Asking price: €1,680,000 (OIRO)
This imposing traditional furnished chateau is set in a beautiful park and surrounded by forests of 24 ha in a charming part of the Loire Valley.
In central France near the major A20 motorway, it is conveniently located for Limoges and Tours airports. Paris-Orly is just 2 hours away.
The château is accompanied by a chapel and 5 restored houses which generate rental income in excess of €45000 p.a.
Run as a top rated chateau d´hôtes with 4 large luxury suites (each with several bedrooms) and offers exquisite dinner menus, generating revenues of between €50000 and €70000 p.a.
It attracts an international predominantly English speaking clientele year round, but especially during May-September. Service staff is on standby.
The château has a splendid interior with a collection of antique furniture, paintings, rugs, tapestry, crystal and other period chandeliers, decorations and fine bone china and silverware, all included in the asking price. It can be continued as a château d´hôtes or for exclusive private use. It could also be suitable as a corporate guest house, with conference facilities.
The following is included in the transfer of ownership:
The entire château has wooden floors and is equipped with 42 double glazed windows and outside doors, well isolated floors and ceilings, all of which explains its super energy efficiency class B. Cost effective fuel or wood central heating. Period radiators in fonte.12 fireplaces in total. Fitted curtains and inside volets throughout. The alarm system is connected with an alarm centre in town. Video surveillance during absence.
The Entrance Hall with large Louis XIV mirror and wardrobe, Empire light fittings and Empire bureau and Flemish tapestry, Monumental staircase in oak leading to 2 floors features a painting of Anne de France, duchesse of Berry (we are in the duchy of Berry), tapestry featuring King Henri II (the architecture of the Manor House is of Henry II style) and Queen Catherine de Medici, as well as a painting of XVIII C London- the Embankment on the Thames riverside. The staircase features further neo Renaissance and period Louis XV furniture, including a vitrine with classical Greek vases and Wedgwood neo classical ornaments.
The chapel is equipped with ecclesiastical antiques such as a sterling silver French XVIII C monstrance and chalices, a gold plated Italian XIXC monstrance, church robes XVIII and XIX for Catholic, Lutheran and Anglican rites, antique church furniture, sanctuary lamps XIX, an oriental rug. The chapel is very popular for weddings, including non-denominational wedding prayers without priests, glt marriages. A Catholic priest and an Anglican vicar live nearby. The chapel has very good acoustics and concerts have been organised regularly with great success. Christmas crib with 7 figures of 1m.
The library with its monumental fireplace has a fine collection of books, manuscripts and encyclopaedia, including letters of historical significance. The families de Montalivet and d´Astier de la Vigerie, previous owners of the estate played an important role in French politics since the XVIII C. General Charles de Gaulle was a close friend of the family and stayed several times. The library is furnished in Louis XIII style with oak wood panelling, a monumental fireplace (which works well after its restoration), a very large Flemish chandelier, oriental rugs and several paintings, one from the Flemish school of the XVII C, probably a pupil of Rubens.
The salon , with its grey marble monumental fireplace is in oak panelling in 'light grey 'Marie Antoinette' and is entirely furnished and decorated in Louis XV style, with two salon areas seating 13 and a large dining table in the middle which can be extended to seat 14. A collection of small paintings, a double crystal chandelier Marie Thérèse, 4 Louis V wall lights The fireplace in light marble heats the entire salon (together with the small period radiators). Fine Chinese and Indian rugs. The salon can be easily transformed into a dining hall for 60 guests. Access to the terrace and down into the English style park with a large Italianesque fountain and several flower beds, as well as old cedar and mammoth trees, creating a 'Downton Abbey' park feeling with long stretching views into the surrounding meadows, fields and forests.
The dining room has been transformed into a dining and breakfast room with a mix of antique and modern furnishings, as well as 2 crystal chandeliers and XIX tapestry. The dining table seats 12. The dining room can be easily transformed back to its original dining space with a long table seating 30. Porcelain for up to 60 dinner guests. Fine china (Limoges, Bavaria, Wedgwood, Royal Copenhagen), silverware Louis XVI, glassware and other equipment to create fine traditional dining tables.
