An elegant, 1936, holiday villa set in parklands of almost 5 ha,
1½ hours from Paris in the Sologne region
Orléans, LOIRET center-val-de-loire 45000 FR

Location

This property, in the French department of Loiret, is near to a village, with a few local shops, and just 20 minutes from a train station with links to Paris-Bercy.
A little market town that loves traditions and revives them every year. One example is the “Blue ladder festival”, whereby facades are adorned with the aforementioned blue ladders in answer to an old local tale, recounting that numerous wheelwrights fashioned horse and cattle driven carriages that they painted the colour of the sky as it discouraged insects.
It is also an old Gallo-Roman town, with a brick church and its covered porch.

Description

A long lane, on the outskirts of a Sologne village, leads through woods to this property. Remote-controlled gates open into parklands and provide access to an elegant Art Deco style villa. The parklands comprise 1½ hectares of lawns and 3½ hectares of woods. A level, gravelled area has been laid out on one side for parking cars. The natural setting is structured by tall trees, some of which, like a majestic Lebanon cedar, are two-hundred years old. It also features numerous flower beds along the facades, an enclosed vegetable garden and a wooden terrace, not far from a lake, covered with waterlilies, laid out in front of a chalet. This immaculately kept property abounds in stone statues and Medici vases as well as a gazebo, a greenhouse and several stone wells. Lights dotted throughout the vegetation keep the dark at bay when night falls.

The villa

This holiday villa, once a hunting lodge, was constructed in 1936 by a known architect, Pierre-Darras, an engineer and founder of the company Darras & Jouanin.
Spanning two levels, the slightly coloured, rendered facades feature numerous double openings, some of which have glazed fanlights. On one side, the main entrance stands out courtesy of its raised flight of steps, set over an arch, and its double doors, sheltered by a canopy. The rear facade, facing the parklands, features a wide curved terrace, topped with a balcony, supported on columns and protected by a stone-clad wall. The roof, covered with Canadian slate, held in place by copper hooks, features roof dormers.


Ground floor
The main entrance hall is paved with black and white floor tiles, laid in a chessboard pattern. It houses a robust, wooden stairway, with balusters. A toilet, with a shower, is near to the entrance. The old hunting room faces a dining room which precedes a vast reception room. The latter opens on to the large terrace and the parklands. It is heated via an open-hearth, stone fireplace, fitted with a “Polyflam” system, topped with a lacquered trumeau. The walls are lined with wainscoting and the floor covered with mosaic parquet flooring laid in a chessboard pattern. A corridor leads from the entrance hall to several rooms including one room used as an exercise room, with strip pattern parquet flooring, a study and a bedroom, overlooking the parklands. At the end of the corridor, a fitted kitchen is made very bright by the windows that have been added. It is followed by a back kitchen. Both have coloured cement floor tiles. A hall area provides access to a little terrace. all the woodwork is in an excellent state of repair and the windows are double glazed. The many large windows make all the rooms extremely bright.
First floor
The stairway goes up to a landing which provides access to a main bedroom, with its bathroom and dressing room. It is very bright courtesy of its large windows. A corridor leads to another three bedrooms, all with their own shower rooms. Each is decorated in a different colour as was the fashion of old. The main bedroom looks out over the terrace, looking down on to the parklands. It is paved with enamelled mosaic tiles, no doubt from the Briare factory. This room is enhanced with a ceremonial fireplace, made of stone and brick, topped with a trumeau depicting a pastoral scene.

The outbuildings

A blue chalet stands facing the lake. It comprises a single, 19 m² room that is comfortably laid out. It is adjoined by a large tent able to take a hundred or so guests.

The parklands

This property is surrounded by lush parklands. French formal garden areas are to be found courtesy of the presence of numerous yew trees and benches. Tall trees such as Canadian oak, birch, sweet chestnut and acacia, are notably accompanied by “Pinky Winky” hydrangeas. Original species such as the dappled willow, flowering cherry, evergreen magnolia, rhododendron and some old climbing roses accompany some of the statues. The mixture of fragrances and colours spreads to the furthest corners of the garden. The ginkgo-biloba or maidenhair, lime and butterfly trees as well as buddleia bushes face lavender, climbing saritea and an impressive maple tree, with its red and green colours. Outside lighting makes it possible to see the various areas once night has fallen, notably the lake with its pink waterlilies. The vegetable garden is laid out in a classical manner with one section given over to vegetables and another herbs. A Jacuzzi has been installed in the midst of these plants, as well as a terrasse, making it possible for residents to fully appreciate this lush natural setting. Carp and sturgeon can be glimpsed in the lake from a jetty. The woods surrounding the estate are predominantly planted with oak trees.

Our opinion

This villa is the reflection of its parklands, airy, comfortable and, above all, appealing. The coexistence of centuries-old trees with a house known as “the chateau” remains impressive. A wonderful setting where nature stylishly takes pride of place.
The wells will reassure new owners as regards the provision of water for the estate’s upkeep (one of them has an unlimited water supply).
Dating from the 1930’s, the original features are still intact. A facade marked by columns, three terraces and large picture windows, all enhance the architectural grandeur. The interieur is equally as exciting.

851 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 927829

Land registry surface area 5 ha 80 a 56 ca
Main building surface area 291 m2
Number of bedrooms 5
Outbuilding surface area 19 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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