French MH listed castle in a 182 ha (450 acre) untenanted estate
In South Burgundy, a land of hills covered with small fields, hedges and vineyards where a foretaste of the Mediterranean climate and harsh winters make each season pleasant. The French department of Saône & Loire is in a strategic geographical position notably due to the proximity of several national and international cities:
- Lyon, former capital of the Gauls and second largest city in France, is within easy reach by motorway.
- Paris is on a direct TGV train line.- Geneva, leading world financial and diplomatic centre.
In a village with shops with essential items, schools, etc.
The estate was built during the 19th century by the great-grandfather of the current owner and spans more than 180 ha (445 acres) comprising parklands, woods, grasslands, marshland and a vast lake.
The entire castle has French MH listing which is rare for a 19th century building and is proof of its excellent state of preservation and a certain regional scarcity. It is completely built over cellars and comprises a ground floor, a first floor and converted attic space. Each floor spans approx. 490 m² (5,274 sq ft) giving a total living area of approx. 1,700 m² (18,298 sq ft).
The outside is neo-Louis XIII in style: wide, evenly-spaced picture windows opening on to the parklands, railings, lintels, cornices and yellow stone sculptures, together with brick walls and a steep, slate hipped roof featuring roof dormers.
The inside is neo-Louis XVI in style.
The ground floor comprises the reception rooms: an entrance hall, several formal lounges, an outstanding dining room, studies and a library as well as a contemporary kitchen and a pantry. Mosaic floors, strip and herringbone parquet flooring, walls covered with wainscoting and trumeaux, ceilings decorated with intricate cornices and mouldings. Marble fireplaces in every room, original furniture.
The first floor includes a series of bedrooms, the majority of which are furnished with the original furniture. Parquet flooring, walls lined with support panelling and covered with their original panel tapestries, marble fireplaces and ceilings decorated with intricate cornices.
The attic space on the second floor is partly converted (main building), but the wings have the same spacious surface areas as the lower floors. It comprises several good-sized bedrooms and numerous maids’ bedrooms in their original condition and with the original furniture.
Parquet flooring, walls with old tapestries and marble fireplaces.The third floor is only converted in the wings and comprises several staff bedrooms.
The basement is given over to utility rooms for the castle: operational 19th century kitchens, cellars, laundry room, boiler rooms, fruit storage room, jam-making room, etc.
The castle’s service quarters are built in an Anglo-Norman style, forming an elegant main courtyard and a rear courtyard. They span a total of approx. 1,500 m² (16,145 sq ft): stables, foaling stalls, staff accommodation, a garage for horse-drawn carriages, workshops, a greenhouse and haybarns, etc.
The large farm belonging to the castle is built a little way away from the parklands and is set out around a vast inner courtyard. The buildings span a total of approx. 1,000 m² (10,764 sq ft).
The small farm belonging to the castle was used for providing the castle with basic supplies: eggs, cheese, milk, butter, etc.
The contemporary farm comprises a vast number of stalls, and large storage sheds.
Farm manager’s house, game keeper’s house, and a former station.
This is very probably the biggest regional estate currently on the market: 182 ha (450 acres) of untenanted land with parklands, forests, grasslands, marshland and a lake.
The building surface area is vast: more than 2,000 m² (21,527 sq ft) for the castle and more than 3,000 m² (32,291 sq ft) for the former service quarters in addition to the contemporary farm buildings.
Built by the great-grandfather of the current owner, the entire property has always been maintained but could do with a certain amount of modernisation. All the original furniture is in-situ, from the furniture in the state rooms to the maid’s beds and including countless items: old trunks, chamber pots, etc. The property exudes a moving aura from another era, one of a large estate that not so very long ago was completely self-sufficient.
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|Land registry surface area||450 acres|
|Main building surface area||21 528 sq ft|
|Outbuilding surface area||32 292 sq ft|
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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.