|Chateau d’Hérouville - Haunted|
A dilapidated French chateau used as a recording studio by the legends of British pop is up for sale – but don’t expect any bids from David Bowie... he swears it’s haunted.
The ghost in question is thought to be that of composer Frederic Chopin.
Maybe he objected to the rafters of Chateau d’Hérouville vibrating to the music of punk rockers Sham 69?
|Frederic Chopin haunts the chateau|
However, Bowie felt ‘supernatural energy’ when he recorded Pin Ups in 1973 and later returned for the highly-acclaimed Low album.
The floodgates then opened to the likes of Uriah Heep, Canned Heat, Rick Wakeman, Iggy Pop, the Bee Gees, Marvin Gaye, Fleetwood Mac and T Rex during the 1970s and early 1980s.
Now, after years of neglect, the chateau in the Val d’Oise region – 20 miles north of Paris – is up for sale for £1.12million. Built in 1740, it was painted by Vincent van Gogh and became famous thanks to French film composer Michel Magne, who bought it in 1962.
He transformed the building into a grand home with 30 rooms, a swimming pool and tennis court in 17,000 hectares of parkland.
But, more importantly, he built a personal recording studio with such amazing acoustic qualities that it quickly became the talk of musicians around the world.
It opened as a residential recording studio, nicknamed Strawberry Studios, with state-of-the-art recording equipment.
One of the chateau’s musical highlights was an impromptu Grateful Dead concert in June 1971.
The late Jerry Garcia, the band’s lead guitarist said: ‘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.’
During a three-month stay at the chateau, Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks requested that her bedroom be painted pink.
|Brian Eno claimed chateau was haunted|
‘On the first day, David took one look at the master bedroom and said: “I’m not sleeping in there!”’
Eno claimed to have been awoken early every morning with someone shaking his shoulder, but when he opened his eyes, no one was there.
Magne sold the property in 1979 and the new owners allowed the recording studio to remain while pursuing plans to convert the chateau into luxury flats.
But the local authority denied permission and, apart from a brief period of rental, it has been mostly empty for 28 years.
Estate agent Gilles Ditcharry said the property needs £250,000 worth of renovations. He added: ‘It’s not a classically beautiful chateau, but it has a fantastic history.’
But it became famous thanks to French film composer Michel Magne, who won an Oscar for his music for the Gene Kelly film Gigot, who bought it in 1962. He transformed it into a grand home with 30 rooms, a swimming pool and tennis court in 17,000 hectares of parkland.
But more importantly he built a personal recording studio with such amazing acoustic qualities that it quickly became the talk of musicians around the world.