character house for sale in région of brie in france

100 km from Paris, in the Brie-Champenoise region,
a little house on the prairie
Château-Thierry, AISNE picardy 02400 FR


This property, set on the crest of Mongon Hill (at an altitude of 175 m), dominates not only the Dhuys Valley to the north but also the thalweg of the brook Bornet to the west. Courtesy of this exceptional location, the house and its garden benefit from a protected setting and outstanding views over the great Champenois countryside. The property looks down on the surrounding landscape without being isolated as there is a neighbouring farm with its cows. The house is a good starting point for hikers who can set off in the direction of Château-Thierry or towards Épernay and the champagne vineyards.


“When we’re here, we don’t see the children all day!” said the current owner. It is true that this old farm has become a happy home, particularly for children. In addition to its rustic charm, the house is a real playground for children and adults alike with its bedrooms resembling boat cabins, its stable for two horses, its swimming pool and its swing as well as grasslands stretching for as far as the eye can see. This undulating region is part of the Dhuys Valley.
Although the region is discreet and although it has witnessed battles, particularly during the First World War, it is now a deeply rural, unspoilt land. Living here with nature, with the simple pleasures of the seasons and the view of the valley leads residents to understand that the countryside has a soul.

The house

The construction period for the old farm is uncertain but was most probably at the beginning of the 19th century.
The initial building was a typical regional farm building with an adjoining cowshed. The main door was set in the eaves wall. This barn was extended by the house.
The latter was flanked by a wing set at right angles, built over cellars, and also by a lean-to on the gable wall. An annex building, still in existence, would have been used as a cowshed or pigsty.
The French-style windows on the main facade are regularly spaced unlike the windows on the other sections of the building. Four shed dormers, very horizontal in shape with overhanging eaves on the sides, have been added to the north and south-facing roof slopes.
The kitchen windows are horizontal and fitted with traditional, small-paned, wooden frames. With its horizontal windows and its roof sloping towards the valley, the wing set at right angles is very streamlined and is more reminiscent of an English cottage than a local farmhouse. An outside flight of back steps goes up to the kitchen. A domestic bell can still be seen in the door-jamb.
The lean-to on the gable wall has also been transformed. A horizontal window illuminates the bathroom on a lower level. Above, a dovecote with two dove-holes has been installed in a filled-in window, surrounded by finely wrought wooden trellis.
One semi-circular arched French window has been created upstairs on the west gable wall and another on the north facade.
Wooden trellis has been added with climbing plants, Virginia creepers and roses. Stable doors complete the inspirational eclecticism.

Ground floor
The main entrance opens into the lounge which adjoins a dining room. Middle-class home comforts take pride of place here with some very rustic features such as old red terracotta floor tiles, white walls, a wooden stairway and a wooden surround fireplace. A door opens into the kitchen which follows on from the dining room. This kitchen is in many respects outstanding. It features American-style built-in cupboards, complete with draining board and varnished wood facades, with the rounded corners and stainless-steel handles characteristic of the 1950’s. A pivoting cupboard used for storing bread is a curiosity nowadays. Modernity also has a privileged position in this house, right next to the dining room and the terrace, looking out over the view with the Dhuys Valley in the distance.
A second lounge, with a bookshelf unit, enables residents to find some privacy. It precedes three bedrooms, with two shower rooms, and a workshop at the end of the building.

First floor
Upstairs, a landing provides access to four bedrooms, with four bath or shower rooms. Two small children’s bedrooms resemble cabins on a transatlantic cruise liner, with typical sliding doors and, for one of them, a semi-circular arched door with a minuscule toilet.
The garden
The garden and the surrounding meadows follow on one from the other perfectly. The house’s garden is somewhat like the countryside stretching for as far as the eye can see! Only white rail fencing for the horses delimits the grounds.
The stables
This old farm building has been transformed into a stable and tack room. It houses two wooden stalls, just waiting to accommodate horses once again.
The swiming pool
The swimming pool, constructed in 1952, is amongst the oldest of France’s private pools. Furthermore, its size (16.83x5.48 m) and its shape are not in line with the standards that came into force the following decade.
Made of concrete, poured on site, it displays a raw modernity via its refined lines which contrasts with the pastoral elegance of the facade opposite. With its water supplied by a spring, the swimming pool is flanked by a concrete deck and dry-stone walls.
A stone aedicula where the spring water flows makes it possible to cool drinks in the summer.

Our opinion

This is the epitome of the little house on the prairie where time stands still and everything is steeped in tranquillity. The property is surrounded by meadows and copses which slope gently down to the valley and the village. This peace and quiet is disturbed but by the games and laughter of children who are the first to understand the joys of being here, running through the meadow or riding a pony. This property includes half a hectare of grounds with the possibility of purchasing an extra two hectares of pastureland and woods.
This little, pastoral haven is ideal for weekend stays, especially for Parisians, as it is but 100 km from the French capital. It is even nearer for those living in Reims.

Exclusive sale

240 000 €
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Reference 163965

Land registry surface area 5000 m2
Main building surface area 248 m2

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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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