A 15th & 18th century chateau, a chapel, a silkworm nursery, a mill, a sheepfold and
two caretaker’s cottages in 5.6 ha of parklands on the outskirts of Provence
Avignon, VAUCLUSE provence-cote-dazur 84000 FR

Location

This estate, set in the French department of Vaucluse, is 30 minutes from Avignon and an hour from Marseille airport. In a geographic area abounding in history, it offers numerous prospects for exploring the neighbouring towns of art: Orange and its antique theatre listed as one of UNESCO’s World Monuments, the Pope City of Avignon as well as Vaison-la-Romaine and its medieval town. The Ardèche gorges, Mount Ventoux, lavender fields as well as the Cote-du-Rhone Wine Route and its prestigious vineyards are all nearby.

Description

This property with 5.6 ha of parklands, in the midst of the countryside, stands out amongst other reasons because of its hundred-year-old trees, some of which have French “Remarkable Tree” status and form a verdant haven concealing all the buildings. The chateau is accessed on the west side via wrought iron gates adjoining an old caretaker’s cottage. They open on to a driveway which winds its way between forest and parklands to the courtyard of the chateau, the known history of which dates back to 1434, a time when it was already constructed. A second gateway between two stone pillars stands at the far east end of the property. Running alongside the silkworm nursery, its driveway leads to the chateau courtyard. This estate comprises the chateau, a 15th century mill, a chapel, an 18th century silkworm nursery, two caretaker’s cottages, an independent dwelling and outbuildings. A first infinity swimming pool is on the south-west side of the chateau. A second swimming pool, on the east side, is next to the independent dwelling. The property is surrounded by a little river, an arm of which meanders through the parklands from north to south.

The chateau

This east-west facing, rectangular building is perfectly symmetrical, with a central, square tower spanning three levels and an architecture typical of Provence. The building was built slightly set back from the grounds’ northern limit and therefore has the benefit of a verdant screen. Its layout puts it perfectly in line with an old stone ornamental pool, a swimming pool, the alleyways and the parklands. The garden level is topped with two upper floors and an additional half-floor on the central tower. The roof is covered with Roman tiles. Its rendered facades feature numerous openings and French windows. A south-facing terrace looks out over all of the parklands.


Garden level
Heavy double doors open into a paved vestibule which houses an outstanding stone stairway. On one side, a lounge with a vaulted ceiling is enhanced with a fireplace. Next, on the north side, a double, L-shaped billiard room with a double crossed-ribbed vaulted ceiling and terracotta floor tiles. Three windows and a door with stone surrounds open on to the rear of the chateau; another door into the entrance hall. A dining room, vaulted and paved like the lounge which extends it, provides access via a French window to the south-facing terrace, looking out over the parklands. At the back are a large kitchen, with an AGA cooker with four ovens, a pantry, a linen room, cloakrooms and hall areas. Two toilets, a back door and a boiler room.
First floor
The wide, 18th century, stone stairway is bordered by heavily wrought iron railings. The stairway, with an intermediate landing, goes up to the first-floor landing, paved with old stone. A large central window gives a vista of the ornamental pool and the parklands. This landing provides access, on the south side, to a vast study, with a fireplace adorned with bronzes, as well as two bedrooms, each with its own bathroom and toilet, and, on the north side, to two bedrooms, with bathrooms and toilets. An artist’s studio, spanning approx. 76 m², completes this level. It is illuminated via windows and glazed openings facing east, south and west, with views over the parklands.
Second floor
A stairway with wooden nosing and terracotta tile treads, goes up to the second-floor landing. This level comprises the chateau’s two suites, each with a lounge, a bedroom, a bathroom and a toilet. It also includes another two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a linen room and a hall area.
Third floor
A few steps lead to the central tower and its outstanding bedroom with its vaulted, pointed brick ceiling. Two large windows look out over the parklands.
Cellar
Two cellars span a surface area of more than 100 m².

