an 18th century mansion house and its enclosed garden
This residence is privileged to stand in the midst of a renowned historic town, within walking distance of all urban facilities. An SNCF train station provides 1¾ hour links to Paris-Bercy.
In 1995, the town was awarded the French “Town of Art and History” distinction.
In a dominant position, on a hill where vines were once grown, the town provides a unique view from the banks of the river Yonne which is enhanced with religious edifices such as the church of St-Pierre as well as its half-timbered houses and its narrow medieval streets.
This property is enhanced not only by its architecture but also by its dominant position. The residence is extended by an outbuilding which houses a summer kitchen and a spacious covered area which is ideal for taking meals outside during the summer months.
Parklands spanning almost 2,000 m², on the opposite side of the courtyard, are embellished with stone urns, Medici vases. Planted with various species of trees, they overlook the entire town and part of the surrounding countryside. A vegetable garden with an old well is on a lower level.
The mansion house
This building has experienced some moments of glory. For instance, on 24 August 1944, the surrender of the German occupation took place in the main courtyard. After several years, it housed the French department of Yonne’s Family Allowance Office. The house was used for administrative purposes up until the 1970’s when it became a home once again.
Double, moulded wood carriage gates, painted in monochrome hues and adorned with fine gilt-edged corner pieces, open into the main courtyard. They are flanked on either side by two engaged pillars, each topped with a stone sculpture. This impressive but not ostentatious building is flanked on either side by two pavilions. It spans two levels over cellars and under attic space. Both levels feature numerous large-paned openings, thus guaranteeing excellent luminosity inside. The windows are framed with basket-handle arches. The entrance stands out courtesy of its double doors, topped with a glazed fanlight and illuminated by wall lanterns. Its moulded framing includes a small stylised figurine. Above the main door is a frame topped with a fan-shaped, glass tympanum. This semi-circular arched opening is enhanced with a small balcony, the wrought iron of which features gold-leaf. All the large-paned windows predominantly have glazed fanlights and sash frames. They are enhanced with slatted shutters. The top floor has several roof dormers. The upper slopes of the Mansard-style roof is tiled whilst the break is covered with slate. The architecture of the house is different on the parklands side. In fact, two rectangular towers flank either side of the main building. A little gravel courtyard and a porch are laid out in front of the building. A bench and a stone fountain, topped with a satyr, complete the decoration of the parklands.
A large, very bright, through entrance hall opens out on to the parklands on the opposite side to the courtyard. On one side are several rooms, including a study, a toilet and a large lounge, with a white marble, open-hearth fireplace. This room stands out because of its dual-patterned parquet flooring, laid in a Versailles pattern in the centre which blends beautifully with the rest, laid in a strip pattern. The lounge is further enhanced with dentil moulding on the ceiling and some floor-to-ceiling wall panelling.
Double wooden doors open into a dining room.
On the other side of the entrance hall is a pantry which was recently redone. Near to the kitchen, it opens on to the courtyard and is illuminated by two double windows. The moulding here is more sober. The floor is covered with strip pattern parquet flooring. Panelling and cupboards form interesting decorative features. The nearby kitchen has also been redone and is now equipped with modern fixtures and fittings. One of the walls features exposed brick and stone and some half-timbering which perhaps indicates the former presence of a bread oven or a fireplace no longer in existence.
A door in the kitchen opens into a large hall area housing the back stairway.
Following on from the so-called “pantry” is a dining room, with windows fitted with gilt bronze espagnolette bolts and Versailles pattern parquet flooring.
The main stairway goes upstairs from the entrance hall, just after the study. The first stone step is shallower than the rest. The end of the railings is decorated with a pinecone, a symbol of happiness and fertility. It leads up to the landing, the old room featuring the notorious counters for the social services. A room with a view over the main courtyard and the surrounding mansion houses. It precedes a bedroom where carpet has simply been placed over strip pattern parquet flooring. The bedroom’s decorative feature is a window, with a glazed semi-circular arch. Partially gilded railings complete the decor of the window. A second, smaller bedroom however has a large wardrobe and an adjoining study. On the other side of the landing, a majestic bedroom has a view of the parklands, a white marble, open-hearth fireplace and strip pattern parquet flooring. Double, moulded doors open into a little lounge, recently redone and meticulously decorated so as to enhance a double window.
Six very spacious bedrooms, all with parquet flooring. An original feature on this level is the passageway covered with old terracotta floor tiles which leads to a back stairway, in a very good state of repair, that provides access to the attic as well as to an old sewing room. Four bedrooms follow on one from the other and it would be possible to create a flat by interconnecting them, especially as some have fireplaces.
Two pavilions in the main courtyard constitute the outbuildings. One is in use as a garage, able to take three or four cars; the other, a joinery shop, could be used for other purposes.
A door opening on to the courtyard provides access via a stone stairway to the cellar. The latter, comprising a room, with compartments for storing bottles as well as a highly wrought goods lift with gilded points, provides access to the galleries. This cellar could be used as a function or tasting room. It is watched over by a statue of Saint-Vincent, patron saint of vine growers.
A mansion house set between town and countryside, it has all the advantages of a town, whilst exuding the peace and quiet of life in the countryside.
This would be an ideal property for those self-employed and artistic professionals seeking to work from home as its numerous rooms are steeped in natural light. With the help of an architect from Bâtiments-de-France, several flats could be created without altering the premises and yet adding all modern-day home comforts.
A vaulted cellar, with several galleries, bears witness to the growing of vines and the local wine-making tradition.
Some works need to be scheduled as the house requires painting and the creation of bathrooms.
|Land registry surface area||1663 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||11|
|Main building surface area||623.49 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||122 m2|
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.