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  • 6 bedrooms
  • 3 bathrooms
  • 12 habitable rooms
  • 393 square meters of living space
Property description
In the Puisaye region, 90 minutes from the French capital, a character house in a natural setting - ref 274370
This house is in Puisaye, a lively region with a good tourist trade. These completely rural surroundings feature a diversity of landscapes and colours as well as a wealth of heritage. The village next to the estate is home to the “Estivales en Puisaye-Forterre”, a French classical music festival. An original composition of an operetta or an opera is performed there every year. This property, typical of its region, is near to the shops. A train station, 20 minutes away, provides direct links to Paris-Bercy.
This property was mentioned several times in local tales and legends written in the 19th century. The estate allegedly featured a tall oak tree, beneath which fairies supposedly danced all night in order to achieve miracles and some have had their dreams come true.
Wooden gates open on to a wide driveway, bordered on one side by an oak forest and, on the other by boxwood. The house, at the end, has a clear view over the surrounding countryside.
A gravel parterre around the house is used for parking cars. Decorative, regional ceramic pots are set out in front of the facade. Opposite, a small boat awaits clement weather to go for an outing on the lake. A wooden bench, on the waterside, is but an invitation to sit and contemplate the pastoral landscape. A bridle path crosses the parklands, planted with trees over a hundred years old.
A little further away, a swimming pool, lined with blue mosaic tiles, is accompanied by its pool-house. An old farm shed facing it is now used as a covered terrace or garden shed. A stone well behind the house still provides water.

The house

This property was renovated in strict keeping with regional traditions. It spans two levels. The light-coloured, lime-rendered facade features numerous basket-handle arched, small-paned windows, with pink brick window sills and solid wood, green shutters, all completely redone. Two glazed doors, one the front door and the other opening directly into the kitchen, have similar framing.
A large opening, glazed with large panes, has a basket-handle arch with a brick voussoir and features a fan-shaped tympanum. At the end of the house, a lean-to houses two sheds with two low vertical openings.
A creeper runs along the house’s string course. The roof, covered with traditional tiles, has been redone. Four hanging roof dormers let copious amounts of light into the second level.
Behind the residence, a roof adjoining the house and sloping down over a terrace provides shelter from inclement weather and forms a summer eating area.

Our opinion
This well-designed, long traditional farmhouse features large, basket-handle arched openings which are framed with brick as is often the case in Burgundy. Its impressive roofing framework enhances the decor throughout. Mezzanines in the reception room, with its cathedral ceiling, resemble airy balcony corridors. A sample of Colette’s Puisaye region surrounds the house comprising flowers, tall trees and a lake, on which a small boat is ready for an outing.
Bléneau, France
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