185 km from Paris via the A4 motorway, 1 hour away via the French TGV train. 20 minutes from Vatry airport with its regular flights to Nice, Corsica, Portugal and Morocco. In the town of Châlons-en-Champagne, a town of art and history with 45,000 inhabitants. This town is enhanced by the lasting character of its stone and the charm of its half-timbered houses. Dubbed “Bubbling Venice” in reference to Champagne wine, its boat trips on the Mau and the Nau, winding their way through the old town, enable visitors to admire its outstanding architectural heritage.
The town is home to the French National Centre for Circus Arts which regularly puts on spectacular shows. The locally born comedian, Pierre-Dac, would be proud to see that this art is now deemed an integral part of Champagne heritage.
The property is a 5-minute walk from the railway station in the town centre with its cafés and restaurants (some of which are first-class), Bartholdi covered market (held three times a week), the theatre (national stage), its three museums and its ultra-modern library.
The mansion house
This house spans two levels, topped with attic space that could be converted, under an interlocking tile roof. The dressed stone facade on the garden side features tall French windows in line with the upstairs windows. The half-timbering, with masonry filler and cob on the courtyard side, once scorned as it was deemed too poor to be shown, is concealed under rendering which, for a reasonable cost, could easily be removed.
The outbuildings, set at right angles to the main wing, comprise the old stable and a workshop, built over vaulted cellars. The first floor, reached via a robust stairway, houses two small maid’s bedrooms, both in a dilapidated state of repair. Above, an attic adjoins the habitable section.
This setting would be the ideal place to continue a wonderful family history, even though its decor currently appears neglected, set in a dusky light as in an old master: cracks, fissures, the patina of time, it has it all. No-one can resist this penetrating, serene ambiance that creates a deep feeling of well-being. Although the residence is in need of works, it is perfectly habitable in its current state.
480 000 €
Our fees are included in the stated sale price.
|Land registry surface area||1062 m2|
|Main building surface area||612 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||129 m2|
Aube, Marne Region
Florence Fornara       +33 1 42 84 80 85
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.