spanning approx. 1 ha, in the Centre-Val-de-Loire region
This house, spanning approx. 670 m², is between town and countryside where the borders of the Sologne, Gâtinais and Berry regions meet. 5 minutes from Gien and 150 km from Paris, it is near to shops and Gien train station with links to Paris-Bercy in less than two hours. This area, with its excellent tourist trade, has many activities involving the river Loire such as fishing, boating and swimming in the summer season. There are also historical interests as the nearby Gien Castle was built for Anne-de-Beaujeu, the eldest daughter of Louis XI. The building currently houses a museum dedicated to hunting, history and nature in the Loire Valley. Dotted along the river are market towns separated by crops and woods.
The main residence
This limestone, brick and reinforced concrete house was constructed in the 1930’s. It was once used as a nursing home.
Facing the parklands on the east side, a wide, Burgundy stone porch is sheltered by a slate roof, supported on two white Doric order columns. This is where the double glass and metal entrance doors are to be found, in the centre of the facade.
Numerous wide, small-paned openings, with white stone jambs and sills, on the ground floor let copious amounts of light inside.
The walls are of brick and a white string course under a stylised cornice separates the ground floor from the first floor featuring the dual colours of half-timbering.
On the west side, another smaller Burgundy stone porch and its slate canopy shelter those wishing to enter.
All the openings are fitted with wooden rolling shutters.
A hip roof at the top of the main facade's central bay is designed to resemble an additional level.
The rest of the slate roof features miscellaneous roof dormers.
Four vast, adjoining rooms communicate via large, sliding doors, glazed with small panes. The advantage of this is that it gives a through view of all the ground floor reception rooms from the entrance hall. A lounge, spanning approx. 62 m², is enhanced with a large stone and oak wood, open-hearth fireplace, the mantel of which bears the coats-of-arms of the residence’s first owner. He had three children, two lawyers and a doctor. The coats-of-arms feature two pairs of scales, symbols of justice, and a caduceus, evoking medicine.
This room has a marble floor. Neo-gothic style, double, wrought wood doors give this area plenty of character. The ceilings are 3.46 m high.
The dining room, on the south side, spans more than 46 m². It is enhanced with a stately marble fireplace comprising two curved architraves.
Another lounge on the north side has a white marble, open-hearth fireplace that is in good working order. Its numerous openings look out over the parklands, making this a very pleasant room. It precedes a 30 m² billiards’ room, the walls of which are lined with wooden shelves, filled with all kinds of books. The bookshelves going right up to the ceiling were constructed by a renowned local cabinetmaker. There is now strip pattern parquet flooring throughout.
A kitchen, fitted with large cupboards on the west side, opens on to the rear of the parklands. It spans a floor surface area of approx. 25 m². The splashback is lined with tiles from Gien’s very famous factory.
A swimming pool that can be open or closed overlooks the vegetation on the south side. A lift has been created for the children so that they can go directly up to their bedrooms without having to go through the reception rooms. A second entrance hall on the west side, once the main entrance hall, houses an oak wood stairway with balusters leading up to the bedrooms.
A large landing with wall panelling precedes a corridor providing access to 6 bedrooms, all with their own bathroom and toilet.
They span floor surface areas ranging from 17 to 32 m².
Gien tiles enhance all the bathrooms throughout the house.
In some of the bedrooms, openings into the bathrooms just like those of the alcoves provide additional charm.
Each bedroom has been named after a colour (pink, turquoise, salmon pink, etc.) as in residences of old.
This level comprises a landing and 4 bedrooms under the slopes of the roof. They span floor surface areas ranging from 18 to 30 m².
Three of them have a wash-hand basin area.
A bathroom is decorated with Gien mosaic tiles.
There are numerous cupboards and even a dumbwaiter which goes from the kitchen to the top floor, a very practical feature when someone is ill, for example.
A wooden chalet, standing in the parklands and spanning approx. 65 m², can accommodate guests. It comprises a large room with strip pattern parquet flooring, illuminated via several windows looking out over the estate.
This house was that used for Robert-Enrico’s historic film about de Saint-Exupéry. Entitled “Saint-Exupéry la dernière mission” (Saint-Exupéry’s last mission), the main role was played by Bernard-Giraudeau. The film came out on 17 December 1994.
The 1930’s main contractor gave free rein to his imagination and this is the result. The Anglo-Norman style dominates because it comes from all regions, a slightly gothic touch to the interior panelling provides warmth and books adorn the walls in the billiards’ room. The parklands were also enhanced with an ornamental pool, a semi-circular bench, a stone table and chairs before modernity moved in with its swimming pool and Jacuzzi. The parklands’ chalet was also used for shooting a bio-graphical film about Saint-Exupéry; a reference. Ceramic tiles from Gien’s nearby famous factory are yet another.
|Land registry surface area||13095 m2|
|Main building surface area||670 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||10|
Isabelle Ponelle +33 1 42 84 80 85
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.