an hour from Paris in Crépy-en-Valois
Crépy-en-Valois is an hour from Paris and 30 minutes from Charles-de-Gaulle airport. But the town is, above all, surrounded by Compiègne, Retz and Bois-du-Roy forests, once hunting grounds for French kings and nowadays a haven for hikers and horse-riders. This house stands in a medieval town centre in the midst of the Valois region, 20 minutes from Compiègne and Senlis. Food shops and local amenities are within walking distance, as is the train station, with its 40-minute links to Paris.
Once over the threshold, a vestibule leads to the garden at the back of the house as well as providing access to all the reception rooms.
This house, spanning three levels, is constructed from Saint-Maximin stone and topped with a gable, slate roof. The main facade is, first of all, marked by four gothic windows, vestiges of old medieval openings. The current windows date from the 18th century; their large size making it possible to visualise two noble floors in relation to the smaller ones on the top floor. The upper section of a central, 19th century style, wooden door is glazed, the panes separated by crossbars. Said door provides access to the entrance hall. The garden facade has a much older appearance, with a Renaissance period round tower and narrower openings.
The entrance door opens into a gallery providing access to all the reception rooms. The floor is laid with cement tiles, decorated with two sets of diamond shapes and a lateral frieze. This highly geometrical aspect of the floor is coherent with the Louis XVI style wall panelling. On either side of the hall, a dining room and a lounge exude similar atmospheres, with white and grey, two-tone panelling, Louis XV style fireplaces and period parquet flooring, laid in a herringbone pattern in the lounge and a strip pattern in the dining room. Following on and opening widely on to the garden courtesy of a veranda, the kitchen is the house’s main room. It is completed with a laundry room. Opposite the kitchen and also opening on to the garden, a bedroom, with a wardrobe and a bathroom, makes it possible to sleep on the ground floor.
And lastly, the hall also provides access to a spiral stairway set in the courtyard’s round tower, semi-engaged in the carcass.
A central landing provides access to three bedrooms, two of which look out over the square and one giving a view of the garden. Tall, large-paned windows let in copious amounts of light. Marble fireplaces and strip pattern parquet flooring exude an air of luxury. A bathroom also indicates a good quality of life with its imitation marble wall-covering, an exposed stone wall with an old alcove and an oblong-shaped bath.
Once again, a landing provides access to the bedrooms, but one of these four rooms is currently in use as a study. A bathroom completing this level features a charcoal grey walk-in shower.
Attic space spanning more than 80 m² under the rafters has been preserved. With a good height under the roofing framework, this area is but waiting to be converted.
A shed forms a wing set at right angles to the facade and looks directly out over the garden. This storage area, spanning a surface area of approx. 10 m², is ideal for keeping gardening tools.
This delightful town garden offers a welcome open-air haven. It is delimited by thick stone walls and a summer kitchen guarantees conviviality once the sun is high. Roses add touches of colour to the end of the garden in summer.
14th century, vaulted cellars will appeal to old stone enthusiasts. Exuding beauty and spanning a surface area of almost 70 m², these could be used for private or commercial purposes.
This house still exudes all the charm of an old residence. The garden is a delightful haven of peace, given over to relaxation. All amenities, food shops, a train station, medical facilities and leisure activities (such as hiking, golf and horse-riding) are nearby. Although in a tranquil setting, this property is in the historic centre of the town. This vast family home is in an excellent state of repair (full renovation works were carried out in 2018) and, courtesy of its fibre optic broadband cabling throughout, is able to accommodate, not only work fanatics, but also video game experts. And lastly, its well laid out rooms make it possible for everyone to have their own privacy away from the communal areas.
|Land registry surface area||400 m2|
|Main building surface area||255 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||16 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||8|
Jérôme Ferchaud +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.