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Orléans
€650,000
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  • 6 bedrooms
  • 3 bathrooms
  • 11 habitable rooms
  • 450 square meters of living space
  • 300 square meters of surface of the outbuildings
Property description
On the banks of the Canal d'Orleans, an eclectic-style 19th century chateau - ref 116310
The property is located on the territory of a dynamic municipality, between the Orléans canal and forest. The municipality is part of the Loire Valley region and includes a group of terroirs, natural and cultural sites that are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The property is one hour forty minutes from Paris and fifteen minutes by car form the centre of Orléans. This historic town has all the infrastructures and amenities of a French metropole. Its train station links it with Paris in an hour. It takes ten minutes from the chateau by bicycle or by car to reach the town centre, shops and amenities.
The property, accessed via a wrought iron gate with geometric motifs, features fully enclosed wooded parklands of 5000 m2. The chateau is situated at the top end of the parklands, flanked by its round tower, outbuildings, shelter and its semi-covered pool. At a lower level of the parklands where an outstanding cedar tree stands, one reaches the Canal d’Orleans where it is possible to navigate from a small pier located on the property. The various different outbuildings including a brick hen house and rabbit hutch, garage, workshops and stalls offer a wide range of possibilities. The chateau, built in 1889, spans six levels and comprises a dozen or so rooms for a floor surface area of 450 m2.

The chateau

The chateau was built in 1989 by a Jewish businessman who was forced to abandon it when he was deported. The chateau was then requisitioned and occupied by the Germans. After the liberation a Parisian antique dealer took it over. Fortunately, the architectural features and decorations were preserved.
The chateau is a single-depth rectangular shape and flanked to the west by a round tower. The north-facing road side facade is marked by a square front building incorporating the interior staircase. This front building features tall narrow windows with dressed stone framings. Ironwork anchors decorate the north wall. It has a double hipped overhanging roof and is supported by numerous wooden angle braces. The slate roof is decorated with an elaborate, sleek zinc ridge and finials. The double wooden entrance door with glazed imposts, is accessed via a few steps protected by a wooden porch. This unique facade features a four-part basket-handle arched window, three-part French windows opening on to a balcony with balusters then a shed dormer with exposed truss. Dressed stone was used for all the window framings.
The south-facing facade, on the parkland side, is presented in three identical sections comprising French windows opening on to a terrace, a rectangular window then a shed dormer. A fourth section has a slight projection crowned with a double pediment and features two double bay windows as well as two meurtrieres. The terrace overhanging the garden is accessed via a stone staircase and rosette decorated balustrade.
The round tower features several bay windows. Those on the second floor are crowned by a drop-arch floral ceramic decoration. The shed dormers on the top floor are decorated with an elaborate moulded pediment. And just like the northern front building, the tower is topped by an overhanging conical roof supported by wooden angle braces.
The chateau’s walls are decorated with channelled brickwork and modillion cornice of dressed limestone, a symbolic building material of this region. The slate roof features a zinc ridge decorated with fleurs de lys.

The outbuildings

There are several outbuildings making up a surface area of approx. 350 m2. At the entrance to the property there is a small brick, wood and ceramic building. It spans two storeys, and its bay windows give it plenty of light. Following on from here, there are some stalls and storage sheds, a hen house, rabbit hutches, a kennel then several workshops and a double garage.

The parkland

The parklands, between the lawns and wooden areas, measures approx. 500 m2. It is fully enclosed and unoverlooked. Different tree species are to be found including a majestic cedar tee. The grounds are with a slight gradient: the chateau, the outbuildings and semi-covered pool are to be found in the higher part, and the Canal d’Orleans in the lower part. It is a pleasant restful place, in the shade of the trees or under the wrought-iron arbour.



Our opinion
The building features an eclectic architecture, there is a combination of Neo-Gothic, Anglo-Norman and Art Nouveau styles. It is almost unbelievable and should be given a special ‘mystical status’. To live in this property amongst the parklands is like living one’s dream: there is something for everyone, for the seven year old child to the seventy-year-old. With full comforts and within quick access to Orléans and Paris. This property is a rare find located so close to large cities yet in the rural countryside. Such is the reality and the charm of the site.
Orléans, France
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