Stylish Modernised Château
For Sale in the Languedoc, South of France

Château for sale, with walled grounds and two independant apartments in historic Medieval town in the South of France. It is south facing set into the side of a hill on the basement level. It is built to four levels.

  • Over 1000 m2 of living accommodation over three floors.
  • Over 100 m2 of garaging, stores, green houses and out-houses
  • Over 2000 m2 of garden - park and terraces.
  • Outstandingly well maintained.
  • Well lit with volumnious corridors and vestibles.
  • Wall depths between 60 and 80cms.
  • Built by a local Count with exceptional taste and attention to detail.
  • Outstandng location with walled garden and 6m x 12m pool
  • Walking distance to banks, post office, grocery and medical services.
  • Situated in the foothills of the Pyrenees, a short drive from Spain, Andorra and Mediterranean beaches.
  • Toulouse, Carcassonne and Perpignan airports between 40 and 120 minutes drive

For Further Information please contact Sophie McDonald

The Front of the Château
Interior of Château
Château's Swimming Pool
Interior of Château (at night)
View from Château

The château is made up of two separate buildings which have been elegantly united to create the château and two spacious and well appointed apartments. The whole property is in extremely good repair. The original building dates from 1817 and the second, built with authentic highest quality materials, was completed in 1914. The château and its tower combine medieval, baroque and renaissance grandeur, the best craftsmanship of the region and modern comfort and convenience. The château is south facing, centrally heated throughout with mature gardens, a winter garden, green house, and a 6 x 12 metre swimming pool and terraces.

The Château has two entrances. The grand entrance with marble staircase and an impressive stained glass light enters from the main street. The more homely intimate entrance known as the trademan’s entrance belongs to the older part of the property immediately proffers the comfy wax smell of a well-kept house and the welcoming luxury of shoulder height wood panelling. Equally charming, the trademan’s entrance is on a small side street,

The château has been built using the best quality very beautiful local sand stone. Hand painted ceilings throughout have been sensitively restored. Ornate walnut fireplaces grace master rooms. There are a total of 11 fireplaces in the property of marble or carved wood, in addition to the efficient central heating system. Solid oak floors classic and herring bone have been lovingly cared for since construction and are found throughout the château suites and bedrooms.

The iron work was conceived and commissioned for the construction of the château and is of a fine hand-forged quality. The current owners have further improved the quality of the ironwork and lock smithery.

The ceilings show a similar attention to fine craftsmanship. Several are of magnificent carved wood - another testament to the Count’s ability to find fine craftsmanship. In the reception rooms, bedrooms, several of the bathrooms, lobbies and vestibules, in fact the ceiling of almost each available space has been turned into a little gem of plaster and paint work.

After the war the Count, having built the Château, left for the New World leaving his creation in the hands of his conscientious and capable guardian. It eventually became the guardian’s property upon which he sold it to a French diplomatic family. The château still has 2 guardian apartments which are currently successfully let as furnished holiday homes. The two apartments are included in the sale price fully furnished and equipped (down to the cutlery and linen.

Many of the fittings and ornaments in the château are included in the sale and the owners are happy to include other contents by arrangement.

The outside area has been laid out with similar care. The winter garden provides ample shelter for larger plants which need to winter inside and tropical plants. The outdoor cast iron and glass greenhouse is perfectly conceived as a nursery. Water and electricity supplies are found throghout the garden.

To the south of the château is a mature landscaped and wooded park with a 6m x 12m swimming pool. The park has been beautifully maintained and improved by consecutive owners. Excepting a spacious attic with gable windows and services the château is complete. Renovation has been based on the principle of working around the high quality of the original craftsmanship.

The current owners bought the property in 1998 and are now selling due to family difficulties.

In addition to the dimensions given below there are various lobbies, corridors and large cupboards which have not all been individually documented.

The entire property is beautifully maintained and has been continuously improved by consecutive owners. The structure is in an excellent state of repair having been consistenly cared for since the château was built.

An underground stream passes through the property.

