In Burgundy, an old, 19th century vine-grower’s cottage,
perched in an old 16th century fiefdom, 2 hours from Paris
Ouanne, YONNE burgundy 89560 FR


In the Yonne department, part of the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region. The historic town of Auxerre and its train station are 20 minutes away. The train provides 1¾-hour links to Paris. All local shops are to be found in a nearby market town. The old fiefdom has a 19th century church, in the shape of a Latin cross, and a listed castle which, with its hillside chapel, played a significant role in the commune’s history. A countryside still abounding in Irancy and Chablis vines.


This property is laid out alongside the market town’s old main street. Its spectacular, panoramic view takes in the surrounding undulating countryside and the various hamlets of the commune. Constructed on the hillside, extensive, verdant grounds go up behind the house, with a succession of two wooden terraces. The property is enhanced with numerous plants of various species and colours.

The main house

This old, vine-grower’s cottage spans two levels over a cellar. Its highly sophisticated architecture features numerous openings, indicating a very bright interior. The materials are noble, with dressed stone used for all the features embellishing the facade such as lintels, window sills, quoins and string courses. A contour and profile that is also marked by a quarter-rounded, stone cornice. The gable roof, covered with flat Burgundy tiles, is enhanced with dormers. A vine grows along the facade. The rear section of the building is covered with an ochre-coloured, lime rendering, enhancing the blue of the shutters fitted to some of the openings.

Ground floor
A door opens off the street into the main entrance hall, its dressed stone walls blending with Burgundy stone floor tiles and exposed joists. The combination of wood and stone immediately exudes a welcoming character. A set of double-glazed doors opens into a large room which is used as a lounge and dining room. It is heated by a wood-burning stove. This vast room is very bright. The floor is paved with old terracotta tiles and a wide cross beam has been left exposed. A nearby kitchen, laid out in a contemporary style, opens on to a little terrace. It extends to a sliding door, giving access to a first bedroom. Parquet flooring and original beams adorn this room which also opens on to the ground floor terrace on the garden side. Two stone steps lead to a fully-tiled shower room, with a walk-in shower and, once again, Burgundy stone floor tiles. An old brick bread oven is still in place. A door, at the end of the entrance hall, leads to a workshop that opens on to the same terrace as the bedroom, with another door giving access to two vaulted cellars, with packed-mud floors, and to a straight, stone stairway going up to more bedrooms.
First floor
The stairway, protected by a cast iron handrail fixed to the quarry stone block wall, goes up to a landing, paved with thin bricks. A single door, whose dressed stone surround contrasts with the stone walls, gives access to a wide corridor, with old terracotta floor tiles and exposed beams. Said corridor leads to four bedrooms, each one very different from the others. The first, with exposed joists, period floor tiles and exposed stone walls, has a view over the village and its church. It is adjoined by a little bedroom. The third bedroom, with lime-rendered walls, also includes a walk-in shower. The last bedroom, with its own shower room, has the particularity of looking out over the garden and the terraces. The bedrooms still have all of their original features. The windows are double glazed. At the end of the hall area is a laundry room, with exposed stone walls, that opens on to the outside. A spiral, dressed stone stairway goes up to the attic which could be converted.

The garden

This garden is divided into several areas: a sloping section laid to lawn, once planted with vines, an upper terrace with a view over the village. A walkway linking the second level of the house to a stairway which goes to a second terrace on the ground floor. A garden embellished with climbing roses, hydrangeas and rose bushes of varying colours, saritea and Japanese maple trees as well as some herbs such as thyme, sage and rosemary.

Our opinion

Somewhat surprisingly for a vine-grower’s cottage, noble materials were used for its construction giving its architecture elegance and sophistication. The interior reflects the same quality through its two stone stairways, its Burgundy stone floor tiles, its parquet flooring and its vaulted cellar creating a lasting link between art and wine which, as Aristotle so rightly said, are the superior joys of the free man.
Its sloping grounds and its terraces give this property a southern air and a completely unobstructed view over the village and its Burgundy-style roofs. A house that is far from modest, quite the contrary, abounding in many first-class features. A very pleasant market town, composed of old properties where fraternity and mutual aid are not empty words.

Exclusive sale

280 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense

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Reference 569549

Land registry surface area 533 m2
Main building surface area 147.80 m2
Number of bedrooms 5

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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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