its caretaker’s cottage in some four verdant, watery hectares in the French department of Eure
About a hundred kilometres from Paris and but 25 from Rouen. Only 10 km from one of France’s most beautiful villages and one of Europe’s most beautiful forests; the nearest shops are about a kilometre from the property.
The renowned La-Forêt-Verte golf course, near to Rouen, and Forges-les-Eaux, a little town known for its thalassotherapy centre, are less than 30 km away.
The local weekly markets sell excellent local produce.
The residence is set in the midst of its parklands, whilst the caretaker’s cottage stands on its own plot.
Outbuildings, out of sight of the main house, await restoration.
The impressive building, an old spinning mill spanning a surface area of approx. 850 m², was constructed in two stages. The first section was built in the 18th century and the second in the 19th century, both intercommunicating, they each span three levels above a vaulted cellar.
Its facades constructed from brick, or cement and brick, feature numerous windows, most of which are framed with toothed white stone quoins. A turret, housing a stairway, can be seen from the rear facade. Three hip roofs, covered with slate, feature Jacobin-style roof dormers and chimney stacks.
Triangular, zinc pediments embellish several roof dormers and protective slatted wooden shutters are fitted to all the openings.
A contemporary, suspended, wooden terrace, with wire railings, blends perfectly in with the rest of the architecture.
A porch, with an intermediate landing and ten or so steps, leads to the terrace which, in turn, provides access inside the building.
Once across the threshold, visitors are immediately impressed by the luminosity throughout this level. Rooms are laid out on either side of a large vestibule, with cement floor tiles. A majestic stairway, with wooden steps and handrail, protected by wrought iron railings, goes to the upper floors. Two lounges, communicating via double, glazed doors, are enhanced with fireplaces and pitch-pine wood floors. A large kitchen, with grey floor tiles, has been redone and a central unit added. It is big enough to comfortably include an eating area. It is illuminated via windows and French windows that open on to the suspended terrace. The kitchen precedes a dining room and a linen room.
A wide landing provides access to six bedrooms and their storage areas as well as to two bathrooms. One of the small bedrooms could be converted into an additional shower room. The floors are covered with parquet flooring or tiles.
A corridor leads from the large landing to five bedrooms and a bathroom. A large room, with terracotta floor tiles, is currently in use as a games room but could also be converted into additional bedrooms and a shower room.
This floor is reached via a ladder. It spans the same floor surface area as the other levels and awaits conversion.
This level, spanning a floor surface area of approx. 150 m², comprises 10 rooms, including storerooms, workshops, a boiler room and a laundry room.
The caretaker’s cottage
This house comprises a kitchen that also acts as a dining and living room, two bedrooms and a bathroom. It spans a total surface area of approx. 70 m².
It has wood-fired and electric heating.
All the outbuildings await restoration.
Associated with the climate in the north of France, brick can sometimes appear austere. This is not the case here. The layout of the facade, with its openings, already gives an idea of the luminosity within the building, one of its major assets. This apparent contrast between the interior and the exterior is most successful.
All kinds of projects could be envisaged here. In addition to that of continuing a family home, possibly with two or three families, it could also be used for a hotel and catering activity, based on bed & breakfast.
The proximity of tourist sites is not necessarily a deciding factor.
It has everything for rest and relaxation, whether that might be outings in a boat, on horseback (horse-riding centres nearby) or on foot as well as fishing in the river.
|Land registry surface area||3 ha 69 a 87 ca|
|Number of bedrooms||11|
|Main building surface area||547 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||850 m2|
Marie Merien +33 1 42 84 80 85
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.