A 19th century castle and its estate with a river running through
amidst tall trees in the south of Haute-Marne
Chaumont, HAUTE-MARNE champagne-ardennes 52000 FR

Location

4 hours from Brussels and 3 hours from Geneva, 2½ hours from Luxembourg and Paris via the excellent A5 motorway, 1 hour from Dijon and Troyes.
In the south of the French department of Haute-Marne, near to the Burgundy border, in one of France’s most wooded regions, in lush natural surroundings crisscrossed by numerous streams.

Description

The elegant silhouette of this building, known as the “chateau”, appears behind an old stone wall, along a narrow lane that winds its way through the forest, in a remote, picturesque setting. The main entrance was very probably once directly in front of the dwelling. It is now on one side such that visitors cannot immediately see the building which they access by crossing a vast U-shaped courtyard, with lawns and white gravel, delimited by the outbuildings. Tall, ancient trees majestically flank the residence.
A narrow, shallow river flows virtually through the middle of the parklands.

The chateau

The central building, spanning three levels, is flanked by two one-storey wings. It is topped with a vast slate roof featuring roof dormers, all in an excellent state of repair.
The parklands side facade is the most charming with its balcony set in the middle of the first floor, looking down on the ornamental pool and the terrace.


Ground floor
The main entrance, on the courtyard side, passes through a gallery under the archways which precedes a vast central vestibule featuring Burgundy flagstones with inlaid slate decoration. This room includes an elegant, oak wood, curved stairway which leads to the two upper floors, making use of cleverly positioned railings.
On the courtyard side is a delightful small study with a black marble fireplace and a television room, the equipment of which can be concealed in large sliding cupboards.
The three reception rooms, overlooking the parklands, communicate with one another via wrought double doors.
An impressive ceramic, wood-burning stove, set in an alcove, takes pride of place in the small lounge, the large lounge being heated via a white marble fireplace. Both floors are covered with herringbone pattern wooden flooring. The dining room features black and white floor tiles laid in a chessboard pattern.
The large, luminous rooms have 3.5 m high ceilings.
The wing on the left-hand side of the building comprises a tiled reception or “hunting” room with a stone fireplace at one end.
The right-hand wing comprises a vast, 80 m², more contemporary kitchen, encompassing an eating area set out around a fireplace. This room precedes the back kitchen and the boiler room installed in an outbuilding set at right angles.

First floor
The stairway leads up to a 52 m² landing room laid out as a library. Its superb herringbone pattern, oak wood flooring is beautifully marked by the patina of time.
Five bedrooms spanning a floor surface area of between 22 and 30 m² are grouped around this superb space, providing them with tranquillity and privacy. Three of the bedrooms, overlooking the parklands, have their own bathroom and toilet. The two others, on the courtyard side, are smaller and have but a wash-hand basin and a toilet.
All these rooms have superb floors, marble fireplaces and an unobstructed view over the surrounding wooded countryside. The biggest bedroom is the most privileged in this respect courtesy of its central wrought iron balcony.

Second floor
This level, under the rafters, was once reserved for domestic staff. Its more modest rooms include three bedrooms, a laundry room with a shower, a linen room and a large attic. The bedroom floors are carpeted and there is an artificial floor covering in the utility rooms.
Outbuilding
The two outbuildings, symmetrical to and adjoining the main dwelling, close the courtyard. They each span two levels; that of the ground floor being used for garage purposes and the upstairs featuring a splendid, inverted hull roofing framework.
Wood store
Set slightly back from the residence and adjoining the old kennel is a shed used for storing firewood and large pieces of gardening equipment.

Our opinion

Do not, above all, be taken in by the somewhat angular, academic appearance projected by the outside of this 19th century chateau, despite the softening of its severity by its series of three Romanesque archways. Residents are captivated though by the vast, luminous, warm and welcoming rooms on the inside. These superb rooms, steeped in a very special light, appear to exude an almost Mediterranean air, probably linked to the extensive, densely wooded areas of this part of Haute-Marne. Visitors are even tempted to remove their shoes and, bare foot, to experience the sensual feel of the parquet floors, especially that of the landing-library with its herringbone pattern. It would be interesting to enhance the superb roofing framework in the outbuildings by creating living space or even an artist’s studio therein. This property, away from the urban hustle and bustle, in this corner of the world whose riches are currently known but to the initiated few, has everything required to bring such projects to fruition.

848 000 €
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Reference 688139

Land registry surface area 19 ha 67 a 17 ca
Main building surface area 821 m2
Outbuilding surface area 509 m2

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Aube, Marne Region


Florence Fornara       +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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