An elegant, 17th century chateau and its outbuildings,
surrounded by French formal gardens and 40 ha of woods, just 1¼ hours from Paris
Bouquetot, EURE upper-normandy 27310 FR

Location

This property, 10 minutes from the A13 and A28 motorways, is half-way between Paris and the “Côte Fleurie” (Coast of Flowers). The loops of the river Seine are nearby. It is surrounded by the oldest section of the village and by forest. Paris can be reached in 1⅓ hours from Oissel train station, 30 minutes away from the property. Daily shops are to be found 5 km away in Bourg-Achard.

Description

A gravel driveway, protected by the branches of a double row of beech trees, leads from the road to a set of wooden gates that open into the corner of a main courtyard. The latter is vast and bordered by the chateau, an impressive, 16th century barn and a guest house. A wall, facing the chateau, features a set of tall wrought iron gates, supported by pillars, separating it from the woods. A French formal garden has been designed in front of the chateau’s two facades. All around, lawns are clearly delimited and rows of trees are aligned. The property boundaries are delimited on three sides by forest.

The chateau

This chateau was constructed on land that belonged for more than 500 years to the Mustel family, several members of which were mayor of Rouen in the 14th century, making it one of the most illustrious of the Roumois region.
It is composed of a Renaissance-style building, flanked by a Louis XIII style pavilion. The main building is constructed from light-coloured flint and stone, alternately laid in a chessboard pattern. Its two levels are separated by a heavily protruding string course. The openings are flanked with dress stone. They are very often geminated and arched on the parklands side. The entrance door is topped with a large, broken pediment and a roughly hewn stone. The pavilion is constructed from brick, with dressed stone quoins. It spans three levels under a steep hip roof, supported on a row of corbels. The openings are tall and wide. The roofs are covered in slate.


Ground floor
The entrance door is in the corner of the two buildings. Facing the door, a stairway, with wide stone steps, features wooden baluster railings. A vast toilet is concealed at the back. A door opens on to a stone step leading to a reception room in the pavilion, another opens into a lounge in the main building, followed by an adjoining dining room, kitchen and back kitchen. The reception room is spacious, its floor paved with old terracotta tiles. Brick, dressed stone, beams and joists are all exposed and the fireplace monumental. Its jambs are made of dressed stone, its lintel of wood and its chimney breast of brick. The openings are all on high, with the exception of a 4-leafed, glazed door that opens into the main courtyard. The rooms in the main building are not through rooms. They are paved with light-coloured stone tiles, inlaid with black decoration, or covered with herringbone pattern parquet flooring. The walls feature wainscoting and the fireplaces are made of stone. Beams and joists have been left exposed and painted.
First floor
The landing, paved with large stone tiles, provides access to a vast bedroom, housed in the pavilion; it is the same size as the reception room below. Large windows set in three of the walls let in copious amounts of light. The dressed stone fireplace is also monumental, with a chimney breast that goes right up to the ceiling. Said fireplace houses a heavy porcelain wood-burning stove. Other features include wainscoting on the walls as well as exposed beams and joists. A corridor, on the other side of the landing, provides access to two bedrooms, with their bathrooms and toilets. At the end of the corridor is a shower room, with a toilet, as well as a fourth bedroom. A back stairway goes down to the back kitchen and up to the attic space. This level has strip pattern parquet flooring throughout.
Second floor
The attic space in the main building has been converted into a workshop, a linen room and a dressing room, whilst that of the pavilion houses two bedrooms, with their bathrooms. The toilet is separate. The bedrooms, illuminated via windows in two adjacent walls, have strip pattern parquet flooring. Coffered beams and joists have been left exposed.
Third floor
The landing in the pavilion provides access to a bedroom, illuminated via three roof dormers, and its dressing room, a vast bathroom and a separate toilet. Strip pattern parquet flooring and slightly sloping ceilings.

The outbuildings

These outbuildings are separated from the main courtyard by trimmed hedges. On one side, an impressive, late 16th century barn, spanning a surface area of approx. 250 m², is constructed from half-timbering, topped with diamond-shaped slate tiles. It is used for garage, workshop and storage purposes. It also houses the machinery for the swimming pool.
On the other side, a little brick pavilion, with a hip, slate roof, is used to store garden tools. It is adjoined by a flight of stone steps, going down to a spacious vaulted cellar.
And lastly, a little further away, a guest house has been meticulously renovated. It is constructed from half-timbering, topped with a slate roof, and surrounded by a quarry stone block terrace. The entrance door opens directly into a room that gives access to two bedrooms, with their bathroom and toilet, and to a lounge. The latter opens on to the kitchen-dining room. Wide picture windows in the kitchen and the lounge open on to the garden. The floors are paved with cement tiles and the beams and joists are painted.

The parklands

Two vast areas on either side of the chateau have been enhanced with filigree boxwood, topiary yews as well as tall, trimmed cypress trees and dotted with decorative stone features. Both the chateau and the gardens are bordered by wide gravel pathways and by immaculately kept lawns. Grassy areas, beyond the trimmed shrubbery on the parklands side, are crossed by pathways, bordered by northern red oak trees or by beech trees and hornbeam hedges. They are also planted with sequoia, sweet gum, larch and other white poplar trees. Some, such as the Caucasica laurel, the northern red oaks, the Atlas cedars, the yellow poplar and the Dutch lime trees, appear to have toured the world. The numerous points of view and vistas have been carefully designed. They sometimes come to an end in a half-rotunda. One is marked in its centre by the impressive statue of a stag, whilst another, surrounded by a high, hornbeam and beech hedge, appears to be a perfect stage setting. On one side, an old maze has given way to a rose garden. A garden in front of the guest house has been laid out in squares planted with herbs and medicinal plants. Not far from the chateau, the swimming pool, with its terrace and lawns, is concealed behind tamed vegetation. It is followed by a large meadow and a stable, with two horse loose boxes. The chateau, its gardens and its parklands are surrounded by forest on three sides.

The forest

Some plots, near to the parklands, were recently planted with native species such as wild cherry, oak and maple trees. The bridlepaths are circular. Existing or recently created, they make it possible to walk all through the forest. The latter, with a large lake in its centre, abounds in game. A simple management plan is due to expire in 2023. The hunting plan authorises eight identification tags for roe deer.

Our opinion

The first glance of this property can but exact enthusiasm. The light colour of the flint composing the main Henri IV style building goes perfectly with the various shades of green in the gardens. The tall stature of the red brick, Louis XIII style pavilion exudes power. Refinement blends with majesty, vistas with tasteful detail. The forest is in tune by lending itself to the game of seduction between control and liberty, docility and emancipation. The hope awakened outside is reinforced once through the entrance door. The same meticulousness and the same attention to detail is to be found throughout. In every area and from every viewpoint, it would appear that no effort has been spared in the search for perfection.

Exclusive sale

2 300 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 244564

Land registry surface area 45 ha 61 a 17 ca
Main building surface area 526 m2
Number of bedrooms 7
Outbuilding surface area 400 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.

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