- 20 bedrooms
- 20 habitable rooms
- 690 square meters of living space
- 3000 square meters of surface of the outbuildings
Some 50 kilometres from Paris, near to Melun and its RER train station with 35-minute links to Gare-de-Paris-Est.
This farm and its parklands are set on the roadside on the edge of a village, making it easy to get to.
This impressive farm is set in slightly less than 7 ha, with gardens, a main courtyard and a second courtyard enhanced with three wells. The buildings are laid out around a vast pentagonal courtyard, with access via a robust stone porchway. They comprise a south building, a main house with a secondary habitable section (bed & breakfast); the east building; a west building and a barn on the north side. On one side of the access porchway, the buildings are extended on the outside following the barn, forming a smaller, rectangular courtyard, known as the “workshop courtyard”. The origin of the name of the farm dates back to the Roman occupation.
A little background:
Melun was then a fortress town, Caesar having made it an administrative district. Several places were dependant on this district, including the estate in question. There still remains a vestige from the Gallo-Roman civilisation: “Caesar’s well”, origin of some fabulous legends.
An archaeological dig, carried out in 1960, brought some Trajan coins to light, confirming the Roman origin of the site. Under the Capetians, a feudal residence was built there by lords, no doubt crusaders. The first known lord was Milon-de-Genouilly in 1221. In 1653, the manor house had lost its feudal appearance: the keep, already in ruins, was knocked down and the moats and ditches filled in. It thus took on the appearance of a rural farm, one which it has kept. A little anecdote: an agricultural fair was held in this hamlet under the reign of Napoleon III, during which the Brie region’s most beautiful herd of merino sheep was shown. Breeding members of this herd were then exported to Australia.
The main house
The house stands facing the entrance porchway on the south side. It is entered via three flights of stone steps leading to three porches, the main one of which is topped with the estate’s coats-of-arms.
This first building comprises the house, a section intended for use for a bed & breakfast activity and another dwelling.
It spans two levels, excluding the semi-underground cellars, and the attic space forms the second floor. It is constructed from stone and the roof is covered with flat, local tiles.
The east building
Spanning two levels, this building is also constructed from stone and its roof covered with flat, local tiles. It adjoins the main house.
Laid out all on a level, it comprises a magnificent function room. Adjoining storage areas.
The west building
Spanning two levels, its facades are constructed from stone and its roof is covered with flat tiles. It stands facing the function room and is divided into a habitable section and a section awaiting conversion.
The north building
Spanning two levels, this building is constructed from stone and the roof is covered with flat tiles. It adjoins the main courtyard’s entrance porchway and stands facing the main house.
The workshop courtyard
The small rectangular courtyard is formed by single-storey buildings.
The latter follow on from the large function room and are outside of the pentagonal courtyard.
Four in number, the buildings surrounding the courtyard are respectively:
- on the north side, a barn with a packed mud floor, spanning approx. 424 m².
-on the east side, a barn with a packed mud floor, spanning approx. 162 m².
- on the west side, a 4-roomed dwelling, spanning approx. 71 m² and comprising a living room, spanning approx. 28 m², a bedroom, spanning approx. 9 m², a bedroom, spanning approx. 10 m², a bedroom, spanning approx. 12 m², a shower room and a toilet. A mechanic’s workshop, spanning approx. 83 m², two rooms, respectively spanning approx. 13 and 12 m².
- on the south side: a maintenance workshop, spanning approx. 39 m², and a garage with a packed mud floor, spanning approx. 152 m².
This robust, impressive farm undoubtedly inspires respect and esteem courtesy of its size, its layout and its history. Although it is already used for a bed & breakfast business, it could be polyvalent as the PLU (Plan Local d’Urbanisme / Local Planning Programme) would authorise hotel and catering, conference, and function activities (the list is far from comprehensive). Furthermore, it could accommodate collections of cars or works of art which take up a great deal of space. The ease of access to Paris is a major asset.
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