A small, fortified, 17th century manor house and its outbuildings
in the Brie-Champenoise region, 80 km from Paris
Château-Thierry, AISNE picardy 02400 FR


In the middle of a rural region with numerous convergent valleys providing some outstanding points of view. In picturesque countryside where, here and there between the old villages and forests, are wash-houses, fountains and small chapels, all bearing moving witness to the past.
At a short distance from a little country road and near to a quiet town. Just a few minutes from a market town and a large town, less than 30 minutes from other regional towns and but 90 minutes from Paris.
The setting is tranquil and the surroundings pastoral.


The town once housed a large leprosarium which was one of the many hospitals attached to the Hôtel-Dieu (general hospital) in the neighbouring town at the end of the 16th century. Probably built in the 12th century, it was destroyed by fire in the 17th century, just like all the main buildings whether castle or church, that made up the country’s heritage. It would appear that the building, no longer in existence, stood not far from this property. Its access lane, around a bend in a little country road, crosses wooded land, enclosed by hedges and spanning more than 5,500 m², before reaching the building set at the end of the plot. On one side is a small wood and, on the other, the outbuildings with several small buildings used as a woodshed, a shed and other purposes, set at right angles, at one end of the dwelling. At a short distance, near the entrance to the property, a small lake is surrounded by a copse. A very old stone well stands at the foot of a clump of trees.

The manor house

This fully fledged home has been lived in for some time, by residents who have converted it in a sober, traditional fashion, adding necessary home comforts whilst preserving the old character of numerous features. It has, therefore, kept all of its authenticity.
This robust, impressive looking building is constructed from stone under a roof covered with small flat tiles. The main facade faces south-east. It spans almost 250 m² of living space spread over a raised ground floor and an upstairs, topped with a large attic which could be converted. The various openings, some of which are slightly arched feature small-paned windows.
Reached via a flight of stone steps, the house opens into an entrance hall via a thick, heavy wooden door with wrought stone framing. The interior walls feature exposed stone, the floors terracotta tiles and the wooden ceilings their exposed beams.
Straight in front of the entrance door, a large stairway leads upstairs.
On the left-hand side of the entrance hall is a wide kitchen where an impressive fireplace takes pride of place. It is followed by a bathroom.
On the right-hand side, a large reception room precedes a smaller room.
The bedrooms are upstairs. The master bedroom is adorned with a stone fireplace.
The basement comprises cellars.
On the right-hand side of the building is a group of small buildings.
This property is in a reasonably good state of repair but is in need of some interior works.

Our opinion

Jean-de-La-Fontaine, native to the region, evokes the wash-house of the small neighbouring market town in one of his fables and the vestiges of a fortified Roman site are still to be seen on a nearby knoll. Thus demonstrating that the local stone is ever put to good use and this manor house, with its imposing structure and the impressive thickness of its walls, is no exception to the rule. The essential features of this unique property have been preserved. Its fortified architecture reflects a strong character and an originality that exudes charm. The garden blends in with its lush verdant, natural surroundings. And yet, neither the French capital nor the towns and their shops are far away. This relatively rare property is an attractive opportunity.

285 000 €
Honoraires à la charge du vendeur

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Reference 982919

Main building surface area 150 m2

Regional representative

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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