- Gascony – Renaissance château
- Luxury guest house – going concern
- pool, gardens, independent gite and owners’ quarters
- In a circular ‘bastide’ – plus beau village de France – in the Armagnac region
- €1,250,000 * ref 239
This is an opportunity to buy one of France’s most prestigious Renaissance châteaux, located in a tiny ‘bastide’ village in Gascony, in the region renowned for its high-quality spirit Armagnac … and the Three Musketeers. Unlike many others, this château has been renovated and refurbished with style and taste.
Although the original château dates back to 1068 the ravages of war, foreign occupation and vengeful kings saw to it that the old mediaeval fortress was razed to the ground in 1488 and the present building constructed in 1491. King Charles VII probably ordered the sacking of the old château as punishment for its owners siding with the English during the Hundred years War.
Old grudges have now been forgotten and the château welcomes English and French – as well as other Europeans and guests from the New World – into its confines as a luxury Guest House.
The premises comprise more than 1000m² of surface area. This is divided up roughly so:
– ground floor: restaurant dining room, kitchens, wine store, pantries, laundry rooms
– first floor: two guest suites (east wing) and the owner’s quarters on the south face (3 bedrooms, lounge/dining room)
– second floor: 4 guest suites
– upper floor: meeting room/billiard room and three or four unused ensuite bedrooms.
Attached to the main château on the west wing is the two-bedroomed gite. This is a splendid two-storey ‘cottage’ with spacious kitchen/diner, lounge and two large ensuite bedrooms.
The whole building – château and gite – is heated by a combination oil-fired and wood-fired (pellet) central heating system of prodigious power and economy. Thanks to the new roof, excellent insulation and modern boilers, the chateau boasts an incredible ‘B’ rating for energy consumption.
Outside, the gardens stretch east and south until the moat/river which forms the boundary line. There is about one hectare in all. This includes a discreet car-park for 12 or so vehicles, the boiler house, the summer kitchen and dining area and, of course, the magnificent 12 metre pool.
Many buyers are loath to invest in chateaux as they have a reputation of turning into bottomless money pits. Not this one. Mainly because all the work has been done: roof, electrics, plumbing are all recent and the château is an active guest house welcoming people from all over the world. It is run by hotel professionals who have maintained and improved the building continually. We feel, however, that the business is under-developed. The top floor could be opened up to seminars and meetings for local businesses. A true restaurant with expert chef could be started up (it has a ‘Licence IV’ a full liquor licence). It could be a venue for weddings, Armagnac-tastings, jazz festivals. The owners could live in the cottage and let out the whole chateau as a sort of luxury gite for 30 people … Whatever your project, you are unlikely to find a more attractive and well-finished château than this one in France. Certainly not at this knock-down price!
* agency fees included reference n°: 239
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