100 km from Paris, in the Brie-Champenoise region, a little house on the prairie.
This property, set on the crest of Mongon Hill (at an altitude of 175 m), dominates not only the Dhuys Valley to the north but also the thalweg of the brook Bornet to the west. Courtesy of this exceptional location, the house and its garden benefit from a protected setting and outstanding views over the great Champenois countryside. The property looks down on the surrounding landscape without being isolated as there is a neighbouring farm with its cows. The house is a good starting point for hikers who can set off in the direction of Château-Thierry or towards Épernay and the champagne vineyards.
When were here, we dont see the children all day! said the current owner. It is true that this old farm has become a happy home, particularly for children. In addition to its rustic charm, the house is a real playground for children and adults alike with its bedrooms resembling boat cabins, its stable for two horses, its swimming pool and its swing as well as grasslands stretching for as far as the eye can see. This undulating region is part of the Dhuys Valley.
Although the region is discreet and although it has witnessed battles, particularly during the First World War, it is now a deeply rural, unspoilt land. Living here with nature, with the simple pleasures of the seasons and the view of the valley leads residents to understand that the countryside has a soul.
The houseThe construction period for the old farm is uncertain but was most probably at the beginning of the 19th century.
The initial building was a typical regional farm building with an adjoining cowshed. The main door was set in the eaves wall. This barn was extended by the house.
The latter was flanked by a wing set at right angles, built over cellars, and also by a lean-to on the gable wall. An annex building, still in existence, would have been used as a cowshed or pigsty.
The French-style windows on the main facade are regularly spaced unlike the windows on the other sections of the building. Four shed dormers, very horizontal in shape with overhanging eaves on the sides, have been added to the north and south-facing roof slopes.
The kitchen windows are horizontal and fitted with traditional, small-paned, wooden frames. With its horizontal windows and its roof sloping towards the valley, the wing set at right angles is very streamlined and is more reminiscent of an English cottage than a local farmhouse. An outside flight of back steps goes up to the kitchen. A domestic bell can still be seen in the door-jamb.
The lean-to on the gable wall has also been transformed. A horizontal window illuminates the bathroom on a lower level. Above, a dovecote with two dove-holes has been installed in a filled-in window, surrounded by finely wrought wooden trellis.
One semi-circular arched French window has been created upstairs on the west gable wall and another on the north facade.
Wooden trellis has been added with climbing plants, Virginia creepers and roses. Stable doors complete the inspirational eclecticism.
The main entrance opens into the lounge which adjoins a dining room. Middle-class home comforts take pride of place here with some very rustic features such as old red terracotta floor tiles, white walls, a wooden stairway and a wooden surround fireplace. A door opens into the kitchen which follows on from the dining room. This kitchen is in many respects outstanding. It features American-style built-in cupboards, complete with draining board and varnished wood facades, with the rounded corners and stainless-steel handles characteristic of the 1950s. A pivoting cupboard used for storing bread is a curiosity nowadays. Modernity also has a privileged position in this house, right next to the dining room and the terrace, ...
Anzahl der Schlafzimmer: 7, Anzahl der Badezimmer: 3, Bundesland: Picardie