French castle, owned by the family for centuries, charges $ 2 million

Generation after generation of a household from the village of Orléat in central France has been on the same site for around 400 years.

This sand-colored stone castle in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region has been inherited by the family since it was built in the 17th century. Over the years, the events hosted by the owners have attracted a number of esteemed guests, including writer and politician François-René de Chateaubriand, political theorist Madame de Staël, and mathematician and inventor Blaise Pascal, to name a few.

But the property has another notable feature. The heart of the 13,000 square meter castle is a two-story library full of shelves with a collection of 60,000 books. A spiral staircase connects the two levels in one corner of the wood-clad room. A book-lined gallery has inlaid wood floors and French doors.

A mansard roof and conical turrets tower over the two-story residence. The elegant reception rooms have high ceilings, elaborate moldings and gracefully arched windows. Many of the 10 bedrooms are on the first floor.

A large flight of stairs leads to a landing before splitting in opposite directions to get to the second floor.

There is additional space in the attic, where dormers bring in daylight, and in the basement.

Tucked away at the end of a path in the wooded grounds is a neo-Romanesque chapel known as a Monument history, a national cultural heritage.

Various outbuildings offer more living space and storage space.

The property includes 50 acres of forest and gardens overlooking a valley. The view also includes the Chaîne des Puys. The now dormant volcanic chain contains ash and lava domes as well as craters.

Sophie van Cayzeele of Groupe Mercure is the broker for the property, which is priced at 1.7 million euros ($ 2 million US).

The property is about 20 minutes from the university town of Clermont-Ferrand, where you can see a Gothic cathedral made of black lava stone and the Place de Jaude, a wide public square centered on a statue of a war hero from Julius Caesar’s Gallic Wars. The city also has a renowned rugby team.

Regional delicacies include local cheeses, wines and aperitifs.

The castle is about 10 minutes from a motorway and 70 minutes from Lyon and the International Lyon – Saint-Exupéry Airport. Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne Airport is the closest air hub.


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