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Castle Argentan (61)

Price:
$ 1,055,600
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  • Surface 950 m2
  • Rooms 15 
  • Bedrooms 12 
  • Land 6.1 ha

A Directoire-style chateau and its 1,100 m² of outbuildings in 5 ha of parklands 180 km from Paris in the region known as Pays-d’Auge-Ornais.
In the south of the Pays-d'Auge region, Chambois plain, on the edge of Gouffern Forest, is dotted with villages with a large number of chateaux. This property is not far from the A88 and the A28 motorways, leading to Caen, Rouen and Le-Mans. Argentan, with its train station, large shops and all useful infrastructures, is 15 minutes away. The station provides 1⅔-hour train links to Paris. Local shops are to be found in a village just a few kilometres way.
The road winds its way through the bocage countryside on the edge of the forest and leads to a set of gates. Two driveways, lined with centuries-old trees, go around a vast lawn and a pond before meeting up in front of the chateau’s main facade. The outbuildings, laid out at the back, include
large stables facing the caretaker’s cottage with its vegetable garden. A sheepfold, a pigsty, a “charretterie” where carriages were once kept, and a dovecote are surrounded by vast grassy areas, enclosed by thick hedges. All the buildings stand amidst 5 hectares of parklands.
The chateauThis chateau, constructed as a rectangular building topped with a hip slate roof in the 18th century, was initially extended during the Directoire era. A large extension, intended as reception rooms, was constructed along one facade. During the Restoration era, three bays were redesigned on the opposite facade to form an imitation central projection, topped with a triangular pediment. A large, tall opening was created, preceded by a porch, reached via a flight of wide steps. An orangery has flanked a gable wall from the very beginning. The chateau is constructed from lime-rendered, quarry stone blocks. The 18th century section spans four levels, one of which is under rafters, and the facades feature windows aligned in seven bays. The Directoire-style section spans two levels and features four bays. Dressed stone was used for the quoins and pilasters as well as the framing surrounding the openings. The pediment tympanum features a semi-circular arched opening. The chateau spans more than 800 m².
Garden level
Facing the vestibule, a dining room with corner wooden cupboards, is enhanced with a white Carrara marble fireplace, topped with a trumeau mirror, adorned with floral motifs. The floor tiles are laid in a chessboard pattern. A corridor separates the two dining rooms. Wide French windows open on to a garden terrace. There is an adjoining kitchen. The orangery, with its pivoting glass panels, awaits renovation. The other rustic, family kitchen, its floor paved with hexagonal terracotta tiles, adjoins a boot room, a laundry room and a utility room.
First floor
A door on the first-floor landing opens into a private flat composed of a study-library, a bedroom and a spacious bathroom. Opposite, a vast reception room is illuminated via wide openings. It communicates with a music room via double coffered doors, topped with a pediment. The floor is laid with herringbone pattern parquet flooring. A window, above the marble fireplace, gives a view of the parklands. Wainscoting as well as ceiling cornices and roses enhance both these rooms. A third opening provides access to a bright flat, comprising three bedrooms and a bathroom. It is flooded with light via windows overlooking the parklands.
Second floor
A ceiling dome, featuring opalescent glass reinforced with metal, filters the light directly above the stairway. The flight of oak wood steps is protected by wrought iron railings. Laid out on either side of a long corridor, six bedrooms and two bathrooms, with toilets, share this floor. The entire surface area of the attic space is illuminated via skylights.
The parklands
The driveways in the parklands encircle …

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Advertiser reference: 961205 - Le Figaro Properties reference: 35381233

In detail

    • Surface 950 m2
    • Rooms 15
    • Bedrooms 12
    • Land 6.1 ha
    • Construction N/A*
    • Parking N/A*
    • Bathrooms 4
    • Toilets N/A*
    • Exposure N/A*
    • Heating N/A*
    • Kitchen N/A*
    • Property tax N/A*
  • Energy Performance Certificate

    118 27*

    *GreenHouse Gas emission

    27
  • $ 1,055,600

* Information not provided by the advertiser

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