Total foot print of the Château 402m2

Total area of the Park 2323m2

 

LOCATION

The Château sits on the outskirts of a small town - a 13th century market town. Situated near a confluence of three rivers the town was once of political importance. It is still well supplied with professional services and merchants of quality. Whie secluded from the publi, the château commands an outstanding view of the surrounding hills and farmland and in the distance the pyrennees. Within the town are bakers, banks, restaurants and cafés, quality pharmacies and doctors. Larger supermarkets are within a 30 minute drive. Also within easy reach are historic market towns, munumental sites, skiing, the mediteranean coast and the natural wonders to be found in the Pyrènèes and foothills.

Next to the Chateau is an old disused thermal bath, developed from one established by Roman legionaries posted to this area under Julius Caesar .

The town has a population of about 1200 inhabitants and is well known for its good school. The region is renknowned for its ruined cathar castles, stunning landscapes and artisanal and organic food and wines. It is a cultural, sporting and recreational centre with a lake and airfields. There are over ten ski stations with 45 to 90 minutes drive. Mediterannean beaches and the Spanish border are also about 90 minutes away. The area is known as the Pays Cathare and contains a large number of stone Châteaux perched on rocky peaks, magnificent mediaeval cities including the world famous Carcassonne, and impressively preserved abbeys and monastries.

Elevation 380 metres above sea level.

 

ACCESSABILITY

The town is well serviced by arterial roads, providing easy access to the Medterranean coast, Andorra, Spain and the Pyenees.

There is a small local airport suitable for private planes about 15 minutes away.

The chateau lies between 40 and 120 minutes drive from major cities such as Toulouse, Carcassonne and Perpignan - all with airports less than two hour flight from London, Dublin and Brussels.

TGV trains run to Toulouse and Montpellier, around five hours from Paris.

THE CHATEAU

 

 Grand Entrance

Main Entrance Hall - Marble Staircase
Stained Glass Window in entrance hall

 

Ground Floor /R.deC. total floor area 78,6m²

The first floor consists of a suite of four reception rooms, the winter garden, a modern equipped kitchen, laundry, WC, salon, wine cellar, bathroom and the trademan’s entry on the upper street level .

The floors are herringbone oak parquet and in the kitchen hexagonal quarry tomettes. There are three large fireplaces one of monumental proportions of carved walnut wood, one of Caune Minervois marble and others in varying marbles. All the fireplaces are in working order. Each room has marvellous south facing mullioned leaded windows and in the great hall the doors open on to the south terrace. Generous window ledges are of marble or noble woods and all the woodwork, walls and fittings are in immaculate condition.

 

Music Room / Reception Room (5 x 5.75m, 41.4m2)

The music room has exceptionally fine plasterwork on the ceiling including musical and floral motifs in the style of Louis XV as are the fireplace and mirror.

Great leaded windows flood the room with light.

Music Room / Reception Room
     
Music Room / Reception Room
Music Room / Reception Room
Music Room / Reception Room
Music Room / Reception Room
Music Room / Reception Room - at night

 

The Music Room leads from the Entrance Hall
Music Room / Reception Room

 

Great Hall (3.75 x 7.1m, 29m2),

The Great Hall is decorated in the style of Louis 14th.

Its huge baroque fireplace is carved from walnut wood.

Oak panelling comes to head height.

A solid oak 'plafond francaise' is supported by huge carved acanthus corbels.

Oak french windows open on to the south facing terrace.

Great Hall

 

Great Hall - Fireplace
Great Hall
Great Hall - Fireplace

 

Great Hall - Panelliing
Great Hall - Carving
Great Hall - Cieling

 

Great Hall - Fireplace
Great Hall - Carving
Great Hall - Coat of arms

 

Great Hall - Candelabre
Great Hall - at night
Great Hall - at night
Great Hall - Coat of arms
Great Hall - at night
Great Hall - dresser

 

 

Fumoire or dining room (4.9 x 6.1m, 29.89m2),

 

The Dining Room was originally conceived as a smoking room , or ‘fumoire', a room reserved for gentlemen to smoke.

This fumoire is decorated with morroccan style tiles probably manufactured in southern Spain, again preserved in immaculate condition.

This room has the unusual feature of a tap outlet embedded and concealed in the tile in the floor specifically for people to hook up their hubble bubble pipes for a cooler smoke.

The room leads to the kitchen and winter garden.

