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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


19 bedroom French Chateau in Provence, Aquitaine for sale with 240000m2 of land - 10,000,000 EUR

19 bedroom French Chateau in Provence, Aquitaine for sale  with 240000m2 of land
Reference 157243
French Chateau in Provence
19 bathrooms

1,200 sqm (12912 sq ft) floor size
Swimming Pool
Gite

Description
Exceptional classical chateau in Provence. Elegant classical chateau constructed in 1704, with about 1,200m2 of living space in excellent condition. Spacious reception rooms and 19 bedrooms with en-s...

Fabulous Chic French Chateau for Sale with 8 bedrooms - 895,000 EUR

Fabulous Chic French Chateau for Sale  with 8 bedrooms
Reference 171560
French Chateau in Puymirol

Swimming Pool
Gite

Description
This delightful chateau offers the best of all worlds- a beautiful location in rural France, privacy, and a thoroughly renovated and modernised interior with great flair. The exterior is synonymo...

40 bedroom French Chateau in Versailles, Paris-Ile-de-France for sale - 43,000,000 EUR

40 bedroom French Chateau in Versailles, Paris-Ile-de-France for sale
Reference 124816
French Chateau in Versailles

Swimming Pool
Lake, Pond or River

Description
Located right in heart of the Versailles, close to the Palace and only 20 km from Paris, easily accessible from the A13 motorway. Exceptional historic estate of about 32 hectares : Napoléon III chat...

10 bedroom French Chateau in Nice, Cote d'Azur French Riviera for sale with 10000m2 of land - 20,000,000 EUR

10 bedroom French Chateau in Nice, Cote d'Azur French Riviera for sale  with 10000m2 of land
Reference 140012
French Chateau in Nice
10 bathrooms

1,200 sqm (12912 sq ft) floor size
Swimming Pool
Gite

Description
Situated in La Colle sur Loup, this is a magnificent and unique historical property that was completely renovated in 1997. There is around 1500m2 of living space and it is built on a raised plot of ...

4 bedroom French Chateau in Bordeaux, Aquitaine for sale with 210000m2 of land - 14,250,000 EUR

4 bedroom French Chateau in Bordeaux, Aquitaine for sale  with 210000m2 of land
Reference 153884
French Chateau in Bordeaux

Swimming Pool
Vineyard

Description
A stunning vineyard with 21 hectares of land situated in Les graves, just 15 minutes from Bordeaux. This beautiful property has just one titleholder for the entire 21 hectares with the possibility to...

12 bedroom French Chateau in Saint-Georges-Motel, Upper Normandy for sale with 1000000m2 of land - POA

12 bedroom French Chateau in Saint-Georges-Motel, Upper Normandy for sale  with 1000000m2 of land
Reference 173212
French Chateau in Saint-Georges-Motel

Description
Propriété historique (27)A moins de 100 km de Paris, beau Monument Historique du XVIIe siècle sur un terrain d'environ 100 ha, avec douves en eau, miroirs et belles boiseries. Il comprend une douzaine...

3 bedroom French Chateau in Lac du Bourget, Rhone-Alpes for sale - POA

3 bedroom French Chateau in Lac du Bourget, Rhone-Alpes for sale
Reference 171296
French Chateau in Lac du Bourget

2,000 sqm (21520 sq ft) floor size

Description
Overlooking the Bourget lake, at 35 min from Geneva, magnificent 19th century chateau entirely renovated with passion, care and high standard materials for ca 2'000sqm - Many outbuildings and pool on ...

11 bedroom French Chateau in Lac du Bourget, Rhone-Alpes for sale with 30000m2 of land - POA

11 bedroom French Chateau in Lac du Bourget, Rhone-Alpes for sale  with 30000m2 of land
Reference 149050
French Chateau in Lac du Bourget

2,000 sqm (21520 sq ft) floor size
Swimming Pool

Description
PRICE REDUCED - Set in a peaceful residential area, a magnificent 19th Century chateau, with around 2,000m2 of living space. Outstanding views overlooking the lake and mountains, on enclosed grounds ...

Offmarket Property - 7,000,000 EUR

137413 - Offmarket Property
Reference 137413

We have an exclusive off market property for sale at this price which we are marketing with discretion. Please contact us to enquire.

18 bedrooms
bathrooms
1,300 sqm (13988 sq ft) floor size
Swimming Pool
Gite
Equestrian Facilities
Lake, Pond or River

8 bedroom French Chateau in 50 minutes from Biarritz, Aquitaine for sale with 16m2 of land - 2,200,000 EUR

8 bedroom French Chateau in 50 minutes from Biarritz, Aquitaine for sale  with 16m2 of land
Reference 151434
French Chateau in 50 minutes from Biarritz
8 bathrooms

Description
PRICED REDUCED - In the heart of the Basque Country, a French chateau just 50 minutes fromn Biarritz. 16 Ha of parkland, meadows and woodlands, with à beatiful view of the Pyrenees. It comprises 28 r...



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