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1 hour from Paris, on the edge of the Retz forest, a fully restored Art Deco manor house.
To the north-east of Paris, in the centre of a picturesque Valois village, on the edge of the Royal Forest of Retz and in the shadow of a thousand-year-old abbey, this 1927 Art Deco residence is a haven of peace. However, it is only 15 minutes from Soissons, a dynamic town with a rich heritage and cathedral. It is also only 10 minutes from Villers-Cotterêts with its wide range of shops and services and its famous castle of François 1er, a town which will become the international centre of the Francophonie (the French-speaking world) in 2024. By car, it takes 30 min to drive to Compiègne, 1 hour to Paris, 3h30 to Brussels, and 1h30 to Le Touquet and its sandy beaches. Although this rural and wooded region is unspoilt, it offers unparalleled road and rail links to Paris and Europe.
Situated in the centre of a park studded with trees, the manor is protected from the village by a large stone wall. The entrance is through an automatic gate, topped with wrought iron volutes. To the right of the gate, a large lawn with huge, centuries-old trees provides a green backdrop to the house. Between the gate and the manor house, a circular driveway with a flower bed and bushes in the centre allows cars to enter and exit easily. To the rear is a swimming pool, right next to the wall, and a small gardener's cottage which could be a pleasant poolhouse or guest house.
The manor houseThe main facade is very much in the Art Deco style with its sharp angles and corners. However, it follows the layout of classical French architecture: a central brick and stone building with two side wings. Its true elegance stems from this style, although it is a subterfuge of the architect since in fact, the layout of the building is rectangular.
The three-storey house was designed by the great architect André Perrin who, after devoting his energy and patriotism to fighting on the various fronts of the First World War, settled in Picardy to help rebuild a devastated region.
The highly geometric play with stone and brick has a striking effect. The first two levels of the central building are brick with stone wings. The last level, with its two gables at the front, is just the opposite. The ensemble is dominated by monumental stone rakes and, all around, tall and wide windows. This is all that was needed to create a facade with such allure. The slate roof features a roofline supported by discreet jambs. In its center is a hip dormer window.
Different families have successively lived in this residence until today. They all have preserved the authenticity of the property, admirably served by the overall restoration of the last owners: plumbing, heating, electricity, insulation, damp rooms, glazing, facade, etc. with one constant: to bring light to life!! Indeed, the interior of the house is bright. All the rooms benefit greatly from the sun with double views and dual aspects.
At the top of a stone staircase, a double glass door leads to a hallway with a terrazzo floor framed by a coloured mosaic border. A sleek oak staircase with a tapered newel post adorns the back of the entrance. The atmosphere in the hall is clear, almost transparent, with lots of natural light, a shiny terrazzo floor and a view of the entire reception area through the high, all-glass interior doors. On one side, it serves a large drawing room with a fireplace and a small music room, on the other, the dining room. The latter, featuring a range cooker and a central island, combines the kitchen and a large dining table, thus offering a warm atmosphere for generous meals with friends and family. A large rear kitchen can be used as scullery, but also as a laundry room. All reception rooms are full-width with many large windows and give a feeling of clarity …
Advertiser reference: 328472 - Le Figaro Properties reference: 49833610
- Surface 290 m2
- Rooms 10
- Bedrooms 7
- Land 4 850 m2
- Construction N/A*
- Parking N/A*
- Bathrooms 3
- Toilets 3
- Exposure N/A*
- Heating N/A*
- Kitchen N/A*
- Property tax N/A*
Energy Performance Certificate207 6*
*GreenHouse Gas emission6
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