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Like a little hamlet set out around a hermitage and a listed chapel
amongst pastures and forests very near to Luxembourg and Belgium
Longwy, MEURTHE-ET-MOSELLE lorraine 54400 FR

Location

3½ hours from Paris via the A4 motorway and 2½ hours from Brussels. Metz is an hour away, whilst Luxembourg and its international airport are but 45 minutes away.
In the highland in the Lorraine region, a land adjoining Belgium and Luxembourg so closely that when passing through villages it is difficult to know which country they are in. The verdant, rural area, covered with forests, is crossed by fast-flowing rivers. Its wealth of architectural heritage includes Avioth Basilica, Longuyon collegiate church, the historic village of Marville, the Renaissance chateau of Cons-la-Grandville, the fortified town of Longwy and the defensive fortifications of the Maginot Line.
Great pleasure is to be had from the exploration of this little-known region.

Description

This property neighbours a small village, in a little narrow valley with a cool, fast-flowing river. It comprises two houses, one in a dominant position and the other, once a mill, alongside the river as well as a barn, an old sheepfold and an old hermitage, adjoining a listed chapel.
This property, laid out in tiers over the sunny slope of the valley, is in a verdant setting composed of meadows, dotted with thick hedges and surrounding the buildings, all dominated by forests. Downstream, a meadow abounds in springs, providing natural surroundings full of vitality.
The buildings forming the houses and the barn date from the 19th century, whilst the hermitage and chapel date from the late 17th century.
The old mill, the barn and the sheepfold feature plain rural architecture. The main residence, however, has a more middle-class air whilst the chapel and the hermitage reflect more refined, harmonious and touching lines.

The main house

This main house backs on to one of the slopes of the valley and, therefore, looks out over all the other buildings. On the valley side, it spans two floors over a basement level, whilst the hill side spans but two floors.
On the hill side, a low wall constructed between a gable wall and the slope contributes to the creation of a little, sheltered terrace which can be used as an open-air eating area when the weather is good.
This house is built entirely of Jaumont stone but only that forming the quoins and the framing around the openings is exposed whilst the quarry stone blocks forming the facades and the two gable walls are rendered. The golden yellow colour of the exposed stone creates a pleasant contrast with the more sober appearance of the rendering.


Base level
The facade door on the valley side opens into a corridor which houses a stairway at the end, a large vaulted cellar as well as an area in use as a boiler room on the left-hand side and a large storage room with a small kitchen area on the right-hand side.
First level
The actual main entrance is to be found on the hillside facade. The stairway coming up from the basement level leads to a small vestibule. On the right-hand side, a fitted kitchen, spanning approx. 13 m², provides access to a 24 m² dining room, featuring wide strip parquet flooring and a small fireplace.
At its end, on the valley side and on the left, a corridor leads to a bedroom, spanning approx. 12 m², accompanied by a bathroom.
On the left-hand side of the vestibule, a 25 m², rectangular lounge has similar wide strip parquet flooring, exuding warm tones, as well as a lovely Jaumont stone fireplace, where fires will be welcome on cool evenings.

Second level
The stairway goes up from the vestibule to a large landing which provides access to all the rooms on this level. These comprise a total of five bedrooms, with three on the right and two on the left which are bigger as they span the same floor surface area. There is a large bathroom at the end of the landing.
Attic
Attic space which cannot be converted is laid out under the roofs.

The second house

This is the old mill, with its wheel housed inside the building. Standing alongside a little river, the house spans three levels, including an upper half floor with exposed Jaumont stone walls. The main facade overlooking the property’s entrance courtyard faces east such that the golden yellow exposed stone gleams in the morning sunshine and illuminates the bottom of the valley. The entrance is at the top of a short flight of four stone steps.


Ground floor
The lower level comprises a small vestibule that provides access, on the left-hand side, to a vast workshop where the mill’s wheel used to be and which now houses the boiler as well as laundry room and wood storage areas. On the right-hand side of the vestibule are the house’s main rooms comprising a large living room, an adjoining dining room and, on the left of the latter, a kitchen.
Second level
The stairway goes up to a landing, laid out longwise, which provides access to all the rooms on this level. These comprise three large bedrooms, a smaller bedroom and a communal shower room.
A vast area on this floor is currently not in use and could be transformed into a fifth bedroom and a large bathroom.

Attic
The top floor is taken up by a large attic, brightly illuminated via the six rectangular openings on the half-floor. It gives the house a large storage area.
Cellar
A large, vaulted cellar spans the house’s basement. It is ideal for laying down wine and storing conserves.

The barn

This barn stands at the entrance to the estate, facing the old mill. It is a farm building intended for storing all farm tools and housing animals. It could accommodate several horses. The style of this rectangular building, featuring the same Jaumont stone, blends with that of the other buildings on the property and is also enhanced by basket-handle arched carriage doors. A back door opens on to the neighbouring meadow.

The sheepfold

An old sheepfold is to be found behind the chapel and the hermitage. It comprises a low, one-storey building constructed at right angles to the latter two buildings. Its Jaumont stone quarry block walls and its roof, covered with traditional Roman tiles, preserve its original character.

The chapel and the hermitage

Archive documents bear witness to the presence of a hermit on the slopes of this valley since the second half of the 17th century. This is confirmed by the ornate lintel above the chapel’s semi-circular arched entrance door which is engraved with the year 1677. This religious building comprises one room, a single nave, typical of the rural Lorraine region. It is constructed, like the entire hamlet, from Jaumont stone quarry blocks, topped with a long-slopped roof, covered with Roman tiles and enhanced above its first bay with an elegant bell-tower, crowned with a polygonal slate spire.
A little alcove topped with a shell, above the semi-circular arched entrance door, houses an elegant statue of Sainte-Reine, virgin and martyr.
The inside has a wooden-plank ceiling and is outstanding courtesy of the presence of screen-type confessional, a rustic offertory box and, above all, a painted-wood, Baroque-style altar, decorated with polychrome or gilt-edged motifs. The front of the altar features a Maltese cross and a vine branch on the tabernacle door. Further up is a starred alcove with a shell, flanked by two Corinthian order columns and topped with a broken, polychrome and gilt-edged pediment.
Behind the chapel, the hermitage, spanning a single room with an oven, is extremely moving because of its simplicity.

The estate’s land

The estate’s land, extending all around the buildings, spans a total surface area of approx. 5.6 ha of untenanted pasturelands.
It could constitute good grazing land for several horses. Only two plots, spanning approx. 1.7 ha, are on the other side of the little road that adjoins the estate.
Tall trees and hedges, dotted throughout the property, especially enhance the areas around the houses.

Our opinion

This setting, with its group of buildings, features a rigorous blend of coolness, rustic well-being and vital energy symbolised by rising springs and the radiant spirituality of the chapel, consecrated to Sainte-Reine, virgin and martyr. This combination, found in few places, forms the unique charm of this estate, surrounded by a land of forests and fast-flowing water, just waiting to be explored.

590 000 €
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Reference 365413

Land registry surface area 6 ha 57 a 17 ca
Main building surface area 480 m2

French Energy Performance Diagnosis

Regional representative
Vosges Mountains


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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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