Once an old, 18th century sheepfold, now a house amidst parklands,
less than 100 km from Paris in the Marne department
Saint-Bon, MARNE champagne-ardennes 51310 FR

Location

Near to Provins (train link to Paris-Gare-de-l'Est or La-Ferté-Gaucher) as well as Sézanne and 10 minutes from Esternay, in a little, unspoilt, picturesque village, with school bus services. A small commune, it has some 100 inhabitants, a town hall and a church.

Description

This old, 18th century sheepfold, now rehabilitated as a house stands between a garden overlooking the street and wooded (Lebanon cedar, blue Himalayan cedar, quetsch and Mirabelle plum, sugar maple, Northern red oak, sweet gum with its fiery autumnal colours, oak, walnut, fir, ash, sequoia, cherry, etc.), flower-filled (rose, magnolia, hydrangea, lilac and even crocus) parklands, romantic undergrowth with several centuries-old trees. Resembling a traditional, long farmhouse, it was extended in the 19th century. Two small outbuildings, a lean-to set at right angles and a second in ruins, complete this property which is enclosed by walls and galvanised steel fencing. Two sets of double gates protect the property’s road access, by forming an enclosed entrance area, where the small construction in ruins stands.

The traditional, long farmhouse

Dating from the 18th century, it was redesigned in the 19th century, a time when one side of the building was extended. The facades feature millstone grit and the roofs are covered with local flat tiles.


Ground floor
The entrance hall opens into a vast, through lounge, enhanced with a neo-gothic style, stone fireplace, with jambs featuring sculpted stone mascarons, the right and left respectively representing a musician and a painter. Ceiling beams and joists have been left exposed. The upstairs is reached via a Louis XV style, period oak wood stairway. An old-fashioned kitchen is embellished with a “Gaudin” that works equally well on electricity as with wood. The floor is laid with old terracotta tiles. The walls are lined with Emery tiles; a worksurface. Following on, a back kitchen also houses the electric fuse boards and the boiler. A through bedroom, all on a level, is laid with “Les Rairies” terracotta floor tiles. Exposed ceiling beams and joists, a closed-hearth fire in good working order and, lastly, a corner cupboard completes the decoration in this bedroom. A bathroom, paved with stone featuring inlaid decoration, is fitted with a bath a shower, a wash-hand basin and a bidet. A separate, tiled toilet has a wash-hand basin.
First floor
This level is laid out under the slopes of the roof and on a mezzanine. The floor is laid with pinewood parquet flooring and the walls are lined with plain panelling. The mezzanine opens into a through bedroom, with parquet flooring and a 3.5 m high ridge. A shower room and a toilet. Two adjoining rooms could become a main suite.

Our opinion

Residents are instilled with an intense feeling of peace when strolling through the undergrowth, with its species of centuries-old trees. The house exudes an impression of great serenity. An artist’s abode or a holiday home for Parisians in search of the tranquillity that is sadly lacking in large towns. Working from home could be a somewhat new way of life here.

370 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 880944

Land registry surface area 6539 m2
Main building surface area 250 m2
Number of bedrooms 4
Outbuilding surface area 30 m2

French Energy Performance Diagnosis

Consultant
Seine & Marne


Corinne Angeli +33 1 42 84 80 85

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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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