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(51) Marne

Spectacular historic 16th C Listed Château for sale

property reduced

Reception Rooms: 6
Bedrooms: 12
Bathrooms: 7
Land: 32 ha

Reference: J4-1578
£ 2,555,770
$ 3,297,271

A superb spectacular historic 16th C Château for sale listed as a Monument Historique, near Epernay in Champagne country and within easy access of Paris. Great potential for commercial activities or as a family home in a peaceful and splendid setting with commanding views of the surrounding countryside.

Sitting serenely above the village and enjoying fine views over its park, avenues and the countryside beyond , this 'ravishing muddle of turrets, weathervanes, gables, dormer windows and chimney stacks, is an exquisite 16th century Fortress, built in brick with slate roofs and whimsical ironwork – well looked after”. Victor Hugo in 1842. The Château has deep dry moats retained by steep brick walls and crossed by a bridge at the lower level leading up towards the Gatehouse and two corner turrets. In addition to the bridge there is a ramp curling around the central spiral staircase , built of brick to get Napoleon's soldiers and their horses to the upper Terrace.

The accommodation comprises:

Entrance Hall, Reception hall, vaulted in brick and stone with a central pillar and a stone and brick floor and monumental stone fireplace. Boot room and wine cellar below, old Kitchen also vaulted in brick and stone with flagstone floor, massive stone fireplace with two detached pillars above an old kitchen range, Larder and servants staircase, W.C.,Dining room with vault covered in XIXth C. false stone and linen fold panelling on the walls and tiled floor up to half height. and small kitchen alongside, Main staircase and cloakroom with W.C. Sitting room with similar vault to the Dining room and a XIX C. fireplace and parquet de Versailles on the floor.
Access to Dining room.

Mezzanine floor: Landing leading to Chapel, with wonderful XVI C painted wood screen and with a carved oak altar with pilasters and carved vases .
Stateroom with monumental fireplace, elaborate decoration with beautiful panelling on the walls framing vast painted canvases of historic scenes and a magnificent beamed ceiling richly decorated with gold leave and bold colourful designs. Black squares and white lozenge stone floor. To the left is a charming small 'cabinet' in the south tower. The Grand Salon has a red marble Louis XVI fireplace with decorated mirror above and a similar one on the opposite wall. Attractive XVIII Panelling on the walls and Versailles parquet. Access to a small library in the West Tower with an early XVIII C. Regency grey marble fireplace with mirror . Parquet floors under repair.
First Floor. Master suite with bedroom, bathroom and dressing room. Bedroom two with bathroom.
Second Floor: Four spacious and six smaller bedrooms and five bathrooms. Servants quarters and attics above.
Oil Fired C.H. for the ground floor and the two floors above.

The old Château requires renovation and has 8-9 rooms, as does the caretaker's lodge of 3 rooms.  There is a beautiful independent building ideally suited for events.

Four square towers occupy the corners of the Château Terrace. The numerous outbuildings include a Gatehouse flanked by Pavilions including a Caretaker's Lodge and a Garage block leading to the estate, the main courtyard and the gardens and park. Beyond is he Old Château, and various garden sheds, greenhouses, workshops, woodsheds and an independent building used for weddings and other events.  The Estate is made up of attractive partially walled  English style park and gardens including a Kitchen Garden and orchards, a fascinating ‘Reservoir’ , woods, and many  specimen trees and spectacular vistas.