A late 19th century chateau and its parklands
built at the height of the Art Nouveau era in the Rhône-Alpes region
Valence, LOIRE rhones-alps 26000 FR

Location

In the Rhône-Alpes region, in a regional nature park where the borders of the French departments of Ardèche and Haute-Loire meet. Near to the urban areas around Saint-Etienne and Lyon, a territory made outstanding by its climate and its mosaic of landscapes. Set in the peace and quiet, on the outskirts of a village, once renowned for its silk weaving, this property is concealed behind its perimeter walls and a thick screen of trees.
1 hour from Lyon (TGV train station and international airport) and from Saint-Etienne. 2½ hours from Geneva.

Description

Entirely enclosed by stone walls, the heavily wooded parklands surround the chateau, shrouding it in a verdant screen. Heavy wrought iron gates, supported by two dressed stone and red brick pillars, open on to a straight, tree-lined driveway leading to the chateau. Adjoining the gates are the caretakers’ cottage, keeping a close eye on the entrance to the premises, and the garages; the converted outbuildings are nearby. This slender chateau can be glimpsed in the midst of approx. 1.7 ha of parklands. Five wooden chalets are set out, in the lower section of the parklands, alongside fruit trees. A south-facing terrace, not far from the chateau, flanks a large swimming pool.

The chateau

This chateau, set in the centre of its parklands, spans three levels. The steeply sloped roofs, covered with slate, features shed dormers alternating with red brick chimney stacks. The painted facades have numerous, symmetrical openings. An old orangery, on the facade facing the swimming pool, extends a lounge. Flanked by one tower, with a candlesnuffer roof, and another square tower, housing a stairwell, one of the facades breaks the symmetry with an oriel spanning three levels.


Ground floor
The porch way leads to double wooden doors, the glazed upper section of which is protected by wrought iron grills, flanked by two thin lateral windows. Said doors open into a vast entrance hall with old cement floor tiles. The reception rooms on this level are set out around this hall which also comprises a wide stone stairway with wrought iron railings. A very high ceiling reinforces the feeling of space and enhances the tall wooden doors providing access to the various lounges. The hall also leads to a study, richly decorated with an old wall bookcase. Three reception lounges communicate with one another and one of them is extended by a small old orangery. These spacious, luminous lounges are heated by parquet flooring and fireplaces. The dining room, in the oriel, is enhanced by its exposed and painted ceiling beams. The fireplace, with its wooden mantelpiece, blends perfectly with the wainscoting. A door provides direct access to the kitchens and a pantry. The Art Nouveau style is reflected in all the decorative features: rosettes, mouldings, fireplaces, etc.
First floor
The stone stairway, decorated with wainscoting, leads upstairs. The mezzanine floor, adorned with a series of picture windows featuring Art Nouveau style, floral decorations, leads to a room used as an artist’s studio.
The wide, first floor landing provides access to three large bedrooms, with bathrooms and toilets, as well as a small massage room and a private flat: lounge, kitchen, bedroom and shower room with toilet. The floors are covered with parquet flooring and each room is decorated with an old fireplace. The ceilings are adorned with mouldings and rosettes. Large cupboards are concealed behind some beautiful old doors.

Second floor
An opening with three tall, arched windows illuminates the stairwell. The hallway is wide. This level comprises five spacious and luminous bedrooms. Fitted with bath and shower rooms with toilets, the bedrooms have slightly sloping ceilings. One of them has a wide, rounded, wooden-framed opening and a stone fireplace. There is parquet flooring throughout on this floor. Several old doors conceal cupboards.
Attic
Although the second floor has slightly sloping ceilings, there is still attic space in the top section under the rafters which could possibly be converted.
Cellar
This chateau is built over cellars, illuminated via a series of basement windows. The cellars are numerous and all are sound.
Orangery
The old orangery adjoins the chateau as an extension of a lounge. The floor is covered with old cement tiles. The lower sections are built of red brick and the roof of zinc. The smoked glass windows are curved and double doors open on to the outside.
The swiming pool
The large swimming pool is flanked by a wide, tiled terrace. It is set at a slight distance to the chateau, making it a much appreciated area for relaxing in the sun all day long.
The parklands
The parklands, spanning approx. 1.7 ha, are enclosed by stone walls. Several fruit trees have been planted on the slightly sloping lower section. A driveway makes it possible to go around and visit the five chalets intended for seasonal lets. All designed according to the same layout, they comprise a lounge, a small kitchen, two bedrooms, a shower room and a separate toilet. An outside wooden terrace provides a superb area for relaxing.

Our opinion

A gem dating from the Art Nouveau era, this well-maintained chateau harbours many authentic features. Everything exudes an Art Nouveau air, from the cement tiles in the entrance hall to the magnificent zinc floral spires on the roof. Each of the rooms is luminous, spacious and richly decorated. The old orangery, near to the tower with its candlesnuffer roof, bestows the premises with a romantic atmosphere.
As the chateau comprises five guest bedrooms, it is ideal for hosting seminars and other prestigious functions. The conversions carried out will make it possible for future owners to continue a commercial activity or to take over the entire chateau as a family home. There is enough room to accommodate all the members of a very large family.

Exclusive sale

1 435 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 914154

Land registry surface area 16798 m2
Main building surface area 700 m2

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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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