A 17th century chateau used for professional purposes
in natural parklands 30 minutes to the south of Paris
Ferté-Alais, ESSONNE ile-de-france 91590 FR


Less than 50 km from Paris, in the Gâtinais Nature Park, in the French department of Essonne. In a town with 3,200 inhabitants, all shops and amenities. 2 km from an RER railway station on line D with trains to Gare-de-Lyon, Châtelet and Gare-du-Nord. 10 km from an RER railway station on line C with trains to Paris-Austerlitz. 17 km from the A6 motorway. 3 km from an aerodrome. 8 km from a golf course. 35 km from Fontainebleau and 15 minutes from Milly-la-Forêt and the N20.


18th century entrance gates open on to a long private driveway off the main road. 14.1297 ha of parklands are walled on three sides and protected on the fourth side by a bordering stream. Right in the centre, between woods and vast stretches of lawn, the buildings stand on level ground surrounded on all sides by dry moats.
A rivulet runs by lower down. Further away is a lake fed by an artesian well. Opposite is a vegetable garden and orchard. The high ground is covered with woods.
On the other side of the rivulet, to the south, is a wood, spanning 3.644 ha, which also belongs to the chateau, thus bringing its total surface area to 17.7737 ha.

The chateau

The oldest section dating from the 12th century takes the form of a 2-storey building, with a wonderful vaulted stone cellar, on the north side.
The current central building was built, adjoining this building, in the 17th century. Three stories are flanked at each end by two towers facing the main courtyard. The latter, with two outbuildings, a chapel and another carriage pavilion flanking its entrance gates, is closed on the north side by an orangery. In the centre is an 18th century style French parterre featuring lawns, boxwood bushes and a fountain. On the south side, a row of lime trees stand in front of a low retaining wall overlooking the moats.
An elegant property with aligned windows that enhance the steep slate roofs, featuring wrought zinc bull’s eye windows and finials also in zinc.

Ground floor
Entrance hall partially vaulted and comprising a lantern (38 m²), its stone floor featuring inlaid decoration; a glazed door opens on to a bridge over the moats, providing access to the parklands. It also houses a door to the cellar and boiler room. A large, central stairway, with 18th century railings, goes up to the first and second floors.
On the right-hand side of the entrance hall: the yellow lounge (37 m²), with panelling, is linked to the large lounge via double doors flanking a Louis XV style marble fireplace. The oak wood parquet flooring is laid in a herringbone pattern. The large lounge (69 m²) is illuminated by 5 windows and two French windows connected by a balcony. The gardens below extend as far as the canal. A French window overlooking the courtyard provides access to a secondary stairway in a turret and to a room featuring a Napoleon III style marble fireplace and herringbone pattern parquet flooring.
On the left-hand side of the entrance hall: the dining room (43 m²) with a Louis XV style fireplace and its wooden mantel as well as oak wood herringbone pattern parquet flooring.
In the large kitchen (41 m²), the floor is tiled, a superb range with its extraction hood remains, double doors open on to a stairway going to the first floor, whilst another opens into a corridor leading to a small courtyard. A last door provides access to a smoking room (52 m²): it is features a large wooden fireplace with an eyebrow trumeau and three north-east facing windows looking out over the moats. It has a door leading to a small courtyard.
A tiled kitchen (22 m²), at the end of the north wing, has two windows overlooking the moats, a sink and a small boiler. At the end of the corridor: a toilet and a wash-hand basin (ventilation system). Bathroom facilities (21 m²) with 3 ladies’ toilets, 1 men’s toilet, 2 urinals and 2 wash-hand basins. Steps go down to a large vaulted cellar.

Group of buildings
Two buildings awaiting restoration: the gardener’s cottage (approx. 54 m²) comprising a stairway separating the two buildings and leading to an upstairs room (approx. 20 m²) with a large greenhouse and a shed (approx. 90 m²) standing near to the large, main gates, adjoining the ruins of a house.
The stables
Approx. 420 m², including 12 bedrooms.
The ground floor of the building comprises the old stable (47 m²), a tack room (22 m²), a machine room (7.5 m²) housing two water-to-water heat pumps for heating the orangery and the outbuildings, a garage (24 m²), a large room spanning 70 m² with oak wood parquet flooring, a working area for caterers (24 m²), a storeroom (13 m²). A lounge opens on to the terrace. The first floor has 10 bedrooms, all with their own toilet and bathroom room or Italian style shower (ventilation system). The second floor includes 2 bedrooms with their own toilets and bathrooms (ventilation system).

Approx. 350 m².
This is one of the biggest historical reception rooms in the region. One continuous room with a ceiling starred with optic fibre, it comprises a reception area, a caterers’ working area (16 m²) and bathroom facilities with toilets for disabled persons (20 m²).
Above the orangery, a large, 350 m² terrace, partially covered with plants, dominates the main courtyard and the wood on the east side. Two doors, one to the chateau, the other to the outbuildings.

Approx. 120 m².
The ground floor comprises a study, a kitchen and a bedroom, recently converted in accordance with current day standards applying to disabled persons. Upstairs are 4 bedrooms, a bathroom and a toilet.

Third floor
108 m², with sloping ceilings, recently converted, awaiting completion of decoration. A large, 69 m² south-facing room, a suite of rooms with terracotta floor tiles, parquet flooring and a toilet. In the north wing, a little spiral stairway going up to a tower with a sloping ceiling (15 m²) provides access to the central roof.
Second floor
Approx. 183 m², ceilings 3.80 m high.
Currently laid out as a flat for the private use of the owners. Reached via 2 stairways, it comprises 4 bedrooms, all with a fireplace and one with a study, a living room with a fireplace, 2 bathrooms, a small laundry room and a dressing room.

Mezzanine floor
Approx. 41 m², ceilings 2.25 m high.
This small flat, reached from the ground floor, comprises a bedroom, a living room, a shower room, a separate toilet and parquet flooring.

First floor
Approx. 320 m², ceilings 3.60 m high.
6 bedrooms all with their own toilet and bathroom (ventilation system), including a suite with a study, some with fireplaces, opening on to a corridor, all reached via 2 stairways and a door to the orangery terrace. A large flat with a living room, a kitchen, a toilet and a large bedroom with a marble fireplace and 9 windows overlooking the parklands and the main courtyard (private access via a stairway) with a shower room and a dressing room.
The office in the middle of the chateau has a fireplace with a wooden mantel.

The parklands
Woods, grasslands, a French formal garden.
A swimming pool, spanning approx. 10x5 m, with its machine room, awaits recommissioning.
An ice cave, a sort of underground passageway, two wells providing water for the garden, an old clay tennis court.

Our opinion

An outstanding work tool that meets all current day technical and comfort requirements (French ERP standards for buildings open to the public have been applied for and will be granted prior to the sale), a bedroom with a toilet meeting French standards for disabled persons and Wi-Fi throughout the buildings. Development is still feasible with the possibility of constructing another wide building, something which is quite rare within the perimeters of this type of property. The number of bedrooms could be increased from the current 24 by an additional 10 within the existing framework, with several dozen more included in a new construction. This chateau also has another potential vocation, that of becoming a family home.

5 960 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense

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Reference 751884

Land registry surface area 17 ha 77 a 37 ca
Main building surface area 2000 m2
Outbuilding surface area 500 m2
Number of bedrooms 20

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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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