Happy Monday, Escapists! A magnificent 15th Century chateau on over eight acres of land, with fishing lake and outbuildings!
In celebration of 20,000 followers (thank you so much for all the messages, shares, and love!) today I wanted to post something a bit special. This chateau is the stuff of dreams. The vaulted ceilings and substantial kitchen with gorgeous floors – the paradise of quiet countryside surrounding – I feel like words fall short of describing how beautiful and how much history this building contains.
From the listing on Leggett:
Designed on 3 floors this private gem in it’s own grounds is ready to move straight into and has the potential to be developed to include 4 or 5 extra bedrooms.
The ground floor is absolutely stunning with elegant vaulted ceilings high above a guards room, dining hall and Roman ballroom. The kitchen, office and cloakroom are also on the ground floor.
Up a fabulous sweeping staircase to the first floor and you find 3 spacious bedrooms, each with dressing room and en-suite bathroom/shower room. This floor has the main lounge, library, billiards room and a further smaller lounge. The second floor has great potential; currently used as a dressing room and office space plus a huge attic area with an arched oak beamed ceiling.
Externally there are 8 acres of woodland and lawns with a fishing lake, well, spring and several outbuildings currently used as garages and workshops which could also be converted into apartments.
The chateau has been in the current family since 1946 and prior to that has always been privately owned. Construction began in the 14th century with the beautiful “Roman hall”. The design of the vaulted attic roof is known as “coque de bateau” due to it’s ships hull shape and is made of chesnut wood rather than the more traditional French oak.
The chateau is in the forest of Grailly, named after one of it’s previous owners and was built as a military outpost to protect the larger and nearby chateau of Culan. It also serves to protect the ford of the river Arnon which provided water to the surrounding area.