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  • 7 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • 12 habitable rooms
  • 500 square meters of living space
  • 35 square meters of surface of the outbuildings
Property description
A mansion house with a view over Saint-Etienne cathedral in the former capital of the kingdom of France - ref 947887
The historic capital of the Berry region, with its cathedral classified as a World Heritage site by Unesco, also owes its fame to some of the most illustrious names in the history of France such as Jean-de-Berry, Charles VII, Agnès-Sorel, Jacque-Cœur and Joan of Arc. Once swampland ensuring the defence of the town, the Marais district in the centre of the town is now a 135 ha leisure area. This marshland was developed in the 17th century by the Jesuits.
The Centre region is greatly expanding its tourist trade with a variety of activities.
Equidistant from the Ocean and the Alps, it has a mild climate.
This area is in an ideal geographic location, just 2⅔ hours from Paris, with a nearby road network, including the A71 motorway, as well as a train station with 2½ hour links to Paris-Austerlitz.
This mansion house stands in the historic centre of Bourges, with its narrow, paved streets and its half-timbered houses, not far from the Marais district, with a view of Saint-Etienne cathedral.
This property includes two buildings, one built in the 17th century and the other in the late 18th century. Both have cellars.
The premises have been meticulously transformed and renovated by the current owners who, with the help of an architect, have converted the first building into two flats.
The main entrance is via the paved street facing the cathedral in order to reach the second building, separated by a workshop, two patios and a corridor, featuring sliding picture windows letting copious amounts of light in on all sides.
A wide terrace looks down on a walled garden, reached via a few steps.
The buildings span a total floor surface area of approx. 500 m².
A garage is outside, facing the house.

The two flats

Each flat is laid out over its own level. Both are likely to generate considerable income either as flats or as offices.

The building on the road side

Constructed at the beginning of the 17th century, its dressed stone facade is topped with a small tile roof, featuring a central roof dormer and two skylights.
There are two entrances: one via the old wooden gateway, the former carriage gates facing the cathedral, it is a glazed landing door and an oak wood door.
Access is gained via a music room, a stairway is protected by a wrought iron separation providing access to the cellar, a sliding picture window opens on to the patio, leading to the second building.
The room is decorated with a monumental, white stone fireplace. Next to it is a linen room, near to a separate toilet with a wash-hand basin, followed by a room used as a workshop that opens via picture windows, providing access to the second building.
Some of the floors on the ground floor are tiled, the rest are covered with parquet flooring. There is underfloor heating. Exposed, oak wood beams enhance the ceiling.
The second entrance to the building leads to the two flats and to the main house via a corridor.

The patios

One is cleverly laid out between the kitchen and the workshop; a terrace having been created for the partaking of meals. The second is decorated with a wall fountain and provides a link between the music room and the ladies’ sitting room in the second building.

The late 18th century house

This house was built at the end of the 18th century with a Mansard style roof, covered with slate and featuring zinc oculi. One of the facades is rendered whilst the other, facing the garden, features red brick.
This building spans two levels. It is entered via the first building, a corridor lined with picture windows adjoining the second building. An oak wood stairway, set between the ladies’ sitting room and the lounge, provides access to the bedrooms on the upper two floors.
The floors are covered either with tiles or oak wood parquet flooring.
The spacious rooms are made extremely bright by the copious amounts of light flooding in through the windows.
Various rooms are enhanced by 19th century style marble fireplaces and panelling. A lovely wide terrace and a walled garden complete the property.

Our opinion
The residence still has all of its authenticity courtesy of the owners who have improved and redesigned the premises. The rooms that intercommunicate with one another are reached via several entrances, making it easy to move around the house and ensuring that there is no loss of privacy. In this verdant, fragrant setting, there is absolute peace and quiet, despite the fact that it is right in the town centre.
Both flats can be rented and can therefore generate considerable income. They could also be transformed into offices.
Bourges, France
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