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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.

Obviously, the more you spend to begin with, the larger the chateau, outbuildings and land you will acquire. While not always true, like most things it is usually sound advice to spend more at the outset to buy a good example than spend money creating one. In other words, it is better to let the previous owner use their money and time!

Our portfolio includes a great selection of French chateaux for sale in many areas of France. The Loire valley and the nearby departments offer particularly good investment opportunities for the chateau property buyer and we have over 30 examples in the Indre-et-Loire, Loir et Cher, Indre, Maine et Loire and Seine et Marne alone. Other good 'populations' exist in the Parisian departments and the south east, south west and north east areas of France. The market is remarkably fluid below 1.5 Million euros, with highly desirable properties changing hands within weeks of being offered for sale. This compares favourably with other prestige markets with regards to 'on-market' times.

Guide to the French Buying Process

1. Signing the Agreement (Compris)
On finding a property you wish to purchase you will need to negotiate the terms, price and conditions of the sale with the owner. The next step, once you are in agreement, is to sign the preliminary contract (Compromis de Vente). This is a legal document and after ten days will be binding on both parties. Rules change frequently in France and it is best to consult with your notary about when this period starts. Generally the compris will be signed in France with the Agent. Variants can be included in the compris, for example an Acte (clause) can be added if the name or names to go on the title deed have not been finalised. If a mortgage will be required to purchase the property, the details for this, including the name of the mortgage company, must be on the compris.

2. Paying the Deposit
Generally the deposit will be 10% of the agreed purchase price. This will normally be paid to the notaire. There are exceptions to this, if the agent holds a carte professionelle, is bonded and fully registered then you may pay them, but do not hand over the deposit to anyone else. If for some reason the purchase does not go through, for example, if you write to the notaire and the agent that you do not wish to go continue with the purchase before the contract is binding (within seven days of signing the compris), then your deposit would be repaid. This would also apply if a condition had not been met, or the mayor or S.A.F.E.R. (a government agency that has the right of first purchase on most rural property that comes onto the market in France) could oblige the purchaser to give way. If you decide after the seven days 'cooling off' period that you do not wish to complete the purchase and pull out of the sale you would lose your deposit. If however the vendor pulls out of the sale then you will receive your deposit back plus the same amount from the vendor.

3. On Completion
Generally it will take around two or three months to complete the purchase. During this time the balance of the purchase money must be paid into the account of the notaire, this must be done well ahead of the completion date. The notaire will prepare the documents, check that the deed of sale (Acte de Vente) is in order and have the legal title ready to be signed over. It is possible to have someone sign on your behalf if you give them power of attorney. An interpreter may be of use at this point if your French is not very good and many Notaires will suggest (or insist) that an interpreter is with you.

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9 bedroom French chateau for sale, Occitanie, Tarn, Tarn, Midi-Pyrenees
9 bedroom French chateau for sale, Occitanie, Tarn, Tarn, Midi-Pyrenees

PRICE REDUCED - Immaculately presented and luxurious French Chateau, located in the Tarn, with its origins dating from 1840 and originally built as a hunting pavilion, ideally nestled in the midst......

2,450,000 EURREF: 219634
13 bedroom French chateau for sale, Blere, Indre-et-Loire, Loire Valley
13 bedroom French chateau for sale, Blere, Indre-et-Loire, Loire Valley

Immaculate and spacious French Chateau with a vineyard and gites, situated in a quiet and great location less than 10 minutes from Chenonceau and Blere. In excellent condition throughout, this Ren......

1,732,000 EURREF: 219632
7 bedroom manor house for sale, Olonzac, Herault, Languedoc-Roussillon
7 bedroom manor house for sale, Olonzac, Herault, Languedoc-Roussillon

Fabulous manoir dating back to the 1700's in the heart of a large village close to Narbonne, offering income potential and including a heated swimming pool. With living space of 450m2 the propert......

901,000 EURREF: 219555
10 bedroom French chateau for sale, Aspet, Haute-Garonne, Gascony
10 bedroom French chateau for sale, Aspet, Haute-Garonne, Gascony

Superb 18th Century French chateau, ideally situated in a quiet countryside setting. The property is located between Saint Gaudens and Aspet. The TGV Toulouse is 1 hour 15 minutes away and Toulou......

