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Melun
€3,158,000
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  • 12 bedrooms
  • 3 bathrooms
  • 20 habitable rooms
  • 500 square meters of living space
  • 931 square meters of surface of the outbuildings
Property description
A 19th century residence and its outbuildings, spanning a total of 1,400 m², in more than 3 ha of parklands and neighbouring Vaux-le-Vicomte Palace - ref 859295
This property is 45 minutes from Paris by road. Set between a market town, with all shops, and the countryside, it is in the immediate vicinity of infant and junior schools whilst secondary schools and sixth form colleges are in a town 10 minutes away. SNCF and RER rail services (30-minute train journeys to Paris) are nearby.
Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle and Orly airports are respectively 50 and 30 minutes away.
The floor surface area of the buildings spans a total of 1,400 m² in grounds extending over 3.3 hectares. This property is reached via remote-controlled wrought iron gates, flanked by stone pillars topped with lights. A carpark is near the main house, on one side of which is a swimming pool, whilst the outbuildings are a little way away on a lower level. Another house and a walled greenhouse, even further away, are near to a tennis court. The parklands are completely enclosed by walls.

The residence

This Mansard style building, constructed in the 19th century, is topped with a zinc roof with slate breaks and features three gable roof dormers on each facade. The stone walls of the residence are covered with “eggshell” rendering. The cornices, quoins, window framing and coping are of stone or covered with white rendering. The top edges of the openings are gently curved, topped with classical triangular pediments or decorated with medallions. The central opening on the courtyard side is flanked with two wrought, oval-shaped oculi.
The facade facing the parklands proudly features an impressive, 2-storey, Victorian veranda, from which two flights of stone steps go down to a paved terrace laid out in front of the parklands and featuring a central basement area providing access to the garden level.
A total of more than 500 m² of living space is spread out over four levels.
The floors are covered with travertine flagstones, laid “opus romain” style, marble tiles, tiling or strip pattern, oak wood parquet flooring.

The outbuildings

-The orangery:
The stone walls are covered with white rendering. The toothed quoins, the framing and the coping on the large vertical windows are covered with white rendering, decorated with moulding.
The gable roof features brown tiles.
On the ground floor are two communicating rooms, spanning 28 and 55 m². There is an impressive stone fireplace.
-The service quarters:
Forming a paved courtyard, an independent U-shaped building consists of the old stables and service quarters.
In the middle, the central building features a wide, projecting porch way corridor that opens on to the main street in the village. Supported by stone pilasters, a large moulded pediment is topped with an outstanding domed roof light made of wrought zinc and features a circular oculus.
The perpendicular wings end in pavilions, each adorned with two undulating pediments, topped with wrought zinc finials. The tympanums feature a semi-circular arched window.
The stone walls are covered with white rendering. The dentil cornices, the toothed quoins, the curved framing and coping around the openings are covered with white rendering, decorated with mouldings.
The hipped roof is of zinc and slate or old tiles. On the courtyard side, it features zinc-covered, arched, gable roof dormers. The pavilions have hipped roofs with a slate deck and an upward curving roof break.
The ground floor comprises two garages able to take 6 cars, workshops, storage areas, storerooms and a machine room.
Miscellaneous rooms are laid out as three flats and a studio flat.
Kitchens, pantries, bathrooms, dining rooms, lounges and hall areas communicate with the upstairs rooms.
The upstairs includes a 150 m² reception room, enhanced with two large stone fireplaces and extended on each side by two rooms. Several bedrooms and bathrooms communicate with the ground floor rooms, completing the flats.
There are numerous hall areas.
It spans a total floor surface area of approx. 724 m².

The guest house

This “cottage” comprises two buildings featuring exposed stone or covered with light ochre rendering. The square pavilion, spanning three levels, is extended by a wing, all on one level. A double overhanging cornice in red and yellow brick enhances the roofs. The pavilion has a brown-tiled upward turning roof and the wing a roof terrace. The ground floor comprises a kitchen, with an eating area, a living room, with a fireplace, and a toilet. The first floor includes a bedroom, a shower room and a terrace. The upper floor has a bedroom and a shower room.
Another opposite building, also extended by an extension with a roof terrace, forms a paved courtyard with the perimeter wall. It is topped with a 4-sided, metal dome structure with curved glazing and crowned with a zinc pyramid roof light. The ground floor consists of the greenhouse, a toilet and a mezzanine, whilst the extension comprises a large room currently in use as a workshop (it could possibly become stables or accommodation).

The swimming pool

The swimming pool is near to the main house but is concealed by vegetation. It is heated and has a pool-house.

The tennis court

Near to the cottage, the tennis court is in a good state of repair.

The parklands

Completely enclosed by walls, the parklands include more than fifty species of trees and shrubs from all around the world… redwood, cedar, oak, beech, plane, lime, pine, sweet chestnut, horse chestnut, hornbeam, elm, willow, Chile pine, ash, sycamore, magnolia, acacia, yellow poplar, palm, bamboo, oleander, golden cedar, gunnera, wisteria, rose bushes, boxwood, yew, apple, pear, apricot, cherry, banana, kiwi and vines…as well as miscellaneous plants such as rhododendron, azalea and camellia.
These parklands are dotted with summerhouses, a Japanese style gazebo as well as ponds where ducks and swans have taken up home. They are also crossed by a brook on a lower level.
An immense wire mesh aviary (180 m²), covered with zinc pagoda roofs, houses peacocks.



Our opinion
This property is sizable in every sense of the word. The residence and its many outbuildings illustrate the best 19th century, that which is not content to cite but which reinterprets the architectural and decorative glossary of the past. The prize goes to the Victorian atrium which spans two levels. The very real parklands are well thought out, profuse and private behind their perimeter wall, forming a natural haven for the tennis court and the swimming pool. This setting would ideally suit the top quality culinary dishes of a gastronomic restaurant. A hotel and catering activity would find everything it requires here. Or a large Parisian company could adopt it as a prestigious head office near to the French capital. Facing the nearby Vaux-le-Vicomte Palace, one of France’s most visited stately homes, this property has perfectly succeeded in upholding its social position.
Melun, France
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