- 14 bedrooms
- 1 bathrooms
- 20 habitable rooms
- 1200 square meters of living space
- 2045 square meters of surface of the outbuildings
This property, less than two hours from the French capital, is in a village typical of the Puisaye region with all shops. Near to Briare train station with its links to Paris-Gare-de-Bercy, this estate is 40 km from Auxerre and 20 km from Toucy. It can be reached via the A6 and A77 motorways (the latter dubbed the tree motorway).
This chateau nestles in an area with a very good tourist trade. The village, in which this building stands is on the borders of the French departments of Loiret and Yonne. It is near to Saint-Fargeau, with its annual sound and light show which relates its history and which draws some 30,000 visitors. Saint-Sauveur, just a few minutes away, is a little village which has preserved the house that once belonged to French writer Colette and has a chateau-museum, paying tribute to him. Also on the outskirts of the Puisaye region is Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses which is renowned for its impressive set of locks, constructed in the 17th century on Briare canal to link the river Loire to the river Seine. Briare canal is the oldest of all the French canals since it was constructed under Henri IV. It is ideal for taking numerous extraordinary outings on the water to explore the landscapes with their valleys, lakes and forests.
A little country lane leads to this estate. The chateau, known as “La Mothe Jarry”, stands proudly surrounded by water-filled moats and parklands, spanning more than a hundred hectares. The three main entrances feature wrought iron gates. The outbuildings, laid out near to the chateau, form a courtyard enclosed by farm buildings. Cars can be parked in a gravel courtyard, extending around the building. In addition to meadows and an orchard, the estate also comprises various species of trees such as Lebanon cedar, horse chestnut and sweet chestnut. The orchard is planted with more than 200 fruit trees and provides a good fruit harvest every year.
A rural, pastoral atmosphere exists throughout this property.
This chateau, with origins that appear to date back to the 16th century, was extensively redesigned in the 19th century. It has slate roofs.
The north side of the chateau comprises a tower, a main building and an added pavilion. The stone lower sections have small openings. The oldest section of the residence is the tower, adorned with gargoyles. A superb horseshoe-shaped stairway, with a wrought iron handrail and railings, goes up to the entrance into the main building.
The first floor windows feature glazed fanlights. A moulded stone string course runs along the facade. The contour and profile of the pavilion is different. Two large French windows, with large panes, are divided to form a cross by a mullion and adorned with baluster railings. Between them is a central window under a semi-circular arch. Lateral openings are topped with a lintel level with the walled-up fanlight of the central opening.
On the west side is a second covered entrance which was originally intended for carriages. It features a horse loose box and a large arcade. Above is a balcony with balusters, on to which open two large-paned windows, topped with a tympanum which features a legendary and symbolic unicorn.
The chateau’s south facade includes an immense veranda, housing a conservatory, on the ground floor. It is topped with a terrace and pear-shaped balusters, looked down on by a watch-turret. The top of the pavilion features an attic roof dormer.
A tower is adorned with an equinox sundial, in an unusually good state of repair, as well as a watch-turret, engraved with the letter H, the first letter of HOUETTE, the name of the owners, a family who lived here between 1860 and 2007.
A Lescot-style opening on the ground floor completes the ornamentation of the tower. A porch way, enhanced with Doric-order columns, looks out over the parklands. Moats run alongside the southern section of the chateau as well as its outbuildings.
The hunting lodge
The hunting lodge has 111 m² of living space. It comprises a lounge, with a fireplace, a dining room and a kitchen downstairs with two bedrooms upstairs.
This lodge could be used as a caretaker’s cottage. The current owner rents it out on a yearly lease. The premises are extremely comfortable courtesy of their open-hearth fire in the lounge.
An old kennel stands facing the building and a superb row of cypress trees, planted by the owner, extends an alleyway right to the chateau boundary.
This chateau is surrounded by outbuildings, spanning a floor surface area of approx. 565 m². The south side, reflected in the moat water, extends the main building. There are three main sections: a pavilion at each end and the right-hand wing set at right angles alongside the courtyard. Two horizontal string courses run the length of the wall. The windows comprise protruding keystones. Openings are framed with stone and brick surrounds. The openings, on the ground floor of the central section, feature semi-circular arches with through brick voussoirs. Both pavilions have small openings set in the wall in order to air some of the rooms. The building has a contour and profile typical of the Puisaye region in the 19th century. A games room, spanning approx. 44 m², on the ground floor is followed by a 37 m² exercise room. Reached via an old wooden stairway, a large 56 m² room looks out over the moat. A fireplace decorates the room, its marble mantel sculpted with little cherubs.
Other outbuildings such as the chateau’s farm, the habitable section of which corresponds to a floor surface area of 95 m², will simply exude charm once they have been revamped. Farm buildings, including a brick barn with a square tower which must date from an earlier period than the other buildings, complete this property. The long-sloped, hip roof and the brick facing give it enormous character. A second barn, standing at right angles to the first, closes the courtyard.
The current owner of the chateau decided to make the most of the land by rearing Irish sheep which provides a sufficiently large return per hectare to make the activity profitable and pay a substanstial part of the running costs.
The other outbuildings
A sheepfold, spanning approx. 200 m².
A cowshed spanning approx. 120 m².
A pigsty, spanning approx. 10 m².
Both landscape and property appear to have come straight from a painting by English artist, John-Constable. The stone and brick chateau is impressive, its water-filled moats demonstrating its standing. The interior decor reveals many pleasant surprises. Curiosity is piqued by vestiges of a history which, although not very old, is nonetheless mysterious. For instance, where does the tunnel in the cellar go? Furthermore, all of the outbuildings on this vast, peaceful estate are of great architectural interest. This robust, beautiful and comfortable chateau is ideal for a multitude of projects.
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