no longer in existence, in the Champagne region
On the southernmost part of the Champagne vineyards, a land of streams and rivers with dense, undulating forests.
2½ hours from Paris via the excellent A5 motorway, 50 km from Troyes, with its outstanding half-timbered houses, dating from the Renaissance era.
10 minutes from Bar-sur-Aube, a medieval town which, in the Middle-Ages, was one of the four towns where wool fairs were held in the Champagne region.
Within easy reach of Orient Forest Nature Park and its three lakes, 5,000 hectares of still water in unspoilt natural surroundings.
On the edge of a little Seigneurial village, with about 50 inhabitants and 12th century architectural heritage, including some listed buildings.
When his father died in battle in 1692, François-d'Allonville had a wing added as well as the pillar-mounted trophies that still flank the old entrance road. It was most probably he who had this house built less than 50 metres from the chateau.
The property remained in the same family and in 1950, Count René-de-Tilly-Blaru decided that the upkeep of a 15-room chateau was overly burdensome and moved into the smaller house. He restored it with marble fireplaces and oak wood panelling taken from the chateau and he added all modern-day home comforts. The chateau, itself, was entirely dismantled in 1990.
With no immediate neighbours, this house is enclosed by a stone wall on two sides, a long outbuilding on the third and plain wire fencing on the last which gives a view out over the countryside. The garden currently spans a surface area of approx. 5,000 m², but it would be possible to purchase a few extra hectares.
This house spans two levels under a roof, covered with flat tiles and featuring two roof dormers that illuminate the attic.
The entrance facade is aligned with numerous single-glazed windows, adorned with slatted shutters, between which grows Virginia creeper. A few steps on the gable wall go down to a vaulted cellar, spanning approx. 30 m², which notably houses an oil-fired boiler.
The central hallway is covered with black and white floor tiles, laid in a chessboard pattern. It provides access, left, to a kitchen, right, to a toilet as well as a study and straight on, to a large lounge, which opens via double doors. A dining room can be reached via the kitchen and via the large lounge.
The kitchen can be accessed from the outside via a glazed door on the gable wall. Plainly fitted in a rustic manner with large painted cupboards, it has a view over the fields and woods.
The study is illuminated by the morning sun and its 18th century marble fireplace is flanked by cupboards coming from the chateau. The floor is covered with strip pattern, oak wood parquet flooring.
The large, rectangular lounge can accommodate numerous guests. It opens widely out of the rear facade, with a view of the old greenhouse at the end of the garden. It too has strip pattern, oak wood parquet flooring as well as an 18th century marble fireplace. The dining room is similarly laid with the same elegant, black and white floor tiles as the entrance hall and the kitchen. It is embellished with painted panels depicting hunting scenes in the manner of “Papiers de Paris” wallpapers.
An oak wood stairway, with wrought iron railings, goes up from the entrance hall to the first-floor landing, leading to three corridors. This unusual layout gives a certain privacy to five bedrooms and two bathrooms. The strip pattern, oak wood parquet flooring, laid throughout, features strips of different widths. The bedrooms are enhanced with marble fireplaces, one of which dates from the 18th century.
The 155 m² attic which spans this entire floor can be reached from the landing via a plain firwood stairway. It could be converted into an additional living area.
Standing immediately on the left-hand side of the wrought iron gates, this outbuilding spans a ground surface area of approx. 120 m². It is constructed from half-timbering on the courtyard side and quarry stone blocks on the rear facade. Spanning two levels, it is topped with a roof covered with flat and Roman tiles. The ground floor comprises three rooms, with two stone fireplaces, awaiting restoration. The building is extended by two garages and a storage room.
Behind the main house, near to the perimeter wall, there is also an old greenhouse, spanning approx. 17 m² and awaiting restoration.
The secondary house of a chateau, constructed at the time of the military power of the “King of War”, this extremely classical house, nevertheless, embodies the architectural splendour of the century of the “Sun King”. Its lines bestow it with grace and a little nobility. Distinguished and proud, it also exudes a somewhat familiar and cosy feeling, just like those romantic houses of the 19th century. The chateau itself no longer exists and it is now up to this property to bear modest witness to a noble swordsman of great renown.
|Land registry surface area||5696 m2|
|Main building surface area||445 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||5|
|Outbuilding surface area||134 m2|
North & West Marne and East Aube department
Florence Fornara +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.