a tennis court and a swimming pool. Works need to be scheduled
Herbeville, an hour from Paris via the A13 motorway and the D307, is a little, thousand-year-old commune, surrounded by forests, fields and meadows, in the Yvelines department. The village extends over the hillsides dominating the Mauldre Valley, on the edge of Versailles plain and includes a primary school. Backing on to Alluets-le-Roi Forest, a large part of its territory was once crossed by the large royal hunting parties from Versailles and Saint-Germain-en-Laye. Mareil-sur-Mauldre RER train station (line N) and its shops are 2 km away, whilst the vast Grand-Plaisir shopping centre is but 14 km away.
Monumental gates and their stone porchway provide access to a large, gravel courtyard opening on to the parklands. On one side, a large building reveals two facades set at right angles and topped with Mansard-style roofs. On the other side, a long building housing the outbuildings delimits one side of the property.
The main house
This house, spanning two levels, a vaulted cellar and a large attic, has approx. 380 m² of living space. On the courtyard side, the thick walls of the exterior facade are composed of a patinated rendering and millstone grit, a naturally insulating material which was particularly sought-after by builders up until the early 20th century. The wings of the house feature close to forty windows and dormers and the breaks of their roofs are embellished with numerous chimney stacks. On the opposite side, that facing the village, the facade with its pediments, typical of the 18th century, is preceded by a large lawn.
The entrance, on the courtyard side, is highlighted by a porch, preceded by three steps. Its double doors open into an entrance hall which provides access to the five main rooms in the house: two lounges, one of which is in the centre of the ground floor and leads to the large lounge, a dining room, a study and its vestibule. The reception areas, with 3.5 m high ceilings, span a total ground surface area of approx. 140 m². Floors are successively covered with Burgundy tiles, featuring black inlaid decoration, terracotta tiles and parquet flooring laid in a Versailles pattern. The lounges are lined with panelling, decorated with hunting scenes and illustrating the rich hunting past of the premises. A vast kitchen is illuminated by four large windows. It is preceded by a storeroom, with independent access from the courtyard, right next to a laundry room on a mezzanine.
A stone stairway, with wooden steps and metal railings, goes up to the upper floor of the house. There, a terracotta-tiled corridor provides access to eight rooms, including five bedrooms, an anteroom and a study-library, three bathrooms and separate toilets. Further on, a linen room and its numerous cupboards is the ideal place to store winter clothes and household linen. All the rooms are bright courtesy of the many large, small-paned windows.
This millstone grit building is covered with a light-coloured rendering and topped with a roof covered with flat tiles. It is 60 metres in length and 11 metres wide. With two levels, it features tall double doors on the ground floor and a series of regularly-spaced windows upstairs. It spans an effective floor surface area of close to 800 m². Its first third comprises three flats, two of which are upstairs. Each one spans approx. 70 m².
On the ground floor, an astonishing neo-gothic room, featuring walls lined with panelling and a monumental fireplace, precedes garages, workshops and several storage areas. Upstairs, in addition to the two flats, an attic with an exposed roofing framework takes up more than 150 m². It can also be reached from the outside.
Opposite, a tall, square dovecote stands like a lookout post, backing on to a greenhouse growing vines.
These parklands, partially enclosed by walls, extend over close to 1.5 hectares. Composed of lawns, flowerbeds and boxwood-lined pathways, they are also home to some magnificent Lebanon cedar trees, majestically providing shade. At one of their ends, a tennis court is laid out next to a vegetable garden and its seed-sowing greenhouse, not far from the swimming pool. Extending the 1,500 m² orchard, a footpath mischievously concealed behind a row of trees leads directly to the village.
Paris is within easy reach of these premises and yet can be completely forgotten. Looking down on to the valley and nestling amidst vegetation, this property is somewhat remote from civilisation and resembles a perched estate. Tree branches cleverly conceal the house, its swimming pool and its tennis court from the outside world. The large stretches of lawn are ideal for relaxing, playing games and enjoying the company of guests on a Sunday lunchtime. The welcoming and elegant interior, featuring panelling and exposed stone, is free of all ostentation. These premises evoke the nostalgia of large country house and their timeless character. The building housing the outbuildings is but waiting for its potential to be exploited. It could be transformed into professional areas, a conservatory, a vast guest house or even holiday lets.
|Land registry surface area||15000 m2|
|Reception area||140 m2|
|Living space||380 m2|
|Number of rooms||14|
|Number of bedrooms||5|
|Surface Cellar||150 m2|
Philippe Desbois +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.