A listed, Renaissance and 18th century chateau, with its moats and
almost five hectares of parklands, between Moulins and Vichy
Moulins, ALLIER auvergne 03000 FR

Location

This property is some 20 km from Moulins and Vichy and just 2 km from the A79 motorway, putting Paris a little more than 300 km away and Lyon about 150 km away. A regional TER train station is 6 km away.

Description

This chateau comprises a main building and two asymmetric wings. The main building and the south wing date back to the reign of Henri IV, and the north wing to the very beginning of the 19th century. The red brick of the facades is laid in a diamond pattern and the windows framed with white limestone surrounds. Moats border the chateau on the east and south sides. The parklands, extending eastwards, are closed by hedges and a screen of trees, with old pathways going off into the surrounding countryside. The buildings, dominating slightly to the west, back on to the parklands to the east.

The chateau

This chateau is composed of a main building and two asymmetric wings. The oldest sections, the central building and the south wing, date back to the reign of Henri IV and the very beginning of the 18th century. Classified as a French Historic Monument, it is built over vast cellars, dating from medieval times. The facades are constructed from red brick, laid in a diamond pattern, with white limestone surrounds framing the openings. Each end of the facade of the south wing features a turret, with its candlesnuffer roof, and the entrance door dominates a porch on the inner courtyard side.
The north wing, greatly inspired by 18th century architecture, was built over two levels in the early 19th century. It is divided into private quarters.


Ground floor
The main entrance, reached via the garden porch in the middle of the east facade, opens into a summer dining room. This is a through room, with a high coffered ceiling, illuminated via four large windows and two French windows. A sculpted, polychrome, monumental fireplace enhances its north wall. On one side, a chapel with two cross-ribbed bays; on the other, an anteroom and a large bedroom, also featuring an impressive fireplace. At the ends of the central building, the ground floor provides access, on the south side to a dining room, a pantry and a kitchen with a fireplace, a sink as well as a “potager” (a secondary hearth where meals were cooked on embers). A vaulted Renaissance stairway, with four straight flights of steps, a landing and two intermediate landings, is illuminated via a double window, set in the middle of the south facade. It marks the chateau’s main entrance which provides direct access to the owners’ private quarters and, on the ground floor, to two lounges for receiving visitors. In addition to a stairway going from the top of the house to the bottom on the north side, adjoining the chapel, is a bedroom with its anteroom. The rest of the north wing is divided into private quarters, laid out in the 18th century manner, with a hall corridor on the courtyard side, leading to four rooms and another stairway, also going from the top of the house to the bottom. The latter was above all used by domestic staff to get to the private quarters, the basement and the utility rooms.
First floor
The monumental stairway goes, first of all, to an old chapel and then to two bedrooms and their anteroom, forming the south wing. The middle of the central building is composed of a dressing room and the Marshal’s stateroom, a wonderful through room with a large stone fireplace, illuminated via six large windows. Then comes the Marshal’s bedroom, also featuring another monumental fireplace.
The first-floor layout of the north wing is identical to that of the ground floor, with a corridor leading to seven rooms, three of which are very large bedrooms (between 30 and 40 m²).

Attic
This vast attic space, spanning the full surface area of the chateau, could be converted and illuminated via roof dormers.
Basement
The Renaissance wing, on the south side, is constructed over medieval cellars. Divided and vaulted, they are very sound. The basement below the north wing is composed of utility rooms, with a door opening on to the outside so that supplies can be brought into the chateau. The walls feature windows that illuminate a bakery, with its bread oven, a kitchen, a pantry and a larder as well as three cellars.
The parklands
Spanning a surface area of 4.5 ha, these parklands still feature some of their pathways and a lake, serving as a 150 m long canal.

Our opinion

This chateau simply exudes potential, not only because of its history, but also because of its spacious rooms and its architecture. The eras succeeding one another mark each feature, almost every stone, with the seal of an authenticity that is now rare. The very state of the premises asserts its strong character, fashioned by history. This building will appeal to old stone enthusiasts or to investors interested in the tax advantages to be gained from its listing as a French Historic Monument. Both will know how to restore the premises with the care that they deserve.

Exclusive sale

480 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 447249

Land registry surface area 4 ha 50 a
Main building surface area 1500 m2
Outbuilding surface area 240 m2
Number of bedrooms 15

Consultant


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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