A 19th century villa, a small dwelling and outbuildings, in the heart of a village with shops,
near the banks of the Seine, 65 km from Paris
Bonnières-sur-Seine, YVELINES ile-de-france 78270 FR


The property is located in a village on the border of the Ile-de-France and Normandy regions, on the banks of the Seine and not far from the French Vexin Regional Nature Park, cradle of Impressionism. It is only a 15-minute walk to the next small town of 5,000 inhabitants offering all the necessary facilities, shops and services. Every Sunday morning, the village square hosts the market, surrounded by a boulangerie, a café, a butcher's, a hairdresser’s and a GP practice. The major tourist destinations Vernon, Giverny and La Roche Guyon are only 10 and 20 km away.
This region is also a great place for outdoor sports in the heart of nature. A watersports centre on a 120 ha lake 8 km away offers all kinds of aquatic activities. Treetop high-ropes courses, mini-golf and a 18-hole golf course as well as an archery center can also be found in the area. Closer to and below the property, the banks of the Seine promise pleasant strolls.
The SNCF train station links to Paris Saint-Lazare in 50 minutes, a bus connects to Paris La Défense. Mantes-la-Jolie is about 15 km away, Vernon 10 km, and Évreux 30 km.


A quiet street leads to the property, overlooking the banks of the Seine. In the heart of the village, it is surrounded by houses, yet sheltered from view.
The residence stands behind a low rendered stone wall topped by a wrought iron railing, identical to that of the entrance gate.
At the back of the house lies an unobserved urban garden, with an old dovecote used for storage at the bottom end as well as a garage topped by a lodging to be restored. This flat has an independent access from the street at the back and could be transformed into a professional practice or tourist accommodation.
The garden is enclosed by walls rendered with white cement. On the street side, a driveway leads from the large entrance gate to the garden with a parking space.

The residence

The typical 19th century slate hip roof features two chimney flues linked together by a ridge finial decorated with a dragon. Two oeil-de-boeuf windows with shaped zinc cladding frame a triangular pediment dormer. Two facades are of red brick, while the others are white-rendered. On the first level, one of the bedrooms has a balcony with a white wooden balustrade. The openings have dressed stone frames, while the windows are all equipped with wrought iron guardrails. At the back, two of these are protected by canopies. On the street side, a small garden leads to a perron with rounded steps and to the front door. The original half-glazed double entrance door, typical of the 19th century, features a classic large woodwork base and protection grids for the glass panes above.
The numerous double-glazed windows and glass doors are surrounded by Vernon stone frames and let the light pour in from all sides. Those on the upper level are all protected by iron or wooden louvered shutters.
A travertine terrace, ideal for al fresco dining on sunny days, runs along the rear façade.

The ground floor
The first part of the entrance hall serves on its left a vast living room and on its right the open-plan kitchen and dining room. The second part, separated by an elaborate wooden door, leads on the right to the start of the spiral staircase. The steps and the handrail are wood, the railing black wrought iron. The guest lavatory is located under the staircase, near the glass door that opens out to the garden and the nearby terrace. The floors of the hall are laid with cement tiles, those of the other rooms are parquet. The sitting and dining rooms are adorned with fireplaces and ceiling mouldings. In the dining room, the style of the fireplace is Art Deco. The walls of the dining room and the entrance hall are panelled up to a height of one metre.
The first floor
A landing followed by a passageway leads to four bedrooms, two of which enjoy a view of the Seine, as well as a bathroom with toilet. The floors feature pitch pine parquet flooring. Two of the bedrooms have fireplaces and the other two have washbasins.
The second floor
This level under sloping ceilings comprises a bedroom, a linen room, a closet, a shower room with toilet, and a small attic. The floors are pitch pine parquet. Natural light shines through the dormer and the œil-de-boeuf windows and lits the white-painted exposed beams.

The garage

Accessed by a wooden door, this space includes a parking lot for two vehicles, a boiler room, a garbage room, a storage area for garden tools and a toilet that needs to be renovated.
The jerkinhead roof is clad with tiles.

The lodging to be restored

A two-level flat in need of renovation is situated above the garage. On the left side of the garage, a door leads to a large living room. A windowless bedroom, a kitchenette and a bathroom complete the ensemble. A door provides access to a roof terrace, also to be renovated, which could be used for sun bathing.
This dwelling is independent with private access to the street behind.

The ground floor
A large living room with sliding glass doors connects to the roof terrace.
The first floor
This level comprises a bedroom without any windows, a bathroom with toilet and a kitchenette.

The old dovecote

The roof is identical to that of the outbuilding, with exposed stone walls and brick window frames, and houses a modest storage room with a small terrace.

Our opinion

This is the quintessential 19th century French "bourgeois" residence. Neither too large nor too small, well situated, close to everything and on the banks of the Seine, without excessive luxury but nevertheless elegant, bordering the centre of town, between the countryside and the capital, the property achieves the perfect compromise for the well-off classes of the century of revolutions. In these surroundings, both rural and urban, where it is pleasant to stroll along the river banks, the property offers comfort in a sobre decor enhanced by original elements, all of which create a harmonious and authentic ensemble.

596 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense

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Reference 479576

Land registry surface area 527 m2
Main building surface area 280 m2
Number of bedrooms 5
Outbuilding surface area 250 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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