A 17th century yellow ochre castle with an enclosed park
near to Roanne

Ouches, Loire Rhône-Alpes FR
bed & breakfast, Rhône-Alpes

Property owners’ take the floor

Why did you settle in this region, in this place and not elsewhere ?

We found the chateau completely by chance. We liked that it had been entirely abandoned since the fifties. There were only the walls, some windows and part of the roof. It was exactly what we were looking for, a dream we wanted to achieve; everything was to be created and recreated.

What can you offer people staying with you ?

In addition to the family atmosphere, our guest house combines refinement, comfort, authenticity and modernity. The French-style park provides a green setting and a helicopter landing strip has been set up in front of the entrance. Each room, over 40 m² in size, is well decorated and furnished. Some have original French-style ceilings. Common areas such as the library and the lounge are open to our guests, as well as a large dining room where they can enjoy their breakfasts and gourmet meals.

What specific architectural features does your building have ?

The property is surrounded by a fully enclosed park of about two hectares. A heavy wrought iron gate opens onto an alley that leads to the two-storey chateau topped with a glazed tile roof. The two symmetrical houses, flanked by square towers at each end, are connected by a central avant-corps which is taller with a pavilion roof. Coats of arms dating from 1690 adorn the triangular pediment of the eastern facade. Inside, the parquet floors are covered with old red and terracotta tiles. The four-meter high ceilings add volume to the rooms, whilst the large windows on either side flood them with light and sun all day long. The ceilings are in the French style and the old fireplaces are stone. Many of the rooms still have wall panelling.

Places you would personally recommend

The chateau is eight kilometres from the centre of Roanne, a renowned "gastronomic city" recognised for its textile industry, markets, Italian-style theatre, Gallo-Roman pottery ovens from the second century, baptisteries from the High Middle-Ages, the donjon of 12th century castle and the Saint-Etienne church. The Joseph-Déchelette museum exhibits a collection of ceramics that is well worth a visit. Near the chateau, you will find the prestigious Maison Troisgros with three Michelin stars since 1968, a golf course and a specialist in the renovation of vintage cars. History buffs will enjoy the castle of La Roche overlooking the Loire from its rocky island and the castle of the Horns of Urfé at the top of a hill and in the heart of the forest. The impressive priory of Pommiers, which has stood the test of time, is a door to the world of art and transports visitors through a thousand years of history. If you like cheese, visit the Collonge Tunnel - a former railway tunnel transformed into cheese cellars for the Fromagerie Mons.

What is its history ?

The chateau of Origny was built by Jean Dongui (a Roanne potter who was the wealthiest man in the region at the time) towards the end of the 16th century under the reign of Henri IV. Shortly after its construction, Origny was passed by alliance to the Luzy-Couzan family in 1690 - their coat of arms adorns the triangular pediment of the eastern facade. At the beginning of the 19th century, the chateau was sold to the Foudras family. Theodore Louis-Auguste de Foudras was, among other things, a talented local novelist around 1850 - he analysed the mineral waters of several sources not far from his chateau. With the approval of the Academy of Medicine, their exploitation was launched and a small spa was established the same day. The family owned Origny until 1909 when it was sold to the Countess de Grassin. She sold the estate in 1938 to Bishop Marius Chalve who, in 1939, set up a community of Polish nuns with the aim of turning it into a retirement home that lasted until 1958. Origny later became property of the Matt family and we bought it from them in 2007.

Our opinion

By fully embracing their passion, lovers of beautiful architecture have brought Origny back to life. After a long period of abandonment, the determination of these owners alone has restored it with a beautiful richness of colours, fabrics, patinas, furniture and objects that expresses their taste for decoration and its different influences. The care given to the smallest of details reveals their admirable ambition - they are striving to meet all the requirements for the "art de bien vivre", something that the Roanne region knows all about. The neighbouring chateau with the famous Maison Troisgros is enough to know they are doing it well.

Prices

between 160 € and 350 € / night

Réf 801771

Open from 1st January to 31st December

Accommodation capacity

12 6 6

The Château d'Origny has six spacious, comfortable and personalised rooms including a 120m2 suite. Each room, more than 40 m² in size, is tastefully decorated and furnished and comes with cable TV, a telephone and internet access. Some rooms have a hammam and jacuzzi, and all come with high-quality bedding.

Facilities and amenities
  • Table d’hôte meal
  • Baby bed
  • air-conditioning
  • safe
  • spa bath
  • Wireless Internet connection
  • DVD player
  • Animals welcome

Languages spoken

English - Spanish

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