Fumoire / Dining Room
Fumoire / Dining Room

 

Fumoire / Dining Room
Fumoire / Dining Room
Fumoire / Dining Room

 

Fumoire / Dining Room - Wall Tiles

 

Study / Library (4.65 x 5.65m, 26.67m2)

Adorned with beautiful original moulded ceilings, fireplace and the oak parquet and leaded glass windows.

Study / Library
Study / Library
Study / Library - Fireplace

 

 

Modern kitchen (5.5 x 7.25 x 0.5m, 29.89m2)

The kitchen Is fully equipped with double glazed windows, a gas and an electric oven and larder, quality work tops and lighting.

The floor is of original hexagonal terra cuite tomettes.

Kitchen
Kitchen
Kitchen
Kitchen

 

Winter garden (57.3m2)

A generous unusual shape with four great arched windows which all can open, with decorative iron work.

The central plant basin is also in the moroccan style relief tiles.

There is an orchid bed.

Flooded with light the winter garden offers ample space for people and large wintering and tropical plants.

The original light fittings are included in the price.

Winter garden
Winter garden
Winter garden

 

Laundry (3.25 x 6.5m, 21.13m2),

Extremely spacious with built in cupboards and giant washing sink.

Launtry
Launtry

 

 

WC (3 x 2.1m, 7.90m2),

With small anteroom with charming details and the ever present beautiful cast iron radiators appropriately sized to each room.

ccc
ccc

 

WC

 

Chateau corridor

 

Trademan’s entrance (7.5 x 2.25m, 16.9m2),

Charmingly tiled entry with fine door leading to street with transom window.

Trademan's Entrance - Exterior

 

Trademan's Entrance - Interior
Trademan's Entrance

 

Parlour (5 x 4.25m, 21.25m2)

See 'Gendarmerie apartment'.

Wine cellar (2.6 x 2.6m, 6.76m2)

See 'Gendarmerie apartment'.

Hall (31m2)

The hall possesses a sweeping oak staircase of late art nouveau style that leads to the upper floors.

A secret concealed door on the first landing leads to the guardian apartments..

Ground Floor Hall Staircase
Ground Floor Hall Staircase
Ground Floor Hall Staircase

 

First Floor of Château

 

Hall Staircase
Hall Staircase - Skylight over the Stairs
Hall Staircase

 

Running along the south facade of the first floor of the château are the bedroom suites. Each bedroom is king size with oak flooring and has a fireplace. The walls are in perfect condition. The large mullioned south facing windows combine renaissance grandeur with convenient blind mechanisms. Each bedroom has a large bathroom en suite. The bathrooms of bedroom 2 and bedroom 4 are already charming with high ceilings, hand painted plaster medallions, mouldings and natural light however with some further work could easily be made spectacular.

Master bedroom (4.85 x 5.8m, 28.13m2) and roof terrace (57.3m2))

The monumental baroque walnut wood fireplace in this room has a secret compartment concealed in the carved panels. The painted coffered ceiling is perhaps the most elaborate of all the ceilings in the Château. The master bathroom is in the style of the spanish relief tiles and is yet again a special combination of old fashioned solidity and modern comfort. A large roof terrace (57.3m2) leads off the master bedroom bathroom with a south westerly view of the gardens.

Master Bedroom
Master Bedroom
Master Bedroom cieling
Master Bedroom - Coat of Arms
Master Bedroom

 

Master bathroom terrace
Passage to Terrace
Passage to Terrace

 

Master Bedroom en suite Shower & WC (7.92m2)

Includes gorgeous tiling and fittings a walk in shower and seperate WC cabinet and leads on to 70m2 south facing terrace.

en suite Shower & WC
en suite Shower & WC
en suite Shower & WC
en suite Shower & WC
en suite Shower & WC

 

 

Bedroom 2 (5 x 5.8m, 29m2)

A deep blue and ornately painted plafond francais with a four bay window and a carved walnut wood fireplace.

Bedroom 2
Bedroom 2
Bedroom 2 - Cieling
Ceiling bedroom 2

 

 

Bathroom 2( 10.76 m2)

Ornate ceiling, bath and double sinks.

ccc
ccc

 

Bedroom 3 (4.2 x 5.8m, 24.36m2)

Ceiling another splendid rendition of Louis 16th style medallion, mouldings and paintwork. Fireplace and window ledge in matching white marble.

