La Villa des Prés
An old dry-stone wall surrounds the property and there are lots of places for you to sit and enjoy the superb view over the surrounding countryside.
The grounds of the Villa des Prés extend to 1.5 hectares and there are several magnificent specimens of very old trees.
When the lime tree blossoms in June the whole garden is full of the scent and you can enjoy the antics of the swallows as they seek out the bees laden with nectar.
Take a seat in the sun….
..or rather in the shade, under the kiwi fruits hanging in abundance over the trellis
Walled vegetable garden
One of the many swallow families
English landscape garden
The enclosed vegetable garden is a great place to repose! There is a small, natural pond which is home to frogs, goldfish, dragonflies…
Early in the morning, if you are lucky, you may see a heron come to the pond for breakfast.
In the 19th century no “maison de maitre” would be without a cedar of Lebanon and ours has become the emblem of our home.
The ginkgo biloba turns to flaming yellow in October and is also beautiful when it’s in bud in the spring. (3rd photo below.)
Our home is a place for animals to live in freedom.
Our small flock of ewes graze peacefully and the lambs play without any worries
The ginkgo biloba
The cedar of Lebanon
The Villa des Prés is an elegant 19th century house with generously proportioned rooms. It was built around 1840 by Monsieur Charles-Gabriel Joanin, a wealthy landowner, and it has long been considered the château of the village.
All the rooms are light and spacious with high ceilings and they all have marble fireplaces and oak polished floors.
The “salon doré” and the dining room have magnificent stucco ceilings.
The Villa is surrounded by gardens where the monks of the Benedictine priory used to come to work or relax until the French Revolution in 1789.
The house enjoys an exceptionally sunny situation.
The origins of the village of Saint-Reverien date back to the 3rd century AD and are linked to the Bishop Reverien, sent by Pope Felix 1st (268-24) to the territory of Eduens (capital Autun) to proclaim the gospel. He was beheaded by Roman soldiers close to the Gallo-Roman site which is now known as Compierre.
The 30 acre site of Compierre, where a number of excavations have been carried out , is situated 3km from the village of Saint-Reverien.
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