respectful of the environment, amidst 5 ha of land in Burgundy
This property, converted with great ecological respect, stands in the heart of the Puisaye region. Numerous lakes are to be found amongst oak forests, sunken pathways and natural areas with Natura 2000 classification. This estate is near to shops and just a few kilometres from a train station with 70-minute links to Paris-Bercy. The nearest town, famous for its Saturday morning market, was Pierre-Larousse’s birthplace. Well-known local villages include Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye where Colette spent his childhood, Saint-Fargeau and its castle which housed “La Grande Mademoiselle”, followed by academician Jean-d'Ormesson. Numerous 13th century churches still have their original decor. A large number of concerts are held every summer during the “Estivales en Puisaye-Forterre”, a French classical music festival.
A terrace on the north-east side of the chateau looks down on to the rolling countryside. Several entrances provide access to the property, one of which features large, spiked, wrought iron gates.
This chateau dates from the 18th century and was extended through the ages up until the early 20th century, a time when revamping and land restructuring throughout the estate as well as enhancement and modernisation works were carried out. The building comprises three sections: a main building and two pavilions, the bigger one of which stands out courtesy of its belvedere constructed in the 19th century. The particularity of the building resides in the white limestone that brings out the Burgundy blue of the miscellaneous railings. Almost all of the fanlights above the openings are glazed, which makes the inside of the building extremely luminous. The chateau facade is enhanced with toothed jambs. The framing around the windows is accompanied with moulding in the form of medallions, depicting foliage. Above the French windows, in the central section of the building as well as in the pavilion, are cornices with bevelled dripstones. The windows are enhanced with moulded architraves and the tops of the openings are very often adorned with moulded motifs.
The architecture combines several roof types, a slate gable roof, featuring roof dormers, then two pavilion roofs. The facade facing the parklands, on the north-east side, reflects quite a different architecture. Two turrets with candlesnuffer roofs and two pavilions, one of which is round. The main pavilion has a semi-circular terrace with square, pear-shaped balusters.
Adjoining the chateau, a building which could house a function room.
Double, glazed doors open into a bright entrance hall. The floor is paved with multi-coloured cement tiles, depicting stylised foliage. A second set of double, glazed doors leads to a winding stairway. Large-framed panels set the tone. A fairly wide, very bright vestibule, with strip pattern parquet flooring, provides access to a fully fitted kitchen, illuminated via a window which looks out over the parklands on the north-east side. Wainscoting and large-framed, oblong paintings decorate the room which, again, has strip pattern parquet flooring. It continues into a very convivial looking dining room. This room is characterised by lancet windows, exposed ceiling joists and an open-hearth fireplace. Black marble tiles extend the pink and black marble hearth tiles. This fireplace is enhanced by its black metal splayed stricture. The corner jambs represent light-coloured wood, Doric order columns. Sculpted floral features on the mantel exude elegance and character. The fireplace is topped with a trumeau where the coat-of-arms of the former owners, raised by dentil and semi-circular moulding, takes pride of place. The floor is laid with herringbone pattern parquet flooring. This room provides access to a vast, octagonal lounge. An open-hearth, stone fireplace is set in the central part of the room. It is topped with a trumeau, possibly dating from the 18th century. The quality of the parquet and moulding as well as the central rose give this lounge a stately air. The doors, following one on from the other, are topped with a moulded framework depicting foliage. The sections of the doors are composed of small panes of glass that let light into each room. The gilt door handles are very dainty. A second kitchen could possibly become another room such as a small reading room. Another small lounge with a green Prussian wood-burning stove creates a wonderful effect. Concealed by screens, a bedroom, with a spectacular view over the surrounding countryside, faces the little semi-circular balcony on the north-east side. Moulding is still present and remains harmonious. A lounge door opens on to a landing which provides access to a guest shower room and toilet. Three winding stairways lead up to the other floors from the ground floor: the north stairway, the central stairway facing the main entrance and the south stairway. The steps are made of wood. The main stairway stands out courtesy of its first low stone step and highly wrought newel post.
The landing is lined with cupboards. A corridor provides access to the various bedrooms which face south-west or north-east. Individually decorated, they each have a shower room and toilet. Some have a wonderful, 19th century, open-hearth, marble fireplace. They are all named after herbs or flowers planted on the property such as cosmos, jasmine, iris, lavender, rosemary, dill, anemone, periwinkle, etc. Some unusual original features are to be found on the premises such as, for example, highly decorative, cast iron suspended hangars that open out or a fountain intended for the washing of hands before going downstairs for meals. This level has parquet flooring throughout.
Although the ceiling height is lower, the bedrooms are still extremely pleasant. They almost all have their own shower and toilet. A vast games room has been laid out in the insulated, converted attic space.
This building has been perfectly converted for use as a house. It stands near to the chateau. An old building, it has a gable roof covered with traditional, flat, Burgundy tiles. The windows have basket-handle arched framing combining stone and brick from the Puisaye region.
The entrance to the house is marked by a few original features such as the now decorative manger and old terracotta floor tiles. An entrance hall is in use as a spacious lounge, made original by the presence of a central closed-hearth fire, adorned with old stone features taken from a chateau fireplace. It is followed by a fully fitted kitchen-dining room, illuminated via openings overlooking the property’s orchard and vegetable garden. The ground floor also includes two bedrooms, one of which is very spacious, is fitted with numerous built-in cupboards and has an adjoining bathroom. A stairway set between the lounge and the kitchen, goes up to the bedrooms on the first floor.
A large landing at the top of the stairs provides access to several bedrooms. Panelling gives a lot of character throughout this level. The three bedrooms taking up this floor are quite delightful. One is enhanced by the roofing framework, left exposed, and by the balcony looking out the rear of the house.
Two other outbuildings
Another two outbuildings, once used for farming purposes, are near to the chateau. They could easily be converted into function rooms or holiday rental accommodation units.
An estate where the surroundings are in tune with ecology. The owners, mindful of the planet, have preserved the chateau and the outbuildings by fitting them with solar panels, using hemp for insulating the walls, installing an underfloor heating system with a wood-chip boiler as well as putting double-glazing in all the windows in the chateau and the large house. These owners run an activity composed of bed & breakfast and holiday rental accommodation units as well as renting the chateau for weddings and conferences, etc. The ever-increasing turnover is high. The estate is a great economic success. The surroundings are pleasant and the property easy to access. Another important asset: every bedroom has its own bathroom. Superb original features enhance the premises and there are no works to be scheduled. Additional land is also available for purchase.
|Land registry surface area||5 ha|
|Number of bedrooms||12|
|Main building surface area||653.82 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||560 m2|
Isabelle Ponelle +33 1 42 84 80 85
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.