99916ABE30 - This large country house, or chateau, was built in 1850 on the remains of an old abbey, where originally there was a Gallo Roman site: "La Villa Robiaca" For practical reasons the chateau is divided into three parts: - Large reception rooms on the 1st floor ... the summer apartments - Holiday rental apartment with 5 rooms, 120m2, on the 1st floor - Winter apartments, well insulated...
99916ABE30 - This large country house, or chateau, was built in 1850 on the remains of an old abbey, where originally there was a Gallo Roman site: "La Villa Robiaca"
For practical reasons the chateau is divided into three parts:
- Large reception rooms on the 1st floor ... the summer apartments - Holiday rental apartment with 5 rooms, 120m2, on the 1st floor - Winter apartments, well insulated and comfortable, on the 2nd floor - In addition, there are 500m2 of dry usable cellars on the ground floor
The beautiful Italian-style large reception rooms are built around a lovely glass roofed conservatory: main hall, entrance, salon, large living room and drawing room....all have floors made from beautiful Venetian marble "seminato" .
The large drawing room is remarkable for the walnut woodwork, its painted 19th century ceiling, representing the four Roman ideas of art: painting, music, sculp-ture and literature. The fireplace is in period marble.
These rooms overlook a terrace of 120m2, overlooking the park. On this level there is also a summer rental apartment, with two bedrooms, living room, kitch-en, bathroom, and independent entrance.
On the 2nd floor there are the large bedrooms and bathrooms, and a smart studio apartment.
The cellars occupy 500m2, 20 cellars all numbered and with little pathways, they were formerly the stewardship rooms (kitchen, laundry, pantry etc.) Here there is great potential to create a games room, spa, sauna, and so on
The attic offers great opportunities for renovation in the old maids' rooms, which have views of the valley and the church.
The park, ten acres, landscaped and historic, was planned in 1850, with under-ground drainage
The 6 x 12 Desjoyeux swimming pool is easy to maintain. It is supplied with fresh water by the large rainwater cistern of the house located in the cellars.
The chateau is situated in the foothills of the Cévennes, in the old stone village of Robiac. There is a small shop a few minutes away, but the main town is Saint Ambroix, approximately five miles away. The mediaeval town of St Ambroix has primary and secondary schools, three supermarkets, and lots of individual food shops. There is a very large lively weekly market, and the town hold many festivals and antique fairs. There is a weekly "vide greniers" every Saturday in the main square. It is just 20 minutes from the beautifully renovated Renaissance village of Barjac, which also holds markets and a very famous antique fair. In this region swimming is popular in isolated and magical surrounding rivers, and other outdoor activities include canoeing, horse-riding, kayaking, cycling and mountain climbing. There are famous caves including the Caverne Pont d'Arc, with its cave paintings, recently opened to the public. The Ardèche Gorges are very close by and are not to be missed. You can swim in the rivers, go to water parks, visit lovely old walled towns, have a coffee in the sunshine or go wine tasting at one of the many vineyards.
- Key characteristics: - Beautiful 19th century chateau in grounds of nearly 10 acres - Excellent condition - Peaceful setting, lovely views - 10 bedrooms - 5 bathrooms - Several large reception rooms, beautifully decorated in 19th style - Separate apartment which could be let - Separate studio apartment - 500m2 of cellars which could be renovated This lovely chateau has four entrances. It was built in 1850, in an Italian design, and is quite symmetrical on the façade. The ground floor has 500m2 of cellars, all numbered, which were originally used by the "servants" for storage, laundry, cooking, washing and such. They are dry and have high ceilings, and could be converted. The main floor is reached by stairs, which lead into a beautiful conservatory, one of the main reception rooms. In addition there is the grand salon, the drawing room, an office, a further reception room, professional kitchen, and an independent apartment on this floor. These are the "summer rooms". There is an outside terrace round most of this floor. Upstairs in the "winter rooms", it is very well insulated, and most of the bedrooms are here. In addition there is a large studio apartment which is independent. Leading off from this area are the "servants bedrooms", which could be renovated into further living space.
The grounds are large, and beautifully landscaped. There is a swimming pool, and plenty of parking.