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The Domaine et Château de Valinches
The Domaine et Château de Valinches and its reception spaces, located a stone’s throw from the Forez plain, welcome you in a wonderful setting for a rare moment, out of time. Nestled in the heart of 15 hectares of parkland, close to the medieval village of Marols, near Saint-Bonnet le Château, the Domaine will delight you with its authentic charm and an impressive offer of accommodation.
The Domaine et Château de Valinches, a true haven of peace, is the ideal place to plan a memorable event or family holiday in a splendid natural setting that combines well-being, tranquility and luxury.
Stepping through the medieval gate, the forecourt offers you an elegant greeting beneath the magisterial façade of the Château.
Ancient buildings, surrounding woodlands, formal gardens, a chapel, lake and a breathtaking panorama; all the ingredients of an exceptional domaine come together to ensure that your event will be engraved in the memories of all who attend.
The stage is set; this jewel in nature’s crown is just waiting for you and your guests to come and revel in an enchanting setting… for a meal, a day out, a night, a weekend or a break in the Haut Forez.
THE DOMAINE OFFERS:
- A 4-star hotel with 30 rooms (awaiting listing) with natural, refined decor, including 4 suites
- A bistronomic restaurant
- A tasting room
- A lounge
- A dormitory that can sleep 15
– Accommodation on site for up to 110 people
- Three equipped seminar/reception rooms of 39 to 43m2 with a total capacity for 150 people
- A large reception room of 290m2 including a 45m2 stage (up to 350 people)
- A forecourt
- A driving range
- Numerous activities within the Domaine
- Free private car parks
Its 15-hectare park, dedicated to nature, well-being and respect for the environment also offers:
- A lake with island
- A chapel
- The greenway and trails of Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle (less than 400 meters away)
- A 2km health trail
- A central location in France
- An outdoor covered area of 130m2
- REDUCED MOBILITY access
Muriel and Bruno and their entire team warmly welcome you all year round for:
Until 1290 the Valenches lands (historical spelling) belonged to the immense seigneury of Saint-Bonnet and served as a lookout post, monitoring the road from Montbrison to Saint-Bonnet (part of the St-Jacques-de-Compostelle road) and the Valinches stream.
In 1299, the Count of Forez divided up the seigneurial land on which several families settled, including the d’Assier family who lived in the village of Valenches and became the owners of the entire estate in the18th century.
Only the first house, dating from the 15th century, has been preserved together with the 17th century boundaries (1738) and the fountain next to the dovecote tower, estimated to be from the 12th century.
It was at this time that the current road (D5) was built. The Domaine was then at its peak, very extensive and very well managed, making it an incomparable domaine in the region.
‘Poivrières’ (corner towers) were added to the Château, together with the basement and the chapel in 1868. Two mills (one of which was for rapeseed) downstream of the Château were then destroyed.
The d’Assiers were therefore among the first lords of Valinches, but also the first to reside there, which makes them the historic family of the domaine
In the absence of any direct heirs bearing the name d’Assier, the Valinches lands were transferred to Josephine de Sylvestre, cousin of the last d’Assier and wife of the Count of Chavagnac. The domaine remained the property of the Chavagnac family until 2014.
The Domaine was taken over by Catherine and Gérald Pietroy who took on the restoration of the large room in the old stables. The Domaine began to host its first weddings.
Muriel and Bruno Faure fell in love with this magical site, purchasing it in February 2020. They started restoration work on a large section of the buildings (2,500 m2) including the Château (1,100 m2) in order to create a hotel, a restaurant and to develop new reception areas and offer numerous activities – making the Domaine et Château de Valinches an exceptional reception site in the Loire.