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House Vaucouleurs (55)

Price: € 390,000
  • Surface 318 m2
  • Rooms 10 
  • Bedrooms 3 
  • Land 1 000 m2

An old, late 18th century convent in Vaucouleurs, in the Land of Joan-of-Arc.
3½ hours from Paris, 2 hours from Luxembourg and the Belgian border, less than an hour from Nancy and Bar-le-Duc.
Vaucouleurs is a little town laid out like an amphitheatre on a hillside dominating the left bank of the river Meuse amidst fertile grasslands. It is the small market town from which Joan-of-Arc left under escort in February 1429 to join Charles VII in Chinon in order to convince him to drive the English out of France. The local enthusiastic population clubbed together to provide the future saint with men’s clothing.
This property is in the immediate proximity of the town centre. It is the old Tiercelins convent, founded on 23 January 1630 by François, Lord of Malpierre, governor of Vaucouleurs, and Claude-de-Choiseul-Beaupré, lady-in-waiting to Anne of Austria. Its architecture was subsequently modified between the end of the 18th and the beginning of the 19th century.
A vast courtyard, closed by old wrought iron gates, sets the house right back off the street. A set of rear gates, letting vehicles in, open on to a completely walled garden. It is planted with tall trees, forming a further screen. The garden also includes a small single-storey house, in use as a summer kitchen, as well as a vast garage.
The houseThe courtyard facade, built from pointed quarry stone blocks, has two entrance doors, one for the main house and the second leading to two self-contained flats.
The double-glazed windows, featuring straight stone lintels on the ground floor and arched lintels on the first floor, are fitted with roller shutters.
The Mansard-style roof, covered with interlocking, slate tiles, features four stone roof dormers, sculpted with scrolls and diamond shapes.
The rear facade, more imposing than the front, is flanked by a pavilion. Set at right angles, it houses the flats, whilst the main building comprises the house and the old “chartil” where carriages were once kept.
Contrary to the courtyard facade, the windows are arched on the ground floor and straight on the first floor. The door to the old “chartil” is topped with small basket-handle-arched windows.
The slightly lower, protruding pavilion features windows, with straight stone lintels, and bull’s eye windows, sculpted in a star-shape.
The facades are lit by large lanterns.
Ground floor
A heavy, oak wood door opens into a through entrance hall which extends to the garden. Said hall is lined with wainscoting and features mosaic floor tiles as well as doors topped with neo-classical style medallions, centrally decorated with the profile of a Greek priestess of Bacchus straight from a Dionysian retinue. Two lounges, on either side, look out over the courtyard. One of them, the walls of which are hung with fabric under a plain cornice, has a marble fireplace and strip pattern oak wood parquet flooring. It opens into a dining room, with dark wood panelling and oak wood flooring, where an outstanding ceramic, wood-burning stove takes pride of place. The second lounge has a painted ceiling, featuring fruit trees and flying birds, panelling and oak wood flooring. It communicates with the kitchen, where the electrical appliances blend harmoniously with a large, preserved cupboard and a stone sink. A door opens into the old paved “chartil”, laid out as a workshop, a laundry room and a boiler room. This area also communicates with the first-floor library via a rustic stairway.
First floor
An oak wood and wrought iron stairway goes up from the central corridor to a landing. A first bedroom, overlooking the courtyard, has a moulded ceiling, featuring corner floral decoration, and indoor wooden shutters. It opens into a small room in use as a dressing room. On the other side of the corridor, overlooking the garden, is a bathroom, with a free-standing …

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Advertiser reference: 949493 - Le Figaro Properties reference: 31418473

In detail

    • Surface 318 m2
    • Rooms 10
    • Bedrooms 3
    • Land 1 000 m2
    • Construction N/A*
    • Parking N/A*
    • Bathrooms 2
    • Toilets N/A*
    • Exposure N/A*
    • Heating N/A*
    • Kitchen N/A*
  • Energy Performance Certificate

    in KWhPE/m²/year

    N/A*
    • A ≤ 50
    • B 51 to 90
    • C 91 to 150
    • D 151 to 230
    • E 231 to 330
    • F 331 to 450
    • G > 451

    GreenHouse Gas emission

    in CO2eqkg/m²/year

    N/A*
    • A ≤ 5
    • B 6 to 10
    • C 11 to 20
    • D 21 to 35
    • E 36 to 55
    • F 56 to 80
    • G > 80
  • € 390,000

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