castles / chateaux for sale - eure-et-loir - 100 km from paris

An enchanted, 15th century castle, nestling in
the Centre-Val-de-Loire region 100 km from Paris

Location

This property is located in the Centre-Val-de-Loire region in the French department of Eure-et-Loir, in the Paris, Chartres, Orleans triangle. 100 km from Paris via the A10 motorway and the N20, 40 km from Chartres and from Orleans, 23 km from Châteaudun and its subprefecture. The train station is 13 km away and numerous trains provide one hour links to the French capital via the Gare-d’Austerlitz. The small village nearby has 150 inhabitants, all shops are to be found in the little neighbouring towns. The region, deemed the granary of France, has vast cultivated expanses and this estate nestles in a verdant oasis.

Description

This estate was once an important fiefdom, mentioned as of the 12th century: one of its owners founded a priory there in 1186. It originally comprised a manor house which was destroyed during the One Hundred Years War and replaced by the current castle in the 15th century. The main courtyard was surrounded by high walls, delimited by four, 16 m high towers, all protected by wide moats. In 1793, the castle was pillaged, a section of the walls was demolished and the courtyard towers destroyed. However, two small turrets have been restored. In 1850, its new owner, engineer Louis-Léger-Vallée, undertook major restoration works; two towers were rebuilt like-for-like, flanking a new gothic facade, and arcades were added to the perimeter wall of the cloister.
This 18 ha, continuous property is crossed by a small river which feeds the moats. It is completely enclosed by high perimeter walls, featuring three large iron gates. Two little country lanes and a track go around it. The main entrance opens on to a long alleyway bordered with lime trees. On the right-hand side are a meadow, the caretaker’s cottage and outbuildings. On the left-hand side are a lake surrounded by reeds and an orchard. The castle stands in the middle of the estate, between its moats, sometimes water-filled, spanned by two stone bridges set at each end. It is accessed via two large vaulted openings in the perimeter walls of the cloister. The main courtyard is surrounded by galleries covered with a thatched roof. The walls feature coloured stained glass. On the south side are the courtyard and the dwelling; on the east side, the leisure garden is crossed by little alleyways as well as verdant hedgerows and is planted with one hundred year old trees, decoratively trimmed boxwood and yew trees. It includes a swimming pool and a vast terrace going around it. On the north side are two more lakes and a lawned esplanade, surrounded by an 8 ha wood, comprising a variety of species such as oak, hornbeam, ash, acacia, spruce and cypress trees. On the west side are a tennis court, stables, an old water tower and the vestiges of a Baroque fountain covered with Virginia creeper. The parklands and its flower beds, flowering copses and lawns form a mosaic of views created by Louis-Benech, a star in his field.

The castle

The main rectangular building, dating from the 15th century and redesigned in the 19th century, is flanked by four corner towers. It spans a total floor surface area of approx. 1,350 m² over three levels. The south facade features numerous brick-framed, twin arched openings. Three slightly protruding pavilions, topped with roof dormers, and two turrets, with candlesnuffer roofs, complete the castle. The semi-circular arched doorway is topped with a small central balcony, featuring wooden railings. Each of the towers has a separate entrance. The two large towers are built in a similar manner and feature numerous openings. The north facade is rendered; dressed stone framing surrounds the numerous doors and windows, protected by long wooden slatted shutters. Along the length of the facade and under the overhanging roof, columns made from tree trunks, set on stone bases, support a very long open veranda. The two-sloped slate roof, featuring pavilion roof dormers and roof vents, is totally new.


Ground floor
This level spans a floor surface area of approx. 450 m².
A 19th century gallery, 23 m long by 2.5 m wide, provides access to all the adjoining rooms on the ground floor. Wooden, gothic arch openings provide a certain verticality whilst stained glass windows let in contrasting light. They all have window seats. The floor is covered with coloured stoneware tiles and the walls are lined with wainscoting. A corridor, on the left-hand side has a glazed wall providing a glimpse of the kitchen. It also leads to a lounge in the tower, a lobby with a toilet and the first of the back stairways. A monumental stone fireplace takes pride of place in the dining room where the floor is covered with red and white cement tiles, laid in a chessboard pattern. The custom-made furniture, including a marble dresser, is made of wood painted Naples yellow; the ceiling joists are exposed. A door with a porthole opens into the back kitchen, laid out in one of the towers. It provides access to the veranda set out on an open terrace, followed by a corridor, a storeroom and a small vaulted cellar. The back kitchen includes a central unit and furniture identical to that of the kitchen; old terracotta tiles enhance the painted walls. The lounge laid out in the tower is enhanced by chessboard pattern marquetry with inlaid decoration, featuring a central rosette. The wainscoting is followed by printed wallpaper. The back entrance lobby houses an oak wood stairway leading upstairs, as well as a toilet and a wash-hand basin.
A large wooden door opens on to a landing, from which a wide, central, oak wood stairway, with wrought iron railings and a wooden handrail, goes up to the top floor. Wide intermediate landings have openings letting in copious amount of light. In the centre, a long transverse entrance hall leads to the gallery and to the veranda. It goes to the lounge, with its wide flagstones, fully enhanced with marquetry panelling and illuminated via four French windows. This room also features two sets of double, wooden doors opening into the billiards’ room, an impressive fireplace with a carved wood mantel and old cast iron radiators. The following reception room, the ceiling joists and main beams of which are exposed, is steeped in transverse light. The floor, covered with sea-rush matting, is flanked by wainscoting. A fireplace has been transformed into a wood-burning stove, covered in ceramic tiles, enclosed by and featuring brass grilles. The walls are venetian red. The second back entrance hall, with its wooden winding stairway, leads to a cloakroom laid out in a tower. A tree trunk surrounded by wooden benches takes pride of place in the middle of the room which has a stone fireplace and a coat rack following the curve of the walls. There is also a washing room, a laundry room and a boiler room as well as a toilet with a wash-hand basin.

