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  • 5 bedrooms
  • 10 habitable rooms
  • 500 square meters of living space
Property description
An old, 19th century wine-grower’s home, with a wood, near a forest 70 minutes from Paris - ref 477041
Near to Soissons, about an hour from Roissy-CDG, in a region with a wealth of age-old heritage comprising edifices, ruins and vestiges, surrounded by unspoilt countryside. Between a wood and a market town, on the edge of a forest and the outskirts of a hamlet, near to an authentic, traditional village with houses built of local stone and featuring crow stepped gable walls.
The ambient peace and quiet is but an invitation to rest and relax in a verdant setting.
The local rural way of life was originally divided between large land owners and subservient farm workers, but the situation greatly changed following the French Revolution.
Long episodes of two world wars also took place in the region.
The market town is surrounded by several hamlets, one of which houses this property, bordered by a little road that runs alongside the last houses before going off into the countryside.
A small plot of land on the corner of a field and a lane is used as a carpark.
Opposite, a stone wall runs on either side of a metal gate which opens on to a grassy, tree-lined alleyway.
A side lawn is adorned with trees and shrubs as well as flowers.
The wine-grower’s home stands at the end of a square courtyard.
There are outbuildings on each side.
A stone fountain takes pride of place in the centre.
On the right-hand side of the property, behind a section of the outbuildings, a garden is extended on successive levels by lawns, some of which are planted with trees, separated by a vegetable garden.
One of the terraces adjoining the rear of the wine-grower’s home features a swimming pool, out of sight of onlookers.
This property continues over the countryside for more than five hectares, four of which are woods and the rest grasslands.
Countryside comprising woods and fields stretches for as far as the eye can see.

The wine-grower’s home

This was, therefore, originally an old, 18th century wine-grower’s home at a time when the region was partially given over to growing vines.
Three vaulted cellars still bear witness to this activity.
The estate is now predominantly used for accommodation purposes.
Spanning almost 500 m² of living space over a ground and two upper floors, it was constructed of local stone with a slate roof and was restored and converted with the installation of modern-day home comforts all in keeping with its original character. It is immaculately kept.
The building comprises a long central building, flanked on the west side by a slightly lower extension, itself extended by a wing set at right angles which adjoins a barn.
The main facade features a harmonious alignment of small-paned doors and windows as well as shed dormers.
Three crow stepped gables share the roof.
A stone stairway, equally as typical of regional architecture, goes up to a terrace topping a well on the east side of the main building.
This is followed by two small, adjoining houses, slightly offset and set at right angles.
These buildings form several separate sections, each with its own independent entrance.
On the left-hand side, the living space opens on the garden level into a large living room which is also used as a kitchen. It features exposed stone walls, large floor tiles and has a mezzanine above it.
Next to it is a large reception room with exposed stone walls, high exposed ceiling beams which are painted, large floor tiles and picture windows overlooking the courtyard.
A stairway at the end goes upstairs.
Underneath, a door to the ground floor of the following section via a vestibule and a corridor which leads to two bedrooms, a cloakroom, a shower room and a toilet.
The entrance hall features an outstanding floor as well as a toilet.
A stone stairway provides access upstairs to a large double reception room with a wide fireplace and exposed ceiling beams.
Upstairs, there are exposed stone walls, an entrance hall, a corridor, stone flooring and a reception room, followed by two bedrooms and two bathrooms, a toilet as well as a stone stairway.
A door leads to the terrace and the swimming pool behind the house.
On the upper floor are five bedrooms, two bathrooms, a shower room, a toilet, an attic and an outside stairway.
On the garden level of the main building, the actual wine-grower’s home, are a storage area, a laundry room and a boiler room.
There are also three vaulted stone cellars, one of which has been converted into a kitchen, with stone floors.
Set at right angles, between the wine-grower’s home and the outbuildings, are a storage room and a cellar.
The first small house, spanning approx. 15 m², comprises a bedroom with a tiled floor, a shower room and a toilet.
The second, spanning approx. 20 m², includes two bedrooms, one of which is on a mezzanine, a shower room and a toilet.
The rooms on the first floor of the wine-grower’s home, built of dressed stone, bear witness to the age of the building.
The well, open on two levels, is also a good example of the regional architecture at that time.
The barn, near to property’s entrance, is in use as a garage and a workshop.

Our opinion
This rural, wooded setting is particularly appreciable so near to Paris. The estate constitutes a second protective circle, noise and pollution as well as hustle and bustle undeniably being a good distance away. The terraces surrounding the various buildings exude an Italian air. The care and attention paid to the renovation and maintenance of the buildings, all different and all with interesting architectural features, is immediately obvious. Their layout multiplies the possibilities regarding use via the autonomy that they could have in relation to one another. It is one of those places where its elegance reflects on its residents, its visitors and its guests.
Soissons, France
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