If you have read me for a while or been on one of my Provence tours, then you will be familiar with the beautiful Chateau de Moissac Bellevue. Built in the 17th century as the home to a wealthy Provencal family, and sold in 1785 to Edouard Laurent de Coriolis, then advisor to the king.
It was passed down the generations of his family and finally abandoned for over 20 years. During this time the chateau was ransacked, part of the roof collapsed and the property was threatened with destruction.
In came my dear friends Marie Christine and Louis. They were looking for ‘somewhere small’ in the country, after a busy professional life in nearby Nice. They came across the chateau, asked to visit, and the next morning both woke up knowing they had to bring this jewel back to life. Some decisions in life are illogical but perfectly right!
That was the start of a ten year + award-winning renovation. They were very hands on, but also went to lengths to find the very best artisan craftsmen for the restoration process. The plasterwork in the entrance hall and stairway alone took two craftsmen a whole year to complete;.
The stone floor in the entrance hall was entirely lifted, numbered and laid out in the courtyard while heating pipes were laid. The interior shutters were created using a remaining piece of a shutter that was discovered when the property was first bought. All the existing shutters had been removed and stolen, but thanks to this saved segment, they were made again from the original design, right down to the hand-made diamond head nails used for the carpentry.
Everything was completed to such a high level of comfort, so that today, the whole chateau is warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
This chateau is ideal for entertaining with friends. The generous lawn in front of the terrace leads down to a pool and their own vineyard. To one side of the terrace they have olive trees and a potager.
The chateau sits next to the village of Moissac Bellevue and is within 10 minutes drive of a lively little town with a great market and restaurants. 90 minutes drive from Nice airport, from St Tropez and Aix en Provence, yet still tucked away in quiet countryside. All the advantages of Provence, without the crowds.
On the ground floor there is a large and generous kitchen, with several back kitchens for food and tableware storage. Two dining rooms, two salons, and a bedroom suite. The first floor includes three very large bedroom suites, and the staircase continues to bedrooms and bathrooms on the top floor.
There are a total of twelve bedrooms and bathrooms in the 10,000 sq ft chateau. Besides the main staircase, there are two smaller staircases leading to bedrooms and utility areas. On the lower floors there is a wine cellar, a small chapel and other utility rooms.
I personally have so many happy memories in this chateau. Of course with my friends Marie Christine and Louis, who opened their doors so generously to my tour guests. We have stayed there as a family, or just my husband and I in all seasons. The charm simply never fades.
I offered to post about the sale of the chateau simply as a friend. I have no commercial interest in the sale. I truly hope that this magical property is loved by new owners, every bit as sympathetic to the property and careful as my friends have been.