character houses for sale - lorraine region - nancy

A 19th century, stately, large luxurious home
in one of the villages around the spa town of Vittel

Vittel, VOSGES lorraine 88800 FR


In the south of the rural Lorraine region, but 18 km from the spa town of Vittel and its renowned international golf course. In a traditional looking village, 8 km from a slip road for the A31 motorway which, together with the A5 motorway, puts Paris 327 km away; a journey taking 3⅓ hours. Nancy is but 82 km away on the road to Luxembourg, Belgium and Germany, all three some 200 km away; a journey taking 2¼ hours via the A31 motorway. Switzerland is 220 km away; a journey of just under three house. This house can be reached by TGV train from Paris via Nancy and then TER train to Neufchâteau, some 24 km away.
Local shops with essential daily items are to be found 5 km from the village whilst all other shops and amenities, including administrative infrastructures and hospitals are within a 20 km radius.


This residence stands in the midst of a village, with one facade on the street. Its rear facade looks out over the surrounding countryside, beyond a large garden, resembling parklands and enhancing the property. It is, therefore, typical of those to be found in traditional rural villages in the Lorraine region where residences and adjoining farms are set out on either side of the main village street. Hence, the expression “street village”. This house was built in the 19th century for the local solicitor which is why it features architectural characteristics typical of a middle-class house, with a rather plain street facade and a more stately looking garden side. Although the outside remains somewhat discreet as regards decoration, the inside has an outstanding wealth of ornamental features, more than worthy of a regional manor house. The large garden, extending behind the house, and an outbuilding are further assets of this middle-class home.

The residence

This residence spans three levels. The openings on the first two are tall and regularly arranged whilst those on the third floor are smaller, producing a pleasant skyward soaring, visual effect. All the openings are surrounded by stone framing. The rendering on the quarry stone block walls is in a good state of repair but replacing it would improve their appearance. The lower section, under a straight stone string course, is constructed from superb yellow-ochre coloured stone. The garden side of the house dominates a first terrace.
The outbuilding, adjoining it on the left of the road side, corresponds to an old farm which has to date from an earlier period. It is lower, spanning a single old level of accommodation, topped with a vast farm attic. It protrudes in relation to the main residence on the garden side. Both facades feature semi-circular arched carriage doors, providing access from one side to the other and demonstrating the rural origins of this property.

Ground floor
The street provides access to a little garden and the front door which opens into a small vestibule, followed by a wide, through corridor, with ochre-coloured floor tiles and ceiling moulding. Said corridor, separating the ground floor into two unequal sections, leads to all the rooms.
On the left-hand side, in the narrower section of the residence, are the utility rooms comprising a large, recently converted kitchen-dining room, spanning approx. 30 m² and facing the garden, as well as the old kitchen, on the road side, currently in use as an annex.
First on the right-hand section, facing the street, is a large lounge, decorated with wainscoting and a marble fireplace. Spanning a floor surface area of approx. 26 m², it provides access to a large bedroom, with two elegant bed alcoves, wainscoting as well as a wooden cupboard, with moulded panels covering its full length.
Overlooking the garden, still on the right-hand side of the central corridor, the original dining room, with its traditional fir wood parquet flooring and its wainscoting, is enhanced with a marble fireplace topped with an extremely beautiful trumeau; its frame decorated with ears of corn and a garland of vine leaves and bunches of grapes. It is followed by an 18 m² bedroom, with an adjoining shower room.

First floor
Roughly in the middle of the corridor on the ground floor, an outstanding stone stairway, with cast iron railings, set with brass rings, and a wooden handrail, goes up to a large through corridor, identical to that below. All the surfaces of the stairway walls as well as those of the corridor are decorated with trompe-l'oeil frescoes representing wainscoting on the lower sections, with panels above, separated at regular intervals by Ionic-order pilasters. A frieze, with floral motifs, and a cornice run along the top. Furthermore, a fine medallion featuring interwoven initials, probably belonging to the original owners of the residence, has been added to the painted pilasters in the stairway.
The layout of the rooms on this level is the same as that on the floor below. A large central corridor is decorated with a fresco resembling that of the stairway. Both are worthy of French historic monument listing.
The section on the right of the road side facade is a large library, with a marble fireplace. This is followed by a bedroom with an alcove. Facing the garden, a large bedroom, spanning approx. 28 m², has wainscoting, herringbone pattern parquet flooring and a fireplace topped with a trumeau featuring a classical sacrificial scene. Adjoining is another bedroom, followed by a shower room.
In the left-hand section, facing the garden, a large bedroom, spanning approx. 30 m², still has all of its authenticity, with warmer hues provided by the polished bare wood shutters. And lastly, overlooking the street, an old kitchen still with its typical stone fireplace, has been transformed into a bathroom.

Second floor
This level spans a floor surface area, similar to the first two, which has been divided into two large, currently unconverted sections. It could therefore be transformed into additional rooms at some time in the future.
This was once an old independent farm which, with its barn and its hayloft, still has its rural appearance. It is currently used as storage space and as a garage. It also houses the boiler for the main residence.
The garden
The garden, spanning a surface area of approx. 4,000 m², comprises three wide terraces in front of the house which are supported by dry stone walls, each featuring a central flight of steps. They are enhanced by flower beds and a superb stone well. The lower section of the garden is planted with tall trees, giving it an air of majestic parklands. The outside areas all face south-west, making them ideal for planting fruit trees.

Our opinion

Classicism was still the middle-class standard when this residence was constructed, no doubt in the early 19th century. With trompe-l'oeil frescoes on its walls, it has the appearance of a local manor house. The better of the two facades remains sober but is enhanced by successive terracing that goes down towards the wooded garden. This house, with its self-contained sections, would be ideal for accommodating several generations of a large family, once a few restoration works have been carried out. Furthermore, an entire floor is but waiting to be converted. Apples and Mirabel plums can be picked directly from the trees. The large beech forests, in the area surrounding Vittel, are but an invitation for long walks on foot or on horseback.

260 000 €
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Avis de valeur argumenté : 1 800 Euros TTC*
Expertise à partir de 2 400 Euros TTC*
Les tarifs des expertises sont communiqués sur devis personnalisé établi sur la base d’un taux horaire moyen de 120 Euros TTC*


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Reference 491418

Main building surface area 410 m2


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Gilles Larosée       +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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