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Rethel
€420,000
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  • 5 bedrooms
  • 12 habitable rooms
  • 310 square meters of living space
  • 175 square meters of surface of the outbuildings
Property description
A 1920’s, comfortable millstone grit house 2 hours from Paris in the Champagne region - ref 509335
2½ hours from Brussels, 2 hours from Luxembourg and Paris, 40 minutes from Reims.
The nearest train station is 10 minutes away. Shops and a doctor as well as primary and secondary schools are less than 5 minutes away.
This property is in a village with some 200 inhabitants. It comprises an elegant house, dating from the 1920’s, an outbuilding converted into living space, a garage, a stable and an old swimming pool that could possibly be rehabilitated.
At the end of the parklands, a large aviary, once used for raising pheasants, has been converted into a stable with four horse loose boxes.
This property is enclosed by walls on the street side, with remote-controlled gates providing direct access for cars. The pedestrian entrance is protected by wrought iron gates that open on to a little used, secondary road.
The house is partially concealed by the vegetation, providing it with pleasant privacy. Although completely unoverlooked, it is far from being isolated.

The house

This house, built in the 1920’s by a local leading citizen, stands proudly in the midst of its wooded, flower-filled garden. Its architecture reflects an elaborate, wrought style. The four facades, all different, are marked by interesting architectural features. It is built of millstone grit and enhanced with decorative bricks, notably around the semi-circular arched windows. Several painted wood balconies and terraces give it the air of a seaside villa. It spans three levels with a cellar, harmoniously featuring a variety of openings and bull’s eye windows. The roof, covered with flat tiles, dates from 2018.



Our opinion
The natural elegance of this house has been maintained through the preservation of its superb original features such as its outstanding, semi-circular arched windows and doors as well as the terrazzo and mosaic floor in the entrance hall. Although a few interior decoration works would brighten the inside, it is still more than comfortable. Notre-Dame cathedral, just 40 km away, saw the crowning of French kings for more than 1,000 years. Reims no longer crowns heads of state, but it does have all the attractions of a large town which also includes numerous historic monuments and some outstanding Art Deco style facades. The latter, no doubt, pleasantly influenced the architectural choices made for this house.
Rethel, France
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