an hour from Paris and 30 minutes from Charles-de-Gaulle airport
Capital of the Valois region, the old town is constructed on a promontory and dominates the surrounding region covered by the Compiègne and Retz Forests, once hunting grounds for the kings of France. This mansion house stands in the medieval town centre. All shops and amenities are within walking distance, together with a train station and its 40-minute links to Paris. Charles-de-Gaulle airport is 30 minutes away. The towns of Senlis and Compiègne are a 20-minute drive away.
The mansion house
This mansion house is divided into three separate sections: firstly, its facade overlooking the street with its double, solid oak wood carriage gates, decorated with a floral frieze, a bull’s eye window above the pedestrian gate and windows on three levels. Then, a Renaissance style courtyard, with a polygonal stairway tower and, on the main wing, double arched doors providing access to the inside. The tower is composed of bas-relief architectural decoration, depicting an antique temple with two torches in its upper section. Laurent-de-Boves and his wife are featured in medallions surrounding a cherub, bearing an engraving of the year of construction. And lastly, the garden facade reflects the beginning of Italianism in the Valois region with the first example of letting light in through large mullioned windows. Although the traditional period panes must have filtered a large amount of light, this feature was revolutionary in relation to the medieval era. These openings were then transformed in the 17th and 18th centuries, with classical frames, making it possible to take further advantage of the view over the wooded park beyond the ramparts.
The entrance door opens into a gallery providing access to all the reception rooms. The flagstoned floor, the high ceiling as well as the exposed beams and joists are the marks of a first-class, Renaissance style residence. A single door, facing the entrance, opens into a little lounge-library, whilst double doors give access to the main lounge. Both these rooms are steeped in light courtesy of their south-facing aspect and their large windows. They are decorated in the 18th century fashion, with moulding, wall fabrics, Rocaille-style fireplaces and strip pattern parquet flooring. Another door in the gallery provides access to a dining room which also has a view over the garden. It, too, exudes an 18th century atmosphere, with a magnificent trumeau mirror above a brown marble fireplace.
The gallery then leads to a kitchen and to the spiral stairway, housed in the polygonal tower, built outside of the carcass and protruding into the courtyard.
The layout on this level is similar to that of the ground floor. A gallery provides access to a conservatory (this could be converted into another bedroom) and two bedrooms. All these rooms look out over the garden, through tall, small-paned windows and from a balcony decorated with Louis XV style railings extending the conservatory.
The gallery on this level leads to four bedrooms, all of which look once again out over the garden. At the other end to the bedrooms, an attic has been preserved under the rafters.
An additional house is laid out in the wing set at right angles. It comprises an entrance hall, a small kitchen, a lounge and two bedrooms. A stable, with a groom’s bedroom above, completes this wing which looks out over a town square
This delightful, south-facing hanging garden has a distant view of one of the town’s many wooded parks. It is delimited by the upper section of the ramparts, with a little, concealed flight of steps providing access to a little street below. In summer, roses give touches of colour to the central lawn.
The combination of all amenities, food shops, a train station, medical facilities and leisure activities (such as hiking, golf and horse-riding) with a historic, quiet, peaceful house, almost 500 years old, is now rare. And yet, such is the case for this particular property which is, first and foremost, a family home that still has all of its character as well as its architecture and numerous period features. It is a timeless haven where nothing changes and everything continues, just like the charm of the old Valois region.
|Land registry surface area||1050 m2|
|Main building surface area||353 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||150 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||8|
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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.