Chalet Imperial

Vichy, Rhone-Alpes, France
An Imperial Villa in Vichy

Following Emperor Napoleon III's frequent visits to Vichy, the spa town became an imperial favorite, with the monarch largely responsible for the expansion and development of the town as an elite retreat. Built in 1863, this luxury villa in France was one of the first residences that he commissioned in the town, along with many public buildings.  

Originally called Clermont-Tonnerre, it was built for the monarch's officer, Count Aynard of Clermont-Tonnerre (1827-1884) and was erected at the same time as the emporer's own villa next door.

A meticulously preserved Belle Epoque beauty, the landmark villa has had only three owners in 150 years, and was restored by the current owners to protect and showcase its history. Its elegant interiors feature reception rooms in marble, with gilded mouldings and coffered ceilings, intricate wood inlay, and original stained glass windows alongside subtle modern updates. 

The park-like grounds are a private oasis where you'll find an oddly beautiful Gothic-inspired outbuilding that was added to the property in 1905.

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Set along the "Boulevard Napoléon" (currently called boulevard des Etats-Unis) in Vichy, this luxury villa in France is intimately tied to the monarch's history in the town. Between the romantic park that he had constructed along the river, and the many civic buildings he commissioned in the city center, this prestigious property remains as one of the very first he had built. 

A refined and elegant Belle Epoque style villa, the recent renovations have updated the interiors without detracting from its imperial elegance. The grand entrance hall leads to a ground floor reception hall and a lounge overlooking the gardens. There's a formal dining room and a fully-equipped kitchen and two separate sitting rooms.

Spread over two floors, the villa has five bedrooms on the first floor and six on the upper floors, making it an extra large retreat for families and groups to share.

There is a spa (naturally), a gym, a cinema room, and a billiards room, and in the garden, a heated swimming pool with hydrotherapy current. The unique neo-Gothic pavilion that was added by a turn of the century architect is currently being restored to accommodate more guests.

From the garden you'll have direct access to the Napoleon park and Lake Alliers for a bucolic promenade in the city of spas.

 

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Breakfast included with optional additional meals and housekeeping on request. Wifi throughout, projection/media room and satellite cable TV with video library, Spotify and music library, kitchen and bath amenities, laundry facilities, private parking with two EV chargers. Optional services include: catering, spa and massage services, touring and wine tastings.

 

AROUND

Long famous as a wellness and spa town, the area around Vichy is blessed with the natural healing properties of its many mineral springs. A favorite of Napoleon III (his bust is front and center in Le Parc des Sources), the monarch was responsible for much of its growth and development as an elite destination.

Sitting at the bend in the Allier River in the Auvergne region, the town is a compact mix of eras, with Belle-époque, Art Nouveau, Empire, and later, Art Deco contributing to its opulent style. Eminently walkable, the cafes, spas and shops are all within a short stroll or bike ride. 

Largely rural, the Auvergne region's capital city and urban hub, Clermont Ferrand, is an hour south. 

 

LOCATION

Vichy, France. Nearest Airport: Clermont Ferrand (73km)

 

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Spring through Fall

 
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Overview Fully equipped
Kitchen Fully equipped with breakfast included
Pool Yes
Internet Wifi throughout
Bedrooms 7
Bed Type All King
Kitchen Fully equipped with breakfast included
Bathrooms 6
Accommodates 14
Kid-Friendly
Pets-Friendly No pets allowed
Family/Kid Friendly
Min. Stay 2 nights
Check-In 3pm
Check-Out 11am
Cleaning €300
Tax No taxes (Rate includes tax)
Sec. Deposit €1000
Sec. Deposit Due Deposit required at check-in with cash
Cancellation Policy Moderate
Guest will receive a full refund if booking is cancelled at least 30 days before the start of the stay. If the guest cancels 14-30 days before the start of the stay, they will receive a 50% refund. If they cancel within 14 days of the start of the stay, no refund will be given. BoutiqueHomes Service Fee is non refundable.
Notes The first floor of the Chalet (5 rooms) is available for a reduced rate of €1,500 for the first night, and €1,300 for each night after that. There is an additional taxe de sejour.
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