castles / chateaux for sale near puy-du-fou in france

An elegant, 19th century chateau, its listed chapel and its parklands
spanning more than 7 ha, 15 km from Puy-du-Fou in north-west Vendée
Roche-sur-Yon, VENDEE pays-de-loire 85000 FR

Location

This estate is in a highland area, featuring the irregular-shaped fields separated by hedges and ditches that are so typical of the French department of Vendée. It is set between Mont-des-Alouettes, with its historic mills, and Vendrennes forest, in totally unspoilt surroundings. Nantes and its airport are less than an hour’s drive away. The A83 and the A87 motorways are within easy reach. Near to the dynamic town of Les-Herbiers, this chateau also benefits from the proximity of the Puy du Fou, historical theme park, just 15 km away. Les-Sables-d'Olonne and its beaches are an hour away, La-Roche-sur-Yon and Cholet are 30 minutes away.

Description

In the middle of the town, one of the property’s two main entrances leads directly to the church. The parklands, laid out over more than 7 ha, surround the chateau and its outbuildings. All that remains of the original feudal castle, burnt during the Vendée Wars, are a tower and a 15th century chapel, listed as a French historic monument. The other outbuildings are discreetly concealed by one hundred year old trees with a view of the neighbouring fields and the church bell-tower.

The chateau

This chateau spans four 600 m² levels, including the basement, and totals approx. 1,800 m² of living space. It comprises a central building which has several projections. On each of the four corners of the building, a tower with a candlesnuffer roof dominates the parklands and the town. The first projection is reached via the porch. The coats-of-arms of the old family are sculpted in the stone topping one of the many tall windows, above the main door. The rooms inside the chateau are captivating. The size of each room and the overall luminosity enhance the quality of the outstanding materials such as the Burgundy stone, the slate and the oak wood panelling.


Ground floor
A few stone steps lead up to the porch and the main entrance. Here, residents have a choice of direction. On the left-hand side is the most technical and yet essential section of the chateau. Following one after another are the main office and the two kitchens. One is fitted with professional fixtures and fittings whilst the other has a cast iron, wood-fired cooker. The back stairway on this side of the chateau goes up to all the floors. On the right-hand side of the entrance door, the hall and the wide main stairway precede a television lounge and a first bedroom, with a view over the parklands and its own shower room. At the back of the chateau, looking out over the swimming pool is a smoking room with a bar, adjoining a large lounge and a dining room. The large floor surface areas of these rooms make it easy to organise dinners or other functions without feeling cramped.
First floor
The vast, first floor landing and two corridors provide access to five bedrooms, each with their own shower room, and to two suites, each comprising a master bedroom, a child’s bedroom and a shower room, making it possible to accommodate the entire family or numerous guests.
Second floor
This top floor is reached via the back stairway. Its layout is similar to that on the floor below. This level, spanning approx. 600 m², still awaits conversion and, therefore, new owners can give free rein to their imaginations. Additional bedrooms and suites, meeting rooms or even recreational areas are amongst the possibilities that could be envisaged.
Basement
The basement area, in pristine condition and with natural aeration, is extremely spacious. The presence of several cellars will appeal to wine enthusiasts who will be able to organise and lay down vintage wines as they so desire.

The parklands

These parklands extend over 7.50 ha. Fully landscaped, they are planted with various species of trees over a hundred years old. Three separate driveways provide access to these completely enclosed parklands. One leads directly to the town church, another to one of the main streets. The last one goes to a lane on the outside of the town. On the edge of a lake stands the last existing tower of the first castle which was burnt during the Vendée Wars. The other outstanding feature of the estate, contained in the parklands, is a 15th century, listed chapel which was beautifully restored in the 19th century. The walls are entirely covered with murals: scallop shells and fleur-de-lis. History recounts that this chapel was used as a stopover along the Way of St James, the main pilgrimage route to Spain.


Outbuilding
Adjoining the chapel is the old outbuilding that was used by the domestic staff. Currently in use as a garage, it is easy to imagine using this area for organising cultural or festive events or the creation of a bed & breakfast activity or even holiday rental accommodation units.
Former rural farm
This old farmhouse now has all modern-day home comforts. Vast, authentic and exuding character, this building harmoniously completes the estate.

Our opinion

“Simple elegance is what delights us”. Ovid knew long ago how to express what everyone feels when they first see this outstanding property. This chateau, pointing skywards via the conical roofs on its towers that flank the hip slate roofs, could become a prestigious hotel, a gastronomic restaurant or even a wine tasting mecca, given its exceptional cellars. The top floor, currently awaiting conversion, gives free rein to the imagination and the most ambitious could put together numerous projects linked to the nearby Puy-du-Fou theme park.

5 035 000 €
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Reference 909917

Land registry surface area 7 ha 50 a
Main building surface area 1200 m2

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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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