Originally built in 1607 by the Rion family, was before 1789, the seat of a fief whose lords were: Melle, Janvre, Chevalier, Picher, De Rion, D'Auzy and Janvre de la Moussière who emigrated in 1791. The estate of Saugé was auctioned by the Nation on 18 Floreal year three. Pierre Guillonneau du Boupère in the Vendée, bought it for the price of 161 000 livres and in 1868, one of his descendants, Louis Alfred Viala-Carain, sold it to the Guyonnet family. Madame Alphonse Guyonnet rejuvenates him in 1902.
We are in the process of compiling information on the history of the Chateeau and its inhabitants over the years. Any dates, information, photos you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
We originally viewed The Chateau on a cold and wet March morning in 2018 - the grey day did little to stop us falling in love with this beautiful property and its grounds. Unfortunately a shadow of its former 19 hectares but still a beautiful jewel that should be seen and enjoyed by many.
Seven months later a new Chapter in the life of Chateau de Sauge begins and for us The Starting Point of a long journey of restoration.
Bring it on
We hope you enjoy our journey as much as we are.
Photos of the Starting Point here.
Currently there are 8 bedrooms in the Chateau, we have sacrificed a number of these in order to create bedrooms with en-suite facilities including a Wedding Suite with separate lounge area for those bridesmaids and a large luxurious en-suite, The Highlander Suite a large bedroom with its own lounge area and huge luxury bathroom ideal for a romantic stay and a Woodland Family Suite which has two adjoining bedrooms.
The Attic space of the Chateau will be developed to create the owners private living space.
The Scullery has been transformed into a state of the art kitchen while retaining the period features along with the Sauge Vintage Tearoom.
The Hunting Lodge is being renovated and will provide 1 bed (Sleeps 4) Gite and The Wood Lodge a 2 bed Gite sleeps 6. A further 4 Gites will be created within the Chateau Courtyard.
The Barn and adjoining building is in the process of renovation and will provide fantastic Event space for Weddings or indeed any other event along with our beautiful gardens, woodland and lake area as well as our Le Cave which should not be missed for a journey back into history.
Join us on Our Journey
Given the scale of the challenges ahead, the least of which is the language barrier, we speak very little French, a minor issue which we're looking to correct, Language classes booked!
If you can assist us on this journey with any of the following we will be grateful.
- Detail/history of the Chateau
- Photographs of the property, new or old to assist us in the restoration (parts of the property no longer exist)
- Lend your support morally or physically, have a Work away working holiday
- Contact us if you are able to provide services, Building, Heating, Electrical, Plastering, Landscaping, Etc, Etc, Etc
- Your advice if you have delivered a similar project regionally
- Renewable energy solutions (options for well water)
- Market Garden creation & livestock (Small holding)
- Advice or commentary on our website