Chateau du Bouchage, St. Tropez
Chateau du Bouchage, with its extensive grounds and outbuildings, is in a prime location in the French Riviera with fine views across the bay towards St. Tropez. The property consists of eight hectares with 3,300 square meters of buildings.
The Chateau is ideally suited to modernization and development into an outstanding family house. The main villa and its outbuildings provide the perfect framework for a series of generous and elegant rooms making the most of the building’s ideal orientation and views to the sea.
The accompanying architect designed plans and drawings show the extraordinary potential of this stunning property. Reception rooms, dining room, kitchen and family rooms are opened up on the ground floor with a large formal drawing room giving onto a new south-facing terrace on the first floor. The proposed terrace is an addition, which will provide a shaded veranda at ground level and generous terrace accessible through full-height French windows from the drawing room.
It is proposed to demolish the existing single story kitchen to the rear. This will open up the space for a rear walled courtyard garden and bring natural light into the rear of the ground floor main rooms.
The upper floors are laid out with ten generously proportioned bedrooms all with ensuite bathrooms.
The attached stable block to the west provides space for a multi-car garage along with recreational facilities (sauna, snooker room, indoor pool, gym, cinema).
The attic space in the center of the roof is developed as a Belvedere with a sliding roof and adjacent terraces so that the room can be dramatically opened up to the sky and the stars.
The interiors will be finished to a high standard with bespoke joinery, plasterwork and fittings.
Grounds and gardens
The Chateau is fortunately positioned to the rear of the gently sloping site enabling it to command its own territory and views to the south and the sea.
The main road access will lead around to the rear of the main Chateau to parking areas and garages. The existing service buildings to the rear of the site will provide staff accommodation and other service spaces.
The grounds will be developed as a series of terraced gardens stepping away from the Chateau. The main entrance terrace (with central pool and fountain) will lead down to a formally laid out garden adjacent to a swimming pool and new pool house in the location of the existing disused water tank. A summer house looks over the lower terrace planted with fruit trees.
This is a rare opportunity to buy a magnificent property with extensive grounds and outbuildings in a prime location in the French Riviera with very fine views across the sea towards St-Tropez.
The building, in its unrestored state, presents a very special opportunity for development into a remarkable residence with up-to-the-minute facilities in an elegant traditional setting.
The Chateau is situated in a privileged location on the Cote d’Azur between Sainte-Maxime and Port Grimaud, minutes away from the sea. In a secure domaine, the generous grounds slope away from the house with uninterrupted views to the sea and across the bay to St-Tropez.
The property is adjacent to the Beauvallon Golf Course and nearby hotel and is within easy reach of Nice, Cannes and St-Tropez. It is conveniently located for yacht moorings.
The Chateau and its inhabitants share an illustrious history reaching back to the 15th century when Imbert de Batarnay du Bouchage was an important adviser to Louis XI and Charles VIII.
In the 17th century ownership of le Bouchage returned to the Bourbon- Montpensier family and the Bourbon fleur de Lys crest still adorns the façade of the building over the entrance.
Daniel Olivier, owner of the property in the 19th and early 20th centuries, was the son of Napoleon III’s prime minister, and closely related by marriage to the composers Franz Liszt and Richard Wagner.