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Centre-Léon Bourgeois, Châlons-en-Champagne
Land 121888 m² (about 1310296 ft²)
Ref.3736 : French property for sale in Champagne region. The property is located in the rich and renowned Champagne region, on the champagne road, between the village and a vast fertile forest area crossed by a river. The region, welcoming, is generous in terms of transport facilities and tourist and oenological offers. It is indeed an extraordinary residence like hardly any other in France. The return of classicism and the discovery of Italian archaeological sites led to the construction of this residence in 1810, which was then second to none. The peristyle supporting this immense triangular pediment provides shade for the reception, the atrium with its skylight of course, and the way the light is highlighted in this residence are absolutely extraordinary. Built on a hillock that served as a base for a previous Louis XIV castle, the current castle was built in freestone, on a basement that raises the reception and living rooms. Thus one benefits from a view over the entire estate. With a living area of approximately 600sqm, the residence includes : The basement includes the kitchens: the old one, with its monumental fireplace, its vegetable garden and its stone sink, and the modern one, all perfectly well equipped. There are also entrances, a pantry, cellars, sanitary facilities, reception rooms, garage, boiler room, wine cellar, and a beautiful bedroom with bathroom. This level used to be reserved for the servants, but it is now very comfortable and interesting. The raised ground floor is distributed by a vestibule and the atrium. On one side are the receptions with a lounge (56sqm), dining room, pantry and library, on the other side are the so-called 'Madame's' bedroom, the 'Monsieur's' bedroom, the antechamber and the bathroom. A stairway serving all the levels also benefits from an efficient skylight. The upstairs has the same layout as the ground floor with the landing and the atrium distributing the 5 bedrooms. Each one is spacious, preceded by an anteroom, equipped with a bathroom and wardrobes. Linen room. Above, the attics have remained vast spaces that seem never to have been used for service, the garden floor and the outbuildings having taken care of the task. The surface area per level is estimated at 250 sqm. The comfort is complete, the equipment of the best taste. Everywhere your eye will be delighted by the volumes, the light, and all the exterior and interior decorative details: Ionic capitals, modillions, consoles, Louis XVI or neo-pompeian style decorative elements, etc. The gate and the wall that come to close the property on the village side are guarded by two brick pavilions, one in perfect condition, comfortable house with 2 large main rooms, the other remaining in a state of consolidated ruin. Leaving the lindens grove, two other pavilions are positioned symmetrically to the castle, one formerly used as a bread oven, the other as a dovecote. They have both been perfectly restored into two dwellings, each with two rooms. All the architectural features have been restored, preserved and enhanced. And the comfort is there. Then far away, there was the farmyard. One of the timber-framed buildings has not yet been restored, it may or may not be the work of the next owner. The other one is a beautiful stable with 6 horse boxes and a barn behind unless it was another stable but for the driving horses. It is in good condition. The most beautiful, the most exceptional remains the neo-gothic chapel with its enclosure. Its perfect restoration has brought it back to its 200 years old condition. The territory of 30 acres is a pleasure park, offering breakthroughs, as originally, towards the forest countryside, including the property's pond. Reforestation is already having the desired effect. A very beautiful food-producing portager garden and two orchards provide the inhabitant. The village is separated from the castle by a wall, also restored. The castle, the 2 pavilions (dovecote and bread oven) and the chapel are classified as Historic Monuments.