A delightful, neo-classical chateau, awaiting a new lease
on life, sleeping on the lush banks of the Saône
, HAUTE-SAONE franche-comte FR

Location

In the north of the Franche-Comté region, 75 km from a slip road for the A31 motorway which, together with the A5 motorway, puts Paris 345 km away, a 4-hour journey. Nancy is but 130 km away and beyond that, Luxemburg and Germany are some 250 km away. Switzerland is a journey of but 2 hours, most of which is on motorway. The property can be reached from the French capital in 200 minutes by train to Vesoul, about 30 km away.
This property stands on the outskirts of a small rural village, on a bank of the Saône. A vast expanse of grass and grazing lands stretches out in front of the chateau, providing a countrified view which does not have to change as these lands are part of the property. This estate is watered by the peaceful waters of the Saône, a navigable river that sees small barges used for river tourism go by from time to time.
The superb deciduous forests and the towpath running alongside the Saône are but an invitation to hiking enthusiasts.

Description

This chateau stands on the site of a former Seigneurial manor house, which after the French Revolution was assigned to an officer responsible for the health of Napoleon’s armies in return for services rendered to the French Empire.
His nephew, who inherited the property, had it destroyed and then, around 1850 rebuilt a neo-classical style chateau, the features of which bring late 18th century residences to mind.
During the Second World War, it was occupied for four years by the German military command before the French Resistance took it over and used it as their headquarters. Its successive residents have left disquieting and realistic evidence of their stays.

Built on a knoll that protects it from the rising waters during the winter months, this rectangular chateau spans three levels: a lower section, a raised ground floor and a floor under the rafters. It has seven openings and a central door on the raised ground floor level. This is accessed via an elegant porch way with double stairways. Both facades are almost identical. A sculpted balustrade typical of the neo-classical style encompasses the top of the building, concealing its low roof.
Each facade features a balcony with stone railings above the central entrance door. A horizontal string course separates the ground floor from the floor above and narrow cornices top the upstairs openings.
The 19th century is reflected but by the thin cast iron columns that support the porch way, with its double stairways, and the wrought grilles set directly below the steps.

The building is built of a superb golden-coloured dressed limestone.
The interlocking tile roof and the roofing framework are both in a good state of repair.

Inside, the building is in a good general state of repair and comprises some outstanding features such as the inlaid parquet flooring which is in most of the rooms, unusual coloured marble fireplaces and some superb floor-to-ceiling panelling.

Only two rooms, one on the ground floor and the one directly above it, are in need of full restoration works: they have been ruined by water seepage which has caused the ceiling to collapse and greatly damaged the original decoration.

Old and ill-suited home comforts are only to be found in the ground floor rooms.

The chateau’s north facade looks out over a courtyard garden. It is surrounded on the south and east sides by extensive natural grasslands where sheep graze.

The total surface area of the property spans more than 6 ha.

The chateau


Ground floor
A wide gallery goes through the middle of the building. At each end, two glazed doors featuring wrought ironwork let in a filtered light which enhances the gallery’s outstanding mosaic floor with its pastel tones and its motifs featuring interlaced crescent moons in the centre, hunting horns and fleur-de-lis on the sides and a wide, stylised floral composition under the hanging stairway leading upstairs.
There are two bedrooms on the east side of the central gallery. One has been ruined by water seepage, but the other has a splendid parquet floor, inlaid with two different patterns, as well as a rare dark blue marble fireplace. The last room on this side of the gallery is the old pantry with its impressive fireplace.
The opposite side has four superb communicating rooms. The biggest, on the south side, was once used as a kitchen but its magnificent inlaid parquet floor was protected and is but waiting to be revived. Two rooms facing south-south-west and north-north-west, have white marble fireplaces and superb inlaid parquet floors, one with two different patterns. The dining room is adorned with burr walnut or fruit tree panelling, a monumental fireplace with a wooden mantelpiece and herringbone pattern parquet flooring.

First floor
The superb hanging stairway goes up to a gallery of a similar size and layout as that on the ground floor. It opens at each end on to small balconies with stone balustrades. Its walls are decorated with an upper sculpted cornice and pilasters with ionic capitals. They also bear several touching marks resulting from the events of the last war.
Eight rooms, all awaiting rehabilitation and/or transformation, are set out on either side of the gallery. They all have inlaid parquet floors and fireplaces, several of which are made of blue marble. One of these rooms is a large old bathroom.

Base level
This lower section was originally occupied by the kitchens and storerooms as well as staff bedrooms. They include one room which still has the original coal-fired boiler, an exceptional installation for a chateau at the time, which provided heating via a network supplying hot air vents in each room.
Outbuilding
This vast building standing near to the chateau on the north side could be rented out or even sold by its current owner.

Our opinion

We found this chateau, standing on an attractive loop of the Saône amongst grasslands, particularly delightful when its golden stone facade bathed in midday sunlight first came into view. It bears late but extremely beautiful witness to neo-classical architecture which is more than up to the standard of its 18th century models.
Amongst other wonderful features, the great originality of its superb inlaid parquet floors which are present in most of the rooms as well as the sumptuous panelling in the dining room will delight aesthetes.
The budget required for works to bring the building in line as regards modern-day home comforts should be reasonable. The more ambitious project of creating large wooded parklands spanning close to 6 ha on the site currently occupied by the grazing lands on the south and east sides would add glamour and nobility to the property.
This residence, both inside and out, is perfectly eligible for registration on the French Historic Monument list, with all the advantages that go with it.
The estate is near to good road and motorway networks and is easily accessed from Paris, Lyon, Germany, Luxemburg and Switzerland.

400 000 €
Honoraires à la charge du vendeur


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Reference 625531

Land registry surface area 6 ha 48 a
Main building surface area 1050 m2
Outbuilding surface area 50 m2

Regional representative
Vosges Mountains


Gilles Larosée       +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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