This rare and magnificent 14th Century chateau will trigger your imagination back to the days when you might well have dreamt of being a princess or a knight galloping around the countryside.
All this at a very affordable price for this region.
You will be living comfortably with stunning views of the Alps and the river Arve, whilst being close to Geneva (29km) and the various Ski Stations, easily accessed by the A40 motorway heading towards Chamonix.
The present owners also use part of the chateau for a successful BandB and Gite business, as well as using the grounds and some of the vaulted cellars for marriages and parties.
Thus if you have dreams of running your own business, there is everything in place for you to get started (subject to local consent of the Mairie). Please note the chateau is being sold solely as a private residence and the "business" is not factored financially into the asking price.
After you have arrived at the entrance to the chateau, driven along the short driveway, and entered into the outer courtyard, your eyes are immediately drawn to the tower in front of you with the large archway beneath. Already you are beginning to make plans to live here and entertaining your friends and family (you will be able to part around 15 cars in the inner courtyard and about the same along the driveway leading up to the walled gateway.
Passing through the stone archway you enter an idyllic courtyard with its slate stone floors and with the building on three sides. Immediately in front of you is the entrance to the upper part of the gardens that in turn lead to the rest of the estate. The courtyard has six high wooden doors that lead down into the vaulted cellars, some large enough for large parties, others that house the heating complex, and some that could easily be converted into craft workshops. The walls of the courtyard on two sides are draped with a beautiful wisteria which is breathtaking with its perfume and splendour when in bloom.
You will not fail to notice the crest of the aristocratic de Menthon family, who owned the Chateau for some 450 years,which sits majestically above one of the windows of the first floor.
On your right is a stone stairway, with iron railings and handrail, which takes you up to the first floor - which you may prefer to envisage as the "ground floor" where much of the living accommodation is situated.
You enter the chateau into a fine, but not overly extravagant hallway. You will notice the high ceilings which are a feature of the entire house. Immediately opposite the hallway is the entrance to the kitchen. This is a good size but you should envisage undertaking some modernisation work although it is perfectly serviceable at present.
Leading off the hallway to the South is the main reception room, with its stone fireplace, and parquet floor. From the reception room you pass through high French doors to the dining room, and beyond to a further large reception room which is currently being used as an office.
Also leading off the main reception hall is a dog legged corridor that serves passage to the downstairs bathroom and laundry room, as well as three very large bedrooms.
From the corridor you access the second floor by a staircase that is within the tower (purpose built to conform to fire regulations). The ground floor of the tower has its own entrance, thus this part of the chateau (and all the accommodation on the second floor) serves as the chambre d'hote and gite complex without encroaching on your own private residence, although it forms and integral part of the chateau. As a chambre d'hote owner you will appreciate the value of this configuration to maintaining your own privacy and lives.
Once on the second floor you arrive at a landing, effectively just beneath the apex of the tower, that will have you spellbound. With the stone walls and wooden beams you will want to pause and imagine the days gone by. It is a completely covered area that offers an area for people to sit and marvel over a glass of their favourite tipple. Mead springs to mind !
Leading off the "landing" area to the right is a huge, without exaggeration, attic space that has been opened up and converted, without losing any of the charm, to provide an area that could easily host a seated reception of up to 50 people whilst allowing space for the catering, disco and dance floor !
In the other direction off the landing, are two of the B&B rooms (one with double bed and the other with twin beds), each with their own en-suite shower and toilet facilities.
Beyond the B&B rooms you enter into a large open wing (similar to the one described two paragraphs above) that forms the "gite" area of the chateau. In other words a self contained apartment that sleeps up to 4. It has all of the same features - wooden floor, exposed beams etc and stunning views of the Alps above and the Arve river below.
The apartment has its own fitted kitchen, dining area, large living area, master bedroom (with ensuite facilities) and a charming terrace (off the dining area and "dormer window") that yet again allows you to dream the hours away....
Outside there are ample grounds, allowing areas to relax in the shade, to garden in the vast areas of shrubs and borders, playing ball games in the lower garden - and - if you are willing - to restore the "water basin" which was originally a swimming pool (not used by the current owners). This would require local planning consent.
This house is really a must to see for anyone with a large family, or the desire to run a business, that is planning on moving to work in the area. Geneva is really accessible - and as stated is only 29km away.
- Property type
- Special class
- Guesthouse-bed & breakfast-gites
- Plot size
- 4,400 m²
- Total living area
- 425 m²
- All bathrooms
- Swimming pool