character houses for sale - versailles - in the notre dame district

A tranquil, 248 m², 17th century house and its landscaped garden
200 m from Château-de-Versailles in the Notre-Dame district
Versailles, YVELINES paris 78000 FR


At the beginning of the 1660’s, Louis XIV, decided to set up court at Versailles and undertook to build a palace there, works which took more than 20 years. The town which developed in order to house part of the court was designed in accordance with symmetrical plans and strict instructions to create a harmonious layout around the palace. The first streets in the Notre-Dame district were, therefore, created around 1665 and in 1682, Versailles became capital of the French kingdom. This house is but two minutes’ walk from the entrance to the Chateau and the Royal Opera House. Just a few minutes from Rue-de-la-Paroisse and its numerous shops. The prestigious Lycée-Hoche is a 10-minute walk away. Versailles-Rive-Gauche and Versailles-Rive-Droite RER line C train stations, with their respective links to the centre of Paris or La-Défense and Saint-Lazare, are 10 and 15 minutes away on foot.


This house stands in the courtyard of a mansion house constructed in 1681 for Jules-Hardouin-Mansart, Louis XIV’s leading architect and Superintendent of the royal buildings. It is composed of several adjoining buildings, including the old stables, the garage where horse-drawn carriages were once kept and the grooms’ accommodation. Facing south and looking out over its 200 m² landscaped garden, its 248 m² of living space comprises a 50 m² reception room, a large kitchen opening on to the garden, four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a study-workshop and a 40 m² flat which consists of a bedroom, a lounge, a small kitchen and a bathroom. The latter could be made independent from the house. This property also includes an attic, a vast vaulted cellar and a car parking space.

The house

Heavy carriage doors open on to the mansion house’s paved passageway which leads to a wide door marking the private entrance to this home. The front door is reached by crossing the garden.

Ground floor
The entrance hall, with its Burgundy stone tiles, is extremely bright, courtesy of its glazed door and its window overlooking the garden. It provides access to a room in use as a guest bedroom, extended by a shower room. Straight on is a guest toilet as well as a large kitchen which faces the garden and opens via a door on to a terrace. On the left-hand side, a vast reception room is flooded with copious amounts of light via three double windows and a French window, opening into the garden. It has herringbone pattern parquet flooring and beams adorning a section of the ceiling. A marble fireplace is set at each end of the room. A few steps lead to a bedroom, currently in use as a workshop. It has a water supply point, a door leading to the garden and a separate entrance from the carriage passageway. A little wooden stairway leads to the old grooms’ accommodation.
First floor
An elegant wooden stairway leads upstairs. The landing leads, right, to a bedroom with old terracotta floor tiles. This room has its own bathroom. A corridor, on the left-hand side, provides access to two bedrooms with parquet flooring one of which, with a dressing room and a bathroom, is adorned with a fine white marble fireplace. On the other side of the house, on the first floor, is the grooms’ accommodation, now transformed into a delightful 40 m² flat with exposed beams and old terracotta floor tiles. Reached via the living room or, independently, via the mansion house stairway, it comprises a living room overlooking the garden, a small kitchen, a bathroom and a bedroom with an alcove.

The garden

The garden, extended by a terrace, forms the centre of the property. Here, old, climbing, bush and tree roses take pride of place, no less than 35 varieties share the garden with wisteria and numerous irises in typical English fashion. Several tall trees, structuring the layout, form spectacular stakes like these two lime trees around which climb sumptuous roses or these mock orange bushes with their heady scent.

Our opinion

This house, with its unusual style, is heavily steeped in history. It also stands out courtesy of its location as it is but a stone’s throw from the Sun King’s palace. Set slightly back from the town, with its timeless air, this property forms a sort of alcove around a delightful garden planted with trees and roses. Its new owners will also be able to leisurely enjoy the particularly pleasant local way of life. Nature enthusiasts will have no need to go out as the garden is captivating. When in full bloom, it abounds in old roses of a multitude of colours that fill the air with their delicate fragrances amidst flowering irises, wisteria and mock orange, providing lush vegetation throughout the seasons.

1 590 000 € Honoraires de négociation inclus
1 529 000 € Honoraires exclus
Honoraires de 3.99% TTC à la charge de l'acquéreur

Voir le Barème d'Honoraires

Reference 318142

Number of rooms 7
Number of bedrooms 5
Possible number of bedrooms 6
Land registry surface area 516 m2
Reception area50 m2
Living space252 m2
Surface Garden203 m2

Annual average amount of the proportionate share of expenses 900 €

French Energy Performance Diagnosis


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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