Located in the canton of Baugy, the 19th century neoclassical manor house is inspired by the great castles of the Loire Valley and Sologne.
The elegant red brick structure, over 65 feet tall, is anchored in its corners by witch hat turrets. A wide staircase leads to the double-door entrance to the stone accented facade, which has a symmetrical design.
Scrolling wrought iron handrails add a decorative effect, while sculpted figures flank the arched doorway. Skylights draw the eye up to the gambrel-style hipped roof, where a clock is perched.
At a similar staircase on the other side of the mansion, another pair of statues bid farewell. Views from this vantage point of a fountain, lawn and pond.
An abundance of windows bring light into the more than 23,680 square feet of living space comprising six public rooms, professional-grade kitchens, and 23 en-suite bedrooms. It is a house that has seen an opulent life.
High ceilings, patio doors, and herringbone-patterned inlaid flooring add a sense of majesty to the living room. A fireplace with an ornate mantel and ornate woodwork occupies one wall of the room.
The high ceilings and wooden floors continue into the spacious dining room, which is wrapped in a strip of paneling. Elegant fireplaces, banks of windows and moldings adorn the rooms.
The 12-hectare park, nearly 30 acres, is reminiscent of English gardens with two ponds, mature trees and expanses of lawns.
An outbuilding contains 1076 square foot caretaker’s accommodation and a barn with a stable of five stalls.The asking price for the recently restored castle is over $ 2 million, however, European prices fluctuate with the exchange rate. Olivier de Chabot-Tramecourt of Groupe Mercure, founding member of Forbes Global Properties, represents the property.
Baugy is accessible by train, taxi or car. It is located about 250 kilometers from Paris and 30 kilometers, or nearly 19 miles, from the medieval city of Bourges.
Sights in the area include vineyards, a chocolate maker, churches and historic villages. The surrounding farmland offers an abundance of bucolic landscapes.
After all, it is France. Great food, great wine and culture are never far away.