In Provins, a UNESCO listed world heritage site, in the very heart of this medieval town, one of the most remarkable properties, with its cellars, underground galleries and spring.
90 km from Paris, it is accessible by the A4 motorway, the Francilienne Parisian ring road and the N4 national road. There is a train station (lines were electrified in the summer of 2019) linking it to Paris Gare de l'Est via daily and hourly trains.
Provins is a lively tourist town and former capital of the Counts of Champagne. The old town centre and its unique architectural heritage have been preserved. Nothing is missing, there are: local convenience stores, public and private schools, a hospital and private clinic, cultural centre with two theatre halls, a modern sports complex, ultra-modern swimming pool with three pools, four cinemas, a picturesque covered market held twice a week and shopping centres.
This property is in the very heart of the medieval town, among the most beautiful and oldest properties. It has a vast garden that has been skilfully maintained and it is a real privilege to have an enclosed garden of this size. It may be accessed by car through an impressive double-leaf oak gate. There is an adjoining side door. This medieval building standing in a courtyard and a garden spans three storeys. There is a small annex house close to the entrance and an orangerie, vast artist's workshop at the bottom of the garden and in the middle of lush natural and delicately scented surroundings. The two cellars, precious medieval gems, are accessible from outside the estate: there is private access leading to them via the boundary wall.
The houseA solid building built in 1275, spanning three storeys. The facades are stone with cornerstones of dressed stone. The doors and windows are vertically framed with stone quoins and the roofs are flat tiled.
The tall wood-framed windows appear to suggest that there were some changes made in 18th century. Several medieval windows however still exist.
The door opens on to an entrance with a terracotta tile flooring, a main oak staircase, a cloakroom and a small cupboard used as a wardrobe. The sitting room with its period terracotta tiles has a monumental fireplace. There is an adjoining bread oven and impressive cast iron fireback decorated with angels. Beams and ceiling joists are exposed. The room is a through room and is illuminated by four tall wood-framed, small-paned windows featuring indoor oak shutters. It is surprisingly luminous considering the period of construction. A flight of five steps leads down in to the dining room, also with old terracotta floor tiles. The windows are small-paned with wooden frames and have indoor oak shutters. Following on from the dining room and on the same level, there is an old warm kitchen with a mosaic floor and then again another flight of five steps leading up to the sitting room.
There is no room as such but a very beautiful mullioned window and window seats that light up the staircase that deserve a special mention.
There are five bedrooms, three of which are accessed by the main staircase; the two other bedrooms are accessed via the staircase in the dining room.
A landing followed by a corridor lead to the first three bedrooms. They all have English-style pinewood parquet flooring and exposed beams and ceiling joists. The rooms are illuminated by the wood-framed, small-paned windows with indoor oak shutters and also the mullioned window with its window seats. The first bedroom has a fireplace and a tiled bathroom with a toilet.
One of the bedrooms has a washbasin. Another leads via a miller's staircase to a sixth bedroom with a sloping ceiling and a washbasin in the corner.
Sixth bedroom, sloping ceiling and ...
Le Figaro Properties reference : 24228187
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