character houses for sale in france aube department

A very old dwelling, which became a family home in the 19th century,
standing in the shadow of a church 120 km from Paris in the French department of Aube
Nogent-sur-Seine, AUBE champagne-ardennes 10400 FR

Location

120 km from the French capital and 49 km from Troyes, this house is equidistant, some 10 km, from Nogent-sur-Seine and Romilly-sur-Seine, both with train stations providing 45-minute links to Paris. It stands next to a church in a large, picturesque market town with all amenities. The village was dubbed “the town of twelve bridges” in the 6th century. Henri III, Count of Champagne, took it over in 1170 and then, gave it as a dowry to his daughter, Jeanne-de-Navarre, when she married Philippe-le-Bel, King of France in 1284. Hence, the estate became crown property. Napoleon-Bonaparte gave it to his mother. Casimir-Perrier lived there.

Description

This property can be reached via three entrances, that of the main courtyard, that of the garden from the church parvis and, the third, that of the garage from the street. The old guardhouse, with its foundations dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries, was reconstructed in the 19th century but kept its street gable, the house being entered via the facade in the walled courtyard, where it faces another small house opposite. Then come three gardens communicating via gentle slopes. A covered garage at the end of the second garden can take two cars.

The dwelling

This dwelling and the turret flanking it are constructed from millstone grit. A lean-to adjoins the house. The slate roof features pediment roof dormers and brick chimney stacks. The facade in the courtyard has two entrances.


Cellar
The cellar spans the full ground surface area of the house.
Ground floor
Both entrances, the front and back doors, reflect the spirit of the residents in the 19th century when the house was redesigned. The main entrance hall has cement floor tiles. On the right-hand side are a toilet, a bathroom as well as a bedroom, a lounge, with strip pattern oak wood parquet flooring and a marble fireplace, a dining room, also with parquet flooring and enhanced with a Hungarian wood-burning stove, and a cosy library. The turret was used as a small oratory.
The back entrance hall, also with cement floor tiles, provides access to a corridor behind the reception rooms which creates a link between the two halls. Logically to be found next to the back entrance hall, the old-fashioned kitchen, with its floor tiles, is of a good-size, convivial and welcoming.

First floor
The landing room has pinewood parquet flooring like the rest of the floor with the exception of the bathroom with its shower. In addition to the five bedrooms, including one with a marble fireplace, there is also one room between two of the bedrooms, a vast dressing room and a toilet. A small study has been laid out in the turret.

The small house

This outbuilding was last used as a doctor’s surgery. It has a room with floor tiles (the waiting room), a small lobby with a toilet, a kitchen area and a main room, used by the doctor for seeing patients.

The garage

This closed, lock-up garage can take two cars.

The little lean-to

The lean-to adjoins the house and is used for storage purposes.

Our opinion

The village had its hour of glory and the origins of the house are many centuries old. The 19th century made it a sober, elegant dwelling. The large round tower, adjoining it, bestows an undeniable nobility under the protection of the nearby church. The small annex building could be used by someone seeking to work from home or as rental accommodation. Children and adults alike will take great delight in the three gently sloping gardens.

360 000 €
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Reference 550044

Land registry surface area 1520 m2
Main building surface area 250 m2
Outbuilding surface area 40 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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