A 15th century chateau and its listed features on an estate,
with more than 7 ha, in the bocage countryside of the Touraine region
Montrichard, LOIR-ET-CHER center-val-de-loire 41400 FR

Location

This property is in the Cher Valley, in a Natural Area of Ecological Interest for Flora and Fauna (known as ZNIEFF for Zone Naturelle d’Intérêt Ecologique, Faunistique et Floristique). The region’s rich heritage includes the famous neighbouring Amboise and Chenonceau chateaux.
The site is ideal, just a few kilometres from Blois and Tours, both with all shops and amenities. The train stations in these towns provide 1-hour links to Paris. The A85 motorway to the south of the river Cher and the A10 motorway to the north of the river Loire can be reached by car in a few minutes. For families, the thousand-year-old Pontlevoy school is but 10 minutes away.

Description

The main gateway, flanked by a caretaker’s cottage, comes into sight around a bend along a village street. A driveway then goes up past several tiers of the terraced garden to reach the chateau, dominating its surrounding area. The building, standing between the hillside and the valley, dates back to the 15th century. It was enhanced and extended in the 18th century and again in the 20th century. Laid out around a central courtyard, it is topped with elegant towers. The plot directly below the chateau includes a garden with a swimming pool and terraces. Wooded parklands take up the plots on the north and east sides of the chateau.

The chateau

Once a royal home, this chateau has seen a succession of illustrious names from French history such as Robert-Lisle, Anne-de-Ronsard and her husband, treasurer of France, Charles VII, Louis XI as well as the Duke of Choiseul. Each in turn undertook miscellaneous extensions, embellishments and modifications, works that resulted in the current building.
The chateau (facades, walls and roofs) and its parklands have been listed as French Historic Monuments since 1942, bearing witness to the architectural and historical quality of the property.
The estate has changed throughout history. The defensive stronghold has become a luxury hotel, with restaurant and function activities.
The building spans four levels, one of which is an attic floor. It is constructed from freestone and topped with slate roofs. The facades are flanked with round towers. One of them features a course of corbels, supporting a stone gallery. The facade openings are completed with cross-shaped stone mullions. Copious amounts of light illuminate the attic floor via wood-framed dormers, with triangular pediments.


Ground floor
This level houses numerous reception rooms, currently given over to welcoming guests. Visitors enter via a hall, going right through the west wing and leading to the interior courtyard. From there, they can access the hotel reception which adjoins an office and archive rooms. The interior courtyard is an important feature of the building, with a central fountain. It notably provides access to two spiral stairways leading to the upper floors. It also leads to a professional kitchen housed in the north wing and to two restaurant rooms laid out in the east wing. These dining rooms are enhanced with vaulted, freestone ceilings. Their walls are lined with wainscoting and their floors with Versailles pattern parquet flooring.
In addition to the restaurant, the wing houses some reception and relaxation rooms: a lounge, with a veined marble fireplace and a lounge in a turret, both of which can be accessed from the restaurant.
The south wing, reached via the courtyard and via the east wing, houses a long, Italianate gallery, opening on to the courtyard and the garden, as well as a bar area. The gallery is bordered by arcades supported on Ionic order columns. The bar reflects a decor similar to that of the restaurant, with freestone vaults and Versailles pattern parquet flooring.
Two bedrooms are laid out on this level. One is on the south facade of the chateau, with a view of the garden, and completed with a bathroom, housed in a corner tower. It can be reached from the gallery. The other is hewn in the rock and includes a bathroom as well as a private lounge, completely lined with freestone.

First floor
This level is reached via the two spiral stairways going up from the courtyard and respectively adjoining the east and west wings. Nine bedrooms, all with their own private bathroom, are laid out on this floor. Some of the bedrooms have French ceilings, exposed freestone walls and terracotta floor tiles. Others have a red veined marble fireplace and herringbone pattern parquet flooring. The bathrooms, with their mosaic tiles, are all fitted with a bath. Four of the bedrooms on this floor have a study.
Second level
This level can also be reached via the spiral stairways going up from the interior courtyard. It comprises nine bedrooms, with bathrooms.
The bedrooms housed in the corner towers have an original layout. Spanning two levels, the flooring is composed of glass and terracotta tiles, making it possible to admire the thus enhanced roofing framework from the bedroom and the bathroom.
The estate’s chapel is also laid out on this level in one of the corner towers. The windows around the altar are filled with stained-glass and the floor is paved with terracotta tiles.

Third floor
This top floor is taken up by nine bedrooms, with sloping ceilings, and as many bathrooms. The beams and joists on this level are exposed, the bedrooms being housed amongst the roofing framework of the chateau. Exposed freestone walls can be glimpsed here and there.

The outbuildings

A pavilion, on the south-east side of the estate, houses three bedrooms. This building was once the old stables. It is constructed from rendered freestone and spans two levels. The hip, slate roof features stone dormers. These bedrooms have direct access to the swimming pool. In addition to light-coloured stone flooring, the beams and joists are exposed.

The old caretaker’s cottage at the estate entrance has been converted into staff accommodation. It houses seven bedrooms. A freestone building, it is topped with a hipped gable, slate roof. It spans three levels, the basement of which is used as storage space.

Our opinion

The walls of the fortress still hum with the murmurs of French history, from Louis XI to Paul-Reynaud. An ideal spot for a luxury hotel, the majestic facade of which embodies the elegance and prestige of the Touraine region’s great royal homes. Listed as French Historic Monuments, all the buildings have undergone successive campaigns of restoration, making them easier to look after and to run. Nowadays, the hotel is tune with its time, following the addition of several modern-day home comforts which have been harmoniously incorporated with the original decor. On the heights of the hillside, the view from the terraces stretches into the distance over the estate’s wooded parklands, its swimming pool and its elegant gardens. A peaceful and timeless vista that is ideal for a romantic weekend or a quiet break in the country.

4 725 000 € Negotiation fees included
4 457 547 € Fees excluded
6% TTC at the expense of the purchaser


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Reference 703830

Main building surface area 2000 m2
Number of bedrooms +20

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Yannick Lafourcade +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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