An 18th century watermill in 5 ha of parklands
an hour from Paris by train or car
Chantilly, OISE picardy 60500 FR

Location

In a valley with the Thérain running through, a river some 100 km long that rises in the Bray Country, near to Forges-les-Eaux, and flows into the river Oise. The numerous watermills that have been constructed since time immemorial were initially used for producing flour or oil but, over the centuries, this hydraulic power was used by sectors making brushes, furnishing fabrics as well as spectacles; such industries finding favourable conditions here for their development through the mechanisation of the activity. This mill stands between two villages, with all shops and amenities as well as an SNCF train station providing 1-hour links to Paris. Charles-de-Gaulle airport is 45 minutes away. The towns of Senlis and Chantilly are 20 minutes away by car.

Description

Elegant gates open on to a driveway which leads to the estate’s main courtyard. The driveway, lined with old paving slabs in its latter section, ends in front of a turbine-powered mill, which is more like a large, luxurious home, fed by a millrace. Rectangular in shape, with seven regular bays, this neo-classical style building is constructed from Saint-Maximin dressed stone. A perpendicular wing houses a caretaker’s cottage. Its roof, covered with small Burgundy tiles, has been restored and brings the elegance of the house to the fore. The property is enhanced on the other side, by 5 ha of parklands, featuring a river, a lake, a tennis court and a swimming pool.

The house

This rectangular house spans a surface area of more than 500 m² over three levels. It is constructed from light-coloured stone and embellished with cornices. Large, small-paned windows give an impression of a luminous interior.


Ground floor
The house can be accessed via three doors all on a level in the courtyard. The main entrance, above the old millrace, is topped with an awning, supported on four wooden columns painted British racing green. These classical-style columns date from the 19th century. Their elegance comes from the very design of the pillars: a square base and a round central body. The two other entrance doors open into a lounge and a study. The double, glazed doors under the awning provide access to a dining room. The rooms are adjoining with, on one side, the dining room as well as a kitchen and, on the other side, two lounges. The floors on this level are covered either with black and white tiles laid in a chessboard pattern or with old terracotta tiles. An omnipresent beam system in both lounges is reminiscent of the past of this building which had to support heavy loads such as sacks of flour. Two Louis XV style fireplace provide a subtle, welcoming atmosphere, worthy of the “Ancien Régime” (old order).
First floor
A straight stairway goes up to five bedrooms via a gallery, so wide that it is furnished like a small lounge. These bedrooms are decorated with coloured, flowery wallpaper and strip pattern parquet flooring. In some, a carpet covers the parquet flooring. All these rooms look out over the garden or the paved courtyard. At the end of the gallery, a flat comprises a bedroom, a study, a bathroom and a dressing room.
Second floor
A vast landing, in use as a billiard room and library, provides access to six bedrooms, with parquet flooring.
Third floor
The area under the rafters could be converted which would make it possible to extend the living space in the house.

The caretaker’s cottage

Adjoining the main house at right angles, an independent house comprises a living room, with a kitchen area, and a bedroom, with its bathroom.

The parklands

These parklands, bordered by the river, extend over five hectares. The house facade looks out over an area laid to lawn, crossed by the mill’s race and bordered by tall trees. The view is but of the verdant setting with its omnipresent water. A discreet swimming pool, in the background, is concealed by bushes and foliage. Behind the tall trees, a tennis court awaits players. And in the distance, a large lake makes it possible for the most adventurous of residents to sail in the boat moored to the jetty.

Our opinion

Plain, straight lines, a classical air, almost antique with its columns supporting an awning. Picturesque with the millrace to cross before reaching the house. In a word, the aesthetics of the building are worthy of an 18th century gentleman. The size and beauty of the parklands also add an undeniable quality of life. The swimming pool, the small boat on the lake and the tennis court provide leisure activities for young and old alike. The good general state of repair of this vast house, its home comforts and its proximity to Paris can but appeal.

895 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 219549

Land registry surface area 5 ha 3 a
Main building surface area 540 m2
Number of bedrooms 11
Outbuilding surface area 95 m2

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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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