ruins for sale - côte-d'or - in burgundy

A middle-class home with its parklands and
its romantic ruin 15 minutes from north Dijon
, COTE-D'OR burgundy FR


Nestling between the Vingeanne Valley and the so-called “Velours” forest, less than 3 hours from Paris, 30 minutes from Dijon, and 15 minutes from North Dijon (Valmy district).
This house, accessed via the A5 motorway, is set in a small village along the road connecting Dijon to Troyes, to the north-north-west of Dijon. An aerodrome is 3 km away. The village has approx. 200 inhabitants and its primary school is part of an inter-communal educational grouping. A hypermarket is just a few kilometres away. The region, between Tille and Vingeanne, is criss-crossed with hiking trails making it possible for visitors to visit major cultural sites; Fontaine-Française and Lux Castles are, for instance, but a stone’s throw away. A nearby slip road for the A5 motorway makes the house very easy to access.


This property is constructed on the ruins of an old castle, of which there is, unfortunately, no historic source to corroborate its existence which has been preserved but by word of mouth. It constitutes a middle-class home built over cellars prior to 1847, flanked by an old tobacco drying shed dating from the late 19th or early 20th century. The outbuildings, in pristine condition, include a wood shed, a former barn, currently in use as a garage, and stables. Set in the centre of the village in 5,200 m² of wooded parklands, featuring a ruin, this property includes a 600 m² terraced garden or orchard. Walls surround the entire property.

The main house

Located at the end of a paved driveway, it looks out over an inner courtyard that is closed by two large gates in front of the main facade. Extensive parklands with some amazingly tall trees stretch out behind the buildings. The 4-storey building, spanning almost 545 m², is built over cellars with the reception rooms on the ground floor and the bedrooms predominantly upstairs. Topped with a red, interlocking tiled roof, the main facade is covered with a still brightly coloured, ochre yellow rendering. The facades feature large windows, closed by shutters on the first two levels, and smaller windows on the third floor. The top Mansard style floor is predominantly illuminated by skylights.

This level comprises three vaulted, interconnecting cellars.
Ground floor
The ground floor comprises two lounges, a dining room, a library or a study and the kitchen with its pantry. The entrance hall floor is covered with tiles forming a two-tone, grey blue and ochre, chessboard pattern, that was fairly common in the 19th century; that of the pantry features Burgundy flagstones. All the other rooms have oak wood floors, laid in a strip or herringbone pattern. Large fireplaces take pride of place in several rooms. The decoration is plain and sober throughout with the majority of the walls being painted. The high ceilings feature decorative modillions notably in the lounges. The oak wood doors have kept their old appearance, and several pieces of the old wallpaper that covered the walls have been preserved in order to bear witness to the past. At the back of the house, the ground floor opens into an area covered with a glass roof where it is very pleasant to take breakfast overlooking the parklands. A small terrace set out on the gable facade also has a completely unobstructed view over the parklands. The modern, fully fitted kitchen is extended by its pantry with its Burgundy flagstones. The library, with floor-to-ceiling book shelves and a billiards table in the middle of the room, is used as a study. An oak wood stairway with its beautifully wrought railings leads upstairs.
First floor
The first, so-called noble floor includes five bedrooms, two bathrooms and a dressing room. Every bathroom has its own toilet.
Second floor
The second floor has three bedrooms as well as a room illuminated via a light well which is set out as a workshop for sewing, painting and restoring old furniture. This floor also has a toilet. The spacious bedrooms are well laid out and exude a character to match the old period fireplaces.
The attic space spans the full floor surface area of the house and can be accessed via a narrow, very basic, wooden flight of stairs. At the top of the stairs the handrail reverts to its original form, being essentially composed of four small branches of hewn wood. This spacious area is converted into a large open bathroom and two large bedrooms. The walls are of exposed quarry stone blocks. Skylights and half-moon shaped windows in the roof illuminate the area. The attic floor is covered with terracotta tiles which are concealed under coconut matting in the bedrooms.

The outbuildings

These flank the main house. On the right of the entrance courtyard is the old tobacco drying shed, the carcass of which is in a good state of repair. Built over two levels, it will need to undergo full renovation works in order to become habitable. On the left of the inner courtyard is a series of buildings: a wood shed, a dovecote, the boiler room, stables housing two loose boxes and a large barn with a garage, the ridge of which is impressively high. A bread oven in good working order has also been preserved in one of the outbuildings.

The old tobacco drying shed built of quarry stone blocks is used as a workshop. It spans one storey under attic space and features several openings overlooking the inner courtyard.
It is built of quarry stone blocks like the other outbuildings.
The barn comprises a large area in use as a garage and horse loose boxes which are not actually used. It is extended by two rooms, one of which houses the boiler.
Garden shed

The stables
The old stables still have their horse loose boxes.

The romantic ruin

Behind the house is an overgrown ruin which could date back to the 17th century. Semi-circular arches in a quarry stone wall are supported on columns with quarry stone tracery, consolidated by dressed stone. The inside reveals wide, Burgundy flagstones which are in a good state of repair. This edifice adjoins a perimeter wall.

The parklands

The parklands, planted with trees over one hundred years old, span almost 5,200 m². They are overlooked by a 600 m² orchard.

Our opinion

Sobriety and romanticism: the inside of this residence, which reflects the exterior appearance of a wise middle-class home, reveals a certain character due notably to its ancient floors, its old fireplaces and its old, original stairway. The clever layout of the well-proportioned rooms exudes a wonderful harmony, laced with a contemporary style of decor which brings the original decorative features to the fore.
The outbuildings are all in a very good state of repair such that the old tobacco drying shed could be converted into an annex house for friends or into a holiday accommodation unit for passing families.
Behind its row of semi-circular arches, the ruin comprises a delightful backdrop for candle-lit summer banquets with an ambiance right out of one of Claude-Le-Lorrain’s paintings.

590 000 €
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Reference 815850

Land registry surface area 6988 m2
Main building surface area 545 m2
Outbuilding surface area 421 m2

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Regional representative

Michel Monot       +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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