consisting of a townhouse, business spaces and 7 flats
In the town centre of Cateau-Cambrésis, a stone's throw from the Saint-Martin church with its bell tower and the General De Gaulle square overlooked by the belfry, the property benefits from the proximity of public services and food shops. You can get around town on foot or by bike. On the outskirts of the town, the Avesnois regional nature park forms a landscape of forests and pasturelands with a very rich biodiversity, which explains why it is part of the pan-European ecological network. Europe is close: Lille is 1h10 away, Brussels 2h, Paris 2h30, Cologne 3h30 and Luxembourg 3h20.
Built in traditional brick, it has three levels, one of which is under the roof. The roof is slate with Jacobean dormers. The length of the façade with seven bays is striking at first glance. This feeling is accentuated by the five dressed stone lines that punctuate the elevation: four that run along the top and bottom of the windows and a fifth line along the cornice supporting the roof. The other striking element is the majestic carriage entrance with a double oak door and its small wicket gate. The consolidating iron fittings and the rounded, arched shape are undoubtedly period features. Finally, the French windows, the wrought iron shutters and the entrance door with a cast iron window protection, representing a majestic Renaissance prince, lend a touch of elegance to the property. The facade at the back has the same architectural style with one difference: the presence of a circular iron and glass conservatory which adds a touch of fantasy.
Beyond the door, a hall with black tile flooring serves the entire ground level. When entering, the straight staircase is the first feature that attracts attention. The solid wooden steps and a cast iron starting post with a stylised floral decor topped by a fire pot are indications of the presence of inhabitants of high social standing. On the walls of the hall, above the trompe l'oeil marble panelling, an 18th century panoramic landscape comes to life and, along the staircase, grisaille representations of antique sculptures. To the left of the entrance, a large office with a straight parquet floor and a black marble fireplace with two columns exudes a studious atmosphere. From here, a door opens to the outside. On the other side of the hall, a sitting room with an adjoining dining room represent a large dual-aspect space, bathed in light, with a view on the garden and the street. The atmosphere here is warm, with wide oak floorboards, impressive beams, painted panelling and an intriguing 1950s-style fireplace. From the dining room, a passage leads to the fully equipped kitchen and the conservatory, which could be used as a small drawing room or as an everyday dining room.
A landing, also decorated with trompe-l'œil paintings and, as on the ground floor, with high ceilings, serves four bedrooms. The entire level features parquet floors and wallpaper. Two bathrooms complete this level.
Seventeenth-century vaulted rooms, all in old brick, provide reception areas, in particular a dining room for festive evenings boasting a monumental fireplace. Technical spaces such as storage rooms, a wine cellar and a boiler room can also be found on this level.
Several ground floor spaces open onto the central courtyard and await a business activity. These rooms are bathed in light. Some are more suitable for exhibitions or business use, others for storage or workshop use. In any case, these rooms are easily accessed.
Seven flats are located in different parts of the property. Their living areas range from 25 m² to 93 m². They have been renovated to modern standards and meet the needs of the most demanding tenants. Their entrance is separate from the paved courtyard.
The paved courtyard
The courtyard is entirely paved with hand-laid beige or grey cobblestones and is surrounded by the buildings of the property. On the right, an ornamental garden with lawn and rosebushes has the particularity of a wrought iron fence with a 19th century lantern in the centre. The conservatory fully enjoys the benefits of this greenery. At the back, a backyard gives access to a side street via a large gate accessible to trucks.
The property resembles a world in itself, with living quarters, working quarters, a paved courtyard and a garden, all under the benevolent eye of a beautiful townhouse. In any case, the possible combinations are many and varied: renting out the flats for short tourist stays or renting them out all year round, guest rooms or gîtes, using the spaces for art or craft exhibitions, organising receptions and small events, or the activity of a craftsman or artist. Whatever the project, it will benefit from the timelessness of the three-centuries-old bricks that are present on all the façades. Within these walls, there is a real sense of calm with the certainty of a refuge in the heart of the city. The protected property will respond to a variety of development ideas and will benefit from the beautiful dynamics of Cateau-Cambrésis with the Henri Matisse museum, the Avesnois natural park, the Vaucelles abbey without forgetting a brewery famous for offering pleasant moments.
|Land registry surface area||1500 m2|
|Reception area||45 m2|
|Living space||240 m2|
|Number of rooms||7|
|Number of bedrooms||4|
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.