An old Knights Templar farm, its 13th century stately manor, its outbuildings
and its 3 ha, 70 km de Paris in the French Vexin region
Gisors, OISE picardy 27140 FR

Location

The land of the French Vexin region is extremely fertile and near to the Parisian market, it is not, therefore, surprising to find a great number of large cereal-growing farms as well as equestrian estates. This property, between the river Seine and verdant countryside, is not far from the French capital, 70 km away, a 45-minute journey to the Porte-Maillot city gates. The village, but 32 km from Pontoise, 11 km from Marines, 17 km from Gisors and 35 km from Beauvais with its airport and its international destinations, remains in close touch with the rest of the world, despite its rural landscape setting.

Description

Standing in the midst of the village, an arched, dressed stone porchway marks the entrance to this property. It was constructed on a feudal motte, near to a flamboyant gothic style church. Its square, main courtyard, with a central rectangular lawn, boasts its main building in all its glory. Legend has it that the old Knights Templar farm owned hidden treasure, that of a gold Virgin Mary.
The manor house is flanked on either side by two vast outbuildings, converted so as to house three flats, one of which is used for tourist rental purposes and the other two for accommodating staff. The buildings also include horse loose boxes, a tack room, a shower for horses, a grooming area, a forge, workshops as well as a barn for storing hay and farm machinery for maintaining the property. A covered riding arena, two schooling arenas, a lunge ring and paddocks are laid out in the meadows behind the main building. A third outbuilding on the south corner of the main building provides direct access to a swimming pool and an exercise room.

The 13th century manor house

This emblematic medieval fortification spans approx. 400 m² of living space over four levels. Dating from the 13th century, it was constructed on a little feudal motte and, on one side, reveals an unobstructed view over the valley, with the village below.
The walls, a combination of dressed stone, rendering leaving the stone exposed and mortar, are covered with a gable, slate roof, hipped at one end. Covered with climbing plants, the front facade features double-glazed, small-paned, inward opening windows, a hanging roof dormer and a watch-turret, with a candlesnuffer roof. Said turret was once intended as a lookout post, having a complete view over the surrounding area. Over the years, the old loopholes have been transformed into small windows. An arched, heavy wooden door provides access to the interior. On the rear facade, a casement window with a view looking down as well as an arcade containing two windows, concealing a window seat in a catenary arch, accompany a robust round tower, topped with a candlesnuffer roof, and buttresses, marking the building’s most prominent medieval vestiges. A large, paved terrace, bordering the rear facade of the manor house, with direct access from the ground floor French windows, is an ideal place for taking meals.


Ground floor
The entrance hall, paved with cement floor tiles, provides access to the living rooms, all enhanced with fireplaces. It further houses a wooden stairway, with two quarter, right-hand turns and a balustrade, going up to the first floor. On the left-hand side of the hall is a vast living room, with an engaged fireplace, featuring a brick hearth as well as carved wooden jambs and mantel. On the right-hand side, a dining room, in which an alcove reveals the thickness of the walls, adjoins a library and a kitchen. Exposed beams support the ceilings and the floors are covered with strip pattern parquet flooring, old hexagonal terracotta tiles or cement tiles. Some of the openings create through rooms. A back stairway goes to the upper floor from the kitchen.
First floor
This floor can be reached via two stairways: that in the main entrance hall or the back stairway in the kitchen. A corridor, featuring a window seat near to a window, leads to six bedrooms and two bathrooms. The external turret is converted into a hammam which can be reached via one of the bedrooms. The floors are laid with strip pattern parquet flooring or old hexagonal terracotta tiles and the ceilings feature exposed beams.
Attic
The roofing framework on this level has been completely redone. It is therefore a vast area awaiting conversion which could accommodate three additional bedrooms and bathrooms or a reading room, a projection room or even a games room.
Cellar
The vaulted cellar, laid out under the living room and accessed via both facades, is divided into four rooms.

The outbuildings

Constructed in the 19th century, these vast outbuildings, spanning approx. 1,000 m², flank either side of the manor as well as the rear of one of them. The flint facade walls are protected by gable roofs, covered with slate or with local flat tiles, and feature red brick pilaster strips which protrude slightly on either side.
The building on the right-hand side is characterised by numerous sets of carriage doors. As a result of a highly developed equestrian activity, the outbuildings house 32 gooseneck horse loose boxes, a haybarn, a grooming area, a shower for horses, a tack room and a forge. The floors are laid with cement or paved with brick.
The left-hand outbuilding has also been converted into two 2-storey flats. One of them is used for tourist rental purposes and the other for accommodating staff. On the other side of the main courtyard, a studio or staff flat is laid out on the second level of the outbuilding.

The holiday accommodation rental unit

Spanning a floor surface area of 98 m² over two levels, this unit is housed in one of the outbuildings. It comprises a lounge, with a kitchen area, a toilet, two bedrooms and a shower room.


Ground floor
The large, bright living room has an open-plan kitchen area. The floor is laid with tiles and a section of the walls features exposed white stone.
First floor
A corridor provides access to the two bedrooms and the shower room.

The staff flat

Adjoining the flat in the same outbuilding, it spans a surface area of 98 m², also over two levels.


Ground floor
It comprises a spacious living room, with a kitchen area, a bedroom as well as a shower room.

The studio flat

This little flat is usually reserved for staff. It can be accessed via one of the outbuildings in the square courtyard.

The stables

The stables span a surface area of approx. 200 m² and date from the 19th century. Following on from the two flats in the outbuilding, they house 24 horse loose boxes with gooseneck grilles.

The covered riding arena

This arena is 80 metres long and 45 metres wide. Its structure is protected by a “Bacacier” roof.

The schooling arena

This outdoor arena is 80 metres long and 45 metres wide.

The lunge ring

This ring is laid out beyond the farm itself, near to the schooling arena and the paddocks.

The paddocks

Five paddocks are near to the covered riding arena, the schooling arena and the lunge ring.

The swimming pool

Surrounded by walls, this heated swimming pool is completely secure and can be accessed via the manor house. Some rooms still awaiting conversion could accommodate a pool-house or a spa.

Our opinion

The French Vexin region, between the river Seine and verdant countryside, between Paris and farmland, a rare property at such a distance from Paris.
From a Knights Templar farm to a comfortable home, the character of the premises has not disappeared. The rural activity developed here around horses certainly constitutes the best link between the past and the present. The future could be different as the privileged location of this estate, between the French capital and farmland, makes it possible to imagine a multitude of uses.
The Vexin Regional Nature Park also offers many tourist pursuits that could be exploited, whether cultural or sporting, from history to horse-riding, hiking or cycling activities, the region abounds in appealing advantages.

1 950 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 385287

Land registry surface area 3 ha 70 a 25 ca
Main building surface area 410 m2
Number of bedrooms 10
Outbuilding surface area 1000 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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