castles / chateaux for sale near toucy in france

A chateau, with 12 hectares of parklands,
set between woods and fields in Burgundy
Saint-Fargeau, YONNE burgundy 89170 FR


This property is in one of Burgundy’s historic, tourist villages, just two hours from Paris via the A6 and A77 motorways. The chateau, known as “La Mothe Jarry” is in Bléneau, near to all shops. This market town is between Auxerre and Briare in a place where an old road called “merchants’ way”, which linked two towns, crossed the Loing, a river that runs through Bléneau. This little town was economically very active courtesy of the mining of outcrops of iron ore in the Puisaye region. Its 12th century church and 13th century castle are on the French historic monument list.


A little country lane leads to the large estate of “La Mothe Jarry” very near to Bléneau. Large wrought iron gates provide access to the property. Long alleyways, one of which is lined with cypress trees, meet at the residence. Meadows and fields form vast open areas dotted with various species such as Lebanon cedar, horse and sweet chestnut as well as lime trees. This property exudes a rural, pastoral atmosphere. The elegant silhouette of this well-concealed chateau comes gradually into sight along the driveway. A gravel courtyard, where cars can be parked, extends around the building. The outbuildings, made impressive by their size and beauty, are laid out near to the large residence. They form a courtyard enclosed by the farm and the estate’s various farm buildings. This chateau, with its water-filled moats, stands in the midst of some 12 hectares of parklands.

The chateau

This chateau, with origins that appear to date back to the 16th century, was extensively redesigned in the 19th century. It has slate roofs.
The north side of the chateau comprises a tower, a main building and an added pavilion. The stone lower sections have small openings. The oldest section of the residence is the tower, adorned with gargoyles. A superb horseshoe-shaped stairway, with a wrought iron handrail and railings, goes up to the entrance into the main building.
The first floor windows feature glazed fanlights. A moulded stone string course runs along the facade. The contour and profile of the pavilion is different. Two large French windows, with large panes, are divided to form a cross by a mullion and adorned with baluster railings. Between them is a central window under a semi-circular arch. Lateral openings are topped with a lintel level with the walled-up fanlight of the central opening.
On the west side is a second covered entrance which was originally intended for carriages. It features a horse loose box and a large arcade. Above is a balcony with balusters, on to which open two large-paned windows, topped with a tympanum which features a legendary and symbolic unicorn.
The chateau’s south facade includes an immense veranda, housing a conservatory, on the ground floor. It is topped with a terrace and pear-shaped balusters, looked down on by a watch-turret. The top of the pavilion features an attic roof dormer.
A tower is adorned with an equinox sundial, in an unusually good state of repair, as well as a watch-turret, engraved with the letter H, the first letter of HOUETTE, the name of the owners, a family who lived here between 1860 and 2007.
A Lescot-style opening on the ground floor completes the ornamentation of the tower. A porch way, enhanced with Doric-order columns, looks out over the parklands. Moats run alongside the southern section of the chateau as well as its outbuildings.

Base level
A large basement houses various machine rooms that look directly out over the moat. Burgundy red and beige floor tiles are laid in a chessboard pattern, which is often the case in old Burgundy kitchens.
Ground floor
On the north side, a vast entrance hall, with herringbone pattern parquet flooring, spans approx. 36 m². It provides access to adjoining rooms via double carved wooden doors. All the interior walls are constructed from dressed stone.
The oldest section is the tower, where a little round room with a 4 m high ceiling is laid out as a smoking room. The walls are covered with bricks. The ceiling, with its exposed joists, appears to date from before the 19th century. A little fireplace has a carved wooden mantel. Double wooden doors open into a 36 m² bar room, with exposed ceiling beams, panelling and double doors that open into the extremely luminous main entrance hall. Also on the north side, to the right of the main entrance hall, is a series of adjoining rooms comprising a billiards’ room, spanning approx. 51 m², with bookshelves lining an entire wall and a large fireplace. The following large lounge, spanning approx. 60 m², is very bright courtesy of its large, small-paned windows. A semi-circular archway over a pair of Tuscan-order columns with two rectangular pillars on each side separates it from the billiards’ room. It has a coffered ceiling. The fireplace mantel is made of white stone, featuring moulded jambs and a Burgundy stone tile hearth. Double doors, glazed with small-panes, open on to the veranda on the west side, hence the brightness of the lounge.
In the middle of the main entrance hall, on the south side of the chateau, a wooden stairway, with balusters, houses a study. Double doors open on to an attractive porch way overlooking the moat. Following on from the study, a dining room, with a floor surface area of approx. 51 m², has a sliding wrought wooden door, making it possible to separate the room from the entrance hall. This dining room features a ceiling painted by an Italian artist, representing the four elements: earth, water, air and fire. Each end of the room has three trompe-l'œil separately reiterating these elements and a painted bouquet of flowers symbolising the earth. An open-hearth fireplace attracts the eye courtesy of its originality, the result of its brick structure topped with a face which could be that of one of the members of the Houette family. The veranda, spanning a floor surface area of approx. 70 m² and having a 10 m high ceiling, is a real gem. It contains a conservatory with cast iron planters that stand on the old floor tiles with their inlaid decoration. Large picture windows blur the dividing line between the inside and the outside. A lift goes to a large bedroom, currently undergoing works. It has a mezzanine, with wrought iron railings, looking down into the veranda. All the windows are insulated in accordance with good trade practices.

