Here’s a quick pass to join the ranks of the Terran nobility.
An expansive hunting property arrived in the Loire market in central France for 1.85 million euros, or about 2.14 million US dollars.
Covering 76 hectares, or 188 acres, more than half of the property consists of leasable prairies and a quarter of timber. A lake occupies the remaining part.
The main residence, built in 1911, overlooks a strip of lawn and an ornamental pond. A swimming pool is on one side, where the landscape gives way to mature trees.
The three-storey residence has a steep gable roof with dormer-type dormers. The lower part of the roof is suspended – to keep runoff away from the walls – making the house look like a storybook. Exposed herringbone tails add to the effect. Large stone frames surround the windows.
A veranda, a balcony and a large bay window allow you to enjoy the view of the pond.
But the front of the house gives little indication of the richly detailed rooms inside.
The central reception room is an office with Beaux-Arts decor. Four large arched openings with an arched wooden frame connect the space to the surrounding rooms and to the alcove of the bay window. A wood-paneled ceiling with ornate carvings completes the space. Three colors of tiles create a pattern in the floor.
The use of paneling and an intricate paneled ceiling continues in the dining room. Wooden columns support a carved fireplace surround and a fireplace mantel. The inlaid parquet floors lead to a living room.
Tall windows frame another fireplace in the brighter living room, which features high ceilings, crown moldings, and herringbone wood flooring.
The residence contains approximately 650 square meters, or 7,000 square feet, of interiors and includes 11 bedrooms. A caretaker’s house provides an additional 2,529 square feet of living space.
The other structures include a garage, a hayloft and an old kennel. The French have a tradition of hunting with dogs. The quarry may include deer, rabbits or game birds.
There is also a well on the ground.
Attractions include visiting the Archaeological Museum, hiking along the river and horse racing at the Feurs Racecourse.
Saint-Ãtienne-BouthÃ©on International Airport is approximately 23 kilometers away. Lyon-Saint-ExupÃ©ry airport is approximately 67 kilometers away.
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