mansion houses for sale - seine-et-marne - on the heights of provins

An outstanding artist’s home, once a literary salon, on the heights of Provins,
classified as a World Heritage of Humanity site by UNESCO


In the French department of Seine-et-Marne, 90 km from the French capital, on the heights of the fabulous medieval town of Provins. Its station has 90-minute direct links to Paris’ Gare-de-l’Est. Access via the A4 motorway or the Francilienne ring road takes the same amount of time.


Provins, a medieval town appreciated and visited because of its historic past, its preserved architecture and it annual medieval fête, has attracted tourists the world over for decades. This property is set in a wonderful location on the heights of the town between church and ramparts, courtyard and garden. Redesigned in the 18th century, this house was a literary salon frequented notably by Lamartine and Balzac. It is currently inhabited by a painter.
This property is enclosed by walls. Its main entrance is on one of the town’s most beautiful squares, featuring the collegiate church. Double wooden gates open into a courtyard. At the end of the garden, a more secret passageway, near to the perimeter wall, in the form of a stairway goes down on one side to some old underground passageways that are filled in, just like the many others in Provins. Said stairway goes down the other side and joins a track, outside of the property, dubbed “le sentier du Rubis” (the legend of Ruby’s path relating that it conceals a ruby), which leads down to the lower section of the town.
This property comprises a house, spanning three levels excluding the cellar, as well as a little guest house with a dominant view looking down on the town.
The main building, with three separate entrances, is set between a paved courtyard and a garden. The walls, with dressed stone quoins, are rendered. The roof is covered with local flat tiles. A conservatory adds an artistic and romantic touch to the overall scene.
The guest lodge at the end of the garden has a slate roof, redone15 years ago.

The house

This house, spanning three levels excluding the cellar, has three different entrances on the ground floor.

Ground floor
The through, bright entrance hall is set between double doors on the courtyard side and 16th century double doors on the garden side. It houses an oak wood stairway. The tiled floor features inlaid decoration like that in the corridor leading to a study, where parquet flooring is laid in a herringbone pattern. The lounge has a similar flooring and a ceiling adorned with moulding. Its walls are lined with floor-to-ceiling, painted panelling. The fireplace is made of marble and brick. A conservatory, like a greenhouse, built later in the 19th century, is an outstanding work of wrought iron. Its palm tree and its plants encourage residents to linger. The ground floor also comprises a dining room, paved with stone and featuring a fireplace with a wooden mantel, a kitchen with walls partially adorned with ceramic tiles, a larder, a shower room with an Italian style shower, a toilet and a boiler room.
First floor
The stairway goes up to a landing covered with old terracotta floor tiles. On the right-hand side are a vestibule, a toilet, a shower room, an anteroom and a bedroom, with pinewood parquet flooring, as well as a second bedroom. Another vestibule, also laid with terracotta floor tiles, provides access to a bathroom as well as a third and a fourth bedroom, both with strip pattern parquet flooring. One of them features a wood and marble fireplace, two windows with casement bolts and indoor oak wood shutters. A small area with a window could be converted into a bathroom or a dressing room.
This level is divided into two sections. One is habitable with two bedrooms and a bathroom, the other is an attic with square terracotta floor tiles.

The guest lodge

This guest house, spanning two levels, is in need of renovation works. Its dominant view over the valley gives it an airy feeling.

Ground floor
This level comprises a tiled lounge, enhanced with a fireplace composed of brick and wood, a toilet and a kitchen.
First floor
The first floor includes a bedroom, with pinewood parquet flooring and a Louis XV style wooden fireplace, as well as a bathroom. A door leads to the attic space.

Our opinion

This residence, hidden behind an enormous, wisteria-covered gateway in the shade of the collegiate church, has an air of a country house. Its appearance would have been too sober without the conservatory’s fine metal structure which added a welcome touch of dissymmetry in the 19th century. The view from the Belle Époque style guest lodge is wonderful. This property has inevitably appealed to writers and painters, especially as it is in a town that has been classified as a World Heritage of Humanity site by UNESCO. Although in need of some works, this house can be lived in straightaway. These premises, still a source of inspiration, lend themselves to daydreaming and provide a feeling of well-being, just as they always have.

530 000 €
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Ventes d'immeubles

À Paris et en Ile-de-France
Prix de vente au-delà de 600 000 euros       5% TTC*
Prix de vente de 400 000 à 600 000 euros   6% TTC*
Prix de vente de 200 000 À 400 000 euros   7% TTC*
Prix de vente jusqu'à 200 000 euros             9% TTC*
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En Province
Prix de vente au-delà de 500 000 euros       6% TTC*
Prix de vente jusqu'à 500 000 euros   30 000 Euros TTC* (forfait)
Honoraires à la charge du Vendeur


Avis de valeur argumenté : 1 800 Euros TTC*
Expertise à partir de 2 400 Euros TTC*
Les tarifs des expertises sont communiqués sur devis personnalisé établi sur la base d’un taux horaire moyen de 120 Euros TTC*


*TTC : TVA incluse au taux de 20 %

Reference 373984

Land registry surface area 1167 m2
Main building surface area 300 m2
Outbuilding surface area 50 m2


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Regional representative
Seine & Marne

Corinne Angeli       +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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