character houses for sale in france bray region

A 15th century, fortified, medieval house
in the Bray region 100 km from Paris
Gournay-en-Bray, OISE picardy 76220 FR

Location

This old stronghold house stands facing rolling countryside in the heart of rural Picardy, in the Norman area of the French department of Oise, on the old sea road, between valleys, forests and streams.
In traditional countryside, with irregular-shaped fields separated by hedges and ditches, dotted with old villages and rural monuments such as covered markets, wash-houses and fountains.
Along a winding country lane and a little way from one of the five hamlets of a small rural commune.
Just a few minutes from a small town, approx. 30 minutes from several towns in the region and an airport; approx. 90 minutes from Paris, the setting is peaceful and pastoral.

Description

This house is to be found at the end of little lane, set between two grassy knolls. It faces south and dominates the surrounding countryside with a clear view. Its residents greatly appreciate this setting, far from everything.
The commune, formed at the beginning of the 19th century by the uniting of two market towns, currently comprises five.
One of these hamlets was once a Seigneury which also included the current county town, built in the 7th century by a marquis. The Seigneury came under the earldom of a small neighbouring town.
The commune has a wealth of religious heritage and outstanding edifices from the 12th, 17th and 18th centuries.
Built at the end of the Middle-Ages, on the edge of a valley at the bottom of which runs a rivulet, the building dominates the countryside. The surroundings include pasturelands for as far as the eye can see, verdant countryside peppered with small farms.
The house is surrounded by almost 1,800 m² of wooded land, enclosed by hedges
It is listed under the name “Pâtis”, an old French word meaning a place where animals grazed, a sort of pasture.
No doubt, originally, a cowshed, it has successively been put to a number of uses, such as a jail and a chapel as well as a house.
Having long become a fully-fledged residence, all its previous residents have managed to convert it into a traditional house and give it all necessary comfort, whilst preserving the old character of numerous features.
The entire building has therefore maintained its authenticity.
Various sections still bear witness to this, even though many conversion works have been carried out so as to add modern-day home comforts.
A little way away from the house, two more recent, more sober outbuildings are used as a garage and a workshop.
The plant life is abundant and varied with trees, shrubs, bushes and copses as well as a small pond on one side.

The medieval house

This 15th century building still has its buttresses and its mullioned windows. With the conversion works carried out by the current owner, this house has become cosy courtesy of the balance between comfort and old stone. This robust, south-facing building, constructed from stone and covered with small flat roof tiles, has an impressive appearance. Large buttresses reinforcing the ends and the sides give it this fortified architecture which forms its originality and its distinctive character, exuding a certain charm. On the left-hand side, an old bread oven is also reminiscent of past centuries.
Various openings and windows bring to mind an old jail or even an authentic chapel. Nevertheless, spanning a ground and a first floor, topped with a large attic which could be converted, this house is now much more comfortable than in past eras.


Ground floor
By the side of one of the buttresses, a thick, heavy wooden door, featuring a barred Judas-hole and topped with a stone arch, opens on the garden level into an entrance hall.
This vestibule features exposed ceiling beams and, on one side, a wooden stairway that immediately catches the eye.
On one side is a reception room, once no doubt an old chapel, with a fireplace, wall cupboards, panelling, a wall alcove and a stone font as well as barred mullioned windows.
On the other side is a huge, traditional living room, with a recent, fully fitted kitchen, complete with a 5-ring cooker, which will appeal to all residents whether cooking enthusiasts or not. This is the heart of the house with, once again, exposed stone and beams.
A wide, brick fireplace takes up a large section of the main wall. The floor is covered with old terracotta tiles.

First floor
Upstairs, a double landing provides access to four bedrooms.
Certain walls and ceilings feature exposed beams, some of which are amazingly irregular.
A wooden stairway in the master bedroom goes up to an attic.
The property is in a good general state of repair. Worthy of note is the robustness of the carcass and the impressive thickness of the walls.

The garden
All around, a rustic garden, complete with several old trees, encloses the house and provides a view over the countryside.

Our opinion

A country gem, with its essential features preserved. The garden blends with the immensity of the natural surroundings. And yet, neither Paris, nor towns with all amenities are very far away.
This property is as beautiful as the surrounding countryside.

Exclusive sale

295 000 €
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Reference 846479

Land registry surface area 1778 m2
Main building surface area 160 m2
Outbuilding surface area 50 m2

French Energy Performance Diagnosis

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Jérôme Ferchaud       +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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