village houses for sale auxerre - les-hauts-de-forterre

A former, 19th century coaching inn
in Burgundy’s Les-Hauts-de-Forterre
Ouanne, YONNE burgundy 89560 FR


This 19th century, fully restored house and its outbuildings are part of a hamlet in Burgundy. The setting is rural. This property is 105 minutes from Paris and 25 minutes from Auxerre train station. Local shops are but a few minutes away.
The village, nestling in its valley, exudes the tranquillity of life in the country between fields, rivers and land for raising animals. A 16th century church, an animal weighing machine and an old well add to its character.


This property is an old coaching inn. After a long journey, travellers would stop to change the horses, to eat and even to stopover for a few days. The property used to be surrounded by vines which were killed off by phylloxera just prior to the First World War. The trend nowadays is to replant the vines. This estate is named “Mas des Cotats”, a name given to it by its current owners, great horse and wine enthusiasts. This residence is set on a hill and is accessed via a little country lane that crosses the varied landscapes. This property immediately stands out courtesy of its cobalt blue shutters and gates, the exact same colour as that of several ceramic pots from La-Puisaye. Large, remote-controlled, solid wood gates open into a large, enclosed, gravel courtyard. The house stands facing the outbuildings. Slightly set back are a swimming pool, tall trees and a removable fence surrounding a vast field, planted here and there with fruit trees. An old stable looks out over the verdant expanses.

The house

This house spans two levels featuring small-paned openings. Window sills made of a white stone, coming from Aubigny quarry, adorn the facade. The extraction site for this white stone has existed since Roman times but it really developed in the 18th and 19th centuries when its stone was used for constructing large buildings such as the Palais-Garnier in Paris. Wrought iron railings enhance the first floor windows.
The facade is covered with a recent light-beige rendering.
This property is bordered, on the north side, by a low dry stone wall topped with old, highly aesthetic fencing. A small wrought iron gate is concealed in the vegetation.
The main gates, set between two impressive pillars, open into an enclosed gravel courtyard, ideal for parking cars. The house, on the south side, stands facing its outbuildings. The facades are enhanced with lush vegetation and the roofs are covered with old Burgundy tiles, apart from that of the main house which is slate.
A terrace on the east side precedes a heated swimming pool, surrounded by tall trees. A small, ochre-coloured outbuilding is still in its original condition. It is followed by a large orchard, planted with a few fruit trees, and a field occupied by two horses that belong to the current owners. Superb views over the surrounding countryside complete this estate’s rustic landscape. The house stands out courtesy of its regularly aligned facade and the farm buildings make this a homogeneous property.

Ground floor
The house’s main entrance hall, with terracotta floor tiles and old oak ceiling beams, spans approx. 18 m². It provides access to a 16 m² bedroom, steeped in light via two large windows, one facing north and the other west. Terracotta floor tiles reinforce the old character of the house. This room is dominated by a white stone, open-hearth fireplace. Next to this bedroom is a fully tiled laundry room, spanning approx. 13 m². White wall panelling enhances a 32 m² lounge on the south side. This lounge also features large moulded cupboards, terracotta floor tiles and exposed beams. The house exudes a homely atmosphere. A kitchen, spanning approx. 31 m², is adorned with a very impressive splashback covered with ceramic tiles, possibly coming from the Delft factory. It is followed by a fully tiled back kitchen, a toilet and a wash-hand basin. The kitchen opens on to the terrace. The 24 m² dining room, opposite, has old, oak wood parquet flooring. Pride of place is taken by a central marble, open-hearth fireplace. This room has two windows and overlooks the rustic, pastoral countryside.
A straight wooden stairway at the end of the entrance hall goes up to the first floor bedrooms. The first step is curved. A copper ball tops the newel post.

First floor
The upstairs comprises five bedrooms, one of which is very large, spanning approx. 35 m², with a mezzanine and an old restored roofing framework. It also has an 8.5 m² dressing room and a fully tiled, extremely bright, 17 m² bathroom. The walls feature exposed stone. All the bedrooms have old, oak wood parquet flooring and some have large cupboards and fireplaces. With numerous windows, they too are very bright.
Several outbuildings adjoin the house. These old buildings are covered in lime-rendering. The wooden door and window frames are painted cobalt blue. An old stable, spanning approx. 70 m², could be used as a function room. It has a Burgundy stone floor and exposed quarry stone block walls. A large, white stone, open-hearth fireplace enhances the room.

Our opinion

This middle-class home is sober and its outbuildings, in another style, blend in perfectly, and not just because of their yellow rendering and cobalt blue shutters: all the buildings comprising this former coaching inn still exude a certain opulence in this land of vines. The inside abounds in superb decorative features, including exposed beams and roofing frameworks, old terracotta floor tiles, cement tiles, Delft ceramic tiles and fireplaces. A vast barn, at a slight distance, has been converted into a function room. The immaculate condition of the property means that new owners will have no works other than those to install additional home comforts.

Exclusive sale

365 000 €
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Reference 586607

Land registry surface area 15897 m2
Main building surface area 270 m2
Outbuilding surface area 400 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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