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French Chateau 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, French 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, chateaux costing this 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 French 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.

French chateaux types

If you are looking for French chateaux for sale, be it for pleasure or business, we have many 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.

A chateau, because of its size and history, usually has over 1 hectare of land - usually this is much more, 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 for sale

French chateaux for sale 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.

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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

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

Description
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Charming French Chateau for Sale in the Loire Valley with 11 Bedrooms and Boutique Hotel Appeal
Reference 187049

French Chateau in Loches
11 bathrooms

Swimming Pool
Gite
Equestrian Facilities
Lake, Pond or River

Description
PRICE REDUCED - A charming archetypal French Chateau which dates back to the Fifteenth Century and today comes with sumptuous interiors and luxury living. This delightful property would be ideally s...

French Chateau for sale in Chef Boutonne - 1,875,000 EUR

French Chateau for sale in Chef Boutonne
Reference 180963

French Chateau in Poitiers
5 bathrooms

525 sqm (5649 sq ft) floor size
Gite
Equestrian Facilities

Description
Delightful and impressive historic chateau near Poitiers, dating back to the thirteenth century, offering modern comforts and character, all set in 21 hectares of gardens and parkland. With a full h...

18 bedroom French Chateau in Chateau-Gontier, Pays-de-la-Loire for sale with 20000m2 of land - 1,785,000 EUR

18 bedroom French Chateau in Chateau-Gontier, Pays-de-la-Loire for sale  with 20000m2 of land
Reference 194244

French Chateau in Chateau-Gontier
15 bathrooms

Swimming Pool
Gite
Equestrian Facilities

Description
A beautiful French chateau which is currently operated as a successful Luxury chambres d'hotes residence with many attractions and features. The current owner has enhanced an already impressive prop...

Delightful French Chateau for Sale with Boutique Hotel Possibilities under 2 Hours from Paris - 1,600,000 EUR

Delightful French Chateau for Sale  with Boutique Hotel Possibilities under 2 Hours from Paris
Reference 194772

French Chateau in Perche
9 bathrooms

Gite
Equestrian Facilities

Description
A beautiful and historic fairy tale chateau, with origins in the Fifteenth Century, set in 8 hectares of landscaped parkland, very nicely situated within a popular and attractive area of national p...

6 bedroom French Chateau in St Antonin Noble Val, Midi-Pyrenees for sale with 32286m2 of land - 1,480,000 EUR

6 bedroom French Chateau in St Antonin Noble Val, Midi-Pyrenees for sale  with 32286m2 of land
Reference 193872

French Chateau in St Antonin Noble Val
6 bathrooms

Swimming Pool
Gite

Description
Superb stone built chateau, with a total of 6 en-suite bedrooms, ideal as a family home or business. Set on a large plot of 32,286m2 with pretty mature gardens, this amazing chateau comprises of: gr...

13 bedroom French Chateau in Perigueux, Aquitaine for sale with 500000m2 of land - 1,378,000 EUR

13 bedroom French Chateau in Perigueux, Aquitaine for sale  with 500000m2 of land
Reference 188147

French Chateau in Perigueux
5 bathrooms

734 sqm (7897.84 sq ft) floor size
Gite
Equestrian Facilities

Description
Charming French Chateau, with a total of 13 bedrooms, located on a large plot of 500,000m2, in the middle of Lalinde and Bergerac. This superb Chateau has features dating from the 17th Century, with ...

9 bedroom French Chateau in Bergerac, Aquitaine for sale with 106499m2 of land - 1,050,000 EUR

9 bedroom French Chateau in Bergerac, Aquitaine for sale  with 106499m2 of land
Reference 188081

French Chateau in Bergerac
9 bathrooms

480 sqm (5164.8 sq ft) floor size
Swimming Pool
Gite

Description
Superb 16-17th Century selection of properties, centred around a large courtyard, which feature: Main property of 360m2 which includes a large 80m2 living room; 3 separate gites; B&B; barn that has ...

Historic French Chateau for Sale in the Limousin with 17 Bedrooms - 848,000 EUR

Historic French Chateau for Sale in the Limousin with 17 Bedrooms
Reference 195205

French Chateau in Haute Vienne
10 bathrooms

Gite

Description
This fabulous XII century chateau stands in a dominant position with glorious views of the surrounding countryside and its own 3.7 hectares of stunning parkland. The property dates from circa 1174 an...

16 bedroom French Chateau in Evreux, Paris-Ile-de-France for sale with 950000m2 of land - POA

16 bedroom French Chateau in Evreux, Paris-Ile-de-France for sale  with 950000m2 of land
Reference 187582

French Chateau in Evreux
9 bathrooms

950 sqm (10222 sq ft) floor size
Swimming Pool
Gite
Equestrian Facilities
Lake, Pond or River

Description
Grand and spacious historical property, located near Paris, with origins dating from the 17th Century and absolutely steeped in history. This amazing Chateau was once occupied by King Henri IV of Fr...



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