in 120 hectares between the Ardèche gorges and Uzès
On the outskirts of a little village, on the plain, with an extended view over the Ardèche and Cévennes mountain ranges as well as the limestone hills in the direction of Uzès. This estate is bordered by a river for more than a kilometre. The property also includes a landing strip for private planes.
This listed chateau is constructed on foundations dating from the 14th century, of which remain two towers on the entrance facade. The entire building was redesigned following a fire during the Wars of Religion and was completely transformed and considerably extended in the 1780s. The pillars of the large entrance gateway with its majestic wrought iron gates, the outside horseshoe-shaped stairway, the balustrades, the terrace looking out over the Ardèche mountains, the gardens, the orangery and the stone profile and contours under the overhanging cornice are characteristic of the Louis XVI era, as are the fireplaces and the interior decoration.
Semi-underground in places and on garden level in others, all the rooms on this floor are vaulted. This is the oldest section that once contained the kitchens, storerooms and cellars which could possibly be reorganised.
Raised in relation to the garden level, this reception floor can be reached from the main courtyard via a horseshoe-shaped stairway, preceding a terrace. On the opposite side, lounges open via French windows on to a 90 m² terrace, currently covered with an atrium and bordered with balusters. The front door opens directly into the vestibule which was redesigned over two levels at the beginning of the 19th century. It provides access to several lounges with fireplaces, a billiards’ room, a study and recent professional kitchens.
An Italian-style balcony corridor at the top of the stairway goes around the vestibule, providing access to three suites and six bedrooms, each with bathroom and toilet.
A large section of the attic space could be converted into living space.
An adjoining outbuilding
Two buildings, reached via the main courtyard as well as via a separate access gate, stand facing one another on either side of a courtyard once used for manoeuvring carriages. These are old sheds with upstairs haylofts. One, spanning 217 m² over two levels, awaits full restoration works whilst the other, spanning 237 m² with an upper level spanning 80 m², was given a new roof in 2010.
A small house
This self-contained house, spanning approx. 80 m², adjoins the parklands. It was completely restored in 2005 and now comprises a fitted kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom overlooking the garden with an outside Jacuzzi.
The parklands, orangery, swimming pool and a building housing a chain pump
The parklands, created in 1785 for the wedding of the owners’ daughter, almost eclipse the chateau with their boxwood garden, their trellis with its old varieties of climbing roses, their ornamental pools and their immaculately kept lawns, used for summer functions and garden parties in the shade of the arches belonging to the orangery. The latter spans an floor surface area of 162 m² which once housed 80 orange trees. It is heated in the winter by three wood-burning stoves. It currently houses hammocks and sofas facing the 12x6m swimming pool. The walls and the roof were restored in 2005 when electric wiring was installed. There is also an area in the parklands reserved for a collection of old varieties of fruit trees.
Backing on to the orangery are a well and a building, spanning 76 m² over two levels, which protected the chain pump. This building, the carcass of which has been restored, is the starting point of an extremely clever water supply circuit.
A silkworm nursey
This old house, once home to a silkworm nursery, awaits restoration. It stands a short distance away with its own independent entrance. Spanning three levels, it spans a floor surface area of 210 m².
A new house
This completely independent house, standing a short distance away, was constructed in 2003. It comprises 220 m² of living space with terraces and garages, not far from a small lake.
An olive grove and an oil mill
1,500 olive trees were planted in keeping with the rules of organic farming for producing very high quality olive oil. The varieties selected, Picholine, Négrette and Rougette-de-l’Ardèche, are all local and are mixed with ten or so other varieties in order to maintain biodiversity. Seeking to maintain quality, from the planting of the tree through to the end product, the current owners installed their own oil mill on the chateau estate in 2011.
The olives are cold pressed without water as soon as they are harvested in order to prevent the fruit from being damaged and to preserve a maximum of its properties. The oil obtained is then naturally decanted, filtered and stored in a semi-underground building with a roof covered in plants and vegetation, away from heat, air and light to avoid any oxidation. The resulting organic oil has great chemical qualities (very low acid level and peroxide value), coupled with excellent organoleptic properties: intense green fruit typicality with almond and green apple aromas, seasoned with a superb “ardence” (spicy flavour), enhanced with bitterness.
A workshop, a shelter for equipment and a staffroom adjoin the mill which spans a total floor surface area of 450 m².
The flat, irrigated farmland spans approx. 120 hectares, some 100 of which are continuously laid out around the chateau, the rest forming a plot spanning approx. 17 ha is to be found at a distance of 1.5 km. Twelve or so hectares are planted with young trees for timber (poplar, walnut and American red oak trees), the olive grove spans 6.5 hectares,11 hectares are rented in accordance with a farming lease and, lastly, 70 hectares are rented to a farmer via a SCEA (Société Civile d’Exploitation Agricole - Civil Farming Company), in which the proprietary company of the estate is a major shareholder (hence the lack of any risk linked to a farming lease).
This is a chance to purchase a delightful, 18th century estate where guests are welcomed in a peaceful, typically Provencal atmosphere. Its capacities could be doubled by converting some of the vast outbuildings, which can also be extended as the property is in an area classified as “NDH”. Standing on the periphery of a village, the chateau can be accessed directly by private plane and has everything it requires to be self-sufficient. In any event, its new olive growing vocation holds brilliant prospects. The house itself has undergone major works as regards its residential areas, thus strengthening its numerous assets in the long-term.
|Land registry surface area||126 ha 25 a 40 ca|
|Main building surface area||1000 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||1550 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||9|
Regis Senseby +33 1 42 84 80 85
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.