less than 3 hours from Paris and 4 km from the beaches to the north of the Cotentin peninsula
Valognes and its train station, in the north of the Cotentin peninsula, are 12 km from this property. Paris can be reached in 3 hours by train or road. The beaches and the village, with local shops, are but a few kilometres away.
The 17th century chateau has been destroyed. The current, rectangular, Louis-Philippe style chateau was constructed in the 19th century. It spans five levels, topped with a hip, slate roof, with a semi-underground basement, a floor of reception rooms, a noble floor and two floors of bedrooms and staff accommodation.
The harmony of the proportions and the care given to the finishing of the ornamental details make this property an outstanding example of the Juillet monarchy.
The two main facades comprise nine bays. The three central bays form a projection topped with a triangular pediment. The openings on the first level are topped with semi-circular arches, whilst those on the second level are rectangular. On one side, ten granite steps go up to a monumental porch, resembling a peristyle, with Ionic order columns and supporting a wide balcony. Here, the pediment features the family coat-of-arms. On the other side, the’ steps lead to a more sober porch, surrounded by a balustrade. The decoration is rich, the sculpted motifs numerous: Corinthian order pilasters, moulded cornices, modillions and other keystones adorned with masks.
A stairway on one side goes to the basement.
Light is omnipresent courtesy of the tall, wide, arched openings. Double, glazed entrance doors, flanked by two large windows, open into a vast hall. The floor is paved with stone and two-tone marble, forming star motifs. The ceilings are decorated with cornices. The stairway, with its wooden steps, is monumental. With a 12 m high ridge, it alone fills the space with a great deal of equilibrium. Horseshoe-shaped, it is protected by sculpted wrought iron railings. On one side, a first large lounge is illuminated via six openings. Once again, the decor is rich. The parquet flooring features marquetry inlaid with darker cubes. The walls are lined with floor-to-ceiling panelling, moulded cornices appear to support the ceiling. A second, adjoining lounge and a dining room are similarly decorated, with variations, the parquet flooring is laid in a herringbone pattern. Next, a kitchen can be reached via the main hall. On the other side, a small lounge precedes a bedroom, with its bathroom, and another reception room. Behind the main stairway, a cloakroom, a toilet and a corridor that leads to a second stairway. This one goes to the basement and the staff floors. Great care has been taken with the interior architecture: impressive, coloured marble fireplaces decorate the rooms. Attention to detail, right down to the antique style casement bolts, is omnipresent.
Both sides of the main, horseshoe-shaped stairway go up to a round landing. The railings follow its contours as well as the inlaid parquet flooring. A central corridor provides access to eight bedrooms and two bathrooms.
This level, accessed via the second stairway, is illuminated via lightwells. It awaits renovation and will need to be completely redesigned.
Although under the rafters, the ridge is high. The many staff bedrooms are illuminated via roof dormers. This level will also need to be completely redesigned.
This semi-underground level is illuminated via basement windows. It is reached via the second stairway as well as via a stairway leading directly outside. This level previously housed the old kitchens, storerooms, a wine cellar and a boiler room, with its boiler still in good working order.
The listed, 17th century outbuildings
These buildings are considered to be some of the most beautiful to be found in the French department of Manche. Laid out in a majestic fashion, they all have French Historic Monument listing. The walls are constructed from Valognes stone, the various roofs are predominantly hipped and covered with slate. A tower porchway is flanked by two identical buildings. A large outbuilding, the walls of which feature four large carriage doorways, follows one of them. The other is extended by a more modest building, with a gable roof. It is flanked by a square pavilion. A turret with a candlesnuffer roof adjoins each end of the outbuildings. All the buildings are used as garages, stables, cowsheds, a “charretterie” where carriages were once kept as well as a bakery and its bread oven. The old accommodation for the grooms is on the second level, illuminated by hanging roof dormers, topped with triangular pediments. The quality of the finishing works bears witness to the size of the old chateau which was destroyed in the 19th century.
The other outbuildings
A chapel, modified in the 19th century in a gothic style, and another more sober building, used for stable and storage purposes, have been constructed in keeping with the main outbuildings.
The parklands, the vegetable garden and the land
A watercolour plan, dating from 1842, made provision for the creation of landscaped parklands. However, the large vegetable garden, spanning a surface area of approx. 0.5 ha was created. Surrounded by a round wall, it features a central pond.
35 ha of untenanted land, predominantly intended for raising horses, surround the estate.
This sleepy property catches all visitors’ eyes as soon as they turn into the driveway. Admiration is then commanded by the majesty of the outbuildings and the elegance of the chateau. A chateau that is but waiting for its future owners to revamp the refinement of the decoration in its spacious rooms. True, the necessary restoration works are extensive, but that is, without doubt, one of the major assets of this harmonious property.
|Land registry surface area||34 ha 13 a 19 ca|
|Main building surface area||2000 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||1000 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||15|
Jean Gatellier +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.