La Pichardiere on c.250 ha, (c.618 acres), Nr. Richelieu, Indre-et-Loire, France.
A Stunning chateau set in the ideal La Loire region of France
A glorious Château / Country Estate dating from the 17th century, rich in history, set in the ideal location of 'La Loire' region of France. Built by the Cardinal Richelieu for his mistress “Lady Pichardière” approximately 4 kilometres from the town of Richelieu in the Loire/Touraine region of France.
Ground Floor Entrance hall, drawing room, sitting room, dining room, TV room, study, 2nd study or play room. Large country kitchen / breakfast room, pantry. 2 downstairs WCs.
1st Floor Large Principal bedroom suite with well appointed bathroom and separate dressing room. 4 further bedrooms suites + 2 further bedrooms (both of which require decoration to bring up to a good standard).
2nd Floor 2 further attic rooms (in need of redecorating).
The Château is in an exceptional setting overlooking the beautiful mature grounds and parkland.
Outbuildings and Estate
Separated from the château is a stone built farmhouse in good order (ideal house for an estate manager). Accommodation comprises living room, Kitchen/dining room, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom.
Separate apartment/grooms cottage comprising living room with kitchen area, 1 bedroom and bathroom. Various stone built agricultural buildings, outhouses, store rooms and garages throughout the estate. Formal stable yard consisting of 15 loose boxes + a further 10 loose boxes in the farmhouse yard. Field shelters for horses and areas of fenced paddocks. The Château is set in its own 250 hectare (618 acres approx) estate including paddocks and parkland and a small lake with boat house.
Gardens and Grounds
The château is approached via a track that winds until it turns into the kilometer long tree lined driveway leading to the chateau. On each side of the drive are the post and rail fenced paddocks. On the left hand side is the small lake and boathouse. The remaining land lies behind and to the south of the chateau and is made up of large lawned areas with many mature trees. There are some fabulous cedars, mature walnut trees and in the orchard a wide selection of fruit trees. The swimming pool is hidden in a secluded area behind one of the outbuildings. The current owners have planted an abundance of rose bushes around the swimming pool area which give an array of colour throughout the swimming months. The pool is S/W facing for the afternoon sun with large paved sun terrace.
This unique property is set in a beautiful park and estate offering an ideal lifestyle for lovers of horses and hunting with an established shoot. This historic chateau is situated just 4 kilometres from the town of Richelieu in the Loire/Touraine region of France. Richelieu is a thriving community and the town has a number of bars, restaurants, shops, medical services and supermarkets. The larger town of Chinon is approx. 20 kilometres away with all usual large town amenities and facilities. The major town of Tours is about 60 kms from the property which has an international airport with a good service of flights to the U.K. and TGV rail station for Paris (1 hour approx journey time). Richelieu, was constructed by the Cardinal of the same name in the 17th century. The cardinal was the “baddie” in the “Three Musketeers” by Alexandre Dumas, but in reality he was a great patron of the arts, an accomplished scientist and social reformer. The town, designed entirely by him, was the first ever grid town to be constructed and indeed when New York was built, the American town planners visited Richelieu to see for themselves the practicalities of such town design. Sadly, after the revolution, the cardinal's chateau was demolished and the different elements sold off to be reused for construction purposes, however the enormous walled park remains and is open to the public. Richelieu is 25 kilometres from the motorway junction taking you North to Paris (300 kms) and south to Bordeaux (317kms). The major towns of Tours and Poitiers are respectively (62kms) and (65kms). From each of these towns there are regular (daily during the summer) flights to London Stansted and TGV services to Paris.
A glorious château /country estate dating from the 17th century, rich in history, set in the ideal location of 'La Loire' region of France. Built by the Cardinal Richelieu for his mistress “Lady Pichardière”.
- La Pichardiere (6.1MB)