1,950,000 EURREF: 219477
8 bedroom French chateau for sale, Carcassonne, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon
8 bedroom French chateau for sale, Carcassonne, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon

A unique and newly renovated Medieval property, offering a piece of history with modern comforts in a beautiful village setting. Dating back to the 12th Century, this historic 8 bedroom property......

1,900,000 EURREF: 219450
3 bedroom French chateau for sale, Carcassonne, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon
3 bedroom French chateau for sale, Carcassonne, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon

Carefully and sympathetically restored, this unique 16th Century property is full of medieval/renaissance history. This superb property, which maintains its authenticity, has been renovated with c......

990,000 EURREF: 219413
14 bedroom French chateau for sale, Lauzun, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine
14 bedroom French chateau for sale, Lauzun, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine

A beautifully proportioned and historic chateau, set in grounds of over 13 acres with gites and in a pretty rural location in the area of Lauzun in the Lot et Garonne department. The bright and......

2,205,000 EURREF: 219411
6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Poitiers, Vienne, Poitou-Charentes
6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Poitiers, Vienne, Poitou-Charentes

Grand, spacious and romantic French Chateau with a total of 6 bedrooms, set within over 3 acres of land, located near a lake, river and many walks and all shops and amenities are just a short driv......

572,400 EURREF: 219398
104 bedroom French chateau for sale, Agen, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine
104 bedroom French chateau for sale, Agen, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine

Grand and spacious 14 bedroom 18th Century Chateau, with a vast total living area of 630m2, plus 40 equipped and air conditioned mobile chalets, set within 55 hectares of land with an 18 hole golf ......

3,286,000 EURREF: 219349
8 bedroom villa for sale, Saint Remy de Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
8 bedroom villa for sale, Saint Remy de Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

Grand and spacious 7 bedroom manoir situated in a quiet setting right in he heart of Provence, in a village setting close to Saint Remy de Provence. With its origins dating from the early XVIIIth ......

2,950,000 EURREF: 219259
10 bedroom manor house for sale, Mouries, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
10 bedroom manor house for sale, Mouries, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

Full of character and charm, this grand and spacious 10 bedroom 18th Century Bastide, is ideally situated right in the heart of the Provencal village of Mouries, close to Maussane-les-Alpilles. W......

1,780,000 EURREF: 219102
7 bedroom French chateau for sale, Saint Claud, Charente, Poitou-Charentes
7 bedroom French chateau for sale, Saint Claud, Charente, Poitou-Charentes

A most impressive and attractive renovated manor house, complete with a a barn conversion and set in an acre and a half of land. The substantial stone property comes with living space of 500m2 a......

625,400 EURREF: 219010
17 bedroom French chateau for sale, Bergerac, Dordogne, Aquitaine
17 bedroom French chateau for sale, Bergerac, Dordogne, Aquitaine

Charming Nineteenth Century chateau with character features in the Dordogne countryside and currently arranged to provide independent accommodation for up to 50 guests. This picturesque property d......

1,260,000 EURREF: 218976
7 bedroom French chateau for sale, Limoges, Haute-Vienne, Limousin
7 bedroom French chateau for sale, Limoges, Haute-Vienne, Limousin

Attractive 16th Century Chateau with stunning views, potential fishing lake and gite, set in 20 acres of land in an attractive setting. 7 bedroom chateau comprises entrance hall, luxury kitchen d......

699,000 EURREF: 218869
20 bedroom French chateau for sale, Saint Malo, Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany
20 bedroom French chateau for sale, Saint Malo, Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany

Prestigious and historic French Chateau, ideally located in a quiet and private setting in Brittany, close to the coast and Saint Malo, with stunning countryside and sea views. With its origins da......

3,500,000 EURREF: 218768
7 bedroom manor house for sale, Castres, Tarn, Midi-Pyrenees
7 bedroom manor house for sale, Castres, Tarn, Midi-Pyrenees

A very nicely presented and tastefully renovated 7 bedroom manor house with gite, set in almost 7 acres of land bordered by a river on the edge of a village with all amenities. This light and ......

