character houses for sale - marne - 2h30 from paris

A delightful mill, with full water rights, and its lake
in superb natural surroundings 2½ hours from Paris

Bar-le-Duc, MARNE champagne-ardennes 55000 FR


230 minutes from Brussels, 120 minutes from Luxembourg and 40 km from a TGV train station with 58-minute links to Paris and its international airports.
Virtually in the middle of a triangle formed by Bar-le-Duc, Sainte-Ménéhould and Vitry-le-François.


Set below a village with less than 100 inhabitants, this property is enclosed by fencing but opens on the street side via a little lane that leads down to the house. On its left-hand side is an orchard whilst a barn, on its right-hand side, is currently in use as a garage. The river, perfectly contained and with no risk of overflowing its banks, flows in front of the house’s right gable wall and widens into a lake in front of the rear facade, before continuing downstream.
There is a small vegetable garden by the side of the left gable wall.

The mill

This house, built of millstone grit, brick and dressed stone under a slate roof, spans three levels standing over a partial cellar. The facades feature symmetrically arranged double-glazed, small-paned windows.
A terrace, on a half-level and partially covered by a charming conservatory, looks down on the lake and makes it possible to take full advantage of the natural beauty of the setting without being overlooked whatever the season.

Ground floor
The main entrance is on the garden side facade. The entrance hall opens, on one side, into a hall area with the stairway that goes upstairs, a bathroom and a toilet; on the other side are a lounge and a dining room, forming one open-plan, L-shaped room. The floors are still covered with their oak wood parquet flooring and their red, octagonal terracotta tiles. The fitted kitchen communicates with the conservatory via a few steps. This genuine living room opens on to a tiled, open-air terrace, with wrought iron railings, looking down on the lake and providing a front row seat for observing the continual show put on by the wildlife.
A small cellar, spanning approx. 12 m², is under the kitchen.

First floor
The oak wood stairway leads to a vast, glazed landing, currently in use as a reading room and library, which provides access to the night-time area. A central corridor leads to five bedrooms and a shower room. Two bedrooms look out over the garden side and three the lake side. The floors are covered with pitch-pine parquet flooring. The ceiling beams are concealed by varnished wooden panelling which could easily be removed in order to give this level back its original rustic appearance. The view is pleasant and completely unobstructed on all sides.
Second floor
The oak wood stairway goes up from the landing to a superb space, spanning approx. 90 m², which is currently used as an attic. It would be easy to convert this area and enhance its wonderful original roofing framework.
This building, constructed from red brick and covered with interlocking roof tiles, is in an excellent state of repair. It is ideal for storing garden tools, small boats and cars.

Our opinion

Courtesy of its millstream which makes it possible to control the flow rate of the water, this mill has nothing to fear from the river that hums peacefully as it goes through the sluice. Sound and perfectly habitable in its current state, it would make a delightfully simple, unpretentious, little holiday home which could easily be modernised. The only challenge that it poses for its residents consists of choosing between angling, boating and bird watching. Its untiring neighbours are all kinds of wild birds, including numerous ducks that come to feed and cool off during the hot weather; they can be quietly watched from all the rooms in the house. The lake, extending the land at the back, adds an overgrown but sparkling touch. The mill has full water rights and a study has been conducted for the production of electricity.

230 000 €
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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 547264

Land registry surface area 7276 m2
Main building surface area 175 m2
Outbuilding surface area 94 m2


 French Energy Performance Diagnosis

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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