Rural Property Ideal for Family Gatherings, Cycling

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Last updated: 05/28/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

This charming and exquisitely quiet 2 acre property with gardens and orchard and two homes -- is situated northeast of Paris in a small village about 1.25 hours from Paris by car, or 60 minutes by a train in Villers-Cotterets 10 minutes away. The property has 2 homes, a more formal main house and a guest cottage, each with its own kitchen. There are a total of 7 bedrooms. Taken together the 2 houses are ideal for a family gathering, but also intimate enough for a couple alone. The surrounding countryside --large 14th C farms and huge 'dominial' forests --is ideal for quiet and peaceful paved road cycling with reasonable slopes and few autos, hiking, and horseback riding. For many experienced cyclists and horse lovers, the region is ideal. Rental horses and forest rides and lessons for children and adults can easily be arranged. Cross country cycling is also attractive for the experienced. Many experienced riders say the road cycling is the best and most beautiful they have ever experienced.
Though you are close enough to Paris to drive or train in for the day, you are in the true French countryside.
The house consists of two wings separated by a fully remodeled kitchen with 2 ovens, a restaurant grade stove, and dishwasher. There is also a French country-style breakfast/lunch/food prep table in the kitchen that seats 8. The kitchen has reproductions of 19th century skylights, limestone counters from the local quarry and stone floors from Burgundy.
The house was remodeled to keep as much as possible of the character of French cottages from the 19th and 18th century, e.g. there are many exposed stone interior walls. There are 2 very large fireplaces, one in the formal dining room and one in the 'salon.' For summer days or evenings when it is hot outside, you can relax with a glass of wine in one of the original caves. In the winter or chilly autumn or spring, the house has central heating with authentic radiators that can be adjusted for each bedroom.
The house and property is situated just below a huge plain of many km's diameter; this plain is crossed by smaller roads, some of them dating back to Roman times, that is absolutely ideal for bike riding. Each road can take you into a village below. The stone farmhouses and stone barns date back to the 14th and 13th centuries. The area is rich in history of modern and ancient France. For example the first Gallic king recieved possession of France from the Roman procurator in the now industrial city of Soissons 20 km from the house. Nearby also is the railroad car where the armistice was signed in the city of Compiegne, where there is a magnificent imperial palace and park by LeNotre

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Property Type

  • Villa
  • 3000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


  • Children Welcome
  • Limited Accessibility:

    There are 4 steps from the street down into the courtyard. The kitchen, one bedroom, and a second bedroom/sitting room and full bath are all on the main floor and are accessible....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    No smoking in the house. Smoking is fine oustside....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14, Beds for 14

Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • 1. Nearby Equestrian Stables 2. On-road and Off-road biking is superb


  • Books:

    Limited library in owners study. Feel free to borrow....moreless

  • Music Library
  • Stereo:

    IN dining room of main house...moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Ruins
  • Theme Parks
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Rural:

    Although the village is not far from major towns and cities, it is absolutely quiet and rural. The village stretches from a huge agricultural plain to the cool, green forest below. Wild-life abounds....moreless

  • Village:

    The village church was built on the site of a Merovingian place of worship (8th Century). The village has about 125 citizens, All the houses are stone....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming


  • Dining:

    Formal dining room with exposed stone walls and large fireplace,...moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 14 people


  • Clothes Dryer:

    In guest house garage...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    3 working fireplaces : Dining room, Living room and next to kitchen bedroom. Owner's bedroom fireplace cannot be used. Guest house does not have a working fireplace. No fireplace in guest house....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Main house: Central heating with thermostat in dining room. Guest house: Central heating Kitchen heating is ...moreless

  • Internet:

    WiFI in owners study. You will need your own laptop. No Wi-FI in guest house...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Frette sheets and quilt covers thorughout. These are washed and changed once a week....moreless

  • Parking:

    On street...moreless

  • Telephone:

    In main house only. You will be billed for long distance calls....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Towels provided for each guest, laundered and changed once a week. ...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    In guest house garage...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    French Press...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Remodelled spacious kitchen with diswasher, micro-wave, one regular and one convection oven, refrigerator with freezer...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven


  • Bicycles:

    Guests will be responsible for any servicing...moreless

Pool / Spa



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$2,000 $5,000

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Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $99


1. No pets -sorry

2. Bedding will be laundered once weekly by our staff

3. If you want staff to prepare meals, this can usually be arranged, but at an extra fee.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 05/28/2016
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60 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Charles DeGaulle
5 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
Hotel de Longpont / Villers Cotterets
8 Kilometres
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
50 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
Villers-Cotterets, Soissons, Longpont, Rheims
60 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Baie de Somme

Car: Necessary

Soucy is a tiny village of 100 people with its church on the site of a 7th C Merovingian (early Christian) place of worship. It is on the border of the Oise and its climate is more like the Oise and Paris region than northern France. The region around the house is rich in French history and WWI history and is dotted with public and private chateaux and a 20km long in and outdoor museum dedicated to the events of WWI.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2002

About the owner: I am a northern California physician who fell in love with the French countryside many years ago.

Why the Owner Chose Soucy, France:
I wanted a vacation house in the countryside outside of Paris, so that I could be able to do the things I love to do daily: antiquing, shopping at farmers' markets, cycling, hiking and horseback riding, but still be able to easily go to Paris either same day or overnight. A friend who grew up in a nearby village led me to the village and house, so it was easy to fit in and be a part of the village and country life. And there is a nearby stables whenever I want to ride through the beautiful forest that surrounds the region.

The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
A gracious but not pretentious house and grounds, as quiet as one can imagine. Reasonable day trip to Paris. Best bike riding ever.

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Speaks: english, french



  • Lily pad and goldfish pond

    Lily pad and goldfish pond

  • View of garden behind the main house

    View of garden behind the main house

  • Kitchen table in the afternoon light

    Kitchen table in the afternoon light

  • Formal Dining Room with fireplace

    Formal Dining Room with fireplace

  • Green room main house bathroom

    Green room main house bathroom

  • View of living room from study

    View of living room from study

  • Guest Bath and dressing

    Guest Bath and dressing

  • In the courtyard ready to go out for dinner

    In the courtyard ready to go out for dinner

  • Garden front court

    Garden front court

  • Living roon with fireplace at night

    Living roon with fireplace at night

  • View from kitchen window

    View from kitchen window

  • Bedroom suite with fireplace

    Bedroom suite with fireplace

  • Look at guest house from above

    Look at guest house from above

  • Ancient wine cellar main house

    Ancient wine cellar main house

  • Main garden

    Main garden

  • View of the salon and study. One of the bedrooms is above.

    View of the salon and study. One of the bedrooms is above.

VRBO #576116

This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Thursday, October 20, 2016

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Rural Property Ideal For Family Gatherings, Cycling

Soucy, France #576116

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