a 15th & 19th century chateau amidst 15 hectares near to a medieval town
Livradois-Forez Regional Nature Park, in the midst of the Massif-Central, is the fourth biggest nature park in France. The Auvergne region remains wild and authentic. It includes a large number of villages and towns that still exude authenticity. This chateau and its outbuildings stand at a distance from one of these villages in the midst of a 15 ha estate. The famous medieval town of Thiers, renowned for its cutlery, is only 25 minutes away. The large town of Clermont-Ferrand, with its TGV train station and its airport, is a 40-minute drive away and Lyon is 1½ hours away. Vulcania, the volcano theme park, is an hour away.
This chateau is composed of a quadrangular keep-house which flanks the corner of a large house, spanning three levels over cellars. A polygonal stairway turret stands where the two buildings meet. All the buildings are topped with steep roofs. In the past, the chateau also housed a chapel.
The chateau entrance is set in the centre of the facade on the main building. The gothic arched door is marked by stone framing decorated with a dog and a coat-of-arms. It opens into a vestibule which leads, on one side, to a study as well as a dining room and, on the other, to a lounge. The doors to these three rooms are adorned with coloured stained glass, embellished with images: a chateau, a dog’s head, a dragon. The lounge extends the full width of the building. Its stone floor blends beautifully with its exposed ceiling beams. An outstanding stone fireplace, enhancing one wall, bears a blazon featuring the family coat-of-arms. Behind the lounge, a modern kitchen provides access to a back kitchen. A door leads to the cellars and a toilet. The lounge communicates with the polygonal tower, housing a wide, stone spiral stairway, and then leads to a reception room, once the chapel. This room is topped with a cross-ribbed vault, painted to represent the four seasons. The floor is covered with parquet flooring and a fireplace enhances the room which opens on to an atrium and then a terrace.
The landing leads to a suite laid out in the keep-house and provides access to the first floor of the main building. The suite comprises a spacious, bright bedroom, followed by a bathroom. The bedroom is richly decorated with a fireplace as well as panelling, decorative plasterwork and parquet flooring. The other first floor rooms are laid out in the main building. A vast lounge has a fireplace featuring a carved wooden mantel, topped with a trumeau covered by a tapestry. It leads to four bedrooms and a bathroom.
This floor includes four bedrooms and a bathroom as well as a music room. The layout on this level is similar to that on the floor below. The room in the keep-house, laid out directly above the master suite, awaits full renovation works.
The former stable, now transformed into a house
The old stable standing near to the chateau has been transformed and converted into a comfortable house (approx. 400 m² of living space). The building spans two levels and is flanked by a round tower next to the entrance. Two horses’ heads encircled by red brick decorate the entrance facade. A wide door, glazed with small panes, opens into a wide reception room with a fireplace. A kitchen and a storeroom. A stairway goes upstairs to four bedrooms and two bathrooms.
The annex house
A house, facing the entrance to the old stable, has been converted above two garages. It comprises a kitchen-dining room, a lounge and two bedrooms with a bathroom and toilet, spanning a total of approx. 200 m² of living space. The building, much more spacious, flanked by a tower, could be further converted to increase the house’s living space or to create a second dwelling.
The caretaker’s cottage
The caretaker’s cottage has been converted in a section of the old stable. It is flanked by a tower and spans approx. 80 m² of living space. It comprises a kitchen and a dining room with, on the first floor, two bedrooms and a bathroom with a toilet. The house is in need of renovation works and has a separate entrance.
The swimming pool and the summer kitchen
The swimming pool, installed near to the chateau, is fitted with a counter-current feature. It is sheltered by a glazed construction and has a summer kitchen. Measuring a spacious 11x7 m, it is heated via a heat pump and has a salt-filtration system.
The lake and the parklands
This property extends over a surface area of approx. 15 hectares. Its parklands surround the buildings that go to make up the estate and lead, via a bridle path, to a fish-filled lake, spanning approx. 1½ ha. The farmland is free of any tenants and would be ideal for accommodating horses.
This property exerts a sort of irrepressible attraction not only because of its site and not through magic but because it is set in a land much-loved by French writer Alexandre-Vialatte. Those who do not already know this area, will be able to explore it, here, page after page, in this chateau, marked by the passing of time and where everything perpetually remains in unique and unspoilt natural surroundings.
The building has no pretentions towards Versailles but, much more robustly, to an Auvergne where deliberate constancy and tenacity are the mark of nobility. Robust and appealing like Salers cattle, this chateau is far from ordinary and will provide modern-day home comforts for humans and a refuge for any animals that new owners might wish to keep.
|Land registry surface area||14 ha 73 a 94 ca|
|Main building surface area||500 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||700 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||8|
Sébastien Champeyrol +33 1 42 84 80 85
NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.