Equidistant from Paris and Geneva, 3 hours by road from the two metropolises via the A6 and barely 90 minutes via the French TGV train (Gare-de-Montbard). The chateau is in the heart of the Châtillonnais area, on the outskirts of a small village with just a few inhabitants. The local heritage is without equal: Bussy-Rabutin castle, Fontenay Abbey, Buffon-de-Montbard Park and its old castle, Fontaines-en-Duesmois and the Capetian Ducal castle in Villaines-en-Duesmois, all set in game-filled forests.
This large, rectangular building is flanked to the north-east by a round tower called the “Tour Joyeuse” (Joyeuse Tower) after Isabeau de Joyeuse, the second wife of Claude d'Anglure. The property was once surrounded by moats which are now dried up and covered with gravel.
It has two upper floors, including an attic floor which spans the full length of the building. The chateau initially featured two wings, set at right angles, forming a U-shape around the courtyard. Traces of this are still to be seen: a former doorway on the ground floor, an opening on the first floor forming a door that provided access to the wing set at right angles, and dressed stones evoking the joining with the building set at right angles. The facade overlooking the forecourt is decorated with a slightly projecting prominent section. It is still possible to see the slots for the former drawbridge which frame the remains of a bas-relief featuring the coats-of-arms of the Anglure and Joyeuse families, hammered in 1789.
Gun-loops, set between the ground floor windows, dominated the former moats.
The windows on the ground and first floors are surrounded by sculpted leaf and floral motifs. Plain pediments above the top floor roof dormers reinforce the facade’s decorative sobriety.
The north-east facade overlooking the courtyard and the parklands features a series of arcades on the ground floor, where pairs of pilasters with Corinthian capitals flank five doorways set in the embrasure of the arcades. A sixth doorway provides access to the inside of the chateau and its large, main stairway. On the first floor, the six rectangular windows are adorned with garlands and fruit, features which are repeated on the pediments on the second floor roof dormers. The attic roof dormers are enhanced with sculpted bells, taken from the Anglure family’s coats-of-arms. Recesses on the facade must once have been painted as is indicated by the 4th recess from the right which still bears the motto of the master of the premises. French windows were added in the 18th century. Inside, the large windows feature indoor shutters.
Built of exposed quarry blocks and laid out in an L-shape, the outbuildings feature dressed stone framing around the windows, doors and the large carriage door. All the buildings have an oak wood roofing framework covered with flat, Burgundy tile roofs.
They comprise a farm shed, a workshop and the former stables.
The traditional farmhouse
The interlocking tile roof on this one-storey building has been fully renovated. It was once the caretaker’s cottage comprising a barn and a stable. The roofing framework has been restored.
The large Renaissance stairway
Unique in Burgundy, this dressed stone, half-pace construction has a landing on each floor. Vaulted, it has two flights for each floor and is adorned with stucco decoration bas-reliefs featuring figures from Greek mythology and Italian Renaissance motifs, intermingling winged horses, fauns and putti. One section evokes the twelve tasks of Hercules.
The first floor has Hercules posing with the shield belonging to the Queen of the Amazons. Opposite, another Hercules can be seen sitting amongst the Gods of Olympus under the lord of the manor’s motto: De Die in Diem (From Day to Day).
This low-fronted chateau stands tall and is just brimming with history. It above all conceals an inner treasure in the form of its Hercules-decorated stairway, a fascinating work of art with an artistic and aesthetic complexity that subtly contrasts with the original chateau’s effectively plain facades.
The property clearly reflects and bears outstanding witness to the history of France as a result of its exemplary restoration works.
1 280 000 €
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|Land registry surface area||3 ha 80 a 19 ca|
|Main building surface area||672.20 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||366 m2|
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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.