a 17th century chateau surrounded by 17 ha of parklands
The chateau and the park have remained intact since the 17th century. However, this is a region that has paid a heavy price for many invasions, particularly during the First World War.
In this Picardy region, the chateau, a worthy representative of the gentle way of life during the Ancien Régime, is hidden in the middle of a village, very close to a lively little town with shops and cinema. The access to the A1 motorway is nearby. Paris is 92 km away, Charles de Gaulle airport 70 km and Beauvais airport 29 km. The train station is a 5-minute drive by car and from there, it takes 46 minutes to get to Paris.
A drive leads from the majestic entrance gate to the main courtyard. The farmyard with the outbuildings and the dovecote are located on the eastern side. The chateau consists of a main building framed by two wings, one set at right angles, the other extending the building. On the other side of the chateau are the gardens with the wooded park in the background.
The property has been owned by members of the nobility since the early Middle Ages. The present building was erected in the 1650s. In the 17th and 18th centuries, even if the head of the family was a senior officer often engaged inn military campaigns, it was a residential chateau where people lived all year round. At that time, its economic dimension was important, as the village and surrounding farms depended on its presence. During the French Revolution, in 1791, the property was sold to an intellectual, a deputy from Paris, whose family has owned the estate until the present day. The chateau features a main building topped by a high double-pitched slate roof with five dormer windows. This central construction is framed, on one side, by a low wing set at right angles and, on the other side, by a pavilion covered with a mansard roof. A single-storey building serving as lodgings for the servants was added as an extension to the house. The walls are stone and brick. Five bays define the layout of the façade, three bays in the centre and two at each end. On the left, rather than in the centre, the discreet entrance to the hallway is via a porch and a French window, without any particular decoration, which resembles the neighbouring windows. The beauty of the complex lies in this undisturbed classical symmetry. The only ornamental elements are geometric motifs, in particular those on the ground floor, which represent the cross-section of a cathedral column. Beyond the aesthetic dimension, due to the interplay of light of the ivory-coloured stone and the red brick, this decoration clearly pays tribute to architecture, but more deeply to faith. The architectural elements on the garden facade are identical. The two notable differences are the addition in the 19th century of a turret and an invisible corner pavilion on the courtyard side. Here again, a porch followed by a French window gives access to the hallway. Four large brick chimneys punctuate the roof. Built on three levels, the floor area of the chateau is approximately 985 m².
The entrance to the chateau can be reached from the main courtyard or from the gardens. In the hallway, the ivory painted walls feature wood panelling, the floor is paved with black and white tiles. The decoration is of neo-classical inspiration, with two arched recesses supported by fluted pilasters. It dates from at least a century after the construction of the building. A staircase leads from the hallway to the upper floors. Two connecting sitting rooms follow in a row. The first is a large drawing room which is the centrepiece of the chateau. Through the six windows on either side, the alley of honour stretches almost to infinity. The atmosphere of this room is that of the great century: a Louis XV veined marble fireplace, a parquet floor, the walls covered with high panelling in grey tones and, above the double doors, period paintings of scenes of life. The second is a smaller drawing room similar to the previous room with identical elements. These two full-width reception rooms give a feeling of clarity and communion with the outside. They are conducive to conversation in good company. Like the light that pours into the different areas, the new ideas of the Enlightenment must have circulated in these reception rooms. The hunting room, which follows the small drawing room, is undoubtedly the gem of the chateau. It showcases extraordinary 19th century woodwork depicting rural scenes with game and different types of hunting. The view of the 18th century dovecote is indeed strategic. It was here that the master of the house received his huntsman, his steward and his farmers to discuss and decide on hunting and farming issues. The modest size of the room gives it a privacy and warmth perfect for a comfortable modern office. On the ground floor, but at the other end of the chateau, the hallway leads to two other important rooms: the dining room and the kitchen. The latter has direct access to the entrance courtyard. It boasts the most modern equipment around a central island while retaining a large fireplace. This is a proper family room as it measures almost 40 m². Finally, the dining room with its high panelling, herringbone parquet flooring, three large windows and Austrian stove is a room where the host can entertain up to eighteen guests in a cosy atmosphere.
A corridor leads to five bedrooms, most of which have a marble fireplace, and a bathroom or shower room. The floor is oak parquet and the windows open up to panoramic views of the park. In the wing, other bedrooms and a small flat complete the floor.
A long corridor with straight strip wood flooring and skylights leads to four bedrooms and a bathroom. Most of them have a toilet.
They are located to the east of the chateau and are built around a square courtyard, where an octagonal dovecote built of Saint-Maximin stone with small local tile roofing stands in the centre of an extensive lawn. The buildings, some of which are brick and others stone, are used as a shed, garage and woodshed. On the side of the vegetable garden, to the west of the chateau, a modest building houses a donkey wheel that has been there for three centuries.
It covers an area of approximately 17 hectares. In front of the chateau lies a large lawn with the wooded part of the park in the background, with its centuries-old beech, oak, hornbeam and ash trees. Rich rhododendron and camellia bushes provide bright spots of colour. In spring, yellow carpets of daffodils dominate the scenery. The property’s trees provide sufficient wood to heat the fireplaces of the chateau. The most remarkable feature is the alley which draws the eye to the horizon.
This is a family residence with a soul, but it is also a reception venue built in the era of literary salons and philosophers. Its longevity is based on this balance between intimate and social life, happily in line with the tradition of French aristocratic residences.
Today, the property represents a good compromise between urban and country living. The city and its professional opportunities are within easy reach, with the proximity of Paris, Brussels and the economic activity of Charles de Gaulle airport. But above all, the park and the surrounding countryside are bathed in absolute calm that nothing can disturb, with the exception of a roe deer that appears at dusk in the alley of honour.
|Land registry surface area||17 ha|
|Main building surface area||987 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||11|
|Outbuilding surface area||300 m2|
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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.