by the river Loire on Burgundy’s southern border
The banks of the river Loire, on the edge of the property, and the extensive bocage countryside in the Brionne area are but invitations to go hiking. A lively town, just 5 minutes from the chateau, has 4,000 inhabitants as well as all shops and amenities required on a daily basis. The listed Benedictine abbey, the half-timbered houses and the weekly market make it a pleasant destination. There are more amenities to be found half an hour’s drive away in the towns of Paray-le-Monial and Roanne with numerous well-known restaurants, such as La-Maison-Troisgros with its three stars. Lyon, its train stations and its international airport are a little more than an hour from the property. And lastly, Paris can be reached in less than 3 hours by TGV train.
This chateau, constructed in the middle of the 18th century, spans two levels over cellars and under attic space. With its classical architecture and its perfect symmetry, the building comprises seven bays, a pediment, roof dormers and a pavilion roof, featuring two finials with banners. Three steps go up to a porch leading to the equally classical interior, spanning approx. 400 m². The good-sized rooms are bright and in an excellent state of repair.
A central vestibule provides access to all the reception rooms. A stone, wall fountain welcomes visitors. Opposite, an elegant ochre-coloured stone stairway, with wrought iron railings, curves its way upstairs. On the courtyard side are a bedroom, with a shower room, and a functional, comfortable kitchen. On the parklands side, three adjoining reception rooms, a dining room, a state lounge and a smaller lounge, open on to the terrace, with a view stretching into the distance. All of these rooms are laid with Comblanchien stone and are enhanced with stone or marble fireplaces and wainscoting.
The stairway goes up to a vast landing, providing access to all the rooms on this level. On the courtyard side are a study and a bedroom, with an adjoining bathroom. On the garden side, in the centre of the chateau, the main 50 m² suite comprises a bedroom, a dressing room and a bathroom with a shower. Another large bedroom, with an adjoining bathroom, completes this level. All the first-floor rooms have French, painted ceilings.
This level, reached via a back stairway, is illuminated via seven roof dormers. It still features the original roofing framework and could easily be converted, providing new owners with great potential.
The entire chateau is constructed over several vaulted cellars and long galleries, converted in the 19th century. This level houses the oil-fired boiler and a pump for the swimming pool.
This 17th century, rural building was extended in the 19th century such that it adjoined and communicated with the chateau. However, the house, spanning approx. 250 m², has separate entrances, notably via an outside gallery. It could, therefore, be made completely independent of the main building. This guest house comprises a reception area, a laundry room, a dining room, with a stone fireplace, and three bedrooms, each with their own separate bathroom.
Without any modern or unattractive additions, this estate still has all the buildings required for the everyday way of life of a 18th and 19th century residence.
Opening on to the main courtyard, a long building all on a level is currently used as a garage and for storing the technical equipment needed for the upkeep of the estate. It also includes two horse loose boxes and an area converted into a pleasant library.
Former rural farm
Although standing near to the chateau, the old farm is not only separated from it by a porchway, but also has its own entrance. It comprises an outstanding fermenting room dating from 1627 which bears witness to the estate’s former wine-making activity. The old sharecroppers’ house, composed of three bedrooms, is currently rented. A building, used for storing fodder, and another house could both be renovated. This homogeneous group of buildings could be used for a commercial activity or for farming purposes.
On the edge of the property, a house spanning approx. 85 m², comprising a dining room, with a stone fireplace, a kitchen and two upstairs bedrooms, could be used for accommodating a caretaking couple.
Parklands extend over a surface area of approx. 6 hectares. On the main courtyard side, there is the majestic oak-tree lined driveway that precedes the chateau and a hedge of lime trees, trimmed into a screen flanking the gateway. On the parklands side, various species of trees were more randomly planted during the 19th century. These include a cypress, several ginkgo-biloba, a cedar and purple beech trees which flank the chateau. There is also an orchard and a vegetable garden, enhanced with a well. A kennel and an ice-cave complete the property. A large swimming pool has been discreetly installed in front of the chateau.
The farmland and the woods
The farmland, separated by a little-used public footpath and homogeneously laid out around the chateau, spans a surface area of approx. 35 hectares. Currently loaned gratuitously, it could easily be reclaimed and used for farming purposes or rented for additional income. Numerous water supply points are dotted throughout the estate.
Several plots of woods span a total surface area of approx. 5 hectares. These could make the estate self-sufficient in firewood.
But, above all, these areas enable the estate owners to control the chateau’s immediate surroundings and to protect it from any possible nuisances.
Discreetly, but proudly dominating the plain, this old country estate is the ideal place for a healthy way of life. Far from urban nuisances, it will appeal to enthusiasts of authenticity not only because of the quality of life to be had but also because of its architecture and its setting. The property is so complete that it is possible to imagine an autonomous way of life that is, nevertheless, still open to the outside world. It is a combination of various administrative, historic and cultural entities. Far from their troubled past, the premises now exude peaceful serenity. Such a reasonably sized estate is a golden opportunity on the beautiful house market.
|Land registry surface area||46 ha 23 a 16 ca|
|Main building surface area||530 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||180 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.