between millrace and river, near to Dijon in Burgundy
In Burgundy, 300 km from Paris, 200 km from Lyon and Genève, 12 km from Dijon TGV train station, with 1½ hour links to Paris.
A dovecote and its wine-tasting cellar adjoin other wine cellars which, topped by a terrace, can be reached all on a level. On the heights of the property is a retention pond with an overflow and, lower down, an unheated swimming pool.
The manor house
Once over the stationary bridge that spans the forge’s millrace, this 17th century manor house and its adjacent tower, both spanning three levels, come into sight. The outbuildings, aligned with the manor house, form an L-shape and the banks of the river Ouche, therefore, enclose the parklands. This property is partially surrounded by walls.
The ground floor entrance opens immediately on to a dual flight stairway. The burgundy stone, recognisable by its pink veined, marbled hue, has been well-worn over the years. On one side, a study and a small guest bedroom look out over the countryside. On the other side, a few steps go down to the vast, paved dining room, with its 3 m high vaulted ceiling, where a fireplace forms a large decorative feature. Adjoining, a paved kitchen, also with a vaulted ceiling, precedes a small study, followed by the forge itself with its monumental fireplace. This last room looks down on to the millrace which was once used to power the forge.
A vast lounge features exposed ceiling beams painted with a coloured interlaced pattern, parquet flooring, panelling and a monumental fireplace. An unusual, small, ladies’ sitting room adjoins it via a door concealed in the panelling. As on the lower floor, a small study adjoins a bedroom, with its monumental fireplace. And lastly, on the same level, a door leading to the adjacent tower. The entire tower is taken up by a vast, paved bedroom, with a sculpted, Burgundy stone vaulted ceiling. A fireplace that appears to date from the 18th century enhances this bedroom.
A spiral stairway goes up to a bedroom, with exposed ceiling beams supported on corbelling. Windows, opening on to a country landscape, feature stained glass windows, typical of the construction era.
Group of buildings
The first barn is used as a garage for two vehicles. Following on is a second barn which has been transformed into a woodshed. A workshop precedes another barn, both could be used for different purposes such as accommodation.
Although the barns are covered with tiles, the stables have an oak wood roofing framework, covered with limestone slabs. Four stalls open directly either on to the outbuilding courtyard or into the meadow. And lastly, another two barns used respectively as a hayloft and a tack room.
An annexe building, all on a level, comprises cellars and storerooms. All these rooms were built as of the 17th century. All the ceilings have 3 m high vaults and Burgundy stone paved floors. A main corridor leads first of all to a fruit-store, then to a wine cellar closed by an iron gate, a scullery (a small room, traditionally found in Burgundy used for maturing cheeses and other dairy products) and, lastly, to a final wine cellar.
The building housing the cellars is covered with a terrace that dominates the parklands.
The swiming pool
This 8x5 m, unheated swimming pool is in pristine condition. A small pool-house.
A dovecote covered with glazed Burgundy tiles takes pride of place at the end of the parklands. Curiously, its lower room is laid out for tasting traditional, local wines.
These parklands are planted with numerous species of trees worthy of an arboretum. Amongst them, it is possible to find a giant sequoia.
The meadow, spanning a surface area of approx. 4 ha, is adjacent to the outbuildings which separate it from the courtyard. Set at the bottom of the valley, the grass is thick, watered by the river Ouche, where the horses find shade and quench their thirsts.
It would almost be a paradox nowadays to envisage an authentic rural way of life as a gentleman-farmer in a place which at one time was a flagship of an emerging industry. And yet the “Domaine de la Forge” estate currently expresses reality through its singularity. Aesthetics take pride of place on this property, both inside and outside. Equally, Dijon’s ease of access and, consequently that of Paris, becomes all the more appealing, offering the possibility of a permanent home that could never be considered remote.
|Land registry surface area||4 ha 46 a 18 ca|
|Main building surface area||950 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||547.26 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.