castles / chateaux for sale saint-fargeau in france

A 16th century chateau, surrounded by 443 ha of land,
less than two hours from Paris

, YONNE burgundy FR


A chateau and its numerous outbuildings, including a wine storehouse and stables, where the borders of the French departments of Yonne, Loiret and Nièvre meet. The property stands in a village near to Saint-Fargeau and Guédelon. The nearest train station is in Briare, 15 minutes away from the estate. It has links to Paris-Bercy. All amenities are to be found in the surrounding villages, just a few minutes from the property. This estate is in a verdant commune, dotted with clearings and criss-crossed by pathways.


Visitors, seeking to access this property, have to go along the edge of a forest, dotted with little lakes, followed by fields and vines which eventually reveal an impressive and elegant chateau. A glazed-tile roof, covering the residence, contrasts with its white limestone facade. Numerous outbuildings precede the large building and impressive wrought gates stand at the entrance to the property. A vast paved courtyard makes it possible to park near to the chateau which is bordered on the north side by a forest, planted with oak trees. There are fields for as far as the eye can see on the south side. A chapel concealed amongst the tall grasses watches over the property.
This chateau is surrounded by superb hunting grounds, with excellent resources and facilities (hides, hedges, aviaries, 4 lakes, farm and scrubland). The estate grounds and its resources make it particularly good for hunting and fishing.

The chateau

The family that marked the history of this estate is without any doubt the De-Lestrade family who lived on the property from 1821 until 1909. It was this family that changed the chateau’s architecture.

Wrought iron gates with gold-leaf points mark the entrance to this estate. Further away, two limestone towers covered with glazed roof tiles flank the entrance to the chateau. Each tower has its own weather vane. The roofs with their coloured tiles have been completely renovated. Both pavilions feature double, small-paned windows. Small openings in the top of the towers resemble round loop-holes. The quoins on these pavilions are made of limestone and a moulded string course goes around their facades. The entrance doors feature a semi-circular stone arch with a through voussoir. Both buildings are bordered by a low wall. Beyond the pavilions, a large paved courtyard is laid out in front of the main residence. It is partially enclosed by a balustrade. A low wall, the base, replaces the balusters at regular intervals. The chateau itself is divided into three sections. It is flanked by two pavilions. An impressive central building was built in the 19th century by Count-de-Lestrade. A porch with several steps leads to double wooden doors, featuring coloured stained glass windows, that mark the main entrance. The opening is adorned on either side with scrolls. On the first floor are two matching openings with baluster railings. A moulded frieze runs along the facade. It is topped with a coat-of-arms belonging to the Marquis-de-Lestrade which represents a fess with 3 stars and 5 branches, symbol of human destiny and a border flanked by three ermine flecks which evokes innocence and grandeur. Two lions have been placed on either side of the coat-of-arms to symbolise strength and courage. It is topped with a Marquis’ crown, showing Georges-de-Lestrade’s social status.
The base level of the chateau has basement windows. The two pavilions on either side of the central building feature attic roof dormers. Several oblong bull’s eye windows adorn the attic level.

