in a small, peaceful village 25 minutes from Rouen
Part of the Rouen conurbation, less than twenty-five kilometres from the town itself, the village is surrounded by fields and meadows. The national forests that stretch along the Seine are nearby. The property is located on the outskirts of a large market town with shops, schools and a health centre. The civil parish is easily reached from the A13 and A28 motorways. Oissel railway station, a twenty-minute drive away, offers services connecting to Paris in 1 hour 20 minutes.
The former parsonage
Surrounded on all sides by lawns, this building comprises two storeys plus converted attic space. The stone walls feature light-coloured rendering in contrast with the coursed rubble masonry foundation. Brick window surrounds and corner quoins, as well as two stringcourses encircling the building set off the elevation. The four-pitched slate roof has slightly broached eaves. There are four hip dormer windows. On one side, a one-storey extension with a single-span roof has been added.
The ground floor
The entrance door opens onto a hallway with the start of the wooden staircase leading to the upper levels. There is a lavatory at the back. This level is single pile. The floors are paved with hexagonal quarry tiles. The full-width rooms are generously lit by windows on either side. On one side, there is the sitting room featuring four windows, a fireplace and its dressed stone hood positioned at the centre of the gable wall, beams and joists painted white, and wainscoting. On the other side, the dining room, the kitchen with a door opening out to the rear of the residence and a boiler room follow in a row. These last two rooms are located in the extension.
The first floor
The staircase leads to a landing followed by a corridor. The floor is of brick, and the half-timbered walls are partly exposed. On this level, there are two bedrooms, a bathroom and a lavatory.
The second floor
This level has a slightly sloping ceiling. Following the same layout as the first floor, a landing and corridor serve two bedrooms and a shower room with toilet. The bedrooms are lit by dormers on one side and roof windows on the other.
The garden and the outbuilding
The vast lawns of the garden surround the house. At the rear and to one side, there are many tall trees, some of them fruit trees (apple and cherry). Generous beds of hydrangeas are planted along one facade. On the other side, rose bushes adorn the wide terrace that runs alongside the house to the south. One can barely discern a pond surrounded by reeds and shrubbery.
The outbuilding stands in a corner of the property. It is of coursed rubble masonry, dressed stone and brick topped by a thatched roof with a dormer window. Three openings, including two carriage gates, provide access to the garage and storage areas. The wood logs are already there for the fireplace in the sitting room.
Hidden behind the swaying branches of a tree, a square brick structure with a semi-circular opening and a slate gable roof begs a question. Is it a shelter for a tiny dog?
Situated on the outskirts of Rouen, the country spirit is very much alive in this picturesque village. Local shops are as easily found as hiking trails. There are plenty of walking destinations, starting with the banks of the Seine which are linked by the La Bouille ferry. The extensive garden and its features are the first sign of the comforting simplicity that pervades the house. The interior design and layout are extremely well thought-out. The living room is not only spacious but also very bright. On the upper floors, the bedrooms are all located at one end of the house, providing a welcome sense of privacy.
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Brune Boivieux +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.