character houses for sale sologne region - orléans in france

A property firmly rooted in the history of an old estate
used for hunting with hounds in the north of the Sologne region
Orléans, LOIRET center-val-de-loire 45000 FR


This property, in the Loire chateaux region, to the north of the area known as Sologne, is 2 hours from Paris and 40 minutes from Orleans or Blois by car. 10 km away, the historic town of Beaugency (7,500 inhabitants) has numerous amenities and infrastructures. Its station provides 100-minute train links to Paris. The nearest commune, with its little shops and amenities as well as an international golf club, is a 5-minute car drive away.
This property is on a plot of land where forests and tranquillity reign, in an area classified as a World Heritage site by Unesco courtesy of its fortunate natural conditions, with their local specificities, and its miscellaneous historic monuments.


The first section of the property, about a hectare of level countryside, runs alongside a lane reached from the road. This lane leads to a lake as well as to remote-controlled gates. The latter form the entrance to the second section of the property: 1.2 hectares, enclosed by walls or game fencing, comprising wooded parklands, a 358 m² house and a 59 m² barn. The house stands at the end of a tree-lined driveway. Constructed in the 18th century, it belongs to an old estate used for hunting with hounds. Resembling a traditional, long farmhouse, it is composed of 3 buildings. The first, at one end, housed the estate’s old kennels. It has been rehabilitated as a house with its own little garden and its own perimeter wall. The second, in the middle, was accommodation for the huntsman, the man responsible for rearing, training and controlling the pack of dogs. And lastly, at the other end, the stables have been transformed into bedrooms and shower rooms. This 2-storey building comprises some fifteen rooms.
Standing at a distance from the house is a barn and some small kennels, the pack’s former nursery.
A small ornamental pool in the parklands enhances the area between the lawn and the wooded section.

The house

This house comprises three aligned buildings spanning two levels: a ground floor and an upstairs with sloping ceilings or an attic floor depending on the building. The south-east facing facade receives a great deal of sunshine.
The first building, at the southern end of the house, was once the kennels of this estate used for hunting with hounds. Its facade features nine brick arcades, four of which have been transformed into windows and three into glazed doors. The upper section is marked by a brick string course, topped in turn by a central decoration similar to that of an overhanging cornice formed by Roman tiles. This central section is adorned with two octagonal boxes, framing deer antlers, decoration reminiscent of the premises’ history. The former kennels have a little garden terrace, with its own perimeter wall, made of brick and rendered quarry stone blocks, which enabled the dogs to be outside without being able to run away.
The facade of the central building, the former huntsman’s home, features two rectangular windows, with wooden shutters, a semi-glazed door, a segmental arch window and double French windows, forming a basket handle arch. These last two openings have dressed freestone framing. An overhanging brick cornice crowns this facade.
The third building, at the northern end of the house, corresponds to the old stables. The four brick openings on the ground floor are those of the former horse loose boxes. They are closed by glazed doors and the previous wooden doors act as shutters. The upstairs, with its sloping ceilings, has four openings identical to those on the ground floor. The particularity of this level is that it is accessed via a balcony corridor, reached from an outdoor covered stairway. The balcony corridor, with its wooden balustrade, is protected by the overhanging eaves, featuring four shed dormers. It is supported on wooden pillars, resting on dressed stones.
The rear facade, facing north-west, has various openings and a small extension, housing a storeroom and a cellar.
Each building has a different style roof in keeping with the Sologne region: dark-coloured flat tiles for the kennels, light-coloured flat tiles for the huntsman’s home and interlocking tiles for the stables. The roofs feature skylights or roof dormers.

Ground floor
The entrance hall in the first building provides access to a bedroom and its shower room, with a toilet, as well as to a living room. The latter, with its exposed ceiling beams and its large fireplace, composed of dressed stone, brick and rendering, is extremely luminous courtesy of its three openings overlooking the garden. Here, a stairway leads upstairs. It is followed by a first, large, fitted kitchen that opens on to a terrace. Adjoining this kitchen are a boiler room, a storeroom and a cellar.
A small lobby following the first bedroom communicates with the second building.
The latter comprises an entrance hall, a dining room, with exposed beams, a second fitted kitchen, a toilet with a wash-hand basin, as well as a lounge with exposed beams and a brick fireplace. A wooden stairway in the lounge goes upstairs.
There are terracotta floor tiles throughout both ground floors.
And lastly, the ground floor of the third building comprises two bedrooms, their respective shower rooms, their toilets and their built-in cupboards.

First floor
The upstairs of the first building can be reached from the living room via a wooden stairway. The landing, in use as a small study, provides access to a first bedroom, a large corridor with built-in cupboards, followed by a second bedroom, with a shower room and a toilet.
The lounge in the second building houses a stairway, going up to a bedroom with a dressing room.
The upstairs in the third building is laid out with three bedrooms, a shower room and a bathroom, with a toilet, as well as built-in cupboards.

The barn

The barn, standing at a distance from the house, has a one-slope roof, covered with interlocking tiles. It faces west. Inside, a mezzanine can be reached via a ladder.

The parklands

The parklands are entirely enclosed by walls or by game fencing and are totally unoverlooked. They include an area laid to lawn and another wooded section, planted with various species of trees and shrubs. They are enhanced with a small ornamental pool.

Our opinion

If all that was left of the old hunting estate was the long house, featuring its brick enhanced openings, this would already be a substantial property. But, there are also parklands dotted with slender trees as if sketched by an artist using charcoal, a lake by the side of which herons take a breather and perimeter walls dividing the natural surroundings into prime sections. It was an outstandingly good idea to transform the hunting buildings into accommodation: their previous functions now delimiting areas that are equally suited to the autonomy of family members as to welcoming guests. The rightly well-known Sologne region is also near to a wealth of historic heritage. But residents will have to force themselves somewhat to go exploring as the property’s harmony acts as a powerful elixir.

660 000 €
Honoraires à la charge du vendeur


Reference 343111

Land registry surface area 2 ha 29 a 58 ca
Main building surface area 358 m2
Outbuilding surface area 59 m2

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North Loiret County

Céline Fouré       +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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