Since 2013, Château de Bussolles has been restored in many places (see the Photos section) and has been modernized in essential parts, without compromising the authentic appearance of a French castle. The historic outbuildings offer space for Gîtes de Bussolles (two separate apartments), the caretaker’s house and storage. The facilities (TV, WiFi, swimming pool, soccer field, trampoline, forest) are such that it is great to relax (as many of our previous guests have stated). The castle is open all year for holidays, weddings and parties, meetings, workshops and other occasions.

We recently received about 200 guests in one weekend for a great wedding party. Thanks to the nice weather, the guests dined outside and danced until the late hours.

A yoga club from Lyon rented the castle in January for a one-week yoga workshop. Their main requirement was: the castle must be warm. Thanks to our loyal boiler they enjoyed a wonderful week with exercises, health food and rest.

Château de Bussolles is hidden in a wooded area, about 6 km. from the town of Lapalisse. At the front of the castle you overlook the Têche Valley, with the characteristic white Charolaise cows and the occasional deer family passing through.

The estate also used to include the Chapelle de Bussolles, located a few hundred meters from the castle. The chapel is quite dilapidated but still serves occasionally communions, etc. Inscriptions can be seen that the chapel was built around the year 1507 and there are several memorial stones and inscriptions on tombstones of the former inhabitants of the castle (the chapel stands on private property).

At about 300 meters from the castle lies Moulin de Bussolles with an idyllic waterfall. This water mill with outbuildings used to be part of Château de Bussolles. These days it is in private hands.

The ground floor consists of a large kitchen with an open, practical cooking area. The kitchen will be completely renovated soon. Adjacent to the kitchen are the old chapel (now TV-room), a billiard room with a professional snooker table, two spacious salons (one with a piano) and a poker room. Here you will find an extensive floor plan of the ground floor.
The first floor hosts 6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. Three bedrooms (for a total of 5 people) are located in the west wing, with 1 shared bathroom. On the main corridor you will find 2 bedrooms and 2 private bathrooms. Finally, on the south side there is a double bedroom with its own bathroom. Click here for a map.
On the second floor there are two double bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. In addition, the attic hosts the ‘Mecca’ for small and large children: the playroom, equipped with table tennis, darts, football tables, pool, air hockey and lots of toys. This link takes you to the floorplan.