character houses for sale - seine-et-marne - 40km from paris in melun

A bed & breakfast activity and a 19th century family home
40 kilometres from Paris in Melun town-centre


Some forty kilometres to the south-east of Paris, the town of Melun can be reached by car via the A105 motorway or via the N6. The R line railway, more pleasant than the RER line, provides direct access, with no stopping, to the French capital in less than 30 minutes. Orly international airport takes 40 minutes by car.
This region is steeped in heritage. Vaux-le-Vicomte chateau is 6 km from the house, that of Fontainebleau is 17 km away, whilst the medieval castle in Blandy-lès-Tours is but 11 km away. Fontainebleau national forest with its mature, tall trees stretches to the outskirts of Melun. World renowned museums, horse-riding centres, golf courses and rock-climbing sites surround the town. There are numerous cultural and sports outings to be experienced.


Set in the river Seine, Ile-Saint-Etienne was certainly the site of the first human settlement, preceding the development of the town. Arms and tools bear witness to its prehistoric existence. During the Gallic era, it was part of the land of the Sénons and was conquered by Labiénus in 53 BC. In the 3rd century, came Saint-Pérotin and Saint-Aspais who preached evangelism. The latter bestowed his name on a district in Melun and on a Catholic school, about a hundred metres from the house.
The first Capetian king, Robert-the-Pious, had a castle built on Ile-Saint-Etienne in the 11th century. Kings and queens of the Capet dynasty stayed there, including Blanche-de-Castille, who founded the Royal Cistercian Abbey of Lys on the outskirts of Melun. At this time, the current site of this house was a vineyard, the grapes of which were turned into the abbey’s wine.
Louis XIV crossed Melun in 1661 to get to the fete organised for him by Superintendent-Fouquet in Vaux-le-Vicomte. The town was then newly fortified. It has expanded over the centuries.
Home to hunger riots in July 1789, it was occupied by the Russians and then by the Austrians at the beginning of the 19th century.
The town was cleaned up under the reign and orders of Louis-Philippe. The “lotissement Charles X” (Charles X estate) was constructed for the middle-classes to the north of the town centre. This is where this house is built. Stone from the castle on Ile-Saint-Etienne, where Blanche-de-Castille spent the end of her life, was used for its construction as for the other houses in the same street.
This house then belonged to the town’s straw supplier. The large porch way, built so that horses and carts could get through, bears witness to the building’s initial vocation.
The current owners bought this house forty or so years ago. They added the adjoining house and its garden, creating the actual property that spans close to 600 m² of living space over three levels.

The house

The original, stone-clad, street facade, standing in an alignment of rendered walls, matches the wide, tall porch way. The residence can be entered either via said porch or via the narrowest section of the right-hand building or via the widest section on the left-hand side. These different entrances make it possible for the house to be put to multiple uses without causing any nuisances such as the setting up of offices or surgeries for those seeking to work from home, the renting of a flat facing the street to provide income as well as a private family entrance.
The facades facing the garden also feature exposed stone whilst various walkways and terraces provide links to the different sections.

Ground floor
A small room, on the right-hand side of the porch way, could be used as a reception area. A hall area links it to a second room, opening on to the porch way, and then to a storage area. This first section has been used by a resident working from home: a use to which it could be put once again courtesy of its layout, ideal for setting up an office and a waiting room.
The garden can be reached at the end via the porch way, the rear section of the latter having been closed and the remainder fitted with a ramp for disabled persons. The left-hand section of the house initially comprises an office overlooking the garden. Straight on is a stairway providing access upstairs. At the end on the right-hand side, a self-contained flat can be accessed from the street. It comprises a lounge, a dining room with a fitted kitchen area, a second bedroom and a hall area with a toilet and a shower room. This second area could be a flat, rented separately, or another office for a resident seeking to work from home.
Also from the entrance, a hall area leads to a study or a bedroom overlooking the garden. A stairway goes upstairs from here.
Another entrance in the garden leads to a lounge, a dining room, a kitchen and a shower room. These rooms could constitute communal areas for a bed & breakfast activity or a self-contained flat for friends.

First floor
On the left-hand side of the landing are a kitchen and a back kitchen, straight on, a dining room opens into a double lounge, a toilet and on to a first terrace.
A few steps in the dining room lead to a flat comprising a lounge, a kitchen, a bedroom, a shower room, a toilet, a laundry room and two terraces, one of which is linked to the garden via a stairway.
On the other side of the first terrace is a study with a toilet, followed by a bedroom, a bathroom, another bedroom, a shower room, a toilet, a hall area and a small lounge opening on to another terrace.

Second floor
A bedroom on the second floor faces the stairway. A corridor leads to a bathroom, then, after a few steps, to a hall area. Said area provides access to a toilet, a first bedroom, a second bedroom with a shower room and toilet, followed by a third bedroom, also with a shower room and toilet.
On the other side of the house, set out around a terrace, is a bedroom, with a shower room and toilet, as well as another group of rooms comprising a study, a bedroom, a hall area, a shower room and a toilet.

The third level is an attic floor, with sloping ceilings, converted into a television room, a lounge and a hall area leading back to the second floor.

The garden

The garden is made up of three terraces with natural floors. A tall horse chestnut tree stands in the middle. Depending on the year and their whims, a small vegetable provides residents with tomatoes, lettuces, green beans and potatoes.
The garden provides access to various rooms in the outbuildings and, via a stairway and a hanging terrace, to the first floor of the house.

The utility outbuildings

These comprise a laundry room, a boiler room and a storage area.

The leisure outbuildings

A single-storey building, at the end of the garden, houses a lounge, a storage area and a summer kitchen.

Our opinion

This astonishing haven is the result of the joining of two old residences, where half-timbering and terracotta floor tiles are to be seen in places and where the wide porch way still echoes with the whinnying of the horses pulling their heavy loads of straw. The garden is a little enclosed universe, overlooked by facades full of variety, with projections, terraces, balconies and stairways.
For the price of a Parisian flat, in which a family would be cramped, this vast house, in a very quiet street, could form the basis of a new way of life. This residence, besides being a large main home, is ideal for continuing the existing bed & breakfast activity. Expanding it would certainly provide a very good income. Concomitantly, medical surgeries or offices could be set up on the premises. A flat overlooking the street could easily be rented. All this stands but a stone’s throw from the Institution-Saint-Aspais, very practical for schooling children. The town centre location, easily reached from Paris and yet in the midst of a region with a wealth of cultural and sporting activities, is also an asset for a pleasant holiday home, where family and friends can come and stay outside of the French capital.

Exclusive sale

850 000 €
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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)
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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 327195

Land registry surface area 572 m2
Main building surface area 595 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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