with 80 m² of independent office space and a 1,400 m² garden
The first premières traces of Chatou, in the French department of Yvelines, 10 km from Paris, date back to the Gallo-roman era where an aristocrat had had his villa built. Long a farming village, the town greatly expanded in the 19th century when the opening of the railway line made it a sought-after holiday haven. Wealthy Parisians built residences and country houses there. Artists and intellectuals were very quickly attracted by the charm of the island and the still wild banks of the Seine, ideal places to go boating and swimming. People came to eat and dance in the open-air cafés with their dance floors. Such a setting and such a way of life could not escape the impressionist painters: they created a cultural tropism here which still remains today. It was also here that Renoir painted “Luncheon of the Boating Party”.
The rooms are spread out over four floors. On the sunken, lower level, are a kitchen, a lounge, a dining room, with its stone vault, and a toilet. The ground floor houses an entrance hall, a cloakroom, a little lounge, a large lounge, a ladies’ sitting room, a study and a toilet. The upper floors include a vast, main bedroom, with its dressing room and bathroom, as well as a further five bedrooms, a bathroom and a shower room. Numerous storage areas have been included in the rooms and on the landings.
An 80 m² annexe house is completely independent. It comprises office space, all on a level, as well as a small room, a kitchen and a shower room. The immaculately kept garden is planted with tall trees and copses.
This property stands in the midst of Chatou and all of its amenities: shops, a market and a cinema. The train station is but two minutes away on foot. It provides 11-minute links to La-Défense, 15-minute links to Étoile and 10-minute links to Saint-Germain-en-Laye. All schools are within walking distance. Nearby are the Île-Fleurie, Rueil-Malmaison and La-Grenouillère golf clubs, Île-de-Chatou pony club, Buzenval horse-riding club and Jardy horse stud farm as well as the river Seine with its water sport activities.
The main house
Architect François-Eugène-Bardon, native to Chatou, exhibited a pavilion of his creation at the 1878 World’s Fair in Paris. His success was immediate and orders flooded in. He constructed numerous villas in Chatou and in Vésinet, as well as several large properties, notably for Ernest-Bousson, mayor of Chatou. He was also responsible for the neo-gothic renovation of the town church.
The architecture of this house is typical of the late 19th century. Constructed on a sunken, lower level with wide windows, this rectangular house has a perfectly symmetrical facade, set out on either side of a projection with bevelled sides, reached via a central flight of steps. The facing on the two main floors alternates sandy-coloured, dressed stone squares with red brick geometric decor. A discreet, horizontal string course enhances the division between the ground and first floors and winds around the curve of the central balcony on the first floor.
The cornice that marks the base of the second floor is dotted with cubic modillions. This level has a slate, Mansard style roof. It is enhanced with triangular pediment, zinc roof dormers, the pediments of which are decorated with geometric motifs. The central roof dormer extends the decoration of the lower floors by alternating dressed stone and brick. Its pediment is topped with a sculpted composite coat-of-arms.
A few steps go up to the front door. A cloakroom makes it possible to put away coats and shoes prior to going into an entrance hall which provides access to the rooms on this level. Straight on, double doors open into a vast, main lounge, with elegant moulding and cornices as well as direct access out to the garden. It is discreetly adorned with a white marble fireplace. This room is extended on the right-hand side by a second lounge which gives this reception area a triple aspect. On the left-hand side are a study and the old entrance hall, now transformed into a ladies’ sitting room. On the right of the stairs, which go upstairs, is a toilet. Apart from the entrance hall with its elegant carpet of small mosaic tiles, the floors in the other rooms on this level are covered with solid, light-coloured, oak wood parquet flooring, laid in a herringbone pattern.
A stone stairway goes down to the lower level which constitutes an amazing, sunken living area. The hues of the exposed stone walls match those of the wide floor tiles that are laid throughout this level. The fully fitted, Bulthaup kitchen is set out around a central unit, with a work surface, a hob and an eating area able to seat at least six people. The adjoining lounge is like an anteroom to the large dining room, laid out under a stone vault. A toilet and a machine room complete this level.
The landing, enhanced with vast, built-in storage areas, leads to the main bedroom which almost takes up the entire floor. It is composed of two open spaces: the bedroom, widely illuminated via three windows and fitted with a wooden wardrobe, and a bathroom. The contemporary bathroom, featuring two wash-hand basins, a central bath and a walk-in shower, was two rooms that have been made into one; hence, it still has a white marble fireplace and parquet flooring. Further on is another good-sized bedroom and a toilet.
This floor, with its high ceiling courtesy of the Mansard style roof, also has a landing, fully lined with cupboards. It provides access to four bedrooms, with parquet flooring, a shower room, a bathroom, with a shower and a bath, as well as a toilet.
The old stables have been totally transformed into a vast area of widely glazed, modern offices. The presence of a second room, a kitchen and a shower room make it possible to envisage installing a flat here.
Visitors are immediately charmed by the rust and sandy-coloured facade of this majestic house standing in the midst of its immaculately trimmed garden. The exterior architecture, like the interior decor, is a permanent treat for the eyes. Recent renovation works, meticulously and avidly carried out, have enhanced the old features and added modern touches. Although the garden is in the centre of town, it is big enough to include living and playing areas, whilst providing views of multiple landscapes that change in keeping with the seasons. The town can be nearby or far away as desired. The annexe house provides the delightful prospect of a very real opportunity to quietly develop a professional activity or to turn it into accommodation. In short, these comfortable premises set behind their haughty walls not only exude inspiration but also have just the right balance for living between the town and the country.
|Living space||400 m2|
|Number of rooms||10|
|Number of bedrooms||6|
Caroline Caron de Panthou +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.