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This house, typical of the Puisaye region, nestles at the bottom of the Ouanne Valley, surrounded by forests, not far from the French department of Yonne’s border. It is near to a historic, tourist town with a church dating from the 13th century, although it was later redesigned. Said church features extremely interesting murals, including one known as “Trois Morts et des Trois Vifs” (Three Living and Three Dead). A regional art and history museum, well known for its collections of earthen and stone ware, representative of a tradition of pottery and ceramics, attracts numerous visitors. The surrounding, undulating countryside is dotted here and there with traditional houses, featuring brick window framing and Burgundy tile roofs. The peace and quiet is broken but by murmuring water, that of the lazy river and numerous springs, feeding wash-houses and drinking troughs.
The main house
The old barn was renovated by two renowned architects, Mr-Mouy, from the Association-des-Maisons-Paysannes-de-France (the French association for peasant housing) and Christian-Liaigre, who is also an interior designer in Paris. Light-coloured lime rendering enhances the many openings, with red or brown, local brick jambs, set in the facade. Only the sills of the first floor windows are still made of stone. Two big, large-paned openings replace the old barn doors, set in brick-framed, basket-handle arches. The overall decor has been carefully thought out with a picture in the top of the two large openings and a little decorative frieze at the bottom of the walls. Obviously it can but be bright inside. Two French windows are flanked by little windows which were previously used for airing the barn as it did not require natural light. The architect kept and enhanced them, cleverly and meticulously using bricks to surround their semi-circular shape. Small lanterns installed above some of the openings make it possible to illuminate the outside at night so that the architecture of the house and the French formal garden can be admired. The roof is covered with Burgundy tiles, like that on the guest house.
Well-known interior designers have left their mark here. The prize goes to the contemporary monumental fireplace and its flue which achieve the feat of being a wall and an opening in the middle of the lounge, with its cathedral ceiling. Furthermore, old farm buildings, with openings adorned with warm-coloured brick, just like discreetly made-up eyes, have proved to be the perfect repository with refined lines and materials that do not lie: all the rooms have been enhanced. As regards contrasts, the French formal garden precedes a wood, still in its wild state like the animals that sometimes come to visit. The countryside here has been redesigned with a sure hand.
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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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