character houses for sale puisaye - burgundy in france

An impressive, elegant residence
in the midst of 3 ha of parklands in Burgundy
Bléneau, YONNE burgundy 89220 FR


This house is in Puisaye, a lively region with a good tourist trade. These completely rural surroundings feature a diversity of landscapes and colours as well as a wealth of heritage. The village next to the estate is home to the “Estivales en Puisaye-Forterre”, a French classical music festival. An original composition of an operetta or an opera is performed there every year. This property, typical of its region, is near to the shops. A train station, 20 minutes away, provides direct links to Paris-Bercy.


Once belonging to a regional farm worker, this old house has been mentioned several times in local tales and legends written in the 19th century. The estate allegedly featured a tall oak tree, beneath which fairies supposedly danced all night in order to achieve miracles and some have had their dreams come true.
Wooden gates open on to a wide driveway, bordered on one side by an oak forest and, on the other by boxwood. The house, at the end, has a clear view over the surrounding countryside.
A gravel parterre around the long, traditional farmhouse is used for parking cars. Decorative, regional ceramic pots are set out in front of the facade. Opposite, a small boat awaits clement weather to go for an outing on the lake. A wooden bench, on the waterside, is but an invitation to sit and contemplate the pastoral landscape. A bridle path crosses the parklands, planted with trees over a hundred years old.
A little further away, a swimming pool, lined with blue mosaic tiles, is accompanied by its pool-house. An old farm shed facing it is now used as a covered terrace or garden shed. A stone well behind the house still provides water.

The house

This property was renovated in strict keeping with regional traditions. It spans two levels. The light-coloured, lime rendered facade features numerous basket-handle arched, small-paned windows, with pink brick window sills and solid wood, green shutters, all completely redone. Two glazed doors, one the front door and the other opening directly into the kitchen, have similar framing.
A large opening, glazed with large panes, stands out courtesy of its basket-handle arch with its brick voussoir. It features a fan-shaped tympanum. At the end of the house is a lean-to which houses two sheds with two low vertical openings.
A creeper runs along the house’s string course. The roof, covered with traditional tiles, has been redone. Four hanging roof dormers let copious amounts of light into the second level.
Behind the residence, a roof adjoining the house and sloping down over a terrace provides shelter from inclement weather and forms a summer eating area.

Ground floor
A door, glazed with small panes, is the house’s main entrance, opening into a vast, bright room, enhanced with Burgundy stone floor tiles and well-kept, old, exposed oak wood ceiling beams.
Several rooms, comprising a lounge and three bedrooms, on the right-hand side are not occupied and await renovation.
A large living room on the left-hand side is steeped in light courtesy of its many openings under a cathedral ceiling. The mantel and jambs of the fireplace are made of Burgundy stone. Stone paving extends the hearth in front of the fireplace. The brick back plate is reminiscent of the external framing around the openings. The lounge and the dining room, with their combination of stone and wood, exude a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
A corridor leads to an extremely functional kitchen that opens on to the parklands via a glazed door. A back kitchen, opposite the kitchen, provides useful cupboard space. The door handles are brass.
These are followed by a first, very bright bedroom, with a double window that overlooks the parklands and a second, bigger bedroom, with a lounge area and an open-hearth, brick fireplace. Both bedrooms have regional sandstone floor tiles.
Two wooden stairways in the lounge provide access upstairs.

First floor
Two mezzanines face one another on the first floor. A study is laid out on the first one. Decorative wooden railings delimit the room which looks down on to the lounge. The other mezzanine is opposite. The exposed roofing framework is impressive. A corridor provides access to a spacious bedroom, with parquet flooring and a lounge area. Opposite the bedroom, a bathroom is decorated with a combination of tiles and wood. At the end of the corridor, a billiards’ room is also an ideal place for those wishing to read.
The other mezzanine is laid out as a children’s games room. A door provides access to an attic which could easily be converted.

An old open barn, spanning a floor surface area of 66 m², is used for parking cars. An old covered area awaits rehabilitation works. A 100 m² farm shed. Two sheds adjoining the house are used for storing bikes. Small vertical openings are a reminder of the original use of these two closed sheds.

Our opinion

This well-designed, long traditional farmhouse features large, basket-handle arched openings which are framed with brick as is often the case in Burgundy. Its impressive roofing framework enhances the decor throughout. Mezzanines in the reception room, with its cathedral ceiling, resemble airy balcony corridors. A sample of Colette’s Puisaye region surrounds the house comprising flowers, tall trees and a lake, on which a small boat is ready for an outing.

Exclusive sale

650 000 €
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Reference 274370

Main building surface area 393.20 m2

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Regional representative

Isabelle Ponelle       +33 1 42 84 80 85



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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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