character houses for sale puisaye - les-hauts-de-forterre

A residence amidst countryside typical of the Puisaye region
two hours from Paris in Burgundy
Toucy, YONNE burgundy 89130 FR


This old 18th century residence, with a house featuring a 13th century tower, stands near to a little Burgundy village just a few kilometres from Clamecy train station. The property is in a natural area known as Forterre, set between the Puisaye and Auxerrois regions. The panoramic views of the area, stretching as far as the eye can see, are illuminated by a bright light especially in spring when mosaics of cereal crops reflect the sun.
It is also the birthplace of writers such as Colette as well as numerous historic characters including Louis the Pious, Joan of Arc, the Great Condé and La-Grande-Mademoiselle.
All shops are to be found just a few minutes from the estate.


A square tower can be seen against the horizon from the village. It can be reached by following a winding country lane that leads to the property which, set amidst undulating countryside, gradually comes into view.
White wooden fencing reveals a partially closed courtyard, covered with gravel to make parking cars easier.
A building with a square tower stands proudly facing a barn covered with Virginia creeper. The main house is set between two buildings. It has a noble appearance courtesy of, amongst other things, the wisteria running across the facade and a terracotta-tiled terrace surrounding the house.
The parklands, planted with various species of trees, are dotted with several stone benches in the shade along the promenades.
An impressive covered area behind a barn looks out over the surrounding countryside.

Near to the main house, an immaculately kept orchard is planted with fruit trees, including cherry, apple, plum and many others.

The main house

The main house spans one level topped with converted attic space. All the openings on the ground floor are fitted with oxblood red, solid wooden shutters. Each has stone sills and lintels. Wisteria runs along the facade. The hip roof is covered with traditional, Burgundy, flat tiles, the colour varying from red through to brown in keeping with the daylight. The roof features three elegant roof dormers, with local red brick jambs. These masonry roof dormers, with their pediments, are typical of the regional architecture.

Ground floor
A small entrance hall, housing a wooden stairway, provides access to a spacious kitchen, made luminous by its windows overlooking the garden and the rear of the house. Old ceiling beams and ceramic floor tiles. A glazed door also opens on to the rear of the house. Adjoining the kitchen, a laundry room, an essential feature for maintaining the premises correctly.
Then comes a large living room, laid out with lounge and dining room areas. It comprises a fireplace of an impressive size which could be used for open fires, once the closed hearth fire has been removed. The kitchen and the lounge both feature traditional, well-known, “Godin” wood burners. The old floor tiles are made of terracotta. A second, through living room has several windows. A door opens directly out into the garden.
A study, which could be used as a bedroom, has a view over the verdant surroundings. An old kitchen completes the ground floor.
A winding, wooden stairway goes up from the lounge to three bedrooms.

First floor
Three spacious bedrooms are laid out on the first floor. One of them has a cupboard featuring floral motifs, typical of Burgundy. This level also has a large, fully tiled bathroom.
A second wooden stairway in the main entrance hall of the house goes up to a bedroom with its own bathroom, guaranteeing total privacy.

The second house

This house, flanked by a tower, spans two levels. The ground floor features a semi-circular arched, glazed fanlight. It is set above two windows with stone sills and lintels. The framing around the entrance door and the string course under the fanlight are made of very compact or semi-hard, white limestone from Aubigny quarry.
A fully glazed veranda on the first level has been constructed in keeping with the building’s architecture. The facade of the house is constructed from ironstone, a geological characteristic of the Puisaye region. Limestone was used for the quoins. Nearby, three level stone steps go up to another wooden entrance door. The latter comprises a semi-circular arch composed of protruding stone voussoirs. The second level features several windows, including two small ones set in the tower. All the windows have the same stone surrounds.

Ground floor
The main entrance door opens directly into a very spacious, exposed stone kitchen. The floor is covered with old terracotta tiles and the ceiling features exposed beams. An arched doorway opens into a lounge, laid out in a glazed veranda which looks out over the surrounding countryside. Another totally independent, entrance hall nearby houses a stone, spiral stairway. A toilet with a wash-hand basin is near to the small entrance hall.
First floor
The spiral stairway goes up to a bedroom, featuring old beams and its original floor tiles. A flight of open wooden steps in the room goes up to a bathroom which stands out because of its size and its cast iron slipper bath. Everything is extremely elegant and exudes enormous character.

The cellar

A vaulted cellar completes the house. It is entirely made of exposed stone and spans a surface area of approx. 14 m².

The outbuildings

An old barn comprises several storage areas and stables. It features a very large covered area where meals can be taken during the summer months. The barn spans a surface area of approx. 108 m². Two farm sheds house several loose boxes.

Our opinion

This composite property is reasonably isolated but the village is nearby.
Very few works are needed apart from those decorative touches to suit the new owners’ own personal tastes.
This estate, neither too big nor too small and easy to maintain, would be ideal as a holiday home.
The property is therefore perfectly balanced by its location and its size.
Furthermore, the 13th century tower bestows the estate with additional charm. It would be more than possible to run a bed & breakfast activity here, especially as the region has a very good tourist trade.

410 000 €
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Reference 898906

Land registry surface area 14707 m2
Main building surface area 221 m2
Outbuilding surface area 300 m2

French Energy Performance Diagnosis

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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