A castle built between the 14th & 19th centuries with outbuildings in a 42 ha estate
of woods, wooded moorland and grasslands in the centre of France
Romorantin-Lanthenay, INDRE center-val-de-loire 41200 FR

Location

This property is on the edge of the Berry region and the French department of Indre, in discreetly charming countryside, near to a town with some 3,000 inhabitants, classified as being one of the sunniest in France.
It can be reached via the A10 motorway and is ten minutes from a train station with 2-hour links to Paris. Belgium is a five hour drive away via the A77 motorway.

Description

It is possible to glimpse the castle, a chapel and the outbuildings from a tree-lined driveway leading to a small bridge which straddles the river going around the property, intertwined with 8 ha of parklands and gardens. Backing on to the latter are two wash-houses, a river, a garden and an octagonal dovecote covered with a pyramid roof. A swimming pool is to be found in a corner with an unobstructed view over the grasslands, providing privacy for those wishing to take a dip.
The castle comprises two buildings facing different directions, flanked on each side by three roof dormers. A square pavilion stands outside of the carcass in the centre.
Two constructions adjoin either side of the pavilion: one opens on to a terrace, spanning approx. 50 m², with a balustrade; the other is topped with a broken pediment from which emerges an impressive roof dormer.
All of the roofs are covered by a ten year guarantee apart from the candlesnuffer roof on the tower on the swimming pool side which has yet to be done but is nevertheless in a good state of repair.
Approx. 1,300 m² of living space.
The outbuildings on the side have been transformed into a dwelling and accommodation for a caretaker.

The castle

Built in three stages: at the beginning of the 14th century, redesigned in the 17th century and then partially transformed in the 19th century.
This property was successively handed down to several families.
Carefully renovated by its current owners, the castle spans two levels and a partial cellar with two secondary stairways at each end: one with access on the swimming pool and summer lounge side; the other communicating with the second access leading to a toilet, a kitchen and a pantry.
The main entrance is reached via the courtyard. A vestibule houses a hanging spiral stairway, with wrought iron railings, providing access to both levels. A second, older entrance, located at the back of the castle, opens into a majestic vestibule which houses a white stone stairway, forming an elegant curve looking out over the river and the dovecote.
Miscellaneous rooms are enhanced with 19th century marble fireplaces and wooden panelling.
Floors are covered with geometric patterned tiles as well as herringbone and strip pattern oak wood parquet flooring.
Some old walls, vestiges of the 14th century, have been preserved.


Ground floor
The entrance door opens into a large, high-ceilinged vestibule. This provides access to vast reception rooms: a study decorated with wooden panelling and a central fireplace; a garden lounge is near to a swimming pool and to a wine cellar.
A bar, complete with its oak wood counter added by the owners, welcomes guests and provides access to a dining room and a large kitchen with a pantry. The latter were renovated using noble materials. A marvellous chest-high fireplace is ideal for cooking over a wood fire. In one corner, a larder is located in the sole tower.
This level features numerous openings on both facades.
First level
This level comprises seven comfortable bedrooms, each decorated in its own way. Some have a bath or shower room, a toilet and a dressing room. A billiards’ room and two reception rooms.
Second level
The second floor includes seven bedrooms with bath or shower rooms, a linen room with numerous oak wood cupboards and a dressing room. Access to an open terrace with a view over verdant countryside and water.
A stairway leads to a games room and then to the attic space.

Cellar
The through cellars are vaulted, opening on to the outside via the wood-store. One section comprises a woodshed, a boiler room and a water pump.
A wine cellar is at the owners’ disposition: it is near to the summer lounge.

The parklands

The parklands are immaculately kept by gardeners. They immediately awaken the senses to four elements: land, water, plants and buildings. Said elements are harmonious and create a peaceful atmosphere, playing on the fragrances of a coloured universe amidst the rustling of the foliage of all the trees, shrubs and other perennial plants.

The outbuildings

The outbuildings form an extension of the castle. They include a chapel, a garage, a first dwelling, a kennel, a house awaiting renovation, a caretaker’s cottage, a dwelling in the orangery, a stable, a tack room, a covered area, barns, cowsheds, a workshop, a vegetable garden, a dovecote and two wash-houses.

The chapel

This edifice, the foundations of which could date back to the Merovingian era, appears to have been used as a funereal chapel: sarcophagi are to be found very near to the chapel, a sign that the inhabitants of the premises were wealthy.

Garage

Laid out as a garage, closed by three double doors, for sheltering cars (116 m²).

Dwelling

It spans a floor surface area of approx. 242 m².


Ground floor
An entrance hall provides access to the first level of the dwelling.
First level
This level comprises a vast living room and a kitchen, followed by a corridor leading to four bedrooms, some of which have a bath or shower room, a toilet and a dressing room.
A stairway leads to mezzanine floor and then to the attic space.

Small house

This spans a floor surface area of approx. 30 m².

Kennel

Spanning a floor surface area of approx. 30 m².

Woodshed

The woodshed has undergone full renovation works (106 m²).

Caretaker's cottage

This spans a floor surface area of approx. 50 m².

A covered area

Spanning a floor surface area of 42 m².

Stables

This building comprises four horse loose boxes and five stalls in a floor surface area of approx. 117 m².

Cowshed

Spanning a floor surface area of 270 m², it extends into lean-tos, spanning a floor surface area of approx. 45 m². These areas are used by the gardeners.

The dwelling in the orangery

Spanning a floor surface area of 140 m².


Ground floor
This level comprises an open-plan kitchen, a lounge, two bedrooms, some with bath and shower rooms and a toilet.
This living space is completed by a sauna and an exercise room.

Vegetable garden

A decorative feature stands in the middle of the vegetable garden: a greenhouse with ironwork from yesteryear, an exact replica of the work of Gustave-Eiffel.

Gardeners’ workshop

Spanning a floor surface area of 49 m².

Features of the hunting grounds

The estate adjoins a wood spanning approx. 90 ha.
The site is ideal for hunting wild boar, roe deer, hare and pheasant.

Features of the forest estate

The estate is not governed by a management plan.
Nature of the species: estate predominantly comprising wooded land and moorland with poplar, oak, beech, ash, Douglas fir and hornbeam trees, coppice stand, meadow and garden.
800 oak and 1,200 birch trees were planted by the owners eight years ago.
This estate is immaculately kept and the wood intended for domestic use.

Our opinion

An old residence amongst dozens of hectares of unspoilt countryside is, in itself, a rare luxury. The eras that have followed on one from the other here, each leaving their mark on the layout of the castle, have permeated the premises as if by magic. Works carried out to provide the castle with a certain level of modern-day home comforts have not changed its character in any way.
The magnificent potential contained in such a property, obviously set in natural surroundings, not only involves a certain way of living but also the conversions that all new owners would want to carry out, thus adding their own personal touches to the history of the castle and its setting.

2 150 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 701205

Land registry surface area 42 ha 25 ca
Main building surface area 1300 m2
Outbuilding surface area 1200 m2
Number of bedrooms 14

Regional representative


Nelly Parisot +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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