Chateau du Marchat

The Château du Marchat, in the commune of Saint-Agnant-de-Versillat, is probably living its last decade. And its inexorable decline does not go unnoticed. Construction of the chateau, started around 1865. It was commissioned by Jean-Baptiste Maisonneuve, the then mayor of Saint-Agnant-de Versillat (1853 to 1866) its estate covers over 150 hectares.

The Chateau abandoned since the war (1945). The Logis, square planned with a basement, is built of limestone & brick on granite bedrock. It is flanked by four turrets covered by small bulbs, crowned by a zinc ridge with spikes and a glass ball. Built in the neo-Gothic style, some of which to the eye respect symmetry. The basement was home to the service rooms and had a terrace running on the three sides of the chateau. A set of faux stucco panels adorned the reception rooms on the ground floor. The Logis, long abandoned, is in very poor condition, most of its floors have collapsed. In the park, there are still traces of landscaping, retaining walls, the Cedars & Yew Plantation, Access driveway.

To the east of the house is a large barn-stable with neo-gothic-style bays and the main entrance is on the small side, the barns are built in the Limousin style. Jean-Baptiste was born in Saint-Agnant-de-Versillat in 1802, son of Jean Maisonneuve and Marie Aumasson; possibly modest and illiterate parents, because the birth certificate was simply signed with a cross. A castle, no heir However, Jean-Baptiste experienced a meteoric ascent; His fame is evident – he was mayor for thirteen years – whose estate and this chateau an illustration of his fortune. Also living with him, his nephew, Jean-Baptiste Justinian Maisonneuve, born on 6 June 1826. The latter had married in 1855, Marie-Louise Zuléma Bonnet-Beaufranc, born in Essouby.

After seventeen years of marriage and without descent, Marie-Louise died, at the age of 33 years, on June 17, 1862. Justinian was 36 years old, he exploited the estate with his uncle, they had good fortune and Justinian married for a second time, on May 28, 1864, in Clamart, where she was domiciled, Cécile Henriette Merry, who was born in Paris, on December 11, 1841; was 23 years old. Cecile did not live long in the countryside, in this great area of Marchat; She died one and a half years later, on 12 August 1866 in Clamart, leaving her without descent to the line of the Maisonneuve. As a widower at 40 years old, Justinian did not marry again. His uncle Jean-Baptiste died three years later, leaving him without a doubt the estate and the castle in inheritance. Like his uncle, he was mayor of St-Agnant-de Versillat (from 1888 to 1896). When he died his brother then inherited it, Sylvain Prosper Maisonneuve, Still, the castle declined.

It is said to be abandoned until the middle of the XXth century where a new owner appeared, with the name of Merry, Is this in connection with Cécile Henriette, second wife of Justinian? The estate was purchased by a Haute-Viennese entrepreneur, mainly for the purpose of building property near to St-Sulpice-les-Feuilles. Remarkable chimneys, wood, ornate corbels masonry were thus taken. Other buyers succeeded.

In 1996, by Christian Quirin and Gilbert Terral; The estate is purchased to exploit the farmland. No one is interested in the castle. Except the youth of a archeology workshop called MJC de La Souterraine, during the 1970’s. The ivy gradually invaded the façade, other looting shook the building, the large adjoining barns, have also collapsed. In 2010, Méthaniseur Abiodis acquired the domain for a project carried out by Abioval and the town of Guéret. This project has recently been abandoned. The estate was again on sale when the roof of the castle collapsed.