2 hours from Paris in Burgundy’s Les-Hauts-de-Forterre
This residence is just a few minutes from Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye, with its many local shops providing daily necessities. The nearest town is Toucy, renowned for its famous Saturday morning market. An SNCF train station, 30 minutes from the property, provides 1½-hour links to Paris-Bercy.
This house stands just a few minutes from a village, which remains residential because of its numerous character houses and historic because of certain buildings such as its 15th century church, with its richly decorated, gothic-style portal, listed as a French Historic Monument. The presence of scallop shells on the edifice indicates that the Way of Saint James passes through the village.
White, highly wrought gates open into parklands, encompassing the house. Certain old features such as a fountain or a wooden bench or even a low stone wall are set in lush vegetation.
Another smaller gate, near to the house, conceals a swimming pool in its verdant setting. Set further back, a balustrade forms railings for a terrace which, like a belvedere, provides distant views. A wooden Dutch Jacuzzi is to be found near to the terrace. Numerous lights illuminate this decor when night falls, creating a completely different landscape.
This stone house, set on the heights, has panoramic views over all the surrounding countryside.
An old residence, it is constructed from quarry stone blocks and some dressed stone.
The building features numerous windows, the dressed stone surrounds of which contrast with the quarry stone blocks.
Lanterns protrude from the walls on some sides of the house, illuminating the stone when night falls. The gable roof is covered with traditional, local, flat tiles and features roof dormers. The basement is completely glazed. A few alcoves set here and there in the walls of the house are indicative of its age.
A spacious entrance hall is paved with Burgundy flagstones. Delimited on one side by two dressed stone pillars and arcades, it also houses a stairway with wrought iron railings. On one side, a kitchen, fully fitted with cupboards and a marble work surface; on the other, a small room in use as a laundry room, followed by a small hall area. The floor is covered with old terracotta tiles. An opening leads into a dining room and a lounge. Two small stone steps provide direct access to the dining room, with its exposed ceiling beams. The floor is paved with Burgundy flagstones. The room is divided in the centre by an open-hearth fireplace. Its mantel and its corner jambs are made of dressed stone, just like the pillars separating the entrance hall from the large room. The originality of this fireplace lies in the positioning of a transparent fireback that makes it possible to see the flames on both the dining room and the lounge sides. On the living room side are old terracotta floor tiles, exposed stone walls and an old bread oven, housing a closed-hearth fire. Two through rooms. In the lounge, a spiral stairway goes down to the basement. A veranda extends the ground floor. Completely glazed, it can be opened in the summer months. A stone stairway, with wrought iron railings, in the entrance hall provides access to the bedrooms.
This level is taken up by five bedrooms. All with parquet flooring, they each have their own shower room, with a walk-in shower. One of them also has a bath. The first bedroom stands out because of its half-timbering and its highly decorated bathroom. The latter is, in fact, covered with stone and diagonal-shaped mosaic tiles, with a wide ceiling beam and half-timbering extending from that in the bedroom. Cupboards, bookshelf units and sometimes even a natural stone wash-hand basin or a mezzanine floor are features that characterise the various rooms.
The basement is taken up by two bedrooms, with shower rooms and toilets. They are illuminated via picture windows and one of them has direct access to the garden.
This house, made bright by its many windows, is extremely functional and a very pleasant place to live. Needing very little maintenance, it is ideal for townsfolk seeking natural surroundings.
Its size and its many rooms that are easy to move around, together with its proximity to the French capital, are all assets that make it an ideal, comfortable and unpretentious holiday home for families or for pleasantly receiving guests.
|Land registry surface area||6387 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||7|
|Main building surface area||188 m2|
Isabelle Ponelle +33 1 42 84 80 85
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.