an 1880 family home, its outbuilding, Napoleon III style greenhouse and landscaped garden
Mézy-sur-Seine, a traditional wine-growing town, is located at the entrance of the Vexin Regional Natural Park, on the right bank of the Seine. It underwent its most important development when a railway line was installed at the end of the 19th century. The city is particularly known for harbouring the famous Villa Poiret, a jewel of modern architecture, designed by Robert Mallet-Stevens. Today, the town has a population of just over 2000 with an excellent transport network and road links. Saint-Germain-en-Laye is only a 30 minute drive away and the Paris-St Lazare station can be reached by train in 50 minutes. The house is close to many schools, both public and private, including the Notre-Dame "Les Oiseaux" primary and secondary school in Verneuil-sur-Seine, less than 15 minutes away, one of the best ranked schools in France.
The adjoining building is in excellent structural condition and offers four beautiful rooms, formerly workshops and stables. It could easily be converted into an independent office or a home. The houses sit in a beautifully composed extensive 2100 m² garden boasting paved terraces, a pond, an arbour covered path, flower beds, a driveway lined with lime trees, an orchard and a hen house. And finally, there is an old greenhouse of eleven by three metres, in good condition. There is parking space for several cars.
The property is close to many schools, both public and private, and only a 15-minute walk from the Meulan Hardricourt train station. Services to Saint Lazare take 50 minutes, to La Défense 45 minutes. The A13 and A14 motorways provide access to Paris in 45 minutes. As for leisure activities, golf, rowing, sailing, flying, tennis or horse-riding lovers will find all the facilities nearby. The Vexin Regional Natural Park is known for its rich natural and rural heritage.
A family property full of potential
Dating back to the 1880s, the two houses seem to have been part of a large neighbouring Napoleonic estate. They retain some of its features: saddlery, stalls, brick vaults. More recently, the premises have been transformed into a comfortable family home, with an annexe and a park serving as showcase. Two gates provide separate access to each of the houses and allow them to be used independently.
The main house
With its millstone base, half-timbered walls, balcony and hipped roof, its style harmoniously blends regional aspects of Ile-de-France architecture with Alsace-Norman tones. A white wisteria enhances the juncture between the two levels.
The former tack room now serves as entrance hall. It has kept its saddle racks and woodwork bearing the initials of Alfred Lasson, former head of Protocol for the Presidency of the French Republic in the 1920s. The floor is paved with old cobble stones. To the right, a glass door opens into the dining room; to the left, another glass door gives access to the living room. These two rooms, each measuring 48 m², are symmetrically arranged on either side of the entrance and are connected by a room used as an office. Each room features a fireplace, one in marble, the other in wood. Their 3.50 metre high ceilings are made of brick vaults; the wooden floor consists of light oak ladder parquet. Both rooms have double glass doors opening onto the paved terrace in front of the house. Off the dining room is the south-facing kitchen. On both sides, plenty of sunlight pours in through large picture windows, while the cathedral ceiling offers generous volumes. A farmhouse door leads to the paved terrace which runs along the side the house.
A central corridor leads to the rooms on this level. The five bedrooms, one of which has a balcony, are all on the garden side. They have comfortable volumes and benefit from soft daylight. A cloakroom, a toilet and two bath or shower rooms round off this floor.
Today, this level comprises a bedroom and two attic spaces to be converted, each with a floor area of around 50 m². This floor could benefit from a new interior design and refurbishment to become part of the living area.
The exterior mirrors the architecture of the main half-timbered house as well as its warm colour palette. On the garden level, next to a paved driveway and the garden with the greenhouse, this 80 m² space consists of four spacious and very bright rooms, which were once used as stables and workshops. The whole building is in very good condition and it would take little effort to renovate and convert the premises into living quarters or offices.
The garden, beautifully landscaped in the English style on two levels, offers a variety of areas with different atmospheres: Several paved terraces, a pond bordered with old stones, a well, box hedges and topiary trees, a lane protected by its arbour, and more. There is a rich variety of trees and shrubs such as lime trees bordering a lane, pines, a hazelnut tree, roses, vines and wisteria. The recently renovated Napoleon III style greenhouse is generous in size and would be a perfect space for passionate horticulturalists, while the orchard with its hen-house corner also offers scope for other leisure activities.
Between the banks of the Seine and the forest, in the heart of a typical Ile-de-France village, there is something comforting about the house. Its warm and original architecture breathes a simple countryside charm. With its half-timbering, fountains and garden, it is a haven far from the world, after the storms. Inside, the house is full of surprises: the spacious rooms are in excellent condition, while the windows offer views of an ocean of greenery. The outbuilding, which could be converted either into workshops, offices or flats; the terraces, the greenhouse, the orchard or even the hen-house, are all invitations to make the most of the place. The new owners will be able to celebrate the marriage of nature and open space, enjoying the gentle way of life in a charming setting.
|Land registry surface area||2100 m2|
|Reception area||100 m2|
|Living space||270 m2|
|Number of rooms||11|
|Number of bedrooms||6|
Caroline Caron de Panthou +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.