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House Maintenon (28)

Price: € 385,000
  • Surface 156 m2
  • Rooms 3 
  • Bedrooms 2 
  • Land 948 m2

An 18th century coaching inn, turned traditional, long farmhouse in the early 19th century, awaiting completion of its renovation, near to Chartres in a hamlet in the Eure Valley.
This property is in the Centre region of France on the outskirts of the Beauce Country, where the Loire Valley meets the Ile-de-France region. Sheltered in the hollows of the little valleys and the game-filled plains of the Eure Valley, it is 50 minutes from Paris by train. Food shops and local amenities are within walking distance in the town centre, just a 5-minute drive away.
Wooden gates open on to a driveway, running northwards to the traditional, long farmhouse and southwards to the outbuildings. Adjoining a wall bordering the land, this house was a stopover for stagecoaches, under the “Ancien Régime” (Old Order). Made available to travellers since their creation by King Louis XI in the 15th century, the buildings were often used as inns by followers and coach drivers who went straight upstairs to spend the night before setting off again on the royal ways. The building, where the postmaster welcomed the stagecoaches, is still to be found beyond the property boundaries. Just like the latter, the coaching inn was transformed into a traditional, long farmhouse in the 19th century. Nowadays, it is a house, laid out longwise, composed of adjoining rooms. With flint lower sections followed by cob walls, this house has wide arched openings, enhanced with red brick surrounds. The gable roof is covered with slates. Two outbuildings, facing this house, look out over the garden which is home to a well.
The houseThe entrance to the original coaching inn has been preserved. Behind a heavy door can be glimpsed a landing, with a pinewood stairway. The entire ground floor, now cleared, awaits completion of its conversion. The few necessary works were carried out by the current owners who spared no effort at the expense, for a while, of their own comfort.
Ground floor
The vestibule, the main room of the old coaching inn, would have a statelier air if laid with old terracotta floor tiles, a marker of these buildings’ regional identity. It is followed by a kitchen and then two rooms which could become a dining room and a lounge. One of them still includes an old fireplace, whilst the other has revealed its secret: a curious entrance to an underground tunnel reopened by the current owners. Here they discovered touching inscriptions on slates which date from the late 19th century, a time when the property was a working farm. All the rooms on this level bear witness to an era when men and animals lived under the same roof. The lounge, once a pigsty, still has its cob walls. This room could be easily improved with lime-rendered walls, the lime also helping with hygrometric exchanges. Each room still features exposed beams and packed mud floors. The latter would greatly benefit from being covered with recuperated old wooden flooring, which is both traditional and inexpensive. Each room is bright and illuminated either via a window or via a window and a door. All the door and window frames are old, but in a good state of repair.
First floor
A long landing is laid with parquet flooring and fitted with skylights, letting in copious amounts of light. It leads to almost all the rooms on this level: a study, three bedrooms, a toilet and a meticulously completed shower room. These rooms make it possible to live comfortably whilst the conversion and decoration works are completed on the ground floor.The outbuildingsTwo large, cob barns, most probably dating from the 16th century, stand harmoniously facing the traditional, long farmhouse to form a homogeneous property. They are spacious and their doors are old. Constructed by masons from Brittany, one of them …

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In detail

    • Surface 156 m2
    • Rooms 3
    • Bedrooms 2
    • Land 948 m2
    • Construction N/A*
    • Parking N/A*
    • Bathrooms 1
    • Shower rooms 1
    • Toilets N/A*
    • Exposure N/A*
    • Heating N/A*
    • Kitchen N/A*
    • Property tax N/A*
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  • € 385,000

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