On the outskirts of a village, set back behind long gates and a wood concealing it, this chateau stands proudly with its outbuildings in the background.
This property, surrounded by parklands, meadows and woods, is protected from onlookers and its distant neighbours.
A lane, passing the entrance gates to the property, runs alongside a high perimeter wall and borders a walled vegetable garden, before crossing woods and grasslands.
The pointed stone perimeter wall features two entrances, closed by remote-controlled gates, one providing access to the chateau and the other to the outbuildings. It extends as far as another gateway, marked by two stone pillars which close the parklands surrounding the chateau.
A river fills the moat running the length of a farm building as well as a tennis court and winding between grasslands and woods.
Undergrowth on the west side provides coolness and protects against the winds. It is home to a mushroom cave built from limestone with dressed stone framing to mark the entrance.
A little background:
According to old archives, this chateau was constructed as a tribute to the marriage of Adélaïde-de-Fiennes to the Marquis-de-Matharel, governor of Honfleur and Pont-l’Évêque, in 1752.
The 18th & 19th century, listed chateau
This chateau was constructed during the 18th and 19th centuries.
It comprises a main building and two east and west pavilions, set at right angles, under slate roofs.
The dressed stone facades feature openings, vertically aligned over three levels, including the roof dormers with their stone pediments.
The centre of the main building is adorned with small balconies with corbelling and rocaille-style frescoes between the openings that flank the roof dormers on the second floor.
Under the main entrance hall in the west wing is a cellar, accessed under the flight of stairs.
It houses one of the chateau’s two oil-fired boilers.
Each section of the building has its own entrance.
The west pavilion opens on to the view of an upstairs gallery with a coffered ceiling, an impressive stairway with wooden steps and a floor covered with enamelled mosaic tiles and terrazzo concrete.
A back entrance in the pavilion provides access to a stairway with stone steps, leading upstairs.
A through entrance hall in the main building, with varnished panelling, opens on to the parklands on the south side.
Numerous, adjoining, luminous reception rooms are accompanied by kitchens and utility rooms at the end of the wing.
Each room has a fireplace and is decorated in a different manner having undergone meticulous restoration works.
This level, spanning approx. 320 m², has all kinds of flooring: herringbone and strip pattern parquet flooring, polished flagstones, tiles laid in a chessboard pattern as well as marble or terracotta tiles as in the original kitchen.
This level has two accesses. A long hall area provides access to eight bedrooms which all have a view over the parklands and optimum sunshine as they face south and east. This level also has bathrooms, a cloakroom and a linen room.
Most of the rooms and the hallway have herringbone parquet flooring. The walls are often covered with painted panelling as in the main bedrooms. All the windows are fitted with indoor shutters.
Reached via two stairways, set at each end of the main building, the second floor comprises seven bedrooms, a bathroom, a separate toilet, a linen room, a dressing room and an artist’s studio with its shower room.
A long corridor, with two wide landings set at right angles, lined with cupboards and facing the stairs, leads to all the rooms.
All the rooms have strip pattern parquet flooring, papered walls and painted plaster ceilings. A few rooms still have their terracotta tiles.
The 17th century, listed outbuildings
Once through the gateway marked by two dressed stone pillars, a driveway leads to the square courtyard formed by the various old farm buildings.
A first building housing greenhouses and workshops adjoins the vegetable garden which is completely enclosed by high walls. A “charretterie”, where carts were once kept, faces the L-shaped building containing the dwellings, the corner of which, together with the stables, forms a passageway to the meadows and woods. Said passageway is closed by a wooden gate.
At the back, a bridge spans an arm of the river, diverted towards a vegetable garden, forming moats.
All the outbuildings have thick walls, constructed from lime-pointed small limestone bricks as well as dressed stone framing under flat or interlocking tile roofs.
A long shed, backing on to the perimeter wall of the vegetable garden, houses several rooms. It spans a floor surface area of approx. 130 m² and is used as a garden shed as well as a greenhouse.
The “charretterie”, where carts were once kept, comprises five alcoves, one of which has a wooden door, extended by a closed workshop.
A wooden stairway goes up to the attic space. This vast attic with its high roofing framework provides a great deal of storage space.
Each level spans a floor surface area of approx. 130 m².
The rectangular stables are constructed under two 2-sloped roofs covering one building divided lengthwise by a central loadbearing wall.
The entrance door, marked by dressed stone framing, is topped with a horse’s head.
Whitewashed walls feature arched or round windows.
The stalls are fitted with stationary rails.
The floor is entirely paved under a ceiling with exposed joists.
An attic above each floor can be reached from the outside via the gable wall which contains the dove-holes.
Spanning an internal floor surface area of approx. 175 m², these stables could accommodate a superb equestrian centre.
The old, 17th century, listed farmstead transformed into two houses
The L-shaped farmstead has thick walls, constructed from lime-pointed, small limestone bricks with dressed stone framing under a flat tile roof.
It comprises two dwellings and an old staff flat.
This two-storey dwelling, spanning approx. 220 m² of living space, comprises lounges, a living room, four bedrooms including a 33 m² master bedroom with a barrel vault ceiling, washrooms (bathrooms, wash-hand basins and toilets), a kitchen, a study, a laundry room and a vestibule.
It is in a good state of repair throughout.
Upstairs, above the old staff flat, this dwelling comprises an entrance hall, a living room, a lounge, three bedrooms, a kitchen and washrooms (toilet and bathroom). It spans a floor surface area of approx. 103 m².
It is in a good state of repair throughout.
An old staff flat was created on the ground floor in a section of the farmstead under one of the dwellings.
An entrance hall provides access to several rooms with a shower room and toilet.
A boiler room provides heating for the dwellings and this flat.