The original kitchen of the manor house was in the basement where it can be recreated with fireplace and sink still operational. 2 kitchens have been installed on the ground floor. Fridges and freezers, dishwashers, ovens, cooking plates, microwaves, wine cooler, very recently purchased with 5 year warranties. The wine cellar at level -2 has the same temperature winter and summer and has a collection of fine Bordeaux wines going back to 1990s and was re-stocked in 2014-2016 for future use. The laundry room is equipped with washing and drying machines and 2-3 sets of bed linen, towels of 3 sizes, bathrobes, small bathroom rugs for every suite and bathroom. Staff bathroom with shower. Separate staff staircase from the basement to the very top floor.
The basement at -1 is comprised of 8 cellars, of which: 2 for the wood reserves for the chimneys, 1 for park furniture, 1 for fuel heating system, 1 workshop.
The wine cellar at -2 is well stocked with fine wines (Bordeaux, Côtes du Rhône, Loire, Burgundy).
The suites on the 1st and 2nd floors: all suites have their own porcelain, espresso and tea bar, TV, branded towels and bathrobes, there is a stock of upmarket toiletries (e.g. Molton Brown) and slippers
The Royal Suite Marie Antoinette is reminiscent of Queen Marie Antoinette, the dominant colour is blue and it has 3 double bedrooms, a babyroom, a boudoir and a large period style bathroom (the size of a large room) well equipped with a bathtub in the middle, Venetian chandeliers in bedrooms and bathroom. Two bedrooms in Louis XV and one in Louis XVI style, with antique tapestry, period furniture, air conditioning, TV, oriental rugs. Adjacent is a cinema room with a large screen and projector and sound system.
The Imperial suite Le Petit Palais is reminiscent of Napoleon and features paintings from different stages of his life, including his crowning as emperor in Notre Dame. Empire chandelier and Louis Napoleon imperial furniture, oriental rugs, large screen TV, the dominant colour is imperial red and gold, the room size bathroom with chimney is in silver and black colours and features a crystal chandelier, a walk-in shower and a jacuzzi. This suite is very popular as a 'suite de Noces' (wedding suite).
The Suite Baron d´Astier has 3 bedrooms, a private salon and a bathroom. Air conditioning, 4 chimneys, rugs, fireplace decorations, paintings and drawings. Main bedroom in Louis XVI style, 2 bedrooms in Louis XV style, salon in King Louis Philippe style. Oriental rugs and period chandeliers. This suite is popular as a junior suite for a small family or a couple.
The Suite Madame de Pompadour is a large family suite and has 4 bedrooms in Louis XV and belle époque styles, 2 bathrooms, one in period style. Rugs, period furniture, baby beds. This large suite can be easily divided into 2. However, this suite is very popular with larger families for whom the standard hotel costs for 3 or 4 rooms are prohibitive.
The château has been transformed from a near ruin to its previous glory during 2007-2009. However, it took 10 years to find the furniture and decorations to fit perfectly in every of the 22 spaces.
The park spaces include horse paddocks, stables for 5 horses, a ducks and geese pond and house, chicken house for the local breed 'les noirs de Berry', horse equipment including saddles, winter coats and rain coats, a 66 year old dapper Massey Furguson tractor with equipment to maintain the grasslands. The current owners have 2 Spanish horses and a Shetland pony, a trio that cannot be separated and which the owners might want to leave to true lovers of horses.
The outbuildings (dépendances)
All have been transformed from near ruins to beautiful family homes with recent investment in heating, double glazing, fencing, outbuildings. Former staff houses are all rented out to tenants generating EUR 47000 rental income per year. All houses have fully fitted kitchens, bathrooms, high energy performance ratings, gardens, meadows, outbuildings, stables, paddocks.
LA MÉTAIRIE DE RANCAY (200m2) 6 bedrooms on 2 floors, duck pond, workshop, terrace
LA GARDERIE DU CHÂTEAU (150m2) 3 bedrooms on 3 floors, stables, orchard, terrace
LES ANCIENNES ÉCURIES (200m2) 5 bedrooms and large loft on 2 floors, large terrace overlooking fields
LA COMMANDERIE DU CHÂTEAU (180m2) 4 bedrooms and loft on 3 floors, workshop and carriage house, 100m2 attic, orchard
LA MAISON DE LA GOUVERNANTE (150m2) 2-3 bedrooms on 2 floors, garage, chicken house
All houses can be heated with wood from the grounds. The staff houses can be reached by a separate road off the main road and the tenants do not need to use the manor lane.
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