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About an hour’s drive to the south of Nancy via the main road or A31 motorway.
2¼ hours from the city of Luxembourg, 2½ hours from Strasbourg, 3 hours from Bâle, 3½ hours from Paris by car.
1½ hour TGV train links to Paris via Nancy from Neufchateau station 3 km away.
Metz-Nancy airport, with several regular daily flights, is 1¼ hours away.
Épinal-Mirecourt airport for all private and business flights is 40 km away.
5 km from a civil aerodrome with a grass runway.
It is possible to land a helicopter in the castle’s parklands.
The historic Domrémy (Joan-of-Arc’s native village) and Grand (with its surprising Gallo-Roman site) are but a few kilometres away.
The nearby small historic town of Neufchateau has all shops, schools and administrative amenities (a hospital, supermarkets, a sixth form college and an SNCF train station).
The spa town of Vittel and its international golf course are 37 km away.
The building spans a total floor surface area (excluding attic space and attics) of more than 2,000 m². It comprises three levels, two of living space and one of attics and attic space, with the exception of the section of the east-west wing that adjoins the large corner tower and comprises three levels of living space.
The state rooms and most of the bedrooms are on the second level (1st floor) whereas the ground floor, apart from the Chapel of Saint-Vincent, comprises the utility areas (boiler room, laundry room, linen room and cellars under the towers), vestibules providing access to the first floor, a 4-roomed flat, a vast reception room in the north-south wing and, lastly, accommodation for the caretaker at the end of this same wing.
This large castle therefore has a total of 5 lounges, a library, 2 dining rooms, a large reception room, 16 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms and 2 kitchens (excluding the caretaker’s lodge).
Built during the Renaissance period, the Chapel of Saint-Vincent, with its flamboyant Gothic style, constitutes one of the oldest sections of the castle. It was later encompassed in the structure of the north-south wing rebuilt in the 16th century. Illuminated by a wrought gothic opening, it is adorned inside by numerous statues and houses the grave slabs of the Anglure family.
The so-called “Good Samaritan’s chalet” was built in the 19th century by the Princes-d’Hénin in the same style as a mountain chalet. Its name comes from an old, nearby wash-house topped with a superb, 16th century sculpture representing the parable of the Good Samaritan giving Christ a drink. With modern-day home comforts, it spans two levels and includes, upstairs, a flat with 3 bedrooms, a lounge, a dining room, a kitchen and 2 bathrooms and, on the ground floor, a surface area set out as a pool-house with a changing room and shower, used by those playing tennis or taking a swim.
A vast brick building, once used as a sheepfold, stands in the middle of the parklands. It could be used for storing the equipment required for maintaining this vast estate.
There are also stables, storage areas and a wooden farm shed.
The swimming pool
The heated swimming pool, complete with its safety cover, on one side of the chalet can be used in clement weather. On the other side, a tennis court with a hard, somewhat worn surface is ready for tournaments held amongst family and friends.
The gardens surrounding the castle have the particularity of having been designed by Achille-Duchêne, the famous 20th century French landscape gardener and fervent admirer of André-Le-Nôtre, who championed the revival of the French formal garden. Much in demand, he was responsible, amongst other things for the renovation of the gardens of Château-de-Vaux-le-Vicomte. He created the garden in the main courtyard and the French formal garden located below the terrace at the foot of the east facade. Divided into three sections, a vegetable garden and its “Belle-Epoque” greenhouse, a large parterre and another smaller one, all bordered with lime and topiary boxwood trees on three sides with a wall on the fourth side where apples trees are trained along espaliers. The overall view from the castle’s reception rooms and the terrace constitutes a landscaped decor featuring great classical, harmonious elegance with the horizons of the Meuse Valley in the background.
The 85 ha parklands are enclosed by fencing and surround the castle on all sides. They comprise vast grasslands, interspersed with copses and bordered by some 32 ha of woods. Several tarmac lanes wind their way across the property, making it possible to cross it to get to the three access gates located on its various sides. Numerous tall trees of noble species are to be seen as are the roe deer that come to graze in the pastures.
The forest estate
A varied estate, spanning 1,143 ha, predominantly divided into three main forest tracts:
- A first tract, spanning 350 ha, following on from castle’s parklands.
