In a very old town to the east of the French department of Vendée,
a 19th century chateau with outbuildings and parklands
Roche-sur-Yon, VENDEE pays-de-loire 85000 FR


This chateau is to the south of the Vendée’s undulating countryside, featuring irregular-shaped fields separated by hedges and ditches, crossed by numerous streams and is near to vineyards. La-Roche-sur-Yon, Les-Herbiers and La-Châtaigneraie are easily reached via the main roads. The nearby Chantonnay TER train station provides links to Tours, Saumur and even the beaches of Les-Sables-d'Olonne. The Puy-du-Fou historical theme park is but a 25-minute drive away.


The little historic commune, the commerce of which was renowned as far as Spain in the 15th century, benefits from its proximity to Chantonnay for shops and amenities. The Viscount of Thouars had a castle built here in the 12th century, but only the tower is still in existence. Enclosed by a stone wall, the current building is surrounded by outbuildings comprising an orangery, guest pavilions and the old stables. This property has two main entrances. One opens on to one of the oldest streets in the town. The other leads from the main courtyard to the entrance porch way.

The chateau

This is only one of the property’s buildings. Constructed under the Second Empire, in 1856, it spans approx. 650 m² of living space, a 200 m² basement and 100 m² of attic space awaiting conversion. There are ten bedrooms. The central section, spanning four levels over cellars, is flanked by two symmetrical, single-storey buildings, constructed outside the fabric of the carcass. Four turrets, with corbelling, elegantly enhance each corner of the masonry with their candlesnuffer roofs and their finials. The carcass is constructed from granite, dressed stone and quarry stone blocks. The traditional roofing framework, redone in 1990, is covered with natural slate. There are but few renovation works to be scheduled.

Ground floor
This chateau is entered via a granite porch way and a vast main hall, with two impressive columns, where family, friends and guests can be welcomed. Its 4 m high ceiling makes residents feel small. The floor is composed of Burgundy stone and slate. It precedes a long corridor that crosses the entire building. Floor-to-ceiling panelling conceals several storage areas. Said corridor provides access, right, to the utility areas comprising a large, semi-professional kitchen, notably fitted with an old “potager” (a secondary hearth where soups and other previously prepared dishes were cooked on embers), a bread oven and a fireplace. All these are original features. Adjoining this room is a storeroom, on one side, and a laundry room, on the other, with a door leading to the basement. A corridor, facing the kitchen, provides access to a landing with two separate toilets, an office and a meal preparation room which communicates with the large, main lounge. This room is outstanding not only because of its carved, oak wood panelling, but also because of its fireplace and wide trumeau. Three tall windows, drawing the eye towards the outside, provide a magnificent view of the parklands. Once the meal is finished, guests can continue their discussion in the smoking room or in the second lounge. All the ground floor rooms still have their original parquet flooring. These large rooms, with 4 m high ceilings and numerous fireplaces, exude a warm atmosphere. The first and second floors are reached via the exceptional main stairway. A back stairway provides access to the third floor.
First floor
The vast, solid wood landing provides access to a first bedroom, with storage areas and a toilet, with a wash-hand basin. A corridor, with tall wooden cupboards, goes from the landing to two adjoining bedrooms, with fireplaces and washing areas. These are followed by a third bedroom, with its own bathroom, as well as the main bathroom.
Second floor
Although this floor is laid out in a similar manner to the level below, it has one significant difference, the presence of an extra shower room half-way up the stairs. One of the four bedrooms has its own bathroom, with a shower cubicle. There is also a family bathroom. Every bedroom has a fireplace and a view of the parklands.
Third floor
This level is reached from the floor below via the back stairway. It is laid out as a flat with a fitted kitchen on the landing which provides access to two bedrooms. The particularly pleasant view from the windows takes in the tiled rooftops of the commmune. A corridor leads to a bathroom, with a toilet, as well as to a vast attic awaiting conversion.
The basement comprises several cellars and storage areas, a boiler room and a wine cellar.

The parklands

This chateau stands in the midst of wooded parklands, spanning more than 2 ha, enclosed by a stone perimeter wall protecting the property from onlookers. The driveway leads to the main courtyard as well as to miscellaneous outbuildings. An orangery stands on the right-hand side of the parklands. Constructed from stone and brick, this architecturally interesting building spans approx. 100 m². It awaits renovation and the upstairs could be converted into bedrooms. The old stable building is also outstanding. Spanning more than 200 m², it could be used for several rehabilitation projects such as holiday accommodation units, a bed & breakfast activity or even a function room. On the left-hand side of the parklands, concealed behind another stone wall, are two guest pavilions. The first, spanning approx. 70 m², comprises a living room on the ground floor, with a bedroom and a bathroom upstairs. The other forms a studio flat, with a kitchen and a shower room, spanning a total of approx. 35 m². Both these outbuildings have a view of the swimming pool and the Jacuzzi. The old kennel, in the midst of a variety of trees, is in a state of ruin.

Our opinion

The exact history of this chateau is still to be written. Its impressive appearance, its features from styles dating from before its construction as well as its flotilla of stone and brick buildings for which it is the flagship can but encourage new owners to undertake the writing of this tale. The size of the interiors does not diminish an iota of its warmth courtesy of wall panelling, tall cupboards and their oak wood doors, numerous fireplaces as well as an invitation to relax and enjoy the premises that the double lounge doors appear to issue. The convivial link between the inside and the outside also exists between the building and the village over which it dominates.

851 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense

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Reference 131940

Land registry surface area 2 ha 50 a
Main building surface area 675 m2
Number of bedrooms 9

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Regional representative

Jean-Pascal Guiot +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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