castles / chateaux for sale burgundy auxerre chablis

An elegant, 17th & 19th century chateau and its outbuildings
in 6 hectares of natural surroundings on a Yonne hillside
Auxerre, YONNE burgundy 89000 FR

Location

This chateau is set in Burgundy, in the French department of Yonne, equidistant between the town of Auxerre and the village of Chablis (15 minutes). Paris is but a 1¾ hour train journey (2 nearby train stations); the A6 motorway is 10 minutes away.

Description

This property, just a few minutes from the superb town of Auxerre, on the edge of a forest, appears at the end of a hedge-lined lane which continues inside with, on one side, the chateau and its parklands, whilst on the other side, are the farm buildings and the orchards. Standing in a dominant position on a hill, this property’s pastoral backdrop comprises meadows stretching down to the forest below. One section of the chateau’s old outbuildings is no longer part of the estate but its magnificent restoration contributes to the property’s overall beauty. This estate extends over a little more than 6 hectares of parklands and meadows.

The chateau

This property, built in the 17th century, was in a way part of a much bigger estate uniting the region’s chateaux in 2,000 ha of forests. The owners were large families related to one another through blood or marriage. A fire after the French Revolution destroyed the majority of the chateau and spared but the outbuildings and the dovecote. A second building, with a totally different appearance, was built on the foundations of the first chateau in the 19th century. A square shape extending the wings was preferred to the round towers. The main rectangular building currently spans a floor surface area of approx. 825 m² over three levels. The facades, covered with a light-coloured rendering, exude a simple elegance. The main entrance provides a line of symmetry for the numerous, regularly spaced windows, with their stone framing. The large slate roof features sculpted stone roof dormers which illuminate the attic. The sound facade facing the parklands exudes a proud, elegant air.
The courtyard side is, however, quite different. Appearing less imposing and more refined, it leaves some space for the interesting 17th century outbuildings surrounding it.
Pride of place is taken by the vestiges of the old construction such as the small square towers, much narrower than the others, standing elegantly out from the facade.
In times gone by, the chateau was entered via this courtyard, closed by attractive wrought iron gates. Lived in by an aristocratic family until the Second World War, this chateau was then purchased by an industrialist, the children of whom sold it to the current owners.


Ground floor
The double, wooden, moulded entrance doors are on the parkland side. A through vestibule houses a large Burgundy stone stairway with wrought iron railings.
All the rooms have oak wood, moulded wall panelling. The floors are covered in stone tiles with inlaid decoration or terracotta tiles or oak wood parquet flooring. Ceilings feature moulding. The main rooms overlook the courtyard and parkland sides, making them particularly luminous. The hues chosen for the walls are warm and mellow. The touches of black present throughout the furniture are dynamic whilst the touches of white on the ceilings and the openings are refreshing. The bright colours of the paintings, the ceramic ornaments and the crockery are a treat for the eyes and the spirit.
A dining room, on the right-hand side, is adorned with a 19th century fireplace and a door provides access to the private kitchen which, on a lower level, opens on to the courtyard. A back kitchen, at the end, features small regional ceramic tiles and a stone sink.
A lounge is laid out on the garden side. The last room, at the end, is used as an anteroom and includes a shower room with a wash-hand basin and toilet.
On the left-hand side of the main entrance hall, the decor of the large lounge is more elaborate than that of the other rooms with more heavily wrought moulding, a pink marble fireplace with a plaster trumeau featuring a mythological scene.
A cupboard, on the right-hand side of the fireplace, is used for storing equipment required for serving meals. A passageway at the other end leads to a small pantry, a toilet and the breakfast room. The stone floor features refined inlaid decoration.
The garage, in the courtyard, provides access to the cellars as well as to the chateau’s boiler room.
Contemporary decor has been intentionally combined with the old features throughout these rooms.

First floor
The stairway goes up to a large corridor which provides access to bedrooms on either side.
Large windows let in copious amounts of light, brightening the dark grey walls and the tinted parquet flooring. Just like the rest of the chateau, this floor abounds in wonderful features such as artistic ornaments, designer furniture, brightly-coloured paintings, etc.
Almost all of the bedrooms overlook the parklands. All the bedrooms have large cupboards, tinted oak wood parquet flooring, plain walls and superb marble fireplaces in a variety of colours.
On the left-hand side of the stairway, the corridor leads to a study and to a small storage room.
Set at right angles, a bedroom, a dressing room and a bathroom have been laid out in one of the wings of the chateau.
On the other side are an exercise room and a bedroom with an adjoining bathroom. Again set at right angles, a second bedroom, with its bathroom, is laid out in the other wing. Right at the end of the corridor is a laundry room as well as a passageway leading to the wooden back stairway which provides access to both the kitchen on the ground floor and to a small flat under the rafters.
The current decoration on this floor features colours ranging from plum to grey through to English green, enhancing the chosen fabrics. Striking touches of black and white have also been included.

Top floor
A flat has been laid out in the attic space in the right-hand wing of the chateau. The landing can be reached via the back stairway. It leads to a lounge, a bedroom, a small kitchen and a bathroom.
A large attic, not currently used, spans the entire surface of the building. The chateau also comprises spaces that could be converted to increase its living area, especially as they are illuminated via openings.

Cellar
The cellars only run under a section of the chateau which probably corresponds to the foundations of the first building.
They can be reached via the main entrance hall, under the stairway, or by going through the garage. A series of small vaulted spaces are, for instance, used for housing tanks containing the oil required for heating the chateau or for laying down bottles of wine.

