Ro­man­tic ‘mai­son de maître’

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This el­e­gant 19th-cen­tury prop­erty is in the vil­lage of Marle in Aisne, al­most half­way be­tween Paris and Brus­sels. It lies amidst rolling fields and forests and has been fully re­stored. In­side is a mix of old and new, with the prop­erty re­tain­ing some his­tor­i­cal fea­tures, such as orig­i­nal fire­places and floors. It of­fers eight bed­rooms and two bath­rooms as well as out­build­ings and a cel­lar.

Ac­cord­ing to the owner, it was built by one of Napoleon’s ex-colonels, who was by this time in the ser­vice of Charles X (1824-1830) for his beloved mis­tress. She out­lived him by many years, re­main­ing in the house un­til her own death. Ru­mour has it that she hid her for­tune some­where in the house. How­ever, the cur­rent owner has done it up com­pletely and has sadly found no signs of any trea­sure.

The vil­lage has schools, shops and eater­ies. leggettpres­

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