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The swimming pool of Château de Thauvenay amidst the lawn and trees
The swimming pool of Château de Thauvenay amidst the lawn and trees
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Thauvenay

Le Château de Thauvenay

In the (often overlooked) Centre-Val de Loire region, a 19th-century castle that breaks the mold

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Surrounded by world-renowned vineyards, le Château de Thauvenay surprises with its mid-century inspired decor. An architectural masterpiece available for rent by large families.

In the (often overlooked) Centre-Val de Loire region, a 19th-century castle that breaks the mold

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"At Château de Thauvenay, I felt like a link in a historical chain, part of a pivotal moment where human intervention revived and brought brilliance to an exceptional piece."

Following the success of his first vacation rental home – the intimate Riverside House in Upper Normandy – Jordan Feilders embarked on a new, grand project: Le Château de Thauvenay. Set within three hectares of parkland and boasting over 1600m² of interior space, it offers endless possibilities for the enterprising Jordan and his partner Emmanuel Diemoz. Here, they envision a radically different stay experience for large families and big groups of friends. They put everything into its decor, which leaves no one indifferent (including ourselves). The architectural integrity of the castle has been meticulously preserved, respecting its historical roots while defying the usual decorative expectations of such heritage properties. Gone are the period furniture and ultra-modern pieces; instead, Jordan and his wife have embraced a mid-century aesthetic that subtly plays with materials without being ostentatious. It’s a balance that works wonders and provides ample room for dreaming.

A castle that respects the existing…

“Our intention was to preserve the interior architecture and the many period details and ornamentations found here,” explains Jordan. During the two-year renovation of this sleeping beauty, the owner once again enlisted the help of his friend, architect Gilles Tombeur—who was also involved in the Riverside House project – to faithfully revive this aristocratic residence. This true work of craftsmanship was successfully completed thanks to artisans with ancestral skills and tools.

In the property’s forty rooms, the oak parquet and Burgundy stone floors have been revitalized. Each molding has been meticulously replicated, and the woodwork adorning the walls of the alcove library has been restored. This room, a favorite of the host, evokes the feeling of Captain Nemo’s quarters from ‘Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.’

 

 

 

Original woodwork dating from 1810 - © Benjamin Colombel

Original woodwork dating from 1810 - © Benjamin Colombel

While modernizing its decor
with avant-garde mid-century elements.

A special affection for the woodwork that elegantly dresses the interior of the castle - © Benjamin Colombel

A special affection for the woodwork that elegantly dresses the interior of the castle - © Benjamin Colombel

Jordan infuses a mid-century spirit into these spacious areas by taking a different approach from the traditionally decorated castles that resemble somewhat dull historical reconstructions. His wife, Tatiana Dupond, inspires this artistic direction, admiring the architectural achievements of the avant-garde 1920s and 30s. Milan’s Villa Necchi and Robert-Mallet Stevens’ modernist Villa Cavrois are just a few examples. ‘These places have been a precious guiding thread for the choice of colors, materials, and furniture, contributing to the careful and discreet elegance of the castle’s interior,’ the couple shares.

Together with his partner Emmanuel Diemoz – also the head of the design brand TOLIX – the entrepreneur furnishes the estate with reissues led by the brand. Like the T37 chair, initially designed in the 1930s, or a solid brass wall light reminiscent of a 1920s ship’s reading lamp. A decorative approach that bridges the gap between different eras and gives the property a timeless style.

"Around the castle, one can stroll through the three-hectare park before delving into the surrounding vineyards to meet their winemakers, always eager to tell us the story of their product."

The Centre-Val de Loire:
a region still (too) little known to explore

Beyond the park of the castle with its centuries-old trees, its 25-meter long saltwater pool, sauna, and outdoor Nordic bath, the Centre-Val de Loire region is just waiting to be explored. Despite its renowned Sancerre wines, this part of central France is rarely crowded with tourists. It’s a green gem best discovered on foot, starting from the castle. Wander through the surrounding vineyards, get lost among them, and meet the vintners who warmly welcome visitors to their exclusive cellars.

The second part of the journey takes you to the Loire Canal. Whether on foot or by bike, follow it to the charming town of La Charité-sur-Loire and its Cluniac cathedral. This rural setting proves once again that France offers plenty of enchanting destinations to escape to, even just 200 km from Paris!

One of the entrances of the castle, where a climbing rose bush has established itself - © Benjamin Colombel

One of the entrances of the castle, where a climbing rose bush has established itself - © Benjamin Colombel

The 3 things

we love the most

The modernist decoration of the castle
The wooden alcove library
The three hectares of parkland bordered by vineyards

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Destination Thauvenay

Transports

Tracy-sur-Loire train station

8 min

Cosne-sur-Loire train station

19 min

Orly Airport

123 min

Restaurants

La Tour (gastronomic)

8 min

Au P’tit Goûter (bistrot)

12 min

Au Bon Laboureur (local cuisine)

16 min

Shops and Craft workshops

Domaine Serge Laloue (vineyard)

2 min

Domaine Château de Sancerre (vineyard)

8 min

Domaine Hubert Brochard (vineyard)

11 min

Nature, Culture and Heritage

Banks of the Loire

7 min

La Charité-sur-Loire village

24 min

Apremont-sur-Allier village

52 min

Le Château de Thauvenay

Rue du Château, 18300, Thauvenay, France

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