795,000 EURREF: 218242
12 bedroom French chateau for sale, Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine
12 bedroom French chateau for sale, Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine

This most attractive chateau comes with 8 bedroom suites and an independent 4 bedroom house, a total of 692m2 of habitable space. Ideally located in a tranquil location, on the banks of the Dordo......

954,000 EURREF: 217900
11 bedroom French chateau for sale, Plaisance, Gers, Gascony
11 bedroom French chateau for sale, Plaisance, Gers, Gascony

PRICE REDUCED - Stunning and beautifully restored 11 bedroom 19th Century Chateau, situated in a quiet setting within a 6 hectare of park. Lovingly restored and finished to the highest of standar......

1,630,000 EURREF: 217864
13 bedroom manor house for sale, Montauban, Tarn-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees
13 bedroom manor house for sale, Montauban, Tarn-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees

Delightful character Eighteenth Century manor house, set within a gorgeous park, located on the edge of a lovely old village, which has been carefully renovated retaining an abundance of original f......

699,000 EURREF: 217818
6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Dausse, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine
6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Dausse, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine

Impressive French chateau with Medieval origins in a dominant position in the Lot et Garonne region, today providing comfortable living in a historic setting. In a dominant position, this former ......

1,407,000 EURREF: 217677
10 bedroom manor house for sale, Perpignan, Pyrenees-Orientales, Languedoc-Roussillon
10 bedroom manor house for sale, Perpignan, Pyrenees-Orientales, Languedoc-Roussillon

Delightful Nineteenth century 'maison de maitre' with income opportunities set in a lovely private garden, with pool and outbuildings located in the heart of town just 20 minutes Perpignan. C......

965,000 EURREF: 217646
11 bedroom French chateau for sale, Auch, Gers, Gascony
11 bedroom French chateau for sale, Auch, Gers, Gascony

Fabulous Nineteenth Century Chateau near to Auch offering an excellent business and lifestyle opportunity in a beautiful setting. This elegant archetypal chateau is set within mature parkland of......

1,908,000 EURREF: 216622
7 bedroom French chateau for sale, Uzes, Gard, Languedoc-Roussillon
7 bedroom French chateau for sale, Uzes, Gard, Languedoc-Roussillon

Spacious, 7 bedroom, fortified 13th Century listed historic castle, which has been partially renovated, set within a large park of 7,795m2 with a swimming pool, ideally located right in the heart o......

1,970,000 EURREF: 216472
21 bedroom French chateau for sale, Macon, Saone-et-Loire, Burgundy
21 bedroom French chateau for sale, Macon, Saone-et-Loire, Burgundy

Exceptional historic estate in the South of Burgundy, set in 235 hectares with Chateau, golf course, outbuildings and offering huge potential for further development. Located close to Macon and......

7,420,000 EURREF: 216473
14 bedroom French chateau for sale, Albi, Tarn, Midi-Pyrenees
14 bedroom French chateau for sale, Albi, Tarn, Midi-Pyrenees

PRICE REDUCED - Grand and spacious 14 bedroom property which is ideally situated in a quiet and private setting without nuisance, located just 18km from Albi in the beautiful countryside of the Tar......

1,695,000 EURREF: 216368
6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Angouleme, Charente, Poitou-Charentes
6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Angouleme, Charente, Poitou-Charentes

Exceptional Renaissance fortified manor house in the Charente set in an estate of over 15 acres and offering a harmonious blend of luxury and character having been superbly renovated in recent year......

1,900,000 EURREF: 216161
11 bedroom French chateau for sale, Angouleme, Charente, Poitou-Charentes
11 bedroom French chateau for sale, Angouleme, Charente, Poitou-Charentes

Magnificent, grand and spacious 11 bedroom 13th & 15th Century French Chateau ideally set within a manicured plot of 27,000m2 with a swimming pool, located in a quiet setting just 15 minutes from A......

