a chateau in a natural setting
Not far from Briare, with its famous canals as well as its renowned Emaux-de-Briare mosaic tiles, and just a few minutes from the shops, stands a small, 19th century chateau, surrounded by almost 5 ha of land. This estate is 1½ hours away from the French capital by road.
An SNCF train station near to the property provides 1½-hour links to Paris-Bercy.
This property is in a village, made pastoral by the many forests and lakes.
This chateau belonged to the Cosnac family, a large family of leading citizens who, in the second half of the 19th century, had another property built, very similar to the one that is up for sale.
This chateau, constructed in the first decade of the 19th century, features extremely plain architecture. It comprises a main building, spanning two levels under an attic floor, with two wings set at right angles.
Each section of the building is engraved with its year of construction: the central building was built in 1816; the right-hand wing in 1822 and, lastly, the other wing in 1826.
All the building’s windows, at least those on the first two levels, have basket-handle arched surrounds. The quoins, always composed of local brick, protrude on the two pavilions. The gable, slate roof is enhanced with roof dormers.
Every opening on the ground floor has solid shutters. The main entrance is preceded by a narrow, paved path, adorned with Medici vases, and a little, French formal garden. In the parklands, a turret also with sober architecture features a candlesnuffer roof, a cornice and brick framing around the door.
A fully tiled entrance hall is enhanced with wooden pillars supported on stone bases. It provides access to a vast, extremely bright kitchen. A few exposed beams in the ceiling and the open half-timbering mark its rusticity. A dining room can be glimpsed through the beams of the open half-timbering, a sort of very old partition. The dining room has no beams but instead some highly wrought moulding featuring darts and modillions. Its floor is covered with two-tone tiles. A fireplace, with a closed-hearth fire, is topped with an empire trumeau. Three spacious bedrooms feature old large beams which do not, however, diminish their size. A dwarfing effect is avoided through white walls which enhance the wood and the height of the ceiling which remains above 2.5 m. Each of the bedrooms is partially tiled. These rooms are illuminated via windows which are now double glazed. The entrance hall also houses a solid oak wood stairway, leading upstairs. This turning stairway has a first, age-worn stone step. Railings are topped with a banister. The newel post is fairly sober. The wall reveals corner posts.
This level comprises an elegant, spacious lounge with a large number of windows set in both sides of the room. The exposed beams blend beautifully with old terracotta floor tiles and strip pattern parquet flooring. A few wooden pillars appear here and there. This large room is similar to those in some Parisian, 17th and 18th century residences, found in the Marais district.
A flat is laid out on either side of the lounge. Each comprises a lounge, a bedroom or two and their adjoining bathroom.
This level comprises four small bedrooms, each with its own shower room and toilet. Some interesting original features, such as this example of terracotta floor tiles interspersed with wooden girders, have been preserved.
The outbuildings, composed of two buildings, stand on each side of the lane leading to the chateau. One was once a stable, later transformed into a traditional, long farmhouse. It is currently used as a function room, with an open-hearth fire. A kitchen area as well as toilets have also been installed. It remains in its original condition.
The second outbuilding has recently been renovated and transformed into a very large function room, with a cloakroom, a professional kitchen and toilets. The room is extremely bright courtesy of its large picture windows, looking out over the parklands.
The setting makes this property striking. The area is nuisance free, with the only sounds coming from the gentle rustling of the leaves and the cooing of the birds. This chateau is lucky enough to have an unobstructed view over the countryside and to have a lake as well as a pond.
The two outbuildings, ideal for functions, also represent real potential income. The house is currently lived in and is, therefore, quite habitable. However, some works do need to be carried out in order to take full advantage of the potential of these premises.
|Land registry surface area||4 ha 55 a 36 ca|
|Main building surface area||630 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||333 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||11|
Isabelle Ponelle +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.