A designer house, surrounded by 3 hectares of forest,
near to Saint-Arnoult-en-Yvelines, 60 km from Paris
Saint-Arnoult-en-Yvelines, YVELINES ile-de-france 78730 FR


This property, set between the fertile expanses of the Beauce region and Rambouillet Forest, is very near to the little commercial town of Saint-Arnoult-en-Yvelines, reached via the A10 motorway. Rambouillet regional (TER) train station provides 30-minute links to Paris-Montparnasse.


A few hundred metres after having passed through a hamlet, a forest road provides a glimpse of this property. The house stands in a clearing, surrounded by 3 ha of forest. Spanning approx. 265 m² of living space, it was designed and constructed by an architect in 1960.
The layout is simple and the rooms bright and spacious. Large glazed partition walls blur the boundaries between the inside and the outside, enhancing the merger of the landscape with the seasons.
Modern architecture bears witness to the constant, great attention paid to detail, materials, uses and ease of movement from one area to another.
Outside, the natural setting remains intact, the relief preserved, the imprint on the forest sober and respectful.

The house

This house spans two levels, constructed on stone lower sections, and a basement. It is topped with a gable roof, covered with flat tiles and featuring skylights to illuminate the upstairs. A natural lawn surrounds the house and slopes gently down southwards. By reducing the load-bearing features of the facade, the architect was able to include wide, floor-to-ceiling, picture windows. The limestone floor tiles, laid throughout the ground floor, extend beyond the windows on to the terraces, enhancing the impression of continuity between the inside and the outside. Following this same principle, the wooden ceiling continues beyond the facades, lining the undersides of the overhanging eaves. These projections of the roof protect the entrance and the south-west facade from the rays of the sun at the hottest time of the day.

A large, utility area, running under the entire house, comprises a boiler room, a machine room, two cellars and a garage, reached via the north-west gable of the house.
Ground floor
The feeling of space and light is omnipresent as of the entrance hall. Said vestibule opens into a vast, south-west facing living room, a through room, with a 2.9 m high ceiling and views on either side. Two large sliding panels reinforce the privacy of the living room by separating it from the vestibule. The strips of wood composing these panels blend harmoniously with those of the suspended ceiling, giving this area a warm atmosphere. The kitchen, easily reached from the living room and the entrance hall, adjoins the north-east glazed facade. The vestibule also provides access to a second open space on the south-east side, forming a separate, functional, night-time section. The latter comprises two bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, a separate toilet and a dressing room. A room in use as a study-library links this area to the lounge.
First floor
A central, straight flight, wood and metal stairway goes upstairs from the vestibule to five bedrooms, a bathroom, a dressing room and a toilet. This level is laid out in two opposing sections linked by an open mezzanine.

Our opinion

These premises, where residents live in symbiosis with nature, whilst remaining near to Paris, constitute more than ever a rare and privileged property. The work undertaken by the architect in relation to light, space and the exterior as well as the regular maintenance of the property, are immediately obvious. Although interior renovation works need to be scheduled, they could be carried out some time in the future.

Exclusive sale

621 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense

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Reference 299786

Land registry surface area 3 ha 5 a
Main building surface area 265 m2
Number of bedrooms 7

French Energy Performance Diagnosis


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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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