character houses for sale gâtinais region in france

50 km from Paris, in the midst of a village with schools and shops,
a middle-class home, with an outbuilding and a dovecote
Milly-la-Forêt, ESSONNE ile-de-france 91490 FR

Location

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.

Description

This property spans a surface area of 1,335 m². Set back off the main street in a slightly dominant position, it stands in the midst of the village, between the infant and junior schools, the church as well as the town hall. Shops, a chemist, restaurants, a café and a grocery are just a few metres away. The setting is residential and the forest, with its pine and oak trees typical of the region, can be glimpsed beyond the neighbouring houses. A home well-suited to large families as it has 8 bedrooms, it is enhanced with a vegetable garden, a children’s play area and several paved terraces. Plants are harmoniously laid out in an English fashion and a naturally-growing vine provides abundant grapes come autumn.

The house

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.


Ground floor
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.
First floor
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.
Second floor
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.
Basement
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.
Outbuilding
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.

Our opinion

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.

Exclusive sale

550 000 €
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Reference 352198

Land registry surface area 1335 m2
Main building surface area 220 m2
Outbuilding surface area 25 m2

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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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