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5 hours from Geneva via the A39 motorway and 2⅓ hours from Luxembourg. Paris is 200 km away.
100 km from Troyes but near to several towns including Vitry-le-François and Bar-le-Duc, an outstanding Renaissance town.
In the middle of a sleepy village with less than 200 inhabitants, in the wonderful Saulx Valley, dotted with interesting architectural heritage.
This highly impressive chateau, with its block, almost square layout, dominates the village from the top of a knoll. The symmetrical, balanced and harmonious Palladian style is enhanced by the discreet nobility of the materials, stone from Savonnières for the masonry and slate from the French department of Meuse for the roof.
The south facade which can be glimpsed from the two entrance pavilions is the most majestic with its wide classical portico, lined with Ionic order columns and pilasters with capitals, enhanced with a triangular pediment, a colonnade that stands on the lower section.
The garden level, predominantly comprising utility rooms, is accessed via three elegant, semi-circular arched doors. On either side, a flight of steps leads up to the portico, the tall rectangular windows of which are topped with corbels adorned with dentil dripstones. The moulding of the entablature on the main facade continues on the upper section of the two lateral facades, facing east and west. Slightly protruding string courses finely enhance the sills of the windows which are semi-circular arched on the ground floor and rectangular upstairs. Once again with symmetry in mind, the four central openings are isolated from the side openings via a slight projection of the facade. Said projection, of just a few centimetres, means that the side facades resemble the two main facades. Only a carriage door, on the ground floor of the west facade, breaks the regularity of the arrangement. The rear facade, facing north, looks down on the Saulx Valley. It appears to negatively reflect the contour and profile of the main facade. More sober, it comprises a protruding projection in the central section, topped with a triangular pediment.
This 1837 edifice, built to replace the old chapel, was one of the first designed in France in the neo-Gothic style. Modest in size, it comprises a small nave and an apse with canted walls. It is built of dressed stone and only the main facade is decorated.
In the centre, the double, triangular-arched entrance doors are topped with a fanlight featuring an oculus. Marked by two small columns supporting an ogee arch, the doorway is flanked by two recesses resting on stone corbelling decorated with foliage, a feature that is also found in the choir of the chapel. Two octagonal turrets, on each side of the portal, are also decorated with small columns topped with small crocket capitals.
The upper section of the gable wall stands above a four-lobed decorative frieze. In its centre is a large, blind rosette bearing three trilobed motifs.
The statue that looked down on the edifice is no longer in existence although there are still a few remaining fragments of terracotta. The stained glass of the oculus above the retable and the side openings as well as the wood and plaster cross-rib vaulted ceilings are currently undergoing restoration works.
The fully restored bread oven and dovecote have been converted into guest houses.
The entrance pavilion houses a small, 2-storey dwelling.
Preceded by a limestone and half-timbered building, the old, red brick stables house five horse loose boxes and storage rooms.
Designed to favour biodiversity, the north section of the parklands is managed as a natural, wild area with hayfields and a wooded section.
On the south side, the vegetable garden is cultivated using sustainable farming methods and its aesthetic qualities make it the ideal place for contemplation. The orchard is planted with several dozen old varieties.
In the immediate proximity of the chapel is a spring which gushes at the foot of a dressed stone building. This combination appears to indicate that it was used as a fountain of devotion and its waters were credited with curative, even miraculous, powers.
It is said that love can move mountains. In any event, it was love that led to the construction of this attractive, prestigious building, the astonishing beauty of which was based on Italian Renaissance sources. Hence, the harmonious, embracing aura exuded by this imposing villa with its classical features, a sort of unlikely Taj-Mahal standing on open ground in the Champagne region. Everything, from the stucco cornices to the small chapel, radiates passion between these walls where a theatrical and infinitely poetic architectural style is featured. Following major restoration works, tastefully, efficiently and meticulously carried out using first-class materials, a refined and authentic atmosphere reigns throughout.
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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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