La Bussière Castle for sale: 8 bedroom 10,760 sq.ft. (Listed 2009-02-15)


Château de Bussière, La Bussière, Touraine

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  • Property Value$4,473,879
  • Property AddressChâteau de Bussière, La Bussière, Touraine, 37600, France
  • TypeCastle
  • ParkingMultiple
  • Year Built1234
  • Living Area10,760 sq.ft.
  • Lot Size Area70 acres
  • Bedrooms8
  • Bathrooms8 full

Château de Bussière, La Bussière, Touraine, 37600, France


Listing Price €3,200,000 Euro (price above shown in Canadian dollars)

Château Bussière is an exceptional property in Touraine, tucked away in a hidden valley off the beaten track named after the “Marquis de Bussière” of the Maussabré family who lived there for four centuries (until 1936). The castle was first mentioned in 1234 (probable date of its construction) in the archives of the city of Tours. Refurbished during the Renaissance, its decorative elements reveal the magnificence of the period. The slate roof is in perfect condition and has been regularly checked and repaired in true traditional manner. It also contains handsome architectural elements, typical of the Renaissance.

The property includes thirty hectares (roughly 70 acres) of cleared woods and fields all around the buildings. The Château 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 55mins 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 5kms away and has an International school.

The main building has two round towers on either side, originating from the 15th century. Galleries run from one to the other on two floors. The ground floor has a superb gallery with seven arches on one side and on the other, a series of reception rooms. 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. On the first floor there are 5 bedrooms with 4 bathrooms and two shower-rooms, 5 toilets, and dressing-rooms. The two bedrooms (one of them with a toilet in the tower) of the Master suite are separated by a bathroom and dressing- room.

In the 19th century, the chapel in which the famous French author Alfred de Vigny was christened, was transformed into a white-stone main stairway which leads to the first floor, to the gallery that has a marble floor with various patterns “à l’italienne” and bedrooms on one side. The four large bedrooms have kept their former characteristics, i.e. doors leading from one room to another without having to use the gallery. The Royal suite, traditionally maintained in case the king paid a visit, is separate, in the West wing. On the eastern side of the gallery are two bedrooms and a large suite. All the floors are covered with elaborate 18th century tiles. The ceilings have beams and some are magnificently painted. The walls of the whole house are covered with beautiful materials from Braquenier or P.Frey or silks made specially in Lyons for the Château.

Château Bussière dates from 12th and 13th centuries, transformed in the 16th and 17th centuries and tastefully refurbished and decorated by J.J.Debout (a well-known French singer of the 1970’s).

Six main reception rooms, includes: a dining room; a “Chinese” sitting room (with a guest toilet in a tower); a television room; and an office. A large kitchen (part of it in a tower), a large pantry, and a hunt (sitting) room with an exit. In this room, there is a trapdoor in the floor leading to the 12th century cellar and underground passages. There are also stairs leading to a two-roomed apartment with a kitchenette, shower and toilet, for the staff.

In the basement, there is a boiler-room with two huge Wissman boilers, a linen-room, toilet and exit. Water comes entirely from three wells connected to a source dating back to the Middle Ages.

In the East wing, the oldest one, there is now an office with a window which formerly used to be the entrance via a port cullis.

The west wing includes 2 bedrooms with bathrooms and toilets. One large suite with a bedroom, sitting-room, dressing-room, shower-room, toilet and kitchenette. The bedrooms and some of the towers ave Renaissance fireplaces. The bathroom walls are tiled with hand made tiles. All the materials used for the bedrooms are of top quality.

Outside, is a 19th century building used as a garage for two cars with a comfortable 45 sq m (485 sq ft) apartment above. Stables containing two boxes are attached. Behind is the pool-house with a toilet, swimming-pool machinery and a heated swimming-pool with palm-trees along a stone alley. Very dreamlike. There is a large stone table under the mulberry trees where one can have meals listening to the fountain playing and drinking icy water straight from the source! The park can be lit up at night; the huge entrance gate (surmounted with the crown of the “marquis”) is opened and closed by remote control. In the second stables (150 square metres, 1615 sq ft) there are four large boxes, a hot-water shower for the horses, a solarium, old-style tack-room and grooming quarters. The tennis-court has temporarily been converted into a 40 x 20 metre outdoor riding school. An 18th century farm, visible from the drawing-room windows has been restored on the outside only and has a 200 square-metre surface (2,152 sq ft). At the bottom of the fields is a small lake fed by a source (discovered in the Middle Ages).

Listing Price $4,000,000 Euro


1,000 square-metre (10,760 sq ft)
20 entirely furnished rooms giving onto two long galleries
Linen-room and boiler room in the basement
Total habitable surface: about 800 square metres (8,600 sq ft)
7 bedrooms with bathrooms plus 1 suite with bathroom
Game/hunt room
Kitchen containing old stove
Main drawing-room
Sitting room
Television or cinema room

2 keepers’ flats
2 sets of stables
1 large 2-car garage
1 heated swimming-pool with a pool-house
1 18th century 200 square-metre farmhouse (2,100 sq ft)

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