an outstanding mill
In a small village less than 60 km from the French capital, the A4 motorway providing direct access. 25 km from Chessy-Marne-la-Vallée (TGV and RER train station, Eurodisney, Val-d'Europe shopping centre) and 3 km from Coulommiers, an attractive town with all amenities (shops, market, hospital).
The brook watering the property has its source in the midst of the water table, slightly upstream from the mill. Further down it flows into the river Grand-Morin. This somewhat unusually sized flax mill stands, therefore, in an exceptional setting that is not subject to flooding, courtesy of its dominant position which has also enabled it to produce its own electricity via waterfalls.
Two old stone outbuildings and a small wash-house on the edge of the millstream add a touch of magic to this property, fully enclosed by fencing.
The building, constructed in 1580 from stone, is rendered. Its roof is covered with local, flat tiles (redone in 1999).
The mill is laid out over two levels, above cellars and under attic space.
The facades feature small paned, wooden framed windows which vary in size on the different levels, thus indicating that the heights of the ceilings also change with the floors.
The building topped with a pediment is on one side.
This level, corresponding to the basement, has access to the garden. It comprises:
- the mill’s machinery;
- a wine cellar;
- and two underground passageways.
The main entrance hall is enhanced with cupboards. It opens into a vast, extremely bright lounge-dining room, with old terracotta floor tiles as well as exposed ceiling beams and joists. Its fireplace is in good working order. This room opens on to a terrace. An open-plan kitchen provides access to a second dining room. This wonderful living room is widely illuminated by a large picture window, providing an unusual view of the impressive, 6 m diameter wheel. The kitchen is fully fitted with a cooking range, an extraction hood, an American-style refrigerator, a central stone unit and a Gaudin wood-burning stove. The floor in this culinary area is covered with old terracotta tiles. Ceiling joists have been left exposed.
A boiler room, a broom cupboard, a toilet and a linen room with stoneware floor tiles.
This level is reached via a stairway, with old terracotta tile steps and oak wood nosing. The landing has solid oak wood flooring.
A main bedroom has parquet flooring and white-painted, oak wood, exposed ceiling beams and joists.
A shower room is fitted with an Italian-style shower, two wash-hand basins and stoneware floor tiles.
A bathroom also has a shower and two wash-hand basins. A dressing room. Three other bedrooms are lucky enough to have a balcony with a view over the garden and the lake. A study or another bedroom. A suite with an anteroom-dressing room with cupboards. A bedroom with a shower room, lined with teak wood, an Italian-style shower and a toilet.
The attic space has been converted into a large room which could be used as a dormitory as required. The roofing framework is exposed.
There is no double-glazing on this level.
This building, laid out over two levels, is constructed from millstone grit and topped with an interlocking tile roof. Its ground floor comprises a 22 m² artist’s studio, a 16 m² stable, a woodshed and some old rabbit hutches. There is one, 16 m² room upstairs.
This building, also laid out over two levels, is again constructed from millstone grit and topped with an interlocking tile roof.
The ground floor, with its stone floor, houses a 12 m² fruit storeroom, an 8 m² area used for storing bins and bicycles, as well as a 16 m² workshop.
Upstairs is an old hayloft.
The roof is covered with local flat tiles.
This mill is currently inactive but it could become operational once again as it still has all of its machinery.
Furthermore, the large wheel, spanning an unusually wide 6 metres, is still proudly in position. The working mill has been transformed into a dream mill in the midst of a magnificent Garden of Eden, proving a delight to the eyes in every direction: the vegetation, the sparkling and peacefully murmuring water flowing from the fountain and the dance of the black swans as they glide over the lake. Inside, the old mill has been perfectly restored using the most noble of materials and exquisite taste, without sacrificing modern-day home comforts.
And the outbuildings are not to be outdone.
Luxury, peace and quiet as well as voluptuous pleasure are words that come to mind when describing this property.
|Land registry surface area||6671 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||5|
|Main building surface area||400 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||150 m2|
Seine & Marne
Corinne Angeli +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.