Château Plombis, exclusively yours during your stay
Château Plombis sits just to the north of the beautiful medieval village of Castelsagrat, with views from its grounds across the Séoune valley to the equally stunning village of Montjoi. The château nestles among extensive lawns and gardens, filled with beautiful cedars and other specimen trees. The honey-stone château provides a grand backdrop to the swimming pool at the front, while a tennis court is tucked away beyond a picturesque ancient stone outbuilding, with its own shaded terrace and a view across the meadow towards The Clearing and Montjoi beyond. Beyond the lawns and gardens, the château grounds consist of woods and hay meadows, all of which guests are encouraged to explore and enjoy.
To one side of the château, a long building houses the Orangerie and the open arcaded space of what was, until recently, the château stables. Both of these spaces, with a grand ‘pigeonnier’ tower providing an entrance-way between them, give wonderful opportunities for entertaining and events.
Inside, the château itself is spacious yet cosy and comfortable, a lovely mix of homely and characterful, with sleek and modern where needed. In the same vein, contemporary paintings and sculptures mingle with more traditional and historical works, including framed plans for renovation of the château in the 19th Century. The overwhelming feeling is of space and relaxation. Kick off your shoes, spread yourselves out, and enjoy your stay.
A little history
Château Plombis started life as a farm house, dating back to before the 1700s. This oldest part of the château now houses the kitchen and pantries, along with the bedrooms 1 and 2 at the back of the building upstairs. As farming progressed an adjoining barn was added on, the roof line of which is still visible on the North wall of the château. At the end of the 1800s, perhaps around 1890, the new owners of the time knocked down the barn and added a rather grand ‘extension’, which is now the front façade of the château and includes, downstairs, the two salons and the study in the tower. Upstairs, all the rooms at the front overlooking the swimming-pool, rooms 5 to 8, and perhaps the wide central corridor, are in this newer addition. The extension to include the dining and billiards room, and bedrooms 3 and 4 was also added at this time.
Village archives note the arrival of the grand stone 16th century fireplaces into Plombis during the course of the extensive renovations.
So one story goes, at some point, the aristocratic family who owned Plombis also owned other châteaux in other parts of France. They employed an architect to update and give all their châteaux a homogeneous look, and this is how Château Plombis ended up looking like it does today. If the story is true there may be similar looking châteaux to Plombis still in existence elsewhere.
These original renovations to the building were never in fact completed, and it is unknown exactly why but could quite easily be due to a death in the family and financial problems with paying heavy death duties at that time. The outside of the château shows this in the uncarved stones framing the windows, and the unfinished exterior – it was the fashion at that time to cover the beautiful stone with a screed. This was never completed and today we can still see the original scaffolding holes in the walls, which would normally be covered by a screed. Today, these holes are visible, and offer homes to various birds, including hawks, who happily nest all year round in the château walls.