character houses for sale - vésinet - in the middle of a lake

A 330 m² house dating from the Second Empire, its annex house and
its 2,742 m² garden like a peninsula in the middle of a lake in Vésinet
Vésinet, YVELINES paris 78110 FR


The town of Vésinet was once a part of Yvelines Forest, a private royal estate since François 1st. Henri IV much appreciated the view of it from his Château-Neuf in Saint-Germain-en-Laye and Louis XIV, just like other kings before him, loved to hunt there. The actual history of Le-Vésinet begins, however, in the middle of the 19th century, when Alphonse Pallu and his associates bought these premises in order to create a town-garden. Supported by the development of the railway line, the town then expanded rapidly despite being controlled by strict specifications, still in force to this day. The town, listed and carefully protected, has preserved its unspoilt setting as well as a rare and comfortable quality of life.
This property is less than ten minutes’ walk from the town centre and Le-Vésinet-Centre station on RER train line A which takes 20 minutes to get to Paris and 6 minutes to get to Saint-Germain-en-Laye. State schools are less than a 3-minute walk away. Le-Bon-Sauveur school is less than 5 minutes away by car whilst the Lycée-International-de Saint-Germain-en-Laye is but a 15-minute car drive away. The proximity of the A86 and the A14 motorways makes it possible to reach Paris or Versailles in 20 minutes.


This property, constructed in 1867 on the edge of a lake, comprises a 330 m² main house and a 120 m² annex house. It stands on a plot of land spanning 2,742 m², planted with old trees such as cedar and shore pine. The main house, built over a basement, comprises a ground floor with a large entrance hall, a dining room with a veranda, a large lounge, a kitchen extended by a second veranda overlooking the garden as well as a 76 m² flat all on a level with the garden and comprising a dressing room, a bedroom, a study and a large bathroom. Upstairs are five bedrooms, a dressing room and two bathrooms. Immaculately kept both inside and out, this house is fitted with reversible air-conditioning. The annex house is currently composed of three flats, each spanning 40 m². The property also includes a large garage with a workshop, two covered car parking spaces as well as a wooden chalet fitted with a sauna.

The main house

The main house was constructed in 1867 by architect Denis-Louis-Destors in accordance with the model of the gamekeepers’ cottages in Bois-de-Boulogne. Recently extended, the house is listed on the General Cultural Heritage Inventory for the French department of Ile-de-France. Its wide wrought iron gates open into a paved courtyard that leads to the house’s main entrance.

Ground floor
A few steps go up to a large glazed front door. It opens into an entrance hall providing access, right, to the stairway going upstairs, a guest toilet as well as a kitchen and its veranda. The kitchen has its own entrance via the paved courtyard. The veranda overlooks the garden, on the lake side. Facing the front door is a dining room, the floor surface area of which is extended by a second veranda looking out over the lake. A vast living room, on the right-hand side, provides numerous views of the lake and the garden. It is adorned with a veined marble fireplace and communicates with the dining room. The flat is accessed from the living room. It is set in a contemporary section of the house. The entrance hall leads, left, to a bedroom as well as a dressing room and, right, to a large study (or another bedroom). The bathroom, with a shower, a bath and a toilet, is reached from the bedroom or from the study. All the ground floor rooms have French windows that open on to the garden. The entrance hall, the two reception rooms as well as the main rooms in the flat have herringbone pattern parquet flooring whilst the kitchen features old floor tiles.
First floor
The landing leads, right, to a bedroom as well as a bathroom with a shower and a bath; straight on, to a separate toilet. On the left-hand side is another bedroom, with an adjoining dressing room and a balcony providing a panoramic view over the lake and the garden. A French window opens on to a roof terrace.
Second floor
This level comprises three bedrooms with slightly sloping ceilings, one of which has a balcony. There is also a bathroom and toilet.
The old section includes the boiler room and a wine cellar; the modern section, spanning 62 m², is divided into two large rooms.

The annex house

Standing on the left-hand side of the entrance gates in the paved courtyard, this building is constructed from brick and wood under a slate roof. Its ground floor houses a first flat composed of an entrance hall, a living room, a bedroom, a shower room, a laundry room and a storage area. It also has a large garage with a workshop and a covered parking area for two cars. Upstairs are two more flats. The first comprises a kitchen, a living room and a bathroom with a toilet; the other includes a kitchen, a shower room with a toilet and a large living room.

The garden

The garden, laid out all around the main house, is composed of a vast lawn and planted with numerous old cedar and shore pine trees. The lake borders a large section of the grounds and it is quite common to see ducks and swans sitting in the sunshine. A small wooden chalet, standing not far from the water, is fitted with a sauna.

Our opinion

Just a stone’s throw from the French capital, this residence is literally bathed in light which is reflected off the water of the lake, in a superb, rare setting where large numbers of web-footed and other birds nest. This home, its architecture inspired by the extremely beautiful 19th century wooden chalets, exudes the elegance of holiday homes such as they were designed at the end of the Second Empire and gives its residents the impression of ever being on holiday. This family property has all the required assets. Its annex house could be converted in order to accommodate caretakers or passing friends. It could also provide rental income or be used by proprietors seeking to work from home.

3 965 000 €
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Reference 437233

Number of rooms 12
Number of bedrooms 6
Possible number of bedrooms 8
Land registry surface area 2742 m2
Reception area64 m2
Living space450 m2

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Caroline Caron de Panthou    +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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