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Renaissance chateau for sale Gascony

Gascony – Renaissance château – upmarket guest house

  • 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.

Our opinion:

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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Tarn/Languedoc – Tourist centre – gites and B&B

  • Tarn/Languedoc – Tourist centre

  • 4 bedroom B&B + owner’s house + 8 room ‘group’ gite

  • + 3 gites + heated indoor pool, gym, spa and hammam

  • Ecological build – entirely in wood – 6 hectares land

  • Saint Ferréol lake and forest environment

  • Price: €1,380,000 * – ref 154

This is an unusual property – recently built to strict ecological guidelines – in the forest of the Parc Naturel de Languedoc over-looking the lake of Saint Férréol. This lake was created to feed water to the 17th century engineering masterpiece, the Canal du Midi.

‘Tourist centre’ is perhaps not the right description: it is more a collection of different sorts of tourist accommodation: guest rooms, group gite and independent gites – in a wooded and quiet environment. There is a spa, a hammam, a well-equipped gym, massage and physio rooms, a heated swimming pool and, above all, a seminar/conference centre which can accommodate 30 or 40 participants. B&B guests as well as seminar/yoga participants are offered a table d’hôte dinner in the stupendous communal dining area. The owner’s have equally beautiful and well-finished accommodation within the complex: a 3 bedroomed duplex covering more than 200m².

Here’s a rundown of the main elements:

* Main building (made of wood – like all the buildings) which houses the communal area on the upper floor, reception area, kitchens, dining room and lounge. On the lower floor there are 4 guest rooms, each with bathroom, lounge area and private terrace. Adjoining this part is the owner’s section: a duplex of three bedrooms, two bathrooms, an office … all under an imposing ‘zome’. Apart from this unusual feature the rest of the roof is covered in vegetation – as insulation – with a solar water-heating installation. This whole building – as well as the pool – is heated by a massive wood-burning furnace. The 6 hectares of woodland provide unlimited quantities of free fuel.

* The second building – separated from the first by the covered pool – houses the gym, physio area and spa as well as the seminar space (on the ground floor) with the 8-bedroomed ‘group gite’ on the upper floor. The eight bedrooms each have twin (or double) beds and a private shower room and toilet. They share a communal kitchen and dining area as well as a summer kitchen and terrace outside. In fact, these could be regarded as 8 more B&B rooms (in all legality as the centre has an official Gîtes de France ‘group’ label) to add to the existing 4 in the main building. The seminar centre has, of course, its own cloakroom and toilets, exits and terrace space.

* The third building is a low-lying one storey building housing three independent one-bedroom gites. These are equipped with kitchen corner, bathroom and balcony.

These building are on a ridge with the forested land falling away on each side. There is ample parking for all the guests, a large vegetable garden, a chicken run, a dog kennel, a water feature and peach trees and vines here and there.

St Ferréol is a much-loved and much-visited amenity, known to all the urban dwellers of Languedoc and Midi-Pyrenees. It combines water activities with hiking, mountain biking and cultural visits to the abbey at Sorèze, the market at Revel and the crafts at Durfort. For this reason (it’s only 50 kms from Toulouse) the owners have no trouble at all in attracting custom all year round, especially (local) corporate giants such as Airbus and Fabre who regularly reserve the entire centre for their seminars.

Our opinion: This is a real business which needs a professional approach. It could be part of a lifestyle change but only if you know a thing or two about hospitality. In line with a number of our ‘best’ properties, however, the figures pan out. Cost: €2m Turnover: over €200k. And this is through attracting only French (and Belgian) clients. A buyer with international marketing skills could probably double the turnover figures by opening the centre to clients from the UK, USA and elsewhere. The buildings and facilities are in perfect condition, the contacts with corporate clients are solid, the furnishings and equipment are all included. Finally, there will be a possibility to buy a further eco-house (275m²) on the estate in the near future.

* agency fees included reference n°: 154

more information or to arrange a viewing – email