an old fortified castle, transformed as of the 16th century
The village, with its few shops and some 700 inhabitants, is to be found in the Centre-Val-de-Loire region, on the edge of Orleans Forest, which comprises several forest tracts spanning a surface area of about 2,000 hectares. The area has Natura 2000 classification. The stream which flows through the village comes from the heart of the forest where well-known mineral water springs also rise. The Loire chateaux, the Arboretum-des-Grandes-Bruyères as well as eight golf courses renowned for their exceptional setting are all within easy reach. For several years, the region has developed its natural and architectural heritage and has been committed to its tourist trade. 30 km from Loire-Valley aerodrome, 45 km from Orleans, 16 km from Pithiviers and 113 km from Paris via the A6 and A77 motorways or the N20.
Large wooden gates in the village square open on to a no-through road that leads, on one side, to the chateau as well as the outbuildings and, on the other side, to a grassy, wooded area, spanning approx. 3,000 m² laid out in front of the entrance to the chateau. This is followed by a private building, “the perfectly restored chateau outbuildings”.
The chateau covers a little more than a hectare, surrounded by parklands. Like a landscaped garden, the various levels enhance the miscellaneous species, the secret nooks and crannies as well as the esplanade laid to lawn, and the stream flows right through the middle of it all. Perimeter walls enclose the grounds. The main entrance features an old drawbridge. On the south side, the stream flows through areas delimited by a tall wooded hedge. A little bridge spanning the river leads to a drive and a wicket gate that provides direct access to the village parish church.
This rectangular building is flanked by two protruding pavilions on the north side and two towers on the south side, vestiges of the old fortified castle. Comprising three levels, built on the old buttresses and vaulted cellars, it spans a floor surface area of approx. 800 m² excluding the cellars and approx. 545 m² excluding the cellars and the attic space. The facades are lime-rendered and all the openings have brick surrounds. The semi-circular arched, wide, wooden entrance door and the glazed doors are reached via steps, whilst on the south side, the facade features a wide porch with twin stairways. The hip, pavilion and candlesnuffer roofs are covered with slate and feature roof dormers, topped with triangular or curved pediments.
Both roofs and facades have French Historic Monument Listing.
This level spans a surface area of approx. 277 m² and has 3.9 m high ceilings. It comprises a vast gallery, spanning approx. 34 m², which provides access to all the adjoining rooms. Tall picture windows are fitted with indoor shutters and joists are exposed. The floor is covered with oak wood parquet flooring and the walls lined with wainscoting. Wide, double wooden doors open into the reception room. The right wing leads to a vestibule and the key feature of the house: a spiral stairway going right up to the top floor. Wide steps and intermediate landings, reflecting the patina of time, are laid with little terracotta tiles or made of wood. It has an oak wood newel post and wrought iron railings. This right wing also comprises the west pavilion, a balcony corridor and a toilet. The left wing provides access to a fitted kitchen, a little dining room laid out in the east pavilion which features panelling, picture rails and a stone fireplace, a large dining room and the east corner tower. On either side, tall casement windows with large panes are fitted with indoor shutters. The floor is covered with Versailles pattern parquet flooring. A 19th century, protruding fireplace. The room opens into a reception room, spanning approx. 75 m², covered with hexagonal terracotta floor tiles and enhanced with inlaid panelling. A large French window opens on to the porch with a view over the parklands and the stream. Two fireplaces: one marble, in a Louis XV style, the other stone, reflecting the Louis XIII style. The joists and main beams are exposed. The following lounge, with Versailles pattern parquet flooring, opens into a corner tower and a balcony corridor providing access to the west pavilion as well as the entrance hall. It has a closed-hearth fire.
The mezzanine has a bedroom with a wash-hand basin.
This level spans a floor surface area of approx. 268 m² and has 3.8 m high ceilings.
The landing provides access to a large bedroom, with a shower room and toilet; a study in the west tower. The walls are painted and the floor covered with terracotta tiles. The windows, featuring espagnolette bolts and indoor shutters, let in copious amounts of light and look out over the parklands. The wide gallery leads to two large, intercommunicating bedrooms. Fireplaces and exposed beams enhance these rooms which have parquet flooring. In the left wing, a master suite spans approx. 91 m². A vestibule provides access to a large bedroom, with a bathroom and toilet in the east tower, a study (or small bedroom) and a room in the east pavilion. These rooms also have parquet flooring, tall windows with indoor shutters and wainscoting. The mezzanine houses a bathroom.
This level, spanning a floor surface area of approx. 258 m², could be converted. It is taken up by a gallery and miscellaneous rooms, some of which are enhanced by the magnificent roofing framework of the central building and the towers. Floors are covered with terracotta tiles.
The cellars, spanning a floor surface area of approx. 277 m², have medieval paving throughout. The adjoining rooms house the old kitchens, machinery, a wine cellar, a woodstore, a laundry room and storage rooms.
The outbuildings were constructed in the 16th and 17th centuries. They include a traditional house awaiting restoration and spanning a floor surface area of approx. 140 m² over two levels. The walls are rendered and the openings framed with dressed stone surrounds. The gable roof is covered with old tiles and features pavilion roof dormers. Set at right angles is a barn, spanning a floor surface area of approx. 145 m². The facade features wide openings, one of which protrudes slightly. The gable roof is covered with local tiles. The courtyard in the centre of the buildings is laid to grass.
Time has in no way changed the original character of the building, redesigned over the centuries in an unpretentious and orderly manner. The two main objectives of the owners were to restore the layout as well as the interior decor and to put the building back in a setting more in keeping with the history of the village and its surroundings. This chateau is one of the best restored chateaux in the area around the river Loire. A co-working area, a starred restaurant, a bed & breakfast activity, a family home or a museum: obviously any project should be of a high standard.
|Land registry surface area||14454 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||6|
|Main building surface area||545 m2|
Dalila Bessahli +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.