Bedroom 3
Bedroom 3 - Cieling

 

Bedroom 3
Bathroom bedroom 3
Bathroom bedrrom 3
Bedroom 3
Bedroom 3

 

Bedroom 3
Bedroom 3

 

Bathroom ( 10m2)

Includes double sinks, shower and plumbing for washing machines.

Bedroom 4 (4.5m x 6.75m, 30.37m2)

Ceiling another splendid rendition of Louis 16th style medallion, mouldings and paintwork. Pink and grey marble fireplace.

 

 

ccc
Bedroom 4
Bedroom 4

 

Bedroom 4

Bathroom ( 9.88m2)

A large bath, double sinks. Another extravaganza of fine quality Spanish tiles.

Second Floor of Château

The attic of the château is painted with pristine solid wood floor boards, partitions, doors, oak gabled windows, exposed beams and skyights. Electricity and water supplies are in place and sensibly accessible but the three rooms and large storage cupboards on this floor have not yet been converted into bedrooms.

These rooms could make a third self-contained apartment.

 

Room A (4.9x 4.7m, 23.03m2),

oak gabled window, exposed beams and skyight.

Room A

 

Room B (6.8x 4.7m, 31.96m2),

oak gabled window, exposed beams and skyight.

Room B
Room B

 

Room C (4.9x 4.7m, 23.03m2),

oak gabled window, exposed beams and skyight.

Room C

 

Loft storage space (28.22m2),

 

Top Floor Corridor

 


 

4th Flour - Top of the Tower

ccc

 

The Guardian Apartments

The Château has two independant guardian apartments which are sold fully equipped and furnished including details such as linen and cutlery and a full set of baby equipment.

Rooms are spacious with natural light and are served by their own naturally lit solid and ample stair case. They are centrally heated, with the same high quality original ornate cast iron radiators found throughout the Château.

Several of the living rooms and bedrooms have marble fireplaces and gabled windows. Like the château itself the apartments have been beautifully looked after and built to high specifications with tasteful attention to iron and wood working details.

Each apartment has the possibility of independant access to the terraces, the pool and the garden.

Each has its own out door dining area in the Park.

First guardian apartment known as La Tour

Situated on a paralell level to the bedroom floor of the château there are two entries to this apartment. This one bedroomed apartment has a stunning saloon with mullioned windows and is situated on two floors. Excluding hallways the apartment is 70m2. It also has access to the Château tower.

Bedroom 1 (5 x 4.25m, 21.25m) has exposed beams and a fireplace.

Bathroom (6m2), with a generous window, a shower, dressing table and sink.

WC (2.6 x 2.6m, 6.76m2)

Kitchen living room (4m x 7.7m, 30m2) situated in the Tower with large mullioned windows and a well equipped kitchen.

Reserve attic space (65m2 approx)

One entry to the 'Tower' apartment
WC of the 'Tower' apartment
Bedroom of the 'Tower' apartment
WC of the 'Tower' apartment
Bathroom of the 'Tower' apartment
Kitchen/living room of the 'Tower' apartment
Kitchen/living room of the 'Tower' apartment
Kitchen/living room of the 'Tower' apartment
Linen for the 'Tower' and 'Gendarmerie' apartments is included in the sale

 

Bedroom of the 'Tower' apartment
Bedroom of the 'Tower' apartment
Bedroom of the 'Tower' apartment
Bedroom of the 'Tower' apartment
Bedroom of the 'Tower' apartment

 

Second guardian apartment known as the 'Gendarmerie'

The larger of the two apartments is situated on two floors and consists of two spacious and private bedrooms each with views of another more ancient chateau in the nearby hills . It is situated on a paralell level to the bedroom floor of the château and access is through the conceled door on the grand staircase landing and alternatively through a pantry leading off from the trademan's entrance. The bathroom has an Italian walk in shower and double sinks. There is a nursery room and a dressing room.

