Hotel Particulier, Garden, Pool and Guesthouse
Sumptuous Town House in Parkland
1 272 000 €
REFERENCE : BLISS 203
Agency Fees Included (5%)
Fees paid by vendor.
7 000 m²
From the outside looking in, there is something mysterious about a 17th Century Hôtel Particulier, tucked away in the medieval quarter of an ancient town, protected by its high stone walls and tall imposing gates.
This house is no exception.
With all the grandeur one might expect from a bourgeois property there is also the privacy and space one might expect from a country house, with the many advantages of living in town just a short walk away from the many shops and restaurants.
This vast and beautiful demeure is hidden in the heart of a secret garden and is a location of historical interest. The property sits in a spot which once housed a group of ancient buildings where the The Black Prince stayed. This part of town was known as “The English Quarter” (le quartier anglais).
Built around 1735 the Château was owned by a succession of Bourgeois families and was probably completed in two stages, with its distinctive “fronton triangulaire.” The beautiful stone staircase with its wrought-iron ramp dates date back to the time of construction.
We enter the property into a formal courtyard enveloped by gardens, which we will explore later, and see glimpses of the pool hidden in the foliage.
There are two entrances to the property. The impressive front-door opens onto a beautiful hallway and the less formal of the two entrance halls, which opens into a hallway with gorgeous colourful cement tiles, in pale blue, yellow, cream and russet-brown. The floor is a work of art in itself and lends much character to the entrance which the current owners most frequently choose to use.
The ceiling above displays impressive decorative panelling, matching the wall panels which run around each side of the room. The walls are painted in pale blue and cream to reflect the tones found in the floor tiles. This is a tasteful and elegant space and purely 18th century in style.
From here we enter the main drawing-room, an immense room with three ornate 18th century picture-frame windows overlooking the front courtyard. These beautiful windows are the same as those in the entrance hall with their feature round glass windows in the upper part of the frame, allowing a flood of light from the south into the room.
At the far end of the drawing-room is an open fireplace, with a high and ornate chimney breast, featuring a decorative violin in plaster, surrounded by a wreath of leaves and picked out in gold paint. The floor is carpeted, the high panelled ceilings painted white. The original doorframes are also panelled and add to the style of the room.
This is a bright and sunny room, offering a vast amount of space for formal entertaining.
The salon opens directly on to the formal dining-room, which is equally gracious in style and size. The fireplace is not currently in use but features the same decorative chimney breast with a golden lyre. The dining-room has a fantastic large cupboard with original doors which have been painted from an 18th century palette of muted greyish-blue and white. French doors open to the garden.
So much for formal entertainment which takes place between the main reception and dining-room. Now for the family room or “snug” – which is a cosy albeit spacious room where there is space for a large television screen on which to enjoy the cricket, comfortable sofas, and two dog beds for the “children” of the house-hold, two wire-haired terriers, who live the life of pampered pooches between garden and bed. There is also a large stone-clad open fireplace piled high with logs and the promise of a blazing fire before a film on a winter’s evening.
The walls are lined with book-shelves and the ambiance here is relaxed and a lovely contrast to the more formal rooms next door. An inner hallway leads to a downstairs cloakroom/WC.
On this level we find the main grand entrance-hall, with its fabulous stone staircase, as grand as any to be found in the department, even in the most opulent of buildings. It is simply stunning, turning gracefully to the first floor.
On the ground-floor there is the family kitchen, a spacious workspace, unpretentious and a perfect space for the preparation of large family meals with a practical utility room with a sink, and access to a downstairs cloakroom and a door to the garden. The boiler room is located in this section of the property.
There is access a large workshop and store-room, which would be a perfect atelier for a potter or an artist, accessible via an interior hallway.
We climb the regal staircase to the first floor, where the stunning tiled hallway, a rich and vibrant pattern of original cement floor tiles, strikes an elegant note of authenticity.
In the part of the property reserved for the family (and before we wander into the additional guest rooms) there is the master bedroom, with a private bathroom and dressing-room.
A second bedroom also benefits from an ensuite shower-room.
A third bedroom benefits from a private shower-room, with access to a private kitchen and salon.
On this floor are two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms requiring completion and a vast space in which several rooms or an immense upstairs salon could be created of 86m2 and requiring completion.
In addition to these rooms there are also three private appartments, which have been used as holiday suites for family or paying guests over the years.
The first of these is accessible via the external courtyard and is located behind the family kitchen. The accommodation is on the ground-floor and comprises a salon, bedroom, and bathroom, with a private hallway. The second occupies a 30m2 space.
The third is on the first floor, accessible via a private staircase and comprises a kitchen, two bedrooms, a WC, a salon and a bathroom.
The gardens are delightful: full and perfectly thought out. The pool is in a quiet corner and completely unobtrusive.
To whom might this property appeal ?
This property is vast and will certainly appeal to anyone who loves grand family homes either for their sheer beauty, history and authentic period features, or with the idea in mind of creating a small select private Hotel for lettings.
The habitable space currently used could be much increased.
Its location in the heart of town, yet in such a tranquil spot, is unusual and the property and gardens are absolutely quiet and private.
Our thoughts here at Bliss :
A grand 18th century home for lovers of classical period homes – authentic features throughout.
Drift down the turning stone staircase to dinner, and one could so easily be back in time.
Perfect for large families and entertaining. The property blends a touch of the regal with what is after all and eminently comfortable and welcoming family home.
The immense space available is best appreciated by viewing, as there are plenty of areas in which further guest rooms, rooms, or appartment suites could be created. If nothing were to be added, the property as it is already offers a vast amount of space.
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REFERENCE : BLISS-203
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Reg. Office: 54 Rue Nationale,
License No. CPI 3201 2017 000 018 266
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