in a haven of greenery
On the borders of Burgundy and Ile-de-France, in the region around Sens, fields and woods alternate on either side of the Yonne in a rural setting.
In a village of 800 inhabitants, 5 km from Sens, a town with an important historical heritage, the property is close to the sub-prefecture of the Yonne department, which offers all the shops and amenities required for everyday life.
Easily accessible via the A5 and A6, 40 km from Fontainebleau, the 120 km separating the property from Paris can be covered in 1 hour and 15 minutes by car and in less than an hour by rail thanks to the direct link between the stations of Sens and Paris Bercy.
Under a semi-circular brick arch, an imposing automated green wooden gate gives access to a vast courtyard surrounded by the mill and its outbuildings. In the middle of this paved area, which recalls the atmosphere of the beguinages (houses for lay religious women) of the Middle Ages, stands a majestic plane tree.
Over the centuries, the mill has had various functions: for a long time it was a grain mill, but in the last century, it became a wood mill, which explains the carpenter’s workshop in the courtyard. The current owners have redone the roof, which had completely burnt down. The mill still retains its metal wheel.
At the back, the main garden, completely enclosed and protected from prying eyes, comprises several lawns crossed by footpaths and the waterways of the stream.
On both sides, the facades are rendered and covered with Virginia creeper under a roof clad with flat Burgundy tiles. The roof has numerous triangular dormers, known as “outeaux”, with white wooden railings, and hipped dormers, known as “capucines”, on the garden side. The walls feature many large and small paned windows and glass doors. While the entrance on the courtyard side is covered by a porch roof, on the opposite side, an imposing high-pitched pentagonal roof protects the terrace from the sun during the day, while lanterns provide light after sunset.
The hallway, decorated with geometrically patterned skirting boards, leads to the main rooms. To the left, the open plan fitted kitchen with direct access to the courtyard has a tiled floor and leads to the dining room with straight parquet flooring and beamed ceiling. Follows the sitting room with a cathedral ceiling up to 7 m high. Its large central stone fireplace organizes the space between the front part, under the pentagonal roof, and the smaller part at the back, under the mezzanine. The floor has been paved with white tiles. The room opens out onto the garden and features large windows. Further on: the reading room, warmed by a straight strip parquet floor, also overlooking the garden with a view of the metal wheel, a remnant of the mill. To the right of the hallway is a study with parquet and wood panelling, a bathroom and the former engine room which has been converted into a laundry and boiler room. The wooden staircase at the back leads to the first floor.
A corridor on the mezzanine level above the sitting room serves three bedrooms and a shower room with toilet. Whether warm with yellow walls, or bright and white, the rooms all have fitted carpets and the corridor features herringbone patterned seagrass flooring for added comfort. The master bedroom has its own en-suite bathroom with toilet and blue and white cabochon tiles. All bedrooms overlook the garden.
Facing the courtyard, the former carpenter's workshop with its elegant original glass windows offers large volumes with a height of approximately 7 m under the exposed roof structure. Thanks to its southern exposure providing plenty of light, it is now the current owner's artist’s studio. The mezzanine, with its many storage spaces, leads to a large room with direct access to the street. It is currently used as a garage for four vintage cars.
Opposite the mill, facing south, part of the outbuilding has been converted into a dwelling, offering white walls and ceilings, tiled floor, two bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen and a living room. The rest of the outbuilding with direct access to the courtyard consists of a workshop and another garage with access to the street on the first floor. On the last side of the courtyard follow a covered terrace, a storage room and two woodsheds.
Crossed by the stream and its waterways, a large garden laced with footpaths surrounds the mill. Enclosed by hedges providing protection from the outside world, it boasts a water well covered by an octagonal slate pavilion roof, and a large gazebo with straight parquet flooring and stained glass windows with blue, yellow and white cabochon patterns for a more subdued atmosphere. Numerous bushes, shrubs, rose bushes, flower beds and an orchard embellish the garden.
As soon as one passes through the gate, sheltered by the large plane tree in the paved courtyard, the serenity of the medieval retreats of these religious lay women who were called "beguines” can be felt. The large volumes, the almost artistic luminosity and the garden with its thousand corners are the real assets of the property.
The old mill now offers all the comforts of a modern home while retaining the spirit of yesteryear: the ideal setting for a family or friends' home. However, many other possibilities remain, as there is so much space: the potential uses of the magnificent workshop with its elegant glass roofs, the other outbuildings and garages, as well as the proximity to Paris foreshadow an array of new activities.
|Land registry surface area||3600 m2|
|Main building surface area||250 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||4|
|Outbuilding surface area||320 m2|
|including refurbished 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.