Perfectly located in a 20 acre park on the outskirts of La Pacaudière, offering fantastic opportunities to lose yourself, read or sample the wonderful local wine, the Chateau comprises 6 double bedrooms and features a swimming pool complete with sun loungers and parasols.
Keen golfers will appreciate Chateau's position nearby several excellent, well-maintained courses. Equally those not so keen will have plenty to do with beautiful countryside, quaint local villages and numerous vineyards on the chateau’s doorstep. Lyon is also well within striking distance. What is widely regarded as one of the top 3 French restaurants is also in easy reach. Holding 3 Michelin stars for nearly half a century, Troisgros situated in nearby Roanne.
From 1494 – 1547 the Chateau was owned by King Francis I. Although the main house was built around 1860, the rear and side entrances date from this period, built around 1530.
Interior and grounds
Combining classical French style with modern comfort, the chateau features original decor - high ceilings, painted marble walls and mosaic floors. Not to mention antique fireplaces and old, sweeping, sandstone staircases leading to the cellar and first floor rooms. In addition to the typically French main house, you will have access to three horse stables, a small tower and an old farmstead, as well as access to the heated swimming pool. Please note that the pool is shared with guests at the neighbouring maison (which can be rented in addition to the chateau to sleeps an extra 6 guests).
On the ground floor the chateau features a large dining room with an old French table and enough comfortable seating for 12 people. The kitchen is extremely well equipped, and even includes dishwasher and espresso machine, two ovens, food processor and extensive first class, professional SIGG cookware. In the culinary heart of France, situated in the regions of Bourgogne, Auvergne and Lyonnais, the chateau is perfect for those looking to take advantage of the wonderful local produce but we are also happy to help organise catering if you prefer. Bright sunlight pouring through high windows is a feature of the stylish sitting room, alongside authentic parquet floor, original fireplace and ornamented mirror helping to create a romantic, classic chateau experience. The chateau is fully equipped with all modern amenities, including stereo CD player, TV, DVD, MP3 player and WIFI internet access.
The first floor has 5 twin bedrooms, with cabinets, closets and running water (both hot and cold), and also 2 new bathrooms. These bathrooms are furnished with luxurious designer loos from the Philipe Starck X-line, Dornbracht taps and include rain showers. The 6th twin bedroom is situated on the main floor with adjoining bathroom and separate WC next door. The rooms are all individually decorated to have their own character and appeal to different tastes with most containing marble fireplaces. All bedrooms have twin beds that can be pushed together to form doubles.
Outside is the heated swimming pool, benefiting from sun loungers, parasols and a large, roofed terrace along one side perfect for enjoying lunch on a hot day, and for BBQs in the summer evenings. The heated pool means swimming is possible from early spring to late autumn. Perfectly located in 20 acres of woodland, the chateau offers fantastic opportunities to lose yourself, read or sample the wonderful local wine.
Location and local information
Nearby to Auvergne and Saone et Loire (southern Burgundy), the village of La Pacaudière lies in the Loire region of the northern Rhone-Alpes. The chateau is perfectly situated just outside this village of La Pacaudière, in beautiful, classic French countryside with many other smaller, medieval villages to be found along the winding country lanes.
La Pacaudière has a beautiful little church, and also includes a bank (with ATM). There is a well equipped supermarket, two boulangeries, a kiosk, two cafes, a butcher and a pharmacy.
The chateau is a country dwelling in an area renowned for clean air, while city life is within a stone’s throw - Lyon, Roanne, Vichy, St. Etienne, Clermont Ferrand – ideal for walking, cycling and golf too, and perfect for those with a culinary passion. Excellent facilities for snowboarding and Nordic/Alpine skiing make the chateau equally appealing in the winter time.
The nearest major town is Roanne with good shops, train station, hospital, theatres and museums. Although most famous from a culinary perspective for the celebrated restaurant Troisgras (holding 3 Michelin stars for 40+ years), there are also a variety of other attractive restaurants in the vicinity.
Considered one of France’s best kept secrets (despite being the second largest city!) Lyon is only 1.5 hours away by car. Offering much of historical interest, from art and culture, architecture, culinary, antiques and shops, this splendid city also has a TGV railway station and international airport.
Wine lovers will not be disappointed by what the chateau has to offer. The little known but fantastic vineyards of Rhone-Côte Roannais are just a few miles away. The red and rose wines have their own Appallation Controlée, made from the Gamay grapes, called Saint Romain. The better known Beaujolais is only 1 hours drive away. Producing all kinds of wines (from beautiful Cru’s to the Beaujolais Primeur) these are traditionally presented in the third week of November. If that’s not enough, the burgundy wine region – famous and loved the world over - is situated nearby. Pleasant memories will be made by a “route de vins” through the Bourgogne vineyards. A visit to Beaune is also extremely worthwhile.
Just 10 miles from the chateau is the marvellous 18-hole course of Céron, and 20 miles away is the 9 holes of Villerest. La Loge des Gardes – only 20 miles from the chateau – is the ideal location for alpine skiing and snowboarding. Situated on the top of the Montagne Bourbonnaise, it has a blue, a green and 2 red pistes. A little further a field is Chalmazel. You will also find a tennis court 5 minutes walk from the chateau on the campsite of La Pacaudière.
Catering and services
Catering is available at the chateau by local catering companies (traiteurs) - typically this will cost from 30 euros per person for a 4-course meal. Alternatively it is possible to hire a cook from the local village/town who can do any cooking that you wish during your stay – they are also usually happy to buy the food and clear up afterwards. Costs are typically 30 euros per hour.
Maid service is also available for between 10 and 15 euros per hour.