a sober, cleverly renovated, 19th century chateau
Apart from its outbuildings, no other building can be seen from the chateau, reached via a country lane. The main, south-facing facade looks out over gently rolling meadows and woods.
The department of Vendée is one of the biggest, most dynamic in France. To the west, long beaches, covered in white sand, extend alongside the Atlantic Ocean. Here, to the east, bordering the department of Deux-Sèvres, the gentle granite relief of the Armorican Massif is not finished, the bocage countryside featuring irregular-shaped fields separated by hedges and ditches has been preserved, several small towns meeting daily requirements include Pouzauges, Cerizay and, a little further away, Les-Herbiers where the unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the country.
Nantes international airport is barely an hour away and the ocean with a wide choice of beaches is 1½ hours away.
Enthusiasts come from the world over to watch the historical shows, steeped in folklore, put on at the Puy-du-Fou theme park.
The main, south-facing facade forms the long section of the “L”.
To the 15 rooms in the main building can be added a 3-bedroomed flat, laid out in one of the two outbuildings, the aesthetics of which are equal to those of the main residence.
The current owners have completed the works that have to be carried out first during major renovation works such as those involving the insulation, heating (31 radiators), plumbing, electric wiring and double glazing.
The water for the especially large swimming pool, 20x8 m, comes from a well. A short distance away, an old tennis court is in need of attention. This property also includes two small lakes as well as a separate 4.5 ha chestnut wood, to be found on the other side of the valley.
This chateau was constructed between 1875 and 1882 by a high-ranking soldier who became mayor of the town. There have only been a few owners since then. Its main, south-facing facade aligns a central building, featuring five bays over two levels, topped with three roof dormers, with a slightly protruding pavilion on the left-hand side, which takes the form of a tower of the same height, and with a lower section on the right-hand side, which was formerly used by domestic staff as well as an impressive, adjoining, old veranda. On the north side, almost all the windows in a short wing, set at right angles to the main building behind the pavilion, face west and east. Each of the five sections has its own slate roof.
A through lounge takes up the central section. A French window, with a few steps leading to the parklands, and two large windows create a harmonious effect with the most pleasant of landscapes, extensive because the view stretches into the distance and private because there are no other houses in sight. Also facing south: a dining room, with cement floor tiles featuring stylised floral motifs, a study, a library-lounge, made even cosier by its wall panelling, and a vast, fully fitted kitchen, with terracotta floor tiles, well-worthy of a chateau and able to accommodate a large breakfast table. Reached directly from outside, it is flanked on the far west end of the building by a back kitchen and a laundry room, with a shower. At the other end and taking up the full width, the conservatory veranda is steeped in natural daylight. New owners will, no doubt, make its renovation a priority as its charm can but ensure daily conviviality. A conviviality which is also enhanced by the fireplaces in the lounge, the dining room and that, with its granite jambs and mantel, in the kitchen. The entrance hall is on the north side. Featuring marble floor tiles laid in a chessboard pattern, it is two stories high whilst another vestibule houses the back stairway. This level also includes two toilets.
A wooden stairway goes up from the large lounge on the ground floor. It leads to a vast landing, just like the nearby back stairway, making the house very easy to move around and enhancing its residents’ privacy. This level comprises the bedrooms, two of which face south via large windows, a third faces south and west, a fourth faces west, a fifth faces north as well as east and a sixth, with its bath, its wash-hand basin and its fireplace, faces north, making it ideal for hot summer days. The floor surface areas vary between 16 and 30 m². There are numerous bright bathrooms: a total of four, including one, a few steps down on the south side, where all the water and waste plumbing is already laid on. The four toilets, either in the bathrooms or separate, provide additional comfort. One of the facade bedrooms has a dressing room illuminated via a large window.
A skylight illuminates the main stairwell with copious amounts of daylight. The four bedrooms on this level span between 20 and 25 m². Two of them feature the exposed roofing framework. The bathroom fixtures and fittings are not quite complete. The roof, above a 110 m² attic, has been redone.
In addition to a wine cellar, the basement with its packed mud floor houses two Weishaupt boilers, two 2,000 litre oil tanks and a hot domestic water tank.
Standing at right angles to one another, both outbuildings feature arched openings. Whilst the longest, once the stables, awaits renovation, the other houses a flat composed of a lounge, three bedrooms, a kitchen, a bathroom and a toilet.
The only decor here is nature itself which changes in accordance with the light and the seasons. The feeling of being at the end of the world is an unrequited luxury: everything necessary to a modern way of life is just a short distance away. The chateau’s architecture is sober without being monotonous, the interiors are spacious but not enormous. Essential home comforts have been meticulously installed. Finishing works are a golden opportunity for new owners to give free rein to their own personal tastes in a first-class setting. The outbuildings exude even more potential. Such a property is but one of life’s blessings.
|Land registry surface area||9 ha 89 a 33 ca|
|Number of bedrooms||10|
|Main building surface area||778 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||483 m2|
Jean-Pascal Guiot +33 1 42 84 80 85
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.