character houses for sale - aube - champagne-ardenne region

A cosy, little, romantic dwelling
2¼ hours south-east of Paris

Troyes, AUBE champagne-ardennes 10000 FR


3½ hours from Brussels via the A26 motorway, 2½ hours from Luxembourg.
Just 30 minutes from the old town of Troyes, notably renowned for its 16th century architectural heritage.
In a village with 500 inhabitants, a bakery as well as primary and secondary schools.


This property stands on the edge of a little commune, in a narrow street used but by a few local residents. Its privacy is greatly preserved via a stone wall, featuring metal gates. Its other sides, simply enclosed by wire-fencing, are free of neighbours.
This dwelling, on the right-hand side of the gates, comprises a long, main, south-facing facade, formed by a superb combination of two buildings set on either side of a slightly taller, central pavilion.
Two low, roughly symmetrical wings, one at each end, are set at right angles and face one another. Both comprise a covered area, paved with terracotta tiles, and two turrets, one of which is a dovecote, cleverly adjoined to the living accommodation.
In front of this dwelling, a parterre of little white stones delimits a courtyard.
Parklands, partially planted with wonderful trees, extend on the south side and behind the west wing with a narrow strip which goes along the north side, bordering the main dwelling on one side and, on the other, a communal dirt track, from which it is separated by wire-fencing.
This property has two wells, one at the entrance to the parklands and the other in a cellar.

The building

This building, totally restored less than ten years ago in keeping with the region’s architectural tradition, is constructed from half-timbering and lime-rendered cob. Spanning two levels, it features three cute hip roof dormers with semi-circular arched windows set in its flat tile roof on the main facade, whilst the rear facade has skylights.
The left-hand end of the building has a pavilion, the carriage door of which is topped with a balcony. The right-hand end has an elegant dovecote which, as a reminder of its initial vocation, is topped with a graceful bird, its silhouette standing out against the sky. Beneath the dovecote is a small vaulted cellar.

Ground floor
The main door opens into a small hall facing the stairway, going to the upper floor.
On the left-hand side is a lounge with plain wainscoting on the lower sections of the walls. On the right-hand side is a dining room with a wooden fireplace, in good working order, set in a corner. It is followed by a step leading to a bedroom, the fireplace of which is flanked by large cupboards. A delightful, little, partially glazed door opens into a contemporary bathroom.
The kitchen, laid out at the back, communicates directly with the dining room via double doors, featuring small window panes. With fully fitted cupboards, it has a door leading directly out the back of the house, where a small grassy area can be used for eating meals outside, as well as to a garage, with an automatic door opening directly on to the narrow street, providing access to the property.
A laundry room with a shower precedes the boiler room, adjoining a large garage with an automatic door, laid out in the central pavilion.

First floor
The stairway goes up to a vast central landing with a shower room and a toilet.
This level is covered with solid, poplar wood flooring throughout and exposed beams provide rustic warmth to rooms with brilliant white walls.
At the end is a large bedroom, with a wash-hand basin, which communicates with the dovecote, creating a small area, exuding character. The dovecote still has its dove-holes and its floor is covered with terracotta tiles.
On the other side of the landing, a bedroom, with a wash-hand basin, precedes a study which is lucky enough to have its own wooden balcony, forming a magnificent place from which to observe local wildlife.
A door provides access to the first floor of the limestone building which adjoins the pavilion.

The limestone building

This building, with a packed mud floor, spans two levels. Only the roof has been totally restored and covered with flat tiles. It could, if so required, extend the main building as both buildings already intercommunicate on the first floor. Obviously, it could equally be used for any other kind of project.

Our opinion

Finally a property that will appeal to a couple or to a small family with all the elegance of a large residence!
However, conversion of the limestone building would double the living surface area.
Its favourable position is not isolated but the natural surroundings act as an extension of the parklands. Bold members of the deer family will find here the tranquillity of the places that they like.
The originality and the grace of the layout of the buildings are irresistibly attractive.
But why was such a harmonious property initially constructed? Nothing has yet come to light through standard research methods. More extensive studies will have to be carried out to discover the history and reveal the secret of this solitary retreat.

299 500 €
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Ventes d'immeubles

À Paris et en Ile-de-France
Prix de vente au-delà de 600 000 euros       5% TTC*
Prix de vente de 400 000 à 600 000 euros   6% TTC*
Prix de vente de 200 000 À 400 000 euros   7% TTC*
Prix de vente jusqu'à 200 000 euros             9% TTC*
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En Province
Prix de vente au-delà de 500 000 euros       6% TTC*
Prix de vente jusqu'à 500 000 euros   30 000 Euros TTC* (forfait)
Honoraires à la charge du Vendeur


Avis de valeur argumenté : 1 800 Euros TTC*
Expertise à partir de 2 400 Euros TTC*
Les tarifs des expertises sont communiqués sur devis personnalisé établi sur la base d’un taux horaire moyen de 120 Euros TTC*


*TTC : TVA incluse au taux de 20 %

Reference 322778

Land registry surface area 5633 m2
Main building surface area 155 m2
Outbuilding surface area 190 m2


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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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