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Briare
€860,000
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  • 11 bedrooms
  • 3 bathrooms
  • 17 habitable rooms
  • 630 square meters of living space
  • 333 square meters of surface of the outbuildings
Property description
In the French department of Loiret, in the Centre-Val-de-Loire region, a chateau in a natural setting - ref 351862
Not far from Briare, with its famous canals as well as its renowned Emaux-de-Briare mosaic tiles, and just a few minutes from the shops, stands a small, 19th century chateau, surrounded by almost 5 ha of land. This estate is 1½ hours away from the French capital by road.
An SNCF train station near to the property provides 1½-hour links to Paris-Bercy.
This property is in a village, made pastoral by the many forests and lakes.
After a succession of game-filled forest, lakes and bocage countryside, with its small irregular-shaped fields separated by hedges and ditches, a narrow, clearly-delimited lane leads to the property, suddenly revealing a captivating view of the chateau standing in the centre of its parklands. On either side of the lane are outbuildings, once farm buildings. A vegetable garden, almost adjoining the residence, faces a pond, a wonderful biotope. A gravel courtyard is used as a carpark. A small tower on one side stands in front of a lake, bordered by a forest, the trees of which are reflected in the water. Benches set out around the lake are meant for those taking a stroll.

The chateau

This chateau belonged to the Cosnac family, a large family of leading citizens who, in the second half of the 19th century, had another property built, very similar to the one that is up for sale.
This chateau, constructed in the first decade of the 19th century, features extremely plain architecture. It comprises a main building, spanning two levels under an attic floor, with two wings set at right angles.
Each section of the building is engraved with its year of construction: the central building was built in 1816; the right-hand wing in 1822 and, lastly, the other wing in 1826.
All the building’s windows, at least those on the first two levels, have basket-handle arched surrounds. The quoins, always composed of local brick, protrude on the two pavilions. The gable, slate roof is enhanced with roof dormers.
Every opening on the ground floor has solid shutters. The main entrance is preceded by a narrow, paved path, adorned with Medici vases, and a little, French formal garden. In the parklands, a turret also with sober architecture features a candlesnuffer roof, a cornice and brick framing around the door.



Our opinion
The setting makes this property striking. The area is nuisance free, with the only sounds coming from the gentle rustling of the leaves and the cooing of the birds. This chateau is lucky enough to have an unobstructed view over the countryside and to have a lake as well as a pond.
The two outbuildings, ideal for functions, also represent real potential income. The house is currently lived in and is, therefore, quite habitable. However, some works do need to be carried out in order to take full advantage of the potential of these premises.
Briare, France
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