In the French department of Alsace, 45 minutes from the European capital and its airport, in a town just ten kilometres from a slip road for the A4 motorway. Standing in the North Vosges Regional Nature Park, classified as a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, this estate is in the midst of a vast forest, itself classified as a National Hunting and Wildlife Reserve.
The main house and reception building
The main building comprises a ground floor, topped with three levels of attic space, two of which have been converted. A projection shelters a wide, sandstone-tiled entrance. This building adjoins another smaller one used for reception purposes, with a passageway and a staff changing room.
The second house
This building also spans a ground floor, topped with three levels of attic space, two of which are converted. It is linked to the main building via the perimeter wall, protected by a roof, under which is a laundry room. This building, of uniform appearance, has undergone three stages of construction, the two most recent having been carried out as part of its hotel and catering activity.
The annex building
This annex building was constructed in the middle of the 20th century, at a time when the castle was used as a leisure property. Its architecture is similar to that of the two other buildings, but it spans a smaller floor surface area. The ground floor comprises a games room and a staff bedroom. Upstairs, a 2-storey flat comprising four rooms is used by the manager.
This keep was the last to be built in Alsace as it dates from 1938. The building stands on rock solely connected to the central area by the arch of a sandstone bridge. This latter leads to a main courtyard closed at the end by the pentagonal tower that follows the form of the rocky spur perfectly. Dubbed “Friedens-Turm” or “Tower of Peace”, it constitutes a memorial to the soldiers that died for their country as well as a sign of peace and friendship between people. The choice of a Romanesque Revival repertory, with its rustic Vosges pink sandstone masonry, gives it an austere, robust character. Three rooms, one on top of the other, are crowned with a roof terrace. The curtain wall in the main courtyard flanks stunning views of the surroundings.
Both the result and the victim of border disputes, this estate is currently set in the heart of Europe, courtesy not only of its site but also of its history as well as its trials and tribulations. This residence, very near to large urban areas and yet set in the midst of an immense forest, has a better view of the entire region than any other. It is also one of the very rare private fortified castles that can still be lived in throughout the Vosges forest on the Alsace plain. Of a reasonable size, the actual dwelling can very easily be lived in as a family home. Given the exceptional character of the site, its use as a hotel is, however, worthy of being enhanced and even developed: the walled grounds are big enough to take other facilities and conversions, also looking out over the horizon. Such a project is especially interesting as the asking price takes renovation works possibly aiming to improve standards largely into account.
1 290 000 €
Our fees are included in the stated sale price.
|Land registry surface area||17 ha 76 a 82 ca|
|Main building surface area||1310 m2|
Jean-Christophe Brua       +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.