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A small, comfortable, 18th century mansion house
between courtyard and garden in the Champagne region
Châlons-en-Champagne, MARNE champagne-ardennes 51000 FR

Location

185 km from Paris via the A4 motorway, an hour away via the French TGV train. Just 20 minutes from Vatry airport with its regular flights to Nice, Corsica, Portugal and Morocco.
In the town of Châlons-en-Champagne, a town of art and history with 45,000 inhabitants. This town is enhanced by the lasting character of its stone and the charm of its half-timbered houses. Dubbed “Bubbling Venice” in reference to Champagne wine, it offers boat trips on the Mau and the Nau which wind their way through the old town, enabling visitors to admire its outstanding architectural heritage.
The town of Châlons-en-Champagne is home to the French National Centre for Circus Arts which regularly puts on spectacular shows. The locally born comedian, Pierre-Dac, would be proud to see that this art is now deemed an integral part of Champagne heritage.
This property is in the town centre, in a quiet street, near to Bartholdi covered market (held three times a week), the theatre (national stage), three museums, an ultra-modern library, a secondary school and a sixth form college as well as cafés and restaurants (some of which are first-class).

Description

This little, detached mansion house is concealed by gates on the road side. The main building is flanked at right angles by two small, single-storey pavilions, enclosing a little courtyard.
A walled back garden, spanning approx. 200 m², is both quiet and pleasant. Laid to lawn with a central paved terrace, it is protected from its discreet neighbours by trees and shrubs.

The house

The main building, spanning 2 levels with a vaulted cellar and an attic, is constructed from limestone. Tall windows with stone lintels adorn a classical facade. The roof is covered with interlocking tiles.
The facade on the garden side is rendered.


Ground floor
The oak wood entrance door, topped with a superb glazed fanlight, opens into a long, central corridor which goes through to the garden.
On the right-hand side are a dining room, a cloakroom, a small study and a large lounge.
On the left-hand side are a kitchen, a back kitchen, a toilet and a television room.
The ground floor spans 170 m², with 3.37 m high ceilings.
The dining room features a 19th century, grey marble fireplace and walls lined with floor-to-ceiling panelling. This Beautifully made, the latter conceals two passageways, one leading to the little wing set at right angles overlooking the courtyard and the other to a small area, laid out as a study, between the dining room and the large lounge.
The large lounge, on the garden side, still has its elegant 18th century stone fireplace, with rocaille motifs, and its attractive small strip pattern, solid oak wood flooring.
The modern kitchen is enhanced by an impressive 18th century stone fireplace. Its half-timbering and impressive ceiling beams have simply been painted white.
The kitchen is extended by a back kitchen with a side door leading to the garden. Paved with terracotta floor tiles, it is sensibly fitted with large cupboards.
The television room is more rustic with large polished flagstones. It also features half-timbered walls and a French ceiling. A closed-hearth fire is installed in its stone fireplace. A French window opens into the garden.
The oak wood stairway, going upstairs, is set in the middle of the corridor, near to steps leading down to the cellar, a toilet and a cloakroom.
With wide steps showing the patina of time, it has 19th century wrought iron railings and is illuminated by a light well.

First floor
The stairway goes up to a vast landing that provides access to four bedrooms, respectively spanning 20, 22, 25 and 28 m².
The biggest has its own shower room, with a wash-hand basin and toilet, as well as a dressing room. These two areas are laid out in the old 18th century alcove and open via original, delightful, little glazed doors.
The second bedroom faces the first one. It has large cupboards that flank a 19th century grey marble fireplace. It is opened, like the previous one, via elegant double oak wood doors with moulding.
The windows still have their 18th century casement bolts.
The bright, refined and contemporary bathroom precedes a toilet and is set between the two other bedrooms on the garden side. Both these rooms have a wash-hand basin area, closed by a little 18th century glazed door, attractively concealed by a small curtain.
Whilst one has a marble fireplace, the other features half-timbering.
A small room at the end of the landing completes this level which spans a total of approx. 170 m². Currently in use as an exercise room, it could be used for other purposes.

Second floor
This space, spanning 155 m², features the exposed roofing framework and could possibly be converted. It is dimly lit by two small square windows and is currently divided into four sections.
Probably once a maid’s room, one of the rooms has walls covered with old wallpaper and is fitted with a wash-hand basin.
So as to keep the area given over to laying down wine in the cellar, the mains gas-fired boiler, the domestic hot water tank as well as the water softener have all been installed in the attic.

Outbuilding
A small shed used for storing garden tools is to be found in the garden. Another bigger outbuilding, closing the courtyard, has a door providing direct access to the street.

Our opinion

If this little mansion house is ever pleasant, welcoming and comfortable, it is because it has been enhanced with notably decorative features from all eras since the 18th century.
There is nothing ostentatious about this property which sets just the right tone with a promise of serenity between courtyard and garden in a quiet street. It has no works to be scheduled.
With excellent TGV train links, there would be many advantages to living in such an elegant residence whilst working in Paris.

540 000 €
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Reference 739358

Land registry surface area 465 m2
Main building surface area 476 m2
Outbuilding surface area 15 m2

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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