near to Autun in Morvan Regional Nature Park
In the bocage countryside of Morvan Regional Nature Park, between its wooded hills and the Uchon granite mountain peak, this property is in the French department of Saône-et-Loire, just 10 minutes by car from the heritage town of Autun and 15 minutes from the archaeological site of Bibracte. 6 km from a town with all local shops, primary and secondary schools, a doctor’s surgery as well as a TER train station with links to Dijon and Nevers. Creusot TGV train station, with its 1⅓-hour links to Paris and 45-minute links to Lyon, is 40 minutes from the property. Switzerland is 2½ hours away by road.
This chateau spans two levels, under an attic floor and partially above cellars. Its rendered facades are marked by quoins, made of granite taken from local quarries. The roofs, covered with small Burgundy tiles, feature finials and hipped dormers, the sides of which are clad with the chestnut shingle that is typical of the region. An external flight of steps, covered with a hipped roofing framework, goes up in the centre of the west facade, looking out over the parklands, to the first floor. On the right-hand side of this flight of steps, wisteria meets with Virginia Creeper. The openings, with their, solid wood, slatted shutters are enhanced with wooden-framed, large-paned windows. The east facade, the first visitors see, features a crenelated tower, the same height as the chateau, on its left-hand side.
The entrance door, made of nail-studded wooden planks, is in the courtyard. Protected by a canopy covered with flat Burgundy tiles, it has a paved threshold. An entrance corridor provides access to a kitchen-dining room, on the left-hand side, and a boiler room, on the right-hand side. It continues into an adjoining entrance hall, used as a boot room in winter. The kitchen-dining room, with its whitewashed walls, French ceiling and terracotta floor tiles, comprises a vast dressed stone fireplace, housing a wood-burning stove. On the left-hand side, a ceramic-tiled “potager” (a secondary hearth where soups and other previously prepared dishes were cooked on embers) makes it possible to cook vegetables from the garden. The kitchen communicates with the large dining room, overlooking the parklands, with wainscoting, a water supply point in an alcove set in the panelling, and cement floor tiles, made in the local factories in the 19th century. The dining room provides access to a hall area housing the main stairway and to a living room. This through room, illuminated via two sets of French windows opening into the garden, has a large, engaged, Burgundy stone fireplace as well as a wide recess with an old stone sink, topped with a wooden lintel. French ceilings, lime-rendered walls and Comblanchien Burgundy stone floor tiles. The living room leads to the south pavilion which also comprises a little summer lounge, with mosaic flooring and a marble fireplace, opening on to the garden and the swimming pool, a second stairway and a toilet.
The landing on this level provides access, left, to a flat with three bedrooms, two of which have their own bathrooms, and a toilet. On the right-hand side is a bedroom, with its own shower room and toilet. Straight on, a corridor leads, right, to a large bedroom, with a painted ceiling, and, at the end, to the external stairway. The bedroom communicates with the landing for the second stairway, which gives access to another bedroom, with its own shower room and toilet.
This level, laid out under the rafters, is composed of two independent sections.
On the left-hand side, the north pavilion and the tower can be reached via the main stairway. A landing provides access to a large living room, its exposed roofing framework forming a cathedral ceiling. On the left-hand side are three bedrooms as well as a bathroom awaiting conversion and a toilet. A second stairway goes up to a study, laid out in the square tower, and to a roof terrace.
In the south pavilion, reached via the second stairway, are another two bedrooms.
In the 19th century tower, a large study, with windows on either side of the room. A stairway goes up, via a belvedere, to the roof terrace, giving a panoramic vista over the countryside.
The chateau is partially built over cellars. Under the south pavilion, a vaulted cellar houses the machinery for the swimming pool. Under the square tower, the boiler room has a door to the cellar.
The outbuildings, lime-rendered and topped with slate roofs, delimit the courtyard. With independent accesses, they are co-owned with the adjoining farm. The main wing is part of this property. The dovecote is topped with fish-scale, slate roof tiles.
A door in the centre of the main facade leads to the upstairs. On the left-hand side, the old stables, still with a stall, are currently used as a woodstore and give access to the old tack room. On the right-hand side, a large garage, with double doors, is followed by the entrance to the dovecote and then a kennel.
A landing provides access to a kitchen awaiting conversion, a large room and, at the end of a corridor, a stairway leading to the area under the rafters.
This level, which could be converted, comprises a vast area under a large roofing framework, leaving exposed its beams, struts, trusses, horizontal framing, etc.
An alleyway, on the right-hand side, goes down towards the tennis court. On the left-hand side, under the outbuildings, is an orangery. This is a 19th century, vast, vaulted room, closed via a wide picture window, with cast iron uprights.
In front of the chateau’s west facade, a terrace is delimited by a low stone wall with a well at the end and looks down on the parklands, with their wealth of gently-sloping lawns, and a copse. Amongst the species planted in these parklands (ash, oak, lime, conical hornbeam and hornbeam hedge), are several outstanding trees, including a 400-year-old weeping beech, a cedar, two purple beech as well as an evergreen beech tree. Two ornamental pools used to enhance the lawns surrounding the chateau. A 10x5 m swimming pool, with safety fencing, is installed on the right-hand side of the terrace. The tennis court is to the left of the terrace, below the outbuildings, in front of the orangery.
“There’s a beech tree there; I’m sure there’s none more magnificent anywhere. It’s the Apollo Citharoedus of beech trees” (A king alone, Jean-Giono, 1947). Almost as old as one another, in the midst of the property, the buildings and the parklands blend harmoniously together. On the edge of the Morvan Regional Nature Park and very near to Autun, they take pride of place in the bocage countryside.
A weekend holiday home, a main, family residence, bedrooms for a bed & breakfast activity, a house for seasonal lets, etc. No matter what use is chosen, it would lose its prestige without these surroundings: at the crossroads of Lyon and Paris, where wine tourism meets the Morvan Regional Nature Park, combining swimming and tennis with cultural, hiking and river boat outings.
|Land registry surface area||13060 m2|
|Main building surface area||500 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||11|
|Outbuilding surface area||260 m2|
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.