with the possibility of acquiring additional hectares, just 1¼ hours from Paris
This chateau stands in the midst of the Bray Country, a land characterised by its verdant, gently rolling relief with a landscape composed of small valleys as well as irregular-shaped fields separated by hedges and ditches, renowned for raising cattle and dairy produce. Moreover, the “petit suisse” was invented nearby in 1852 by Charles-Gervais. This region is now within easy reach of Paris courtesy of the A16 motorway which makes it possible to get to the French capital in just 1¼ hours. This chateau is also just 1½ hours from the Normandy coast. Beauvais, with its airport and its SNCF train station, is 15 minutes away. This property is in a village, with over 1,000 inhabitants and some local shops.
The impression of classicism is immediately obvious on the facade facing the main courtyard, with a central building, flanked by two wings set at right angles, in the manner of large, 18th century houses. The elegance of the building comes from this configuration, indicating its quality as a chateau. This classical approach is enhanced through the use of stone and brick, by the presence of large, inward-opening windows and a Mansard-style, slate roof.
The main building, with its five bays, and the two wings, each with a single bay, provides an elegant hieratism. The rectangular building is impressive even if the entrance door is difficult to distinguish from the similarly-sized windows. What stands out, initially, is the ivory-coloured, dressed stone facing on a red brick background. Then, or rather simultaneously, it is the perfect symmetry of this facade that catches the eye, embellished in the centre by the pointed roof of the turret rising above the roofs. Exactly in line, this pointed roof is visually surrounded by two large chimney stacks and two oculi, all perfectly symmetrical. This rectitude gives the facade all of its dignity and its nobility.
The facade, facing the garden, is above all marked by the vertical presence of the turret which stretches skywards like the mast of a ship. The appearance is different as this side of the building is lower and reflects a more rustic style, with solid wooden shutters, unlike the opposing facade, as well as a less sophisticated roof. A terrace, slightly raised in relation to the parklands, ends in a flight of steps going down to the lawn.
Double glazed doors topped with a canopy form the main entrance. They open into a vestibule, with a floor covered with two-tone cement tiles. In the continuation of the entrance hall nestles a winding stairway, housed in the turret. The decoration, reflecting the very late 19th century, comprises natural-coloured, oak wood panelling and trumeaux above the door, all enhanced with a very high ceiling. This vestibule provides access, left, to a large lounge as well as a party room and, left, to a dining room and a kitchen.
The lounge is a prestigious, through room, steeped in light. An 18th century atmosphere is omnipresent, with Versailles pattern parquet flooring composed of different species of wood, a marble fireplace as well as gilded moulding and panelling. But the most impressive feature is the canvas painting on the ceiling, depicting nymphs and putti in a sky.
Following on from the lounge, a vast, 46 m² room, used for hosting parties, still has it panelling and a Louis XIII style ceiling.
On the other side of the vestibule, a dining room must have impressed its guests. Its walls are fully lined with wall panelling, wood-coloured stucco moulding and paintings set in the walls and on the ceiling. Wood is everywhere, even forming the fireplace mantel. The floor is laid with herringbone pattern parquet flooring.
After this outstanding dining room, the kitchen and a linen room constitute the right wing of the house. The kitchen is a real living room, spanning almost 32 m², and is illuminated by its many windows.
A hanging stairway, with a wooden handrail supported on wrought iron baluster railings, goes to the upper floors. A large landing gives access to six bedrooms. Over the generations, three bathrooms have been installed in order to improve the quality of life in the house. All the bedrooms have a view over the parklands, with the countryside in the distance. A lift also goes up to this floor.
This level is composed of a large room, spanning approx. 95 m², as well as an exercise room and two bedrooms. This floor awaits full renovation works.
The garden surrounds the building with, on one side, the entrance garden featuring a central lawn and tall trees planted along the sides. Two brick and stone turrets enhance the two copses. On the other side, the property is at an altitude of almost 200 metres, consequently the garden gives an unobstructed view over the Bray Country, its pastures, its woods and its cultivated fields. New owners could acquire several additional hectares should they wish to increase the size of the estate.
Bearing witness to those large, late 19th, early 20th century houses, this chateau still has many authentic features. Integrating social and private lives was the objective, which is why the prestige of the reception rooms blends so well with an everyday family way of life. Living here will offer the decor of an immense panoramic view over the Bray Country hills, guaranteed to provide a pastoral change of scenery for the new residents. The latter could perhaps be members of a large family, seeking the necessary living space, or a couple with a bed & breakfast project. The immediate proximity of a horse-riding club will appeal to horse lovers and enthusiasts of carriage driving competitions. And lastly, the possibility of increasing the size of the parklands gives free rein to new owners to create their very own estate.
|Land registry surface area||4250 m2|
|Main building surface area||613 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||8|
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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.