Timothy Corrigan’s Restored 18th-Century French Chateau du Grand-Luc Can Be Yours For $11.4-Million
Considered one of the most precious examples of 18th-Century French neoclassical architecture, the magnificent Chateau du Grand-Luc is located an hour by train from Paris, in the famed Loire Valley. The 40,000 square foot limestone residence is a privately owned French National Landmark that recently underwent an extensive restoration by Architectural Digest’s AD100 designer Timothy Corrigan. The chateau’s grand yet gracious interior offers perfectly proportioned rooms that retain all of their original detailing including hand carved boiserie, limestone and parquet floors, fireplaces and a salon painted by the 18th-Century master painter, Jean-Baptiste Pillement. Situated on the edge of a charming village, one passes through gates into the chateau’s formal courtyard. Directly behind the monumental facade of the chateau are expansive gardens, fields, and lake and forest that are revealed only once one steps inside the home. Beyond the spacious and welcoming entry hall, is the magnificent grand salon, with its’ beautifully carved architectural and decorative elements, and formal gardens just beyond. All of the major rooms are connected via a traditional enfilade of doors, including the formal dining room, library, the salon Chinois with original Pillement murals, and master suite. Also on the main floor is the informal dining room, fully equipped kitchen with parquet de Versailles floors, pantry, den/television room and two powder rooms. An elevator goes directly to the garden level with stops on the ground and first floors. A grand tuffeau limestone staircase leads to a wide hallway appointed with sofas, chairs and bookcases. Each of the nine bedrooms are uniquely decorated and have ensuite bathrooms. Four very large bedroom suites are still in need of re-furbishment. Unfolding directly behind the chateau is a long broad gravel alley with grass beds and low hedges sculpted symmetrically and dotted with conical topiary shrubs on either side of it. To one side of this center parterre can be found a series of interconnected green rooms, or garden spaces adorned with a fountain, statuary and a variety of flowers. On the other side is an additional chamber de verdure. The Exotic Garden, located at a lower elevation than the formal parterre, is surrounded by high walls which protect the unique variety of floral species and provide privacy when swimming in the circular heated swimming pool. Two fully restored greenhouses are also located as a part of the Exotic Garden. Sitting at the property’s low point, the lake forms a soothing divide between the chateau’s fully landscaped grounds and the semi-wild meadow that rises gently up from it. Swans, geese and other wildlife are frequent visitors. The former stables have been converted into a theatre which can be used for conferences, concerts and receptions. An orangery houses trees during the winter, but in warm months becomes the perfect place to host an informal dinner. The original chapel on the property has been beautifully restored. An informal game room and gym are also in a building directly adjoining the chateau. Chateau du Grand-Luc offers over 40,000 square feet of living space on a lush 74-acre estate. It’s on the market for $11.4-million USD with Daniel Feau.