a small flat in the Thiérache region on the Belgian border
2¾ hours from Paris via the A4 motorway, 2½ hours from Luxembourg and 2 hours from Brussels. In a market town with less than 4,000 inhabitants, surrounded by a vast, national forest.
The main house
This house, marked by its complex architecture, spans three levels over a cellar. Its so-called Anglo-Flemish facades comprise rows of bricks alternating stretchers and headers. It has a crow stepped gable wall, enhanced with arcading, and a superb turret with a sky-reaching slate roof.
It features dormers for pigeons to take-off from.
The wooden-framed, double-glazed windows have electric shutters.
The ground floor is entered via several steps leading up to a porch in the turret. A cloakroom and a toilet, with a wash-hand basin, are immediately on the left-hand side.
The central vestibule is adorned with wainscoting and superb cement floor tiles, designing a carpet that extends into the kitchen.
A lounge, a dining room and a study still have their original oak wood parquet flooring, laid in a randomly-matched pattern, their wainscoting and their ceilings with central plaster roses and wrought cornices.
The lounge features a marble fireplace, its lintel inlaid with onyx medallions and its splayed stricture lined with a floral pattern, which is also to be found on the black marble fireplace in the dining room.
The study opens into a small storage room and precedes a kitchen. Laid out in a plain manner, the painted wood fireplace has lost its jambs in order to house a cast iron stove and flanks the ceramic tiles. The floor is covered with cement tiles.
The mains-gas boiler is in the cellar, featuring brick jack arches. It is divided into sections composed of a workshop and a wine cellar.
An oak wood stairway in the vestibule goes to the upper floors, with a toilet on a half-floor.
The three bedrooms have a separate toilet, a marble fireplace and oak wood floors. Spanning respectable floor surface areas between 16 and 23 m², they are not in need of any works, just like the ground floor. Although functional in its current condition, the bathroom, with its carpeted floor, could do with some attention.
A bedroom, on the garden side, has a sloping ceiling illuminated via a roof dormer. A second bedroom, on the road side, has a French window opening on to a little balcony. It features a marble fireplace and has a shower room, with a wash-hand basin.
A 20 m² attic, set between the bedrooms, could be converted especially as the upstairs already includes a storage room.
This single-storey building, spanning approx. 85 m², is constructed from bricks and millstone grit over a cellar. It communicates with the house via a door from the kitchen and opens via another door into the small back garden.
It comprises a toilet, two large rooms with one wooden fireplace and a second one made of marble, as well as a garage that opens on to the street. The floors are covered with terracotta tiles. Unused for several years, this area could be greatly improved.
One end of the workshop has been converted into a small flat, spanning approx. 50 m². It comprises an entrance hall, a large room, with a kitchen area, a bedroom, with a shower, and a separate toilet.
Although in need of some attention, it could potentially be readied again for rental at little cost.
It has electric heating.
This house combines several types of architecture dominated by brick, producing an interesting result. The neo-Flemish style carries the day courtesy of its crow stepped gable wall. A great deal of care has also been taken with the interior decor. Cement floor tiles provide a festival of designs and colours. These premises would be ideal for an artistic or commercial activity, with the small flat contributing rental income.
|Land registry surface area||1704 m2|
|Main building surface area||200 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||85 m2|
North & West Marne and East Aube department
Florence Fornara +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.