castles / chateaux for sale - loire - in the forez plains

An impressive, 18th century, listed chateau, its parklands, its outbuildings,
its dovecote, its chapel and its orangery in the Forez Plains

Saint-Étienne, LOIRE rhones-alps 42000 FR


Forez is one of France’s natural, historic regions predominantly set in the central section of the current department of Loire. This chateau stands on the outskirts of a delightful little town, with a Gallo-Roman past, surrounded by farming landscapes and a variety of water habitats.
45 minutes from St-Etienne and an hour from Lyon and its TGV train station with 2-hour links to Paris.
30 minutes from Andrézieux-Bouthéon airport and 90 minutes from Lyon-St-Exupéry international airport.


This chateau, property of the Benedictine monks from Bénissondieu until 1735, was extended and redesigned around 1770. Italian architect Michel-Ange-del-Gabbio suggested an extension with plans that reflected Italian (three half-pace stairways, a triangular pediment on the central projection) and French (survival of adjoining rooms, alcoves, etc.) influences. This combination of influences marked a key moment in the history of the Loire’s local architecture at the end of the 18th century. This property extends over almost 5 ha. It comprises the chateau, its numerous outbuildings, a dovecote, a chapel, an enclosed courtyard and an orangery.

The chateau

A long alleyway, lined with trees over a hundred years old, leads to heavy wooden gates in a stone porch way, topped with sculptures comprising two lions, a claw on a coat-of-arms, guarding the Eucharist and two Baroque vases. Once through the gates, the alleyway goes between the outbuildings. It leads to wrought iron gates, flanked by two tall stone pillars, topped with stone balls. These open into the enclosed courtyard, in front of the chateau, which is adorned with three sets of wrought iron gates. The chateau, spanning three levels, is topped with an attic floor. Two symmetrical buildings, flanked by square towers at their ends, are connected via a central projection with a triangular pediment. The total floor surface area is approx. 900 m², each level spanning 300 m².

Ground floor
The ground floor of the chateau has three entrances; two secondary ones on either side of the building and a main central entrance. Double glazed doors open into a long through vestibule crossing the central projection. It houses the main stairway going upstairs. Its floor is covered with two-tone tiles, laid in a chessboard pattern. It joins the long traversal corridor that provides access to all the rooms on this floor.
A dining room, on one side, is decorated with wall panelling and adorned with a ceramic wood-burning stove from Lyon’s old ceramics factory. The French ceiling matches the red terracotta floor tiles. It is followed by a pantry, with a French ceiling and large cupboards, concealed behind tall, wide old wooden doors, as well as an old larder. The floor is covered with terracotta tiles and the ceiling features exposed beams. A stone “potager (a secondary hearth where soups and other previously prepared dishes were cooked on embers), under the window, has been preserved and superb old wooden doors close the cupboards. The corridor, housing the second stairway going upstairs, comes to an end in the old chateau kitchen which has one of the secondary entrances. The floor is covered with old flagstones. This room is heated by an old fireplace. A superb stone sink has been preserved in the adjoining scullery which communicates with the outbuildings.
The vestibule provides access, on the other side, to a large lounge which opens into a little lounge. The floor is covered with parquet flooring, laid in a randomly-matched pattern. The walls are completely lined with panelling. This room features a noble old fireplace, decorated with scallops, the trumeau of which has a mercury mirror. The corridor continues to a romantic little lounge where the floor is covered with herringbone pattern parquet flooring. Once again, the walls are panelled and decorated with corner cupboards. It is followed by a dining room, opening into a kitchen and a hall, housing the third stairway leading upstairs. The chateau’s third entrance is here, together with a stone stairway leading down to the cellars.
The ground floor is completed by a suite, comprising a bedroom and its annex rooms. The floor is covered with red terracotta tiles. The old fireplace and wall panelling create a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

First floor
This level, reflecting a classical style, comprises a suite, eight bedrooms as well as a dining room and a kitchen. A central corridor leads to all of the rooms on this level as on the floor below.
The suite laid out in the north tower has an anteroom, a spacious bedroom with parquet flooring. Wall panelling and a superb old fireplace set the tone in this room. A French window protected by wrought iron railings makes it possible to admire the garden. The suite also includes a bathroom, an alcove and an annex room.
The eight adjoining bedrooms, some with alcoves, are laid out in the central section of the floor. One of them has a bathroom installed between two alcoves. They all have red or ochre-coloured terracotta floor tiles which are in a good state of repair, except for the bedroom adjoining the central vestibule where there is parquet flooring. Old fireplaces, enhanced with very different trumeaux, decorate the biggest bedrooms.
The south tower comprises a kitchen and a dining room as well as a separate toilet.

