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French Chateaux For Sale

Living the dream of owning a large, spectacular and historic building in many countries can often be somewhat difficult to realise. Not so, France. Almost every department has its share of imposing tower-topped chateaux dominating the landscape, if no longer the people. From long-forgotten manorial houses to the very largest monastic and secular palaces, chateaux offer a vision of mystique and romance that perhaps the more solidly defensive English castles cannot touch.

Why buy French Chateaux?

At present, large estates are offering superb value for money compared to other prestige property around the world. Boasting acres of land, lakes, outbuildings and their own capacious floor spaces, chateaux give one the opportunity and space to choose how to live and work. Taking the figure of 1 Million Euros as an example, French chateaux at this price will far outweigh, in real terms, the real estate offered by other luxury and prestige property of the same price. In many locations, you are paying for exactly that - location - and will no doubt be jostling with other similar properties for the best view. French chateaux offer the rare ability to look out from your window and survey no land but your own.

The rise in disposable income and the freedom to travel between countries ensures that there is strong interest in buying such property for a family home or a tourism business - perhaps for fishing, an equestrian school, hunting, outdoor sports, walking or wildlife watching. The fairytale bulk of chateaux is also one of its main attractions, particularly for weddings or hotel accommodation. What bride would not wish to be married within an ancient chapel bathed by soft light streaming through its stained glass windows, then withdraw across the lawn to the main building with its ornate decoration a background to the big day and the sounds of history echoing from its walls?

Many such properties also have existing income from timber or wine production.

Types of French chateaux

If you are looking for French chateaux for sale, be it for pleasure or business, we have over 200 beautiful properties to choose from with prices of approximately 300,000 EUR to over 20 Million EUR. These properties take many forms, from smaller Logis and manor houses to fortified farmsteads and enormous stately homes encompassing many hectares of land with woods, lakes, guest houses and outbuildings.

Chateaux, because of their size and history, typically have large amounts of land, even with lower budget examples. While there is a limited supply of French chateaux that are up for sale at any given time, there is likely to be a great variety. You may wish to buy a large building with little land to make your money go further. Or you may wish to buy a smaller Logis-style property, but utilise the land for horses, hunting or wildlife. However, there are many examples of chateaux for sale on the market with a large floor space and several dozen hectares, but they are understandably more expensive but not overly so. 1 million EUR can easily buy you 500m2 of floor space on several levels plus 20 hectares of land.

Whether a chateau dates from the 10th or 20th century, it will have its own style and history of decoration. Some can be a mix of styles from different periods as fashion and the owner's availability of funds changed. Other chateaux appear not to have changed since they were built. Many were built in the early 19th century as France became more dominant and wealthy. There are similarities between properties in that you are likely to find original features such as stone fireplace, parquet flooring, mouldings and carvings dotted around the rooms.

Where to buy

French chateaux encompass all states of preservation. From windowless shells requiring total renovation, to those requiring part-decoration, to immaculate 19th century bourgeois stately homes, the amount you will need to spend will depend on how much work you are willing to undertake. Being large properties, renovations can be very costly and time-consuming but need not be outside the budget of most serious buyers if planned correctly. Typically, to arrive at a habitable building you will need to spend around a total of around 500,000 Euros, whether you opt to renovate or buy an already renovated example.

Obviously, the more you spend to begin with, the larger the chateau, outbuildings and land you will acquire. While not alw ... More

French Chateaux For Sale


12 bedroom French Chateau in Saint Tropez, Provence French Riviera for sale with 1050000m2 of land - POA

12 bedroom French Chateau in Saint Tropez, Provence French Riviera for sale  with 1050000m2 of land
Reference 187042

French Chateau in Saint Tropez
8 bathrooms

Swimming Pool
Gite

Description
Beautiful historic castle which was built in 1887, located within a stunning secluded and private rural setting, yet just a 30 minute drive from the Gulf of Saint Tropez. This superb castle was exte...

Charming Renovated Chateau in the Limousin with Comfort and Character - POA

Charming Renovated Chateau  in the Limousin with Comfort and Character
Reference 184622

French Chateau in Creuse
6 bathrooms

1,500 sqm (16140 sq ft) floor size
Gite
Equestrian Facilities
Lake, Pond or River

Description
A rare opportunity to purchase a picture-book and very beautiful chateau which has been newly and professionally restored to create a an exceptional luxury home full of character and comfort. This n...

