In the village of Gerberoy, 1.5 hours outside of Paris,
a 19th-century home and its flower garden
Gerberoy, OISE picardy 60380 FR


At the intersection of Picardy and Normandy, Gerberoy is an agreeable village where half-timbered buildings stand alongside brick structures. Teeming with rose bushes, it was named one of “the most beautiful villages in France”. However, history has not spared this village perched on a promontory, once caught between the old kingdoms of France and England: it was a place of conflict throughout the Middle Ages, especially during the 100 Years War. William the Conqueror, Henry IV as well as Richelieu all came to Gerberoy for geopolitical reasons, but they still were able to appreciate the beauty of the place. Then, the village fell into hibernation until the beginning of the 20th century when it was reawakened thanks to the influence of the painter Henri le Sidaner who lived here at the turn of the 20th century. On his property, he created the famous white garden, a mixture of white roses, carnations and hydrangeas, which he painted with pure joy. It was he who asked each inhabitant to plant two rose bushes in their gardens. Since then, the village has been covered in multi-coloured rose bushes. By car, Gerberoy is 1.5 hours away from both Paris and the Normandy coast. Chantilly and Rouen are each 1 hour away.


In the middle of this mostly pedestrian village, the property is hidden behind a fence covered in ivy, rose bushes and irises. Completely enclosed and hidden from prying eyes, a double iron gate opens onto a small brick pathway arranged in staggered rows.
On the left, a small stone staircase leads to the lawn and the end of the garden; straight ahead, at the end of the pathway is the entrance to the house.
The archives mention that the house was built in 1821, but the building is, undoubtedly, the result of successive extensions added onto the original building. Like a lesson in contrasts, it presents two opposing faces, with, on one side, a brick construction topped with a slate roof and, on the other, a half-timbered cob structure with a roof made of small local tiles. However, the whole remains coherent thanks to the patina of time and the identical size of all the large-pane windows protected by louvred shutters. The main entrance provides a discreet note of elegance. The top two-thirds of the door is glazed and crowned with a fanlight decorated in the antique style.
Behind the house, a grassy paved courtyard leads to a garage and stables. For many years, the property was the calm oasis for Jean Tardieu who would frequently invite his writer friends here to reinvent the world.

The House

With a surface area of approximately 270 m², it has three storeys built over a basement level.

The ground floor
A central entrance hall, the floor covered in black cabochon stone tiles, leads to the kitchen and the rooms for entertaining. Towards the back, a venerable staircase with oak steps and a wrought-iron newel post topped with a glass orb marks the interior of a notable home. Behind the staircase, there is a linen cupboard. The kitchen, to the left upon entering, is long and narrow. However, its vast volumes provide enough room for a large table to accommodate a host of eaters. Despite its modern layout, it has conserved the pleasantness of old country kitchens. On the other side of the entrance, three adjoining rooms with hardwood floors form the centre of the house. Light is the keyword for these three rooms, which in total have seven windows including a set of French doors. First, a large living room with half-height panelling, a Restoration-style marble fireplace topped with a small trumeau mirror and a sculpted frieze. Next, is a spacious dining room with olive-green wall panelling, a white and chestnut-flecked marble fireplace and wooden radiator covers. Lastly, the small sitting room-library stands out from the other rooms for entertaining through its unpainted, natural oak panelling. Here too, there is a white and black-flecked marble fireplace. This was the office of the poet Jean Tardieu who lived here with his family and friends. In addition to the rooms for entertaining, there is a sitting room and a small lounge each with their own marble fireplace. These comfortable and inviting rooms, smaller in size, and ideal for the winter months, allow one to get away and escape the daily hubbub. Finally, there is a bedroom with an ancient terracotta tile floor, which is hidden behind a small door.
The first floor
Four bedrooms give on to the landing. All have oak hardwood floors and large windows facing the garden. The main bedroom is decorated with a marble fireplace topped with a trumeau mirror. A bathroom, all in white, is located nearby. An attic space completes the floor and provides opportunities for expansion.
The second floor
The landing leads to two small bedrooms built into the roof space as well as an attic. This floor is simpler than the previous one, without any particular ornamentation and more modest volumes, but remains pleasant all the same. Here too, the attic is convertible.
The basement
The stone staircase, which leads to the cellar, is located under the staircase in the entrance hall. It includes, among other things, a wine cellar and a boiler room.

The Outbuildings

At one end of the garden, built out of stone and brick and topped with a roof made out of small local tiles, it houses a barn, which could eventually be transformed into a vast reception hall. In this venerable building, there is also a game room with whitewashed walls and a hexagonal tomette tile floor dedicated to children or adolescents for their first celebrations. On the other side of the property, a paved courtyard leads to a carport with room for two cars and a former, intact, stable.

The Garden

Designed as a true kitchen garden, it is composed of two sections, bordered by box trees and an arch of rose bushes. On one side, surrounded by foliage, a central lawn is perfect for relaxing or picnicking once the summer months have arrived. On the other side, imposing rose bushes, wild roses, snowball trees, lilacs, among other flowers, surround the farmhouse.

Our opinion

Not only a genuine bucolic refuge, a mere 1.5 hours outside of the capital, but an authentic and unique home as well. Although no longer the meeting place for poets as it was in Jean Tardieu’s time, a pleasant atmosphere still reigns over the property. It is easy to imagine the joyous celebrations that must have taken place here at one time. The site has conserved its taste for entertaining and its volumes are perfect for gathering all together around large feasts in a setting that is ideal for daydreams and contemplation.

Exclusive sale

852 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense

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Reference 999724

Land registry surface area 1060 m2
Main building surface area 270 m2
Number of bedrooms 7
Outbuilding surface area 152 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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