Base level
This level comprises a vaulted cellar and several utility rooms, including the chateau’s kitchen spanning approx. 20 m². It has an open-hearth fireplace. Although the kitchen is in the basement, it remains bright courtesy of its numerous windows, which look out on to the courtyard on the east side, and its whitewashed walls.
Ground floor
On the east side, a very large entrance hall, once used as a vestibule, has strip pattern parquet flooring and houses a horseshoe-shaped oak wood stairway with balusters. The abundance of trophies displayed on the walls bestows the room with a hunting atmosphere. A wooden light fitting comprising some fifteen lights is suspended from a chain, which was originally used for lowering it to light or extinguish the candles. The ceiling is adorned with oak wood beams. Two wrought wooden doors, featuring central stained glass windows, open into a 53 m² vestibule with strip pattern parquet flooring. The room is enhanced with panelling topped with a picture rail. The double windows all have small panes and face west over the parklands. They have folding indoor wooden shutters. The adjoining ground floor rooms are laid out one after the other, providing a view through all of these west-facing rooms. The left wing of the vestibule provides access to a 33 m² dining room, featuring panelling painted a light colour and a central concave alcove. A tiled guest toilet is fitted with a wrought wood vanity unit, housing two porcelain wash-hand basins, as well as cupboards. It is illuminated via a tall window looking out over the parklands. Two large carved wooden doors close the toilet. A study, spanning approx. 28 m² with a 3.3 m high ceiling, adjoins the dining room and is separated by a single wooden door. The floor is covered with herringbone pattern parquet flooring and the ceiling is coffered. Oak wood panelling lines the room, illuminated via two large, west-facing windows and another facing north. The right-hand wing of the vestibule provides access to a 45 m² lounge, with a French ceiling and herringbone pattern parquet flooring. The ceiling here is approx. 3.5 m high. An open-hearth fireplace, with an original profile, heats the lounge. Round wooden columns on each side of the hearth form angular jambs. The splayed stricture is composed of turquoise mosaic tiles and a wooden mantel. A ladies’ sitting room adjoining the lounge features a bookshelf unit taking up an entire wall. It is illuminated via a large window and precedes a billiards’ room fitted with a small wooden bar and a separate toilet.
First floor
The first floor comprises six bedrooms, almost all with their own bathroom. These spacious rooms span between approx. 15 and 20 m². Some are enhanced with an alcove that can take a double bed. The bathrooms and toilets are tiled with different coloured mosaic tiles that come from the famous Briare factory. All the sculpted cast iron radiators have been changed. The radiators in some of the bedrooms have a feature for keeping hot-water bottles warm.
The chapel, built in the 19th century, was Georges-de-Lestrade’s last construction. It stands on the north-east side near to the chateau and was constructed over a burial chamber which was never used. This building, laid out in a cross shape, faces north-south. Although stained glass windows were installed in the openings, they have disappeared over time.
Outbuildings with glazed roof tiles partially complete this historic property. The three buildings are laid out in a U-shape, with a central lawn parterre enhanced with a stone fountain. A first building comprises four comfortable bedrooms, with tiled bathrooms and toilets. Another building includes two horse loose boxes, each featuring a local red brick bull’s eye window. The third has a large picture window and contains a function room, spanning approx. 100 m², followed by a kitchen with a bakery. The exposed roofing framework has been redone. This building has a spectacular view over the surroundings.
The stables
The stables, with 16 horse loose boxes, a tack room, a washing area, an office and a groom’s bedroom, are perfectly preserved. Each loose box is fitted with a stable door.
The wine storehouse, in an excellent state of repair, houses operational stainless steel vats. The new owner of the property in the 1980’s bought land in the French department of Nièvre and started a wine-growing activity. He bought a total of 7 ha of AOC land (5 ha of vines and 2 ha of land). He grew sauvignon stock for white wine, pinot (80%) and gamay (20%) stock for red wine. The estate became a vineyard! The tradition has continued with the Coteaux-du-Giennois wines, awarded a gold medal in 2013. Near to the wine storehouse, another building was used for wine tasting. With several bedrooms upstairs, it was also used for accommodating hunters who had travelled a long way.
Former rural farm
An extremely vast barn near to the chateau is undergoing renovation works as are two other houses dating from 1920. They must have been used as accommodation for the caretakers.
Open barn
A large farmshed, spanning approx. 1,200 m², was once used for storing fruit which was then made into syrup. One of the estate’s residents planted 50 ha of blackcurrants, 20 ha of redcurrants and 5 ha of raspberries to meet the red fruit requirements for production purposes. The first floor housed offices.

Our opinion

This property is ideally located for those who love nature, horses, wine and hunting. The chateau itself is in an excellent state of repair and of a reasonable size. Lying dormant, it is but waiting for someone to revive it. A family, for example, could move in without having to carry out any works. The outbuildings are numerous and make it possible to envisage several financial projects such as renting the stables, creating a bed & breakfast activity or even producing wine, especially as the chateau also owns vines a little way away in the French department of Loiret. And lastly, it is the perfect spot for hunting as it is possible to receive numerous hunters, contemplate the hunting plan and then put on a feast.

5 190 000 €
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Prix de vente au-delà de 600 000 euros       5% TTC*
Prix de vente de 400 000 à 600 000 euros   6% TTC*
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Prix de vente jusqu'à 500 000 euros   30 000 Euros TTC* (forfait)
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Avis de valeur argumenté : 1 800 Euros TTC*
Expertise à partir de 2 400 Euros TTC*
Les tarifs des expertises sont communiqués sur devis personnalisé établi sur la base d’un taux horaire moyen de 120 Euros TTC*


*TTC : TVA incluse au taux de 20 %

Reference 485868

Land registry surface area 433 ha 66 a 38 ca
Main building surface area 507 m2
Outbuilding surface area 996 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.



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