50 km from Paris in the Oise department
Historic trials and tribulations, in particular the French Revolution and the First World War, took a heavy toll in this region. And yet, this stately pavilion, once part of a chateau no longer in existence, has remained intact since the 17th century.
Everything is within easy reach of this market town, part of the Valois region: Paris is 50 km away and Charles-de-Gaulle airport is 26 km away. An SNCF train station provides 35-minute links to Paris. This elegant pavilion, standing concealed in the centre of the market town, is a worthy representative of the “Ancien Régime” (old order).
This listed, stone and brick Louis XIII style pavilion, topped with a slate roof, has been completely restored, giving it all modern-day home comforts in keeping with its character.
With architecture typical of the era, including stone lower sections, widened at the base to give a slightly trapezoidal shape, this building is topped with a hip roof, featuring bull’s eye dormers. A tall brick chimney stack decorates one of the roof slopes. The facades feature large openings, filled with small-paned windows. All the woodwork has been painted dark grey to match the slate roof, giving this 17th century building a touch of modernity.
Bordered by the old retaining wall, once part of the rampart, the pavilion spans four levels and has accesses to the outside on two sides, one on the garden level and the other on a level with the terrace.
Solid wooden doors on the garden level are entered from a porch, reached via a few stone steps. Next to said entrance is the access to a vaulted cellar, adjoining the building.
The large room, with a vaulted brick ceiling and stone arcades, resembles a contemporary nave. The current owner has, in fact, painted the brick section black and the stone section white. The contrast of the two colours enhances a graphic layout bringing the Louis XIII style into modern times. The black and white floor tiles, laid in a chessboard pattern, date from the 19th century. On one side, a wide stone fireplace heats the room in winter. This room, reflecting the form of a retro-futurist nave is now a dining room. It is followed by a fully fitted open-plan kitchen which totally functional, features beautiful materials such as Burgundy stone for the worksurface. A black La-Cornue cooking range blends harmoniously with the walls and completes the fixtures. The old church stone floor tiles date from the building’s construction. A storage area is concealed under a stairway. Next to the kitchen, said stairway, with its solid, black, wooden steps and minimalist contemporary railings, contrasts with and enhances the 17th century style of this main sober and elegant room.
A reception room, steeped in light, is illuminated by large, rectangular, small-paned windows. Red terracotta floor tiles set off an ivory-coloured, stone fireplace. The omnipresent beams do not overwhelm the room courtesy of the very high ceiling and the pearl grey paint used for the walls and their panelling. A solid, wooden door leads directly from the large lounge to the terrace, making it possible to reach the upper garden.
Contrasting colours have also been used to decorate the bedroom. White walls, one black panelled wall and black beams give a new take on the 17th century. The black wall panelling does not cover the entire wall but, with its moulded coffers, does include the fireplace. An adjoining bathroom completes this level.
A bedroom, with its bathroom, has been laid out in the attic space. Everything here, beams, parquet flooring and walls, is white! Given a contemporary air, the bedroom is set under the exposed roofing framework dating from the reign of Louis XIII.
The little houses
Two small constructions at the end of the parklands provide residents with isolation or guests with a place to sleep. A first house, constructed in the upper section of the grounds, comprises a bedroom, with a bathroom. A second house, with a bedroom, stands at the end of the central driveway.
This garden is laid out on two levels, directly in line with the listed, stone balustrade. In the lower area, the main driveway leads to the pavilion, its lower sections with their big pieces of exposed stone displayed in all of their splendour. An arched arbour, set on a lawn, is the ideal place to appreciate the shade of its climbing roses on hot summer days.
In the upper area, the pavilion takes on another, less impressive dimension which although not as tall, is more charming with its air of a country house. The many trees here are large and tall. The atmosphere is, without doubt, that of the parklands of the chateau, no longer in existence.
How to transform the Louis XIII style and project it into our era? The idea was to use black, a simple idea that would enhance the stone and brick framework indicative of this style. Therefore, although still a historic building, it is somewhat aloof from history, not so that the latter disappears but so that it is transfigured with the indented lines of the stone set against a black background. These premises are in a unique setting, one that recounts not only the history of France, but also the vision of a great Parisian designer. Everything in this rare, listed building, facing south in the midst of 0.5 ha of parklands, has been remodelled and restored. In any case, this property resembles a haven of peace which is but 20 minutes from Charles-de-Gaulle airport and an hour from Paris.
|Land registry surface area||5000 m2|
|Main building surface area||180 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||4|
|Outbuilding surface area||30 m2|
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.