First floor
Leading upstairs, the quarter-turning, hanging stairway, with its balusters, is made of carved wood. A long corridor, spanning approx. 16 m², provides access from the landing to six bedrooms, three on the north side and three on the south side. Spanning between approx. 16 and 31 m², they each have their own fireplace. One bedroom, on the north side, has its own shower room, with an Italian style shower and two wash-hand basins, all in marble. The toilet is separate. A children’s bathroom and a separate toilet have been installed on the landing on the north side, facing the back stairway. Another bedroom, on the south side, has its own tiled bathroom. All the bath and shower rooms have been renovated. A few wooden steps at the end of the corridor provide access to a large room, currently undergoing works and spanning a floor surface area of approx. 70 m². This could become an additional bedroom. Its exposed stone walls feature six large double-glazed windows. A mezzanine looks down on to the veranda which is illuminated at night via large Napoleon III style lamps. The room opens on to a superb balcony, spanning approx. 15 m², which looks out over the property’s rural landscape and provides a closer view of the house’s famous emblematic unicorn. There is old parquet flooring throughout this level. Some bedrooms feature half-timbering and exposed beams, making them rustic as well as warm and welcoming.
Second floor
This level also has six bedrooms with exposed beams and parquet flooring. The ceilings are somewhat lower. The views are magnificent.

The hunting lodge

The hunting lodge has 111 m² of living space. It comprises a lounge, with a fireplace, a dining room and a kitchen downstairs with two bedrooms upstairs.

The outbuildings

This chateau is surrounded by outbuildings, spanning a floor surface area of approx. 565 m². The south side, reflected in the moat water, extends the main building. There are three main sections: a pavilion at each end and the right-hand wing set at right angles alongside the courtyard. Two horizontal string courses run the length of the wall. The windows comprise protruding keystones. Openings are framed with stone and brick surrounds. The openings, on the ground floor of the central section, feature semi-circular arches with through brick voussoirs. Both pavilions have small openings set in the wall in order to air some of the rooms. The building has a contour and profile typical of the Puisaye region in the 19th century. A games room, spanning approx. 44 m², on the ground floor is followed by a 37 m² exercise room. Reached via an old wooden stairway, a large 56 m² room looks out over the moat. A fireplace decorates the room, its marble mantel sculpted with little cherubs.

The farm

Other outbuildings such as the chateau’s farm, the habitable section of which corresponds to a floor surface area of 95 m², will simply exude charm once they have been revamped.

Farm buildings, including a brick barn with a square tower which must date from an earlier period than the other buildings, complete this property. The long-sloped, hip roof and the brick facing give the buildings enormous character. A second barn, standing at right angles to the first, closes the courtyard.

The other outbuildings

A sheepfold, spanning approx. 200 m².
A cowshed spanning approx. 120 m².
A pigsty, spanning approx. 10 m².

Our opinion

A prestigious hotel or a gastronomic restaurant could be opened here. The many, superb outbuildings could be used for numerous purposes in majestic parklands that are but an invitation to take a stroll. Unless, of course, a family would like to take over from the one which has spent half a century renovating and decorating this impressive chateau in an original manner whilst making it comfortable. The starting point for any works deemed necessary is unquestionably sound.

Exclusive sale

2 093 500 €
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Reference 747292

Land registry surface area 12 ha 23 a 22 ca
Outbuilding surface area 565 m2

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Regional representative

Isabelle Ponelle       +33 1 42 84 80 85



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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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