manor for sale in picardy in france

A large hunting estate composed of woods, marshland and farmland
including an elegant, 19th century manor house and vast outbuildings
Laon, AISNE picardy 02000 FR

Location

This estate is on the edge of rich farmland plains that constitute a significant part of its surface area. The rest is taken up by marshland and woods, delimited by a river, the nonchalant course of which gives rise to a vast complex of marshland and wet meadows all along its length.
A lively town, 23 km away, has all administrative amenities, shops and schools. The train station boasts numerous daily links to Paris.

Description

The estate spans a total surface area of 216 ha, including 94 ha of farmland (BPS - Basic Payment Scheme) and 118 ha of woods, moorland, lakes and marshland. All of the grounds are developed and exploited, with priority being given to the running of a commercial hunting activity, predominantly devoted to feathered game.
Farm buildings for the farming activity and a large hunting lodge, decorated in a warm, convivial manner, can accommodate up to 45 guests. A professional kitchen makes it possible to prepare good quality meals, much appreciated by a clientele, for the most part regular customers. Other spacious rooms are used for the organisation of hunts and, of course, for the traditional display of the hunters’ kill at the end of day.
A small, self-contained house provides accommodation for a couple working on the estate.
A luxurious, comfortable manor house, constructed in the 19th century, constitutes the owners’ home. It is surrounded by wooded parklands that isolate the farm buildings and the hunting lodge. One of its facades looks out over the surrounding countryside with a view of a large parterre, laid to lawn, and beyond to a canal-type lake, extending into the estate’s marshland.

The manor house

This mansion bears the outstanding mark of its construction in the late 19th century. The building spans three levels, two of which are under the rafters. The lower level extends on each of its sides to form two low wings, set slightly back and simply topped with a terrace bordered by a stone balustrade.
The building is constructed entirely from red brick. The lower sections are built from roughly dressed stone. The same rustic finish is used for the toothed quoins on the four corners of the main building and those of the two, slightly set back wings. All the windows of the main building are topped with a purely decorative relieving arch.
Both facades feature five roof dormers, set in the gable roof. These comprise the windows on the second level which include two large, tall roof dormers with rectangular pediments.
The facade of the main building facing the countryside, as well as each of the two wings’ gables, has steps providing access either to the central vestibule, or to the rooms in both wings. The facade overlooking the parklands has a protruding porch, preceded by steps sheltered by the eaves.


Ground floor
The steps on the facade facing the countryside provide access to a wide corridor, leading to all the rooms on the ground floor. The decor is not only a good example of the neo-gothic style but also a prelude to that to be found throughout the residence with wainscoting featuring linenfold panels, oak wood door surrounds topped with an open gable, a ceiling with decorative wooden ribbing and cement floor tiles with polychrome motifs.
At the end of the corridor, a little chapel is also archetypical of this style, with panelling, triangular arched windows, filled with stained-glass, separated by a decor of semi-circular vaults, supported on little wooden columns, and wall-covering featuring fleur-de-lis in the spaces thus created.
Similarly, the library which opens into the south-west entrance hall, has even more heavily marked neo-gothic decor with an exceptional fireplace, made of wood like the panelling, with columns, an ornate mantel and chimney breast, moulded doors, outstanding marquetry parquet flooring, a coffered ceiling and, above the wainscoting, a fresco painted in pastel hues representing a scene from the Middle-Ages.
A study communicates with the library whilst a bedroom and its bathroom are across a vestibule.
On the other side of the central corridor are communicating reception rooms. The first, a dining room, is followed in the south-east wing by a large lounge and an adjoining music room. The dining and music rooms are decorated in a neo-classical style with numerous panels painted with allegorical scenes. The large lounge, once again features a panelled, 19th century decor, more middle-class this time, where an impressive fireplace with its jambs adorned with caryatides, takes pride of place in the centre of the room.

First floor
A landing at the top of the stairs provides access to all four bedrooms which look out from all the facades of the manor house. They are all spacious and adjoined by their own bathrooms.
Second floor
The second floor, laid out in the attic space, houses a bedroom at each of its ends as well as two partitioned areas for communal use on either side of the landing adjoining the bedrooms. These could be used to enlarge the exiting bedrooms. Portioning has made it possible to install a shower, shared by the bedrooms.
Basement
This full basement comprises several storage and utility rooms as well as a huge kitchen which is also used as an everyday dining room. A laundry room.