The 17th century chapel transformed into a holiday rental accommodation unit

The estate was constructed as a fiefdom during 1674 for the family that owned the land. Said family, in recognition of its ennoblement, had a chapel built in honour of the Transfiguration. This chapel has been rehabilitated and transformed into a holiday rental accommodation unit, spanning approx. 130 m² of living space over two levels. It comprises a living room that overlooks the parkland alleyways and the chateau’s swimming pool. It is illuminated via two windows, one of which is arched, and a small bull’s eye window. It has a fitted kitchen. The ceiling reveals an old exposed beam system typical of Provence. A few stone steps lead to the old chapel, transformed into a bedroom, featuring white floor tiles with inlaid decoration. It has an adjoining bathroom and toilet. A second flight of steps goes to a landing that provides access, on one side, to a bedroom with an alcove and two wide windows; on the other side of the landing are a bathroom and toilet. The floors are covered with terracotta tiles.

The 18th century silkworm nursery

The coming of the popes to Avignon at the beginning of the 14th century led to the introduction of the growing of mulberry trees in the region and, consequently, silkworm nurseries. Impressive courtesy of its size as well as its aesthetics and bearing witness to French craft heritage, this nursery is considered to be one of the most beautiful in France. The building spans a total floor surface area of approx. 500 m² over two levels. The inside has been fully renovated. The beam system is made of cedar wood and has a ridge approx. 4.5 m high.

The 15th century mill and its annexe building

With its original, full water ownership rights, this mill spans but a garden level. Its total floor surface area, including an annexe building, is more than 160 m². This flour mill was used in days gone by to feed the inhabitants of the 22 farms on the 260 ha that once made up the fiefdom. The mill still has its English cast iron machinery, the first of its kind to be imported into France in the 18th century and even now in pristine condition.

The holiday rental accommodation unit

Laid out in one of the property’s outbuildings, this independent dwelling spans approx. 140 m². Its garden level comprises a fitted kitchen and a toilet. The first floor includes a large living-dining room, two bedrooms with views of the parklands, a bathroom and a toilet. A third bedroom, with a bathroom and toilet, looks out over the garden, the pergola and the swimming pool.
Outside, a terrace protected by an arbour, overlooks its private swimming pool, out of sight of onlookers behind a hedge and a low wall bordered by boxwood.

The old caretaker’s cottage

This house, spanning a surface area of approx. 50 m², stands on the west side of the property. It comprises a living room and a fitted kitchen on the ground floor. A stone spiral stairway goes up to the first floor which is taken up by a bedroom with a bathroom and toilet.

The gardener’s cottage

This perfectly independent house, on the east side, adjoins the gable wall of the silkworm nursery. Spanning a floor surface area of approx. 100 m² over two levels, it consists of a living room area with a large kitchen on the ground floor. Upstairs is a mezzanine, leading to two bedrooms and a bathroom with a toilet. Outside are a terrace and a west-facing garden.

The sheepfold

This stone sheepfold has two levels, each spanning approx. 50 m².

The parklands

Planted with trees over a hundred years old, these parklands are almost legendary. A dolphin has ever kept watch from the centre of an old, octagonal, stone ornamental pool. A river meanders through the landscaped parklands, dotted with boxwood, vast areas laid to lawn and gravel alleyways, which are but invitations to go for a pleasant stroll. A shady pergola provides a view over the entire parklands. There is a clearing in the middle of the forest.

The swimming pools

An 8x15 m, infinity swimming pool has been installed on the south-west side of the chateau’s parklands. Heated, protected and illuminated, it is surrounded by a paved deck, bordered by stone balusters on two sides. The second, 9x5 m swimming pool is set between the terrace and the lawn in the garden of the independent dwelling.

The pool-house

This pool-house, spanning a floor surface area of approx. 26 m², is fitted with a toilet as well as a summer kitchen.

The machine rooms

A machine room, spanning approx. 6 m², houses the pool’s filtration system. A second, similar-sized area contains the borehole and watering systems.

Our opinion

Sleeping in a 15th century chapel, receiving guests in one of the chateau’s suites with a view over the parklands and its one-hundred-year-old trees, the majestic boxwood-lined alleyways and the old stone ornamental pool with its fountain and organising functions in one of France’s most beautiful silkworm nurseries, the accommodation possibilities in this historic property are numerous. The site offers a timeless journey in a welcoming, authentic and serene setting. The fully restored chateau has first-class facilities. Several of the property’s features are in the process of being included on the French Supplementary Historic Monument List (before the end of 2020) with all the protection and fiscal advantages that this incurs.

3 500 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 545120

Land registry surface area 5 ha 59 a 86 ca
Number of bedrooms 16
Main building surface area 1060.00 m2
Outbuilding surface area 288.00 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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