manors for sale montagne de reims regional nature park

A family residence, with 5 ha of parklands, 90 minutes from Paris
by motorway and 40 minutes by TGV train, in the Champagne region
Reims, MARNE champagne-ardennes 51100 FR


This property is in the Reims Mountain Regional Nature Park, in the centre of a wine-making market town, 2¾ hours from Brussels and 2 hours from Luxembourg. The TGV train station, less than 10 minutes away, provides links to the French capital in just 40 minutes, whilst Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport is 30 minutes away.


This predominantly wooded property, on the corner of two streets, is concealed behind its walls, out of sight of onlookers. This residence is set largely back, forming a clearing, whilst a little, well-kept forest path makes it possible to go around the estate, through the trees, including several superb species, notably an immense sequoia that dominates the parklands.
The origins of the house are not currently known. It would appear that the constructions date from two clearly distinct eras. There is, in fact, a first building, resembling a coaching inn, adjoining and communicating with a second, perfectly parallel building.
It is said that monks used to make wine here. The layout and, above all, the size of the vaulted cellar are such that they would corroborate this version.

The residence

The front facade spans two levels under a slate roof. A combination of dressed stone and red brick, it is partially concealed by Virginia creeper. The slightly arched openings are framed with stone featuring diamond-shaped rusticated masonry.
The roof is enhanced with elegant wooden lambrequins which match the railings on the tall, hanging roof dormers, letting light into the second level.
The gable reveals another adjoining building, this one rendered, with semi-circular arched openings and a red brick framed bull’s eye window.

Ground floor
The main entrance is set in the front facade, taking the form of partially glazed double doors. The entrance hall provides access, right, to a dining room which precedes a back kitchen, a kitchen and a laundry room. It also leads, left, to a large lounge as well as a vast, 68 m² reception room, resembling a hunting room. The latter two rooms are set either side of a stone stairway leading upstairs.
Like a giant chessboard, black and white floor tiles are laid in a chequered pattern on this level. The reception rooms are hung with faded wall fabrics above the wainscoting. The 18th century black marble fireplace in the large lounge as well as the more contemporary one in the hunting room are both in good working order.

First floor
Two stairways go up to the second level. The first is housed in the entrance hall. Made of solid oak wood, with two flights, it reflects a classical style. The second, magnificent stairway, with its monastic air, is housed between the lounge and the hunting room. The rooms, laid out like a labyrinthine maze on various levels, comprise four bathrooms and seven bedrooms, three of which span 44m². Although awaiting enhancement, they are all impressive courtesy of their arcades, their double aspect overlooking the parklands and their wide strip wooden floors.
This outbuilding is a continuation of the main building and has the same general appearance.
Ground floor
This level communicates directly with the residence via a door next to the kitchen and via a second door in the hunting room.
It comprises a vast woodshed, the floor of which is paved in a chevron pattern, a garage, a workshop, a stable containing five horse loose boxes, with marble troughs and a tack room.
There is a vast, 172 m² cellar beneath it.

First floor
This level could be laid out differently. It currently comprises an old maid’s room as well as an attic which has the particularity of concealing a secret room used as an artist’s studio.
Just like the ground floor, this level communicates with the residence.

Our opinion

This is one of those rare houses that immediately cast a captivating spell over its visitors. The combination of its decorative features with its wooded setting and the mystery of a past that briefly touches on stories of the clergy and wine is like a successful chemical process. The warmth and pleasantness exuded here create strong feelings in potential buyers who wish to be next in line for adoption by this family residence where generations have succeeded one another without changing anything for fear of breaking the spell. It would be considered eligible by the French Heritage Foundation and that is but one of the assets to which it can make claim. Others include its location, its price and the monumentality without coldness of some of its interior rooms.

750 000 €
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Reference 174316

Land registry surface area 5 ha 34 a 13 ca
Main building surface area 621 m2
Outbuilding surface area 297 m2

French Energy Performance Diagnosis

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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