 

Kitchen/living room of the 'Tower' apartment

 

Kitchen/living room of the 'Tower' apartment

 

Kitchen/living room of the 'Tower' apartment
WC washroom of the 'Gendarmerie' apartment
WC washroom of the 'Gendarmerie' apartment
Living room of the 'Gendarmerie' apartment
Second staircase that serves the 'Tower' and the 'Gendarmerie'

 

Bedroom 2 of the 'Gendarmerie' apartment
Bedroom 2 of the 'Gendarmerie' apartment
Living room of the 'Gendarmerie' apartment
Bathroom lobby of the 'Gendarmerie' apartment
Bathroom of the 'Gendarmerie' apartment

 

Bathroom of the 'Gendarmerie' apartment
Bedroom 1 of the 'Gendarmerie' apartment
Bedroom 1 of the 'Gendarmerie' apartment
Kitchen of the 'Gendarmerie' apartment
Kitchen of the 'Gendarmerie' apartment
Kitchen of the 'Gendarmerie' apartment
Parlour/dining room of the 'Gendarmerie' apartment
Parlour/dining room of the 'Gendarmerie' apartment

 

Parlour/dining room of the 'Gendarmerie' apartment
Parlour/dining room of the 'Gendarmerie' apartment
Parlour/dining room of the 'Gendarmerie' apartment

 

corridoor in the 'Gendarmerie' apartment

 

Bedroom 1 (5 x 4.25m, 21.25m2) Grey and pink marble fi

Living room (20m2)

Bedroom 2 (13m2)

Dressing room (2.6 x 2.6 m 6.76 m2)

Bathroom and lobby (10 m2)

WC (2.1m2)

Kitchen (6.3 x 2.9 18.27 m2)

Parour, dining room (6.3 x 2.9 18.27 m2)

 

 

 

The basement floor


total floor area 78,6m²

Great Entry Hall

Entered from the lower street level (4.6 x 9m approx 41.5m2) thia hall has a stone floor and marble staircase and is decorated with a large stained glass window dating from 1914 bearing the count’s arms.

Main entrance
Main entrance
Main entrance
Main entrance
Main entrance
Main entrance

 

Stained glass in main entrance


cellar (3.75 x 7.1m 26.63m2)

cellar steps

 

Cellar
Cellar
cellar steps

 

Boiler room (4.75 x 3.75m, 41.4m2)

Plumbing for washing machines, DeDietrich furnace installed 1999 (certified 93% efficient)
Water meters, work bench, concrete floor.

boiler room

 

Garage (4 x 7.7m, 36.96m2),

vaulted space to park two vehicles.

Garage

 

 

EXTERIOR

The Park

The Park begins with the 70m2 terrace that runs along the south facade on to which the French windows of the great hall open on to. The outdoor jacuzzi for four is included in the sale.

The park is fully walled and has vehicular access.

The park includes out buildings, a pool, a fountain, mature trees a period potting house and much more.

The park has been maintained by the same man throughout the occupancy of the present owners and lives nearby.

South facade with winter garden
The tower
Built in high quality sandstone
A stonecarved blazon
The tower
The terrace and Jacuzzi
The terrace and Jacuzzi
The terrace and Jacuzzi
Stone carved gargoyle
Stone carved gargoyle
The terrace
Front of Château
Park, facade and winter garden
South facade
Attic and first floor windows
South facade with winter garden
Garage and principal entry
South facade with winter garden
South facade
View from aeroplane
Château and park
South facade
First terrace in the park
Terrace and jacuzzi

 

 

The Roof

The 19th century part of the building is tiled in the local roman terracotts tile. They have non- ferrous flashings and it is well insulated.

The château roof is covered with slate tiles. A supply of replacement tiles is provided and the roof has been maintained annually.

aeriel view of the roof
A roof detail
Perfectly maintained slate roof
Tower terrace
Roof detail

 

 

THE SWIMMING POOL

 

12m x 6m

Roman steps.

Large surround with high grade teracotta coloured pumice concrete.

Pool on third terrace

 

Pool on third terrace

 

Pool on third terrace

 

Pool on third terrace

 

Pool on third terrace

 

 

THE GARDEN (PARC)


Running along the south side of the château is a large terrace approximately 70m2 on to which the windows of the great hall open.

The park is fully walled and has vehicular access.

