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Maison Bord de Rivière
Beautifully renovated 18th-century French estate with a lush garden and a heated salt water pool.
Located on edge of a wild part of the Seine River.
For child safety, there is an EU norm rigid automatic pool cover and a gate closes off the river.
How would you describe Maison Bord de Rivière in a nutshell?
Offering breathtaking views across the surrounding countryside and the River Seine, Maison bord de Rivière nestles on the outskirts of a traditional village in Normandy, just 100 kilometres from Paris. It’s a hidden escape that has been completely renovated with a modern California style while retaining its 19th-century charm.
What is the story behind Maison Bord de Rivière, what was your inspiration to create it?
I live in Paris with my French wife and two little girls and we always wanted to have a family escape outside the city. Four years ago, there was a lack of upscale private retreats that were easily accessible from Paris, so it was our idea to create one. I envisioned somewhere that was reminiscent of my childhood in the United States where I would get out in the countryside and enjoy the outdoors.
When we discovered the house, we fell for it immediately and spent a year renovating and gardening between November 2017 and 2018. It is a 19th-century traditional French home that has been brought back to life with new electrical circuits, insulation and heating, as well as modern kitchens, bathrooms and a swimming pool. We wanted to make it comfortable yet unique and authentic.
My background is in catering and events and I owned one of the first food trucks in Paris, Cantine California, for many years. I also operated a restaurant, so I had a lot of experience in building out hospitality spaces. On this project, I worked with a Parisian architect, Gilles Tombeur, who drew the technical plans and layouts while I managed the worksite and interior decorations.
How would you describe the atmosphere and interior design of Maison Bord de Rivière?
We wanted our guests to feel as though they were at a private country house that was very homely while being disconnected from their urban lifestyle. It’s a place that really immerses you in the Normandy countryside — in winter, it’s about long walks along the river and relaxing beside the fire while in the summertime, it’s being poolside and evening barbecues. It’s a place to refresh and rejuvenate while creating unforgettable memories with your family and friends.
On the first floor is a living room with a fireplace and an antique piano, as well as an open-plan kitchen that connects to the dining room. On the second floor are two bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms while on the third floor are an additional two bedrooms that share a bathroom.
Adjacent to the main house are two standalone buildings where you’ll find three more bedrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms and private terraces. There is also a glasshouse with a wood stove and a large communal table that can be used as a living space, a yoga or arts room.
Maison Bord de Rivière has central heating and several wood-burning fireplaces, as well as a sound system and complimentary Wi-Fi. The kitchen is fully equipped with top-end appliances and high-quality cookware and there is a washing machine available to guests.
Each morning, the baker drops off croissants for breakfast and we can connect guests with private chefs who can either prepare meals at the house or deliver them. There is also a local fishmonger who can deliver oysters, crabs and lobsters or guests can have groceries delivered by the big supermarket chain, Carrefour.
We can also help to organise e-bikes, yoga instructors and rock climbing guides for expeditions, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced climber. Nearby is a horseback riding centre and there are plenty of local walks that you can access directly from the house. The gardens are fully fenced, making the property ideal for families with young kids. It is possible to arrange additional cleaning as needed.
Roughly 15 minutes from the Maison bord de Rivière is Les Andelys, which is home to the medieval castle ruins of Richard the Lionheart. In 30 minutes you can be in Lyons-la-Forêt where you’ll find timber-framed houses, a beautiful abbey and an open-air market. In fact, many of the surrounding towns host weekend markets.
The house and gardens of Monet in Giverny are also easily accessible in around 40 minutes while the seaside resort of Deauville is 1.5 hours away. Closer to the house are plenty of riverside and forest walking trails that take in small country roads and paths.
Maison Bord de Rivière is located in Muids, which is around 1.5 hours’ drive from Charles de Gaulle Airport and slightly less from Paris. Daily trains connect to a station that is just 10 minutes from the property.
The closest restaurant is eight minutes away and appears in the Michelin guide, with its wood-panelled dining room overlooking the River Seine. In our village is a tiny grocery store where you can buy basics or around 10 minutes away is a larger town where you’ll find a medium-sized grocery store, a bakery and a butcher.
Maison Bord de Rivière is a year-round destination and offers something different each season. In winter, you can experience cosy moments around the fireplace before enjoying the lush gardens in spring. Summer is all about swimming in the saltwater pool while autumn is ideal for enjoying the outdoor brasero fire.
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