Enquire For PriceREF: 215888
7 bedroom French chateau for sale, Arthez de Bearn, Pyrenees-Atlantique, Gascony
7 bedroom French chateau for sale, Arthez de Bearn, Pyrenees-Atlantique, Gascony

Appealing historical manor house in a village location offering charm and character with the bonus of modern comforts. This stunning property dates back in parts to 1352, with the majority of it ......

795,000 EURREF: 215210
10 bedroom French chateau for sale, Saint Pierre d
10 bedroom French chateau for sale, Saint Pierre d'Albigny, Savoie, Rhone-Alpes

Grand, historical and unique listed 11th Century French Chateau, which is classified by the historical monument association. This stunning fortress, which has a total living area of 600m2, is set ......

4,250,000 EURREF: 214629
11 bedroom French chateau for sale, Penne, Tarn, Midi-Pyrenees
11 bedroom French chateau for sale, Penne, Tarn, Midi-Pyrenees

Enchanting and beautifully renovated Eighteenth Century French Chateau with 11 bedrooms and set in an estate of 13 hectares with swimming pool, gardens and woodland. This tastefully and lovingly ......

954,000 EURREF: 213209
9 bedroom French chateau for sale, Condom, Gers, Gascony
9 bedroom French chateau for sale, Condom, Gers, Gascony

Charming French chateau dating back to 1770, in an elevated position in the lovely Gascony countryside. This character stone property comes with a living surface of approximately 520m2, and a fur......

980,000 EURREF: 212837
6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Condom, Gers, Gascony
6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Condom, Gers, Gascony

An outstanding and sympathetically renovated French Chateau in an elevated position with over 5.5 hectares of meadow and woodland and striking views over the countryside of Gascony. This charmin......

1,450,000 EURREF: 212835
21 bedroom French chateau for sale, Vallieres, Haute-Savoie, Rhone-Alpes
21 bedroom French chateau for sale, Vallieres, Haute-Savoie, Rhone-Alpes

Grand and spacious and beautifully presented 17th Century Chateau with a vast total living area of 1,236m2, idelly located in a quiet setting in Vallieres, between Annecy and Aix les Bains, set wit......

5,500,000 EURREF: 212494
10 bedroom French chateau for sale, Nord, Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais
10 bedroom French chateau for sale, Nord, Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais

Large French Chateau located close to the Belgian border, with excellent European connections. This monumental chateau dating back to the 18th & 19th Centuries is registered as a Historic Monument......

5,500,000 EURREF: 211336
4 bedroom French chateau for sale, Montcuq en Quercy Blanc, Lot, Midi-Pyrenees
4 bedroom French chateau for sale, Montcuq en Quercy Blanc, Lot, Midi-Pyrenees

Charming and beautifully totally restored stone built house with around 320m2 of living area, set within a large plot of 5,548m2, located in a quiet area in Montcuq en Quercy Blanc. two levels. W......

720,800 EURREF: 211326
13 bedroom French chateau for sale, Blere, Indre-et-Loire, Loire Valley
13 bedroom French chateau for sale, Blere, Indre-et-Loire, Loire Valley

This impressive chateau which dates back to the Renaissance period, stands in 21 hectares of land which includes 10 hectares of vineyard which is producing well and the sale includes the wine produ......

1,732,000 EURREF: 210450
10 bedroom French chateau for sale, Nissan lez Enserune, Herault, Languedoc-Roussillon
10 bedroom French chateau for sale, Nissan lez Enserune, Herault, Languedoc-Roussillon

Nestled in the heart of the countryside of southern France and surrounded by vineyards, this unique 18th Century French Chateau and estate offers an exceptional package for investors. The castle i......

8,360,000 EURREF: 210311
Impressive Sixteenth Century Castle near Carcassonne with Income Opportunities.
Impressive Sixteenth Century Castle near Carcassonne with Income Opportunities.

Imposing castle dating back to the Sixteenth Century in the beautiful Cathar country of Carcassonne, set in walled gardens with courtyard, featuring renovated stonework, large stone fireplaces and......

