just an hour from Paris in the Valois Country
This property, in the Valois region in the French department of Oise, can be easily reached by train (Crépy SNCF train station, with 40-minute links to Paris’ Gare-du-Nord), and via the N2 which puts Charles-de-Gaulle airport 30 minutes away and Paris an hour away. This little, old farm is mid-way between Crépy-en-Valois and Villers-Cotterêts, two towns with a wealth of architectural heritage and abounding in history. But also two towns experiencing a revival: Crépy is benefitting from the economic development of the Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle area and Villers-Cotterêts, future home to the International Centre of the French Language, will be revamped with the extraordinary restoration of the chateau of François 1st. Whereas the village is known through Louis-Étienne-Hericart, Viscount-de-Thury, a famous, 19th century mining engineer who was behind the reorganisation of Paris’ catacombs and the creation of Grenelle’s artesian well.
The market town, with its very old origins, the gothic architecture of its Saint-Martin church, its vestiges of the old castle and its watercress beds, is the archetype of a Valois village. It has expanded and houses now surround the property without causing any particular nuisance. It is clearly in the countryside with fields and forests at the end of the street but, in the midst of a village with 500 inhabitants, it is not isolated.
The main house
This house dating from the 19th century, resembles a long, traditional farmhouse, extended at right angles by an old outbuilding, followed by a garage. It spans two levels, with a roof on the courtyard side featuring hip roof dormers, with projecting eaves. The double-glazed openings are identical to those on the lower level, all with large panes and grey-blue frames. The equally plain, ground floor openings are supported by an exposed wooden beam. Traditional shutters enhance the stone facade. The entrance door is set in the centre and a vine runs along under the guttering. The layout is similar on the garden side but with two main differences: a large French window opening on to the garden and a stone wall that has not been scraped, therefore leaving stones and old mortar here and there.
The entrance vestibule provides access, on one side, to reception rooms with exposed beams and a fireplace. On the other side is a master suite, with a large bedroom, a bathroom and a reception area that could be used as a study or a library. The vestibule also houses a strange stairway, divided into two sections and creating a split-level, no doubt due to an old storeroom area where the farmer matured cheese. The wooden and metal railings provide a contemporary touch to this luminous entrance hall.
The reception room is pleasantly spacious. In fact, this vast double living room was once separated into a lounge and a dining room. A through room, it also appeals because of its luminosity resulting from the five openings that look out over the courtyard and the garden, as well as its light-coloured stoneware floor tiles and its whitewashed ceiling beams. The current layout encourages conviviality with an open-plan kitchen at the end of the dining room.
The ground floor is completed by a second bedroom. It, too, has its own bathroom and a direct view of the garden.
A vast landing room under the rafters leads, on either side, to two bedrooms with the roofing framework exposed. One of the bedrooms spans a floor surface area of approx. 25 m². A very modern bathroom completes this level. The floors are partially covered with a type of sea-rush matting. Skylights and roof dormers let in copious amounts of light. A last, little room could be used as a dressing room.
In addition to a cellar, an old storage area is currently used as a 2-car garage. It opens directly on to the courtyard, facing the gates.
This garden, with its totally different, little, pastoral areas, holds many surprises. For instance, at the end of the garden, a verdant outdoor lounge has been created for summer days, a wisteria-covered gazebo decorates the opposing section and a tiny vegetable garden provides residents with a few herbs and organic vegetables. An orchard supplies apples and plums. A terrace, laid out in front of the lounge French window is big enough to take deckchairs. A vine-covered arbour gives shade from the sun’s rays when it is very hot. Old trees enhance the garden with their foliage, creating a little area of undergrowth. It would also be possible to install a swimming pool.
The proximity of Paris and the surrounding area of this section of the Valois Country are an asset for all potential buyers seeking an authentic country home which is almost urban given the speed at which it is possible to reach the French capital. The extensive and meticulous restoration works carried out on this small farmhouse have in no way diminished its charm, whilst making it possible to move in straight away. And if future owners so wish, it would also possible to purchase an additional plot of land spanning approx. 1,000 m². Although an ideal holiday home, the educational infrastructures to be found within a 15 km radius and the local shops just a 5-minute drive away mean that the best decision is obviously to live here all year round.
|Land registry surface area||1800 m2|
|Main building surface area||180 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||4|
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.