First floor
This level spans a floor surface area of approx. 460 m².
A landing room provides access to both sides of this level which comprises ten bedrooms, a large television room and a study. The arched openings, with stained glass, in the second gallery are set in recesses. The floor is completely covered with parquet flooring, respectively laid in herringbone, strip and Versailles patterns. Each room has a stone, wood or marble fireplace and wooden indoor shutters. All are enhanced courtesy of floor-to-ceiling panelling, picture rails, wainscoting, panels and ceiling arches, the height of which can go up to four metres. The three metre high windows and doors have espagnolette bolts. All the double wooden doors, wallpaper, curtains and light fixtures respect the codes of good taste and the various eras. The lighting effects and the views over the parklands, the cloister courtyard and the moats are quite spectacular.
Two boot rooms are laid out at each end of the floor and the gallery openings provide access to the adjoining rooms. On the right-hand side are a study, followed by an anteroom with a boot room, a television room, four bedrooms, two of which have a shower room and toilet laid out in the towers, and the back stairway. On the left-hand side, the back stairway and a hall area provide access to four bedrooms with bath or shower rooms and toilets in the towers, followed by a fifth bedroom, a corridor from the gallery, a suite with a dressing room, a bathroom and toilet as well as a shower room and toilet.

Attic
Spanning a floor surface area of approx. 450 m², the attic space features an exposed roofing framework. The floor is covered with old terracotta tiles. This level could be fully converted.

The outbuildings

The caretaker’s cottage:

Spanning a floor surface area of approx. 100 m² over two levels, it is constructed from exposed stone over a cellar and topped with a three-sloped slate roof. A garage adjoins one of the gable walls. This house comprises an entrance lobby, a toilet, a kitchen, a lounge, two bedrooms and a shower room on the ground floor. The upstairs, spanning the same floor surface area, could easily be converted.

The barn:

Spanning a floor surface area of approx. 340 m², this building comprises a farm shed, going up to a ridge height of approx. 6.6 m, a garage and two workshops. A door links it to a long traditional farmhouse, spanning approx. 186 m², 6.6 m high. Standing at right angles to the barn, it is used for storing wood. The brick-framed openings resemble those of the castle, with arched recesses and old wooden doors. The main entrance is protected by a two-sloped awning, supported by wooden beams. This building is constructed from stone and covered with a roof featuring several slate slopes.

The stables:

Spanning a floor surface area of approx. 230 m², this stone and brick construction features numerous openings, large wooden doors, windows and bull’s eye windows. The west facade forms a long, open gallery supported by wooden columns. The adjoining rooms house stables with three horse loose boxes, miscellaneous rooms and a barn featuring a ridge approx. 10 m high. The gable roof is covered with interlocking tiles.

The tower house:

Spanning a floor surface area of approx. 130 m², this square, stone building adjoins a 19th century tower. This outbuilding, with its slate roof, comprises an entrance lobby, a lounge in the tower, a large living room with an open-plan kitchen, three bedrooms and a shower room with a toilet.

Additional outbuildings include an old water tower, cellars and an old henhouse.

Our opinion

The magic of colours and the choice of materials delight every nook and cranny of this desirable building, completely revamped by Mlinaric, Henry-&-Zervudachi, internationally renowned designers and interior decorators. Courtesy of their vision, together with the work of landscape gardeners and other craftsmen who looked to its future, this majestic residence appears to have started a whole new chapter of its long existence with its old stone and architectural curiosities having much to tell. The flora and fauna abounding throughout the estate add their delightful punctuation to this tale. Each of the living rooms, not too big or too small, have their own purpose and currently comprise an unusual abode where peace and tranquillity reign. The buildings are, however, in need of some masonry and plaster works in order to repair a few leaks that appeared before the roof was completely redone. The barn roof also awaits restoration. The estate is actually managed and looked after by a caretaking couple.

Exclusive sale

1 837 500 € Honoraires de négociation inclus
1 750 000 € Honoraires exclus
Honoraires de 5% TTC à la charge de l'acquéreur


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au 1er Avril 2017

Ventes d'immeubles

À Paris et en Ile-de-France
Prix de vente au-delà de 600 000 euros       5% TTC*
Prix de vente de 400 000 à 600 000 euros   6% TTC*
Prix de vente de 200 000 À 400 000 euros   7% TTC*
Prix de vente jusqu'à 200 000 euros             9% TTC*
Honoraires à la charge du Vendeur

En Province
Prix de vente au-delà de 500 000 euros       6% TTC*
Prix de vente jusqu'à 500 000 euros   30 000 Euros TTC* (forfait)
Honoraires à la charge du Vendeur

Expertise

Avis de valeur argumenté : 1 800 Euros TTC*
Expertise à partir de 2 400 Euros TTC*
Les tarifs des expertises sont communiqués sur devis personnalisé établi sur la base d’un taux horaire moyen de 120 Euros TTC*

   

*TTC : TVA incluse au taux de 20 %

Reference 176371

Land registry surface area 18 ha 43 a 79 ca
Main building surface area 1350 m2
Outbuilding surface area 800 m2

 

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Dalila Bessahli       +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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