a middle-class home, with an outbuilding and a dovecote
The village, in the Gâtinais Nature Park, an hour from Paris’ city gates via the A6 motorway, is on the edge of Trois-Pignons forest which borders Fontainebleau forest. A regional, RER train station, within easy walking or cycling distance, provides 75-minute links to the French capital. Local geological features are a reminder of the fact that this land was covered by sea some 35 million years ago. When it receded, it left a crystalline sand which formed the blocks of sandstone much appreciated nowadays by rock-climbers, in the hollows of which abstract figures were engraved during the Middle Stone Age. In more recent times, literary history left its mark in the town of Milly-la-Forêt where Jean-Cocteau lies, and pictorial traces remain of the village of Barbizon where Millet had his studio and Renoir visited.
This house was constructed in the early 20th century and, without being pretentious, makes its presence felt from its dominant position. The top floor of its three levels is contained within a Mansard style slate roof, featuring three openings composed of a semi-circular arched window and two bull’s eye windows. The quoins protrude. Constructed over a full basement, with basement windows, its original structure and materials have been preserved and maintained. The external facade rendering and painting as well as the entire roof have been renovated. Marble fireplaces are to be found in the lounge and every bedroom.
Original floor tiles, with distinctive motifs, delimit the rooms. On one side is a dining room, on the other a lounge and straight on a stairway as well as a hall area in use as a study, with access to the basement. A partition between the dining room and the kitchen has been removed, increasing the overall impression of spaciousness. The walls in the lounge and the dining room are adorned with interesting wainscoting and the original cornices. A toilet has been installed under the stairway.
The first-floor landing provides access to the master bedroom and a dressing room, followed by another two bedrooms and a bathroom. The floors are covered with the original herringbone parquet flooring throughout.
The geometry of a Mansard style roof makes it possible to obtain comfortably-sized rooms. The landing provides access to a shower room and four bedrooms. The last one has been partitioned into two smaller areas, thus creating one bedroom following on from another.
A hall area provides access to a projection room, a workshop which can be accessed from the outside, a laundry room and a wine cellar. The projection and laundry rooms are fitted with basement windows, providing ventilation and natural light.
The outbuilding, faced with wooden weatherboarding, is topped with a dovecote that no longer houses birds but is reminiscent of the pastoral feeling sought by its first owners when they left the French capital for the weekend. The main room has now become a billiards’ room, whilst its mezzanine is a playroom. A workshop at the back features an old well.
A wooden shed stands facing it.
Every part of this house and its garden is steeped in the air of a countrified art of living, dating from the beginning of the 20th century. It could once again be used as a holiday home for a large family where all family members have their own bedroom and private area, and where large gatherings of friends are easy and pleasant. The proximity of Paris and a train station also mean that a family, with children of all ages, could continue to use it as a main residence, taking advantage of an exceptional setting on the edge of the forest.
The buildings and the plot of land are of a reasonable size for townsfolk seeking a haven near to the French capital, within easy reach by train thus avoiding use of a car, and where they can entertain friends and family. With its 8 bedrooms, this property would appear to have everything.
|Land registry surface area||1335 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||8|
|Main building surface area||220 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||25 m2|
Virgile Durand +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.