A medieval Swiss chateau with a knight’s banqueting hall and a secret underground tunnel is headed to auction on June 28.
Built in the 14th century, Chateau de Bavois was originally listed for 18 million Swiss francs (US$18.25 million), when “put on the market a couple of years ago,” said Charlie Smith, European adviser for Concierge Auctions. The estate will now sell without reserve to the highest bidder.
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Located on a hilltop in the Plaine de L’Orbe, Bavois, in the west of Switzerland, the chateau’s main residence spans over 8,600 square feet and includes two apartments, reception rooms, guest rooms and a period kitchen.
Despite being fully renovated, the estate has kept many of its unique period features, like the secret tunnel that leads to a neighboring 13,616-square-foot farmhouse. The farmhouse has six apartments, a dining room, a number of reception areas and space for entertaining up to 200 guests, according to Concierge Auctions.
The nine-acre grounds include a pool, a barn and stables, additional outbuildings and underground parking for six cars.
It’s being sold by Thierry Lombard, a member of the Lombard banking dynasty, who bought it in 1987.
“Despite the castle being in a poor state of repair when we first viewed it, we fell in love with the location of the chateau,” Mr. Lombard told Mansion Global in a statement. “It has been the perfect home from which to explore Italy, France and Switzerland and we have fond memories of our travels to the U.K. too, where we sourced much of the beautiful antique furniture.”
Mr. Lombard is selling to focus on his Geneva-based main family home.
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