in an Eure Valley village less than an hour from Paris
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
560 000 € Negotiation fees included
530 000 € Fees excluded
Forfait de 30 000 € TTC à la charge de l’acquéreur
|Land registry surface area||2135 m2|
|Main building surface area||446 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||170 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||5|
Olivier Borget +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.