CHATEAU DE BUSSIERECastle Bussiere is an exceptional property, a classified Historical Monument in Touraine,tucked away in a hidden valley off the beaten track. The château dates from the 12th and13th centuries and was transformed during the 16th and 17th centuries. The castle was first mentioned in 1234, probable date of its construction, in the archivesof the city of Tours, and still has many traces of the 13th century. It was refurbished duringthe Renaissance; its decorative elements reveal the magnificence of the period. Its namecomes from the “Marquis de Bussiere” of the Maussabre family, who lived there for fourcenturies until 1936.
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; there is amagnificent spiral staircase dating from the 14th century leading past the murder holesfrom where the archers shot arrows with their crossbows. In the East wing, the oldest one, there is now an office with a window which formerlyused to be the entrance via a portcullis. The ground floor has a superb gallery with sevenarches on one side and on the other, a series of reception rooms. The floors are covered withancient flagstones and the formal drawing room has a Versailles parquet floor with a “rosedes vents” design. All the reception rooms have Renaissance fireplaces. In the 19th century, the chapel in which the famous French author Alfred de Vigny waschristened, was transformed into a white-stone main stairway which leads to the first floorgallery that has a marble floor and bedrooms on one side. The four large bedrooms have kept their former character with doors leading from oneroom to another without having to use the gallery. The Royal suite, traditionally maintainedin case the King paid a visit, is separate in the West wing. On the eastern side of the galleryare two bedrooms and a large suite. There are six main reception rooms, one of them with
the Versailles parquet flooring, a dining room, a “Chinese” sitting room (with a guest toiletin a tower), a television room and an office. A large kitchen (part of it in a tower), a largepantry, and a hunt (sitting) room with an exit. In this room, there is a 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 andtoilet, for the staff. In the basement, there is a boiler-room with two huge Wissman boilers,a linen-room, toilet and exit. On the first floor there are five bedrooms with four bathrooms, two shower-rooms, fivetoilets, and dressing-rooms. The two bedrooms of the Master suite are separated by abathroom and dressing-room. The west wing consists of two bedrooms with bathrooms andtoilets, one large suite with a bedroom, sitting-room, dressing-room, shower-room, toiletand kitchenette. The bedrooms and some of the towers have Renaissance fireplaces. Theattic is in perfect condition, with the ancient frame and the towers, the machicolations,walkways and even facilities of the period! Outside, is a 19th century building used as a garage for two cars with a comfortable 45-metre apartment above. Stables containing two boxes are attached, behind is the pool-housewith a toilet, swimming-pool machinery and a heated swimming-pool with palm-trees alonga stone alley. There is a large stone table under the mulberry trees where one can have mealslistening to the fountain playing and drinking icy water straight from the source! The parkcan be lit up at night; the huge entrance gate (surmounted with the crown of the “marquis”)is opened and closed by remote control. The second stable has four large boxes, a hot-watershower 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 18thcentury farm, visible from the drawing-room windows, has been restored on the outsideonly and has a 200 square-metre surface. At the bottom of the fields is a small lake fed by asource (discovered in the Middle Ages). Water comes entirely from three wells connected toa source dating back to the Middle Ages. The property consists of thirty hectares (roughly 70 acres) of cleared woods and fields allaround the buildings. The chateau is situated in the southern part of the Touraine area 250km from Paris one hour on the express TGV train and 55 minutes from Roissy airport. It isone hour from both Paris and Tours Nord airports and the closest town is 5km away and hasan international school.