Two hours from Paris, in Les-Hauts-de-Forterre,
a stone residence in the midst of Burgundy
Toucy, YONNE burgundy 89130 FR

Location

This country house stands just 15 minutes from Toucy which has all local shops for daily necessities, including its famous Saturday morning market. The nearest train station, providing 90-minute links to Paris-Bercy, is some 20 minutes away from the house.
This property is set in pleasant surroundings, near to Saint-Martin’s church which dates from the 16th century. This religious edifice is on the French Historic Monument list. The village is made up of several little narrow streets, an old wash-house and its spring. There are also many hiking trails crossing the woods, plains and valleys as far as the Aubigny quarries which contributed to the growth of the village as well as to the construction of certain Parisian monuments such as the Garnier Opera House.

Description

Prior to reaching this property, several winding roads and lanes display a succession of undulating landscapes stretching for as far as the eye can see.
This residence stands out courtesy of its old wall, covered in vegetation, enclosing the property. It not only features large wrought iron gates which open to let vehicles in, but also an equally heavily wrought pedestrian gate which sets the tone.
The exposed stone main residence and another matching building then come into view. The garden, spanning approx. 1,400 m², harmoniously surrounds both buildings. Next is a terrace, laid out in front of the main residence. Then several original features appear, such as an old water trough and a well from olden days. A wrought metal bench is but an invitation for residents to sit and contemplate, whilst a stone Medici vase enhances the facade. A few trees and flowers of varying species complete the decor.
The garden provides a view of the church bell-tower and the surrounding rolling countryside.

The main building

The main feature of this residence is its L-shaped layout which spans two levels. Its gable roofs are covered with traditional, Burgundy flat tiles. Its walls reflect a certain clarity courtesy of their light-coloured exposed stone. They feature numerous large-paned windows and French windows. Their white, limestone surrounds make the facade elegant. A few openings stand out from the others because of their modest sizes which brings the building’s initial vocation to mind. They were originally constructed to ventilate the inside. The window sills remain generous and the size of a large window, facing the terrace, is surprising. Lanterns protrude from the wall and enhance the facade at night. Flower beds with hydrangeas and miscellaneous plants give the property additional charm. A lean-to adjoining the man residence features three pillars supported on stone bases.


First level
This house has an impressive kitchen that can also be used as a dining room. It features some exposed stone walls as well as exposed ceiling beams. Two single glazed doors open directly on to the garden. A few small alcoves set in the wall are reminiscent of the building’s origins.
Following on from the kitchen, but separated by an alcove and a glazed door, is a good-sized lounge which could become a dining room. The floor is laid with tiles featuring inlaid decoration. Numerous openings on either side make the room extremely bright. One large, rectangular window, with large panes, can be opened on to the south-facing terrace. All the windows have double glazing and were meticulously, aesthetically and efficiently made. They are enhanced by deep windows sills. An open-hearth, stone fireplace is set in the middle of the lounge. The latter is followed by a spacious, bright bedroom, with pleasant hues and an unobstructed view over the verdant surroundings. An adjoining bathroom, separated by a moulded wooden door, is quite large. Completely tiled, it features stylised taps made by a renowned brand.
Nature is omnipresent throughout this ground floor, steeped in light and with numerous views of the garden.

Second level
A light-coloured wooden stairway, with balusters, goes up to the second level where the features include exposed stone, large windows and a bull’s eye window. A vast landing could be laid out as another lounge, a reading room or even an artist’s studio. It provides access to two bedrooms, still painted in pastel hues, and a fully-tiled shower room.
A large dressing room adjoining one of the bedrooms has been created. The attic is on this level and can be used as storage space.

Outbuilding
A large, 51 m² garage and another adjoining room. The latter, spanning 23.7 m², could be used for exercise or other purposes and the attic laid out above could easily be converted into a dormitory or a projection room.
This building also has a vaulted, stone cellar spanning 10.64 m².

Our opinion

This house is a pleasant place to live. A quiet, reassuring atmosphere reigns throughout the property. There are no works to be scheduled, everything is in line with current day standards and the house is just waiting to accommodate residents seeking tranquil, natural surroundings.
Refined renovation works have been carried out with meticulous attention to detail.
On reaching the house, everything turns on automatically, guaranteeing a certain level of comfort. It would also be possible to create bedrooms in the second building. This residence has hardly been lived in since the works were carried out and is, therefore, in pristine condition. Another asset is that the village, with its grocery and a restaurant, is very lively. Also worthy of mention is another little market town, offering first-class produce, just a few minutes from the property.

350 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 614193

Land registry surface area 1422 m2
Main building surface area 188.5 m2
Outbuilding surface area 146.59 m2
Number of bedrooms 3

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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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