An 18th century, large, luxurious home on a 240 ha forest
and farming estate in the French department of Loiret
Orléans, LOIRET center-val-de-loire 45000 FR

Location

In the Centre-Val-de-Loire region, in France’s biggest national forest, with its 35,000 hectares of the total 50,000 hectares covered by Orleans forest. A little less than 30 km from Orleans, with its train station providing one-hour links to Paris-Austerlitz, and 120 km from the French capital via the A6-A10 motorways or via the N20. The village, with some 400 inhabitants, has a few shops and an excellent inn. The royal river Loire, Orleans canal which crosses a large section of the forest, the small character towns and the famous chateaux surround the property with an exceptional heritage.

Description

This property, near to the village, spans 240 continuous hectares partially crossed by two secondary roads, a communal lane and a little rivulet. The buildings are spread out over approx. 4 ha and are grouped in the northern section of the estate where it adjoins Orleans national forest.
Coming from the village, a small traditional stone house marks the beginning of a majestic bridle path, about a kilometre long, bordered with two-hundred year old plane trees. It leads to the first stone bridge protected by wrought iron gates that provide access to a large, luxurious home. Grasslands and woods extend along the bridle path. On one side are farm buildings comprising a caretaker’s cottage, a guest house and barns; on the other are a hunting room, a dovecote and a garage. The house, standing in the centre of a vast esplanade surrounded by water-filled moats, is flanked by an orangery and a small pavilion. A second wooden bridge provides access to an orchard, enclosed by high stone walls, the northern wall of which spans the moats. Interior wrought iron gates open on to the parklands, spanning about a hectare, forming a little wooded island.

The hunting grounds

These open hunting grounds are ideally located as the proximity of Orleans forest allows large numbers of game to roam freely. Adjoining other hunting grounds comprising farmland plains and woods, they extend over 240 ha of predominantly wooded land (138 ha). They also include 82 ha of tenanted, responsibly farmed land and 17 ha of grasslands that provide game with excellent cover.
The three year hunting plan comprises 23 red deer and 45 roe deer.
The grounds are leased on a yearly basis and provide a rental income of 12,000 euros. The lease has been renewed for the 2016 / 2017 season.

The forest estate

This forest estate, spanning approx. 139 ha, is subject to a Simple Management Plan which is due to be renewed in 2025.
Type of forest stand:
For 90%: conversion on 125 ha 45 a,
For 3%: coppice stand on 4 ha 69 a,
For 2%: resinous seedling forest on 3 ha 06 a,
For 5%: clear on 5 ha 87 a.
As regards the conversion, natural regeneration work through progressive felling is carried out. Most of the forest stands undergoing conversion are thinned out with a view to encouraging useable diameters; the understorey is to be preserved during felling.
The coppice stands are planted with birch, oak, hornbeam and aspen. Aspen is the main species; the coppice stands are of an average quality with low production. 74% is however useable.
The resinous seedling forests are predominantly composed of Corsican pine trees. The wood is of a satisfactory quality. An ambitious programme for the regeneration of these forest stands is underway.
The forest’s management objectives are to produce timber, industrial wood and wood for energy production.
This site is also linked to the Natura 2000 network.

The large, luxurious home

This 18th century, rectangular building was built in a classical style with plain, symmetrical lines. It has been fully restored. It spans a floor surface area of approx. 500 m², excluding the attic space, over three levels. A dressed stone overhanging cornice enhances the slate hip roof which features numerous roof dormers topped with a little pediment and brick chimney stacks. The stone facades are covered with beige rendering. Dressed stone framing surrounds the numerous openings and bull’s eye windows and stone steps provide access to all the doors.


