Castle for professional purposes
in the Gâtinais Nature Park
47 km (29 miles) from Paris, in the Gâtinais Nature Park, in the French department of Essonne. In a town with 3,200 inhabitants, all shops and amenities.
2 km (1.25 miles) from a Paris RER line D railway station with lines to “Gare de Lyon”, “Châtelet” and “Gare du Nord”. 10 km (6.25 miles) from a Paris RER line C railway station with lines to “Austerlitz”. 17 km (11 miles) from the A6 motorway, Mennecy interchange. 3 km (2 miles) from the JB Salis aerodrome. 8 km (5 miles) from a golf course. 35 km (22 miles) from Fontainebleau. 15 minutes from Milly-la-Forêt and the N20
18th century entrance gates open on to a long private driveway from the main road. Parklands of a surface area of 14.1297 ha (34.92 acres), are walled in on three sides and protected on the fourth side by a bordering stream. Right in the centre, between woods and vast stretches of lawn, the buildings stand on an earth platform surrounded on all sides by dry moats.
A rivulet runs by lower down. Further away is a stretch of water fed by an artesian well. Opposite is a vegetable garden / orchard. Woods are in the highest part.
On the other side of the rivulet, to the south, to protect the views as necessary, is a separate plot of woods spanning 3.644 ha (9 acres) which also belongs to the castle, thus bringing its total surface area to 17.7737 ha (43.92 acres).
The oldest part from the 12th century takes the form of a 2-storey building to the north with a wonderful vaulted stone cellar.
The current central building was built, adjoining this building, in the 17th century. Three stories are flanked at each end by two towers facing the courtyard of honour. This courtyard, with two outbuildings, a chapel and another carriage pavilion flanking its entrance gates, is closed off to the north by an orangery. In the centre is an 18th century style French parterre featuring lawns, boxwood bushes and a fountain. On the south side, a row of lime trees stand in front of a low retaining wall overlooking the moats.
An elegant property, the alignment of the windows of which highlights the steep slate roofs that feature wrought zinc bull’s eye windows and finials also in zinc.
The Chapel (120 m² / 1,292 sq ft):The ground floor comprises 3 rooms including a study, an old chapel and a kitchen. Upstairs are 4 bedrooms or offices including one with access in the old watch turret, bathroom and toilet.
The Orangery (320 m² / 3,444 sq ft):An open-plan area with a fibre optic starred ceiling and comprising a catering area and bathroom and toilet facilities. Above the Orangery is a large, partly planted terrace (350 m² / 3,767 sq ft) with a pergola dominating the courtyard of honour to the south and the wood to the west with 2 accesses: one to the castle, the other to the service quarters.The service quarters (270 m² / 2,906 sq ft):
On the ground floor, a building comprising a former stable, 1 tack room and a machine room, 1 garage, a large 70 m² (753 sq ft) room with oak parquet flooring, a catering area and a study.
A lounge opening on to the terrace, 10 bedrooms all with bath or shower room and toilet. On the first floor are 2 bedrooms, both with bathroom and toilet.
In the parklands:
2 buildings await full restoration: the gardener’s cottage (approx. 54 m² / 581 sq ft) and a storeroom (approx. 90 m² / 969 sq ft) situated close to the bigger of the entrance gates with an adjoining house in ruins.
1 wood cabin (15 m² / 162 sq ft)
Site for a clay tennis court
A 20x9 m (65.6x29.5 ft) swimming pool (2.8 m / 9.2 ft deep) with its machine room (sand filter)
1 ice cave
1 underground exit
Woods, grassland, French formal garden. Stretch of water with artesian wells and a rivulet running along the south boundary of the parklands.
An outstanding work tool that meets all current technical and comfort requirements. Development is still feasible with the possibility of constructing a further 3,000 m² (32,291 sq ft), something which is quite rare within the perimeters of this type of building.
As always, and quite easily in this particular case, the property could be turned back into a lovely family home. 24 bedrooms with a possibility of an additional 10 within the existing framework.
Price : contact us
Our fees are included in the stated sale price.
|Land registry surface area||17ha 77a 37ca/|
|Main building surface area||1040 m² / 11194 sq ft|
|Outbuilding surface area||764 m² / 8224 sq ft|
Patrice Besse       +33 (0)1 42 84 80 84
NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.