A 15th century, medieval, half-timbered house
not far from Cluny and Tournus abbeys in the south of Burgundy
Cluny, SAONE-ET-LOIRE burgundy 71250 FR

Location

Regional capitals Lyon and Dijon are less than 1½ hours away via the A6 motorway, Geneva is 2¼ hours away. Two TGV train stations, 30 minutes away, make it possible to reach Paris in 1⅓ hours. This house stands in the midst of a large medieval village, classified as a “Cité de Caractère” (character town), where all local shops (bakeries, cafés, schools, banks, etc.) are within walking distance. The village is surrounded by vineyards, meadows and hills, ideal for a multitude of hiking trails. Not far from the Côte-Chalonnaise and Mâconnais wine regions, this house is along the Route of Romanesque Buildings. The village is no exception, it too has a listed, 12th century church, a privileged view of which can be glimpsed from the house.

Description

This entire building was fully renovated during the last decade by an architect, supervised by architects from “Bâtiments de France”. The quality of the work carried out has been rewarded with a French Heritage Foundation label. Furthermore, a dendrochronological survey carried out during these works has made it possible to date the building from the first quarter of the 15th century (1407-1427). In respect of the past and without the obvious addition of any anachronic materials, this building is composed of wood, stone, earth and glass.

The house

This house, standing discreetly between two narrow streets, spans two levels, over cellars and under converted attic space. It has two pedestrian entrances, one on the east side and the other on the west side. The east facade remains sober, comprising a main door and two geminated windows, with ogee arch lintels, on the first floor. The west facade is more elaborate: a few stone steps provide access to the door leading to the ground floor, illuminated by a wooden-framed, casement window. The first floor is enhanced with an overhanging, half-timbered projection, supported on two stone corbels. The roof is covered with recent flat tiles.


Road floor
On a level with the ground and laid with Burgundy stone tiles, an independent area comprising a fireplace could be converted. This area is followed by a cellar, with an alcove, housing a gas-fired boiler.
Ground floor
A few old, wooden steps provide access to a workshop on a raised ground floor. This area, going through from one side of the building to the other, is currently used for the owner’s various artistic activities. There is also a separate toilet. The area, laid with parquet flooring, is illuminated by a very large, wooden-framed, casement window.
First floor
The first floor is given over to living areas, where a kitchen forms the central section. A lounge area has a window, featuring window seats, opposing a mullioned window in a dining area. An atrium, composed of three skylights, cleverly lets copious amounts of light into the entire house. This level is laid with terracotta floor tiles throughout.
Second floor
This floor, laid out under the rafters, is set aside for reading and relaxation. A bookshelf unit and a bathroom are on the west side, whilst an east-facing bedroom has the benefit of early morning light.

Our opinion

Ideal as a holiday home or a permanent residence for solitary, artistic souls, it is rare to find a medieval house in the 21st century that is so comfortable to live in. Areas and not rooms are described here in deference to its original character. The quality of the renovation works and the materials used will please purists. The surrounding rural landscapes will act as grounds for this reasonably-sized, easy-to-maintain house. Here, time has passed, passes and will pass in an unconditional manner.

Exclusive sale

230 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 519097

Land registry surface area 48 m2
Main building surface area 107 m2
Number of bedrooms 1

French Energy Performance Diagnosis

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Southern Burgundy


Gautier Dumontet +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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