residences for sale near bernay in france

An elegant, 19th century middle-class home,
in a 3,000 m² terraced garden, 10 minutes from Bernay town centre
Évreux, EURE upper-normandy 27000 FR

Location

150 km from Paris by car with easy access to and from the A13 motorway and just a 10-minute walk from an SNCF train station with links to Paris-Saint-Lazare taking a little more than 1½ hours. Deauville and the beaches along the “Côte Fleurie” (Coast of Flowers) are but 65 km away.
This residence is only 10 minutes’ walk from the historic centre of this town, with about 10,500 inhabitants as well as all shops and amenities. It is in a dominant position, providing an unobstructed view over the town. It is also near to a racecourse which, created in 1881, attracts numerous horse and horseracing enthusiasts.

Description

This property is accessed from the street via a heavy wrought iron gate, bearing the name “Les Sapins” (the fir trees). A gravel driveway winds its way to this typically middle-class house, built in 1896. Its facades are an elegant mixture of red and ochre-coloured bricks, laid in a chessboard pattern so as create an ornamental decor, and of flint. The framing around the wide openings and the bull’s eye windows as well the quoins are also made of brick. Some windows are adorned with rows of glazed ceramic tiles. The majestic slate roof, equal to those of the villas of the Belle-Époque, is topped with friezes and zinc finials. The house is surrounded by a 3,000 m² terraced garden, planted with miscellaneous species and enhanced with a fishpond. The outbuildings include a garage, an aviary and an outstanding kennel, built to resemble a leisure pavilion.

The villa

This villa was constructed in a resolutely sophisticated style, rising skywards, in the early 20th century. Its architecture is both complex and functional as was often the case at this time. The house spans four floors, including a garden level. Numerous openings let copious amounts of daylight in on all sides. The simple, coherent layout of the rooms, spanning a total floor surface area of approx. 320 m², is made easier by a wide central stairway. An outside stairway goes up to the entrance porch where double doors open into the building.


Ground floor
The ground floor rooms are set out on either side of an entrance vestibule, featuring mosaic floor tiles forming decorative, floral patterns and housing an oak wood stairway with wrought iron railings. A fully fitted kitchen has a fireplace and floor tiles. A small lounge features a wooden fireplace, herringbone pattern, oak wood parquet flooring, wainscoting and a cupboard. A carved wooden fireplace in a large lounge is richly decorated with garlands of flowers, characters and birds. Said lounge also has herringbone pattern parquet flooring and wainscoting.
A dining room is enhanced with a white marble fireplace, oak wood parquet flooring, wall panelling adorned with fanlights painted with delicate oils on panels above each door. All the partition walls in these rooms can be folded back, opening up to create a single 84 m² reception room.

First floor
The stairway goes up to a corridor which provides access to four bedrooms, all with marble fireplaces and pitch-pine parquet flooring, laid in different herringbone, fern or strip patterns. A bathroom, a shower room and a toilet complete this level.
Second floor
The second floor comprises five old maids’ bedrooms, all in need of attention, a water supply point and cupboard spaces under the rafters.
Garden level
A garden level, with a brick floor and a vaulted ceiling provides direct access to the outside. It houses a machine room with a boiler, a laundry room, a workshop and a wine cellar, with a storeroom section.

The outbuildings

This property also has other outbuildings such as an old round aviary with a thatched roof which once housed peacocks, as well as two garages.

The kennel

An old kennel, with a slate roof and topped with a little bell-tower, is reminiscent of the fantasy of the pleaasant outbuildings constructed for their wealthy owners during this era.

Our opinion

This villa is on a higher level than the nearby town of Bernay. In certain areas, the terraced garden gives an impression of being in the midst of the countryside. The optimism of the middle-classes during the Belle-Époque is reflected in the architectural codes of a style where every feature counts and which has become delightfully old-fashioned. The set of roofs, the contrast between the brick and the flint, the decorative layout of the facades, the use of clearly identified architectural motifs and the additional refinement of the ceramic tiles, all exude harmony. And the inside is the same. This type of opulent residence is as at home in the countryside as in a town as this one just goes to prove.

609 500 € Honoraires de négociation inclus
575 000 € Honoraires exclus
Honoraires de 6% TTC à la charge de l'acquéreur


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Reference 814429

Land registry surface area 3005 m2
Main building surface area 320 m2

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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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