12 bedroom French chateau for sale, Rouairoux, Tarn, Midi-Pyrenees
1,090,000 EUR 970,100 GBP 1,362,500 USD
Simply stunning 19th Century French Chateau, guest house, 2 gites, swimming pool and 13 acres of parkland, located in a countryside setting in the Tarn area, just an hour from the sea.
This lovely piece of French history is simply a majestic estate in an elevated and dominating setting situated near the Tarn/Herault border in Languedoc-Rousillon area.
The entire estate, which is set within 5 hectares (13 acres) of parkland includes a charming and spacious guest/owners house with large living accommodation and 2 bedrooms and 2 separate gites, 1 with bedrooms and the other 2 bedroom, all of which are served by private gardens and a generous swimming pool.
The business potential is obvious as a holiday village, wedding venue, boutique hotel,conference centre or just a fantastic family home, ideal for several families or generations.
This 19th Century Chateau has been very sympathetically restored to reflect a bygone age; architecturally important and balanced with its turrets, its' interior decor which is baronial in style, is a true reflection of gracious living. Practical considerations have been addressed however, with new roofing as an example. New kitchen and bathroom further proof. All efforts have been made to preserve the original features of this impressive Chateau including friezes, plaster work, candelabras, stuccos and frescoes, the bones of the building (stone, parquet floors, tiling, beautiful staircases and fireplaces) being timeless.
In practical terms the living space is naturally ridiculously spacious, with 600m2 to choose from and room sizes/plans can be furnished on demand, but once in the reception rooms which open onto the expansive terraces with their view to the southern vista, it is simply a piece of history.
The owners house is spacious and charming in its' own right, reflecting the owners respect for traditional architecture as with the Chateau, with spacious and bright comfortable rooms overlooking beautifully landscaped and enclosed gardens and with spacious summer and winter terraces, the latter roofed over and all secluded by ancient stone walls with climbing roses.
Through a stone arch there is a further surprise, with guest accommodation which features 2 generously gites with their own garden areas and served by an equally generous swimming pool of 14 x 7m2
Gite 1 has 4 double bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and gite 2 has 2 bedrooms and a bathroom. Both gites are fully fitted and offer generous living/dining and kitchen areas and are ideal to generate an extra income.
The estate overlooks the valley below and is a mixture of woodland and prairie and there are several gated entrances to this estate; the northern entrance is walled from the road and double gates lead into the drive and beautifully landscaped area which serves the "business" side of the estate, first arriving at the gites, garages and then sweeping round to the main house left and opening up to the big surprise opposite: this magnificent chateau with a common garden area between all, complete with fountains and fishponds.
The full scale of this impressive and important estate, worth preserving at a very reasonable price, is situated within the last affordable regions of the south of France.
An excellent investment opportunity for this charming and glamourous estate with panoramic views over the Montagne Noire, less than 1 hour to the sand beaches of the Med. Labastide-Rouairoux has a weekly market as does the nearby town of Saint Pons de Thomieres which is the capital of the beautiful Haut Languedoc regional nature reserve and whose settlement dates back to the Stone Age as proves its museum of Prehistory. Labastide also boasts a textile museum having been the most important textile town in the region apparently because of the purity of its river water.
A little further afield the vineyards of the Minervois can be reached within a half hours drive, and the Mediterranean beaches in an hour. The property is equidistant from Carcassonne and Beziers airports at around the same amount of drive time, Toulouse and Montpellier airports being a little further (1h45mins) The surroundings region deserves a visit. Mazamet and its Cathar museum and 59 years old golf course ,designed by two scottish architects, Castres and its Goya museum, Carcassonne and its walled mediaeval city, and also Minerve, the old Cathar fortress, are all within reasonable distance. But for those who really want to get out, there is the beauty of the Montagne Noire and different lakes in the area. A great benefit of this property, is the fact that it is entangled with the 50km long green trail (Passa Pais) which is enbedded in the old railway track from Mazamet in the Tarn to Bedarieux in the Herault, only reserved for walking, cycling and horse riding. The necessary equipment can be rented at the station. Beziers airport is only 45 minutes drive with links to the UK and Brussels (Charleroi), and by TGV to Montpellier, Paris/London, Lyon, Marseille and Barcelona.