A 20th century villa and its wooded garden in a green belt area,
looking down on to the meanders of the river Seine, less than 2 hours from Paris
Duclair, SEINE-MARITIME upper-normandy 76480 FR


This property is in the north-west of France, at the start of the “Route of Fruits” and midway between Rouen and Le-Havre, perched on the heights of the little town of Duclair and on the edge of a forest. Spanning almost 6,000 m², it enjoys an outstanding view over the loops of the river Seine.
Paris is 150 km away via the A13 motorway, Rouen is 25 km away and the beaches on the Albâtre coast are about an hour away. Yvetot, 20 km away, and Rouen train stations provide numerous daily links on the Paris-Le-Havre line.
Part of the Greater Rouen Area, it has all the amenities and infrastructures of a large town to hand.


At the confluence of the Austreberthe and the Seine, the town is part of the Normandy Seine Loops Regional Nature Park. The road goes through the town centre from the riverbanks and continues to wind its way along the hillside. Once on the plateau, the road becomes a track, going through the surrounding fields and meadows to the property.
The entrance is flanked by tall pine trees, a short, tree-lined driveway leads to the house. The latter is surrounded by grassy areas, sloping gently down towards the Seine. They are predominantly wooded and partially enclosed by hedges. The length of the facade facing south-east, the villa is bordered by a vast, stone-paved terrace acting as a link between the house, looking widely out over the river, and the garden.
Spanning a surface area of approx. 230 m², the reception rooms, a kitchen and a bedroom take up the ground floor. Five bedrooms share the space on the first floor. A basement runs under the full surface area of the house.

The villa

This rectangular building, with its wing set at right angles, spans two levels as well as a large basement running under the full surface area of the house.
The five slopes of the hipped roof, covered with flat Normandy tiles, notably feature three dormers with projecting eaves as well as a wide shed dormer. Two “Jay tail” sections of the roof overhang a balcony and two windows.
The facades, covered in places with ivy, feature numerous windows and French windows, all topped with oak wood lintels and sometimes framed with half-timbering.

Ground floor
An oak wood door, protected by a canopy covered with flat tiles, opens into a vestibule. It provides access to a small room, illuminated via two very wide stationary windows, a double reception room, a corridor, leading to a bedroom, a shower room and a toilet, as well as a quarter-turning wooden stairway. Two steps separate the vestibule from the living room, with its cathedral ceiling. It is widely illuminated by French windows and dormers with projecting eaves. A monumental fireplace adorns one wall. It has dressed stone jambs, an oak wood lintel and a chimney breast, its herringbone-patterned bricks topped with a sawtooth-shaped frieze. A door, opposite the fireplace, opens into the kitchen where a French window also gives access to the terrace. Floors on this level are paved with travertine stone throughout.
First floor
This level has sloping ceilings. The landing provides access, on one side, to a mezzanine, protected by oak wood railings and looking down into the living room, and a bedroom, with a dressing room. Light floods in through the roof dormers. A corridor, on the other side of the landing, leads to two bedrooms, one of which has a wash-hand basin, a shower room and a toilet. A hall area leads to a bathroom, a toilet and the main bedroom, laid out in the wing. It is completed with a balcony, looking out over the river Seine.
A door in the corridor off the vestibule opens on to a stairway, going down to the villa’s basement. The latter spans the same floor surface area as the ground floor. It comprises two large garages, accessed from the outside via two sliding wooden doors. A corridor provides access to a laundry room, a room housing an oil tank, a wine cellar with a gravel floor, a boiler room and, lastly, a vast, semi-underground room, illuminated via a window and leading outside via a set of double French windows.
This garden surrounds the Anglo-Norman style villa. Its abundant vegetation includes fig, hazelnut and gingko-biloba trees, buddleia and hydrangea bushes as well as bamboo planted between the many shrubberies.

Our opinion

This property is the result of a dream. That of a music lover in search of a place to live that would enable him to devote his time to the pleasures of music away from the hustle and bustle of the world.
The terrace is ideal for contemplating the range of colours of the “Normandy skies”. The unobstructed view of the river and its surrounding landscapes is captivating. A dazzling silk plant keeps an eye on its hosts by stretching out its branches. Adding to this feeling of wandering is the discreet lapping of a cascade that falls into a pool surrounded by luxuriant plants.
Enthusiasm will be at its height when the world’s most beautiful sailing boats float along the Seine towards Rouen for the 2023 Armada.

Exclusive sale

595 000 € Negotiation fees included
561 320 € Fees excluded
6% TTC at the expense of the purchaser

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Reference 876281

Land registry surface area 5856 m2
Main building surface area 226 m2
Number of bedrooms 5

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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