in 30 wooded hectares
2½ hours from Paris, in the legendary land of the Champagne region with its streams, ponds and immense lakes in forest hollows, Orient Forest Regional Nature Park is a site of great interest as regards wildlife in general and ornithology in particular. The old medieval town of Troyes, once the capital of the historic province of Champagne, is just 40 km away. This property is to be found in a small commune, with 900 inhabitants, renowned for its water sports centre as well as its many bars and restaurants. The marina and its fine sandy beach are but 10-minutes’ walk away.
It leads to a vast clearing, spanning a little over 2 ha with an orchard, a vegetable garden, parklands and a pasture currently divided into three paddocks.
The main house, at the end, alongside the river, is preceded by a small, caretaker’s cottage, behind which are two brick outbuildings with new roofs, respectively spanning 24 and 60 m², as well as sheds for storing firewood, straw and hay.
Previously neglected, the forest has recently been subjected to a Simple Management Plan. It extends over some 27.5 hectares and includes a small lake spanning approx. 1,500 m² on the north side of the property.
This house was a simple rectangle, spanning two storeys over cellars, when it was constructed from brick and covered with rendering in 1920. Then, in the 1920’s, a 2-storey extension was added to the right gable.
The single-glazed, small-paned door and window frames are made of wood.
The slightly sprocketed roof is covered with flat tiles and features shed dormers.
The roof is extended at the back and on the gable wall by an awning sheltering a covered terrace, bordered by stone balusters on the river side.
The central entrance is composed of double doors, glazed with small panes, which open directly into the large main room. The ceiling, featuring brick jack arches, is painted white. The floor is covered with cement tiles in an excellent state of repair, the layout indicating the uniting of three rooms, without changing the aesthetics. The large stone fireplace still has its trammel and a French window opens on to the rear terrace. On one side, a toilet precedes a bathroom, with cement tiles, which faces a room, with oak wood parquet flooring, currently in use as a bedroom. A fireplace, enhanced with wrought earthenware, constitutes a decorative feature and a French window is an invitation to take breakfast out on the terrace facing the river. On the other side of the living room, a fitted kitchen has cement floor tiles, a French window opening on to a terrace and a door leading to the wine cellar. A small study, with oak wood flooring, precedes a conservatory. The latter communicates with a small workshop and a boiler room. The wood-fired boiler stands next to a heat pump, used for producing domestic hot water. Both were installed in 2018.
Two carved doors, between the kitchen and the study, conceal a cupboard and an oak wood stairway which, half-way up, leads to a small landing in the 1970’s extension, providing access to a laundry room, two small, 9 m² bedrooms and a bathroom. These rooms have sloping ceilings and their floors are covered with small tiles, typical of this era. The first floor also features rooms with sloping ceilings and oak wood flooring. A corridor set at right angles leads to five bedrooms with wash-hand basins, a dressing room, a bathroom and a toilet. The windows are fitted with rolling shutters. Composed of narrow wooden slats, these can be manually adjusted to the required height.
The caretaker’s cottage
Constructed from brick at the same time as the main house, this cottage spans a floor surface area of approx. 41 m². It has an interlocking tile roof and wooden door and window frames as well as shutters. A small veranda, reached via a few steps, protects the front door. The front of the house is enclosed by a small, flower-filled garden. Fully restored for seasonal letting, it comprises a living room with a kitchen area, two bedrooms and a shower room, with a toilet and a washing machine.
Like a solitary retreat to be admired for the density of its wildlife which can be glimpsed along the paths, this estate is composed of unspoilt natural surroundings. It is an invitation for all kinds of activities, the proximity of the lake providing a number of additional assets. The setting is particularly attractive, its appearance changing in keeping with the time of day, the light and the season. This building is a real observatory, providing a magnificent view over the river. Both plain and sober, its beauty could be improved by growing Virginia Creeper over its facades, enabling it to blend further in with the landscape.
|Land registry surface area||29 ha 82 a 61 ca|
|Main building surface area||287 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||125 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||10|
North & West Marne and East Aube department
Florence Fornara +33 1 42 84 80 85
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.