8 bedroom French chateau for sale with 7 hectares of land, Perpignan, Pyrenees-Orientales , Languedoc-Roussillon
2,850,000 EUR 2,565,000 GBP 3,363,000 USD
REF: 202095 Show Map
- Bedrooms: 8
- Bathrooms: 8
- Floor Size: 650 m2
- Plot Size: 7 hectares / 17.3 acres
- Work Required: None
- Swimming Pool
- Gite / Annex / Additional Accommodation
- Income Potential
- Parking space(s)
PRICE REDUCED - Exceptional and completely renovated 11th Century French Chateau/fort, located in Perpignan, set on a hilltop surrounded by forest with a views towards the Mediterranean in one of the sunniest areas of France - the Eastern Pyrenees.
Set in about 7 hectares of land, in an area of the Languedoc (Roussillon), which is noted for its music festivals, historic monuments, fruits, flowers and wines. The charm, quiet and better climate of the Pyrenees Orientals appeal to the more imaginative buyer.
This domain of about 17 acres has 360 degree panoramic views - north and east over the river valley's farms and villages, medieval ruins with a Charlemagne chapel to the south and snow capped peaks to the west. It is 36km from the Mediterranean coast and 75km
from Pyrenees ski resorts.
Its history involves royal family events of the Kingdom of Aragon, feudal marriages, celebrations and passionate chronicles of past centuries.
Grand, though not overwhelming, this chateau with its Romanesque arched windows, leaded glass, wrought iron gates, heraldic carvings and 14th C. well and other 14th C. additions, would suit a couple, family or conference centre. Possibility to purchase furnished and equipped.
The interior living space is over 650m2, not counting terraces, stairs and baths. There are 8 bedrooms and 8 and half baths. 2 of the 8 bedrooms with their 2 baths easily form a separate servant/guest or rental apartment.
For entertaining there are 4 rooms plus the 3 donjons, 2 studies, 4 terraces and the courtyard. At the garden/pool level there are four exterior entertaining areas.
From the castle entrance, there are miles of safe paths that lead into delightfully scented foothills of parasol pine, mimosa, cork and olive. One path leads to an ancient hermitage whose hermitess is a composer and instructor of music. Close to the castle gate is a 15th C. chapel with its fabulous Baroque altar. At the disposal of the castle owner though maintained by the village, it has fine acoustics for concerts and seats 150.
Exquisite gardens with in-ground sprinklers, cascading fountain, green theatre, sunken Italian secret garden and a pergola around the ancient walls - all are dramatically lit at night by spotlights and in-ground projectors. Heated pool (with exercise jet and automatic cover) is bordered by lemon trees and a Palladian "wall" of cypress with arched windows through which roses and distant mountains are seen. (There is ample space for a tennis court.
A handsome wrought iron gate with jolly black birds (merles) graces the main entrance into a flower-filled courtyard with its powder/mud room on one side and the guest apartment on the other. (Its large kitchen can service receptions on that level. )
The barrel vaulted entry hall is actually an 11th C. donjon with two doorways. One leads down 6 stone steps past two ancient portals into the Salle d'Armes, now a cinema/conference/exercise space. The medieval horses ramp with corbelled ceiling forms part of this donjon. Then, solid wooden steps go down further to the Oubliette - the lowest donjon, once a place for storage of prisoners or food, now a service facility for the pool with kitchen/bar/grill and changing room/shower and bath. It becomes a ballroom with glass floor, fibre optic lights and Bose surround sound.
The other doorway from the entry donjon leads to a lavish marble circular stairway. There is a utility/laundry room and wine cellar on the left. Continuing upward, the Salle Capitulaire - a 2 storey cathedral ceilinged dining room. At one end is a sunny breakfast terrace. From that same end there is a guest wing passing first the Japanese study then the "Harlequin" bedroom and the "White" bedroom.
Dining room, beamed kitchen with its American appliances and collection of copper pots. Also from the dining room there is the music room, (with electronic piano/organ) from which a narrow staircase climbs to the "Princess" bedroom with its look-out into the dining room below.
The sixth arched door of the dining room is linked by a short passage to the Grand Salon, the huge living room with its beamed ceiling, baronial fireplace and large window seat set into the 10 foot thick walls.
Both the two bedroom Master suite and the Map room/Study are accessed from the Grand Salon.
Returning to the circular marble stairway, one reached the top floor. To the left there is the Print/drawing/bedroom and full bath. Beyond is a spacious library with fireplace, three exposures, window seats, stylish reading lights, year round climate control, walk-in storage closets and concealed sound system.
To the right at the top of the stairs is the Salon d'Ete - the summer dining room. This conveniently opens to a walled terrace with its round fountain. An exterior stone stairway leads to the vast, tiled roof top with its flagpoles and crenellations. All are lit at night to a magical effect.
There is space for lift/dumb waiter and four additional bedrooms can be created with modest changes of masonry. Thus, it would be possible to sleep 24 persons.
There is high security with internal motion detectors and external video surveillance cameras connected to an excellent 24 hour service. In-floor electric heating keeps the building delightfully warm without modern intrusions of radiators. The thick stone walls maintain a pleasant temperature in summer.
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