castles / chateaux for sale - haute-loire - auvergne

A 15th century castle, extended in the early 20th century,
to the east of the Velay area in the Auvergne region
Saint-Étienne, HAUTE-LOIRE auvergne 42000 FR


In the Velay area of the Auvergne region on the outskirts of a Medieval town surrounded by ramparts where a Romanesque church and its bell-wall date from the 11th century. With a wealth of heritage and history, this market town is also renowned for its master chefs who create local dishes and gastronomic menus. In this respect Auvergne has much to offer: lentils, AOP cheeses, mushrooms, salt meats, cakes and pastries. The region also has a full range of outdoor activities and a high quality of life as it is away from all sources of pollution and the summer migration masses.
Le-Puy-en-Velay, a town of art and history, is but 30 minutes away and Paris can be reached via TGV train in less than 4 hours.


This property has several entrances. The wonderful tree-lined alleyways leading to the castle mean that it can be approached from various angles. This robust-looking edifice comprises a square building, spanning three levels, flanked by a 15th century octagonal tower which is extended by a building of the same height, in turn, adjoining a pavilion with a pyramid roof, added in the 20th century. The property is linked to a farm. It adjoins the most recent section and awaits full restoration works.
This property looks out over approx. 5 hectares of parklands planted with numerous trees over one hundred years old. The superb, oval swimming pool, a short distance away, is surrounded by a terrace.

The 15th century castle

The three levels of the 15th century building communicate on the inside with the section added in the 20th century.

Ground floor
The entrance door is next to the tower. The vaulted entrance room, with its old stone fireplace, opens via superb partially glazed, wooden doors into a small lounge, richly decorated with panelling and enhanced with a cross rib vault. This is followed by a dining room which is adorned with wall panelling, parquet flooring and a superb fireplace with wooden pillars. This luminous room is illuminated via a wide mullioned window. A wooden door opens into the dining room laid out in the most recent section; other double doors open into the lounge. This latter room, decorated with painted panelling, is set out around a monumental stone fireplace. The exposed beams are painted and the floor covered with parquet flooring.
In the entrance hall, in addition to the stone spiral stairway that leads up in the tower to the floor above, is a door providing access to the stone stairway that leads down to the cellars.

First floor
This level is given over to bedrooms, most of which have their own small separate toilet. A superb stone fireplace takes pride of place in the master bedroom, decorated with painted panelling. Its mullioned windows look out over the village which can be seen through the foliage of the tall trees. A door opens into the corridor which provides access to the mezzanine in the 20th century section.
The rich decor of the bedroom which adjoins the master bedroom comprises panelling, a French ceiling and a wooden fireplace. The room is illuminated via mullioned windows.
Two other adjoining bedrooms, on the parklands side, feature magnificent painted French ceilings and elaborately patterned parquet floors.

Second floor
This level also comprises bedrooms, together with a large bathroom. A stairway leads from this floor up to the attic space.
The attic space comprises a vast area under a treated roofing framework. This area could be used as an attic despite its low ridge.
A stone stairway goes down to the vaulted cellars, one of which includes the well that once provided the castle with water.

The 20th century wing

The 20th century wing, constructed of stone and spanning 2 levels in the central section, ends in a wide, square, 3-storey tower, topped with a steep hip roof, just like a dovecote. The facades have mullioned windows and the openings feature small panes. Virginia creeper partially covers the facade.

Ground floor
The superb Gothic entrance door opens directly into a large lounge-dining room with terracotta floor tiles under a French ceiling. This wonderful room, featuring a monumental stone fireplace, is enhanced by a suspended wooden gallery and illuminated via wide mullioned windows. Another Gothic door leads to the rear of the castle where there is a small terrace with flowering hydrangea bushes. The country atmosphere is accentuated by the presence of an old stone sink and several zinc watering cans. The dining room provides access to the kitchens which also open on to the terrace.
The ground floor of the square pavilion does not communicate with the reception room. It comprises a small lounge featuring exposed ceiling beams and an old stone fireplace set in one corner. A small kitchen area is on the other side of the stairway leading upstairs to the bedrooms.

First floor
A superb wooden stairway goes up from the reception room to the mezzanine where a study and bookshelves have been laid out. Said mezzanine links the bedroom floor of the 15th century section to that of the square pavilion.
Second floor
This floor comprises several bedrooms and provides access to the attic space.
The exposed roofing framework has been treated. This area, well illuminated via its skylights, could easily accommodate an additional room.

The swimming pool

This swimming pool area is protected by fencing. A wide, paved terrace surrounds the large oval-shaped pool. A small construction standing in the vicinity is used as a pool-house and a garden shed. A nearby old stone well is concealed under the branches of the one hundred year old trees. This leisure area, set out a short distance from the castle, receives maximum sunlight all day long.

The farm

A farm and outbuildings adjoin the castle via the 20th century wing. They are laid out in an L-shape and form a courtyard reached via a driveway. The buildings comprise a cowshed topped with a hayloft, the old farmers’ home and a large garage. Although awaiting full renovation works, they hold great potential as regards additional living space.

Our opinion

The appearance of the two wings is perfectly harmonious despite the five centuries separating their construction. This property, with its 14 bedrooms laid out over 500 m² of living space, can currently accommodate an entire family or even several families all at the same time, whether it be on a permanent basis or just during the holidays. Such rooms, together with their deeply authentic character dotted with very old architectural features, would make it possible to use the castle for various professional projects like the organising of weddings and other prestigious events.

590 000 €
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Reference 771735

Land registry surface area 5 ha 30 a
Main building surface area 600 m2
Outbuilding surface area 700 m2

Regional representative

Florence Granier       +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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