in 2 hectares of parklands in the Allier department
Some 30 minutes from Vichy and Moulins by road; near to the river Sioule, 30 minutes from an SNCF train station (Vichy, Moulins). Near to the A71 motorway. Ébreuil is 20 minutes away; Clermont-Ferrand is 50 minutes away; Lyon is 2 hours away and Paris is 4 hours away.
The cloister buildings
The old abbey’s two remaining buildings span a ground floor and an upstairs. The building on the east side, listed as a French Historic Monument, stands on the old chapterhouse and the calefactory, both large, vaulted rooms with wonderful arcades opening on to the inner courtyard. Nowadays, the upstairs constitutes the owners’ flat. The second house, parallel to the first, comprises function rooms on the ground floor and guest bedrooms upstairs. It is on the French Historic Monument List.
The best-preserved section of the abbey is the ground floor of the east wing. The chapterhouse, like the calefactory adjoining it, are covered with superb Romanesque vaults which rest on pillars with sculpted capitals. The chapterhouse is made extremely bright by the arcades that open on to the old cloister. The calefactory has a large, restored, medieval fireplace. A kitchen and a toilet complete this level.
A straight, stone stairway goes up to the first floor, where a covered terrace provides access to the flat. A floor surface area of 180 m² comprises four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a dining room, a lounge, a study and a dressing room.
The unusable attic space is insulated with rock wool slabs and blown wool.
On the west side, another building, on the French Historic Monument List and parallel to the first corresponds to the old hospital, spanning a ground surface area of 200 m². It is separated from the first by a courtyard laid out as a garden. The ground floor comprises a vast function room, able to seat 120 covers, a fireplace, a bar, a kitchen and toilets.
The first floor of this building has been converted into four guest bedrooms, a linen room and storage areas. This level also includes an independent flat awaiting renovation.
This passageway links the two buildings and can be used for parking cars. Constructed with the old, wooden medieval columns, it also reconstitutes a section of the cloister, no longer in existence.
The parklands surrounding the buildings are composed of a meadow, planted with trees and shrubs. A water-filled millrace borders its entire length. A garden, abounding in flowers, has been planted in the centre of the old cloister.
This property, with its outstanding architecture, stands in a quiet, restful setting, forming large areas which can be used as a family home or for commercial purposes, all the features being in place for the latter.
|Land registry surface area||2 ha 17 a 2 ca|
|Main building surface area||900 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||7|
|Outbuilding surface area||50 m2|
Olivier Paradis +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.