in the south of Burgundy’s Morvan Regional Nature Park
In the undulating landscape of the Morvan Park bocage countryside, between its wooded hills and the Uchon granite mountain peak, this property is in the Saône-et-Loire department, near to the heritage town of Autun and the archaeological site of Bibracte; 3 km from a village and 10 minutes from a town, with all local shops, primary and secondary schools, a doctor’s surgery and a regional, TER, train station linking Dijon and Nevers. 30 minutes from Creusot TGV train station, with 1⅓-hour links to Paris and 45-minute links to Lyon. Switzerland is 2½ hours away by road.
The outbuildings are predominantly composed of stables and the property was a horse riding centre up until recently.
This chateau, already appearing on the land registry in 1831, is composed of a main building, with a Mansard-style roof, spanning two levels under attic space and over cellars. This residence was extended in 1883, with the addition of a rectangular tower, on one side of the main building, and two turrets, with candlesnuffer roofs, on the corners of the other side. The rendered facades are marked with quoins, made of granite stone taken from local quarries. The slate roofs of the central building and the tower feature sculpted granite roof dormers. The candlesnuffer roofs are covered with slate fish-scale tiles and decorated with finials featuring banners. The main facades, on the courtyard and garden sides, are laid out on either side of a porch. The openings are topped with granite entablatures resting on capitals. A terrace, with a balustrade, looks out over the landscape on the parklands side.
The vestibule, going through the building from the courtyard to the parklands, is entered via its two identical oak wood entrance doors, with their upper glazed sections. An elegant, hanging, straight wooden stairway, with balusters, gives a theatrical vista of the upstairs. The vestibule provides access, on one side, to a study and a hall area which leads to a bedroom, with a bathroom and a toilet, before reaching the main lounge. On the other side, a small lounge, with a view over the parklands, adjoins the main lounge, with numerous openings, including a door leading out on to the terrace. Plaster ceilings featuring moulded cornice, walls lined with wainscoting, parquet flooring and a large marble fireplace. The small lounge, the study and the bedroom also have marble fireplaces, moulded ceilings, wainscoting and parquet flooring. Facing the door to the small lounge is a dining room, with a French ceiling and wainscoting as well as a large, granite fireplace and floor tiles. A pantry in the corner turret opens into the dining room. A hall area leads to the other turret and to the dining room. The turret opens into a kitchen, followed by a games room, and also provides access to the left wing, that is a section of the outbuildings.
A landing, laid out around the central stairwell, provides access to three bedrooms in its corners: two bedrooms have access to the upper section of the turrets, one of which comprises a shower room, with a toilet, and a bedroom, overlooking the parklands. A corridor leads to a section that is not heated which comprises a bedroom, with a shower room and toilet, followed by two bedrooms, a separate toilet and a bathroom. A straight flight of stairs goes up to the attic space.
The attic space can be accessed in the square tower via a straight wooden stairway. A corridor leads to two bedrooms on either side, both featuring old wallpaper. This level is not currently lived in, but spans a floor surface area of 90 m² awaiting conversion.
The central building is constructed over vaulted cellars which are reached from the outside via the right-hand side of the porch. The first two cellars were used for storing fruit. On the right-hand side, a large wine cellar has brick compartments for laying the bottles down.
These landscape parklands are laid out with winding pathways, giving views of the Morvan hills, the countryside and the chateau. On the old plans, the landscape gardener designed each driveway with a selection of trees and shrubs. A few steps in the centre of the terrace, with a balustrade, go down to a flat area, covered with gravel and bordered by meadows. Next to an open space between a cedar copse and the wood, a driveway goes into the wood. Another driveway, planted with chestnut trees, leads to one of the entrances to the parklands. A lake, in the wood, reflects the surrounding trees. The entrance driveway at the end of the parklands, bordered with copses, progressively provides views of the chateau. A tennis court has been installed out of sight of the chateau.
The outbuildings can be identified by their architecture which clearly differentiates them from that of the chateau. Jacobin-style roof dormers, enhancing the Burgundy tile roofs, are adorned with decorative trilobal brick openings. The brick surrounds, framing the doors and windows, stand out from the rendered walls. The woodwork is painted a brick colour to match the ornamentation of the facades. A first set of outbuildings stands in front of the gates, a second set delimits the courtyard on either side of the chateau.
The caretaker’s cottage, standing in the courtyard, spans two levels. The ground floor is composed of adjoining rooms comprising a lounge, a dining room, two bedrooms, a kitchen and a shower room, with a toilet. A storage area can be reached via the outside. The attic space, illuminated via roof dormers, could be converted.
A wing of outbuildings, also in the courtyard, adjoins the chateau. It comprises a garage, a boiler room as well as a room which also opens on to the parklands and which communicates with the games room and kitchen. An outside stairway goes up to the attic space, once laid out with two bedrooms, on one side, and an attic awaiting conversion, on the other.
Large stables are to be found beyond the chateau courtyard, on the left-hand side. A first section of the outbuildings comprises two horse loose boxes. Double doors then open into a barn which once housed horse-drawn carriages. The second section of this building is composed of a shed, followed by an open woodstore, facing the courtyard.
Opposite the large stables, a small stable opens on to the outbuilding courtyard and the parkland meadows, giving the horses direct access to the grasslands. It is currently used as a farm and garden shed.
An outbuilding, used for several purposes, houses a tack room, reached via a through entrance between the outbuilding courtyard and the parklands. A henhouse, with a hatch facing the parklands, and a workshop, once stables.
Visitors are immediately attracted to this property the moment the tops of the parkland trees, the entrance gates and the turrets’ candlesnuffer roofs come into view amidst the Morvan countryside. Out of sight of onlookers, it was designed to create a delightful holiday haven, not only through the architectural quality of its buildings, but also through its parklands; providing an ideal way of life in a comfortable, serene chateau. The views of the parklands, with the Morvan hills in the distance, are an invitation to go walking. Every bend of the well-kept driveways offers a different view of the lake, the meadows and the chateau. Used as a riding centre for several years, the outbuildings and the meadows are but waiting for the horses to return. Some of the buildings could also be converted in the aim of running an accommodation activity.
|Land registry surface area||13 ha 94 a 36 ca|
|Main building surface area||497 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||762 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||7|
Marie de La Ville-Baugé +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.