French château once owned by family entrusted to deliver Statue of Liberty to the United States offered for US$2,835,948
Rear Admiral Henri Lacombe escorted the steamer carrying the disassembled statue for the month-long voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in 1885 Located in Bordeaux and meticulously updated to retain its historic aesthetic, the 15-room castle also supports a
New York, New York, (June 22, 2021) — In addition to its rare provenance, this Bordeaux castle, known as Château de Lacaussade, celebrates its history with centuries-old architectural details. The five-bedroom home spans 12,917 square feet and includes classic Louis XV and XVI refined woodwork, soaring coffered ceilings, Versailles-style parquet flooring, sculpted fireplaces and a chapel. Also on display are the naval telescope and cane of Rear Admiral Henri Lacombe, the uncle of the former owner.
The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France commemorating its century-old friendship with the United States since the two countries fought together in the American Revolution. Rear admiral Lacombe, Commander-in-Chief of the North Atlantic Naval Division, in the French naval flagship Flore, escorted the 1,000-ton steam-propelled man-of-war ship Isere on the Atlantic crossing to deliver the statue. The two ships were dispatched from France in May of 1885. Laden on the Isere were 350 individual pieces of the dismantled statue, packaged in 214 crates. The ships arrived at New York Harbor on June 30 to much fanfare, including cannon salutes, welcoming flotillas and a reported 200,000 cheering onlookers.
Other highlights of the property include:
- On the ground floor, multiple reception areas lead out to the magnificent terrace that overlooks the meadow, a large lake, the vineyards and a neighboring castle.
- A grand stone staircase at the entry ascends to the two top floors where all the bedrooms are located, along with en suite baths and sitting rooms.
- A stone spiral staircase off the second floor leads to an airy studio, currently used as a separate apartment, flooded with natural light, and appointed with a large fireplace, kitchen area, a vintage bread oven and access to the rear terrace offering sprawling views over the Garonne.
- The chapel, part of a 1766 extension of the lower wing, includes a quiet sitting room and kitchen
- An original stable, now with solid floors and a mezzanine, could be further enhanced for any number of uses, or converted back for equestrian use.
- The original stable, now with solid floors and mezzanine, is suitable for potential conversion or stable use once again. Some five acres of parkland, from the estate’s total of 14 acres, could easily accommodate further horse training facilities.
- Located within the Appellation of Cote de Bordeaux, with its rich limestone soil, the château currently supports six acres of cabernet and merlot vines with the option to plant an additional three or so acres. Currently the wine is vinted and bottles then returned to the château.
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