residences for sale - moselle - lorraine

A traditional, Lorraine, 15th / 18th century residence
in a historic village near Metz

Metz, MOSELLE lorraine 57000 FR


In the central street of a small historic market town in the French department of Moselle, located 15 km from the town of Metz, 85 km from Luxembourg and approx. 350 km from Paris via the A4 motorway. Metz-Ville TGV train station with its 90 minute links to Paris is approx. 20 km away.
Although on the edge of Greater Metz, the market town nestles in the hollow of a rural valley with a river, bordered by grasslands and pastures, running through it. The heights flanking the site are covered in large forests, predominantly made up of beech seedlings. Beyond the market town extend the large areas of the Moselle and then the Woëvre hills through to Madine Lake, the main tourist site in Lorraine Regional Nature Park which covers the entire region.
The GR5 (long distance) hiking trail goes through the market town and crosses one of the Compostella pilgrim paths from Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands that makes its way to Langres and then Vézelay.
The Romans had already started harnessing local sources in order to feed the old town, now standing slightly upstream from Metz, via an aqueduct. Since this time, the small town has experienced a rich but little known history. A first Abbey was founded there in the 8th century, and then the oldest Gothic edifice in Lorraine was built there in the 12th and 13th centuries. The construction of an abbey palace was to mark the end of the 17th century.
All these events and monuments were very soon accompanied by the emergence of a small, lively town, the heritage of which can currently be measured by the number of old residences dating from all centuries since the Renaissance which adorn the narrow streets of the market town, itself dominated by its beautiful 12th and 13th century church.


Background and description

The property stands at the end of a small square which includes the former, neo-classical style town hall, built in the 19th century.
It comprises two houses separated by an inner courtyard but interconnected via a side wing which adjoins an old corner turret. Said turret provides access to the various levels in both buildings.
The house overlooking the main street dates from the 18th century. The house looking down on to the valley gardens below was most probably constructed at the end of the 15th and the beginning of the 16th century given the architectural and decorative features that it possesses.
An annex building stands below the house looking down on the garden. Once used as a garage, it has since been transformed into an open-plan flat for accommodating passing guests. It is topped with a pleasant summer terrace that forms a balcony overlooking a garden, the latter being of a good size and lost amongst the “priest’s gardens” belonging to neighbouring houses. The view is almost rural from all the rooms at the back of the residence.
The main street remains little used, a guarantee of peace and quiet for the rear section of the house overlooking the street and for the second house overlooking the courtyard and the garden.
All the buildings are in pristine condition both inside and out and have modern-day home comforts.
The property is within the protection zone of two of the town’s historic monuments, the oldest Gothic Lorraine church and the old abbey palace. Consequently, any works on the external facades and roofs are subject to authorisation from an architect from the “Batîments de France”.
The property’s floor surface area totals 11ares 80 ca.

A section of the living areas, that is three bedrooms and a suite, all with their own bathroom, as well as the annex building, is run as a steady bed & breakfast activity as the property is a stopover along the Way of St James.

Description of the property

- The house overlooking the main street:
A few steps, continuing from the front door opening off the street, provide access to a corridor. This leads, right, to a vast kitchen and, left, to a large, through, luminous lounge-dining room, the openings of which look out on three sides over the neighbouring square, the street and the courtyard. Neo-Renaissance decorative features blend harmoniously with contemporary light-coloured painted walls and beams.
The corridor, in the centre of the building, leads to an outstanding spiral stairway, typical of the architecture from the 15th and 16th centuries, going up to the two upper floors. The first of which comprises two bedrooms with bathrooms and toilets; the second, under the rafters, forms a vast suite, illuminated via three oculi and two skylights.

- The house overlooking the courtyard and the garden:
It comprises two independent levels. The lower level comprises a small, double-aspect suite overlooking the courtyard and the garden. It is accessed via the inner courtyard. The upper level is connected to the house overlooking the street via a lounge-corridor built in a narrow side wing. It is completely taken up by an outstanding room complete with two mullion windows that overlook the garden and a ceiling that features exposed joists and large beams carved from rough timber. A former fireplace with its original Renaissance mantelpiece now concealed could be opened up.

- The side wing:
This side wing connects the two buildings. Its upper floor comprises the lounge-corridor that communicates with the bedrooms in the house overlooking the street and the large lounge in the house looking down on the garden. The lower floor comprises a room that is currently used as a conservatory. It features a superb old Lorraine fireplace and an old stone sink which indicate that it was probably once used as a laundry room or a kitchen. This room could be transformed into a warm and welcoming conservatory.

- The annex:
The annex is a continuation of the house overlooking the courtyard and the garden. This more recent construction was used as a garage before being converted into an open-plan flat. A vast summer terrace on its roof has been converted into a balcony that has a very pleasant panoramic view of the neighbouring “priest’s gardens” separated by their low stone walls. An open gallery acts as a passageway between the house overlooking the courtyard and the garden and the summer terrace.

Our opinion

With its efficient road and rail network (direct TGV train to Paris), the residence is particularly well located as it is in the immediate vicinity of Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg as well as near to a large university town.
This house, with its numerous invaluable decorative features such as its spiral stairway, its parquet floors, the Lorraine fireplace and its French ceilings, is part of a long architectural tradition and will immediately charm old stone and history enthusiasts. This point is enhanced by the use of objects carefully selected from local second-hand and antique shops which gives the property an extremely rich appearance. The full range of modern-day comforts that have been added can but reinforce its appeal.
The restoration works that have already been successfully carried out could be finalised through the opening up of a Renaissance fireplace in the large lounge on the first floor looking down on the garden; a project that could prove to be exciting.
In addition to all this, there is the rare privilege of living in a setting that is not only historic but also urban and pastoral courtesy of the superb garden scenery that encompasses the back of the residence.

415 000 €
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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 542266

Land registry surface area 1180 m2
Main building surface area 390 m2
Outbuilding surface area 70 m2


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Gilles Larosée       +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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