A captivating, 16th century farmhouse, with an outbuilding,
in an Eure Valley village less than an hour from Paris
Maintenon, EURE-ET-LOIR center-val-de-loire 28130 FR

Location

In the Centre Region near to the urban area around Chartres, where the Loire Valley and the Ile-de-France regions meet. This house is one of the oldest in the area, sufficiently set back off of the street, in a village crossed by a peaceful river. This property is fifty minutes from Paris by train. The train station, food shops as well as health and everyday amenities are within easy walking distance. Five minutes by road from a large town.

Description

Proudly perched on its plot, this house follows the curving lie of the land. It takes up a strategic position in the centre of the property. Raised, it is set back off the street. One of the gable walls features a little wooden door that probably dates from the 16th century. It provides access to a cellar from the road. Facing south-north, the house has taken on the appearance over time of a traditional, long farmhouse. Transformed in the 17th century into a busy coaching inn where diaphanous light flooded in on all sides, it was topped with two upper levels in order to accommodate an unusual staff as it was used as a prison under the “Ancien Régime” (Old Order), bailiwick archives bearing witness to an escape trial under Louis XIV in what was to become a little peasant farm after the French Revolution. The house is topped with a gable roof, covered with local tiles and featuring a shed dormer. On the north side, a brick chimney stack, rising from the roof, centralises all the different flues. The walls constructed from flint and cob are rendered. On the south side of the ground floor, five windows flank two doors, framed with red brick surrounds. On the first floor of this same facade, four windows of varying sizes let in copious amounts of light and bear witness to the many transformations that the house has undergone over 400 years. On this facade and right next to the gateway, the house is extended by an access that opens into a spacious vaulted cellar. On the other side, the north facade: a stable door provides access to the raised section of the garden, whilst five windows, enhanced with lintels and brick framing, have wooden shutters as on the front of the house. An impressive, wood-clad barn is set at right angles to the house at the end of the plot.

The house

This house, with its ground surface area of approx. 160 m², spans three levels. Once through the gates, visitors find the house set at right angles to the street. A wide rectangle of lawn, laid out in front of it, adjoins a woodshed. Around the gable are a second building and a terraced garden.


Ground floor
The entrance door on the south side opens directly into a dining room, forming the centre of the house as it opens, on one side, into all the rooms, almost all adjoining, and, on the other side, on to a spiral stairway. Lined with panelling and featuring walls painted in warm hues, the dining room includes a traditional fireplace and its brick bread oven in one corner. This room still exudes its character and rusticity of yesteryear. Facing it, the kitchen, housed behind an old door, is small but functional. Opening on to the garden on the north side, it is an extension of the house’s main room. Terracotta floor tiles and wide, robust ceiling beams are to be found in all the ground floor rooms. It is followed by a large lounge, with shapely Louis XV style, oak wood side tables under the windows and a wide brick fireplace, dating from the 16th and 17th centuries. A third large, adjoining room could be used as a study or a bedroom. All the walls are lined with panelling dating from the first half of the 19th century. A fireplace mantel and a Directoire-style, wooden trumeau are inserted between two openings. This room is extended on the south side by a curiosity, whose original function awaits definition: an unusual little, raised room, with a 19th century fireplace and terracotta floor tiles. Authenticity has been preserved throughout. Next to the kitchen, a room in use as a workshop bears witness to the era when the house became a farm. Said room opens into the garden on the north side via a stable door. A separate toilet.
First floor
The spiral stairway, going to the upper floors, constitutes one of the house’s decorative features. A wide corridor, laid partially with parquet flooring and partially with worn terracotta floor tiles, still features its half-timbering and wide beams. It provides access to four large bedrooms and two bathrooms. This floor has a similar type of decoration to that on the ground floor and is extremely bright. The floors are covered with oak wood flooring, whilst the wide fireplaces are reminiscent of the architectural codes set by Philibert-Delorme in the 16th century: wide hearths in proportion to the size of the room, made of well-cooked bricks set with lime and sand mortar, and the interior rendered with a thin layer of lime mortar to discourage soot from sticking.
Second floor
This perfectly viable area could be converted. The attic space is insulated and the roof is in an excellent state of repair. Two large rooms, with robust beams and French ceilings, feature parquet flooring painted different colours. The latter came from the cinema sets of a famous French production company.
Barn
A superb, wide, rustic outbuilding standing at the end of the plot completes this property. An old, converted barn, it could date from the 19th century. Currently in use as a shed, it awaits several works to give it back its splendour of yesteryear.
Garden
The garden forms a varied landscape on each side of the house. On the lowland as on the heights, vines climbing the walls, ivy, cherry and wild cherry trees all await attention in order to give this old farmhouse back all of its original character.

Our opinion

This house resembles an open history book. Arthur-Rimbaud, in “Morts de Quatre-vingt douze” (the dead of ninety-two) talks about “Hommes extasiés...pâles du baiser fort de la Liberté” (Ecstatic men…weak from their strong ideals of freedom), Republicans that died fighting against banishment orders, symbols of royal arbitrariness. All sides of this house bear witness to his “cicatrices carcérales” (scars of prison) and his tormented way of life under the “Ancien Régime”. It is inevitably a page of French history that is revealed with every step. Obviously, a few decorative works could be envisaged, but the building is robust and its carcass well maintained. The authenticity of its materials, the rustic charm of its decor, the size of its rooms, its picturesque garden, its geographic location and its ease of access will all appeal to enthusiasts of French heritage.

Exclusive sale

560 000 € Negotiation fees included
530 000 € Fees excluded
Forfait de 30 000 € TTC à la charge de l’acquéreur


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Reference 857187

Land registry surface area 2135 m2
Main building surface area 446 m2
Outbuilding surface area 170 m2
Number of bedrooms 5

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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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