the French department of Drôme meet those of Vercors Regional Nature Park
In a small town on the edge of Vercors Regional Nature Park, in the south of the Grésivaudan valley. Delimited by Chambaran plateau and the foothills of the Vercors mountain range, crossed by the river Isère and the A49 motorway, equidistant between Grenoble and Valence, the south of the Grésivaudan valley links the heart of the Alps to the Rhone valley. The area’s many tourist sites include the picturesque village of Pont-en-Royans and that of Saint-Antoine-l'Abbaye with its abbey church, the famous Bourne Gorges and the vast expanses of Vercors Regional Nature Park. 40 minutes from the town centre of Valence and just 20 minutes from its TGV train station putting Paris a little over two hours away. 45 minutes from Grenoble, capital of the Alps, and its TGV train station.
Contributing to the notoriety of this Lower Dauphiné region are numerous specialities with AOC and IGP appellations, such as walnuts from Grenoble, Saint-Marcellin cheese, blue cheese from Vercors-Sassenage and ravioli from Royans.
This chateau spans two levels over cellars and under attic space. Two pavilions are linked via a central building, flanked in its centre with a square tower. Featuring mullioned windows, said tower houses the entrance hall and a stone stairway. The pavilions and the tower are topped with hip roofs covered with multi-coloured tiles.
The entrance vestibule houses a stone stairway, probably dating from the 15th century. The stairway not only goes up to all levels of the chateau, but also goes down to the cellars. Following on from the vestibule is an intermediary room, set between the dining room and the first reception lounge, it opens on to a French formal garden, in the centre of which is a lake. A dining room adjoins the kitchen and the back kitchen. The latter features a stone fireplace and a cross-rib vaulted ceiling, above cement floor tiles. A corridor provides independent access to all of these rooms. There is also a separate toilet. The first lounge is a through room, making it bright and spacious. It communicates with the large lounge via a library or via a study. The decoration in the large lounge, as well as in the first lounge and the dining room, is very elaborate. All the rooms have parquet flooring, laid in herringbone, Versailles or strip patterns, panelling and old marble fireplaces.
The wide, stone stairway goes upstairs. A mezzanine, featuring mullioned windows, looks out over the parklands and its trees, hundreds of years old. The landing houses a toilet and leads to two corridors, providing access on either side to bedrooms and bathrooms. The first corridor leads to four bedrooms and a bathroom. Two of these bedrooms have views over the parklands. Laid out side by side, they both feature a marble fireplace and strip pattern parquet flooring. The following bathroom is bright and spacious. Opposite, a third and a fourth bedroom have a view looking out over the French formal garden as well as the central lake, stretching into the distance. Both are decorated with a marble fireplace and herringbone pattern parquet flooring. A ladies’ sitting room. On the other side of the building, the stairway provides access to another corridor. This one differs from the first in that it runs alongside windows looking out over the parklands and leads to bedrooms, all with views of the French formal garden. A suite at the beginning of the corridor has a marble fireplace and parquet flooring as well as its own bathroom. The latter communicates with the ladies’ sitting room. Next are another two large bedrooms, both with a marble fireplace. At the end of this corridor is a study.
The top floor of the building is laid out under the rafters. This level once housed bedrooms for the domestic staff. Several bedrooms, awaiting renovation, are laid out under the slopes of the roofs. The roofing framework is exposed and the floors covered with wooden planking. A shower room is at the top of the stairway. The latter continues up into the tower which spans an additional two levels. A study from which a little wooden stairway goes to the top of the tower. As if at the top of a lighthouse, a room provides an outstanding, 360° panoramic view over the Vercors mountains.
The entire building is constructed over cellars. The first cellars have been requisitioned for housing the boiler room and the oil tank. The smallest are laid out as larders whilst the others are ideal for laying down bottles of wine.
The outbuildings and the guest house
These buildings stand near to the chateau. Constructed from stone, they span two levels. The old stable adjoins the garages, both topped with a vast hayloft. The openings are framed with red brick surrounds and the roofs enhanced with friezes. It is followed by the guest house. Looking widely out over the garden, its windows are framed with dressed stone surrounds. It comprises a living room with a fitted kitchen. The latter adjoins a laundry room and communicates with the garages and the old stable. Two bedrooms and a shower room with a toilet. Fully renovated, it could be further extended by converting the attic space under the sloping roofs. Nearby and on the edge of the fence is an old greenhouse. There are more outbuildings, including an old orangery, behind the guest house.
Time appears to have stood still on this property which has been sleeping since the 18th century. All the architectural and decorative features are authentic. Only the guest house has been renovated and a few modern-day home comforts added to the chateau. The old lake in the midst of the parklands has been dried up to leave room for a smaller one, intended for taking a dip.
Near to the Vercors mountain range as well as all communication routes, this chateau deserves to have new owners who will write a new page in its history in their own way.
|Main building surface area||810 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||10|
Florence Granier +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.