Ground floor
This level spans a floor surface area of approx. 240 m² with 3.5 m high ceilings. The large vestibule, with its side openings and featuring four large wooden doors, provides access to both sides of the dwelling. On the left-hand side, a large entrance hall, the window of which still has its cement tiled window seat, can be divided into three sections with a corridor lined with large hanging spaces, a toilet with a wash-hand basin and hall area housing the winding, oak wood stairway with wrought iron railings and a wooden banister. A little dining room, enhanced with cleverly sculpted, white, imitation stucco wall trimming, adjoins a kitchen with built-in cupboards, including a marble sink topped with a wooden, monumental extraction hood as well as an open-hearth fireplace. A spacious, luminous dining room, heated by a stone fireplace opens on to a gravel terrace. This room is decorated with wainscoting and white painted walls, from which stands out a fresco of a hunting scene created by painter and poster designer Albert-Guillaume. On the right-hand side of the vestibule, the first lounge is lined with panelling and features a marble fireplace adorned with a bas-relief. A large, wooden door opens into a study. These areas communicate with the second lounge with its herringbone pattern parquet flooring. The room is decorated with panelling bearing twelve medallions created in accordance with an 18th century model, kept in Carnavalet museum. They represent motifs designed by painter Jean-Baptiste-Oudry based on Jean-de-la-Fontaine’s fables. The reception room is also enhanced with rosettes, moulding and a fireplace. A last utility room houses an entrance door, a monumental fireplace and a boiler room. The predominantly stone floors have coloured inlaid decoration; old terracotta tiles cover the floors in the small dining room and the kitchen.
First floor
This level spans a floor surface area of approx. 255 m² with 3.3 m high ceilings. The landing provides access to a master suite and to a long corridor which leads to six bedrooms and a linen room. The first wing includes a bedroom, with parquet flooring laid in a Versailles pattern, where the walls, the light-coloured joists and the openings make it extremely bright. It opens into a dressing room, followed by a bath-shower room, with a slipper bath, two wash-hand basins and a toilet. Each room is illuminated via a large window overlooking the parklands. All of the bedrooms in the second wing have a shower room with a toilet. They are painted or decorated with printed wallpaper and have a fireplace as well as large wooden cupboards. All the floors are covered with parquet flooring or old terracotta tiles, with the exception of the bathrooms which have the same floor covering as on the ground floor.
Second floor
This level, spanning a floor surface area of approx. 250 m², awaits conversion. All the beams and joists have been left exposed and the floor is covered with old terracotta tiles.

The outbuildings

The two pavilions flanking the main residence are built of stone covered with beige rendering. A dressed stone overhanging cornice enhances the slate hip roofs which feature several roof dormers topped with a little pediment. The building on the left-hand side was once used as an orangery. It has a small cellar beneath it. The building on the right-hand side houses a little chapel and a garage in use as a woodshed which is practical as it is right next to the house.


Former rural farm
This block layout farmstead consists of two traditional long farmhouses and two barns, spanning approx. 140 m². The exposed stone walls are topped with roofs covered with local tiles. The caretaker’s cottage and another dwelling, spanning a total floor surface area of approx. 160 m², await conversion. They each have a living room, a bedroom, a kitchen and a shower room with a toilet.
Opposite stand a group of buildings comprising a hunting room, a dovecote, a garage and a woodshed. The buildings are constructed from exposed stone and covered with new slate roofs. The hunting room, spanning a floor surface area of approx. 40 m², comprises a living room with an open-plan kitchen and a toilet. The dovecote spans a floor surface area of approx. 28 m² and the garage approx. 55 m² over two levels.

House
This house, standing at the entrance to the property, is currently rented out. It consists of a traditional, long, stone farmhouse with a local tile roof. Spanning a floor surface area of approx. 100 m², it comprises a dining room, a lounge, a kitchen, a bedroom and a shower room with a toilet. The roof was completely redone in 2015 but the interior is dilapidated and will have to be completely redone in the event of a change of tenant.

Our opinion

This exquisite residence, standing exactly 100 km from Paris’ Porte-d’Orléans on the edge of the urban area, features a rare asset, one of silence of such quality that it demands immediate respect. Fully restored, this discreet and romantic home has stood facing the old trees of France’s biggest national forest and exuding a form of subdued nobility for generations. The size of the protected site surrounding it makes endless walks possible. The communal lane that crosses the property is little used and is consequently not a nuisance. As an ultimate courtesy, this property already provides its owners with significant annual income from the exploitation of the forest and various paid rents.

Exclusive sale

3 180 000 €
Honoraires à la charge du vendeur


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Reference 241825

Land registry surface area 241 ha 12 a 13 ca
Main building surface area 500 m2
Outbuilding surface area 763 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.

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