There’s nothing like proudly owning a chunk of French historical past – particularly when it includes a citadel on a web site that has been occupied for the reason that 4th century.
This manor house and stone citadel look out on panoramic views of the bucolic valley of Savoie within the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes area of southeastern France.
Perched strategically on a rock outcropping, the elevated dwelling took form from the eleventh to sixteenth centuries. The residence, set within the outer courtyard of the fortress, underwent an intensive restoration within the 19th century and has been stored up since.
Whereas the citadel portion is now largely a relic, a lot of its majesty endures with a number of towers and thick defensive stone partitions intact.
Battlements high the towers, creating gaps within the parapets the place archers as soon as shielded themselves whereas firing on invaders of the war-torn area. Paths and gardens fill the bailey – the courtyard the place troopers might have educated.
Over the centuries the citadel was used to protect an vital transportation route and, for a time, as a jail from which the revolutionary politician the Marquis de Sade famously escaped whereas his guards ate dinner.
The manor home, which is hooked up to the citadel, retains a historic appeal. Genuine supplies have been used to maintain its character intact.
The central corridor is adorned with stained-glass home windows and anchored by wooden wainscoting. An ornate staircase splits at a touchdown to entry the higher ranges.
The formal eating room encompasses a wood-beam ceiling, wainscoting and wooden flooring. Intricate wooden panels grace the ceiling within the adjoining front room, which encompasses a hearth.
The big reception rooms and 14 bedrooms have excessive ceilings that create a sense of spaciousness all through the 750 sq. meters, or 8,073 sq. toes, of interiors.
The round-shaped major bed room has a domed ceiling and ornamental woodwork.
Outbuildings embody a chapel that includes stained-glass home windows, a raised altar, stone work, picket pews and a hovering groin-vaulted ceiling. One tower has been transformed to a billiard room.
The grounds, which embody stables, gardens and a storage, embody 1.14 hectares or roughly 2.8 acres of land.
For sure, they don’t make properties like this anymore.
Nicolas Devic of Groupe Mercure is the itemizing agent for the estate, which is about close to Saint-Pierre-d’Albigny. The asking value is 4.21 million euros or near US $4.86 million. The citadel is assessed as a historic monument.
The property is a couple of 20-minute drive from the alpine city of Chambéry and an hour from the worldwide Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport. Lake Carouge is about 10 minutes away.
Climbing, biking, snowboarding and touring wineries are amongst native points of interest.
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