Castle Ales (30)
A restored, 18th century chateau and its olive grove in 120 hectares between the ArdÃšche gorges and UzÃšs.
On the outskirts of a little village, on the plain, with an extended view over the ArdÃšche and CÃ©vennes mountain ranges as well as the limestone hills in the direction of UzÃšs. This estate is bordered by a river for more than a kilometre. The property also includes a landing strip for private planes.
This estate forms a completely unspoilt property still exuding its 18th century character. It comprises the actual chateau, stables, a silkworm farm and an orangery, to which were recently added a new house and an oil mill, intended to conduct the crushing of the propertyâs olives on site. The building housing the chain pump that once fed the water tanks is still in place. The constructions are set out in the middle of this estate with approx. 120 hectares comprising flat, irrigated land, predominantly planted with cereal or yearly crops. The rest encompasses parklands and an olive grove with some 1,500 trees.
The chateauThis listed chateau is constructed on foundations dating from the 14th century, of which remain two towers on the entrance facade. The entire building was redesigned following a fire during the Wars of Religion and was completely transformed and considerably extended in the 1780s. The pillars of the large entrance gateway with its majestic wrought iron gates, the outside horseshoe-shaped stairway, the balustrades, the terrace looking out over the ArdÃšche mountains, the gardens, the orangery and the stone profile and contours under the overhanging cornice are characteristic of the Louis XVI era, as are the fireplaces and the interior decoration.
Semi-underground in places and on garden level in others, all the rooms on this floor are vaulted. This is the oldest section that once contained the kitchens, storerooms and cellars which could possibly be reorganised.
Raised in relation to the garden level, this reception floor can be reached from the main courtyard via a horseshoe-shaped stairway, preceding a terrace. On the opposite side, lounges open via French windows on to a 90 mÂ² terrace, currently covered with an atrium and bordered with balusters. The front door opens directly into the vestibule which was redesigned over two levels at the beginning of the 19th century. It provides access to several lounges with fireplaces, a billiardsâ room, a study and recent professional kitchens.
An Italian-style balcony corridor at the top of the stairway goes around the vestibule, providing access to three suites and six bedrooms, each with bathroom and toilet.
A large section of the attic space could be converted into living space.An adjoining outbuildingTwo buildings, reached via the main courtyard as well as via a separate access gate, stand facing one another on either side of a courtyard once used for manoeuvring carriages. These are old sheds with upstairs haylofts. One, spanning 217 mÂ² over two levels, awaits full restoration works whilst the other, spanning 237 mÂ² with an upper level spanning 80 mÂ², was given a new roof in 2010.A small houseThis self-contained house, spanning approx. 80 mÂ², adjoins the parklands. It was completely restored in 2005 and now comprises a fitted kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom overlooking the garden with an outside Jacuzzi.The parklands, orangery, swimming pool and a building housing a chain pumpThe parklands, created in 1785 for the wedding of the ownersâ daughter, almost eclipse the chateau with their boxwood garden, their trellis with its old âŠ
Le Figaro Properties reference: 14980959