Romantic ‘maison de maître’
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. leggettprestige.com