A rare opportunity to own a Chateau, steeped in history in the beautiful French countryside.
The Chateau Bussiere is an exceptional property located in the heart of the Loire Valley and within one hour of Paris.
The Chateau dates back to the 12th and 13th centuries and retains many original features.
During the Renaissance in the 16th and 17th centuries, Chateau Bussiere was re-decorated in a more flamboyant style, typical of the era and you can still see a lot of that today in the intricate carvings and ceilings of the main living areas.
The final re-decoration was in the 1970's when French singer J.J.Debout refurbished much of the interior of the main living areas.
The property consists of thirty hectares (roughly 70 acres) of cleared woods and fields surrounding the buildings.
In addition to the main Chateau, there is a chapel, 18th centruy farm and large garage (converted from a barn). There are also stables and a pool house next to the open air heated pool.
The main building
Chateau Bussiere dates back to the 13th century and was held by the Bussiere family until 1936.
Some of the enchanting features include, two round towers on either side of the main building, which originate from the 15th century.
There is also a magnificent spiral staircase dating from the 14th century, from here you can see the 'murder holes' which were used to defend the castle from attackers.
The Ground Floor
The ground floor has a superb gallery with seven arches.
There are six main reception rooms, a dining room, a 'Chinese- style' sitting room, a television room and an office.
The floors are covered with ancient flagstones and the formal drawing room has a Versailles parquet floor with a “rose des vents” design.
All the reception rooms have Renaissance fireplaces.
The walls of the whole house are covered with beautiful materials from Braquenier or P.Frey or silks made specially in Lyons for the Chateau.
A large kitchen with a pantry (store room) is located on this floor. It has an old fashioned range style cooker which was specially designed for the Chateau.
One of the sitting rooms, known as 'The Hunt' has a secret door. The trapdoor, which today is operated by hydraulics, was built in the 12th century and leads to an underground series of passages.
Stairs lead to the basement which has a two-roomed apartment with a kitchenette, shower and toilet, for the staff. Here is where you will also find the boiler-room with two huge Wissman boilers, a linen-room, toilet and an exit.
The First Floor
On the first floor there are five bedrooms with four bathrooms and two shower-rooms.
The Royal suite, traditionally maintained in case the king paid a visit, is separated from the main house and located in the West wing.
The other bedrooms including the master suite are located in the East wing of the Chateau.
These four large bedrooms have kept their former characteristics, with doors leading from one room to another without having to use the gallery. Each has a Renaissance fireplace.
The master suite has two bedrooms, an ornately decorated bathroom has hand-made tiles and a very large dressing room.
All the bedroom floors are covered with elaborate 18th century tiles. The ceilings have wooden beams and some are magnificently painted.
The Second Floor
Two further bedroom suites are located on this level, each with an en-suite bathroom. One of these has a shower in the tower.
The floors are laid with elaborate hand-made marble tiles and the walls have hand-painted wall papers from Braquenier.
Chateau Bussiere has over sevetny acres of land - some of which can still be built on.
In the grounds is a Chapel, belonging to the Chateau. The famous French author Alfred de Vigny was christened here.
A19th century building has been converted into a large garage and has a 45m2 apartment above which could be used for staff quarters.
Stables are provided for four horses, as well as tack room, hot shower and grooming quarters.
An 18th century farmhouse which has been restored on the outside and could be converted internally.. Stables containing two boxes are attached.
The pool house is built beside the heated swimming pool. It has a bathroom and summer kitchen, a store room for the swimming pool equipment and is surrounded by tropical palm trees.
The tennis court has been temporarily converted into a 40 x 20 metre outdoor riding school but could be restored.
The grounds can be lit up at night and the huge entrance gate (surmounted with the crown of the “marquis”) is remotely control.
The Chateau has full electric supply to modern standards as well as telephone and internet access.
Water is from a spring fed lake in the grounds which was discovered in the Middle Ages.
The Chateau and surrounding property are in superb condition and th house is still used as a main residence for the owners. It has been maintained to exceptionally high standards.
The Chateau is situated in the southern part of the Touraine area, 250 kms from Paris, via the A10 motorway.
The closest station is Tours St Pierre des Corps which is one hour away from Paris on the express TGV train, and 55 minutes from Roissy airport.
It is one hour away from both Poitiers and Tours Nord airports (with a direct Tours to London flight).
The closest town is five kilometres away and has an International school.
Viewing is strictly by appointment