Mill Dreux (28)

Price:
$ 1,127,100
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  • Surface 457 m2
  • Rooms 12 
  • Bedrooms 7 
  • Land 3.7 ha

On the edge of the Eure, at the confluence of two rivers, close to Paris, a Louis XIV period mill with mechanism and dwellings, on 3 ha.
In the heart of a village, a stone's throw away from a town, the property is close to a train station with frequent links to Paris. Thanks to the geographical situation at the meeting point of the Ile-de-France, Normandy and the Centre-Val-de-Loire region, this is a dynamic vicinity with a young population. High-performance and innovative activities are setting up here, marking the potential of the region. The local shops and health services can easily be reached by road, public transport or even on foot.
A true testimony to an early policy of regional planning, introduced at the beginning of the personal reign of Louis XIV and then applied by his minister Colbert, the 'small wheat mill' dates precisely from 1663. In the 17th and 18th centuries, several arms of the river were channelled in order to regulate the watercourses and to allow the navigation of flat-bottomed, shallow-draft boats to transport heavy goods to the Eure and beyond, to Rouen. Situated at the dividing line of two historical and often conflicting regions in the Middle Ages, the mill is built on the site of a Roman 'limes', a real border area physically marked by the presence of a moat to control road and especially river traffic between the different fiefdoms. Its majestic site still bears witness to the great works undertaken to protect the building from water and floods. The property consists of a mix of buildings just like a small village: a caretaker's cottage or guest house, a vast dwelling that once belonged to noblemen, outbuildings and other small houses along a waterway in an undulating environment. A departmental road serves the property. It extends over a large triangular-shaped plot. The various buildings lie at a good distance from the gate. A gentle slope leads to the main house. Close to the main entrance, a first single-storey house oversees access to the property. A small greenhouse and a lean-to shed are attached to this building. Near these first outbuildings lies the dwelling. Rectangular at the front, it is marked by a concave indentation at the back which softens its rigour and linearity. The mill mechanism and its stream are behind the house. The house overlooks the large covered swimming pool and a second outbuilding. Opposite the main house, the insular estate: wooden bridges, paths lined with banks bordering the river, extensive lawns opening onto a thousand flowery and rural perspectives.
The dwellingA genuine little manor house, the mill has a four-sided roof covered with local tiles. The facade is topped by two bold shed dormers and other more discreet dormer windows. The dwelling is built on two levels and rendered with an old-fashioned ochre-coloured plaster. There are four windows on the first floor, three of which are equipped with wooden shutters with heart-shaped decorations, matching the two similar windows on the ground floor. A Virginia creeper climbs between the small-paned windows. The pair of period doors opening into the house, lipped and brown, recalls the Medieval age and the early Louis XIII style. Its rigour is tempered by Mashrabiya-like fittings, giving the sturdy building the appearance of a small castle from the early 17th century.
Ground floor
The entrance leads directly into the living room, a large central room with a floor reminiscent of stone used in monasteries, echoing the large grey-white ceruse beams. Decorated with torches, the room has a very medieval atmosphere. At the back of the room, an imposing white stone fireplace attracts the eye. Its red brick mantle and varnished wood give a warm touch to the room. This fireplace, flanked by an oak staircase, is a testimony to the time when, on the model of the medieval 'Aula', …

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Advertiser reference: 650886 - Le Figaro Properties reference: 36014549

In detail

    • Surface 457 m2
    • Rooms 12
    • Bedrooms 7
    • Land 3.7 ha
    • Construction N/A*
    • Parking N/A*
    • Bathrooms 2
    • Shower rooms 2
    • Toilets 4
    • Exposure N/A*
    • Heating N/A*
    • Kitchen N/A*
    • Property tax N/A*
  • Energy Performance Certificate

    213 6*

    *GreenHouse Gas emission

    6
  • $ 1,127,100

* Information not provided by the advertiser

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