- 9 bedrooms
- 4 bathrooms
- 15 habitable rooms
- 750 square meters of living space
This property extends over approx. 4 ha in the south-east of the French department of Allier, on the border of that of Saône-et-Loire. Historically governed by the Bourbons, this region has a wealth of architectural treasure with its chateaux, churches and old residences. It also has peaceful countryside with natural unspoilt landscapes near to famous spa towns.
This property is 45 minutes from Moulins, a town of art and history, 1½ hours from Mâcon by car, 2 hours from Lyon and 3 hours from Geneva. Paris is less than a four hour drive away. Mâcon-Loché TGV train station has 1½ hour links to the French capital several times a day.
This property, extending over approx. 4 hectares, stands on one of the hills surrounding a village. Typical of the region, it is quiet, full of charm and has some 270 inhabitants. A pretty Romanesque church, dating from the 11th and 12th centuries, takes pride of place in the centre of this haven of peace. A little road leads from the village and passes in front of a set of heavy metal gates, flanked by tall pillars. These gates, facing a manor house, open into a main courtyard. The property also includes a caretaker’s cottage and numerous outbuildings, all looking out over the enclosed main courtyard.
The manor house
This manor house, constructed in a neo-classical style in the 19th century, comprises two adjoining buildings. Standing over cellars, it spans two levels of living space as well as an attic floor and is topped with very steep roofs.
The elegant, symmetrical facade is rendered and covered with climbing plants during the summer months. Its numerous windows look out over the main courtyard and the parklands.
The caretaker’s cottage and other outbuildings
The caretaker’s cottage, standing at the entrance to the property, is built over a wine cellar. It has an entrance independent of the main courtyard. All its living space is on the ground floor and faces the outbuildings. It comprises a kitchen, a lounge and two bedrooms with a shower room and a toilet. This functional dwelling also has a garage, once a stable, and is topped with attic space.
Several outbuildings are laid out in front of the caretaker’s cottage and on the side of the manor house. They include, amongst others, a kennel, an old henhouse, the old stables now garages, an old barn and the gardener’s cottage. There is a well in the courtyard.
The parklands, planted with trees, hundreds of years old, surround the manor house, providing a verdant setting. A bridle path makes it easy to walk in natural surroundings that have not been overly tamed.
Like the old French province of Bourbonnais, this manor house exudes tasteful grace, enhanced by a certain opulence and the simplicity of having nothing to prove. It is difficult to look at it without feeling emotion created by the sober beauty of the expression of a familiar culture. Guests are pampered: the ceilings in the reception rooms, for instance, are sumptuous. The parklands are a natural invitation to go for a walk.
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