The short drive (143km) from the port of Calais to the resort town of Le Treport, takes you along the bright white cliffs of the Cote d' Opale around the stunning Baie de Somme (now a UNESCO World Heritage site) and the historic town of St. Valery sur Somme, to the creamy white cliffs of the Cote d' Albatre. Lying between St. Valery and Le Treport is a short stretch of coastline where the soft white cliffs seem to absorb the evening sun and turn to a beautiful golden hue in the sunset. Just 10km inland is the thriving small town of Friville Escarbotin. To the west, the port of Dieppe is only 47km and Paris 210km. To the south are the historic Somme battlefields of the First World War and the major towns of Abbeville, Amiens, Albert and Corbie along with the famous cemeteries of Thiépval and Villers Bretonneux. An area for outdoor activity, nature and history lovers as well as those needing fast and easy access to the UK and N. Europe.
On arrival at the sweeping, manicured courtyard you enter the front door into a vast, tiled hall, with its magnificent staircase. To one side there are the two impressively large lounges with high ceilings and marble fireplaces which lead out to the terrace, which was laid on the foundations of an earlier tower. On the other side is the spacious, bright, formal dining room, again with tiled floor and a marble fireplace, while beyond are the laundry room and ground floor bathroom. Passing a second, spiral staircase and the cellar access, to the fully equipped and spacious kitchen which, intriguingly, is set in the tower!
FIRST FLOOR ...
On the first floor, a spacious landing gives on to 3 bright, double bedrooms and a bathroom along with a hall to one side that leads up to a loft space, that could easily be converted to provide further accommodation if required. To the other side, a second hall leads to a further 6 double bedrooms, including one in the tower, with views of the gardens on both sides. With these are 3 bathrooms, and 3 separate wc's.
The cellars that lie below the entire château provide the modern service areas (previously being the cider pressing and manufacturing facility), storage and the essential «caves au vin» for a home of this grandeur allowing for separate storage of the reds, whites and Champagnes in perfect conditions.
Outside, a pathway leads to the 3 garages, the stable block and the gatehouse which has heating and a bathroom again giving the potential for further accomodation. There are more outbuildings along the pathway leading through the landscaped gardens to the private woodland offering machine storage and maintenance areas.
The château is in excellent condition and the traditional Picard mansard slate roof was renewed only 10 years ago.
This beautiful family home is a rarity on the market and needs to be seen at the earliest opportunity. Viewing is strictly by appointment with the agent.