character houses for sale in france burgundy nievre department

An elegant, long, traditional farmhouse,
with 1 ha of parklands, just two hours from Paris
, NIEVRE burgundy FR


This 19th century, long, traditional farmhouse is in the French department of Nièvre, a part of Burgundy that is covered with vineyards, forests and fields. Cosne-sur-Loire train station is 20 minutes away. Local shops are to be found just a few minutes away. The village is dominated by a listed church, the origins of which date back to the 13th century. It still features its superb bell dating from 1710 as well as mysterious engravings on its facade. Many artists, such as 19th century landscape painter, Henri-Bidauld, or Lucien-Martial who worked on the motif here, have lived or stayed in this area.


This property stands in a village where it has not been forgotten that a lime tree was planted on the orders of Sully, minister and close friend of Henri IV, in the 16th century. At the time, it was common practice to plant a tree in front of churches and village meetings were held around them. A tradition that has not completely disappeared.
Once through the village, this property is reached by crossing a dense forest, predominantly planted with oak trees. Wrought iron gates open into parklands, decorated with a few benches and old stone planters. Then, all along one side of the house is a large orchard, with a multitude of apple, pear, apricot, vineyard peach and fig trees. The property includes a few trees over a hundred years old as well as highly coloured flowering plants such as the mauve and white wisteria that runs along the stone wall of the residence, hydrangeas and Japanese anemones, amongst others. Some features, now decorative, reflect the past such as the kerbstones in front of the stone building, which prevented the hubs on the carriages from damaging doors and facades. This long, traditional farmhouse, spanning two levels, is flanked by a lean-to. It has numerous openings. A small terrace, at the rear of the house, is concealed by lush vegetation. It is a particularly pleasant place to sit at tea-time. A few stock from a small Sauvignon vineyard, part of the famous Pouilly-Fumé variety, remain on a plot in the parklands.

The country house

This long, traditional farmhouse has long been a source of inspiration for several Parisian artists. It belonged, in the middle of the 20th century, to Louise-Roblin, an actress from the French capital who, like the current owners, spent weekends here.
This country house, completely constructed of stone in the 19th century, features numerous large-paned openings, protected by green, solid wood shutters, composed of tongue and groove, reinforced with crossbars. The main, wooden entrance door, painted and fitted with a handle topped with a copper catch, remains plain. Window sills and lintels, made of regional stone, adorn the facade. The gable roofs, covered with Burgundy tiles, do not all appear to be at the same height: the residence still being constituted of several buildings adjoining one another, the very essence of a long, traditional farmhouse. Some openings in the eaves walls were originally used to air certain rooms that did not need daylight. The roofs feature roof dormers. The residence ends in a lean-to, the single-sloped roof of which is also covered with Burgundy tiles.

Ground floor
The front door opens directly into a large, welcoming room, combining stone and wood with exposed oak wood ceiling beams, lime-rendered walls and terracotta floor tiles. The centre of the lounge is taken up by an open-hearth fireplace, comprising an imitation mantel and a local brick hearth. Not far from the fireplace, a bread oven and its ash-pit are both still in good working order.
An old farm door, on the south side, provides access to a storeroom and to a small workshop. Near to the front door is an old feature from everyday life: a stone sink, hewn in a wide stone set into the wall masonry. Above it, an oval bull’s eye window makes it possible to see visitors coming.
A fully fitted kitchen, on the north side, is set behind a stable door. Once again, the ceiling beams are exposed and the floor laid with terracotta tiles. A reading room, on the south side, is set out around an old stone fireplace, immediately encouraging residents to browse through one of the books on the bookshelf unit, grey in colour to match the ceiling beams and taking up an entire wall. The floor is paved with flagstones. This room precedes a study, steeped in light, courtesy of a large, small-paned, picture window, topped with an old arched beam and opening out on to the garden. Lime-rendered walls add to the luminosity. A shower room, adjoining the study, could be transformed into a bedroom.

First floor
The stairway goes up to a lounge with a cathedral ceiling, steeped in light courtesy of its many openings. A small alcove in a stone wall houses a piece of furniture. A little corridor provides access to two bedrooms, the meticulous decoration of which blends once again with wood and stone. In the first bedroom, one wall is composed of stone, topped with brick. An adjoining, fully tiled bathroom stands out because of its old marble vanity unit with a stone wash-hand basin. The second bedroom, in the same hues, is laid out at the end of the corridor where an old farm door opens into a highly decorative room featuring exposed beams and certain features such as very old wall-mounted candle holders.

Our opinion

This part of Burgundy has long inspired painters. Parisian artists used to come to recharge their batteries, notably here in this long, traditional farmhouse, well protected by its parklands without being isolated. The luminous interior abounds in features used every day in olden times such as a stone sink, topped with an oculus so as to be able to see visitors approaching, wall-mounted candle holders and a bread oven, still in good working order. This property, with its air of an English cottage, is ideal for weekend breaks and holidays.

330 000 €
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Reference 440808

Land registry surface area 9332 m2
Main building surface area 186 m2

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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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