in parklands with a little stream, near to Roanne
This castle, 10 km from Roanne, near to the Lyon-Clermont motorway and Roanne airport, is surrounded by fields and grasslands, whilst being near to a commune, with 2,000 inhabitants, and its schools, amenities and all local shops. A property having belonged to families close to royal power, along the road between the Loire Valley and Lyon, these premises have welcomed a number of monarchs and illustrious guests.
This quadrangular castle includes the large tower on the south side and a very old, square keep on the north-east side; two, smaller round towers, without battlement, adorn the corners on the west side. A stationary bridge makes it possible to cross the perimeter moat, the bottom of which is home to a little stream. Once through the gates, the castle is set out around an interior courtyard, where the walls are still steeped in the Middle-Ages, despite the presence of an elegant, Italian-style gallery and wide mullioned windows.
The castle comprises three buildings, to which can be added the ground floor gallery and the medieval keep.
Facing the entrance gates, from the other side of the courtyard, a porch provides access to a large, vaulted reception area, complete with its cloakroom. It leads to a first vast bedroom, with a monumental fireplace, large windows, floor tiles and a vaulted ceiling. At the end, a door opens into another bedroom which takes up the ground floor of the keep. From there, a door provides access to the inside of the courtyard gallery which features a little stairway leading upstairs. A large reception room spans the entire ground floor of the northern section and stands out courtesy of its decor. It includes a wide spiral stairway going upstairs. It is illuminated by tall, stained-glass windows and heated by two very large, monumental fireplaces. The French ceiling and the upper part of the walls are entirely covered with painted decor, bringing the memory of the former owners to mind through their coats-of-arms.
Low-ceilinged rooms communicating with this room are reserved for domestic staff: a large, modern, fitted kitchen, followed by a bedroom and a vast room with three beds. From there, access to the cellars (boiler room, water stopcocks and electric fuse panels).
The first floor of the north wing is taken up by two vast bedrooms, with fireplaces, French ceilings and bathrooms. The west wing comprises a lounge in use as a library, followed by a bedroom with cupboard beds, a fireplace and a bathroom, another bedroom with a 4-poster bed and a bathroom, a lounge, a kitchen, a dining room and the bedroom in the tower. Another two bedrooms and a study constitute the upstairs of the west wing, between the large tower and the medieval keep.
The second floor of the large building comprises several features with fireplaces in each room. A first vast bedroom, followed by a lounge, a bedroom and a study as well as the bedroom in the tower.
The rooms on this level in the main building have lower ceilings, but all have fireplaces as well as stained-glass windows. Two bedrooms, a lounge, then a high-ceilinged bedroom in the large tower. At the southern end of this main building, the small stairway going right up through the building, provides access to the top floor of the round keep where a corridor on a level with the machicolation provides a 360° view.
A large part of this level is taken up by attic space, featuring exposed roofing framework, notably in the top section of the large round keep.
The square medieval keep has not been restored on the inside. It comprises a single room on each of its three levels, with very thick walls, vaulted ceilings and few windows. A stairway integrated into the wall provides access to a vast terrace which gives a 360° panoramic view over Roanne plain.
Most of the building basements are taken up by cellars with vaults, approx. 4 m high.
This single-storey house stands with its garage at the entrance to the estate.
Adjoining the caretaker’s cottage are a barn, a workshop, garages and a woodshed.
A recent, modern villa, constructed by the last owners at the beginning of the 1970’s, stands at the end of the parklands. Spanning a surface area of approx. 150 m² per level, it meets modern-day standards of comfort. The basement includes large car garages, a boiler room, a laundry room and a wine cellar. The ground floor comprises a large living room, a dining room, a kitchen and a study. Upstairs, a large corridor provides access to four spacious bedrooms as well as 2 areas of attic space, each spanning 30 m², which could be converted.
Ten hectares of grasslands include a poplar grove.
Next to the entrance driveway is a vegetable garden, with alleyways bordered by decoratively trimmed boxwood, and a medieval style dovecote.
Crossed by an ever-flowing steam, these parklands extend over four hectares, with some extremely beautiful, old specimens such as a sequoia, sycamore, oak and maple trees.
Fully furnished, this surprising castle takes visitors back five centuries to where the end of the medieval era was becoming the beginning of the Renaissance period for a journey through time in interior spaces enhanced by first-class restoration works.
This is an ideal property for a tourist accommodation project or for holding conferences and functions in an unusual architectural setting with pleasant surroundings.
|Land registry surface area||14 ha 41 a 54 ca|
|Main building surface area||1500 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||300 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||16|
Olivier Paradis +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.