castles / chateaux for sale berry region in france

Surrounded by the wild beauty of the Sologne region,
an elegant, 18th century chateau amidst 24 ha of woods
Lamotte-Beuvron, CHER center-val-de-loire 41600 FR

Location

This chateau, constructed in the 18th century, is easily reached despite standing in an exceptional, predominantly unspoilt, natural setting. It is to be found in the natural Sologne region, an hour away from Orleans and some two hours from Paris via the A77 motorway and the local secondary road.

Description

A lane, some 2 km long, provides access through the woods to the property. Although on highland, the chateau is built on a flat area, all on a level with its main courtyard, surrounded by the outbuildings. The garden side here is also the country side. First of all, a large esplanade extends the full length of the building, facing the countryside and providing a panoramic view, looking down into the distance. Wide steps then lead down from this esplanade to a semi-circular belvedere which overlooks a lake, followed by a river. The view is captivating. The overall architecture is typical of that to be found in the Sologne region, with its red bricks and the gravelled area around the residence. Courtesy of a contrast effect, the blue-tinted, slate roofs enhance the red-ochre colour of the brick.
The old tenant farmhouse is now a home to a caretaker. Behind it, the old vegetable garden is partially enclosed by a wall.
Installed on a corner of the chateau, a swimming pool backs on to a low wall. Also concealed by vegetation, those taking a dip are out of sight of onlookers. Its machine room and a toilet are nearby.
The estate, spanning approx. 24 ha, extends all around the buildings. Essentially composed of woods, it also includes 3 ha of parklands.

The chateau

This rectangular building was constructed in a dominant position in the 18th century. It spans approx. 750 m² of living space. Flanked by two towers, topped with slate roofs featuring zinc crowns, the chateau is entirely built from local Sologne brick. Other features include stone balconies on each facade and a raised turret, with its candlesnuffer roof, which houses a spiral stairway.
The main entrance is reached via an inner courtyard.
This chateau is laid out over two levels and its facades feature numerous windows. Several rooms receive through light.
The chateau’s outbuildings, standing at the entrance to the estate, comprise stables and buildings used for miscellaneous purposes as well as a caretaker’s cottage, spanning approx. 95 m², once the old tenant farmhouse.


Ground floor
The main entrance opens into a large, through vestibule, with a very high ceiling. It provides access to the vast reception rooms via a corridor leading to a good number of living rooms. An oak wood stairway goes up to the first floor. Miscellaneous rooms, enhanced with 18th century marble fireplaces and panelling, are in a good state of repair. The floors are covered with oak wood parquet flooring, terracotta tiles or sea-rush matting.
First floor
This level comprises six bedrooms, three of which have their own shower room and three have their own bathroom. A linen room.
A spiral stairway goes up to a bedroom, with a bathroom, and then to the attic space, with its exposed oak wood roofing framework. There is an old bedroom at the end.

Tower
Each tower spans a floor surface area of approx. 68 m².

The tenant farmhouse

It spans a floor surface area of 96 m².

Our opinion

When considering the topography, it is tempting to think that the chateau, with its courtyard and garden sides, would stand out from its surroundings. But, in fact, no, it blends in superbly with the landscape and the countryside, whilst complementing its vocations perfectly. Reception and the practical aspects of life on one side and, on the other, “a terrace overlooking natural surroundings” (to paraphrase Paul-Claudel talking about Versailles’ Hall of Mirrors). There is no need of magnificence here: the land imposes its rules and its aesthetics with the brick reflecting autumnal hues like that of the earth and the slate pleasantly reflecting the sun’s rays. Basic simplicity and nobility go together like a pact agreed since time immemorial.

Exclusive sale

1 544 000 €
Honoraires à la charge du vendeur


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Reference 811720

Land registry surface area 24 ha 47 a 5 ca
Main building surface area 750 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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