residences for sale - nièvre - burgundy region

Direct motorway access to a 20 ha estate, with a 5 ha outstanding garden,
a group of listed buildings and the possibility of ecologically generating hydro-electrical power
Nevers, NIEVRE burgundy 58000 FR


Where the regions of Burgundy, Centre and Auvergne meet, border-country surrounded by land benefiting from a mild climate courtesy of the dominant west winds, equidistant from the ocean and the Alps.
The Centre region is greatly expanding its tourist trade with a wide variety of activities.
This property, near to a very pretty town with some 100,000 inhabitants on the banks of the river Loire, is in an ideal geographical location, 2½ hours from Paris in the immediate vicinity of excellent road and motorway networks as well as a train station with 2-hour links to Paris-Bercy.


This property is set out around the vestiges of an old 16th century forge.
Monumental gates, on the roadside, provide access to an early 18th century, rectangular dwelling with its multitude of openings. There is a carpark behind the building.
A cherry tree-lined alleyway leads to the outbuildings, extended by “Oscar’s vegetable garden”. A second set of wrought iron gates then opens into the residential section.
The property is crossed by a river. The grounds, spanning approx. 20 ha and planted with trees over a hundred years old, include a millrace and its water storage reservoir, a poplar grove, a meadow and a landscaped garden, spanning approx. 5 ha and surrounding the millrace, as well as the old forge and its bellows’ system.
The large, luxurious home, looking down on all of these buildings, has an unobstructed view of the parklands

The old forge and its bellows

The restored forge, built at the beginning of the 16th century, could provide a new activity by generating hydro-electrical power, thus guaranteeing control of the levels of the rivers and of their flow rates.
Its quarry block walls with dressed stone quoins have semi-circular openings and are covered with a roof featuring skylights. It spans a floor surface area of approx. 250 m².
The room containing the old bellows is currently a machine room for the garden watering system. It spans a floor surface area of approx. 30 m².

Hydro-electrical power generation

This is an ideal way to generate ecological hydro-electrical power. Energy reserves being limited, it would appear pointless to waste what nature gifts especially as hydro-electrical power is the cleanest and most profitable of renewable energies and can provide additional income.
It would be possible to install two mills on the current site; the water retention capacity backs the hypothesis of continuous operating and therefore a total production of 45,000 kwh. Such a project would qualify for financial aid from ADEME, the French Environment and Energy Management Agency.

The millrace and the lake

The lake, spanning a surface area of approx. 3½ ha, and its millrace were dug at the beginning of the 16th century and then renovated at the beginning of the 18th century. They are encompassed by a set of low quarry stone walls. Both have been authentically restored using good trade practices.

The large, luxurious home

This large, luxurious home stands in a dominant position facing the parklands.
The building is topped with a slate gable and hipped end roof featuring roof dormers.
Its wide facade still exudes an unusual charm with its multitude of openings.
Destroyed and then rebuilt during the 18th century, the house comprises a main, rectangular, two-storey wing with an attic floor. It is flanked by the gardener’s cottage, with which it communicates.
Its interior decoration was carried out by a Parisian ornamental sculptor.
The floors are covered with tiles featuring geometric patterns and oak wood parquet flooring. Various rooms are decorated with 19th century marble fireplaces and panelling.
It spans a total floor surface area of approx. 550 m².

Ground floor
This floor comprises the main entrance which opens via double doors with a fanlight at the top of a porch way, overlooking the parklands and reached via two steps. It has numerous openings on both facades.
The vestibule includes an oak wood stairway with wrought iron railings and provides access to the vast reception rooms, such as the living room, the lounge, the library, the study, the kitchen, the linen room and the cellar, set out on either side.

First floor
This level comprises a study, a dressing room and four bedrooms, all decorated differently, some of which have a bathroom or a shower room and a toilet.
The light-filled rooms are illuminated by large-paned, wooden-framed windows. The layout of these rooms has been reorganised.

Second floor
The large stairway going upstairs from the ground floor provides access to the landing which leads to a room, a bathroom and three bedrooms.
This floor is illuminated via roof dormers set in the slate break.
The section of attic space which could be converted has a superb exposed roofing framework and terracotta floor tiles.
Conversion works need to be scheduled for this top floor.

Spanning a floor surface area of approx. 30 m².

Ground floor

First floor

Oscar’s vegetable garden

The residence’s young gardener has planted a superb vegetable garden, growing tomatoes, courgettes, carrots and herbs.

The outbuildings

The outbuildings, spanning a total floor surface area of approx. 180 m², comprise stables, a tack room, a covered area, a garage and kennels.

The dwelling

This rectangular building spans a total floor surface area of approx. 350 m² over two levels with an attic floor.
It stands on the edge of the property, adjoining the entrance gates.
Its long sloped roof features a roof dormer on the facade; its rendered rubble stone walls have dressed stone quoins.
Three different accesses lead to this building, decorated with an old vine, the openings of which look out over the parklands. It has oval openings on the other side.
It still comprises its original materials and although the building has been preserved, it is in need of internal restoration works.

The garden

Designed in the 18th century and redesigned at a later date, this 5 ha landscaped garden has French “Jardin remarquable” (outstanding garden) classification. It was laid out in line with the lake, the millrace as well as the river and exudes different fragrances, producing a colourful atmosphere. Its alleyways are planted with numerous varieties of trees, shrubs and other perennial plants.
An old vegetable garden has been preserved as has a plane tree with French “arbre remarquable” (outstanding tree) classification.

Our opinion

The current owners have preserved all the character of this estate by composing a magical verdant atmosphere around these buildings with their great historic value. Open-air cocktail parties, concert-evenings or art exhibitions, this exceptional site is ideal for organising all kinds of prestigious events, which go naturally with this unusual concentration of art and nature.
This property will also appeal to investors for commercial activities courtesy of its very easy access via the nearby excellent road networks and the rehabilitation of the mill for hydro-electrical power generation.
Its maintenance and management costs as well as the necessary conversion works could be deducted from taxable income once agreement has been obtained from the French Historic Monument Society and from ADEME, the French Environment and Energy Management Agency.

795 000 €
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Reference 241334

Land registry surface area 20 ha 34 a 54 ca
Main building surface area 700 m2
Outbuilding surface area 810 m2

French Energy Performance Diagnosis

Regional representative

Nelly Parisot       +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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