in the woods, in Jouy-en-Josas, in the French department of Yvelines
Jouy-en-Josas is a resolutely verdant town in the midst of the Bièvre Valley, with Versailles national forest taking up half of the commune’s land. Woods, lakes, meadows and hiking trails abound. There is no doubt that this setting is an asset for the town where numerous excellent research and educational centres such as HEC, Inra and Thales have taken up residence. The town is 4 km from Versailles and, just 19 km to the south-west of Paris, can be reached via the RER train line C or the N118. This property stands in the Metz district, the plateau of which is at an altitude of 175 m and looks down over the valley. A number of large, luxurious home have been built in this vast clearing over the centuries. In 1834, Victor-Hugo rented a house here for carrying on his passionate affair with Juliette-Drouet. Legend has it that one of the trees in the parklands was used for hiding their correspondence.
The main house, laid out lengthwise, is vast. It can be accessed via several entrances. On the north side, via a painted, wooden door, featuring wrought ironwork, discreetly indicated on the facade by its protective canopy. On the south side, on the garden level, via one of the two flights of steps leading up to the porch or via a door set on a lower level between said stairways.
The entrance hall on the ground floor provides access to three adjoining reception rooms, with parquet flooring. A lobby provides access to a kitchen and its pantry as well as to a bathroom and a toilet, all with stoneware floor tiles. Double French windows in a small lounge provide access to the porch, with its two straight flights of steps going down to the garden below. Housed in a projection shaped like an oblique bow window, a winding stairway with balanced steps provides access to the upper floors. It is widely illuminated by tall casement windows.
The rooms on the lower level are solely illuminated by windows looking out over the garden. All the floors are tiled. The hall area, following on from the stairway, comprises a door leading out into the garden from under the porch. On the left-hand side of the hall area are a pantry and a boiler room, with a door leading directly outside. On the right-hand side are a workshop, a storage area and a machine room.
The first floor comprises four bedrooms and five bathrooms. A long corridor, enhanced with numerous storage areas, provides access to all the rooms. This level has parquet flooring throughout, except for the bathrooms which are tiled.
The second and top floor, under the rafters, includes a hall area which, following the same layout as that on the floor below, provides access to another six bedrooms. The latter, with sloping ceilings, are illuminated either via skylights or via roof dormers. All the floors are covered with parquet flooring. Two bathrooms are to be found at each end of the hall and storage areas.
This house, spanning a floor surface area of 80 m², is ideally located on a corner of the property, along the stone wall on the street and adjoining the neighbouring property. The ground floor comprises a living room, a garage and a workshop with a separate entrance. The upstairs, reached via the lounge, includes two independent bedrooms set under the rafters and illuminated via roof dormers. A bathroom looking out over the street completes this level.
The swiming pool
The swimming pool is designed like a swimming lane (15 m long by 6 m wide). It includes a shallow area, spanning 4x2 m, at one end. The coping forming the edge of the pool is followed by a paved area, enhanced with low stone walls, forming planters and delimiting the lawn area. A nearby pool-house comprises changing rooms and a storage area. This wood-panelled construction, with its low gable roof overhanging a small loggia, is reminiscent of the 1950’s cabin style.
The nearest outbuilding, known as the gardener’s cottage, is separated from the main house via a flight of steps between the paved courtyard and the terrace, very close to the vegetable garden. This 40 m² building spans two levels, each with its own entrance door.
Nestling discreetly in the woods, this elegant, unpretentious property immediately appeals to its visitors who are able to glimpse the facade of the residence, dominating the heights of Metz plateau, through the vegetation as they advance along the drive, winding its way through the hundred-year-old trees in the parklands. Climbing plants are harmoniously combined with dressed stone to create a pastoral, poetic abode. Some renovation works would easily give the original splendour back to this wonderful, old building. This estate, in its natural surroundings, is an ideal setting for a family residence or a comfortable holiday home less than an hour from Paris and near to the town centre.
|Number of rooms||20|
|Number of bedrooms||+ 10|
|Possible number of bedrooms||12|
|Land registry surface area||9160 m2|
|Living space||574 m2|
Juan-Carlos Sanchez Marco +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.