castles / chateaux for sale saint-fargeau in france

A 16th century chateau surrounded by its 40 ha of land
less than two hours from Paris

Briare, YONNE burgundy 45250 FR


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


To access this property, forests sprinkled with little lakes and home to large game lead directly to the chateau. Then, expanses of fields and previously planted vines stretch to the horizon. An impressive, elegant chateau appears, featuring an original roof topped with glazed tiles, enhanced in the light by the white limestone covering the residence.
Numerous outbuildings precede the large house, and then large wrought, gilt gates stand at the entrance to the property. A large paved courtyard makes it possible to park near to the chateau. The surroundings remain marked, on the one hand, by a forest planted with numerous oak trees on the south and north sides, and by fields for as far as the eye can see. A chapel concealed amongst the tall grasses watches over the property. Lying dormant, the old chateau is but waiting for someone to revive it with new adventures.

The chateau

The family that marked the history of this estate is without any doubt the De-Lestrade family who remained on the property from 1821 until 1909 and who was responsible for several architectural changes.
Entrance to the estate is provided by wrought iron gates with gold-leaf points. Two white limestone pavilions, each adorned with a round tower featuring a circular string course of glazed tiles, set the tone. Each tower has its own weather vane.
The roofs, with their coloured tiles, were entirely renovated by one of the chateau’s residents. 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 runs along their facades. The entrance doors feature a semi-circular stone arch with a through voussoir. Both buildings are bordered by a low wall. In front of the pavilions, a large paved courtyard, laid out facing the main residence, is partially enclosed by a balustrade. The balusters are replaced at regular intervals by a low wall, the base.
The chateau itself is divided into three sections. It is flanked by two pavilions, on the right and left-hand sides, and a large building was built in the centre in the 19th century by Count-de-Lestrade. The main entrance consists of a porch with several steps leading to double wooden doors, featuring stained glass windows. The opening is adorned on either side with scrolls. On the first floor are two matching openings, with baluster railings and a moulded frieze running 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
The base level comprises a vaulted cellar as well as several utility rooms. The chateau’s kitchen, approx. 20 m², is very large. It has floor tiles and an open-hearth fireplace. Although the kitchen is on this level, it remains bright courtesy of several windows, which look out on to the courtyard on the west side, and also because of the light reflected off its white limestone walls. It is an extremely pleasant room.
Ground floor
On the west side, a very large entrance hall, used as a vestibule at the time, has strip pattern parquet flooring and a horseshoe-shaped oak wood stairway with balusters. A hunting atmosphere is immediately felt in this room, a result of the abundance of trophies displayed on the walls. 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 vestibule, spanning approx. 53 m², with strip pattern parquet flooring. The room is enhanced with panelling topped with a picture rail and large-framed, oblong panels. The double windows all have small panes and face west over the parklands. They all 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 dining room, spanning approx. 33 m² and featuring wooden panelling painted a light colour as well as a central concave alcove which enhances the room. The aligned doors give the residence a great deal of character. A tiled guest toilet, fitted with a wrought wood vanity unit, housing two porcelain wash-hand basins, as well as cupboards, is illuminated via a tall window looking out over the parklands. It is further adorned with two large carved wooden doors.
A study, adjoining the dining room and spanning approx. 28 m² with a 3.3 m high ceiling, 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 windows on the west side and another on the north side.
The right-hand wing of the vestibule provides access to a lounge, spanning approx. 45 m², which has a French ceiling and herringbone pattern parquet flooring. The ceiling is approx. 3.5 m high. An open-hearth fireplace enhances the lounge. It has an unusual profile with round wooden columns on each side of the hearth which form angular jambs. The splayed stricture is composed of turquoise mosaic tiles and a wooden mantel. A small ladies’ sitting room adjoining the room features a bookshelf unit taking up an entire wall, illuminated via a large window. It is followed by 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 a delightful 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 created in the 19th century. All the radiators have been changed, they are made of sculpted cast iron and, in some of the bedrooms, they have a feature for keeping hot-water bottles warm during the winter.
A chapel, built in the 19th century and standing near to the north-east side of the chateau, was Georges-de-Lestrade’s last construction. It was built over a burial chamber which was never used. This religious edifice faces north-south and is laid out in a cross-shape. Although stained glass windows were installed in the openings, they have disappeared over time.
Outbuildings with glazed roof tiles partially complete this historic property. Three buildings are laid out in a U-shape, with a central lawn parterre enhanced with a stone fountain. A first building houses four comfortable bedrooms, with tiled bathrooms and toilets. Then another includes two horse loose boxes, each featuring a local red brick bull’s eye window. And the third, with a large picture window, comprises a large function room, spanning approx. 100 m², followed by a kitchen with a bakery. The exposed roofing framework has been redone which gives amazing charm to this reception room. This building has a spectacular view over the surroundings.
The stables
The completely functional 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.
A wine storehouse, in an excellent state of repair, houses stainless steel vats which can be used at any moment. One of the chateau’s residents bought land in the French department of Nièvre in the 1980’s 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, 80% pinot and 20% gamay stock for red wine. And the estate became a vineyard! The tradition has continued with the Coteaux-du-Giennois wines which were awarded a gold medal in 2013. Near to the wine storehouse stands another building which was used for wine tasting amongst other things as well as for hunters who had travelled a long way to practice their activity and who could sleep upstairs where there are several bedrooms.
Former rural farm
A very large barn near to the chateau, undergoing renovation works, as well as two other houses, dating from 1920, must have been used as accommodation for the caretakers.
Open barn
A large farmshed, spanning approx. 1,200 m², once housed fruit for making syrups, with offices on the first floor. The resident of the estate at that time planted 50 ha of blackcurrants, 20 ha of redcurrants and 5 ha of raspberries.

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. A family could move in without having to carry out any works. The outbuildings are numerous and large financial projects could be envisaged such as renting the stable which houses numerous horse loose boxes, the outbuildings are in an excellent state of repair and new owners could easily conduct a bed & breakfast activity and then there is something which is quite rare, a practically new wine storehouse with all the equipment required for producing wine in an AOC region. The chateau also owns vines a little way away in the French department of Loiret. And lastly, it is the perfect spot for hunting where it is easily possible to receive hunters and put on a feast.

2 200 000 €
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À Paris et en Ile-de-France
Prix de vente au-delà de 600 000 euros       5% TTC*
Prix de vente de 400 000 à 600 000 euros   6% TTC*
Prix de vente de 200 000 À 400 000 euros   7% TTC*
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En Province
Prix de vente au-delà de 500 000 euros       6% TTC*
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 393184

Land registry surface area 40 ha
Main building surface area 507 m2


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Isabelle Ponelle       +33 1 42 84 80 85


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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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