Sunny Chateau In Switzerland Retains The Architect’s Authenticity
Set beyond a gate and at the end of a shrub-lined lane, this sun-bathed dwelling is in the tidy village of Coinsins in the canton of Vaud, Switzerland.
A tile roof tops the light-colored chateau, which is lined with shuttered windows. The classic appearance seems timeless.
One would never guess that the home was built in the 1960s. The house retains its authentic design by renowned London architect and property developer Reginald Toms.
The 3 hectares, or nearly 7.5 acres, of landscaped grounds include a landscaped resort-like swimming pool, a paddock for horses and stables.
Formal gardens with box hedges and stone-lined gravel pathways are awash in tulips. Vineyards and mature trees fill the remainder of the property.
Inside, the ground-floor living room exemplifies the character and charm of the house with parquet floors, paneled walls and an ornate fireplace.
The living space connects to the dining room, which has decorative built-in shelves and storage. French doors open to an expanse of terrace space for al fresco dining and lounging.
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The updated kitchen is equipped with stainless-steel appliances. Contrasting buff and black floor tiles tie into the cabinetry and counters.
There are also two offices, a cloak or mudroom and a bathroom on this level.
The next floor contains the primary en-suite bedroom as well as an office, three more bedrooms and three bathrooms.
The attic, with its dormer windows, has yet another bedroom, a bathroom and workshop space.
A subterranean garage can accommodate five to six cars. The basement includes a changing room/bathroom, a wine cellar, a laundry room, a technical room and storage space.
Aurore Lucido of FGP Swiss & Alps has the listing for the property, which has a total of five bedrooms and six bathrooms. The asking price is available on request.
Many wines of the region bear the name Coinsins, which is about 7 kilometers, or 4 miles, from the larger hub of Nyon. That lakeshore town, surrounded by countryside and vineyards, has a variety of museums, ancient ruins and shops, as well as pubs, bars and clubs. Water sports are popular on nearby Lake Geneva.
Local eateries offer Swiss, Italian and Mediterranean fare. Not surprisingly, French food is also popular – the France-Switzerland border runs through Lake Geneva.
The closest international airport is in Geneva, about 27 kilometers, or 17 miles, away.
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