995,000 EURREF: 210232
Historic French Chateau for Sale in   Gascony with Comfortable Living Space  and Income Potential
Historic French Chateau for Sale in Gascony with Comfortable Living Space and Income Potential

Historic hilltop French castle in an enviable location with stunning views, tranquility, swimming pool and the opportunity to create a dream home with income potential. The structure of the build......

821,500 EURREF: 210148
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6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Vic Fezensac, Gers, Gascony

Charming Chateau style property ideally located in a quiet area in Vic-Fezensac, set within 2.24 hectares of land, yet situated close to the city with all amenities and shops. With around 3......

495,000 EURREF: 210077
12 bedroom French chateau for sale, Gers, Gers, Gascony
12 bedroom French chateau for sale, Gers, Gers, Gascony

Grand and spacious 18th Century stone built Renaissance style French Chateau located in the northern area of Gers. This exceptional chateau, which is a breathtaking mix of medieval and Renaissance......

1,378,000 EURREF: 209968
11 bedroom French chateau for sale, Orthez, Pyrenees-Atlantique, Gascony
11 bedroom French chateau for sale, Orthez, Pyrenees-Atlantique, Gascony

Impressive French chateau dating back to the Twelfth Century close to Orthez, set in almost 3 hectares of parkland with swimming pool and a variety of outbuildings. This magnificent and historic......

1,150,000 EURREF: 209892
Appealing  French Chateau for Sale in the Loire Valley with 10 Bedrooms.
Appealing French Chateau for Sale in the Loire Valley with 10 Bedrooms.

Enchanting and carefully restored French Chateau in a peaceful country setting, offering comfortable accommodation and just a short distance from the local village and less than a 10 minute drive f......

892,000 EURREF: 209385
7 bedroom French chateau for sale, Lavardin, Vendome, Loir-et-Cher, Loire Valley
7 bedroom French chateau for sale, Lavardin, Vendome, Loir-et-Cher, Loire Valley

Beautifully restored 17th Century Chateau style residence situated right in the heart of one of France's most beautiful villages. - High quality and sympathetic restoration - Superb conservatory ......

813,000 EURREF: 209304
12 bedroom French chateau for sale, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, Loire Valley
12 bedroom French chateau for sale, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, Loire Valley

Impressive 12 bedroom French Chateau from the Nineteenth Century, just 20 minutes from Tours with TGV access to Paris in about an hour, with excellent views from its elevated position, annexes and ......

1,375,000 EURREF: 208614
9 bedroom house for sale, Montcuq, Lot, Midi-Pyrenees
9 bedroom house for sale, Montcuq, Lot, Midi-Pyrenees

Outstanding renovated stone property of 400m2 with its exceptionally spacious rooms including 9 bedrooms, with family accommodation over several floors with independent options, a swimming pool a......

735,000 EURREF: 208481
14 bedroom French chateau for sale, Montcuq en Quercy Blanc, Lot, Midi-Pyrenees
14 bedroom French chateau for sale, Montcuq en Quercy Blanc, Lot, Midi-Pyrenees

Fabulous Medieval chateau on the banks of the river Lot with extensive accommodation, a variety of outbuildings, a mill and even its own private beach. This impressive property has its origins in......

1,575,000 EURREF: 208377
6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Chateau du Loir, Sarthe, Loire Valley
6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Chateau du Loir, Sarthe, Loire Valley

PRICE REDUCED - Superb property which is hidden behind impressive entrance gates, privately tucked away from prying eyes yet still retaining excellent access to local amenities. This charming and ......

699,000 EURREF: 207518
15 bedroom French chateau for sale, Bergerac, Dordogne, Aquitaine
15 bedroom French chateau for sale, Bergerac, Dordogne, Aquitaine

Delightful estate which includes a pretty manor house and additional accommodation within the grounds, set in 2 hectares with stables, swimming pool, lake and tennis court. The elegant manor hous......

1,264,000 EURREF: 207268
Superb Chateau and Estate with Huge Potential for Sale near Toulouse
Superb Chateau and Estate with Huge Potential for Sale near Toulouse

This superb estate, complete with stunning chateau and outbuildings, is located close to Montastruc la Conseillere in a strategic location only 15 minutes from the airport, and from the important c......

2,300,000 EURREF: 207083

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