An 18th century mansion house, with a paved courtyard, garden and outbuildings,
in a town centre 2 hours from Paris in the Champagne region
Châlons-en-Champagne, MARNE champagne-ardennes 51000 FR

Location

185 km from Paris via the A4 motorway, an hour away via the French TGV train. Just 20 minutes from Vatry airport with its regular flights to Nice, Corsica, Portugal and Morocco. In the town of Châlons-en-Champagne, a town of art and history with 45,000 inhabitants. This town is enhanced by the lasting character of its stone and the charm of its half-timbered houses. Dubbed “Bubbling Venice” in reference to Champagne wine, it offers boat trips on the Mau and the Nau which wind their way through the old town, enabling visitors to admire its outstanding architectural heritage.
The town is home to the French National Centre for Circus Arts which regularly puts on spectacular shows. The locally born comedian, Pierre-Dac, would be proud to see that this art is now deemed an integral part of Champagne heritage.
This property is but 5-minutes’ walk from the train station, in the centre of town with its cafes and restaurants (some of which are first-class), its Bartholdi covered market (held three times a week), its theatre (national stage), its three museums and its ultra-modern library.

Description

This property, standing in a little, one-way, paved street in the town centre, is enclosed by a limestone wall that protects it from onlookers. It is accessed via an outstanding porchway with carriage doors and a gate off the street. It is laid out in a U-shape, forming an inner paved courtyard. Behind the right-hand wing is a pleasant little, 600 m² garden, shaded by tall trees, a luxury for a property in the middle of town. The main house takes up the right-hand wing and the main building, the left-hand wing comprising the outbuildings.

The mansion house

This house spans two levels, topped with attic space that could be converted, under an interlocking tile roof. The dressed stone facade on the garden side features tall French windows in line with the upstairs windows. The half-timbering, with masonry filler and cob on the courtyard side, once scorned as it was deemed too poor to be shown, is concealed under rendering which, for a reasonable cost, could easily be removed.


Ground floor
The main entrance, in the right wing, is set under an elegant atrium, forming a gallery, paved with cement tiles and lined with wainscoting. It provides access to a study, a small lounge, a large, 49 m² lounge and a dining room. All these rooms open on to the garden which gives a particularly peaceful light. The oak wood flooring is laid in strip or ladder patterns, the marble fireplaces are topped with wrought trumeaux and the ceilings are 3.45 m high. Following one on from the other, they communicate via superb double oak wood doors. Behind the dining room, the pantry still has its tall, painted cupboards. It adjoins a utility room with a serving hatch that, in turn, adjoins the 20 m² kitchen. Laid out in the central section of the “U” and simply equipped, the latter exudes a rural air with its stone sink and its glazed larders, bearing the patina of time and delightfully concealed behind old fabrics. A back door provides direct access to the covered porchway housing the laundry room and the woodshed.
First floor
Two stairways, at each end of the gallery, provide access to the first floor. Seven bedrooms, with wooden flooring and marble fireplaces, are laid out in an L-shape. They span between 13 and 23 m². This level also comprises a shower room and a bathroom. Above, an immense attic could easily be converted in additional living space.

The outbuildings

The outbuildings, set at right angles to the main wing, comprise the old stable and a workshop, built over vaulted cellars. The first floor, reached via a robust stairway, houses two small maid’s bedrooms, both in a dilapidated state of repair. Above, an attic adjoins the habitable section.

Our opinion

This setting would be the ideal place to continue a wonderful family history, even though its decor currently appears neglected, set in a dusky light as in an old master: cracks, fissures, the patina of time, it has it all. No-one can resist this penetrating, serene ambiance that creates a deep feeling of well-being. This property, standing in a little, one-way, paved street in the town centre, is enclosed by a limestone wall that protects it from onlookers. It is accessed via an outstanding porchway with carriage doors and a gate off the street. It is laid out in a U-shape, forming an inner paved courtyard. Behind the right-hand wing is a pleasant little, 600 m² garden, shaded by tall trees, a luxury for a property in the middle of town.

Exclusive sale

430 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 689511

Land registry surface area 1062 m2
Main building surface area 612 m2
Number of bedrooms 7
Outbuilding surface area 129 m2

French Energy Performance Diagnosis

Consultant
North & West Marne and East Aube department


Florence Fornara +33 1 42 84 80 85

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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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