manors for sale - meuse - lorraine region

An elegant manor house with a dominant view over pasturelands
45 minutes from Luxembourg
Metz, MEUSE lorraine 57000 FR


3½ hours from Paris via the A4 motorway and 2½ hours from Brussels. Metz is an hour away, Luxembourg and its international airport are but 45 minutes away.
Ancient battleground between Germanic Europe and Latin Europe, the highland in the Lorraine region was long in dispute. The king of France was installed here by Vauban in order to consolidate his frontier, a glacis of citadels and garrisons, ancestor of the Maginot Line, which hence lastingly marked the verdant, hilly landscape.
Once extremely prosperous courtesy of the leather and cloth industries, the village still has an unusual number of houses with 16th and 17th century facades.


A row of lime trees and tall gates separate the property from a narrow, little-used street and the discreet neighbourhood.
This property probably partially dates from the Renaissance period.
Built on the perimeter wall and fortifications, dating from 1270, of the old village castle, destroyed by Louis XIV, this property comprises a manor house, preceded by a stable on the courtyard side and a barn as well as a woodshed at the back.
The terraced garden on a lower level takes advantage of all that remained of the military architecture, with its curtain walls and wall-walks, its corner tower and its kennel. This beautifully trimmed, flowering area is superbly laid out like a romantic garden; its masonry features are all listed.


Several eras mark the history of the construction of this building. Constructed from local, yellow ochre-coloured stone, it spans two levels above cellars and is topped with attics under a slate and tile roof in an excellent state of repair.
On the valley side, on the corner of the terrace, stands a square tower with canted walls. Its spans three levels and is topped with a pyramid roof, the lower slopes of which are not as steep as those at the top. At the other end of this facade stands a rectangular pavilion, built in the 19th century from millstone grit and brick. Reflecting the design of a tower, it creates an idea of symmetry. Its roof features a wrought zinc roof dormer.
A balcony with curved wrought iron railings is supported on three stone corbels. A set of outbuildings behind the building creates a small inner courtyard with a landscaped, paved terrace for taking breakfast in the summer months.

Ground floor
The main entrance is on the courtyard side. It takes the form of an impressive oak wood door with a door knocker. The renaissance period moulded architrave is topped with a coat-of-arms and engraved with a German inscription on the lintel, marking Emperor William II’s visit to these premises.
A second door, glazed with small panes, opens into a long central corridor, with oak wood flooring. It crosses the building and provides access to all the rooms on the ground floor.
Two rooms face one another on the courtyard side. On the left-hand side is a 20 m² television lounge with bookshelves and a marble fireplace. The stained glass in the windows creates a cosy, muted atmosphere. On the right-hand side, a large, 62 m² lounge contrasts with the first courtesy of its brightness. This is the result of the integration of the corner tower, which gives it a double aspect overlooking the valley. It can be accessed directly from the terrace. Its 17th century stone fireplace is topped with a trumeau representing a hunting scene; a much-love activity in the region. The floor is covered with oak wood flooring.
It communicates like a secret passageway, via a little oak wood door bearing the patina of time, with the dining room. The later features a combination of soberness and elegance with its oak wood panelling matching the floor. A French window opens on to the balcony with its view of the valley.
Opposite, in the corridor, an oak wood stairway with wrought iron railings leads to the upper floors and precedes the kitchen, together with its pantry. The main room in any good family home, this kitchen meets all expectations: 23 m², octagonal terracotta floor tiles, a stone sink, old wall tiles, a water pump and a 2-piece buffet.
The pantry is lined with large cupboards and provides access to the vaulted cellars as well as to the inner courtyard.
At the end of the corridor, a toilet and a small so-called “maid’s” bedroom, with a wash-hand basin and a shower, are preceded by a study which still has its large stone fireplace, wide strip oak wood flooring and terracotta floor tiles.

First floor
The stairway goes up to an L-shaped corridor which provides access to eight bedrooms, spanning from 20 to 43 m², each with their own bathroom and toilet.
Elegantly decorated, they are bright and spacious with wooden flooring. The fireplaces, mostly made of marble and dating from the 18th or 19th century, are all different. One monumental, stone fireplace, reflecting the Renaissance period, decorates a room with stained glass windows featuring the coats-of-arms of Luxembourg and the Duchy of Bar. The French ceiling is decorated with Lorraine crosses and fleur-de-lis.
Another bedroom exudes a more romantic air with its Toile-de-Jouy wallpaper and its four poster bed. A third, double aspect, particularly luminous bedroom is laid out in the tower and has a view of the surrounding countryside that it would be difficult to tire of. The attention to detail and comfort is notably demonstrated throughout by the use of quality materials.

Second floor
This level, spanning approx. 172 m², comprises a large bright games room featuring skylights, storage rooms and attics.


This high-ceilinged building, with its own independent entrance in the form of double carriage doors, adjoins and communicates with the manor house. It can also be reached via the tack room which remains functional whilst the other areas are now used as function rooms. Carriages were drawn across flagstones. Two oak wood horse loose boxes and a foaling stall have been laid out such that they can be transformed into lounges as required.


The 2-storey, stone outbuildings stand behind the manor house. The ground floor comprises garages, which can be directly reached from another perpendicular street, as well as a woodshed and a laundry room. They span a total floor surface area of approx. 200 m².


These two buildings are in the garden.
The red brick kennel, illuminated via half-moon shaped windows, is of particular architectural interest.
The listed, square corner tower is built of local stone. It has lost its defensive vocation, but do lovers of candlelit dinners by the side of its stone fireplace really mind?

Our opinion

Vestiges of the old castle in the garden bear witness to this site’s long history. The light-coloured stone facades feature large openings. The towers are dissimilar enough to avoid monotony and similar enough to bestow stateliness throughout. There is a strong temptation when looking from the terrace, from each window or from the balcony to become mesmerised by the sight of the grazing land, the woods and the gently undulating countryside. This manor house has been in the same family since the 18th century, making it an outstanding family home. Newcomers simply have to take their inspiration from it, to listen to it, to confidently let themselves be guided, it knows the ropes.

850 000 €
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Reference 229383

Land registry surface area 7050 m2
Main building surface area 672 m2
Outbuilding surface area 240 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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