An authentic, 18th century country house and its indoor swimming pool,
nestling in the midst of a little village in the Loiret department
Ferrières-en-Gâtinais, LOIRET center-val-de-loire 45210 FR


In the Centre-Val-de-Loire region, the village and its 260 inhabitants are in the Loiret department, where its borders meet those of Yonne and Burgundy. It was the seigneury of Ferrières-en-Gâtinais abbey from the 12th through to the 18th century.
This house stands facing a little 15th century church, with a mill and a wash-house lower down, and is surrounded by restored houses, typical of the Gâtinais region. In the centre of the market town, a semi-gastronomic inn, the town hall and a few craftsmen. The natural and architectural decor is set and the unobstructed view takes in the surrounding undulating landscape, with its meadows, its river and its hiking trails, including the GR32.
The region has numerous attractions and other sites to be explored, starting with the Loire chateaux, boat outings on the Briare, Loing and Orleans canals, as well as two golf courses near to the house, miscellaneous forests and the river La-Cléry, dotted with old mills, where it also possible to fish for trout.
120 km from Paris via the A5 and A6 motorways, with slip roads 10 km away in the little town of Courtenay. 10 km from Ferrières-en-Gâtinais and 60 km away from Fontainebleau. Shops, markets and craftsmen keep the surrounding areas bustling every day.


Nestling at the bottom of the Cléry Valley, the heart of the village stands like a promontory dominating the landscape. The house is preceded by an area as well as a gravel alleyway and protected by a perimeter wall, featuring two sets of wrought iron gates, marking the main entrances. The garden, dotted with flowers, is planted with centuries-old lime, pine, magnolia, white lilac and cypress trees as well as rose bushes and boxwood, with beds of blue and pink irises. The entire plot spans a surface area of approx. 1,800 m².

The country house

Courtenay’s 12th century seigneury, the fiefdom was purchased by Ferrières-en-Gâtinais abbey and became the seat of the provosts until the end of the 18th century. Several lords lived in the chateau. Augustin-Duchemin-de-Chasseval was the last to occupy these premises in 1783.
Reflecting a classical style, the main, rectangular building spans a surface area of approx. 400 m² over three levels, partially constructed over a vaulted cellar. The stone facades are covered with white rendering. Dressed stone was used for the surrounds framing the numerous openings as well as the cornice. On the ground floor, the wooden-framed, inward-opening windows are enhanced with wrought iron railings and indoor shutters. All the slatted shutters are made of wood. The hip roof, covered with slate, features a few skylights, roof dormers with projecting eaves and a triangular pediment.

First level
This level spans a surface area of approx. 120 m² with ceilings approx. 2.5 m high. A long corridor provides access to both sides of the house. The floor is laid with black and white square stoneware tiles and the walls enhanced with wainscoting. The windows, with their espagnolette bolts and indoor shutters, let copious amounts of light into the area. A winding, stone stairway, with wrought iron railings, goes upstairs. A living room, with herringbone parquet flooring, has an engaged, open-hearth fireplace. The furniture in the fitted kitchen is made of wood and its floor laid with old terracotta tiles. A dining room features walls completely lined with panelling, a ceramic tile floor as well as a built-in fireplace, with a dressed stone mantel topped with a mirror trumeau. A cloakroom has large cupboards and a toilet.
A door leads to the basement. Spanning approx. 30 m², it houses a vaulted wine cellar, a laundry room and an area used as a boiler room and a workshop.

Second level
Spanning a surface area of approx. 140 m² with ceilings approx. 3 m high, this level is divided into two sections. On one side, it comprises a bedroom, with a bathroom and toilet, and two communicating bedrooms, with a bathroom and toilet. They each have a marble fireplace, walls lined with wallpaper and floors laid with carpet. On the other side, a corridor lined with cupboards, gives access to a study, a main suite, spanning approx. 50 m², with a tiled bath and shower room and separate toilet. The room is bright and features a black stone fireplace.
Third level
This level, spanning a surface area of approx. 140 m², houses two communicating bedrooms, with a shower room, a third bedroom, with a water supply point, a fourth bedroom, with a bathroom and toilet, an insulated attic as well as a toilet, with a wash-hand basin. The beams have been sand-blasted or painted and left exposed. The floor is laid with carpet or strip pattern parquet flooring.

The outbuilding

This stone building spans a surface area of approx. 140 m² over two levels. It is topped with a gable roof, covered with local tiles. Virginia creeper and honeysuckle climb the walls.
The ground floor, spanning approx. 65 m², comprises a 6x3.5 m swimming pool, heated via a heat pump, a changing room and a shower. Two large picture windows look out over the garden. The floor is laid with Burgundy stone and the walls are painted white.
The upstairs, spanning a surface area of approx. 70 m², is laid out as a relaxation room. The beam system has been left exposed and the floor covered with sea-rush matting. The high ceiling makes this area extremely bright.
The property also includes some sheds, used for storage purposes.

Our opinion

Having survived multiple conflicts and neglect, these premises have been fortunate enough to have had ardent admirers and restorers pass their way. The house stands as if captured in one of Alfred-Sisley’s paintings. Its impressive appearance is nevertheless pleasantly steeped in poetry, courtesy of its delightful setting and its unobstructed views. A family home full of ambition where residents will no doubt appreciate its almost thousand-year-old heritage, renovated in an 18th century style.

457 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense

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Reference 601991

Land registry surface area 1800 m2
Main building surface area 400 m2
Number of bedrooms 8
Outbuilding surface area 138 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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