once a Gallo-Roman fortress
Some 50 kilometres from Paris, near to Melun and its RER train station with 35-minute links to Gare-de-Paris-Est.
This farm and its parklands are set on the roadside on the edge of a village, making it easy to get to.
A little background:
Melun was then a fortress town, Caesar having made it an administrative district. Several places were dependant on this district, including the estate in question. There still remains a vestige from the Gallo-Roman civilisation: “Caesar’s well”, origin of some fabulous legends.
An archaeological dig, carried out in 1960, brought some Trajan coins to light, confirming the Roman origin of the site. Under the Capetians, a feudal residence was built there by lords, no doubt crusaders. The first known lord was Milon-de-Genouilly in 1221. In 1653, the manor house had lost its feudal appearance: the keep, already in ruins, was knocked down and the moats and ditches filled in. It thus took on the appearance of a rural farm, one which it has kept. A little anecdote: an agricultural fair was held in this hamlet under the reign of Napoleon III, during which the Brie region’s most beautiful herd of merino sheep was shown. Breeding members of this herd were then exported to Australia.
The main house
The house stands facing the entrance porchway on the south side. It is entered via three flights of stone steps leading to three porches, the main one of which is topped with the estate’s coats-of-arms.
This first building comprises the house, a section intended for use for a bed & breakfast activity and another dwelling.
It spans two levels, excluding the semi-underground cellars, and the attic space forms the second floor. It is constructed from stone and the roof is covered with flat, local tiles.
In the house section: a through entrance hall, enhanced with Émaux-de-Briare floor tiles, a cloakroom, a dining room, with a stone fireplace and strip pattern parquet flooring as in the neighbouring lounge, a kitchen, a cloakroom and corridors. In the bed & breakfast section: an entrance hall, a lounge with a fireplace, a toilet and a kitchen.
A passageway leading to the garden, a workshop and a garage.
The house comprises six bedrooms, enhanced with parquet flooring and fireplaces, a bathroom, a toilet and a toilet with a wash-hand basin. The bed & breakfast section: two bedrooms, each with its own shower room and toilet, a corridor. Another habitable section: with access via the stairway in the east building. A room, a kitchen, two rooms as well as a 2-roomed dwelling, with a shower room, and a corridor.
The east building
Spanning two levels, this building is also constructed from stone and its roof covered with flat, local tiles. It adjoins the main house.
An entrance hall, a boiler room, a meeting room, a room, a refectory, a kitchen and cloakrooms.
This level comprises eight bedrooms, three shower rooms and two toilets, all reached via a corridor.
Laid out all on a level, it comprises a magnificent function room. Adjoining storage areas.
The west building
Spanning two levels, its facades are constructed from stone and its roof is covered with flat tiles. It stands facing the function room and is divided into a habitable section and a section awaiting conversion.
Habitable section: an entrance hall, a dwelling spanning approx. 80 m² comprising a living room, spanning approx. 27 m², three bedrooms, each spanning approx. 12 m², bathroom and toilet facilities as well as a corridor. The other section: a boiler room, three offices, two storage areas and a machine room.
A habitable section with a corridor, three shower rooms with toilets and six bedrooms. The other section, spanning approx. 167 m², awaits conversion.
The north building
Spanning two levels, this building is constructed from stone and the roof is covered with flat tiles. It adjoins the main courtyard’s entrance porchway and stands facing the main house.
A sheepfold, with a packed mud floor, and a garage.
This level is used for storage purposes.
The workshop courtyard
The small rectangular courtyard is formed by single-storey buildings.
The latter follow on from the large function room and are outside of the pentagonal courtyard.
Four in number, the buildings surrounding the courtyard are respectively:
- on the north side, a barn with a packed mud floor, spanning approx. 424 m².
-on the east side, a barn with a packed mud floor, spanning approx. 162 m².
- on the west side, a 4-roomed dwelling, spanning approx. 71 m² and comprising a living room, spanning approx. 28 m², a bedroom, spanning approx. 9 m², a bedroom, spanning approx. 10 m², a bedroom, spanning approx. 12 m², a shower room and a toilet. A mechanic’s workshop, spanning approx. 83 m², two rooms, respectively spanning approx. 13 and 12 m².
- on the south side: a maintenance workshop, spanning approx. 39 m², and a garage with a packed mud floor, spanning approx. 152 m².
This robust, impressive farm undoubtedly inspires respect and esteem courtesy of its size, its layout and its history. Although it is already used for a bed & breakfast business, it could be polyvalent as the PLU (Plan Local d’Urbanisme / Local Planning Programme) would authorise hotel and catering, conference, and function activities (the list is far from comprehensive). Furthermore, it could accommodate collections of cars or works of art which take up a great deal of space. The ease of access to Paris is a major asset.
|Land registry surface area||6 ha 59 a 40 ca|
|Main building surface area||690 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||20|
|Outbuilding surface area||3000 m2|
Seine & Marne
Corinne Angeli +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.