near the economic activity of Charles-de-Gaulle airport, 30 minutes from Paris
The Plain of France, where the borders of the Valois and Multien regions meet, is a wonderful rural site which has always made its inhabitants wealthy. Still today, agriculture is an economic generator, even though the dynamic activity created by Charles-de-Gaulle airport is developing more and more. Although this region of the Greater Paris Area has become strategic for companies, reinforced by its unequalled road and rail links, this residence remains timeless and free of all nuisances.
This large house, known in the past as the “Château de l’Espérance” (chateau of hope), was constructed in 1750 in the middle of the Age of Reason. It stayed in the same great landowning family right though until 2005. This did not, however, prevent the different generations from carrying out aesthetic and technical modifications, always with the same constant of letting in light.
This residence stands in wooded parklands, set back off the road. The property is enclosed by outbuildings at the entrance and by high old walls on the parkland side.
The property is set between a courtyard and the gardens. Tall wrought iron gates open on to a driveway going around a main, grassy courtyard, making it easy for cars to move around. Behind the house, wide parklands planted with majestic trees are crossed by shady pathways. This peaceful setting is sheltered from the exterior hustle and bustle.
This residence has highly homogeneous, classical architecture. The informed eye will note that the entrance facade features 19th century aesthetics, whilst that of the garden side has remained such as it was during the reign of Louis XV. In fact, a desire to modernise the house was felt around 1860. Nevertheless, this discreet difference is shown (for the 19th century additions) by the presence of outdoor slatted shutters, a wrought iron canopy, framing surrounding the openings, with straw-yellow keystones, and curved corners for the door and window frames. And lastly, rusticated masonry marked by moulding decorates this front facade now reflecting the 19th century fashion.
The main, rectangular building, constructed from rendered quarry stone blocks, features 12 bays. The quoins and the framing surrounding the openings are a uniform white in colour.
The house, spanning two levels with a porch, is topped with a double hip, slate roof. A cornice, running along the edge of the eaves, supports the guttering and zinc work. Said cornice is also different on each of the facades. The roof features chimney stacks with, at one end, a zinc-covered roof terrace.
This large, soberly decorated house inspires a timeless and luminous elegance, completely justifying why it was known as the “Château de l’Espérance”.
The house is entered via double, glazed doors, topped with a canopy. These doors provide access to a through vestibule, with veined marble floor tiles and, at the end, identical double doors leading directly out to the parklands. Said vestibule leads, on one side, to a dining room, a small, adjoining lounge as well as a kitchen and, on the other, to a large lounge, followed by an adjoining billiard room and the old orangery, now converted into a self-contained studio flat. All these through reception rooms give an impression of clarity and communion with the outside. They are marked by their era, with herringbone pattern parquet flooring, fireplaces with mantels made of marble or wood as in the dining room, large windows, moulding and Louis XV style panelling. These rooms lend themselves beautifully to conversation in good company.
A hanging stairway, with a wooden handrail and wrought iron railings, goes to the upper floors.
A long, bright corridor, with seven windows, provides access to eight bedrooms, featuring the discreet, light spirit of the 18th century. Two bathrooms and three shower rooms have also been installed by the various generations in order to bring the quality of life in the house in line with modern-day standards.
A little wooden stairway goes up to the attic space, with conversion potential.
In addition to the basement of the house which includes a wine cellar and a boiler room, the property also includes outbuildings, with ochre-coloured facades. Dating from the 19th century, these were constructed, in principle, under the Second Empire. They feature the Italian style which was very much in fashion at that time. These outbuildings, divided into three sections, span a total floor surface area of approx. 250 m². The ground floor comprises a garage able to take several vehicles and a storage area. The upstairs is taken up by an area, previously used for drying linen under an impressive roofing framework.
The layout between a courtyard and a garden is clear to see even though the courtyard, comprising a vast, central lawn, surrounded by a circular driveway, as well as old trees, is more evocative of a garden than a courtyard.
At the back, a terrace running alongside the building looks out over parklands, spanning more than 4,000 m² and comprising a lawn, winding pathways and copses, all enhanced with features such as a gazebo and a little, picturesque bridge. The surprises never end for those out for a stroll with, on the right-hand side, a dovecote and, at the end of the parklands, an orchard that provides seasonal fruit for the residents’ table.
Not only a family home exuding character but also a house of high standing marked by the spirit of the literary salons and philosophers of the era in which it was built. It draws its longevity from this equilibrium between its social and its private life, always with a great joy of living.
This residence also represents a superb compromise between living in the town and the country. The town and its professional facilities are at hand, just 15 minutes from the economic activity of Charles-de-Gaulle airport and 30 minutes from Paris. The country, too, is present with parklands all around the house, the centre of the market town, the surrounding fields and, above all, total tranquillity.
|Land registry surface area||6200 m2|
|Main building surface area||420 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||250 m2|
Jérôme Ferchaud +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.