A listed, 19th century castle-hotel,
with 25 hectares of parklands and forest, near to Vichy
Vichy, PUY-DE-DOME auvergne 03200 FR

Location

15 km from Vichy train station, with 2½-hour links to Paris, and motorway slip roads. In a dominant position, backing on to a forest to the west and looking out over an extensive view over the Allier Valley to the east and south.
Clermont-Ferrand and its airport are 40 km away. The river Allier is 2 km away.

Description

This castle, on the edge of a forest, appears to be right out of a fairy story. Preceded by a French formal garden, its neo-gothic style facade takes visitors back to the fantasy world of Victor-Hugo or the novels of Walter-Scott. The flower-filled courtyard is flanked by two wings of the castle and opens on to a terrace, looking out over the Allier Valley and the Forez hills. A swimming pool and a sun terrace have been installed next to medieval vestiges of a primitive castle. The south wing ends with a 16th century Renaissance facade, featuring Volvic stone. The north wing has a wooden gallery leading to the first-floor bedrooms. Three lakes on the edge of the woods mirror their setting.

The castle

Its facade, preceded by a French formal garden, reflects the neo-gothic style. The brick walls feature large windows, with white stone surrounds, on two levels. Two round towers flank the facade, leaving a central square tower as the entrance. Steep roofs covered with slate are topped with crests and weather vanes.


Ground floor
The entrance porch opens into a vestibule, laid out at the foot of a large, interior stairway, and a corridor, going through to the courtyard. On one side, a first dining room and a circular lounge at the bottom of one of the round towers; on the other, the south wing, following an immense gothic fireplace, comprises a fully panelled lounge-bar which provides access to a large dining room, a vast, 85 m² room where wide windows are adorned with stained glass depicting the coats-of-arms of the Orleans family and that of Adelaide, sister of King Louis-Philippe, who was responsible for the construction. French ceiling, a fireplace, parquet flooring and panelling. In the north wing, two suites are ideal for disabled persons. The extremely functional kitchens meet current day standards and include a cold room, a linen room, a staff dining room and offices.
Garden level
The three wings flank a flower-filled courtyard, enhanced with a fountain. This courtyard opens via a terrace, spanning approx. 300 m², on to a wide vista, taking in the Allier Valley and the Forez hills. A swimming pool and a sun terrace have been installed next to medieval vestiges of a primitive castle, constructed by an old Knights Templar. The south wing ends with a Renaissance style facade. Featuring dressed and sculpted Volvic stone, it exudes a rare elegance. A canvas marquee extends the large room out towards the terrace and a pergola, spanning approx. 80 m².
First floor
Four large bedrooms, two of which form suites housed on the upper floors of each of the two towers. Another twelve bedrooms take up the north and south wings. The bedrooms in the north wing are reached via an outside, wooden stairway, forming a gallery.
The parklands
A flight of steps lead down below the terrace to a heliport. 22 hectares of parklands, 9 ha of which are wooded, with their three lakes, are an invitation to take a walk or work out on the driving range, under the watchful eye of the castle towers. A private carpark, with 90 spaces, is laid out in front of the gardens.
Outbuilding
Horse loose boxes. A barn, a garage and a woodshed.

Our opinion

The quality of the architecture and the decor, together with the interior rooms, give this castle its absolute charm. Its first-class facilities will satisfy its customers and delight those who, not being able to stay in these premises for long, hope to return. Maulmont castle is a wonderful tool for developing a hotel and catering activity and holding events in a prestigious, welcoming setting.

2 900 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 945014

Land registry surface area 19 ha
Main building surface area 1500 m2
Outbuilding surface area 300 m2
Number of bedrooms +20

Regional representative


Olivier Paradis +33 1 42 84 80 85

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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.

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