in the heart of a Renaissance town
Twenty minutes from the TGV EST station (shuttle service) which puts Paris just 90 minutes away and 25 km from an A4 motorway slip road.
Ideally located 60 km from the large towns of Metz and Nancy and their international airport.
10 minutes from Madine Lake and its 18-hole golf course.
This property comprises two separate houses.
Elegant gates open into the property’s courtyard with its old paving stones.
Standing on the right-hand side and spanning more than 300 m², the main residence, with its gable wall facing the road, is extended at right angles by the second house. The courtyard is closed on the left-hand side by the old town hall, an elegant, 16th century building, listed as a French historic monument. This first courtyard continues into a second cobbled courtyard which is closed by gates. These two areas span approx. 300 m². Behind the second house is an attractive lawned garden, enclosed by old stone walls. Said garden, with a surface area of approx. 500 m², includes a separate entrance door that opens on to another street.
Standing on the right-hand side of the gates and built of rendered quarry blocks, this residence is generously covered with Virginia creeper as of springtime, giving it a rustic appearance.
The interlocking tile roof is in a very good state of repair; the windows and French window are single glazed.
An elegant gazebo protects the entrance door with its stained glass windows.
The entrance door opens into a lobby closed by double doors adorned with coloured stained glass windows that lead into a vast hallway featuring its original cement floor tiles.
The warm, welcoming nature of this home can be felt immediately.
At the end of the hall is a shower room as well as the stairway that leads upstairs.
On the right are two rooms that overlook the street. Both are richly decorated with mouldings, panelling, marble fireplaces, mirrors with trumeaux and oak wood, herringbone pattern parquet flooring. One is furnished as a lounge; the other has a more open character for use, for instance, as a music or reading room. Its ceiling painted with cloud effects and adorned with four dainty medallions is a perfect illustration of the fine arts.
On the left-hand side of the corridor is the kitchen, looking out over the courtyard and having direct access to it via a French window. Although totally restored in 2019, its traditional Lorraine stone fireplace and its cement floor tiles have been elegantly preserved. A hall area lined with large painted cupboards, one of which conceals an access to a toilet as well as to a vaulted cellar, precedes a large dining room, opening via a French window on to the courtyard. Its floor is currently covered with carpeting that hides a pitch-pine wood floor. It has a wooden fireplace and an alcove which could be extended into a back room that is currently used for storing wood. Probably built in the 15th century, it still has its vaults and its fireplace which could be rehabilitated.
The oak wood stairway with its straight flights is impressive. The railings at the foot of the stairway are richly ornate and resemble the prow of a ship. It is overlooked by a “School of Nancy” stained glass roof. A door on a half floor leads to a former maid’s bedroom and then to an attic via rough timber steps. The attic spans the full floor surface area of the house. Its high ridge makes it possible to envisage a future conversion, especially as it already features some charming openings closed by wooden shutters.
This floor comprises five bedrooms, spanning between 17 and 30 m², the latter having its own shower room, which are arranged around the central stairway. They are all intercommunicating but have their own separate entrances on the landing. They feature pitch-pine wood floors and marble or stone fireplaces.
One of them is characterised by its elegant moulded windows, featuring glass with red engraving, which diffuse soft light into the double-aspect room. It has an adjoining dressing room area as well as a bathroom that patiently awaits works to make it operational once more.
The guest house
The guest house does not communicate with the main residence, but is separated from it via another building that is not part of the property.
It has its own private garden and a separate entrance via another street, a few stone steps and a charming painted wooden door.
It partially closes the courtyard belonging to the main property by completing it without altering its elegance. It could easily be rented out as has been the case for several years.
Currently in use as a garage and for storing garden tools, it has a terracotta tile floor and provides access to the first floor from the inner courtyard.
A kitchen and a recently restored lounge; double glazed windows.
Two bedrooms and a bathroom.
Radiant in the heart of this small, extremely elegant and lively Renaissance town, the house provides its residents with a refined, poetic universe which still has all its original features and decor. Although immaculately kept, this residence could do with a few works to bring it back into line with current day standards.
The guest house could be used as a home for parents or adolescent children or it could be transformed into an office for those seeking to practise their profession from home; a multitude of uses that clearly demonstrates the property’s potential.
|Land registry surface area||1202 m2|
|Main building surface area||302 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||76 m2|
North & West Marne and East Aube department
Florence Fornara +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.