A surprising waterside manor house
in the Trois-Forêts region 2¼ hours from Paris
, HAUTE-MARNE champagne-ardennes FR


3 hours from Luxembourg via the A31 motorway.
2¼ hours from Paris via the excellent A5 motorway.
Less than an hour from Troyes and Chaumont.
In the greenest of France’s departments where almost half of the surface area is made up of 250,000 ha of forests. In the heart of the future National Park as well as the Châteauvillain, Arc-en-Barrois and Dhuits national forests.


Set at a slight distance from the village, bordered by a river and a country lane, a little-used secondary road separates the property from several plots of grazing land, some of which are rented out.
This property comprises a manor house, an orangery, a hunting lodge, a greenhouse, a caretaker’s cottage and a tennis court, all in 4.5 ha of enclosed parklands.
Behind the property, a poplar grove and other grazing lands span a total surface area of more than 9 ha.

The manor house

This vast building is fifty metres long.
Constructed from exposed stone, it spans three levels. The oak wood roofing framework is covered with flat tiles. The numerous openings featured on the facade with dressed stone framing are of varying shapes, bearing witness to the construction works that took place over several centuries.
The original building was a fulling mill. At this time, it comprised a modest house with a stable and barns that are cited in 18th century archives. The facade was later extended by works that were completed around 1900.
Despite these transformations and several changes in ownership, this property with its marked, decorative features is perfectly harmonious.

Ground floor
The house is accessed via a heavy studded door, topped with a tile-covered awning, which opens into a smoking room. Visitors are warmly welcomed by a fireplace with a wooden mantelpiece and sculpted stone jambs. The floor is covered with large Burgundy flagstones with their unique sheen. They extend into the pantry where a large, cast iron cooking range takes pride of place; its fittings making all cooking styles possible. On the left-hand side of these two rooms, a lateral corridor leads to a contemporary kitchen with herringbone pattern parquet flooring. This double aspect room is pleasantly bright. It communicates with an elegant dining room, clad in coffered panelling and featuring a wrought wood fireplace under a French ceiling.
The most surprising room, on the right-hand side of a ladies’ sitting room, is a vast 125 m² lounge with exposed beams supported by impressive central oak wood columns. The Burgundy flagstones enhance the monumental, sculpted fireplace, adorned with three medallions.
A conservatory has been perpendicularly added to the rear facade so that full advantage can be taken of the parklands. And lastly, there are two vast, converted barns. The first is in use as laundry and boiler rooms with a water-to-water heat pump which is aided by an oil-fired boiler in the event of a very harsh winter.
The second, now a workshop with a pit, is used for servicing vehicles. It is followed by the old stables that communicate with the caretaker’s cottage.

First floor
Several stairways lead to the upper floors making it easy to move around and providing a pleasant privacy. The floor surface area, spanning 330 m², comprises ten bedrooms, eight bathrooms and a wardrobe. Each room is individually and carefully decorated with superb polished wooden floors, and delightful fireplaces, all in good working order. The cheery atmosphere thus created must make sleeping here extremely pleasant. A large, 84 m² attic could also be converted.
Second floor
This floor comprises two bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, a study and an astonishing archive room, fitted with a multitude of symmetrical cabinets. This level also includes attics and a room converted into an artist’s studio.

The caretaker’s cottage

This caretaker’s cottage is connected to the manor house via the stables and stands perpendicular to the river.
The oldest building on the property, it houses the turbine room.
This exposed stone, brick and half-timbered house, spanning three levels, is topped with a flat tile roof.
An arched doorway on the south side, flanked by awnings, is topped with an elegant oriel, bestowing it with a certain charm. A small back garden joins the parklands via a walkway that straddles the old millrace.
A wooden terrace looks down on the river giving the building its bright appearance.

Ground floor
This level comprises an entrance hall, an open-plan kitchen communicating with a dining room, a garage and the old generator room.
First floor
This floor currently includes three bedrooms and a study as well as two bathrooms, a television room and a large creative art room. All are in an excellent state of repair with no need of any works.
Second floor
This level, with its large games room and two attics, could be converted.

The hunting lodge

This hunting lodge stands behind the manor house, at the end of a tarmac drive. It is constructed from exposed stone, topped with violin-shaped roof tiles. Attractively enhanced by several plants, it blends perfectly with the rest of the property.
The hunting room has been reduced to a floor surface area of 29 m² in order to create a spacious, 140 m² garage for housing cars as well as the large pieces of machinery required for the upkeep of the parklands.

The orangery

Standing at the entrance to the property, the facade of this exposed stone orangery, with its flat tile roof, is glazed in a contemporary manner. Its floor surface area of 325 m² is heated as the owner uses it for exhibiting classic cars.
Behind it is a vegetable garden.

The parklands

The parklands stretch predominantly out behind the manor house. A main driveway, flanked by lime trees extends into little paths towards a “fast-surface” tennis court, the riverbank and a shingle greenhouse. An ideal spot for taking a pleasant stroll in the shade of the large majestic trees.
The lawn and flowerbeds are watered via an automatic watering system fed by a well.

Our opinion

TThis property simply exudes potential courtesy of its location, in a region with many renowned, large hunting estates, and its layout, ideal for a hotel and catering activity.
This property has just the right balance between refinement and its original rusticity with a delightful destiny and a delightful background, that of a modest fulling mill which has become a manor house.
With its fourteen chimney stacks, this elegant property forms a lovely home that can be much appreciated around a log fire.

845 000 €
Honoraires à la charge du vendeur

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Reference 546796

Land registry surface area 13 ha 26 a 17 ca
Main building surface area 1217 m2
Outbuilding surface area 643 m2

French Energy Performance Diagnosis

Regional representative
Aube, Marne Region

Florence Fornara       +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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