Villa Anne-Marie

Here nothing seems to have changed for more than a century. A little away from the thermal heart, the villa Anne-Marie is one of the rare Vichy residences that have not undergone any transformation over the years. Inside, the decoration alone is a real history book. However, we are not in a museum but in a real place of life, where artists, friends and gourmets meet at the invitation of its owners.


Haven of peace

For the past four years, Paul and Ivy Sarrassat have found a place in Vichy that matches their desires and pleasures. Indeed, the couple does not conceive life without friends around the table. Musicians, visual artists, photographers, painters, or any other person who likes to let time flow in conversation, laughter, good food and wine meet there. This haven is the Villa Anne-Marie. Located 8, rue Albert-Londres the villa bears the first name of the daughter of Paul Martin, its architect, who designed it in 1902, to live with his family and set up his professional activity.



but remarkable

When it was built, the Villa Anne-Marie was part of a rapidly developing neighborhood. Set back from the Avenue des Célestins, away from the thermal heart, it was discreet. However, its facade colored with red and white bricks, its symmetry, its supports and balustrades, its two sculpted women’s faces attract the eye. Two stoops determine the private space, on the left, and, on the right, the professional space. Paul Martin played, on the whole, the neo-classical score, with architectural incursions towards the Renaissance for the roof and a hint of Art Nouveau with earthenware in green, yellow and ivory tones and railings.
An eclecticism that can be found in the interior decoration and that has won over the fourth owners of the Villa Anne-Marie. “It belonged to the Martin family until 1988. This explains the almost total absence of transformations since its construction. The Villa Anne-Marie is one of the few in Vichy to have remained in its original state.


A small cocoon

open to others

A little cocoon, the Villa Anne Marie? With its 280 m2 of living space, its 4 levels, its fifteen rooms, its 70 doors, its two terraces, the visitor may be surprised by this delightful remark. But, it is enough to spend a few hours there to grasp the very eclectic architectural atmosphere. Paul Martin had combined beautiful materials (oak, marble, stone) and modernity (bathroom decorated with mosaics in glass paste, forced air heating, etc.). Depending on the season, guests can close off the different spaces and enjoy a fire in each of the three living rooms or, in summer, leave everything open with the south-facing terrace, accessible from the dining room, as the focal point. In the basement, the summer kitchen allows you to enjoy a little coolness. The vast terrace on the second floor is equipped to host nice summer meals. The villa Anne Marie listed in the Supplementary Inventory of Historical Monuments since 1989, comes alive with a new life with this couple who widely opens its cocoon to friends.


the villa in pictures