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  • 8 bedrooms
  • 13 habitable rooms
  • 500 square meters of living space
  • 700 square meters of surface of the outbuildings
Property description
In the Auvergne region’s Livradois-Forez Regional Nature Park, a 15th & 19th century chateau amidst 15 hectares near to a medieval town - ref 554924
Livradois-Forez Regional Nature Park, in the midst of the Massif-Central, is the fourth biggest nature park in France. The Auvergne region remains wild and authentic. It includes a large number of villages and towns that still exude authenticity. This chateau and its outbuildings stand at a distance from one of these villages in the midst of a 15 ha estate. The famous medieval town of Thiers, renowned for its cutlery, is only 25 minutes away. The large town of Clermont-Ferrand, with its TGV train station and its airport, is a 40-minute drive away and Lyon is 1½ hours away. Vulcania, the volcano theme park, is an hour away.
A long, tree-lined drive leads to the entrance to the property which extends over some 15 hectares. It consists of a 15th century castle, redesigned in the 19th century, and several outbuildings converted into houses for accommodating guests as well as a caretaker. A glazed construction houses a swimming pool and a summer kitchen. Behind the chateau, at the end of a bridle path, a fish-filled lake extends over about 1½ hectares.

The chateau

This chateau is composed of a quadrangular keep-house which flanks the corner of a large house, spanning three levels over cellars. A polygonal stairway turret stands where the two buildings meet. All the buildings are topped with steep roofs. In the past, the chateau also housed a chapel.

The former stable, now transformed into a house

The old stable standing near to the chateau has been transformed and converted into a comfortable house (approx. 400 m² of living space). The building spans two levels and is flanked by a round tower next to the entrance. Two horses’ heads encircled by red brick decorate the entrance facade. A wide door, glazed with small panes, opens into a wide reception room with a fireplace. A kitchen and a storeroom. A stairway goes upstairs to four bedrooms and two bathrooms.

The annex house

A house, facing the entrance to the old stable, has been converted above two garages. It comprises a kitchen-dining room, a lounge and two bedrooms with a bathroom and toilet, spanning a total of approx. 200 m² of living space. The building, much more spacious, flanked by a tower, could be further converted to increase the house’s living space or to create a second dwelling.

The caretaker’s cottage

The caretaker’s cottage has been converted in a section of the old stable. It is flanked by a tower and spans approx. 80 m² of living space. It comprises a kitchen and a dining room with, on the first floor, two bedrooms and a bathroom with a toilet. The house is in need of renovation works and has a separate entrance.

The swimming pool and the summer kitchen

The swimming pool, installed near to the chateau, is fitted with a counter-current feature. It is sheltered by a glazed construction and has a summer kitchen. Measuring a spacious 11x7 m, it is heated via a heat pump and has a salt-filtration system.

The lake and the parklands

This property extends over a surface area of approx. 15 hectares. Its parklands surround the buildings that go to make up the estate and lead, via a bridle path, to a fish-filled lake, spanning approx. 1½ ha. The farmland is free of any tenants and would be ideal for accommodating horses.

Our opinion
This property exerts a sort of irrepressible attraction not only because of its site and not through magic but because it is set in a land much-loved by French writer Alexandre-Vialatte. Those who do not already know this area, will be able to explore it, here, page after page, in this chateau, marked by the passing of time and where everything perpetually remains in unique and unspoilt natural surroundings.
The building has no pretentions towards Versailles but, much more robustly, to an Auvergne where deliberate constancy and tenacity are the mark of nobility. Robust and appealing like Salers cattle, this chateau is far from ordinary and will provide modern-day home comforts for humans and a refuge for any animals that new owners might wish to keep.
Clermont-Ferrand, France
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