in Thelle Country, an hour from Paris and 30 minutes from Chantilly
This property, in a beautiful region known as the Thelle Country, is 60 km from Paris, 50 km from Charles-de-Gaulle airport and 30 km from Beauvais airport. An old farm, it is just 10 minutes from a train station with links to Paris-Gare-du-Nord taking an hour.
The main house
The construction period is late 18th century, 1784 to be precise.
The initial building was a traditional, long farmhouse-cowshed. The opening into the barn is set in the eaves wall, that which is now the main facade facing a vast lawn. The walls are constructed from Saint-Maximin stone, consolidated with natural mortar and partially covered with lime rendering. The gable roof is covered with traditional flat tiles and is enhanced with chimney stacks as well as one roof dormer, with a gable front, and three, with overhanging eaves. These traditional features embellish this impressive roof, so typical of 18th century rural architecture. Three small-paned French windows open on to a terrace. Numerous openings on the rear facade let copious amounts of light through into the reception rooms. Wisteria and Virginia creeper cover the main facade during the summer months.
The main entrance hall comprises a square room which provides access, on one side, to a main suite, with a bedroom, a little lounge (or a spare bedroom) as well as a bathroom and, on the other side, to the reception rooms. This room also houses a straight, enclosed stairway, dating from the same construction period as the building.
On the reception room side, a study, with old terracotta floor tiles, provides access to a large lounge, which forms the centre of the house for receiving friends and family. A Jerusalem stone floor and a period beam system exude warmth and serenity in this festive room which is enhanced with an impressive fireplace, featuring a medieval style stone mantel.
Following on from the lounge is a kitchen, spanning almost 50 m², ideal as an everyday living room. Once again, the exposed beams and the stone floor contribute to its wonderful atmosphere. The stone and wood fitted units are built-in with wide stone and polished marble worksurfaces. This room also has through light courtesy of its openings looking out from the two opposing facades. This kitchen is extended by a veranda, with parquet flooring and openings on three sides, making it possible to take a coffee break, to take advantage of the sky through the atrium roof and to organise large meals with friends and family without being too far from the kitchen. This room, offering additional conviviality, is heated, in the true sense of the word, by a wood-burning stove in the winter.
Upstairs, a landing opens into a little lounge, making the first floor extremely welcoming. This area gives access to five bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. All these bedrooms have sloping ceilings and feature their original oak wood roofing framework. They are made comfortable not only by their size, but also by the meticulous care given to their decoration, such as the painted interjoists, the varnished main beams and the different hues of the walls.
Three buildings complete the main house. A second house, a shed with its dovecote and a converted barn.
This old farm building has been transformed into a spa, featuring a pool fitted with balneotherapy technology. It is set facing three picture windows, providing views of the garden.
This building is an old open barn, adjoined at one end by a dovecote with 300 dove-holes. Under the “Ancien Régime” (Old Order), each dove-hole represented a measure of land roughly corresponding to an acre. It was therefore possible to estimate the surface area and the importance of a property by the number of dove-holes in the dovecote that the owners took great pleasure in taking their guests to visit. Nowadays, the area once given over to carts and other farming equipment is able to take five cars.
The architecture of this building is homogeneous with that of the main house, with a stone structure topped with a roof covered with small tiles and featuring roof dormers with overhanging eaves. The difference can be seen in the surrounds framing the openings and the quoins, composed of old bricks. This building is divided into a stable and a house which could be used for guests or a caretaker.
Inside, a large living room comprises an open-plan kitchen, facing lounge and dining room areas, enhanced with a wood-burning stove. Exposed beams and joists support the ceiling. A bathroom completes the ground floor. Upstairs, an immense landing provides access to three bedrooms, all with parquet flooring and sloping ceilings.
The cabin on the water
A cabin built over the water provides a refuge for those wishing to find the spirit of Robinson-Crusoe. A single room, with a wood-burning stove for the winter months, looks out over the pond and provides a pastoral view through a picture window.
This landscaped garden is laid out with winding pathways, leading to picturesque points of view. It is somewhere painters would love to set up their easels. It comprises a central area, laid to lawn, surrounded by and dotted with foliage, bushes and multi-coloured flowers. There are no straight lines here, but rather a cleverly organised, verdant jumble, taking full advantage of the variety of species such as maple, catalpa and other pagoda trees. A pond at the end of the garden, in the shade of tall trees, is home to two white swans. The garden provides this residence with a superb setting.
This property is in a strategic location between Chantilly et Beauvais, not far from Senlis. Set in beautiful countryside, it is in the vicinity of the cultural towns and leisure activities of the French department of Oise. Nearby are horse-riding and golf clubs, including Chantilly’s mythical golf course in Vineuil-Saint-Firmin.
The current owners have made a particularly successful job of restoring this old farm, creating a perfect balance between old features, modernity and home comforts. Old stone rubs shoulders with fibre optic broadband and the 18th century houses contemporary bathrooms. Furthermore, with a garden spanning almost a hectare, it is also possible to envisage a first-class bed & breakfast or holiday accommodation rental activity.
This little pastoral haven is with easy reach, especially for Parisians, as it is but 60 km from the French capital, proving that if you look, happiness is not that far away.
|Land registry surface area||10000 m2|
|Main building surface area||550 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||600 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||7|
Jérôme Ferchaud +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.