The Château d’Hérouville, an 18th century pile with an extraordinary rock n roll history, is yours for $1.73 million
The former owner Michel Magne purchased it in 1962 (name not ring a bell? Me neither. Apparently he was nominated for an Oscar for the music he wrote for Gigot) and converted it into a recording studio.
Then musician, director and sound engineer Laurent Thibault took over management of the studio in June 1974
Stars came calling in the 1970s and the walls reverberated to the sound of some real classics: Bowie’s Low and Pinups, Iggy Pop’s The Idiot, Pink Floyd’s Obscured by Clouds and Bee Gees tracks “Stayin’ Alive” and “How Deep is Your Love”, T-Rex’s The Slider, Cat Steven’s Catch a Bull at Four.
Elton John called it the Honky Château, also the title of an album he recorded there in 1972, one of three – the others were Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player and Goodbye Yellowbrick Road.
Producer Tony Visconti claimed that the lovers Frederic Chopin and George Sand haunted the building — Chopin had a fling with Sand while living here – and Bowie also said the studio had a spooky feel.
“It felt like it was haunted as all fuck,” Visconti later noted, “but what could Frederic and George really do to me, scare me in French?”
The Grateful Dead played a gig live to a group of villagers in 1971 after being rained off an open air festival and later released it as an album.
Jerry Garcia later recalled: ” We played and the people came — the chief of police, the fire department, just everybody. It was an event and everybody just had a hell of a time — got drunk, fell in the pool. It was great.”
The Chateau has 30 rooms, a 42,000-acre park, a pool and a tennis court.