an hour to the west of Paris in one of the most beautiful villages in the Yvelines department
This house stands in a medieval village, just a short distance from Houdan, a small, thousand-year-old town which was long the property of the Dukes of Brittany. The village, still with its picturesque features, has now been modernised, notably with the installation of fibre optic broadband cabling. The train station provides links taking less than an hour to Paris via Gare-Montparnasse, whilst the Normandy beaches are but 2 hours away by road. In the immediate proximity of the village, an 18-hole golf course laid out over 120 ha has one of the top 25 French courses.
On the heights, wooden gates open into a garden, abundantly planted with boxwood, where a gravel area can easily take two cars. A pathway leads to a stone stairway, going down to a square, stone and lawn courtyard, on to which open the doors and windows of both buildings. A pedestrian pathway bordering house from the lower road houses the lower entrance porch protected by a covered area.
The main house
This house spans a ground surface area of 130 m² over two levels.
The ground floor comprises an entrance hall, with exposed ceiling beams, leading to a 50 m² open space, with a lounge, partially featuring a cathedral ceiling and a fireplace, as well as a dining room, both laid with sandstone floor tiles. Separated but by vertical, regularly spaced beams, letting copious amount of light through, both these rooms provide a reception area enhanced by the varying ceiling heights. A little further on are a kitchen, a storeroom and a study as well as a shower room, with a toilet.
A stairway, in a corner of the main room, goes up to a mezzanine covering the half of the lounge without a cathedral ceiling. Able to accommodate a study area, it provides access to the rest of the floor, with its sloping ceilings, spanning 40 m². The central corridor leads, left, to two bedrooms, right, to a bathroom with a corner bath, and continues to a large, main bedroom, illuminated via two shed dormers, at the end.
The independent house
Linked to the main house via the covered area in the entrance courtyard, this house is illuminated on the ground floor via a vast picture window, enhancing its exposed stone, and upstairs via skylights. A single room comprises the ground floor, where an old bread oven in a corner of the room has been preserved and restored like-for-like. A spiral wooden stairway in another corner goes up to the first floor, with its sloping ceilings, composed of one large room and a shower room.
The south-facing terrace opens directly out on to the heights of the garden, and a private entrance via a little wooden gate off the pedestrian pathway gives this level total independence.
The main house has three vaulted cellars, two of which are communicating and can be reached via the garden level. They span a total surface area of 40 m² and it would be possible to park a car in one of them. The third cellar, further underground than its neighbours, provides the ideal conditions for laying down wine.
Just a stone’s throw from Houdan and its shops, in a quiet village with a countrified atmosphere, this property makes an ideal family home just a few kilometres from Paris. The sunny courtyard, out of sight of onlookers, is an invitation to relax and to enjoy the company of guests on a Sunday lunchtime under the rose bushes. The inside of the house, featuring wood and stone, is welcoming and comfortable, elegant and unpretentious. The entire property exudes the nostalgia of large country houses, with a timeless air. Standing alongside the house, the outbuilding could constitute an interesting prospect as regards rental income or be converted for professional purposes. Vaucouleurs Valley, well-deserving of its “coloured valley” nickname, is much-appreciated by golfers and old stone enthusiasts.
|Land registry surface area||917 m2|
|Living space||175 m2|
|Number of rooms||11|
|Number of bedrooms||4|
Philippe Desbois +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.