- 16 bedrooms
- 20 habitable rooms
- 1015 square meters of living space
- 1035 square meters of surface of the outbuildings
This property, just a few minutes from Verneuil-sur-Avre, is in the north of the French department of Eure-et-Loir in the Perche Nature Park and, more exactly, in the Thymerais region. An area of plateaux and small valleys, cleared in the Middle-Ages, covered with forests and dotted with lakes. The former Perche area under the Merovingian dynasty, it was named after its owner Théodemer, prince of the Merovingian family.
Less than 100 km from Paris via the N12, a journey taking about 1¼ hours. About 10 minutes from the TER, regional train line, with its very regular links to Paris-Montparnasse taking less than an hour. The well-known “École des Roches” school is also nearby.
A quiet, little road provides access to this estate, an old fortified farm surrounded by moats, which spans approx. 9 hectares. At the entrance stand two towers featuring candlesnuffer roofs and loopholes. Built of flint and lime, they date from the early 15th century, a troubled period of the One Hundred Years War. The farm developed over time until it reached its current proportions in the early 20th century. This estate has been completely restored in keeping with the original architecture of an old local residence and now five main buildings, which replaced the various original buildings, stand around a large, inner, square courtyard.
The current owners have devoted a section of the estate to the organisation of weddings and functions as well as bedrooms used for a bed & breakfast activity.
The main building
A monumental gateway, with wooden gates, flanked by two towers, topped with candlesnuffer roofs, opens into an inner courtyard, spanning almost 1,200 m².
Straight on is the main building, a large, 1,000 m² house. A large picture window in the entrance hall opens into a first building, once an old sheepfold. The ground floor comprises a very large lounge, in the middle of which eight wooden pillars support the ceiling beams. A fireplace, with a large hearth dominating the opposing wall, is flanked by a wrought bookshelf unit. Large, brick-framed French windows, topped with semi-circular arched windows, open on to the inner square courtyard, letting copious amounts of light into this reception room.
A few brick steps provide access to a dining room, a room with a brick floor and a discreet door leading out to a garden.
Above the lounge, a very large room, spanning the same floor surface area, awaits conversion. Its impressive size is enhanced by a barrel-vaulted ceiling. It is said that it was used as a model for the chapel at the “École des Roches” school in Verneuil-sur-Avre.
Each of the two levels of the other section of the building also look out over the courtyard. These are completely taken up by five, subtly decorated bedrooms and suites, each with a private bathroom. In the upper section of the entrance hall, a walkway leads to a small projection room.
A barn with a central atrium window, on one side of the main building, is of a similar shape to the main entrance hall and features similar materials. Fully restored, it has been converted into a 190 m² function room. A door on the garden side opens on to a little bridge over the moat, leading to the property’s meadows and woods.
This building also comprises three toilets, one of which is suitable for disabled persons, as well as an area intended for caterers with work surfaces and a washing up area.
An outbuilding - The guest house
This outbuilding, spanning approx. 150 m², stands near to the right-hand tower. It has been converted into a guest house or a holiday accommodation rental unit. The entrance, opening off of the courtyard, provides access to a lounge, looking out over a terrace on the moat side, and to a fully fitted kitchen. A bedroom, with a bathroom, completes this level. Upstairs, a hall area provides access to two bedrooms and two bathrooms.
On the side is a garage or workshop, with a workbench and stainless-steel storage cupboards, as well as a laundry room.
An outbuilding - A second guest house
This 125 m² outbuilding, standing next to the left-hand tower, is the old caretakers’ cottage. The entrance, next to a covered area, opens into a large living room, with a ceiling going up to a very high ridge and featuring a large fireplace, filled with a wood-burning stove. It has an open-plan kitchen. A hall area leads to a bedroom, with a private shower room including a shower and a toilet.
A stairway goes up to a mezzanine that could house a study and to a very large bedroom, with a shower room laid out in the tower.
An outbuilding - The owners’ residence
This building, in the courtyard, near to the covered area and the old stables, spans approx. 360 m². It is used as their home by the owners. A spacious entrance hall opens, on one side, into a large lounge and dining room; on the other side are a pantry and a kitchen fitted with professional equipment. A hall area has a door leading outside to the vegetable garden and providing discreet access to the carpark. Upstairs, a large hall area leads to an open-plan, family area with a bedroom, a wardrobe and a bathroom, two more bedrooms, a bathroom, a small lounge-library and a room, with a ceiling going up to a very ridge, in use as a study.
This property extends over some nine hectares. It is composed of woods and grasslands, enhanced with a pond and a small fishing lake as well as a spring feeding the moats. The grasslands for the horses, enclosed by wooden, three-rail fencing, have a water supply provided by a frost-resistant tap and a shelter able to accommodate two horses.
The old bakery, nearby, is used for storing garden tools and fodder for the horses.
On the west side, is a full-enclosed, landscape, heated swimming pool as well as a terrace, both discreetly laid out behind the garden.
The two towers, with their candlesnuffer roofs, exude a potent feeling of serenity as of the central driveway not only because of their stature but also because of their symmetry. However, the diversity of the buildings provides a certain fantasy which breaks with the stateliness of the entrance. The property is, therefore, pleasantly balanced.
The meticulous restoration of each building was elegantly carried out using first-class materials.
This estate is vast and varied, with a landscape featuring lakes, meadows and woods. The buildings and their facilities make this property suitable for a wide range of purposes such as a large, comfortable family home and activities combining bed & breakfast, holiday rental accommodation units as well as private wedding receptions and functions.
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