7 bedroom French chateau for sale, Carcassonne, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon
3,500,000 EUR 3,115,000 GBP 4,095,000 USD
Beautiful fully restored 7 bedroom French Chateau located in Carcassonne, with a total living area of 580m2, set within a beautiful plot of 320,927m2 with formal gardens, in a quiet and private area.
With elegant reception rooms, library, 3 bedroom suites and 4 en-suite bedrooms, formal gardens, large attractive dovecote, garage, long tree-lined driveway, private and quiet setting within 32 hectares of grounds with a stream and located just a short drive to amenities this is truly a magic and unique place.
This majestic Chateau, which was built around 1840 as a hunting lodge, is accessed though a stately gate up a beautiful private 800m long tree-lined driveway which leads down to the buildings. Then suddenly the eye catches the Chateau, sitting on a sunny platform as if on an island, beautifully tended in the midst of pure nature. Set in idyllic green scenery, the ambience of this stunning place is just overwhelming.
The facade of this stately country home is very attractive, especially the impressive wood entrance door with its arched skylight and carved stone surround. Restoration of the property has taken place over the past several years and has been completed to an exceptionally high standard. With respect to the nobility and beauty of the place, this family sized Chateau has kept its charm and authenticity while offering all modern comforts. Everything has been done with great attention to detail using top quality materials and with perfect finishes. There are beautiful authentic parquet floors on the ground and first floor, marble floors with underfloor heating on the garden level, wide double doors, high ornate ceilings, elegant fireplaces, cast iron radiators with stylish covers and parallel to all this authentic charm there are modern comforts such as the built in plasma screens, dimmable crystal chandeliers, programmable lights, TV and internet in all rooms, alarm with security cameras and much more, every convenience is there but not obvious unless looked fort.
This property is a real jewel beyond all comparison and a perfect hideaway.
Chateau - 580m2
Ground floor: impressive main door leading to:
12.4m2 entrance hall with arched ornate plaster ceilings and a beautiful authentic parquet flooring. 30m2 elegant gallery with authentic parquet flooring and access to a landing with the second staircase. 26m formal dining room with a white marble fireplace and very beautiful and authentic parquet flooring. 60m2 elegant formal living room with a stone balcony and views over fields and woodland, large open stone fireplace, fully carpeted floor and an oak semicircular staircase leading down to the breakfast and family dining room. 15m2 landing with an original circular staircase connecting the 3 floors, authentic parquet flooring, and access to a guest WC. 26m2 library which has fully panelled walls with built in cupboards and book shelves, marble fireplace and authentic parquet flooring as well as a built in plasma screen and internet. 47m2 master bedroom suite with wooden panelling, carpeted flooring, plasma screen; fitted dressing room, and a very chic bathroom with a roll top cast iron bath, large shower, double basins, large cupboard with TV, floor and walls in marble. The master bedroom also has access to the library via a secret door.
Garden level, accessed via 2 beautiful staircases. The oak semicircular staircase leads to the breakfast/family dining room of 29m2 with marble flooring, large double doors leading to the terrace overlooking the beautifully kept garden with the granite fountain. To the right is the 28m2 fully fitted tailor made high quality kitchen, with marble sink and worktops, stainless steel appliances, plasma screen, marble flooring, large double doors lead to the terrace. From the breakfast room off to the left, there is a 34m2 TV/games room with a wall mounted LCD HD TV and audio/DVD system, marble flooring. Rear entrance hall 8.5m2 with large cupboards, double doors leading to the terrace and marble flooring. 4m2 cloak room with marble flooring - L 39m2 living room/bar area with a stone fireplace in the living room area, 2 steps lead up to a fully fitted bar originally from a French restaurant, with a marble counter top and bar stools, a door leads to a fully equipped wine store with a sink and black marble top, marble flooring throughout. Landing 17m2 with the original spiral wooden staircase up to the top floor, marble flooring, large double doors lead to the terrace. Relaxation room 9.5m2 and steam shower, marble flooring. Utility room 17m2 with double doors leading to the terrace, at the back is the boiler room 10m2.
First floor, access via the beautiful original spiral wooden staircase: 8m2 landing with oak flooring. Towards the west side is the 37m2 guest suite with sitting area with wall TV, dressing area with refreshment area (fridge, kettle etc.), oak flooring, en-suite bathroom with cast iron roll top bath, twin pedestal wash basins, shower, WC and marble flooring. In the middle is a large family area 76m2 with a central living area, 2 double bedrooms to the north side sharing a shower room, 2 double bedrooms to the south side sharing a shower room. The living area features a glass ceiling which allows light to flood into the open living space and to see the large and impressive roof timbers, a kitchenette and a balcony overlooking the beautiful countryside. The shower rooms feature a large walk in shower with glass door, pedestal wash basin, WC, marble mosaic tiled floor and shower. Towards the east side is another guest suite 54m2 with sitting area and bedroom with wall mounted TV, refreshment area with fridge, coffee machine etc., high sloping ceiling with beautiful exposed timber work, en-suite bathroom with cast iron roll top bath, twin pedestal wash basins, glass shower, separate WC with hand wash basin.
- Attic 90m2: access via a loft ladder
- Granite fountain 8 x 6 x 1m, heated and filtered, allowing it to be used as a plunge pool
- Large terrace 35 x 5m overlooking the formal garden
- Dovecote stone staircase with a central water feature crossing the property
- Ancient stone pond: 12 x 8m which needs to be restored
- Garage 65m2 with electric door
- Small building matching the Dovecote, on 2 levels each 13m2
- Very attractive dovecote with a tower and on 2 floors, offering about 200m2 in total, some plumbing and wiring is already in place, various development possibilities are available subject to planning permit
Grounds - 32 hectares
Set in a beautiful countryside area with no neighbours in sight. Entering the property by a stately wrought iron gate with remote control, the prestigious 800m tree-lined driveway guarantees quietness and privacy. The land comprises 12 hectares of arable land, 8 hectares of pasture and about 10 hectares of woods, the remaining part is the well tended grounds that surround the buildings. A stream with running water all year round crosses the property and provides free water for the estate. There is a stone-built deviation channel which takes water from the natural stream and forms waterfalls, pools and a unique water feature staircase. Arriving at the Chateau there is a large gravelled area with a turning circle around a bronze sculpture, combined with box hedges and ancient stone walls, the impressive main door and facade the visitor is welcomed into a different world. The area around the buildings is flat or slightly sloping. The surroundings of the buildings have been beautifully landscaped and LED lighting allows full enjoyment in the dark. Subterranean tanks provide water for an automatic sprinkler system. Between the Chateau and the Dovecote, the granite fountain decorates the formal garden and is heated and filtered so that it can also be enjoyed as a plunge pool. Further there is the possibility to buy additional land with former farm b