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ANDELAT, FRANCE

Located in the heart of the Auvergne volcanoes, the 1000-year-old Chateau du Sailhant towers over a spectacular rocky outcrop, overlooking a mystical waterfall.


ANDELAT, FRANCE

Located in the heart of the Auvergne volcanoes, the 1000-year-old Chateau du Sailhant towers over a spectacular rocky outcrop, overlooking a mystical waterfall.


Chateau du Sailhant reopens its doors to the public for a new season, beginning 1 April 2018. Come discover the mysteries of Sailhant!

>  Sailhant is open for visitors from April 1 to October 31 [ Hours ]  <

TOURS

Now restored and fully furnished, Château du Sailhant offers an historic tour through the garden/court, entry hall, dining room, salon, great hall, bedrooms, library, kitchen and chapel. Visits from April 1 to October 31.

Due to the limited number of guest per tour, reservations are not required but are strongly encouraged

MasterDirectionsHours
April 1st – May 31st: Tours run every afternoon at the top of the hour, from 2pm to 6pm (closed Monday). 

From June 1st to September 30th: Every day except Monday, from 10am to 12pm and from 2pm to 6pm. A guided tour starts every half hour, from 1st July to 31st August only. 

October 1st to October 30th: Tours run every afternoon, 2pm – 6pm, starting at the top of every hour. Closed Monday.

Garden Tours (20 minutes): Every day (except Monday) on the 11am and 5pm tours. (Add 2 euros in the normal price of a ticket).

For further booking information, please telephone
(06 89 72 08 60 or 04 71 60 98 00), or
email, at ChateauduSailhant@gmail.com

Château du Sailhant
Lieu dit Le Sailhant
15100 Andelat

Admissions Pricing
Adults: € 10
Adult/Group (Maximum 15): € 7
Child 6-12: € 5
Children under 6: Free
Student: € 5

Spoken Languages
English and French

Payment:
Cash / Credit card

A BRIEF HISTORY OF SAILHANT

With its rugged, mysterious beauty, perched on a remote volcanic promontory,
Château du Sailhant speaks of the unique Auvergne region. 

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Watercolor by Frank Boggs (1855-1926)

A six kilomètres au nord ouest de Saint-Flour se dresse bâti sur un promontoire basaltique et taillé à pic: le Château de Saillans; l’étroite bande de terrain contrefort extrême du vaste plateau de la Planèze le rend seul accessible du côté nord. Non loin du château se trouve la cascade du même nom.

Château du Sailhant is a thousand year old château-fort located in the mountainous Auvergne region of central France. It stands on a dramatic triangular volcanic spur with one hundred-foot perpendicular cliffs on three sides overlooking a mystical sixty-foot waterfall that drops into a crater-lake formed from a prehistoric volcano. Accessible only on one moated side, the site has been occupied from the most remote of times.

The walls of the château and its seven towers are constructed of ancient gray lava blocks and the roofs are stone slabs. The spur upon which the stone donjon sits was initially used by pre-historic people as an open place of refuge, followed by a wood tower and then the stone tower.

View from the North, 1890s

The château continued to evolve under the d’Aurouze, d’Estaing and Jean de Lastic and other prominent French families. In the early medieval period it was a contested stronghold. During the Hundred Years’ War, it was in a continuous tug-of-war between the French and the English resulting in numerous sieges and increased fortifications. During the Renaissance, the château was enhanced with classical details while made even more defensible. In the early eighteenth century, it became a distinguished summer residence for Joachim-Joseph d’Estaing, the bishop of Saint-Flour and, after the Revolution was used as a farm house/barn.

In the late nineteenth century a major renovation was commenced, but not completed, by an entrepreneur born in the tiny village at the base of the château. At the beginning of the twentieth century, it was used as a summer residence by a Parisian doctor whose family originated from the region and in the late twentieth century it was acquired by the present owner, an American architect, who performed a twenty-year conservation effort in conjunction with French professionals and Auvergnat conservators & artisans.

With its rugged, mysterious beauty perched on a remote volcanic promontory, Château du Sailhant speaks of ancient times and the remote Auvergne region. 

“If you’re on a quest trying to go back in time, you’re not always successful. It’s essentially like time travel, and if you do find the answer to your quest, it is a little miraculous.”  — Joseph Pell Lombardi, Architectural Digest (Link)

LARGER HISTORY

“I looked for years for a project in western Europe that would utilize my professional background and could be used as a summer retreat. My criteria was that it had to be of an architectural period unavailable in America, have an unstudied architectural history, and be in need of conservation, in a remote location and affordable. I had studied in depth European architecture during my education and had worked for clients on projects in Italy, France and Hungary. But, I itched to tackle a project in Europe for myself.”    — Joseph Pell Lombardi, Owner

Here you will find extensive histories of Château du Sailhant which have been compiled and presented by its present owner, Joseph Pell Lombardi, a Preservation Architect. (Ref. JosephPellLombardi.com)

PRESS

A rose may be a rose may be a rose, but there are castles and there are castles.    — Architectural Digest, 2010

CONTACT

Hours
April 1st – May 31st: Tours run every afternoon at the top of the hour, from 2pm to 6pm (closed Monday). 

From June 1st to September 30th: Every day except Monday, from 10am to 12pm and from 2pm to 6pm. A guided tour starts every half hour, from 1st July to 31st August only.

October 1st to October 30th: Tours run every afternoon, 2pm – 6pm, starting at the top of every hour. Closed Monday.

Garden Tours (20 minutes): Every day (except Monday) on the 11am and 5pm tours. (Add 2 euros in the normal price of a ticket).

Due to the limited number of guest per tour, reservations are not required but are strongly encouraged.

For further information, please telephone (06 89 72 08 60 or 04 71 60 98 00), or email at ChateauduSailhant@gmail.com

Château du Sailhant
Lieu dit Le Sailhant
15100 Andelat

Admissions Pricing
Adults: € 10, Adult/Group (Maximum 15): € 7
Child 6-12 years: € 5
Children under 6 years: Free
Student: € 5

Spoken Languages
English and French

Payment:
Cash / Credit cards

Bus parking available

THE BEAUTY OF CHÂTEAU DU SAILHANT

“Slowly, but with the greatest of excitement, the 500,000 piece, one-thousand-year-old jigsaw puzzle was coming together.”

— Joseph Pell Lombardi

Tel. 06 89 72 08 60 / 04 71 60 98 00
ChateauduSailhant@gmail.com


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