Second floor
All three stairways go up to the second floor where the layout is the same as that on the first floor. It comprises eleven bedrooms, a shower room and several annex rooms. Four of these bedrooms are bigger and more elegant. Their floors are covered with red terracotta tiles which match the French ceilings. They are adorned with old fireplaces, topped with trumeaux, featuring decorative plasterwork. Some still have paintings dating from the 18th century above the doors. Others are laid out to include alcoves.
The wonderful roofing framework has been left exposed in the attic space. Dating from 1771, the beams are all pinned in the old-fashioned way. Superb spaces at the top of both towers could be converted. Bull’s eye windows reveal a panoramic view of the property and the surrounding countryside for as far as the eye can see.
The cellars are reached via an indoor stone stairway. They run solely under the north wing. They date from the 15th and 16th centuries and feature brick vaults. Ideal for laying down wine, they house one of the three wells that once provided the chateau’s water supply.

The dovecote

Historically speaking, a dovecote was a privilege reserved for the nobility. It is an external sign of wealth and power, in proportion to the size of the property. This dovecote stands at the entrance to the property. Originally, there were two identical dovecotes but one has been removed. It is a square building, featuring a pyramid roof, topped with a lantern. It has 450 dove-holes on the inside which reflected the power and the surface area of the property at the time!

The outbuildings

Some 1,000 m² of outbuildings complete this property. These buildings are constructed from packed mud, stone and pebbles. The facades are rendered and span two levels; a ground floor and a level under a Mansard-style roof. These two rows of buildings facing one another extend the chateau’s main entrance driveway. They once housed the stable and its hayloft, a workshop, garages, staff accommodation, a caretaker’s cottage and storage areas.

The chapel

This chapel was built, in 1740, following on from the outbuildings and separating the enclosed courtyard in front of the chateau from the gardens which used to feature lakes. It has a sacristy. The altar, facing the entrance with its stone font, is made of wood. The two-tone parquet flooring goes harmoniously with the murals. An outstanding stained glass window dating from the early 19th century gives the light warm hues.

The orangery

The old orangery, facing the chapel to provide an impression of symmetry, is built in a corner of the enclosed courtyard. Several of its picture windows are arched.

Our opinion

Time has stood still in this property which appears to have been sleeping since the 18th century. All the architectural and decorative features are authentic. Only the gardens have disappeared, giving way to a meadow. Available archives show that they featured three lakes and alleyways, lined with pear trees. They are also included in the French MH listing and could be recreated like-for-like. This property is otherwise most unusually complete with its chateau, its chapel, its dovecote, its orangery and its outbuildings.
The house is vast and could also be divided vertically courtesy of its three stairways. Near to the river Loire and all main communication routes, this chateau is but waiting for new owners to come and write their own individual page of its future history.

570 000 €
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À Paris et en Ile-de-France
Prix de vente au-delà de 600 000 euros       5% TTC*
Prix de vente de 400 000 à 600 000 euros   6% TTC*
Prix de vente de 200 000 À 400 000 euros   7% TTC*
Prix de vente jusqu'à 200 000 euros             9% TTC*
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En Province
Prix de vente au-delà de 500 000 euros       6% TTC*
Prix de vente jusqu'à 500 000 euros   30 000 Euros TTC* (forfait)
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Avis de valeur argumenté : 1 800 Euros TTC*
Expertise à partir de 2 400 Euros TTC*
Les tarifs des expertises sont communiqués sur devis personnalisé établi sur la base d’un taux horaire moyen de 120 Euros TTC*


*TTC : TVA incluse au taux de 20 %

Reference 911830

Land registry surface area 4 ha 84 a 92 ca
Main building surface area 900 m2
Outbuilding surface area 1000 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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