an eclectic-style 19th century chateau
The property is located on the territory of a dynamic municipality, between the Orléans canal and forest. The municipality is part of the Loire Valley region and includes a group of terroirs, natural and cultural sites that are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The property is one hour forty minutes from Paris and fifteen minutes by car form the centre of Orléans. This historic town has all the infrastructures and amenities of a French metropole. Its train station links it with Paris in an hour. It takes ten minutes from the chateau by bicycle or by car to reach the town centre, shops and amenities.
The chateau was built in 1989 by a Jewish businessman who was forced to abandon it when he was deported. The chateau was then requisitioned and occupied by the Germans. After the liberation a Parisian antique dealer took it over. Fortunately, the architectural features and decorations were preserved.
The chateau is a single-depth rectangular shape and flanked to the west by a round tower. The north-facing road side facade is marked by a square front building incorporating the interior staircase. This front building features tall narrow windows with dressed stone framings. Ironwork anchors decorate the north wall. It has a double hipped overhanging roof and is supported by numerous wooden angle braces. The slate roof is decorated with an elaborate, sleek zinc ridge and finials. The double wooden entrance door with glazed imposts, is accessed via a few steps protected by a wooden porch. This unique facade features a four-part basket-handle arched window, three-part French windows opening on to a balcony with balusters then a shed dormer with exposed truss. Dressed stone was used for all the window framings.
The south-facing facade, on the parkland side, is presented in three identical sections comprising French windows opening on to a terrace, a rectangular window then a shed dormer. A fourth section has a slight projection crowned with a double pediment and features two double bay windows as well as two meurtrieres. The terrace overhanging the garden is accessed via a stone staircase and rosette decorated balustrade.
The round tower features several bay windows. Those on the second floor are crowned by a drop-arch floral ceramic decoration. The shed dormers on the top floor are decorated with an elaborate moulded pediment. And just like the northern front building, the tower is topped by an overhanging conical roof supported by wooden angle braces.
The chateau’s walls are decorated with channelled brickwork and modillion cornice of dressed limestone, a symbolic building material of this region. The slate roof features a zinc ridge decorated with fleurs de lys.
On the basement floor, a vaulted cave runs the length of the chateau and the temperature is steady and cool.
The boiler room is located under the chateau as is an open round room with direct access to the garden. This room is currently used as a creative workshop.
On the ground floor, the rooms are laid out as adjoining rooms. They all overlook the parkland.
The hall forms a gallery providing access to all the rooms and is illuminated by a large basket-handle window with coloured stained glass and geometric motifs. A through-kitchen that lets in the light throughout the day is located at the east end. It has direct access to the garden via French windows opening on to a double staircase. The kitchen communicates with a small lounge heated by a wood stove. Then follows the dining room with French-style ceiling and floral motif, stained glass windows. A sculpted wood fireplace, with green and white ceramic tiles featuring lions and fleurs de lys, takes pride of place in this room. Here the doors and windows feature ogee mouldings and ogee arches decorated with small figures. The floors in these two rooms as well as in the hall are of white and black diamond tiles giving luminosity to these spaces. In the small lounge and the dining room, French windows open on to a long terrace overlooking the garden. Then finally, the large lounge located in the tower is a particularly special room in the chateau. It is circular, and natural light floods in whatever the time of day. The marble fireplace and stitch parquet flooring make it a very warm room.
In the hall, an impressive solid wooden suspended staircase provides access to the upper floors. The stained glass windows going up the staircase feature geometric motifs and some historical scenes. Under the staircase there is a toilet and access to the cellar.
The first floor comprises three bedrooms one of which is located in the tower, a shower room, a bathroom, wardrobe, toilet as well as a linen room. A gallery similar to that on the ground floor leads to these rooms. It features a French window opening on to a small balcony and a stained glass canopy representing a scene from Joan of Arc’s life.
There are three bedrooms with parquet floors and fireplaces in this converted attic. One of the bedrooms and a shower room are in the tower. All the rooms are accessed by means of a corridor.
The third and last floor is to be found only in the tower. This circular room features parquet flooring, a fireplace and several windows allowing one to appreciate the variations in light throughout the day. And its elevation provides a splendid view over the surrounding area
There are several outbuildings making up a surface area of approx. 350 m2. At the entrance to the property there is a small brick, wood and ceramic building. It spans two storeys, and its bay windows give it plenty of light. Following on from here, there are some stalls and storage sheds, a hen house, rabbit hutches, a kennel then several workshops and a double garage.
The parklands, between the lawns and wooden areas, measures approx. 500 m2. It is fully enclosed and unoverlooked. Different tree species are to be found including a majestic cedar tee. The grounds are with a slight gradient: the chateau, the outbuildings and semi-covered pool are to be found in the higher part, and the Canal d’Orleans in the lower part. It is a pleasant restful place, in the shade of the trees or under the wrought-iron arbour.
The building features an eclectic architecture, there is a combination of Neo-Gothic, Anglo-Norman and Art Nouveau styles. It is almost unbelievable and should be given a special ‘mystical status’. To live in this property amongst the parklands is like living one’s dream: there is something for everyone, for the seven year old child to the seventy-year-old. With full comforts and within quick access to Orléans and Paris. This property is a rare find located so close to large cities yet in the rural countryside. Such is the reality and the charm of the site.
|Land registry surface area||4875 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||6|
|Main building surface area||450 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||300 m2|
Orléanais & North-Sologne
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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.