mansion houses for sale in france champagne region reims

A listed, 16th & 18th century mansion house in Reims,
1½ hours from Paris in the Champagne region
, MARNE champagne-ardennes FR

Location

2¾ hours from Brussels and 2 hours from Luxembourg.
1½ hours from Paris via the A4 motorway and just 45 minutes by TGV train.
The town, with 183,000 inhabitants, is the capital of the champagne-producing region. It is here that the biggest champagne houses have their head offices. It must be said that this famous drink has done more for the universal glory of the region than its history, its dukes, its battles and its great men.
It was, however, in Reims cathedral that some thirty kings of France were crowned, the most memorable coronation being that of Charles VII, conducted by Joan-of-Arc on 17 July 1429. Celebrations held for Joan-of-Arc every year commemorate this event at the beginning of June when the historic centre of the town becomes medieval once again for a weekend.

Description

This property is a 10-minute walk from the train station and from Place-d'Erlon.
The district is very pleasant with a nearby square, cafés, shops and restaurants. Standing on the corner of two streets, this residence is inside the old Gallo-Roman perimeter wall. It has one facade on the street which is extended by a wing set at right angles and forming a courtyard, closed by a perimeter wall which opens via carriage gates on to the other street.

The mansion house

This limestone and dressed stone mansion house spans three levels over vaulted cellars. The street facade has three bays on two levels under an attic floor featuring three triangular pediment roof dormers in the slate break. A stone string course separates the two levels.
The openings on the ground floor are enhanced with sculpted, rusticated masonry, bevelled keystones, those upstairs featuring floral motifs. They are protected by slatted shutters and 18th century railings.
The entrance door, dating from the same era, has a glazed, small-paned fanlight, topped with a rocaille-style keystone, featuring grapes and vines.
The building is extended to the rear by a wing, with two projections, set at right angles and ends with an L-shaped wing closing the inner courtyard.


Ground floor
The most used entrance is that to be found in the mansion house courtyard. Carriage gates provide access for cars and the paved courtyard can take two vehicles, parked one behind the other next to a small garden, laid to lawn and planted with flowers.
A small vestibule, in the centre of the building, is paved with terracotta floor tiles and communicates with a dining room via double doors, enhanced with stained glass windows. With herringbone pattern parquet flooring, it is completely lined with stripped panelling which flanks a 19th century marble fireplace.
The street side facade opens via an elegant, 18th century oak wood door, adorned with a door knocker, in the form of an elegant female hand.
A central corridor, inlaid at the end with Iranian mosaic tiles dating from the 3rd century, provides access, left, to a kitchen and, right, to a small lounge, lined with panelling and featuring a central fireplace, topped with a mirror, as well as an inlaid wooden floor. It communicates via double doors, glazed with stained glass, with a vestibule, opening on to the courtyard. The kitchen, with its terracotta floor tiles, is connected to the dining room via a little area under the stairs.
A large reception lounge is to be found in the wing set at right angles. A dendrochronological survey of its impressive exposed ceiling beams indicates that the trees were cut down at the end of the 14th century. Nevertheless, with the edge moulding, clearly reminiscent of 16th century features, it is probable that the wood was reused.

First floor
The oak wood stairway appears to date from the 17th century. It begins at the end of the ground floor corridor and goes up to a landing. A first bedroom is decorated with a marble fireplace, topped with a trumeau including a mirror, double pilasters and antique decor. A second, more sober bedroom has a delightful wrought wood fireplace. These rooms precede a shower room, with a toilet, followed by a large bedroom with an alcove, a built-in bookshelf and an 18th century marble fireplace. This last bedroom has its own private bathroom. The wooden flooring is covered with carpet throughout this level.
Second floor
This floor comprises three bedrooms, a linen room, a shower room and a large room, with a small mezzanine forming a balcony corridor which, with a splendid stairway coming from a regional building, exudes an air of a library.
Somewhat resembling a maze, this level could be laid out differently.
A little back stairway goes right down to the courtyard.

Our opinion

During the First World War, more than 80% of Reims was destroyed before being reconstructed between 1920 and 1930, in a style marked by the Art Deco period. This mansion house is a survivor, which adds to its architectural interest. Furthermore, its unusual layout is equally well suited to a family home as to an artist’s studio, a shop, a restaurant or a first-class teashop courtesy of the vast Renaissance room which would be ideal for such activities, it being totally independent of the house. Reims’ popularity amongst tourists is not likely to diminish in the future.

895 000 €
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Reference 910163

Land registry surface area 294 m2
Main building surface area 322 m2

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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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