200 minutes from Paris via the A6 motorway, 150 minutes from Geneva via the A40 motorway and just 20 minutes from Beaune. The “Climats de Bourgogne” (Burgundy vineyards), classified as a World Heritage site by Unesco, are but a few minutes away. Dominated by its 16th century church, the commune is crossed by two rivers and a stream: the Dheune, the Vandène and the Reuil-de-Champseuil. This property stands on the outskirts of a village, facing the fields which extend over the bocage landscape for as far as the eye can see. The nearest shops are in Beaune, a town very well-known for its way of life and its heritage.
The miniature castle entrance
A lane leads straight to the miniature castle entrance gates, an authentic 18th century feature brought from an old monument. The porch way to the miniature castle entrance, also called dome, is closed by an oak wood door which also comes from an old mansion house. The adjacent brick and dressed stone walls are topped with balusters. The walls are raised to support a gallery forming a passageway between the main house and the theatre outbuildings. The facade, on the courtyard side, features a succession of arcades intermingled with pilasters. The dome, flanked by turrets, is covered with flat, highly coloured, glazed tiles. On the entrance side of the porch way, the walls consist of brick masonry filler. The prominent section has an imitation balustrade and a colonnade which appears to support the dome. This astonishing architecture is purposely enhanced by glazed roofs, clearly visible from the road, the roof being plainer, without any colours, on the inside slope. The gallery measures almost 16x24 m.
The main building
The main, neo-gothic style building, set on the west side, has two dressed stone wings which are set back. The roofs, covered with flat Burgundy tiles, feature roof dormers, one of which is an internal dormer. Acroteria decorate the ridges. The facade is aligned with Doric order columns with small capitals and basket-handle arched openings on the ground floor. The upstairs in the central building has lancet, coloured stained glass windows. The wings, set back, feature vast rectangular windows with sculpted modillions, ogees and small coats-of-arms.
The main outbuilding is constructed of brick on stone foundations. Spanning a single level, it is covered with a grey tile roof, topped, with an oculus. It adjoins the wing set at right angles of the entrance pavilion which houses the entrance to the theatre. At the end of this building, an old imitation keep, with walls rendered with imitation pointing to resemble dressed stone, is of a good size. It is topped with an upper terrace featuring battlements. There are, therefore, three separate outbuildings. In order from the miniature castle entrance, the ground floors comprise a fermenting room and an adjacent cellar, followed by a large room with a fireplace opening into another large room; both are used for storage purposes. Next, a large room comprises a closed sauna and another room reached from the storage rooms. And lastly, a stable and a tack room. On the first level of the keep is a large garage.
The left wing which contained the servants’ quarters was raised around 1882 such that it matched the right-hand wing, comprising accommodation. This wing is home to the theatre which is, therefore, upstairs but it is entered via the courtyard on the ground floor. Its old foyer was used as a billiards’ room. At the end of the theatre, on the stage side, a door opens into the attics of the outbuildings, at the end of which, it is possible to access the keep via an intermediate floor. A large stairway leads up to an upper floor and to a large room with a wooden “Chambord” stairway which was built in line with that of the famous castle. It goes up to a terrace with a superb panoramic view over the castle and its surroundings. The last large room, called ballroom, comprises panelling, painted with floral motifs. It is adjoined by a small smoking room. The parquet flooring has been flooded and has holes in places.
The dressing rooms and the stage are topped with a cupola forming a light well. It is decorated with extremely delicate floral motifs. The theatre is a real gem. The large, central dressing room, padded with red silk, is flanked by side dressing rooms in a similar vein. The overall style is rather strange and brings Egypt, Persia and China to mind. The richness of the ornamentation combines a profusion of geometric, musical and floral motifs. The large doors are Louis XV style with gilt and leaf decor. The old theatre foyer is now called “billiards’ room. An iron beam has been installed the full width of the farm building above the courtyard. Panelling flanked by small columns and golden brown pilasters have been installed. The painted panels are of a Renaissance style with men and women in period costume in a comical manner in reference to the theatre comedies. The wooden coffered ceiling was made to measure. The reddish brown hues contrast with the gilt finish, the central section is adorned with a gilt square featuring small flowers.
This residence, in accordance with its designer’s wishes is extremely theatrical. It reflects the owner’s whimsical side and his great liking for artistic and architectural references which his prosperity allowed him to indulge. This property is particularly heterogeneous, dotted with references that range from old medieval houses to theatrical representations. The wisdom of the insane and the lunacy of the wise, all are steeped in charm, even magic. Its decors were often taken at the end of the 19th century from old Parisian mansion houses, certain coming from the Russian embassy and even the Palais-des-Tuileries, hence their quality and their sometimes impressive character. Despite its original features, the main building comprises an appreciably comfortable residential home, but some internal conversion and maintenance works will have to be carried out.
640 000 €
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|Land registry surface area||4 ha 86 a 71 ca|
|Main building surface area||300 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||1800 m2|
Céline Berrette       +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.