character houses for sale in france near vexin region

In the French department of Yvelines, facing the Seine, 40 minutes from Paris,
an elegant 1837 property in 4,200 m² of parklands, with indoor pool, sauna and 2 private jetties
Hardricourt, YVELINES paris 78250 FR

Location

In a town on the right bank of the river Seine, near the entrance to the Vexin Nature Park, which was greatly developed in the late 19th century with the laying of the railway line. The town currently has more than 2,000 inhabitants as well as a number of shops. It also has public transport and road networks that put it 30 minutes away from Saint-Germain-en-Laye and 40 minutes away from Paris (50-minute train links to Saint-Lazare). This house stands near to numerous state and private schools. The private Notre-Dame-Les-Oiseaux school, one of the best educational establishments in France, is less than 15 minutes away in Verneuil-sur-Seine.

Description

This south-south-west facing house stands slightly dominating the Seine in 4,260 m² of parklands that overlook the river. With 345 m² of living space, it comprises an entrance hall, with a horseshoe-shaped stairway leading upstairs, a cloakroom, a guest toilet, a double reception room enhanced with a large fireplace, a kitchen that opens on to a terrace, four bedrooms, including one with a large dressing room, three bath or shower rooms, a projection room, a heated indoor swimming pool with a counter-current feature, a sauna, a summer kitchen, a wine cellar and a vast terrace overlooking the garden and the river Seine. A carport can shelter two or three cars and the property easily has space to park two or three more. An old shed, within easy reach, is ideal for storing all garden tools and bicycles. This property has two accesses to the river Seine and two jetties on the small arm.
Moulding, parquet flooring, a fireplace and wooden stairways were elegantly blended with more contemporary touches provided when the premises were fully renovated and fitted with the most up-to-date technology as regards lighting (adjustable colours and intensity), sound (a Bose sound system is integrated in the walls, with individual controls for each room and the outside), security (ultra-HD cameras and an alarm system) and telecommunications (RJ45 wiring). This house is especially bright throughout courtesy of its aspect and its many openings.
This property is sold with its contemporary furniture, custom-built by French and Italian craftsmen and joiners.

The house

This house, constructed from red brick in 1837, is adorned with pilasters and scrolled capitals, in an architectural style inspired by the Italian Renaissance period. It was probably enlarged at the beginning of the 20th century with the addition of a millstone grit extension on the garden level, together with a vast terrace. The simplicity of the framing around the openings on the garden level and the upstairs contrasts with the ground floor windows and their curved pediments. The terrace, the balcony and the roof’s modillion cornice are bordered by railings where pear-shaped balusters alternate with dados.


Ground floor
The property’s entrance gates open on to a short drive leading to the entrance to the house. A glazed door opens into a vestibule, with cement floor tiles. A spectacular horseshoe-shaped, carved wooden stairway goes upstairs. It acts as a setting for a bas-relief, depicting the profile of a mother and her daughter, which welcomes visitors from its position above the lounge doorway. Said double room, facing the river Seine and opening on to the terrace, looks out over the garden as well as the Seine. Its light-coloured parquet flooring, laid in a strip pattern, enhances the carved motifs on the large, old fireplace, the hues of which match those of the hall stairway. A cosier dining room is adorned with discreet moulding. A fully fitted kitchen can also be reached from the outside. It provides easy access to the dining room and to the terrace. A custom-built cloakroom and a guest toilet are reached via the vestibule.
First floor
The landing at the top of the horseshoe-shaped stairway leads to an open corridor, featuring some thin columns. It provides access, on one side, to a master suite composed of a bedroom with a balcony, a dressing room and a large shower room with a toilet. The 180° view from the balcony over the garden and the river Seine is both spectacular and pastoral. On the other side, two bedrooms, including one with cupboards, share a shower room with a toilet.
Garden level
Opposite a small vaulted wine cellar are a machine room and a boiler room, as well as a toilet, a laundry room and a room which could be used as a guest bedroom. A wide corridor leads to the garden, a wooden sauna, fitted with a shower, and the swimming pool area. The latter, with double picture windows opening on to the outside and looking over the ornamental pools, houses a heated pool with a counter-current feature. A summer kitchen and a lounge, fitted out as a projection room, open directly on to the garden, not far from a barbecue area.
The garden
Its long, gentle slope down towards the river Seine means that the house cannot be flooded should the water level rise. Planted with very tall trees such as yew, pine, lime and weeping willow trees, as well as numerous plants and shrubs, it also features a number of fruit trees: rows of apple and pear trees trained along espaliers as well as fig, quince and walnut trees. A recently cleared area would be ideal for digging a large vegetable garden. A spring, coming from the hillside that adjoins the property, feeds two ornamental pools, containing waterlilies and fish. Two gateways provide access to the towpath and to the property’s two private jetties. Consequently, it is also possible to moor one or two boats that can easily be hoisted into the garden via a winch, electric wiring having been laid on especially for this purpose.

Our opinion

Whether in the house or the garden, the views of the river Seine are a particularly captivating sight as the opposite bank is green belt and inhabited but by birds. This property is reminiscent of the pleasant way of life and the serene atmosphere of Sunday’s in the countryside that existed at the beginning of the last century and yet it has all the latest home comforts. The parklands, with their ornamental pools, their fruit tree-lined alleyways and their large lawns, feature numerous nooks and crannies providing a variety of ambiances. There is no doubt that new owners, faced with such verdant surroundings, will lead a quiet lifestyle and get great pleasure from picking fruit in their garden or boating on the water just a stone’s throw from the French capital!

1 295 000 €
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Reference 848582

Number of rooms 14
Number of bedrooms 4
Possible number of bedrooms 5
Land registry surface area 4260 m2
Living space345 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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