A character farm, with a horse-riding centre,
just a short distance from Chartres in the Eure Valley
Maintenon, EURE-ET-LOIR center-val-de-loire 28130 FR

Location

This property, in the midst of a hamlet in a lively rural commune, is near to a train station with links to Paris taking less than an hour. Food shops and local amenities are within easy reach by car or even on foot. A town, barely 5 km away, has all amenities and useful infrastructures.

Description

This farm, laid out around a well-organised square, is set back out of sight, near to the main, parish church square. The buildings can be glimpsed around a vast, paved courtyard where a central, impressive weeping willow takes pride of place. Adjoining the entrance gates, the main house is followed by a space currently given over to a covered riding arena. Opposite, a long building is fitted with horse loose boxes. This section of the farm is constructed in an L-shape. It ends, on one side, with another little house and, on the other side, with a third, half-timbered house, topped with a hayloft. Beyond the square courtyard, an outdoor riding arena is followed by a lunge ring. These precede a farm shed, extended by more horse loose boxes.

The main house

This robust, comfortable home has two facades: one facing south and the other looking out on the east side over the courtyard. Cob walls and red-brick arched windows give this house the character of the traditional old residences on the outskirts of the Beauce region. Four windows on the south side, another three on the east side and an entrance door off the courtyard. The immaculately kept roof is covered with cement tiles.


Ground floor
A vestibule, housing an oak wood stairway, provides access on one side to what would be the main room in such old houses. This large living room has local terracotta floor tiles and an impressive, reassuring, neogothic style, wrought fireplace. It is followed by a spacious, comfortable kitchen. A room, on the other side of the vestibule, is currently used as a study. The ceilings are enhanced with exposed, robust beam systems.
First floor
The stairway goes up to a wide landing, where oak wood (species predominantly used) is omnipresent. It provides access to two bedrooms, both with their own built-in, panelled cupboards, a laundry room as well as a bathroom and a separate toilet.
Second floor
A mezzanine, with half-timbered walls and opening on to lightwells, is extended by a last, spacious bedroom and a toilet.

The half-timbered house and its barn

This half-timbered house ends one of the farm buildings. Fitted with renovated door and window frames, it is topped with a hayloft. Several of its surprising features include finely carved, wooden horse heads and bodies. Appearing extremely lifelike, they act as a reminder of the house’s vocation.


Ground floor
The main room, currently the farm’s reception room, is adorned with a Louis XIII style stone fireplace. The room is further enhanced with exposed beams. It is extended by another room, marking the end of this building, which is currently in use as a tack room.

The little house

An unusual house, spanning approx. 40 m², stands at the entrance to the farm. Marked by small rustic enclosed plots, it is used as a second house. Although currently perfectly habitable, it is in need of a few works to install home comforts.


Ground floor
This level is currently laid out as a living room with a small kitchen, a bedroom, a shower room and a toilet.

The equestrian facilities

Facing the main house and bordering the courtyard, an impressive, L-shaped building is fitted with 15 horse loose boxes, featuring automatic water troughs. Behind the farm, another two stable structures are part of the property. They house another 8 perfectly equipped, horse loose boxes. The building is extended by an impressive, greenhouse-style farm shed, spanning approx. 230 m². This has numerous storage areas and workshops on the inside.
In addition to a lunge ring and a well-drained, outdoor riding arena, covered with Fontainebleau sand and spanning approx. 800 m², a covered riding arena, spanning approx. 400 m², constitutes an excellent equestrian work tool. It adjoins the north side of the main house. Besides this plot, it is also possible to rent three hectares of paddocks and meadows.

Our opinion

This delightful little farm still exudes all the picturesque charm of horse facilities dating from the Belle-Époque. Of course, projects other than those involving a horse-riding centre could be envisaged. The reasonable size of the house bestows a real feeling of well-being and comfort, even though a few minor works need to be scheduled. Its ideal geographical location makes it immediately possible to easily combine different activities for those seeking to take advantage of such a pleasant setting so near to the French capital.

500 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 530380

Main building surface area 145 m2
Number of bedrooms 6
Outbuilding surface area 900 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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