character houses for sale near saint-fargeau - burgundy

In the midst of a typical Burgundy village,
a 15th century house
Saint-Fargeau, YONNE burgundy 89170 FR


1½ hours from Paris, a few minutes from the town of Saint-Fargeau and its castle, near to Colette’s house in Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye, a historic house featuring outstanding architecture stands in the centre of the village. The little market town is extremely attractive not only because of its local shops but also because of the nearby Briare train station with its links to Paris via Gare-de-Bercy.
A village that is also renowned for its old iron slag heap, one of the biggest in France, given French Historic Monument listing in 1982, a 12th century church and a few old, well-preserved wash-houses. The existence of numerous historic houses completes the decor of this little town.


This 15th century building stands facing the village church. Near to the residence, large wrought iron gates open into the castle’s old parklands. The rear of the house looks out over historic vestiges.
The castle was, in fact, built by the Lestrade family in the 18th century but it was unfortunately devastated by fire in 1978.
Some large features still remain such as the parklands, the moats, the stronghold house, which was the village’s second fortification in the Middle-Ages, and this 15th century house.
The setting for this residence is filled with a wealth of features from the past.
According to archives, the property was once home to the castle sharecropper.
Two gardens are set out behind the house: a small plot which must have been a medieval vegetable patch planted with medicinal herbs and a bigger plot laid out with a garden bordered by a stone wall.
This residence is very often to be seen in newspapers and on old postcards.

The house

The roof of the house is topped with flat, Burgundy tiles.
Its facade is covered with ochre-coloured rendering, the hue of which darkens in accordance with the luminosity. It can therefore appear more orangey.
The decorative architecture varies from one storey to another.
The first level features different openings with stone sills. The lintels are either made of brick or moulding. The entrance door stands out courtesy of the presence of curved moulding above a tympanum.
The second level is decorated with half-timbering. The facade is enhanced with ties comprising St Andrew’s crosses, set out in pairs.
All the windows are fitted with folding shutters.

Ground floor
A spacious entrance hall provides access to the ground floor rooms. A good-sized, bright lounge has an old fireplace, adorned with a large cameo above the mantel. Double windows look out over the village and another opening the garden. The originality of the lounge comes from the two single wooden doors set on either side of the fireplace. Both doors open into the large garden.
A small lounge, enhanced with a large, open-hearth fireplace, is delimited by angular stone piers.
A door in the small lounge provides access to a hall area, housing a toilet.
A large room extends the small lounge, a bare kitchen which has the advantage of having an open-hearth fireplace, in good working order, accompanied by its old bread oven. These two old features are covered with the regional pink bricks. One of the kitchen walls is enhanced with ties in a V-shape. A single door opens on to a plot of land where the medieval vegetable patch could be re-created.
All the lime-rendered walls are whitewashed, bringing out the beauty of the oak wood ceiling beams and half-timbering.

First level
A wooden, spiral stairway goes upstairs to three bedrooms, including one good-sized bedroom, with a cupboard. This very bright room has a clear view of the village. Facing the stairway, a second, smaller bedroom is enhanced with half-timbering and a window looking out over the church. And lastly, the third bedroom, made original by the presence of a wooden alcove intended for a bed, has an adjoining bathroom and a small lounge featuring a fireplace. It is known as the “Chambre de la Grande Mademoiselle” (Her Ladyship’s bedroom) as Anne-Marie-Louise-d’Orléans, cousin of Louis XIV, spent a night in this room.

Our opinion

This rare house is still in its original condition with, of course, several modifications that have been made over the years. It is in need of works to install modern-day home comforts and to bring it in line with current-day standards. The rear tower also awaits repairs in keeping with good trade practices. The region has a multitude of excellent craftsmen. The main advantage for new owners is perhaps that of being able to extend the grounds and also to purchase the stronghold house at the end of the parklands.
This property would be ideal as a main residence or a holiday home or, given its position in the centre of the village, it could easily become a restaurant. It will greatly appeal to all old stone enthusiasts wanting to preserve local heritage.

Exclusive sale

159 000 €
Honoraires à la charge du vendeur


Reference 933536

Land registry surface area 608 m2
Main building surface area 200 m2
Outbuilding surface area 20 m2

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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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