between the Sologne and Val-de-Loire regions
This property, in the Loire chateaux region, on the edge of the Sologne area, is 150 km from Paris and 15 minutes from the centre of Orleans by car. This historic town has all the infrastructures and amenities of a city. Its train station has links, amongst others, to Paris taking an hour.
It takes less than 5 minutes by car from the property to reach the nearest market town, with its little shops and amenities.
This chateau stands in the Val-de-Loire region, with its various vineyards, its natural surroundings and its history, classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.
A little lane leads through the parklands to an elegant orangery combining modernity and classic lines.
Within the property, a perimeter wall shelters a large orchard, a vegetable garden and a swimming pool, out of sight of onlookers.
According to certain historical documents, in the 18th century the lords of the chateau were responsible for justice in one of the two parishes that formed this land in bygone times.
This property is composed of several buildings: a chateau and its outbuildings. The latter adjoin the rectangular chateau at right angles. The main building spans five levels including a cellar, a ground floor, two upper floors and an attic floor. The south-east facing facade is divided into three bays comprising a central section marked by steps and, two slightly protruding end sections, featuring triangular pediments. Dressed freestone, the region’s emblematic stone, has been used here to provide discreet lower sections, quoins, a cornice as well as string courses, separating the various levels. The openings and their wooden shutters are horizontally and vertically aligned on the chateau’s sober, harmonious facade. The long-sloped roof is made of slate and topped with several zinc finials. The rear, north-west facing facade is similar to the main façade, the only difference being the presence of two, end absidioles, one of which houses the estate’s chapel.
A vast, vaulted cellar in the chateau’s basement has a packed mud floor.
The rooms on the ground floor adjoin one another. All, with the exception of the kitchen, are through rooms and are, therefore, extremely bright all day long.
Through light as of the vestibule enhances the white stone floor tiles with their inlaid decoration.
On one side is a first lounge, followed by a second, with herringbone pattern parquet flooring. The latter is bigger and notably features a marble fireplace. It provides access to the chateau’s chapel which is consecrated and still has its original stained-glass windows. It is soberly decorated with, amongst other things, a bas-relief way of the cross.
On the other side of the entrance hall, a dining room featuring herringbone parquet flooring and a marble fireplace is followed by a vestibule. The latter provides access to a kitchen, a stairway going down to the basement and another stairway going upstairs. The kitchen has terracotta floor tiles, exposed beams and a professional cooking range.
Most of the openings on the ground floor are topped with semi-circular arched, glazed fanlights and are fitted with indoor wooden shutters.
The wooden stairway goes up to the end of a long corridor which leads to several bedrooms, all on the same side, as well as their respective bath or shower rooms and toilets. The bedrooms, all spacious, are individually and elegantly decorated. Most of the floors are covered with parquet flooring.
The second floor has a similar layout to that of the first floor, with a long corridor providing access to several bedrooms as well as their respective bath or shower rooms and toilets.
The chateau’s attic space, which could be converted, is illuminated via small skylights.
The outbuildings, adjoining the north-east side of the chateau, are constructed at right angles. At one of the ends, overlooking the main courtyard, is a tower topped with a lantern. The latter houses the mechanism of an outstanding ironwork clock, the face of which is shown on the facade.
The building comprising the outbuildings houses various areas: a self-contained flat, a studio flat, a function room and toilets, a boiler room and a utility area as well as extensive attic space which could be converted.
The other outhouses and the orangery
The other outhouses are shared between two buildings used for garage, storage and workshop purposes. The estate’s old kennel and henhouse still have their original layouts.
The large orangery, between modernity and classical lines, is constructed from steel and glass. With parquet flooring, its elegance makes for a wonderful function room, complete with a panoramic view of the parklands.
The parklands consist of lawned and wooded areas. They are planted with several species, including some majestic trees. Wildlife is often to be found close to the chateau in these verdant surroundings.
The orchard, the vegetable garden and the swimming pool are laid out in a protected, completely walled area.
The combination of the simplicity of the place and the noble elegance of the architecture is responsible for a balance which all visitors can feel even if they do not understand it. It is a magical place. The outside areas and the layout of the buildings and their proportions are equally exciting.
In addition, the excellent state of the property can but incite ideas as regards its future use, opening the way for a family residence, a holiday home or the development of a commercial activity. The possibility of accommodating guests for weddings or functions constitutes an asset that cannot be ignored.
|Land registry surface area||9 ha 46 a 81 ca|
|Number of bedrooms||10|
|Main building surface area||700 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.