If you’ve ever dreamed of owning a piece of French royal history, it has now been made possible – only a mere two hours away from the lively city of Paris, sits the stunning Chateau de Morsan. The Normandy estate has been put on the market for € 1,000,000 – $1.4 million CAD. The elegant residence was built in the late 1700’s, commissioned by the Marquis de Morsan. It served as a hunting lodge for King Louis XV. Renowned French architect, Ange-Jacque Gabriel, is responsible for the folly’s traditional Rococo – otherwise known as “Late Baroque” – style.
The current owners have spent a decade restoring the manse’s interior to its former glory, taking great care to ensure the home’s décor properly reflects its historical French roots. Siren invites you to step through the gilded doors of Château de Morsan and allow yourself to be transported back to an era of pomp, circumstance and incredible luxury.
All colours and textiles were chosen to accurately depict what the Marquis would have selected to appease the expensive tastes of the King. French royalty cared deeply for the finer things in life and the décor of a hunting lodge was no exception. The rich yellows found throughout the home keep the rooms bright and airy. Gilded mirrors and big crystal chandeliers define this perfectly luxurious living room.
This lush hunter green is also a common colour running through the mansion. The jewel tone creates a striking contrast to the brilliance of the hanging chandelier and gold candelabra sconces.
Château de Morsan is listed as a seven bedroom property. All of the bedrooms are decorated in cheery colours and beautifully patterned textiles, and no two rooms look alike.
Comfort is a priority for guests of the château and is made available for all, even for this adorable Cavalier, who found the perfect place to nap – in a custom-made canopied dog bed, of course!
This picture-perfect blue toile bedroom is what French royalty dreams are made of. Every detail was considered from the wallpaper to the fabric on the chairs, right down to the fabric on the footboard of the canopy bed – it is this thoughtfulness and love that was put into the restoration of this home that makes it so magical.
This small powder room is also in keeping with the mansion’s original décor – such luxuries as a love seat and canopy over the tub have gone by the wayside as modern bathrooms are typically tiled and sleek.
A smaller, modern kitchen was built into the home to accommodate for today’s preparation and standards, but this original kitchen serves as a reminder of what once was. Dining was always a production and meal preparation would often take several hours. Imagine the hustle and bustle of this kitchen in its prime.
According to the homeowner, Château de Morsan is a national monument. It is also considered a summer home and cannot accommodate for all seasons. On property, there are three stables in need of restoration. The homeowner candidly admits that the house is still in need of much TLC, however, the right people will recognize the magnificence of the property and will continue to honour and preserve its true history.
Photo credits: The World of Interiors, April 94; www.alaintruong.com; www.theglampad.com