Castle Valognes (50)
- 1406 m2
- 20 rooms
- 10 bedrooms
An 18th century, listed chateau and its outbuildings with 16 ha of parklands on the Cotentin peninsula. In the French department of Manche, on the Cotentin peninsula, equidistant between Valognes and the sea, on the outskirts of a small town.Valognes, 4 km away, has schools, shops, craftsmen, a hospital, chemists and doctors as well as an SNCF railway station with trains to Cherbourg and Caen (1 hour) as well as to Paris, this journey taking less than 3 hours.30 minutes from Cherbourg and the landing stages for cruises or ferries going to England.10 minutes from wide sandy beaches, facing Veys Bay and the Saint-Marcouf Isles. In a region that still has its natural wooded surroundings dotted with enclosed meadows.In the middle of 16 ha of forest parklands, bordered by narrow country roads.The chateau stands behind wrought iron gates, at the end of a long bridle path which splits into two and plunges into the wood on either side.Facing the entrance gates, a gravel esplanade delimited by balustrades and low stone walls leads to the chateau, going around a lawn before coming to an end by the outbuildings and the chapel.The chateau looks down on a lake behind it.The listed chateauThis chateau spans three levels, including a lower section dominating the lake, under attic space which could be converted. The main facade, enhanced by a long porch way with low dressed stone walls, looks out over the esplanade courtyard. The entrance door is in line with the wrought iron gates providing entry to the estate.The centre of the building is marked by a section that is slightly set back and topped with a central triangular pediment featuring a bull's eye window. The openings are vertically aligned all the way up to the roof dormers.The rear facade is perfectly symmetrical.The gable roof with its hip ends is covered with natural slate laid on wooden battens. The chimney stacks are on load-bearing walls and gable ends.Base levelThe lower section is reached via a stairway going down to from the kitchen on the ground floor or via an outside door on a level with the lake. On one side of the entrance hall is the old chateau kitchen with its impressive fireplace, a cellar and a boiler room. An exit communicates with a vaulted cellar under the terrace via a stone stairway that leads to the chateau parvis.On the other side of the hall, three vaulted adjoining cellars lead to a fourth cellar set under the state lounge terrace.All the ceilings are of a good height and all the rooms are illuminated via arched windows on the lake side. The floors are covered with wide polished flagstones in the corridors and the kitchen, whilst the cellars have packed mud floors.Ground floorThe pantry transformed into the kitchen, on the right-hand side of the vestibule, provides access to the through dining room via double doors which face another set of double doors that open into the state lounge.In the opposite corner, the same double doors blend with floor-to-ceiling wall panelling and the wide openings. The ceiling with its cornice is enhanced by a painted frieze, the herringbone pattern parquet flooring continues into the state lounge.The lounge, illuminated on three of its sides, is a vast, extremely luminous room, spanning 117 m² with a 5 m high ceiling. The circular centre of the ceiling is crowned with a painted plaster cornice and the walls are fully lined with floor-to-ceiling wrought wood panelling enhanced with painted fillets. Discreet indoor shutters are fixed to the embrasures of the openings.Straight on in the entrance hall is a lounge with a balcony overlooking the lake. It has a completely different atmosphere with its walls clad in painted wainscoting, its ceiling featuring exposed painted joists and its floor covered in polished flagstones laid diagonally. Behind the ...
reference : 733088 - Le Figaro Properties reference : 670967-6