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  • 14 bedrooms
  • 20 habitable rooms
  • 1400 square meters of living space
Property description
A 15th, 18th & 19th century chateau in over 25 ha of parklands in the midst of a village 70 km from Paris - ref 913999
This chateau, south-west of the French capital, can be reached via the N20 or via the A10 motorway in about an hour. Etampes train station, 20 minutes away by car, provides 30-minute links to Paris. Orly international airport is less than an hour away.
Not far from the Upper Chevreuse Valley Regional Nature Park as well as the Gâtinais Regional Nature Park, this property is in a region of wide skies and strong daylight.
Flint from the prehistoric period and Gallo-Roman objects discovered on the outskirts of the village bear witness to an old settlement; a Roman way passed through here.
Little information from the Middle-Ages remains. Archives of the chateau reveal that in the 15th century the estate consisted of a stronghold house and an outer bailey, a 3-acre vineyard, a wooded area and an oven.
Around 1450, the house was almost entirely burned down by the English armies under the command of the Count-of-Shrewsbury. Its reconstruction began straightway under the supervision of the village baron and was completed around 1560 by his grandson.
Long a barony, this land was elevated to the status of a marquisate by Louis XIV in March 1664 for services rendered.
Major works were begun in 1730. 1849 marked the start of major renovation and modernisation works.
Following the Second World War, the estate housed a children’s holiday centre. The last visible additions, including a refectory, bathroom and toilet facilities, date from this time when the large lounges were used as dormitories. This property has belonged to a Parisian editor since the 1980s.
Today, in the centre of the village, the railings of the chateau adjoin the church. Furthermore, the north wall of the latter constitutes one side of the entrance courtyard. Following on from the church, the 15th century wing, dubbed “the old chateau”, is set at right angles to two 18th and 19th century buildings or “the new chateau”.
The courtyard is closed on its third side by the outbuilding.
Behind said outbuilding and to the right of the new chateau, the north courtyard features a robust round tower. Adjoining the tower, a toilet block was added in the 20th century.
A rectangular greenhouse with a metal framework closes the courtyard.
The moats, behind the new chateau, have been covered and two light-weight structures installed for the current resident’s use.
An esplanade is followed first by a wooded area and then by the wood itself.

The old chateau

The 15th century wing, following on from the wall of the church that constitutes one of the sides of the entrance courtyard, is known as “the old chateau”. It spans three levels comprising a ground floor, a first floor and an attic floor. The Mansard-style roof is covered with slate and features bull’s eye roof dormers. The facade, typical of the late Middle-Ages, features irregularly arranged openings. Two semi-circular arched doorways, a lower doorway and a tall doorway are set out on the ground floor, complete with a mullioned window obviously not part of the original building but added at a later date. The first floor is illuminated via four, large-paned windows.

The new chateau

The link to the two 18th and 19th century sections, or “the new chateau”, set at right angles to the old chateau, comprises a 4-storey, square turret, topped with a pyramid roof.
The first of these two buildings is not very wide. It spans three levels and an attic floor under a gable slate roof. The second building of a similar height is wider, but topped with a Mansard-style slate roof. The windows and the large, small-paned roof dormers are surrounded with framing featuring classical motifs.
A corner turret on the garden facade completes the building.

The outbuilding

The entrance courtyard is closed on its third side by the outbuilding, a building comprising two main levels, covered with a gable slate roof. Its facade features a sundial.

The robust tower

The north courtyard, behind the outbuildings and to the right of the new chateau, features a robust round tower with a candlesnuffer slate roof. It is connected to the first floor of the outbuilding via a suspended and covered, wooden walkway. A toilet block adjoining the tower was added in the 20th century. There is a wooden farm shed behind the tower.

The greenhouse

A rectangular greenhouse with a metal framework closes the courtyard.

The covered moats

The moats, on the west side of the new chateau, are now covered. They are reached via a stairway as in a cellar. Housing oil tanks and a boiler room, they span a large, original floor surface area. The old bridge over the moats forms a surprising underground archway.

The grounds

The parklands comprise an esplanade, featuring a cedar tree several hundreds of years old, closed by a shallow lake which the children at the holiday centre used as a paddling pool. This esplanade extends into a wooded area, spanning more than 25 hectares. Said area is not maintained in any way as the wood is not exploited

Our opinion
This property’s asking price corresponds more to the imagination and the determination that will be required rather than to its monetary value. Parklands spanning more than 25 hectares so close to Paris would be ideal for numerous projects. The miscellaneous buildings have had their moments of glory and their more humble times. Witness is born to a visit by Henry IV to the lords of the period. The future here is turned towards culture, the arts as well as hotel and catering activities. A great deal of equipment and resources such as a greenhouse, refectories, bathroom and toilet facilities as well as an immense cellar in the moats, are all waiting to be put to good use by new owners who will have seized a golden opportunity.
Étampes, France
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