residences for sale gâtinais region - briare canal - puisaye

Nestled between the Centre Val-de-Loire and Burgundy regions,
a 19th century mansion in the heart of a village where the Briare Canal passes through
Châtillon-Coligny, LOIRET center-val-de-loire 45230 FR

Location

Located in a village of five hundred inhabitants, on the borders of the Loiret and Yonne departments in the terroirs of Gâtinais and La Puisaye, renowned for their hunting grounds and potential. A few kilometres from the small towns of Châtillon-Coligny, la Buissière, Gien, Briare (Loiret) and Rogny-Les-Sept-Ecluses (Yonne). The property dominates the Loing valley and the Briare Canal reflecting the architectural heritage of the region, where unknown castles, mansions and manor houses, a lot more numerous than generally thought, are the symbol of its rich past. This region is dotted with lakes, forests, moor lands, rivers and nearby is the royal river, the Loire. The area is also home to national arboretums and remarkable gardens. Paris is 150 km away by the A6 and A77 motorways, and the property is located just ten minutes for the train station and the nearest motorway entrance.

Description

The mansion is Napoleon III-style, built, during the Second Empire in the heart of former winegrowers’ land where commercial activity was in full swing. The construction of canals in the 16th century and the famous Briare bridge-canal passing over the Loire have also given place to the construction of a number of works (locks, lockmaster houses, dikes, suspended bridges etc.) reflecting a real golden age for river and maritime trade.
The history of men and women here continues to fascinate boaters, hikers or cyclo-tourists who take the “Scandiberique” (Norway to Spain) cycle route or the “Loiret au fil de l’eau” cycle path to travel through this vast territory and explore the historic and natural heritage.
The property is located in the heart of the village, not far from the parish church. It is walled and wood fencing and tall hedgerows surround the whole estate. Several entrances give access to it. To the north, on the road side, the garden features flower-filled beds and lawns in between the one-hundred year old trees. An independent garden stands above the Briare Canal with direct access to the towpath and boat launch. To the south, the mansion house, outbuildings and low vegetated stone walls separate a large interior courtyard. Century-old decoratively shaped box trees, colourful floor beds, lawns and stone terraces mark the limits of the property. A long central driveway opens on to an esplanade of greenery with wooded areas stretching over more than two hectares. The whole grounds represent a little more than three hectares and are planted with different tree species: oak, cedar, ash, giant redwood, chestnut, hazelnut, walnut, hornbeam, lime and birch trees, flowering shrubs as well as conifer trees. Automatic watering system, using a well with pump.

The mansion house

The house built at the end of 19th century is flanked by a pavilion built in 1920. The main section of the three-level house spans approx. 383 m2, above a vaulted cave. It is central plan and of classic style with simple symmetrical lines. The north-facing facade and gable walls feature numerous windows all with arched dressed stone framings. To the south, the windows have dressed stone and brick framings. The entrance doors have doorsteps. All the facade renderings are a light colour. A sculptured cornice is crowned by a four-sided slate hip roof. It features Jacobean-style dormers, bull’s eye windows, complete with curved pediments and brick and stone framed dormer windows.
The chimney stacks are brick.


Ground floor
The ground floor spans approx. 136 m2. The entrance hall provides access to all of the rooms and incorporates a winding wood staircase with decorative wrought-iron banister and wood hand rail leading to the upper floors, hall and large cupboards. The right wing comprises the dining room and lounges. A set of wooden double doors separate these communicating rooms. They are decorated with panelling and wainscoting, mouldings, decorative staffs and rosettes. All the windows some with espagnolette bolts are made of wood and look out over the gardens. The fireplaces are marble with decorated mantelpieces. The left wing comprises a lounge currently used as a library, a fitted kitchen with black wood units and worktops of natural coloured wood, pantry, wash basin and a toilet. The floors on this level are of cement tiles: black and white chequered, diamond or star-shaped, and also coloured, as well as old terracotta tiles. All the rooms are luminous thanks to their double aspect.
A staircase leads to the laundry room located in the basement.

First floor
This floor spans 127 m2. The landing leads to two large bedrooms with a bathroom, shower room and toilet, on one side. A corridor leads to a third bedroom, bathroom with toilet, made-to-measure walk-in wardrobe and a fourth bedroom with bathroom and toilet, on the other. Some of the bathrooms have ceramic floor tiles, the choice of materials bestowing a refined style. There are oak strip parquets throughout on this floor. All the bedrooms are painted in light colours and have stone fireplaces. The walls are decorated with mouldings, rosettes and large windows providing lots of light and clear views.
Second floor
This floor spans 119 m2. The layout is the same as on the first floor. This converted attic with exposed beams comprises four bedrooms and a bathroom with toilet. Two rooms await restoration (either as a bathroom or other room), large cupboards. Each room features a stone fireplace. The floors are back and white chequered stoneware, strip parquets and old terracotta tiles. The walls are painted in light colours.

The service quarters

These two-storey buildings span a total surface area of approx. 304 m2, and facades are traditionally lime rendered. The window framings are of brick and open sideways on to the central courtyard. The two-sided hip roofs feature dormers.
One building is divided into three sections: former stables with two horse boxes, a conservatory and then a garage. The upper floor is tiled and could be renovated.
The second building perpendicular to the first comprises several small rooms currently used for wood storage, garden storage and a summer room. A small tower; old latrines.
A guest house facing the other outbuildings features two fireplaces and is connected to electricity and water. It awaits renovation as does the upper floor too.
A 24 m2 vaulted wine cellar.

Our opinion

The mansion has been entirely renovated with top quality materials. The styles are varied, no error in taste, they blend together nicely creating a world of its own where modern-day home comforts are to be found throughout. The numerous lush green areas fitted with outdoor lighting, garden lounges scattered here and there in the grounds readily invite you to daydream and enjoy every day spent here, under the auspices of Saint Vincent, the patron saint of winegrowers and whose statue stands proudly in front of the mansion.

Exclusive sale

840 000 €
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Reference 757495

Land registry surface area 3 ha 20 a 56 ca
Main building surface area 383 m2
Outbuilding surface area 307 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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