surrounded by some 4 ha of parklands enhanced with a stream
In a historic town, not far from Auxerre, stands a large residence, 180 km from. This chateau is close to all amenities required on a daily basis and just a few minutes from a train station with links to Paris-Gare-de-Lyon. The river Yonne, flowing alongside the town, is crossed by a listed, 18th century bridge, featuring two arches. The exterior of its parapet is adorned with a Greek style frieze.
This property stands in a historic town which was once known for its monastery. In fact, through their manual labour, notably on the land, the monks were tasked with supplying food to the large neighbouring town of Auxerre.
On either side stand outbuildings, with the main house straight in front. The gravel-covered ground is ideal for parking cars. On one side of the chateau, an old bridge spans a stream, bordered by lush vegetation. An old well and a small ivy-covered shed embellish the pastoral appearance of the property. A swimming pool looks out over the parklands.
On the other side of the residence, another entrance, opening via double gates, provides access to this same setting and a house with its own garage.
The small chateau
Chess champion, Garry-Kasparov, trained many times in this property and more exactly in one of the entrance pavilions where he actually competed in championships.
The building is constructed in several sections, including an impressive projection which highlights a large, basket-handle arched window, featuring small panes and solid shutters. A stone paved parterre is flanked by two cast iron Medici vases. Lanterns protruding from the wall illuminate the central pavilion.
The facade features numerous openings with wrought iron railings and solid shutters in a good state of repair. The architecture is also marked by a variety of roofs, some gable, some pavilion. The main entrance to the house is topped with a canopy covered with traditional tiles. Two small buildings precede the main entrance. Their profile and contour are mixed, with regional stone and brick as well as pavilion roofs.
Two entrances, one of which is old, give access to the ground floor. The residence has been extended over the years, notably the wing to the right of the main entrance. A vestibule, paved with Burgundy stone, leads to a guest toilet and, straight on, to a study with large oak wood cupboards. All the rooms are very bright. In the right-hand, more recent wing: a dining room lined with Toile-de-Jouy wallpaper looks out over the garden on the east side via a large picture window. A room near to a fully fitted kitchen is particularly well illuminated via an entire row of windows. An adjoining lounge, with oak wood furniture, is in use as a library. It features an imitation, moulded stone fireplace. A view from the lounge looks out not only over the parklands but also, directly, over the swimming pool. In the left-hand wing, a reception room, marked by an arcade, provides access, on the east side, to a room, featuring small-paned windows and, on the west side, to the extension of the reception room, with floor tiles featuring inlaid decoration and an imitation window with a semi-circular arch. Following on from the reception room are a laundry room, a bedroom, with an adjoining shower room, and the oldest section, with its second entrance. The main, stone stairway goes upstairs to the bedrooms.
The oldest section comprises a very bright flat which includes a little lounge and a kitchen, separated by an alcove which opens into a bedroom, with its adjoining shower room and separate toilet. It has been tastefully redone throughout and has numerous cupboards. On the most recent side of the first floor are several bedrooms reflecting a variety of styles, each with a water supply point. The exception: a marble bathroom which opens on to a large terrace looking out over the natural surroundings.
On the old side, panelling covers the walls and exposed beams enhance the ceilings which are lower in this section. A corridor provides access, on either side, to two bedrooms. The most recent section is taken up by a large room where the roofing framework has been enhanced.
Standing near to the chateau, this house could be transformed so as to accommodate guests. It was used as offices by the owners and currently has its own garage. The house has its own entrance and comprises a large room, with terracotta floor tiles and large, built-in wooden cupboards lining the walls. A smaller room is in use as an office and a kitchen looks out over the parklands.
Several outbuildings marked by architecture characteristic of the region, a combination of brick and stone, are laid out in such a way as to form a coherent property. Some feature bull’s eye windows. They are relatively large and span between 28.30 and 40 m². Two of them are old stables and their beams are exposed. Old cast iron firebacks depict medieval scenes.
One of the outbuildings is in use as a garage, able to accommodate several cars. Another one provides access to a double vaulted cellar, reached via a stone stairway.
There was obviously a reason why the some of the biggest chess tournaments were held in this place. It has everything to encourage concentration: peace and quiet as well as the effectiveness of unpretentious, faultless comfort. Both the parklands and the interiors contribute to the creation of such a specific and extremely pleasant atmosphere. Beauty and good taste go naturally together forming an equilibrium especially in the parklands. Days and nights follow one another without any similitude and visitors have but to observe the nearby town of Auxerre, illuminated at night, to fall under the charm of this unique property. The possibility of getting quickly and easily to Paris is also a great asset.
|Land registry surface area||4 ha|
|Main building surface area||477 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||100 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.