World In Sologne, luxury, golf and real estate

In Sologne, luxury, golf and real estate

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By Grégoire Allix

Posted on January 14, 2020, 12:16 a.m.

All of stone and wood, hundreds of villas with contemporary design, signed by star architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, blend into the forest around a horse club of sixty boxes, a tennis academy with sixteen courts and a twenty-seven hole course designed by the "pope" of golf, Jack Nicklaus. On paper, the Chambord Country Club project at La Ferté-Saint-Cyr (Loir-et-Cher) has everything to be one of the most beautiful complexes of its kind: a luxurious private resort combining hotels and second homes, ideally located about fifteen kilometers from the famous hunting castle of François Ist, in the lush greenery of the Sologne landscapes.

"Today, the people who come to visit Chambord do not stay on the territory because they cannot sleep there. Thanks to this project, visitors will be able to spend two or three days with us, and we will bring tourists who have money, groups, seminars ", rejoices the senator (Union centrist) Jean-Paul Prince. Mayor of La Ferté-Saint-Cyr from 1983 to 2017, who became a parliamentarian when Jacqueline Gourault, of whom he was the deputy, entered government, Mr. Prince has been defending this issue for years.

The Chambord Country Club project at La Ferté-Saint-Cyr (Loir-et-Cher) includes 565 villas signed Jean-Michel Wilmotte.
The Chambord Country Club project at La Ferté-Saint-Cyr (Loir-et-Cher) includes 565 villas signed Jean-Michel Wilmotte. WILMOTTE & ASSOCIATES

Abandoned for the first time in 2014 after legal proceedings, this investment of 420 million euros excluding taxes is relaunched, but it again meets with headwinds.

The Center-Val-de-Loire regional council thus adopted, on December 19, 2019, a wish proposed by elected environmentalists to oppose a project deemed "Useless" and going "Against climate and social emergencies". A wish that should be poured into the upcoming public inquiry, and which adds to the various concerns and oppositions expressed by residents during the consultation organized in the fall of 2019 under the aegis of the National Commission for Public Debate .

Support from local elected officials

Because, to build these sports facilities and build some 110,000 square meters of buildings – 565 houses, forty apartments, an upscale hotel, a conference center, a gourmet restaurant, not to mention the country club and a few shops – it is necessary that the last farm in the town cease its activity and develop the trifle of 400 hectares of pasture, woods and ponds located in a protected natural area, classified Natura 2000.

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