more than a hectare of land and its stream, with some 80 m of bank, 80 km from Paris in the French department of Eure
This property, about 80 km from Paris, is 6 km from the nearest provincial town with shops and a train station; Beauvais airport with its international flights is 40 km away; an 18-hole golf course is just 16 km away. Some twenty or so hiking trails are to be found leaving from or in the vicinity of the village. The Vexin-Normand rural multi-use path (250 km long), reserved for pedestrians and cyclists, winds its way towards the river Seine and Giverny.
The garden, laid out behind the main building, is continued by a shady bridle path to a little clearing, planted with an orchard. 80 m of bank along a stream is the ideal place to go trout fishing.
A well supplies the water for the main house and for watering the garden.
Once the well is empty, the system connects automatically to the mains water.
One section of the land would be suitable for installing a swimming pool or even a tennis court.
The old priory, constructed in the 6th century, was burnt in the French Revolution and then rebuilt during the French Directoire regime. Part of an abbey in Évreux, it was lived in by monks.
The memory of this historic past is reflected in the original stairway and the vault housed in the basement, in the cellars as well as in the presence of two altars that the monks used for their services.
Further vestiges of the past include the hexagonal terracotta floor tiles to be found in most of the rooms throughout the house as well as one of the bedrooms which, history recounts, was created from two old monks’ cells.
Its slate, hip roof tops facades, covered with a pale-yellow cement rendering, supported on flint lower sections.
The openings, protected by slatted, wooden shutters, let in copious amounts of light. Jacobin-style roof dormers enhance the front and rear facades. Two brick chimney stacks rise above each end of the roof.
Double wooden doors provide access to the inside from the rectangular porch, reached via two steps.
A French window in one of the lounges opens on to the garden.
The particularity of this residence is that almost all the floors are covered with original terracotta tiles, sometimes redone like-for-like.
The entrance door opens into a gallery which provides access to a kitchen, a back kitchen, a dining room and two intercommunicating lounges, a guest toilet, a dressing room and a right-turning stairway, going to the upper floors. Still in its original condition, said stairway features wrought iron railings, topped with a wooden handrail, and steps covered with square terracotta tiles and wooden nosing. Floors are laid with oak wood parquet flooring or terracotta tiles. The dining room is enhanced with exposed ceiling beams. The gallery features chest-high panelling as well as radiator covers and a wooden chest. Both lounges and the dining room have marble fireplaces, topped with trumeaux.
A gallery identical to that on the ground floor gives access to four bedrooms, two of which have toilets, two bath and shower rooms as well as a toilet. All the bedrooms look out over the garden. The floors are covered with terracotta tiles. The ceilings are 2.50 m high.
The walls of the stairwell are composed of half-timbering. Three bedrooms, including one with a toilet, a bathroom and a toilet take up this level. The floors are, once again, covered with terracotta tiles. The roof dormers are protected with indoor shutters. A small attic has been preserved.
A real wine cellar and the presence of a 6th century vault.
The summer outbuilding
The old caretaker’s cottage has been transformed into a vast, beautifully sheltered, living room with a second level, the conversion of which still awaits completion.
The facade of this outbuilding features several arched openings, supported on brick pillars.
An outside fireplace can be used for grilling meat when the weather is clement.
The internal walls are covered with beige cement rendering and the floor is made of concrete.
The second level could be restored and converted.
These outbuildings are composed of garages, workshops, storage areas and four horse loose boxes.
The brick walls are topped with roofs, covered either with tiles or slate.
A ground surface area spanning approx. 120 m². The second awaits conversion.
With an interesting, historic past, this property is made an even more pleasant place to live by the layout of its plot which, once through the gates, looks out not only over the town side but also over the forest and the countryside. The wonderful Epte Valley is a listed site and the old frontier between Normandy and the Kingdom of France. All along the river are valleys scattered with chateaux, villages still exuding their authenticity and, perhaps and above all, the light that was so dear to Impressionist painters.
All sorts of activities would be possible here, just an hour from Paris. A picnic or an evening by the waterside is also a marvellous experience.
|Land registry surface area||11721 m2|
|Main building surface area||300 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||400 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||5|
Marie Merien +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.