Castle Orleans (45)
A chateau and its chapel in 10 hectares of parklands between the Sologne and Val-de-Loire regions.
This property, in the Loire chateaux region, on the edge of the Sologne area, is 150 km from Paris and 15 minutes from the centre of Orleans by car. This historic town has all the infrastructures and amenities of a city. Its train station has links, amongst others, to Paris taking an hour.
It takes less than 5 minutes by car from the property to reach the nearest market town, with its little shops and amenities.
This chateau stands in the Val-de-Loire region, with its various vineyards, its natural surroundings and its history, classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.
The estate, reached via wrought iron gates, extends over some ten or so hectares, consisting of lawned and wooded areas. In front of the steps leading to the chateau are a main courtyard, the parklands and their alleyways as well as a verdant view. Outbuildings backing on to the chateau delimit the main courtyard on one side; on the other, a secondary courtyard features various other outbuildings, including an old kennel.
A little lane leads through the parklands to an elegant orangery combining modernity and classic lines.
Within the property, a perimeter wall shelters a large orchard, a vegetable garden and a swimming pool, out of sight of onlookers.
According to certain historical documents, in the 18th century the lords of the chateau were responsible for justice in one of the two parishes that formed this land in bygone times.
The chateauThis property is composed of several buildings: a chateau and its outbuildings. The latter adjoin the rectangular chateau at right angles. The main building spans five levels including a cellar, a ground floor, two upper floors and an attic floor. The south-east facing facade is divided into three bays comprising a central section marked by steps and, two slightly protruding end sections, featuring triangular pediments. Dressed freestone, the region’s emblematic stone, has been used here to provide discreet lower sections, quoins, a cornice as well as string courses, separating the various levels. The openings and their wooden shutters are horizontally and vertically aligned on the chateau’s sober, harmonious facade. The long-sloped roof is made of slate and topped with several zinc finials. The rear, north-west facing facade is similar to the main façade, the only difference being the presence of two, end absidioles, one of which houses the estate’s chapel.
A vast, vaulted cellar in the chateau’s basement has a packed mud floor.
The rooms on the ground floor adjoin one another. All, with the exception of the kitchen, are through rooms and are, therefore, extremely bright all day long.
Through light as of the vestibule enhances the white stone floor tiles with their inlaid decoration.
On one side is a first lounge, followed by a second, with herringbone pattern parquet flooring. The latter is bigger and notably features a marble fireplace. It provides access to the chateau’s chapel which is consecrated and still has its original stained-glass windows. It is soberly decorated with, amongst other things, a bas-relief way of the cross.
On the other side of the entrance hall, a dining room featuring herringbone parquet flooring and a marble fireplace is followed by a vestibule. The latter provides access to a kitchen, a stairway going down to the basement and another stairway going upstairs. The kitchen has terracotta floor tiles, exposed beams and a professional cooking range.
Most of the openings on the ground floor are topped with semi-circular arched, glazed fanlights and are fitted with indoor wooden shutters.
The wooden stairway goes up to the end of a long corridor which leads to several bedrooms, all on the same side, as well as …
Le Figaro Properties reference: 22807095