20th c. architecture for sale in the ardennes

A 1920’s, comfortable millstone grit house
2 hours from Paris in the Champagne region
Rethel, ARDENNES champagne-ardennes 08300 FR


2½ hours from Brussels, 2 hours from Luxembourg and Paris, 40 minutes from Reims.
The nearest train station is 10 minutes away. Shops and a doctor as well as primary and secondary schools are less than 5 minutes away.


This property is in a village with some 200 inhabitants. It comprises an elegant house, dating from the 1920’s, an outbuilding converted into living space, a garage, a stable and an old swimming pool that could possibly be rehabilitated.
At the end of the parklands, a large aviary, once used for raising pheasants, has been converted into a stable with four horse loose boxes.
This property is enclosed by walls on the street side, with remote-controlled gates providing direct access for cars. The pedestrian entrance is protected by wrought iron gates that open on to a little used, secondary road.
The house is partially concealed by the vegetation, providing it with pleasant privacy. Although completely unoverlooked, it is far from being isolated.

The house

This house, built in the 1920’s by a local leading citizen, stands proudly in the midst of its wooded, flower-filled garden. Its architecture reflects an elaborate, wrought style. The four facades, all different, are marked by interesting architectural features. It is built of millstone grit and enhanced with decorative bricks, notably around the semi-circular arched windows. Several painted wood balconies and terraces give it the air of a seaside villa. It spans three levels with a cellar, harmoniously featuring a variety of openings and bull’s eye windows. The roof, covered with flat tiles, dates from 2018.

Ground floor
A few stone steps lead to the front door, topped with its wrought iron canopy. The heavy oak wood door opens into an entrance hall, the floor of which is covered with polished terrazzo marble. It houses a double straight flight, solid oak wood stairway which goes to both the upper floors.
The ground floor comprises a study, a large lounge and a large dining room. All three have fireplaces in good working order and terracotta floor tiles. The integrated kitchen has a door providing access to the garden via a wrought iron atrium and a flight of steps.
There is also a full basement, divided into several rooms, with a wood-store, a laundry room, a storeroom, a wine cellar, a workshop, a garage and a boiler room (the air-air heat pump is replaced by an oil-fired boiler in really cold weather).

First floor
The first floor has oak wood parquet flooring covered with carpet throughout. It comprises four bedrooms, three of which have balconies. They are cleverly laid out, with two bedrooms, separated by a shower room and toilet, facing a third bedroom which, if so desired, could become an elegant study. With a little more privacy, the fourth bedroom is reached via a corridor, preceded by dressing room area and a bathroom, with its original fixtures and fittings including the ceramic tiles. Fully tiled, it is illuminated by two bull’s eye windows.
Second floor
This level comprises a maid’s bedroom, a shower room as well as an attic.
An outbuilding, once used as a veterinary surgery, has been converted into a 2-storey flat, spanning approx. 80 m². It stands on the corner of the property and has a gable wall on the street. The flat comprises a living room with an open-plan kitchen and a large bedroom as well as a shower room upstairs. This small building has its own garage.
The stables
These comprise two horse loose boxes, a tack room as well as a storeroom for the fodder and pellets. There are also four more horse loose boxes housed in an old aviary.

Our opinion

The natural elegance of this house has been maintained through the preservation of its superb original features such as its outstanding, semi-circular arched windows and doors as well as the terrazzo and mosaic floor in the entrance hall. Although a few interior decoration works would brighten the inside, it is still more than comfortable. Notre-Dame cathedral, just 40 km away, saw the crowning of French kings for more than 1,000 years. Reims no longer crowns heads of state, but it does have all the attractions of a large town which also includes numerous historic monuments and some outstanding Art Deco style facades. The latter, no doubt, pleasantly influenced the architectural choices made for this house.

420 000 €
Honoraires à la charge du vendeur


Reference 509335

Land registry surface area 4188 m2
Main building surface area 310 m2
Outbuilding surface area 175 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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