in the hollow of a valley in the Puy-de-Dôme department
20 kms from Vichy and 40 km from Clermont-Ferrand. Slip roads for the A71 Paris-Clermont motorway are 8 km away. An SNCF train station and market town, with all shops and amenities, are 6 km away. Paris is 3½ hours and Lyon 2 hours away by road.
This rectangular building adjoins a round keep, giving a total of 420 m² of living space over three levels. Constructed from white stone and topped with a tile roof, the walls feature large Renaissance-style windows that let in copious amounts of light. The top of the tower is a panoramic terrace.
The entrance hall on the ground floor provides access to two communicating reception rooms, a 25 m² dining room, with a fireplace, wainscoting as well as a French ceiling, and a similar-sized lounge, with a marble fireplace. The floor in both these rooms is paved with travertine stone, inlaid with black marble decoration. They both open on to a south-facing terrace. In addition to a large kitchen, with an eating area, this level also includes a large lounge-library, with a stone fireplace, and a study, laid out under the thick vault of the walls at the base of the keep. This level is completed by a vestibule, with a toilet and a shower room.
Reached via a wide, Renaissance-style, spiral stairway, made of dressed Chaptuzat stone, this level is taken up by four bedrooms, with private bathrooms and toilets. The biggest, 33 m² bedroom has two windows and a French window opening on to a terrace. Two intercommunicating bedrooms form a main suite. All the bedrooms are enhanced with a marble fireplace, a dressing room and cupboards.
This level comprises another five bedrooms, one of which, spanning 25 m², is laid out with its bathroom in the keep. The four other bedrooms share two bathrooms. A dressing room and a large, 32 m² lounge complete this floor.
A concealed stairway goes up to the terrace on the top of the keep, with its view over the property and the surrounding area.
This house spans a surface area of approx. 170 m² over two levels. The ground floor comprises a dining room, a lounge, a kitchen and a laundry room. In a second section are a bathroom, a toilet, a bedroom and a dressing room.
The upstairs includes two bedrooms, opening on to a mezzanine, and a bedroom, with a bathroom. This guest house has been fully renovated using first-rate materials, especially regarding insulation.
Two barns, haylofts, several cellars, a henhouse, a lean-to, a workshop, with interior access to the attic via a narrow flight of steps. These buildings have been given the French Heritage Foundation award.
A 24x46 m, horse riding arena, with siliceous sand, is surrounded by concrete edges and wooden fencing. The watering of the sand is controlled by a programmer. A stable with four horse loose boxes, one of which is a foaling stall; two outside horse loose boxes; a hut adjoining the loose boxes and spanning approx. 32 m².
A half-timbered porchway dovecote having been given the French Heritage Foundation award.
The actual parklands extend over close to 2 hectares, with outstanding trees that shade the alleyways. Amongst the trees, hundreds of years old, are yellow poplar, Austrian and Spanish fir, lime, horse chestnut, maple, yew and ailanthus trees, 850 boxwood and 900 rose buses as well as several ornamental ponds fed by a stream. A Volvic stone fountain filled with water. The lawns throughout the parklands are fitted with an automatic, underground watering system.
The meadows adjoining the buildings are watered by water from the stream. Gateways open directly on to a country lane.
Two orchards are planted with apple, plum, pear and cherry trees.
The vegetable garden is also fitted with a watering system.
The court is enclosed.
The swiming pool
This 6x12 m swimming pool is covered and heated. A hut houses two changing rooms, with showers, a bar, a sauna and the machine room.
This Renaissance chateau, renovated during the era of Romanticism, currently has the appearance of a luxurious, comfortable home where the centuries appear to form an imperceptible continuum, this in no way resembling a museum. It goes without saying that the equestrian facilities and the guest house constitute assets much sought-after by sports and horse-riding enthusiasts.
|Land registry surface area||7 ha 5 a|
|Main building surface area||420 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||9|
|Outbuilding surface area||800 m2|
|including refurbished area||170 m2|
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.