The hunting lodge

This lodge is laid out in a 40 m long, more or less rectangular building that spans a ground surface area of approx. 370 m². Constructed of brick over two levels, it comprises a central, slightly protruding pavilion, topped with a hip roof, with a half-hipped roof dormer. It is flanked by two wings, each symmetrically featuring two large, semi-circular arched doors. Two buttresses with limestone steps mark the corners of the central pavilion. Like that of the central pavilion, the Mansard style roofs on the wings are covered with flat, terracotta tiles.


Ground floor
On the lower level of the central pavilion and both wings are a large vestibule, a garage, a large, secondary dining room as well as a room for displaying the hunters’ kill at the end of day.
Second level
This level comprises all the rooms required for receiving the estate’s guests. These include a vast dining room, enhanced with a bar, a cloakroom, a kitchen and a wash-up area. And lastly, a bedroom, with a bathroom, used by the chef responsible for cooking the meals which tradition dictates are served to the guests.
All of these reception facilities are in an excellent state of repair and are in line with current day standards.

The caretaker’s cottage

On the edge of the parklands and the communal area, where the hunting lodge and other outbuildings are constructed, stands a caretaker’s cottage at a distance from the manor house and the hunting lodge.
This building, spanning a surface area of approx. 110 m² over two levels, recently underwent full renovation works. It comprises a vestibule, a dining room, a kitchen and two bedrooms, each with its own bathroom.
A garage adjoins one side of the house.

The other outbuildings

The estate also includes several other outbuildings such as large farm sheds used for farming and forestry purposes, a henhouse and an old kennel. A brick-built water tower houses a pumping station for the estate’s water, coming from a deep borehole (approx. 40 m).

The parklands

The area around the manor house is laid out as parklands, planted with fruit trees as well as tall noble species. They are also dotted with large parterres, laid to lawn.
A wall on the north-east side separates the parklands from the surface area comprising the hunting lodge and the other outbuildings. A large parterre on the south-west side looks out over the estate with a view of an elongated, rectangular lake, resembling a long canal, just like those of the more prestigious estates.

The estate and hunting grounds

Spanning a total surface area of 216 ha, this freehold estate extends over 94 ha of land used for farming purposes and 118 ha of woods, moorland, lakes and marshland.
Furthermore, a little more than 30 ha of municipal marshland are rented by the owner in order to enlarge the hunting grounds.
This estate is predominantly devoted to a commercial hunting activity. Consequently, the owners have never sought to achieve optimum farming yields and the production results recorded per hectare are less than they could be with more diversified crop rotation methods, currently limited to alternating barley and maize.
The estate’s forestry sections are subject to a Simple Management Plan (SMP) which, involving an agreed surface area of 71 ha, is due to run until 2028. Some 40 ha are planted with deciduous seedling forest where a significant number of trees are oak, the forest being predominantly exploited to produce firewood.
The estate’s marshland and lakes can be seen on Cassini’s map.
The hunting is primarily devoted to feathered game (partridge, pheasant, duck), partridge being a recognised speciality.
Nevertheless, the grounds are also home to roe deer as well as wild boar and the estate has a 2017-2020, three-year Hunting Plan allowing the killing of 70 roe deer and 60 wild boar.
The numerous, first-class, hunting facilities were designed with security as a priority (dirt embankments in front of the firing stations).
The estate hosts up to 1,000 guns per year.

Our opinion

An estate where nature rules, near to a comfortable manor house, with outstanding decor, that provides the owners of the premises with a home. The magic of the marshland, filled with the sound of birdsong and the activity of fish and frogs, can but appeal to the senses of hunters, naturalists and city-dwellers seeking to find a wild, natural haven at a convenient distance from large, urban centres.
If so desired, the commercial hunting activity could be profitably continued, on the basis of a good clientele composed above all of regular customers, highly appreciative of the estate.

3 445 000 €
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Reference 686702

Land registry surface area 215 ha 90 a

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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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