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Housing at the Château d'Hauteville

In 1760, Pierre-Phillippe Cannac, ancestor of the Grand d'Hauteville family, acquired the barony of St. Légier. In the following years, Cannac commissioned a well-known French architect to expand an existing manor house on the property, creating the existing Chateau d'Hauteville that still occupies the site today.  In November 2019, eleven generations after the castle's construction, the property was sold the property to Pepperdine University.  After the purchase, the university embarked on a multi-year renovation effort to transform the château and its surrounding 67 acres into the permanent home of its Switzerland study-abroad program. 

Undergraduate students are housed in the beautifully restored rooms of the Château d'Hauteville. Rooms are shared and vary in capacity based on the size of each room, but virtually all are equipped with beds, small desks, and storage for clothing. In addition to student living quarters, the Château also features frescoed salons, a beautiful library, and large common rooms for recreational activities. The estate's sumptuous 67 acres also provide the perfect context for outdoor recreation. Students will enjoy exploring the gardens, roaming the estate's forest, riding horses at the nearby equestrian school, swimming in the lake, or taking a dip in the Château pool. Thanks to the Château train stop and the estate's proximity to the city, students can enjoy the recreational and cultural opportunities that await them in the beautiful city of Vevey or the large cities of Lausanne and Montreux. 

Meals are served in the Orangerie dining hall from our state-of-the-art kitchen and are periodically supplied with food grown in the estate's orchards and gardens.  


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