A listed, late 16th century mansion house
in the midst of the historic town of Sens
Sens, YONNE burgundy 89100 FR


In Sens, an old Burgundy archiepiscopal town with 30,000 inhabitants and a wealth of historic buildings, including France’s first gothic cathedral, Saint-Etienne Cathedral, dating from the 13th century as well as its Synod Palace. The Hôtel-de-Vaudricourt stands in the historic district of the cathedral on Rue-Abélard, renowned for its 18th century mansion houses.
This residence owes its name to Abbot Poullin-de-Launay-de-Vaudricourt who owned it in the 19th century. It was, however, constructed in the late 16th century by local tanners, the de-Polangis family.
Sens is 125 km to the south-east of Paris, less than an hour by train to Paris-Bercy station.


This property cannot be seen from Rue-Abélard. An impressive stone gateway set in high walls conceals the main, paved courtyard from onlookers. Listed just like the courtyard, the gateway and the roof, the stone facade facing the courtyard features regular lines, traced by classical pilasters and moulding. The coping of a well, set in the wall with its scallop shell, and a short flight of steps stand out from this Renaissance style facade. The garden facade is more sober, its large openings framed with brick surrounds. The layout is classical, typical of 17th century mansion houses: the utility areas on the ground floor, with the rest of the house on the upper floors under a high roof, covered with tiles and featuring roof dormers on the two main slopes.

The house

This mansion house, constructed over cellars, spans approx. 400 m². It is in a good state of repair.

Ground floor
The main entrance hall houses a turning stairway, with its wrought iron railings, wooden handrail and oak wood steps covered with terracotta tiles. A corridor provides access to the rooms. On one side, a fitted kitchen, with a small storeroom and a room opening on to the garden; on the other, a dining room, followed by a laundry room and a toilet. A door at the end of the corridor opens on to the garden. Floors are covered with tiles and ceilings are 2.25 m high.
First floor
The first or noble floor spans approx. 100 m². It is reached via an anteroom, with painted decor. On one side, a lounge which still has its listed, Louis XV panelling, adorned with sculpted, gilt wood motifs. A large, coloured marble fireplace, with its jambs and its bevelled arch, takes pride of place in the middle of the through room, illuminated via large windows. The parquet flooring is laid in a herringbone pattern. A small reading room area, with a very big bookshelf unit, completes the lounge. And lastly, a small room next to it, currently in use as a bar, provides access to the courtyard via the outside stairway. At the other end of the anteroom, a bedroom, with listed period panelling enhancing its walls, also has its own bathroom.
Second floor
This level has a similar layout to the first floor. Its anteroom, lined with large, painted cupboards, opens into a bedroom on either side: the main bedroom, with its decorated French ceiling, its stone fireplace, featuring classical lines, and its beams supported on stone corbels. This bedroom opens into its bathroom and a study, with a polychrome ceiling. Floors are covered with old terracotta tiles. On the other side is a large, very bright bedroom, with its own bathroom.
The attic space, illuminated by numerous roof dormers, comprises a large, open-plan room, with a large bedroom and its own private bathroom on either side.
A flight of steps goes down from the garden to the cellars which house the central heating and water treatment systems. Further on, a reinforced door opens into a wine cellar: a large, vaulted room which acts as a reminder that this is Burgundy.
The garden
This completely walled garden comprises an area laid to lawn and planted with flowers, a paved terrace surrounding a swimming pool and a large shed, covered with tiles. A row of deciduous trees, with a few conifers, screens the property from the neighbours.
Overlooking the courtyard, a building topped with flat tiles and spanning approx. 30 m² could be used for a variety of purposes such as accommodation or storage areas.

Our opinion

The Hôtel-de-Vaudricourt reflects a typically French elegance especially from its courtyard facade which, with its many beautiful features, is a work of art. The building and its garden, which includes a swimming pool, are set in an astonishing peace and quiet in the historic centre of Sens. It is so near and so far from Paris that the charms of the city blend with those of the countryside.
This setting will greatly appeal to a family of heritage enthusiasts seeking a quality of life that is impossible to find at this price in Paris.
The works carried out by its current owners (roof, facade and roofing framework) will enable future residents to move in straightaway.

Exclusive sale

980 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense

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Reference 946717

Land registry surface area 700 m2
Main building surface area 400 m2
Outbuilding surface area 30 m2
Number of bedrooms 0

Regional representative

Yves Delloye +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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