The out buildings include :

  • A small aviary now used for general garden storage.
  • A cast iron winter green house with raised work area, water and electricity
ccc

 

The park includes :

  • Mature evergreen and deciduous trees
  • Mature evergreen and deciduous shrubs icluding Laurel, lilac and fuscia hedging
  • Palm trees
  • Mature wisteria
  • Magnolia grandiflora
  • Box and rose garden
  • Strawberry bed
  • Gazebo
  • Lanterns
  • Green house
  • Jeu de boules
  • Stone bordered flower beds including rosemary dog rose and lavendar
  • Four stone walled terraces
  • Grape vine
  • Fruit orchard including cherry, apricot and apple trees
  • Marble Fountain
  • Outdoor jacuzzi
  • 10 water points
  • Three independant barbeque and outside dining areas
View of gardens

 

terrace
Staircase to fourth terrace
S terrace

terrace
Staircase to fourth terrace
Tower terrace
The Park
The parc
The park
The park
The park
The park
The park
The park
The park
Box and rose garden
The park
The park
One of the Parks barbecue corners
One of the Parks barbecue corners
South facade and greenhouse
The garden wall
The Park
The second terrace
The second terrace
The second terrace
The second terrace

 

 

 

SERVICES

  • Mains electricity with 60 amp earth trip, fuse board zoned with circuit breakers.
  • Mains water with supply separately metered outdoor circuit.
  • Connected to communal water sewage
  • Bottle gas. Two telephonelines.
  • Hot water by oil and immsersion heater.

VIEWS

View from tower
View from tower

 

View from tower
View from tower
View from tower
View from tower
View west twilight
View west twilight
View over roof tops of village
View west twilight
View North
View North
View North
View of town church
View of town church
View of riverside houses
View of riverside houses

 

HISTORY

 

x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x
Far left the Count who built the Château
with his hands on the shoulder of his godson and successor

 

x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x
Photograph of the Château (mid 20th century?)
with the owner (the boy in uniform in the previous photograph)
in the forground

 

PRICE

Prospective purchasers may offer to acquire the property with as much as or little furniture as suits their requirements.

The Price including furniture in the apartments, most light fittings and jacuzzi in the chateau is 990 000 EUROS

 For Further Information please contact Sophie McDonald

The house is ready for immediate sale. A trusted neighbour now cares for the garden and grounds and lives nearby and can be available by agreement to continue to familiarise the buyers with the facilities and services in the château and park and possibly remain on a more long-term basis.

 

 

 

PHOTO GALLERY

Trademan's facade
Trademan's facade
Trademan's entrance
Trademan's entrance
window in unconverted attic
Attic windows
WC the 'Tower' apartment
Typical ceiling moulding
Bedroom 3 fireplace
Bedroom 3 bathroom
ccc
Concealed compartment master bedroom
Concealed compartment master bedroom
Master bedroom walnut wood fireplace
Master bedroom bathroom
Master bedroom bathroom
Master bedroom bathroom
Pool detail
Central oak staircase
Central oak staircase
Ground Floor Hall Staircase

 

Potting house
Study / Library
Fumoire
Music Room

 

Music Room / Reception Room - at night

 

Music Room / Reception Room - at night
Music Room / Reception Room - Ceiling Rose

 

Great Hall
Great hall and music room
Great Hall - Fireplace
Great Hall - Fireplace Tapestry

 

Great Hall
Great Hall - windows at dusk
Great Hall
Great Hall - Coat of arms
Great Hall
Great Hall - at night
Great Hall - Cieling
Great Hall -

 

Great Hall - at night
Great Hall - Floor
Great Hall - Cieling

 

Fumoire / Dining Room
Fumoire / Dining Room

 

Fumoire / Dining Room
Fumoire / Dining Room
Fumoire / Dining Room
Kitchen
Kitchen
Kitchen
Kitchen
Kitchen
Kitchen
Kitchen
Kitchen
Winter garden
Winter garden
Master Bedroom
Master Bedroom cieling

 

Master Bedroom

 

Marble fountain
Marble fountain
Second terrace
Second terrace
Fuscia hedge
Second terrace
Second terrace
Orchard
Orcard and vines
Barbecue and incinerator
View of Park from the master bedroom terrace
4th terrace
Stairs to Top Terrace
A Barbeque Area
Winter garden
Ground Floor Entrance Hall

 

ccc
Main Staircase - Secret door open

 

Main Staircase - Secret door closed

 

 

 

Back Stairs

 

Bedroom Terrace

 

ccc

 

ccc
Stairs From Tradesman's Entrance

 

 

 

 
 
The Languedoc. Click here to open this site in a new window
 
© Midi-Properties, 2009 LinksContact by e-mail