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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


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...

34 bedroom French Chateau in Location Withheld, Franche-Comte for sale with 800000m2 of land - 30,000,000 EUR

34 bedroom French Chateau in Location Withheld, Franche-Comte for sale  with 800000m2 of land
Reference 120200

French Chateau in Location Withheld

7,000 sqm (75320 sq ft) floor size
Equestrian Facilities

Description
PRICE REDUCED - Only a 45 min drive from Geneva (90 km) or 10 mins by helicopter, circled by a mountain chain allowing the sun to shine over the property, an exceptional and historic chateau and its 6...

Impressive XIX century mansion in Cannes with 7 bedrooms - POA

Impressive XIX century mansion in Cannes with 7 bedrooms
Reference 172970

French Chateau in Cannes

702 sqm (7553.52 sq ft) floor size
Swimming Pool
Gite

Description
This most impressive XIX century mansion in Cannes sits in over four and a half acres of parkland which includes beautiful formal French style gardens, fish ponds, mature trees, vast terraces and free...

French Chateau for sale in Limousin - 21,000,000 EUR

French Chateau  for sale in Limousin
Reference 168254

French Chateau in Limousin
20 bathrooms

3,500 sqm (37660 sq ft) floor size
Gite
Equestrian Facilities
Lake, Pond or River

Description
This chateau was built in 1179 and is one of only 4 castles from that epoque in France with a special history relating to the Crusades and King Richard the Lionheart. It is situated in Limousin reg...

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 ...

14 bedroom French Chateau in Lower Normandy, Lower Normandy for sale with 1100000m2 of land - 20,000,000 EUR

14 bedroom French Chateau in Lower Normandy, Lower Normandy for sale  with 1100000m2 of land
Reference 141011

French Chateau in Lower Normandy
10 bathrooms

Swimming Pool
Gite
Equestrian Facilities
Lake, Pond or River
Golf Facilities

Description
Exceptional property of about 110 hectares (270 acres) comprising a splendid manor completed with a courtyard of outbuildings and further accommodations. Excellent breeding stud farm with all equestr...

Delightful Louis XV Chateau - 18,000,000 EUR

Delightful Louis XV Chateau
Reference 159425

French Chateau in 50 minutes from Paris
10 bathrooms

800 sqm (8608 sq ft) floor size
Gite
Equestrian Facilities
Lake, Pond or River

Description
The beauty and lifestyle of a Louis XV chateau listed historical monument Located just 50 minutes from Paris, in a rural and attractive location, nestled between parkland and woodland, this "foll...

7 bedroom French Chateau in Ile de France, Paris-Ile-de-France for sale - POA

7 bedroom French Chateau in Ile de France, Paris-Ile-de-France for sale
Reference 177131

French Chateau in Ile de France
7 bathrooms

1,200 sqm (12912 sq ft) floor size
Gite
Equestrian Facilities
Lake, Pond or River

Description
Close to the magnificent chateau of Vaux le Vicomte and less than an hour from Paris, a superb 70 hectare estate with a beautiful 18th century chateau nestled in the first English park in France. L...

16 bedroom French Chateau in South West France, Limousin for sale with 1650000m2 of land - 16,800,000 EUR

16 bedroom French Chateau in South West France, Limousin for sale  with 1650000m2 of land
Reference 177749

French Chateau in South West France
12 bathrooms

Gite
Lake, Pond or River

Description
Stunning French Chateau - From the tops of its crenelated towers to the base of its fortified walls, this property has history, tradition and romance cemented into every stone. Inside it has been lo...

Offmarket Property - 16,000,000 EUR

139622 - Offmarket Property
Reference 139622

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

28 bedrooms
26 bathrooms
Swimming Pool
Gite
Equestrian Facilities
Lake, Pond or River


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