with a dominant view over the countryside around Sens
Where the borders of the Champagne, Burgundy and Ile-de-France regions meet, the rural landscape of the area around Sens alternates fields and woods. Hiking, walking, with great historic heritage courtesy of the river Yonne, and marked by the fighting of the One-Hundred-Years-War as well as the power of the archdiocese of Sens, the countryside is dotted with places to visit and abounds in activities.
5 km from Sens, the hamlet has all shops and amenities required on a daily basis thanks to the sub-prefecture of Yonne. Within easy reach of the A5 and A6 motorways, 40 km from Fontainebleau, 120 km from Paris reached by car in 1¼ hours and a little over an hour via Paris-Bercy by train from Sens station.
Its creamy-white rendered facade, spanning two levels, features numerous small-paned, casement windows, fitted with shutters. The roof is covered with Burgundy tiles and features two brick-fronted, Jacobin-style dormers. The porch is protected by a hipped, tile-covered canopy, sheltering a wall-light. Two chimney stacks flank either side of the roof.
A few stone steps go up to the entrance door, opening into a large living room, where the floor is paved with the hexagonal terracotta tiles, once produced on site by the brickworks. The room is heated via two closed-hearth fires, one installed in an engaged fireplace, with a straight chimneybreast and a mantel topped with two busts. Two gold-coloured ceiling lights are suspended from the exposed, white-painted beams. A French window opens on to a terrace. The clarity of the walls as well as the size of the windows give this room an ideal luminosity.
On the right-hand side is a fitted kitchen, with direct access to the garden, exposed beams, floor tiles laid in a randomly-matched pattern and a black ceiling light. It precedes a bedroom, with a similar ceiling and floor, enhanced with a gothic-style lectern, and a vast dressing room. Following on from the living room are a ladies’ sitting room-library, with octagonal terracotta floor tiles, inlaid with decoration, a modern bathroom, lined with wall and floor tiles, a toilet and a straight stairway, with railings, going upstairs. Under the stairway, a vaulted, limestone wine cellar, reinforced with brick and featuring a stone-covered floor.
A spacious landing is laid out as a study, a cathedral room which, with its ridge going up to a height of more than 4 metres, has an exposed roofing framework. The walls, between beams, rendering leaving the stone exposed, brick and windows, are cleverly lined with bookshelf units and paintings. Two Eiffel-style, metal stairways go up to two wings of attic space.
A corridor, on the right-hand side, provides access to a toilet and two bedrooms. The first has its own shower room. The roofing framework of the second, the main bedroom, emerges from the white walls. Its roof dormer illuminates the latter and the light-coloured carpet. This comfortable, main bedroom is well-exposed and very bright. It also has a bath encased in wood.
A versatile room, on the left-hand side and featuring an exposed roofing framework, is currently laid out as a billiard room, with a red carpet. It is followed by a shower room, a sauna and a bedroom with a mezzanine.
Spanning approx. 0.25 ha, the enclosed garden surrounds the house on three sides. It exudes a variety of ambiances: lawns with flowerbeds, an orchard, a fenced pond and a water well, together with a herb and vegetable garden. A paddle tennis court and a garden shed complete the property. A vast terrace surrounds the house and gives access to a recently-constructed, annexe building, housing a sauna and a Jacuzzi opening on to the garden.
The large outbuilding on the right-hand side, adjoining the corner of the main house, conceals a garage, a utility room with the boiler and the oil tank, as well as some large storage areas. A gable roof, featuring a Jacobin-style dormer on the main facade, a weathervane at the front as well as brick pillars characterise this building. The barns still have their old doors and their original appearance. A cellar is laid out under the building. In a good overall state of repair, this outbuilding could be transformed into living rooms.
On the left-hand side, the small, brick outbuilding, covered with vegetation, features a hanging roof dormer at the front, bearing witness to its past vocation.
“There was a brickworks there, offering some protection” wrote Emile-Zola in 1892 (“Les Rougon-Macquart” - Natural and social history of a family under the Second Empire, book 19 “La Débâcle” - The Debacle, part 2, chapter 1). The volley of shots of 1870 no longer exists and the local area is not Alsace, but the transformation indeed took place: nowadays, the former brickworks houses all modern-day home comforts, whilst still displaying the marks of yesteryear on the floor. The metamorphosis was carried out in such a way that it is difficult to imagine the property other than as a welcoming family home. And yet, the potential is great: the conversion possibilities in the outbuildings as well as the proximity of Paris suggest the creation of new activities.
The surrounding fields and woods are an everlasting source of walks for nature lovers and the cultural events held in town of Sens can but appeal to heritage enthusiasts.
|Land registry surface area||2870 m2|
|Main building surface area||276 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||4|
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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.