An 18th century, Italian-style chateau set in 12 ha,
between woods and fields, in Burgundy’s French department of Nièvre
Charité-sur-Loire, NIEVRE burgundy 58400 FR

Location

This Italian-style property, less than 200 km from Paris, is near to a village with all shops and amenities. A nearby SNCF train station has links to Paris-Bercy.
Furthermore, the town of La-Charité-sur-Loire, where numerous visitors love to stroll through its narrow, history-filled streets, is but a stone’s throw from this little chateau. This bustling market town has enhanced its architectural heritage, such as the old stone bridge dating from the 16th century, the Notre-Dame church classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, the recently restored priory, which sheltered 200 monks during the great Cluniac movement, and the town ramparts. This region, with its wealth of culture and gastronomy, is where Pouilly-Fumé wines are a source of pride for its inhabitants.

Description

In a triangle linking Cosne-Cours-sur-Loire, La-Charité-sur-Loire and Donzy, the horizon takes in limestone farmland, a historic land of abbeys and tightly knit villages. Just a few minutes from La-Charité-sur-Loire, a tree-lined lane leads to wrought gates that open on to the property’s parklands, planted with various species of trees, hundreds of years old. A gravel parterre laid out in front of the chateau’s main entrance is used for parking cars. Birdsong is the only sound that prevails. A landscape reminiscent of romantics features a row of lime trees, providing shade and coolness during the ever-hot summers. A little wooden gate opens into an orchard, surrounded by a low stone wall. An old fountain faces the fruit trees with a swimming pool a short distance away, concealed from onlookers behind lush vegetation. Some 10 ha of woods, abounding in game, reinforce this countrified aspect. Outbuildings standing near to a pond include a caretaker’s cottage. A beautifully designed, French formal garden, laid out behind the chateau, features benches and rows of boxwood encircling a stone pillar covered in vegetation.
This property has everything: parklands comprising different species and vegetation, a row of lime trees, a swimming pool, a pond, an orchard, outbuildings, a French formal garden and woods, with their oak and hornbeam trees, where certain animals love to roam, a haven for all hunters.

The chateau

This chateau was probably constructed in the late 18th century on the site of an old, 15th century stronghold, dependent on Passy-les-Tours fortified castle which belonged to the Commander of the troops of Charles-the-Bold, Duke of Burgundy.
In 1857, the estate became the property of a family originating from Rome, hence the Italian influence on the house.
This large residence is flanked at each of its two ends by a pavilion, featuring double windows and separated by a central gallery forming an interior terrace. An elegant architecture alternates small and large arcades supported on a stone wall delimiting the interior area. The edging of the arcade is composed of local brick. The terrace floor is laid with blue ceramic tiles featuring a floral motif. Through the arches can be glimpsed large-paned, double windows, fitted with slatted shutters painted light grey, a popular 18th century colour. The rear of the house has its own interior terrace which differs in that the arcades are all identical in size. The architect sought to prevent the building being monotonous by changing the contour and profile of its two facades. Both pavilions have pyramid roofs, whilst the central building is topped with a slate gable roof featuring a gothic window.


Ground floor
Double French windows open into a very bright, entrance gallery, enhanced with two open-hearth, marble fireplaces set at each end of the room: one on the left, the other on the right. Three large-paned windows illuminate the floor tiles, with their inlaid decoration. The right wing has a study on the north-east side. It has a view of the parklands and stands out courtesy of several oak wood bookshelf units and, above all, a rare, elegantly carved, wooden fireplace. Its mantel is enhanced with several pictorial works representing landscapes. Its splayed stricture is black. The hearth is topped with a mirror, the surround of which provides a certain originality with candleholders set on either side. Another painting in the upper section of the mirror matches the other pictures on the mantel. This room, made interesting by its decor, opens into a little reading room. The right wing is then completed by a billiard room on the south-west side overlooking the French formal garden. A central, stately lounge, made extremely bright by its three south-west-facing, double windows, is enhanced with moulding and a central ceiling rose. The hearth of an open, white marble fireplace is paved with marble tiles. Said fireplace is topped with a trumeau, featuring a carved, light-coloured wood surround. Large panelled wainscoting topped with cymatium moulding enhances the herringbone parquet flooring. Facing the lounge is a dining room, separated by two sets of double doors. This room is dominated by a single, marble fireplace, topped with a mirror, decorated with gold leaf and depicting a scene from Greek mythology combining the love of Eros for Psyche and Aphrodite’s opposition. The left wing leads to a fitted kitchen, followed by a corridor leading to a laundry room, a guest bathroom and toilet as well as a room, once used as a kitchen. The latter is laid with terracotta floor tiles and has a fireplace, fitted with a Godin wood-burning stove. The walls in the corridor and a part of the stairwell feature exposed dressed stone, making the wooden stairway with its balusters and handrail stand out. It goes up to an open area on the first floor.
First floor
A small landing provides access to two bedrooms, one facing north-east and the other south-west. Both vast, they each have a different view over the natural surroundings. Double doors open on to a wide vestibule taken up by a bookshelf unit, lining the wall on one side. The passageway provides access to three relatively bright bedrooms and a bathroom on the north-east side. Another vestibule, set at right angles to the first, leads to another two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Some rooms have carpet whilst others still have their original parquet flooring. Some even still have their marble fireplaces. All are very bright, with a view over the parklands or the garden.

The outbuildings

The outbuildings are lime-rendered and the facade of one of the houses features basket-handle arched openings. The roofs are covered with traditional, Burgundy tiles. The gable roof on the house features a central, half-hipped section.
Part of a large outbuilding is taken up by accommodation for the caretaker. Very well laid out, it comprises a lounge, a kitchen, a bathroom and a bedroom. Completely renovated throughout, it is in a very good state of repair. The caretaking couple could possibly be asked to stay on the property following the sale. Adjoining the building is an old stable which could reopen its doors and accommodate horses once again.
Another small house has been laid out as a hunting room.


The parklands
This property is enhanced with some 2 hectares of parklands, dotted with trees hundreds of years old including some impressively tall, deep-rooted oak trees as well as Lebanon cedar, hornbeam and beech trees. These parklands also include, on one side, an orchard surrounded by a low stone wall which leads to another plot where a swimming pool has been installed out of the wind and in full sunlight. This pastoral landscape also features a pond and a lake.

Our opinion

The beauty of this highly distinctive property has been preserved down through the centuries. The originality of the chateau’s architecture, reminiscent of certain buildings to be found in Tuscany, makes this estate unique.
A reasonably-sized abode enhanced with numerous through rooms, it is a pleasant place to live that resembles no other. This property boasts rare features such as two Italian-style, covered terraces, embellished with elegant arcading, whilst still exuding the air of a family home.
Some painting and restoration works would improve the bathrooms and the kitchen. The roof is in a very good state of repair.
The special charm of this estate is not easily forgotten.

Exclusive sale

960 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 207640

Land registry surface area 12 ha 77 a 17 ca
Main building surface area 475 m2
Outbuilding surface area 300 m2

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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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