castles / chateaux for sale in france between beauce region and loire valley

Between Petite-Beauce and the Val-de-Loire, in fifteen hectares of parkland,
a 18th and 19th century castle and its outbuildings
Orléans, LOIRET center-val-de-loire 45000 FR

Location

In the middle of a small village of five hundred inhabitants, part of La Petite-Beauce, the property is located at the gates of the Val-de-Loire, a UNESCO World Heritage listed site. Paris is 1 hour 45 minutes away by car and the city of Orléans twenty-five minutes. Meung-sur-Loire, its train station, shops, services and infrastructures are just fifteen minutes away by car.

Description

The property, accessed via a wooden gate, stretches over fifteen hectares of lawns and wooded areas entirely enclosed by hedgerows and new fencing. From the north-west castle facade appears a courtyard and then a lush, green, wooded view. On the other side, a secondary courtyard and access to the outbuildings. The building spans 550 m2 over three levels and twenty rooms of which eleven are bedrooms. The outbuildings occupy approx. 325 m2. The castle was built at the beginning of 18th century and was modified in 19th century. The history of the site is marked by a memorable battle during the 1870 Franco-German war: a number of documents attest to this.

The castle

The castle is a single-depth building and set out in a ‘T’-shape. It spans three storeys including the attic. Its two facades, one south-east facing, the other north-west are divided into three sections. The central building marked slightly by a set of steps and at both ends by two other sections one of which is projecting forming the top of the ‘T’. Dressed limestone, a material that is symbolic of this region, has been used for the door and window framings, the moulded roof cornice, as well as for the quoins. The small-paned rectangular bay windows and their shutters punctuate the castle facades. The windows on the third floor are different, they feature arched lintels. Topped with a three-part slate roof with weathercock and zinc finials: two hip and pitched roofs and one gable roof. It supports four brick chimney stacks.


Ground floor
The rooms on the ground floor lead one into another. The entrance hall, the large lounge and study are double aspect rooms and therefore very luminous all day long. In the entrance hall, the through light highlights the beautiful black and white stone tile floor.
On one side of the entrance hall, the large lounge with its parquet floor and ochre-coloured moulded marble fireplace and wainscoting, then a study, back staircase, secondary kitchen, toilet and back entrance. On the other side of the hall, the main kitchen, dining room with moulded fireplace and its large wooden framed mirror topped with a painted decor, a small lounge and its fireplace, a boiler room, a toilet as well as a hall. The latter leading to the upper floors. Most of the windows on the ground floor are topped with elegant fanlights and equipped with interior wood shutters.

First floor
The first floor includes seven bedrooms, three bathrooms and two toilets. A flight of winding stairs leads to a landing and then the first bedroom with a toilet, and on one side of a long corridor, several bedrooms, a bathroom and a toilet. Two other bedrooms and their shared bathroom are located in the top of the ‘T’ section of the building. The bedrooms are mainly large, and some have their own marble fireplace.
Attic
The attic floor of the castle has been completely renovated, except for a small attic space with exposed beams. This floor is divided into two separate areas. The first includes three bedrooms, two toilets and a bathroom. The second area has been made into a self-contained flat with entrance, living room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, a toilet and a study. The latter has a separate heating system and own individual electricity meter.

The outbuildings

The caretaker’s lodge with its own entrance spans two storeys and approx. 62 m2. It includes a lounge, dining room, kitchen, shower room as well as a bedroom upstairs.
The other buildings (garage, storage shed, wood shed) also span two storeys and are located in a line along the property boundary. They represent 265 m2 and could easily be converted.

The parkland

The parkland forms a fifteen-hectare quadrangle. It comprises the two castle courtyards, lawns and meadows, a small lake and a vast wooded area. The latter includes a forest and a harmoniously planted area with some remarkable tree species. The parkland is crisscrossed by numerous ancient alleys that appear on some old blueprints of the estate.
The property has a 41 m deep borehole, three separate wells, as well as several deep vaulted cellars.

Our opinion

Located on the left bank of the Loire River, this property reminds us of the French novelist, George Sand. The site is particularly romantic and dates back to the French Ancien Regime period prior to the French Revolution. Some modifications were carried out seamlessly in the 19th century, with industrialisation, in these lands of old tradition. A simple harmonious architecture. The inside of the castle has remained authentic with numerous bedrooms for welcoming guests or for a large family; a house with sufficient space for everyone to live independently. The lovely immaculately-kept parkland allowing several uses: horse riding, hiking etc... (The installation of a golf course had been considered).
Some works need to be scheduled.

850 000 €
Honoraires à la charge du vendeur


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Reference 959043

Land registry surface area 14 ha 90 a 18 ca
Main building surface area 550 m2
Outbuilding surface area 325 m2

French Energy Performance Diagnosis

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North Loiret County


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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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