1h30 from Paris, in southern Sologne,
a former hunting lodge surrounded by 40 hectares of land
Briare, LOIRET center-val-de-loire 45250 FR

Location

The property is located in a small picturesque village in the heart of the Loire Valley. Local shops and the nearest train station to Paris are about ten minutes away. This hamlet has witnessed key events in French history. A memorial stone hidden in the middle of the forest, next to the property, recalls the famous episode of the civil wars called “La Fronde” under Louis XIV. In the centre of the village, a castle housed the Anglo-French Supreme War Council during the Second World War, which requested the armistice in June 1940.

Description

The approach to the estate is wooded Sologne landscape punctuated by clearings creating breathing spaces in the forest, and in which hedgerows from former pasturelands still remain. A double gate opens onto a wide gravelled forecourt. A large terrace runs alongside the house, embellished by numerous Medici vases and colourful flowerbeds. An outbuilding with several kennels, which recall the origin of the house, and the caretaker's house are close to the entrance gate. Another building houses the indoor swimming pool. The property also offers a stone well, a wood shed and an old bread oven. A large park with a lake completes the estate.

The main house

The former hunting lodge has been partly redesigned by a renowned architect. The house is a long building filled with natural light thanks to the many windows on either side. The facade is decorated with high green shutters, which emphasise the window tops made of local brick. Some have rounded arches, also in red brick. The roof is laid with flat Burgundy tiles and features dormer windows. The rear of the main building has a more sophisticated layout: the main body is extended at both ends by two wings set at right angles, including a square tower with a four-sided roof.


Ground floor
From the terrace, several entrances are possible. One part of the house is separated by a well-equipped kitchen with exposed beams, some walls are rendered with tiles arranged in a herringbone pattern, elements which underscore the age of the building. An opening with an old oak frame leads to a rear kitchen and a small larder. A door opens into a large reception room of over 100 m², with a view of both the main entrance to the property and the park. The room is L-shaped. The first part is the oldest and has two fireplaces, one of which is closed. It serves as a dining room and faces a fireplace with a stone mantlepiece. A wooden spiral staircase, located to one side, provides access to some of the bedrooms. The living room is situated in the second part, which opens onto the inner terrace facing the tower, and boasts a monumental fireplace. Its surround is made of brick, the mantle of burgundy stone and a large raised hearth extends the fireplace. The wooden and stone features add a lot of character to this extensive space. On the dining room side, a carved wooden door leads to the first bedroom with its fully tiled shower room and a separate toilet. Between the living room and the dining room, a wide corridor leads to a second bedroom with a shower room and separate toilet. The two ground floor bedrooms are spacious and bright. Finally, a large study is illuminated by a double French window which gives direct access to the inner courtyard. The oak beams testify to the age of the house.
First floor
The staircase from the study leads to a small independent flat with a view of the park. It comprises a large bedroom followed by a hallway with Burgundy cupboards on both sides and a bathroom with a shower and toilet. The second staircase leads from the dining room to six bedrooms and a study, each with its own bathroom and toilet.

The caretaker's house

It has been entirely refurbished in perfect harmony with the whole estate. Neither too close nor too far from the main house, it has its own entrance marked by a wrought iron gate. The openings are framed in brick, reminiscent of the frames of the doors and windows of main house.


Ground floor
The entrance leads to a large living room, lit by a large picture window. The semi-equipped kitchen is open to the living room. Two bedrooms, a shower room and a separate toilet complete the property. The heating is electric. The rooms are bright and overlook the surrounding greenery. The paving is contemporary. A terrace borders the house.

The house with pool and sauna

An impressive building in terms of size stands close to the main house. The long-sided roof with Burgundian tiles echoes the other buildings. The walls are covered with lush vegetation. To the right of the building is the machine room where the heat pump, the dehumidifier and the gas boiler for heating the water are located. The front door opens onto a large area with a covered swimming pool, which can be fully uncovered on sunny days. Its surface is 12 m X 5 m. Next to the swimming pool, a room with a bar opens onto an outdoor terrace. A sauna precedes the bathroom with an air and water whirlpool bath. The building has a surface area of about 110 m².

The outbuilding

Opposite the farmhouse is a building containing a hunting room with a surface area of approx. 29 m² which could perfectly serve as a garage. It has its own wooden door. Next door is a garage of almost 27 m².

Simple forest management plan

Two fir and spruce forests, oak woods and a plain cover almost 30 ha. The soil is clay. The forest is not classified as a protected forest and there is no registered nature reserve. There is a management strategy for big game populations regulated by a hunting plan. The current owner is not a member of a hunting cooperative. He has the exclusive hunting rights. The size of the open spaces allows feeding of big game (lane edges, partitions, game crops, feeding areas, etc.). In the more humid parts, the forest is planted with hornbeam, oak, birch and aspen. Softwoods have been planted on a former plain. They are now between 15 and 20 years of age. The property has a hunting plan, compulsory in France, ensuring the sustainable development of game population.

Our opinion

A pleasant place to live surrounded by a countryside offering a rich and varied flora and fauna. This property is made for entertaining. The reception hall is exceptional in its size and the number of rooms allows to accommodate a large number of guests. This entire complex has great character and offers a complete change of scenery in the middle of an environment teeming with game. Winter evenings can be spent around the fireplace or in the sauna. The warm water swimming pool offers the possibility to take a break in the long evenings by dipping in the water while enjoying a view of the park. The lake contributes to the charm of the residence and the quality of the environment thanks to the water reflecting the changing lights and atmosphere. This former hunting lodge can be returned to its original identity or simply become a perfect holiday home.

950 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 705609

Land registry surface area 40 ha 60 a 32 ca
Main building surface area 421 m2
Number of bedrooms 10
Outbuilding surface area 238 m2
including refurbished area210.79 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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