A 17th century residence and its orangery,
just an hour from Paris and near to Chantilly
Saint-Leu-d'Esserent, OISE picardy 60340 FR

Location

Paris is 68 km away, Chantilly is 13 km away, Charles-de-Gaulle airport is 48 km away and that of Beauvais is 33 km away. The village train station has 50-minute links to the French capital. The centre of the market town has all shops: a bakery, a mini-market, a butchery and a chemist. Two nearby towns, Senlis and Chantilly, are ideal for outings. The immediate surrounding countryside is taken up by the vast Chantilly Forest, once hunting grounds for the kings of France and now a haven for hikers and horse-riders.

Description

This site was occupied all through the Middle-Ages by a religious order much-appreciated by the local inhabitants. The robust perimeter wall at the end of the garden is a vestige of this era. The house was initially constructed in the 17th century for a gentleman close to the Princess of Harcourt. During the 18th century, the entire property became part of the neighbouring chateau as a vegetable garden for the castellan’s family. The construction of the orangery at this time contributed to the transformation of the purpose of the premises. This garden vocation was to last until the 1960’s.
Nowadays, the property is still accessed via an impressive porchway, constructed from Saint-Maximin stone. Above the double wooden gates is a floor, topped in turn by a modillion cornice, reminiscent of the elegance of the “Ancien Régime” (Old Order).
This porchway leads into a large, paved courtyard, enhanced by a rose bed surrounded by boxwood hedges. It provides access, on one side, to the outbuildings as well as the orangery and, on the other, to the main house. The garden, beyond the courtyard, slopes gently down to a brook.
This property is unoverlooked, but it is not secluded as the church bell-tower and the village can be glimpsed beyond the perimeter walls.

The house

Composed of a main building, this house is constructed from exposed stone and rendered quarry stone blocks. The main building spans two levels, with a garden level and a converted attic floor. It is topped with a steep, gable roof, covered with flat tiles and featuring gable-fronted roof dormers. Stone has been used for the surrounds framing the openings, the quoins and the cornice.
In the centre of the facade facing the courtyard, three sets of double doors, of a size typical of the 17th century, are surrounded on either side by two windows. Whilst the garden facade has bigger openings, letting copious amounts of light into the reception rooms.
The east facade is flanked by a projection, covering the gable with a hip roof. It has two windows and a roof dormer. A stairway, concealed within the building, provides access to a little garden on the heights.


Ground floor
The main entrance hall impresses visitors with its high ceiling and its beam system. It provides access, on one side, to a large reception room, steeped in sunlight courtesy of its through layout. Exuding a warm atmosphere, it features terracotta floor tiles, large-paned casement windows, a small Louis XVI style fireplace as well as exposed ceiling beams and joists. Beyond the lounge, a bedroom, with its bathroom, communicates with the garden. On the opposite side, a kitchen, adjoining a dining room, is in the centre of the house. The entrance hall further provides access to a laundry room which could also be a kitchen, a study and, above all, a little, particularly bright lounge (or another bedroom).
First floor
A landing room at the top of a spiral stairway, concealed in the wall, provides access to three bedrooms, with strip pattern parquet flooring, and a bathroom. A mezzanine area completes this level with a second wooden stairway going down to the study on the ground floor.

The orangery

The facade overlooking the courtyard corresponds to the gable wall of the impressive orangery, with its Mansard style roof. Said facade includes not only the entrance to the orangery, but also that to the porchway providing access to the property. Said porchway still houses an alcove, previously used by horse-riders to climb easily up on to their horses. The beauty of this orangery is initially this facade, composed of dressed Saint-Maximin stone. It is also the main doorway, enhanced by two pilasters topped with an architrave, supporting a tympanum, adorned with a floral frieze. The triangular pediment of a large mullioned window, also on this side, forms a visual contrast with the semi-circular tympanum above the doorway. Two openings on the first floor correspond to the windows of the staff bedrooms. Inside, three exposed stone and brick, vaulted areas take up the entire 400 m² orangery. Daylight floods in courtesy of the tall windows. Rear double doors open on to the street, making it easy to park cars in the building which would lend itself to a multitude of possibilities, ideal for someone with a project seeking to breathe new life into these premises.

The greenhouse

Featuring an iron framework dating from the 19th century, this currently neglected greenhouse is but waiting to be restored.

The garden

The garden is divided into three sections. The paved courtyard, with its rose beds, the little garden, with its square lawn facing the lounge windows and, lastly, the large lawn, crossed by the old canal, built by the monks in the Middle-Ages. In the latter section, a second set of entrance gates provides direct access to the garden, without having to go through the porchway. The view from the heights of the garden takes in the countryside beyond the brook, on one side, and the village roofs and bell-tower, on the other.

Our opinion

Pride of place is given here to the beauty of the architecture, that of 17th and 18th century French classicism. The configuration of these premises is also quite rare with, on one side, high walls providing discretion and privacy and, on the other, an open vista, taking in the countryside and the village.
Fundamentally, this property has two aspects: one, a family home with a house surrounded by gardens and, the other, a place ideal for a project, where the orangery can be used for functions, cultural exhibitions, artists’ studios, preservation of works of art or even collections of vintage cars. So near to Paris and so near to Chantilly, these premises are but waiting for innovative ideas to give them a new lease on life.

Exclusive sale

847 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 725564

Land registry surface area 8400 m2
Main building surface area 267 m2
Number of bedrooms 5
Outbuilding surface area 400 m2

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Jérôme Ferchaud +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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