- Two adjoining tracts, spanning a total surface area of 182 ha, laid out as an extension of the first tract.
- And lastly, the biggest of the tracts constituting the estate, spanning a surface area of 450 ha, just a few kilometres from the castle, on the other side of the valley that runs alongside the first two tracts.
The forest region, that of Lorraine’s limestone plateaux, is renowned for its first-class deciduous trees. Here, oak, beech and other high-valued hardwood trees make up most of the forest stands. Heritage of successive generations of foresters, this estate has been carefully managed to ensure the continuity and good development of its forest stands. Consequently, all age classes are represented. Such management has also resulted in a specific, well-designed and maintained set of tracks. The relief, composed of plateaux and slopes, makes it possible to move products throughout the estate without any major constraints.
In addition to the three main forest tracts, this property also includes five other tracts spanning surfaces between 17 and 60 ha.
The breakdown of the estate’s forest stands is as follows:
- light deciduous seedling forest: 34%
- Natural ingrowth and sapling stands: 27%
- Dense deciduous seedling forest: 21%
- Deciduous pole stand: 8%
- Resinous pole stand: 4%
- Resinous seedling forest: 3%
- Mixed seedling forest: 2%
- Tree plantation: 1%
A detailed presentation file, itemising each tract, can be obtained on request.
The hunting grounds
Wild life is abundant in the midst of the estate, animals are frequently to be seen, sparking rife emotion. The layout of the grounds which includes the chateau’s enclosed parklands is particularly well-suited to hunting. The estate, for instance, is home to a large population of wild boar as well as roe deer and the parkland meadows form a habitat conducive to small game. The two forest tracts following on from the chateau’s parklands, together with the latter, span almost 620 ha. With the chateau’s 85 ha of enclosed parklands, alternating large meadows with sparsely wooded copses, residents can devote themselves to the hunting of small game. The plots of forest on the edge of the parklands also shelter roe deer. The enclosed section does not harbour any wild boar, but the two forest tracts extending the parklands does and the hunting plan for the current 2019-20020 season comprises 61 wild boar and 24 roe deer. Culling of roe deer has been stable for ten or so years and varies between 20 and 30 animals per season. Wild boar culling is very often subject to a new request during the hunting season, hence the total cull for last season was 92 animals. Furthermore, the first hunting estate features a superb hunting lodge which stands in the centre of the tract. Vast, it can accommodate up to 20 hunters or beaters for meals. Electricity is laid on and its kitchen is big enough to be converted so as to provide pleasant convivial moments. The second forest tract, spanning 450 continuous ha, makes it possible to organise beats in complete safety. The numerous rectilinear pathways and varied forest stands form an ideal habitat for big game. These grounds also include an old hunting cabin. Without electricity, it awaits reconstruction on the southern edge of the forest tract. A cooler, more secluded depression in the centre of the tract encourages the proliferation of wild boar, resulting in a continual increase in culling which has totalled more than 40 animals over the last three years. The relatively stable population of roe deer has led to the culling of 6 to 8 animals in the same time period. And lastly, culling on the small peripheral tracts that complete the estate has totalled some 7 to 8 wild boar and 4 to 5 roe deer. The two main forest tracts are currently rented to two different local teams, but the grounds will be free of any tenancy agreement on the day of the sale.
This is without doubt one of the most beautiful castles in all of eastern France and it has all the assets that one could wish for in this type of building: a dominant position with an exceptional panorama, a vast stretch of surrounding parklands, an interesting wealth of architectural features bearing witness to the history of France, a comfortable and good general state of repair as well as absolute peace and quiet.
A castle that can be seen from a very great distance, it is a symbol of the region that it dominates for as far as the eye can see.
It is one of those castles that demands admiration and respect.
To be able to lay claim to living in such a monument is an incredible opportunity that only its future owners will have the chance to fully appreciate.
But it is not simply a matter of being able to afford it. Its new owners will have to want the best for it, know how it should be lived in as well as prove that the new page of its future history will recount a peaceful 21st century.
This castle is not and never will be a property like any other as it is one of those castles that, throughout the centuries, come but rarely on to the market.
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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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