overlooking the river Marne
The hill-top location offers a commanding view of the river Marne. The house and garden are sheltered from the elements while the views of the surrounding countryside are remarkable. An ideal location in one of the rare remaining bucolic corners of the Paris region, a few minutes’ drive from the tranquil historic town of La Ferté-sous-Jouarre, and just an hour away from Paris by the A4 motorway or a forty-minute train journey (station ten minutes from the house). Paris Charles-de-Gaulle airport is a forty-five minute drive and Marne-la-Vallée half an hour away.
The two-stage construction is obvious in the L-shaped building. The 19th-century part is bourgeois in appearance, with coin stones, window cornices, a curved pediment, wood and iron parapets and even a balcony on the gable. In the same part of the house, a short flight of steps leads to the glazed front door which sports black ironwork. The 18th-century part of the house is more sober in appearance. The blue shutters and white cladding harmonise the two parts, as does the roof, with its tiling typical of local customs.
Entrance is via a spacious hall with parquet floor and ornate mouldings. Off the hall, three bedrooms – one of which is used as an office – a bathroom and a laundry room. A painted wooden staircase leads to the first floor.
Given the slope, the first floor, the heart of the house, is at garden level, with the kitchen opening directly onto the garden. The kitchen has imposing beams and its large window gives the feeling of being at one with nature. The neighbouring dining room leads to the living room. Both reception rooms have a parquet floor and wainscoting with fabric wallcoverings above. The other wing houses the master bedroom, which has three windows, a bathroom and dressing room. It opens onto a balcony with a 180° view.
The garden surrounds the house. The front garden has old rose bushes and topiary bushes. The second part is composed of a vast lawn with several large trees and pond filled with water irises from the ramparts of Marrakesh. The atmosphere is that of an English country garden. The lawn slopes up the hill. At the top, a teak bench offers a superb view of the banks of the Marne.
Below the house, going towards the gate, a shed with double doors houses garden tools. A partially underground orangery offers shelter for plants in winter. The three large windows provide plenty of light. This building can be used as an extra guest room.
Easy to get to from Paris, this home has retained the spirit of the countryside home held dear by Jean- Jacques Rousseau. Bathed in beautiful light and framed by rolling landscapes, it exudes charm. Located in a pleasant village close to the shops and restaurants of La Ferté-sous-Joarre, the property is an absolute haven, in winter or summer – an oasis of calm for city workers. The location close to Paris makes it equally attractive as a main residence or second home.
|Land registry surface area||10100 m2|
|Main building surface area||220 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||40 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||4|
Jérôme Ferchaud +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.