The outbuildings

The outbuildings are set out around the old main courtyard, previously used as the main entrance to the chateau. Set at right angles to the main building, they enclose the courtyard.
These outbuildings span a total floor surface area of approx. 300 m². They comprise a superb, rendered, rectangular house of delightful proportions. Its hip roof is covered with small Burgundy tiles. The openings are framed with the same white stone as the quoins. Following on from this house are the stables, housed in a lower, similar looking building with regional white stone framing its openings and a roof covered with small tiles. It adjoins a magnificent dovecote. Gravelled alleyways, lined with boxwood, lead to each building. Wrought iron gates close the entrance to the courtyard.


The stables
Three large horse loose boxes have been laid out in the intermediary section of the outbuildings. They have direct access to the attic where hay and straw are stored.
A washing area, with rubber flooring, adjoins the stables. An entrance along the alleyway provides easy access to the meadows and the riding arena.

Dovecote
Vestige of the old chateau, the dovecote spans two levels. It still has its wooden winding stairway and includes some 1,500 dove-holes. It is completely rendered. Only the openings are framed with stone.
Caretaker’s accommodation
This is the oldest section, dating from the 17th century. It spans three levels.
The ground floor comprises a tack room, a small room with a low ceiling featuring exposed beams and a fireplace, a dairy and a storage area. A double entrance on the courtyard side and the alleyway side, with an oak wood stairway, provides access upstairs. The first floor includes an L-shaped corridor, a small kitchen, a toilet, a lounge and a dining room. All the walls are painted white or grey. Sisal matting or large black tiles cover the floors.
On the top floor, under the rafters, is a large bedroom with a dressing room and a bathroom. The superb roofing framework has been left exposed. This level also has white-painted walls and sisal matting, creating a unity with the floor below. This bright cottage is extremely comfortable.

The farm and the orangery

Laid out on the other side of the alleyway, separating them from the chateau, are the farm buildings which were added in the 19th century. They comprise a large, rectangular, 2-storey building with a total floor surface area of approx. 400 m². Fully restored, they have been converted into a spa, a restaurant and two suites.
A barn, at the other end, is used as a machine room for the swimming pool, a boiler room and also houses the wood-pellet reserve. This section is enclosed by walls, providing the privacy necessary for the large swimming pool, installed in the old courtyard. A few metres away, a magnificent orangery was also constructed. The horses’ dressage ring, two sandy paddocks as well as a French bowls pitch and an old well are also to be found here.


Ground floor
The restoration of this building is homogeneous and harmonious. The walls and the ceiling beams are painted white, the charcoal grey concrete floors are laid with quartz. The door and window frames are made of dark grey steel. The contemporary decor blends beautifully with the old features.
Behind a large picture window, the vast professional kitchen, created by Dutch designer Roderick-Vos, is a work of art, composed of metal and oak wood. Everything was devised for the preparation of guest meals. Convivial and luminous, it takes up a large area on the ground floor. A stairway, made of rough oak timber, goes up to the dining room.
Leaving the kitchen, it possible to access the lounge of the first suite. This large lounge, with white walls and a concrete floor, features a magnificent oak wood, spiral stairway, designed by an Italian craftsman. The bedroom is on the first floor.
A spa area has been laid out in the centre of the building, with a room comprising a professional hammam and sauna as well as an entrance lobby with an elegant wash-hand basin. At the end is the machine room, housing the heating system for the entire house, and on the right-hand side a shower room with a toilet.
Finally, on the far right-hand side, a last door opens into the lounge of the second suite, identical in every way to the first.

Top floor
All the rooms are under the slopes of the roof. The area is nevertheless very airy with white walls, sisal floor matting and extremely contemporary oak wood furniture.
Above the kitchen is the restaurant.
Each suite comprises an upstairs bedroom and bathroom. The open-plan bathrooms, off the bedrooms, comprise a bath, a shower, a toilet, a bidet and two wash-hand basins. The decoration is immaculate throughout.

The swiming pool
Constructed against the farm, it is surrounded by a superb terrace, made of greyish exotic ipe wood. The pool spans 19 m by 5 m. The water is heated via a wood-pellet-fired boiler. All the technical machinery is hidden from view in the barn.
Orangery
This building is highly attractive, with its large arched doorways and its tall arcade windows. All the openings are framed with brick and white stone. This tall orangery houses green plants and trees that need to be protected during the winter season. The zinc repotting tables are the original ones. This area is fully heated.

The parklands and the orchards

This chateau and its outbuildings stand in the midst of six hectares of parklands, orchards and meadows. The orchard is on the edge of the old farm, the two hectares of meadows, on either side of the property, slope down towards the valley. The parklands, behind the chateau, are planted with trees over a hundred years old. Small boxwood and rhododendron bushes are set out around a stone ornamental pool. Little gravel pathways wind here and there, passing under tunnels formed by hornbeam trees. A rectangular lake is at the end of the parklands. The two hectares are entirely enclosed by chestnut wood trelliswork. Sculptures and works by known artists are exhibited throughout the parklands.

Our opinion

This elegant chateau was majestically and soberly reconstructed on older foundations in the 19th century. As a result it features highly successful combinations of a variety of styles. It is ideally suited to the contemporary interior decor which is now one of its main attractions. There is a good chance that the new owners will love it. The effective use of shapes and colours is greatly appealing. Useful facilities are beautiful and scrupulous attention has been paid to detail. The older outbuildings, also extremely dignified, have been transformed into an additional reception and function area. All the buildings pay tribute to those craftsmen who meticulously converted them and to the artists whose many works now appear to have been made especially for its rooms or its parklands. The extremely successful hotel and catering activity can easily be continued unless, of course, a strictly private use is preferred for such beautiful premises.

Exclusive sale

2 950 000 €
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Reference 580164

Land registry surface area 6 ha
Main building surface area 1325 m2
Outbuilding surface area 851 m2

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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.

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