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A 17th century mill, with an artist’s studio, outbuildings, a lake and 9 ha of land
80 minutes from Paris in Reims Mountain Regional Nature Park

Épernay, MARNE champagne-ardennes 51200 FR


3 hours from Brussels and 2½ hours from Luxembourg. Between Dormans and Epernay, the Champagne capital. The coronation town of Reims and its TGV station, with 40-minute links to Paris, are just 30 km away.
Set on the Champagne region’s plain, Reims mountain goes up to an altitude of 288 m. The regional nature park stretches over 50,000 hectares where the prestigious vineyards adjoin dense forests, crossed by hiking trails.
This property is 1.5 km away, below the village of Châtillon-sur-Marne. Fiefdom of the powerful Champagne lords, it is characterised by the presence of a 30 m high, colossal statue of the first French pope, Urbain II, his finger raised skyward and dominating the valley. Born Eudes-de-Châtillon, in 1042, he is the only pope that the region has given to the Church. Preacher of the first crusade, it was thanks to his recommendations that French kings were crowned exclusively in Reims.


A lane leads down from the historic village to this property’s entrance. With several undulating hectares, featuring a small meandering river which feeds the lake, this property comprises a 17th century mill, an old sheepfold, a barn, a mobile home and a horse-drawn caravan as well as three pastures with a shelter and a kennel. The millrace which carried water to the mill is no longer in existence.

The mill

The mill was built in the 17th century. Its facade, concealed by Virginia creeper, is constructed from millstone grit, quarry stone blocks and dressed stone, with red brick framing the openings.
The doors and windows, featuring small-paned glazing, are made of white-painted wood. The roof is covered with interlocking tiles. It spans approx. 230 m² of living space.

Ground floor
This level is raised by the presence of a room, on a level with the garden and still comprising the mechanism for driving the grindstone.
A delightful, stone stairway, with wrought iron railings, leads to the main entrance door. As in the olden days, it opens directly into the kitchen, with a tiled floor, a fireplace fitted with a closed-hearth fire and a wide picture window looking out over the lake. A door provides access to a wooden terrace.
On the right-hand side of the kitchen, a large room has been created by removing the partition walls, but leaving the empty half-timbering in position to delimit lounge and dining areas. Its oak wood flooring is laid in a strip pattern.
On the left-hand side of the kitchen are a study, a bedroom, a dressing room, a bathroom and a toilet, all with honey-coloured, pitch-pine flooring.

First floor
The stairway goes upstairs from near the front door in the kitchen. It leads to a mezzanine, with an attic which could be converted on the right-hand side whilst, laid out in the attic space on the left-hand side, is a vast artist’s studio, made extremely bright by large skylights.

The sheepfold

The sheepfold takes up a section of the ground floor in the mill. It no longer has its ancient warming vocation and currently houses a studio-shop and a bed & breakfast bedroom, with a shower room. The walls are simply whitewashed and a manger has been left there to evoke the original use of the premises.
A vast garage, spanning approx. 50 m², follows on from the sheepfold.

The barn

The barn, standing near to the previous building, reflects similar architectural characteristics with, however, a majority of millstone grit on its facing. It spans two levels. The ground floor houses a holiday rental accommodation unit, able to sleep four or five people, with an entrance hall, a lounge, the picture windows of which open on to an independent terrace, a little kitchen, a bedroom, with a shower area, and a toilet.
The first floor, the entrance hall for which can be independent of the first, comprises a little lounge on a mezzanine, a bedroom, with a shower room, and a toilet as well as a linen room.

The mobile home

This mobile home is set back from the mill, facing the lake. Spanning a total of 20 m², it comprises a dining room, two bedrooms, a shower room and a toilet.

The horse-drawn caravan

This horse-drawn caravan was made by the specialist company Florette. Also spanning 20 m², it comprises a double bed, two bench seats, a kitchen area, a shower room and a toilet with a Sanibroyeur waste macerator.

Our opinion

Residents, settling down on the ground floor wooden terrace, run the risk of staying there several hours as they watch the wild life drawn to the water. Reims mountain is worthy of its name, the natural surroundings appearing so pure around the old mill that it gives an impression of altitude. There is nothing astonishing about artist, Sabine-Haroutounian, living on this inspirational site. The captivating power of these premises obviously encourages the renting of the holiday accommodation unit, the bed & breakfast bedrooms and the studio-shop. Beauty and simplicity go hand in glove in this really astonishing site so near to Reims as well as Paris.

Exclusive sale

900 000 €
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Barème d'honoraires
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Ventes d'immeubles

À Paris et en Ile-de-France
Prix de vente au-delà de 600 000 euros       5% TTC*
Prix de vente de 400 000 à 600 000 euros   6% TTC*
Prix de vente de 200 000 À 400 000 euros   7% TTC*
Prix de vente jusqu'à 200 000 euros             9% TTC*
Honoraires à la charge du Vendeur

En Province
Prix de vente au-delà de 500 000 euros       6% TTC*
Prix de vente jusqu'à 500 000 euros   30 000 Euros TTC* (forfait)
Honoraires à la charge du Vendeur


Avis de valeur argumenté : 1 800 Euros TTC*
Expertise à partir de 2 400 Euros TTC*
Les tarifs des expertises sont communiqués sur devis personnalisé établi sur la base d’un taux horaire moyen de 120 Euros TTC*


*TTC : TVA incluse au taux de 20 %

Reference 987737

Land registry surface area 8 ha 95 a 79 ca
Main building surface area 230 m2
Outbuilding surface area 140 m2


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Regional representative
Aube, Marne Region

Florence Fornara       +33 1 42 84 80 85


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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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