dominating a valley 10 km from Chaumont-en-Vexin
This property stands in the French department of Oise, on the edge of Vexin Regional Nature Park, near to main roads, 10 km from Chaumont-en-Vexin and its train station with 1-hour links to Paris, 25 km from Beauvais and its airport, 40 km from Pontoise.
The outbuildings, comprising a gatehouse, barns and stables, surrounding the chateau appear to be gazing at this giant. They furnish the property with all the areas that were required by its past way of life, notably for accommodating farm animals, horse-drawn carriages and horses. They are currently used for storing wood as well as equipment for maintaining the parklands and contain enormous potential.
This rectangular chateau, standing at a distance from the street, spans four levels, including an attic floor which could be converted. This construction, free of all ornamentation, has the originality of being completely built from brick, including the roof dormers and cornices. Two impressive towers set on opposing corners disrupt the rectangular layout.
Between the street and the chateau is a “charretterie” where carriages were once kept.
A gravel driveway leads from the street gateway to the building, which is surrounded by vast grassy areas and notably a large grassy terrace, created in front of the chateau.
At the rear of the estate are two L-shaped outbuildings which flank the main building. The passageway between these two outbuildings provides access to wooded parklands, which include a tennis court and an old aviary.
Two entrances provide access to the inside of the chateau. The back door is without doubt the most functional as it opens directly into a vast vestibule which leads immediately into a large kitchen where an impressive stone fireplace, featuring a sculpted coat-of-arms, takes pride of place. The floors are covered with beige and red cement tiles as well as square terracotta tiles.
Opposite the kitchen, a dining room is illuminated via large windows which enhance the parquet flooring. Next to this, a library with panelled walls, laid out in one of the towers, exudes a timeless charm.
Still on the ground floor, a little lounge adjoins a large lounge, featuring sober moulded panelling as well as solid oak wood parquet flooring and a marble fireplace. It has a high ceiling and windows overlooking the garden and the valley. The second tower houses the chateau’s neo-gothic chapel where light filters in through old stained glass windows.
The upstairs is reached via a corridor and a large, wide, winding, wooden stairway, with a carpet runner and wrought iron railings. It leads to a long corridor which provides access to all the rooms on this level which comprise four bedrooms and two bathrooms. The bigger bedrooms look out over the wooded parklands, their large windows letting in copious amounts of light. They still exude an authentic character notably due to their terracotta floor tiles.
This level includes several bedrooms, all with the same sober and authentic character of those on the first floor.
The attic space, spanning the same floor surface area as the second floor, is laid out under the slopes of the roof and could easily be converted into several bedrooms. The impressive roofing framework has been left exposed at the tops of both towers. This attic space is reached via a second stairway.
Two-thirds of the surface area of the parklands are laid to lawn. A terrace, set out in front of the chateau, looks down on to the valley. A great deal of the area behind the buildings is wooded and divided by three large alleyways, bordered by oak, plane and other noble species of trees, most of which are over a hundred years old.
A vast grassy terrace facing the chateau is bordered by a balustrade. This superb viewpoint looks out over the valley below. A few stone steps at one end lead to a half-timbered “charretterie”, where carriages were once kept. With five parking spaces, it is extended by three enclosed rooms.
Flanking the chateau are two large, L-shaped farm buildings that were partially transformed into sumptuous stables for riding horses at the beginning of the 20th century.
One of the buildings is constructed from half-timbering, covered with flat tiles and topped with a clock tower. Inside these stables, the old stalls still have all of their original character, the lower sections of some being covered with white and turquoise tiles.
One section of the buildings is reserved for animals and the site of the old vegetable garden has been preserved.
A caretaker’s house was constructed in the 20th century, using the same materials as for the outbuildings. It therefore blends in beautifully with all the other buildings.
High, red brick walls exude great character under steep slate roofs. Two diagonally-opposed towers barely brush against the central building so as to reveal crow-stepped gables. Reconstruction works, carried out in the 17th and 18th centuries, enhanced the building’s medieval origins by seeking inspiration from Flanders. The dominant position was also inherited from its distant past. The quality of a property is equally judged by its outbuildings: each one of these is more harmonious than the other. Their potential knows no bounds. This vast estate is a promise of immersion in natural surroundings and long walks without leaving the property limits.
|Land registry surface area||13 ha 55 a 21 ca|
|Number of bedrooms||10|
|Main building surface area||909 m2|
Jérôme Ferchaud +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.