character houses for sale in france neauphle-le-château

In Neauphle-le-Château, surrounded by 1300 m2 of garden,
a former 17th century Hôtel-Dieu (hospital) with view over the Montfort-L’Amaury plains
Neauphle-le-Château, YVELINES paris 78640 FR

Location

Forty kilometres from Paris, twenty-five from Rambouillet and twenty from Versailles, Neauphle-le-Château, “new temple” in Celtic, is much more than just an Ile-de-France village. Built on a rocky mound, at one of the ends of the Versailles plains, it dominates the region and has done so since Prehistoric times; it overlooks the Montfort-L’Amaury plains offering a breath-taking view. During the Revolution, the town was temporarily re-baptised Neauphle-la-Montagne. Several personalities have stayed here such as the novelist Marguerite Duras or the Hollywood actress Deanna Durbin. The town is less than three kilometres for the Villiers-Neauphle-Pontchartrian train station and its large car park, allowing one to reach Montparnasse train station in just thirty-five minutes by line N of the Transilien. There are several schools and sports clubs in the village.

Description

The house is accessed via one of the oldest streets in the village leading from a lively market place where markets are once a week. It is paved and lined with bollards bearing witness to the busy Great Royal Road from Brittany to Normandy before 1775. In the middle of the quiet thoroughfare full of flowers, a carriage gate opens in to this original Hôtel-Dieu. The building was built in 14th century to welcome and give assistance to the sick and travellers up until the end of 17th century. Through the heavy wooden door, one discovers a vast landscaped and partially paved courtyard. Partly detached the sober, solemn and tall façade stands in the centre of the property. On one side, there is a former chapel converted into a small outbuilding. Further on, the south-facing garden from where breath-taking views can be seen. On a lower level, a vegetable garden is laid out like the garden of the parish priest.

The main house


Ground floor
Past the entrance, the tone is set, with its exposed beams and terracotta floor tiles. These materials are to be found throughout the house, and mark the authenticity of the place. The wood has slightly warped over time and the walls slightly deviated but that doesn’t really matter given the unconventional beauty of the building. Opposite the entrance, a solid wooden staircase takes pride of place. On one side, a large kitchen its wood burner in the period fireplace and small terrace as if hanging on the façade. This room with its shimmering colours combines traditional kitchen elements with modern ones creating an eclectic and warm style. On the other, a large bright room used as a lounge and library. The fireplace bought in an attic sale makes it just right for reading and relaxing. Leading on from it, another smaller lounge has been made into a relaxing television room. This room communicates with the kitchen too and means that there is smooth movement throughout the ground floor. A secondary staircase leads down from the entrance to the cellars, a study and games room. Further along, a toilet and wash basin and storage space.
First floor
The landing leads to four bedrooms, one of which has a fireplace, built-in cupboards, and a balcony. Each bedroom offers a magnificent view over the plains. A shower room, wardrobe, separate toilet with wash basin and a bathroom complete this floor. A cleverly concealed staircase leads to the converted attic.
Attic
The wood and terracotta-tiled staircase leads up to a flat designed under the exposed roofing framework. It comprises an impressive living room, two bedrooms and a large bathroom allowing its occupants to live completely independently. A ladder leads to a small open area that could be used for storage.
Garden level
A stone and half-timbered staircase leads down towards a door opening on to a vegetable garden and ornamental garden. On one side, the former pantry with an old earthenware cooker and sink has been converted into a games room. Opposite, a study with exposed beams and terracotta floor tiles.
Cellar
They may be accessed via the study. The first cellar incorporating a biomass heater and suitable storage space for the wood pellets. The second, a vaulted stone wine cellar with gravel floor, closed by a beautiful century-old gate.
The garden
The garden is south and north-facing but also east and west due to its location on a mound; it overlooks the Montfort-l’Amaury plains, in front of it.

The guest house or caretaker’s lodge

The old chapel has been converted into a 60 m2-house and entirely renovated. It comprises a lounge with wood burner, open-plan kitchen, two bedrooms and a shower room. The building, currently rented out, generates a sizeable income.

The outbuilding

The second outbuilding that could be described as a workshop and part of which is used as a garage was originally a stable. The troughs are still in place.

Our opinion

Behind its apparent simplicity, this home proudly bears the marks of time gone by. It reveals its secrets little by little just like a in a treasure hunt, it keeps it promises with curiosities to be found either in the corridors, in the curve of a beam, among the bookshelves. Neither pretentious nor ostentatious, with its high-quality materials this house is baroque style, authentic and warm. It would easily appeal to a family wanting to nurture professional or artistic projects. Many rooms could be made into workshops or offices – and why not – a cabinet of curiosities.

1 456 000 € Honoraires de négociation inclus
1 400 000 € Honoraires exclus
Honoraires de 4% TTC à la charge de l'acquéreur


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Reference 356849

Number of rooms 13
Number of bedrooms 7
Land registry surface area 1300 m2
Reception area40 m2
Ceiling height3
Living space280 m2
Cellar
Garden



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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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