An 18th century castle, with listing pending, surrounded
by its parklands an hour from Valence in rural Ardèche
Annonay, ARDECHE rhones-alps 07100 FR


This area, incorporating foothills in the north of the French department of Ardèche, is both wild and picturesque, an authentic land of escapism. Its rich past, dating back to prehistory, was constantly enriched over the centuries, from the Gallo-Roman era through to the contemporary period.
This castle is near to a small Medieval village, renowned for its heritage and its history as well as its shops, its numerous events (cabbage soup, summer fair, Christmas market, etc.), its farming and its local produce (Picodon cheese and St Joseph wine, etc.).
15 minutes from the Rhone Valley and its motorways, 1 hour from Valence and its TGV train station with 130-minute links to Paris. 3 hours from Geneva.


This property is surrounded by stone walls. Two stone pillars flank the heavy, 18th century, wrought iron gates. These open on to a superb, long, tree-lined alleyway leading to the stone buildings that are set out around a closed courtyard. Two round towers on the west facade flank studded, wooden gates featuring sunken, diamond-shaped panels still in their original condition, a feature that acts as a reminder that this residence was once fortified. It was, however, transformed and embellished in the middle of the 18th century by a famous family of leading citizens. Numerous wide openings were created at this time in the long south facade facing the parklands as well as in the courtyard. In 1768, a wonderful crested escutcheon was added to this facade which extends the old orangery. Two wings comprise living rooms, a third wing comprised the old stable, topped by its hayloft, with garages as well as an old chapel on either side of the entrance porch way. Small outbuildings are dotted around the east section of the estate, one of which houses a bread oven.

The castle

This castle’s main stone facades are topped with superb overhanging cornices extending its Roman tile roof. Only the south facade, redesigned in the 18th century, features old-fashioned lime-rendering. A wide terrace is set out in front of the green open spaces of the parklands.

Ground floor
A heavy wooden door opens into the wide vestibule, where a vaulted stone archway stands near to the superb stone stairway. This room provides access to all the reception areas.
On one side is a dining room, where an 18th century fireplace takes pride of place; this room communicates with the orangery via a cloakroom fitted with a separate toilet.
Straight on, the vestibule leads to the large lounge, the wonderful luminosity of which is guaranteed via wide, south-facing openings. A wooden fireplace takes up an entire wall. Its parquet flooring extends into the study, adjoining the lounge. The old wooden doors fold back on themselves such that these two rooms can become one, vast reception area. The study is followed by the smoking room, topped with a cross-rib vault, which is enhanced by herringbone pattern parquet flooring.
The other side of the vestibule opens into the kitchen which also looks out over the parklands. It communicates with a back kitchen, a laundry room and a boiler room all in the castle’s east wing. Said wing also comprises two rooms still in their original condition, one of which still has its old stone fireplace. All these rooms open on to the outside.
A section, following on from this wing, comprises the caretaker’s accommodation.

Mezzanine floor
The magnificent stone stairway leads up to a mezzanine floor which provides access to three bedrooms in the east wing. These comfortable spacious rooms have parquet flooring as well as their own bathrooms and toilets.
First floor
The first floor opens on to a wide, luminous landing. Its floor is covered with red terracotta tiles, six of which are decorated with Vatican keys. This feature acts as a reminder that several cardinals stayed in the castle throughout the 18th century. The parish archives were, moreover, kept in the library on this floor, a superb room dating from 1747 with parquet flooring and a ceiling adorned with panelling. The marble fireplace is supported by caryatids and the walls are hung with silk. The extensive panelling and display cabinets are painted. This level also comprises many bedrooms and bathrooms, most of which have fireplaces and superb parquet flooring. One of the bedrooms, still in its original condition, includes a Louis XV stone fireplace, the trumeau of which is made of decorative plasterwork with military characteristics and is rightfully featured in the file, submitted for French historical monument listing, along with the library.
This level is reached via a stairway in the east wing, near to the linen room. This vast area, featuring several small windows, is bare and could be converted.
The orangery still has its outstanding small-paned picture windows but is currently only used as storage space. It communicates directly with the inside of the castle.
This small edifice, still in its original condition, stands on one side of the entrance porch way. Its rendered ceiling, painted blue and dotted with stars, is in need of restoration as large sections are missing. The floor is covered with old terracotta tiles and the font has been preserved.
The outbuildings comprise the castle’s third wing, on the north side. The ground floor is taken up by the old stable, still with its stalls and hay mangers. The upstairs hayloft is accessed via a ramp, enabling carts to reach it easily. The old, wrought roofing framework is in a good state of repair. This area could be transformed into a superb reception room.
The swiming pool
The swimming pool has been installed at a distance from the castle. This large, 16x7.5 m pool is heated and has a counter-current feature as well as a salt filtration system. It is surrounded by a wide terrace and has a pool-house for its machinery.

Our opinion

This building still has features that currently make this former stronghold house a home where its residents feel protected and perfectly safe just like the leading citizens and ecclesiastical dignitaries who long lived there. However, its 18th century improvement works gave it spectacular inner charm; the library alone provides a real aesthetic shock with its impressive polychrome panelling. Comfortable and given over to the well-being of its residents, this property was meticulously and tastefully renovated throughout at the beginning of the 2000’s, works which turned it into a warm family home. Its overhanging cornice and its ochre hues are a reminder that this part of Ardèche is steeped in an almost-Mediterranean atmosphere. The fully enclosed, abundantly wooded parklands enhance this warm, restful image. The property is also near to both small and large towns in the Rhone Valley, making it the ideal place to accommodate a large family with no fear of feeling isolated.

1 090 000 €
Honoraires à la charge du vendeur

Voir le Barème d'Honoraires

Reference 308357

Land registry surface area 8 ha 33 a 29 ca
Main building surface area 700 m2

French Energy Performance Diagnosis

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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