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(18) Cher

Listed ISMH XIV C. Château nr Sancerre.


Reception Rooms: 10
Bedrooms: 8
Bathrooms: 4
Land: 21.02 ha

Reference: T8-1582
£ 1,942,116
$ 2,500,850

This superb XIV C Château is 15 minutes from Sancerre and set in the heart of beautiful grounds including a park of 8 hectares crossed by a stream. The Chateau is approached by a driveway and a bridge leading into the principal courtyard.

Ground Floor: Main entrance, grey stone tiles with black cabochon inserts, wood panelling 2/3 of the wall, oak staircase to the first floor. W.C. and wash basin. Three doors lead to three Salons. The Salon Rouge with light oak herringbone parquet, white marble fireplace, two south-facing wndows, French window to the east with balcony. Anti-Chamber, light oak herringbone parquet, French window to balcony overlooking the maze, double-glazed doors to: Salon of Dreams, part panelled walls, dark oak parquet, 2 French windows to east, balcony overlooking the maze, painted beamed ceiling, 6 frescoes of dreams. Large Salon, c. 90m2, period terracotta floor tiles, 2 French windows to the east, opening to the maze, 2 windows to the north, attractive stone fireplace, French window to the main courtyard, beamed ceiling, 2 doors to the kitchen, one with Renaissance stone doorcase. Kitchen, with monumental stone fireplace, part stone floor, old 'potager' (without the grille), bread oven. Storeroom in the tower, terracotta floor tiles, old stone sink. Utility room with door to exterior. Lobby with door to main courtyard and access to cellars. Stone staircase to upper floors.
First floor: Large Landing with wooden floor. Very large Bathroom with fireplace, east and south windows, 2 washbains, roll-top bath, and WC in the tower. Storeroom, with several cupboards, window to the east, door to second lobby with west window to main courtyard. Bedroom, wooden floor, 2 windows to the east, stone fireplace. Corridor leading to Study-Library, stone fireplace, 2 windows to east. Small Storeroom. Dressing Room, several cupboards and window to north. Bedroom, wooden floor, stone fireplace with attractive pier-glass, window to north, door to dressing room. Bedroom, stone fireplace, walls with trompe l'oeil painting of draped hangings, window to north, large built-in cupboard. Bedroom in the tower, 3 windows to east, north and west. Shower room, stone floor tiles, built-in washbasin, Italian shower, mosaic tiles. Separate Wing comprising Large Salon, monumental stone Renaissance fireplace, magnificent old terracotta floor tiles, part panelling. From here one enters part of the house which has not been fully restored. Summer Bedroom and small vaulted Room, with small marble fireplace.

A further 4 or 5 Rooms in need of restoration which could form separate accommodation. Accessible from the main courtyard via an exterior staircase.
Second floor: Accessed via the secondary staircase. Large Salon, beamed ceiling, Renaissance stone fireplace. 2 further Rooms, door with attractive stained glass. Various Attics and servants' Bedrooms. Most of the floors are of old terracotta tiles and have exposed beams. A very attractive Room in the Tower with white marble fireplace and a further 2 floors above, reached via a wooden staircase.
Outbuildings: Former Chapel to be restored, large Garage, Workshop, Manager's office, a charming Dovecote tower fully restored, former Stables with wooden stalls, open Garage with stone floor. The roofs of these buildings have all been either restored or renewed. To the north, a large walled area encloses various agricultural buildings or accommodation which is currently being restored.
Guest House: Fully restored and very comfortable. Kitchen with black stone floor, Dining Room with parquet floor. Small and Large Sitting rooms, with parquet floors. First floor, exposed beams: Bedroom with Bathroom, 2 further Bedrooms and separate Bathroom.
Land: 21.0295 hectares, of which 8 ha of parkland crossed by a stream, landscaped in XIXth-century style, but with vestiges of the earlier XVIIth-century formal French park, such as the avenue of 300-year-old trees and the stream which was formerly a canal with stone-built banks. The existence of springs, the richness of the fauna and flora very soon encouraged the present owners to create a very natural space. There are no traditional lawns, thus avoiding the use of fertilisers and selective weedkillers. The grasslands comprise a mixture of grasses and self-sown plants, regularly mown. Since 2008, in collaboration with the landscape expert Benoit de Choulet, a large number of botanically and aesthetically interesting trees have been planted. The most magnificent of the ancient trees have also been identified. More than 900 hornbeams have been planted to form a maze in front of the chateau.
Comments: The property is in excellent condition. Extensive works have been carried out to the joinery and roofs. The heating has been completely renewed, including in the two Renaissance salons, with large cast-iron radiators throughout. The doors and windows have been completely replaced in period style and with double-glazing. Some internal works remain. An alarn system and smoke alarms have been installed and the wiring partially renewed. The water supply is from the mains as well as from a well.