An authentic, little, 17th century chateau
near to Provins in the Brie region
Ferté-Gaucher, SEINE-ET-MARNE ile-de-france 77320 FR

Location

In the north of the French department of Seine-et-Marne, in a little village near to Provins and Coulommiers (train for Paris-Est from both these towns), with infant and junior schools, some 80 km from the French capital via the A4 motorway, 30 km from Ferté-sous-Jouarre (40-minute train links to Paris-Est).
All town amenities are 4 km away.

Description

This estate, spanning a little less than a hectare in the midst of a village, is partially enclosed by walls, fencing and hedges. The open section is delimited by a stream. The parklands are enhanced with a spring, an orchard, a vegetable garden and various species of trees, including a catalpa, a maple, a yellow poplar and, above all, a large purple beech, most probably planted in the 18th century. This property has two entrances: one via a pedestrian gate and the other via a gateway opening on to the street.
This little, 17th century chateau, no doubt redesigned in the 18th century, spans approx. 300 m² of living space over two levels (excluding cellars and attics). It features two turrets and outbuildings. The internal layout, like that of a large chateau, comprises adjoining reception rooms and small annexe lounges.
The outbuildings include a wonderful artist’s studio, a building set at right angles housing a woodstore, a garage, an animal shelter and a room once used for accommodation purposes by a gardener.

The chateau

This chateau spans two floors of living space in addition to its cellars and attic space. A 17th century building flanked by its two authentic period turrets, it features a main facade overlooking the parklands and opening on to a terrace, planted with boxwood, yew and hornbeam hedges.
The facade facing the village is more discreet: protected by a small garden, planted with old rose bushes and hornbeam hedges. Faced with brick and stone, the building is covered with ochre-coloured rendering. Although the origin of the lower levels, composed of small pieces of stone laid opus incertum, appears uncertain, the work and its effect are quite outstanding.
The roof, redone using old tiles, features a hip roof dormer and two mullioned skylights. A pediment, adorned with a bull’s eye window, looks down on to the entrance door and the porch.
The chateau itself spans two floors of living space (excluding cellars and attics).


Ground floor
The entrance is reached via a stone porch. The floors are old: stone with inlaid decoration, old terracotta tiles and period oak wood parquet flooring. These premises are in a state of great authenticity. All the outstanding features still remain and have been preserved, maintained, protected and restored by the current owners. Original fireplaces, wood-burning stoves in good working order, indoor wooden shutters as well as the original door and window frames with their old blown glass panes, giving the countryside an appearance like no other. A vestibule, with stone floor tiles with inlaid decoration, houses an oak wood stairway. A large lounge, with herringbone pattern parquet flooring, numerous windows, including a French window, opening on to a little garden. A wonderful Regency, marble fireplace in good working order, floor-to-ceiling oak wood panelling. A little music room, a fireplace and strip pattern parquet flooring, a study-ladies’ sitting room, strip pattern parquet flooring. In a first turret: a study with parquet flooring. Facing the vestibule: a dining room, with stone tiles inlaid with decoration, a wood-burning strove in good working order. A pantry, with old terracotta floor tiles. A spacious kitchen, with old, square terracotta floor tiles, opens on to the garden. A bedroom, all on a level with a communicating shower room, a fireplace and bamboo flooring. In the second turret: a little shower room, with a window and old terracotta floor tiles, reached via a few steps, covered with terracotta tiles and oak wood nosing.
First floor
This landing is reached via an oak wood stairway. This level has double glazing throughout. A bedroom, with an alcove, a little secret passageway leading to an attic, unsuitable for conversion. A stone fireplace and strip pattern, oak wood parquet flooring, painted royal white. A communicating bathroom. A bathroom, with old terracotta floor tiles communicates with the previous bedroom and with a third bedroom, with strip pattern parquet flooring. A fourth, similarly-styled bedroom, with strip pattern, oak wood parquet flooring, painted grey. Another bedroom, with parquet flooring identical to the previous rooms and a communicating dressing room. A bathroom, with old terracotta floor tiles. And a last bedroom, also with strip pattern, oak wood parquet flooring, painted grey.
Attic
The attic can be reached via a narrow flight of steps.
Cellar
The first of the three cellars is laid out under the chateau (former kitchen). The floor is covered with old terracotta floor tiles. A door opens into the garden. A second, small cellar is laid out under the study in the turret (a fruit store with old wooden racks). The third cellar, under the little shower room in the second turret, is heated just enough to prevent freezing as it houses the pipework for the watering system.

The outbuildings

The “artist’s studio”, a private area converted in keeping with good trade practices by the owner of the premises, a painter himself. An upper level could be added.
A building set at right angles, once a sheepfold, workshop and area housing rabbit hutches. A small barn, a garage, a room with a fireplace, an old gardener’s cottage, converted into another artist’s studio.

Our opinion

This little chateau has all the harmony and the aesthetics of large chateaux. The current owners have successfully enhanced all the architectural and decorative features of the premises, thus preserving their character. An authentic chateau, resembling a large house, where it is pleasant to live because everything is of a reasonable size.
This property (chateau and outbuildings) has been officially recognised by the French Heritage Foundation.
This means that between 50-100% of any outside restoration works (whether on the chateau or the outbuildings) are tax deductible and that it is also possible to obtain grants from the “Conseil Général” (country council).

900 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 100596

Land registry surface area 8926 m2
Main building surface area 220 m2
Number of bedrooms 6
Outbuilding surface area 100 m2
including refurbished area50

French Energy Performance Diagnosis

Consultant
Seine & Marne


Corinne Angeli +33 1 42 84 80 85

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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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