Château Bussière is an exceptional property in Touraine, France...
Tucked away in a hidden valley off the beaten track, its name comes from the “Marquis de Bussière” ,of the Maussabré family, who lived here for four centuries up until 1936.
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Chateau de Bussiere History:
“Maussabré” is the name of an ancestor, a knight who valiantly fought and was injured during the crusades and whose companions then called “le mal sabré” which later became Maussabré.
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, as shown, for instance, in the exceptional bands containing the medallions.
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 70’s.
Chateau de Bussiere Detail:
The property consists of 30 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 km 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 55 minutes from Roissy airport. It is one hour from both Poitiers and Tours Nord Airports (with a direct Tours to London flight).
Chateau de Bussiere Estate:
The slate roof is in perfect condition and has been preserved in true traditional manner. It also contains handsome architectural elements; typical of the Renaissance. The castle still has many traces of the 13th century.
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 and with three arches. A spiral staircase dating from the 14th century leads you past the upper level of a gatehouse where the archers used to be on guard with their crossbows.
In the East wing: There is a widowed office which formerly was used as the entrance via a Port Cullis.
The ground floor has a superb gallery with seven arches on one side and on the other, and 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 feature a Renaissance fireplaces.
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 walls of the Chateau are covered with beautiful materials from Braquenier or P.Frey or silks made specially in Lyons for the Chateau.
Outside, is a 19th century building used as a two car garage
with a comfortable 45-metre apartment above. Stables containing two boxes are
Behind is the pool house complete with a toilet, swimming-pool machinery and a heated swimming-pool with palm-trees along a stone alley.
The park can be lit up at night; the huge entrance gate, surmounted with the crown of the “Marquis”, can be remotely opened and closed.
There is a large stone table under the mulberry trees where one can have meals listening to the fountain playing and drinking pristine icy waters straight from the source.
No expense has been spared on this luxurious estate!
Chateau de Bussiere Interior:
The four large bedrooms have kept their former characteristics, i.e. doors leading from one room to another without needing 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.
Six main reception rooms, one of them with the Versailles
parquet flooring: a dining room, a “Chinese” sitting room (with a guest
restroom in a tower), a television room and an office.
A large kitchen with spacious pantry is the focus of one tower. The hunting and sitting room has its own exit with a secret trapdoor in the floor (hydraulically operated) 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 service 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.
On the first floor there are 5 bedrooms with 4 bathrooms and two shower-rooms, 5 toilets, and dressing-rooms. The two bedrooms, one with a toilet in the tower, of the Master suite are separated by a bathroom and dressing- room.
In the West Wing: There are 2 bedrooms with bathrooms and
One large suite features a bedroom, sitting-room, dressing-room, shower-room, toilet and kitchenette.
The bedrooms and some of the towers have Renaissance fireplaces. The bathroom walls are tiled with hand-made tiles. All the materials used for the bedrooms are of top quality.
The attic is in mint condition, complete with the ancient frame and the towers, the machicolations,walkways and even facilities of the period!
Luxury Estate Living!
Chateau de Bussiere Grounds:
In the 150 square meter second set of stables 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 and has a 200 square-metre surface.
At the bottom of the fields is a small lake fed by a source that discovered in the Middle Ages.
Castle de Bussiere is located 250km south of Paris, it is one hour away from both Poitiers and Tours Nord airports. The closest town is 5km away, and hosts an International School.
- 1000 square-metre
- 20 entirely furnished rooms
- Two long galleries
- Linen-room and boiler room in the basement
- Total habitable surface : Approximately 800 square metres
- 7 bedrooms with bathrooms
- 1 suite with bathroom
- Game/hunt room
- Kitchen containing its original stove
- Main drawing-room
- Red Sitting room
- 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
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