairway which comes up in the old stables, now housing the swimming pool.
A vast stone vault, reached via a flight of steps outside in the courtyard and paved with large, Burgundy flagstones, completes this property. It is heated via an open-hearth fireplace and spans a surface area of approx. 30 m². An old stone sink has been preserved. This vault is ventilated via large basement windows.
The old stables, opposite the mansion house, have been converted. Wide, basket-handle-arched openings have been added, providing a glimpse of the swimming pool. It spans a surface area of 11.50x3.50 m. Copious amounts of light flood in through the large windows that make it possible to take advantage of the external surroundings. Lanterns protruding from the wall adorn the facade. The roof, covered with traditional tiles, features roof dormers. A self-contained dwelling comprises the second section of the outbuilding.
A small entrance hall provides access to a lounge, a fitted kitchen and a toilet. The floors are paved with ceramic tiles. A straight stairway goes upstairs from the lounge.
A landing provides access to a very spacious bedroom and a bathroom, with a toilet. The exposed beams and roofing framework enhance the decor.
This mansion house, intended for accommodating guests, is sold furnished and fully fitted (making a bed & breakfast activity immediately possible as this includes the household linen). This house forcefully reflects the patrimonial heritage of this centuries-old town. Its particularly successful, elegant decoration is totally in keeping with its numerous architectural features. The fresh, colourful ornamentation of the flower-filled courtyard has been subtly carried out and comes into its own in fine weather. These elegant premises, ideal for a pleasant way of life in the centre of the ducal capital, can but appeal. The location is exceptional, the house and its guest bedrooms first-class. Its balance sheets are attractive.
|Land registry surface area||1113 m2|
|Main building surface area||367 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||50.95 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||6|
Isabelle Ponelle +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.