6 bedroom French Chateau in Tresserve, Lake Annecy for sale with 2500m2 of land - 3,900,000 EUR

6 bedroom French Chateau in Tresserve, Lake Annecy for sale  with 2500m2 of land
Reference 187713

French Chateau in Tresserve

2,000 sqm (21520 sq ft) floor size
Swimming Pool
Gite
Lake, Pond or River

Description
Stunning French Chateau style property located within a quiet and peaceful residential area in Treeserve. This magnificent 19th century Chateau, has a vast living area of around 2,000m2, with outstan...

One of many French Chateaux for sale in the Aquitaine - 3,500,000 EUR

One of many French Chateaux for sale in the Aquitaine
Reference 182383

French Chateau in Vienne
10 bathrooms

1,000 sqm (10760 sq ft) floor size
Gite
Lake, Pond or River

Description
Superb fairy-tale French Chateau, with a living area of 1,000m2, on an 18 hectare plot, located between Tours and the Atlantic Coast, set in the very quiet and preserved countryside. This exceptional...

7 bedroom French Chateau in Lalinde, Aquitaine for sale with 233990m2 of land - 2,120,000 EUR

7 bedroom French Chateau in Lalinde, Aquitaine for sale  with 233990m2 of land
Reference 182963

French Chateau in Lalinde
4 bathrooms

Swimming Pool
Vineyard

Description
A beautiful small chateau or manor house in the area of Monbazillac in the Dordogne, dating back in parts to the XVth century. This gracious and spacious family property includes 7 bedrooms, 4 b...

14 bedroom French Chateau in Carcassonne, Languedoc-Roussillon for sale with 55520m2 of land - 1,700,000 EUR

14 bedroom French Chateau in Carcassonne, Languedoc-Roussillon for sale  with 55520m2 of land
Reference 185035

French Chateau in Carcassonne
7 bathrooms

710 sqm (7639.6 sq ft) floor size
Swimming Pool
Gite
Equestrian Facilities

Description
A boutique property consisting of an 18th century chateau and its grounds, well place in a quiet location, ideal for generating income via tourism, with cottages, luxury guest rooms and a grand ball...

6 bedroom French Chateau in Gourdon, Midi-Pyrenees for sale with 300m2 of land - 1,166,000 EUR

6 bedroom French Chateau in Gourdon, Midi-Pyrenees for sale  with 300m2 of land
Reference 182243

French Chateau in Gourdon
4 bathrooms

300 sqm (3228 sq ft) floor size
Swimming Pool
Gite

Description
Charming stone built French Chateau, located in the heart of the Lot, close to magnificent local tourist attractions. This magnificent castle was built between the 13th & 17th Centuries and has been ...

One of many French Chateaux for sale in the Aquitaine - 945,000 EUR

One of many French Chateaux for sale in the Aquitaine
Reference 182470

French Chateau in Bordeaux
8 bathrooms

Swimming Pool
Gite

Description
This tastefully restored chateau was originally built for Henry IV's mother and is set in parkland of 53,000 m2 with a delightful landscaped garden, swimming pool, tennis court and separate 2 bedroom ...

One of many French Chateaux for sale in the Aquitaine - 850,000 EUR

One of many French Chateaux for sale in the Aquitaine
Reference 182494

French Chateau in South West France
5 bathrooms

Gite
Lake, Pond or River

Description
This very pretty chateau dates from the late XIX century and has been built in the Belle Epoque style. It is divided into 4 apartments but could be a wonderful family home if one did not want to run...

15 bedroom French Chateau in Abjat-Sur-Bandiat, Aquitaine for sale with 8000m2 of land - 575,000 EUR

15 bedroom French Chateau in Abjat-Sur-Bandiat, Aquitaine for sale  with 8000m2 of land
Reference 188072

French Chateau in Abjat-Sur-Bandiat
6 bathrooms

320 sqm (3443.2 sq ft) floor size
Swimming Pool
Gite
Lake, Pond or River

Description
Immaculately renovated and simply impressive property which has been divided into 2 spacious holiday properties, together with an excellent separate owners accommodation, with a total of 15 bedrooms a...



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