- 7 bedrooms
- 3 bathrooms
- 11 habitable rooms
- 510 square meters of living space
This mansion house is reached via a listed, pure Regency style rental building, the beautiful symmetrical facade of which is centred around an extraordinary balcony. Carriage gates lead to a paved courtyard. At the end stands this mansion house, with three bays on four levels under attic space; it too has French Historic Monument classification. It was built in 1718 by architect Claude-Nicolas-Lepas-Dubuisson. Constructed from dressed stone, it is perfectly symmetrical, with a central, raised entrance door reached via a few steps. An elegant, sober facade, on the courtyard side, is decorated with mascarons and corbels. Exposed stone quoins, with elaborate pointing, at both ends complete the facade. Indented, flat moulding frames the slightly curved, ground floor windows, with their small panes, as well as the central bay. The top floor features three large roof dormers set in the slate roof. The garden facade, also soberly sculpted, is enhanced with a balcony on the first floor and slatted shutters. A 19th century, 2-storey orangery, enhanced by an atrium and standing at right angles, is connected to the ground floor of the mansion house. On the garden level, a large kitchen and, above, a study dominate the garden. This extension flanks a parterre, spanning approx. 100 m², paved with stone laid opus incertum. It precedes a 400 m² garden, with tall trees and vegetation, enhanced at the end by an arbour. Each interior level has a particular purpose: a recording studio, a television room, a cellar and a laundry room in the basement, reception rooms on the ground floor, a suite and master bedroom on the first floor, on the three upper floors are two bedrooms, each with its own dressing room and bathroom, illuminated via windows. The main stairway is listed. A lift provides access from the basement up to the third floor.
Inside the mansion house
The entrance hall houses a stairway, the five first steps of which are made of stone, then typical of the period, the rest have solid wood nosing and hexagonal terracotta tile treads. The flights of steps, protected by elegant wrought iron railings, go up from the ground floor to the third floor in the central bay of the mansion house, pleasantly illuminated via the facade windows on the courtyard side. A lift provides access all the way up to the third floor from the basement. The ground floor is given over to reception rooms which provide access to the garden. The first floor is designed as a suite. On every floor, the bath and shower rooms are illuminated via windows overlooking the courtyard. Each of the upper floors comprises two bedrooms and a dressing room. The basement houses the machine rooms.
This cosmopolitan, busy, residential Latin Quarter, kept intellectual, lively and young by the abundance of universities, libraries, publishers and booksellers, is just a stone’s throw from Luxembourg Gardens. Living quietly in a building, with listed architecture, its pleasant proportions able to unpretentiously accommodate a large family and its historic features such as Versailles pattern parquet flooring, exposed stone, wrought iron, fireplaces, trumeaux, indoor shutters, and ceilings more than 4m high all bearing the patina of time, can but be considered a luxury. One that, furthermore, is enhanced by sober, contemporary interior decoration and embellished by a superb paved, entrance courtyard and a garden with undreamt-of access.
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