An elegant chateau, with 101 hectares of land, in verdant surroundings 1½ hours from Paris in Burgundy.
This property, less than two hours from the French capital, is in a village typical of the Puisaye region with all shops. Near to Briare train station with its links to Paris-Gare-de-Bercy, this estate is 40 km from Auxerre and 20 km from Toucy. It can be reached via the A6 and A77 motorways (the latter dubbed the tree motorway).
This chateau nestles in an area with a very good tourist trade. The village, in which this building stands is on the borders of the French departments of Loiret and Yonne. It is near to Saint-Fargeau, with its annual sound and light show which relates its history and which draws some 30,000 visitors. Saint-Sauveur, just a few minutes away, is a little village which has preserved the house that once belonged to French writer Colette and has a chateau-museum, paying tribute to him. Also on the outskirts of the Puisaye region is Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses which is renowned for its impressive set of locks, constructed in the 17th century on Briare canal to link the river Loire to the river Seine. Briare canal is the oldest of all the French canals since it was constructed under Henri IV. It is ideal for taking numerous extraordinary outings on the water to explore the landscapes with their valleys, lakes and forests.
A little country lane leads to this estate. The chateau, known as La Mothe Jarry, stands proudly surrounded by water-filled moats and parklands, spanning more than a hundred hectares. The three main entrances feature wrought iron gates. The outbuildings, laid out near to the chateau, form a courtyard enclosed by farm buildings. Cars can be parked in a gravel courtyard, extending around the building. In addition to meadows and an orchard, the estate also comprises various species of trees such as Lebanon cedar, horse chestnut and sweet chestnut. The orchard is planted with more than 200 fruit trees and provides a good fruit harvest every year.
A rural, pastoral atmosphere exists throughout this property.
The chateauThis chateau, with origins that appear to date back to the 16th century, was extensively redesigned in the 19th century. It has slate roofs.
The north side of the chateau comprises a tower, a main building and an added pavilion. The stone lower sections have small openings. The oldest section of the residence is the tower, adorned with gargoyles. A superb horseshoe-shaped stairway, with a wrought iron handrail and railings, goes up to the entrance into the main building.
The first floor windows feature glazed fanlights. A moulded stone string course runs along the facade. The contour and profile of the pavilion is different. Two large French windows, with large panes, are divided to form a cross by a mullion and adorned with baluster railings. Between them is a central window under a semi-circular arch. Lateral openings are topped with a lintel level with the walled-up fanlight of the central opening.
On the west side is a second covered entrance which was originally intended for carriages. It features a horse loose box and a large arcade. Above is a balcony with balusters, on to which open two large-paned windows, topped with a tympanum which features a legendary and symbolic unicorn.
The chateaus south facade includes an immense veranda, housing a conservatory, on the ground floor. It is topped with a terrace and pear-shaped balusters, looked down on by a watch-turret. The top of the pavilion features an attic roof dormer.
A tower is adorned with an equinox sundial, in an unusually good state of repair, as well as a watch-turret, engraved with the letter H, the first letter of HOUETTE, the name of the owners, a family who lived here between 1860 and 2007.
A Lescot-style opening on the ground floor completes the ornamentation of the tower. A ...
Wohnfläche: 1.200,00 m², Anzahl der Schlafzimmer: 14, Anzahl der Badezimmer: 1, Bundesland: Bourgogne