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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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Classical 18th Century French Chateau for Sale in Burgundy
Classical 18th Century French Chateau for Sale in Burgundy

A most attractive classic Eighteenth Century French chateau set in 35 acres of lovely countryside with meadow and woodlands and only just over 2 hours from Paris. This refined property was built ......

2,400,000 EURREF: 203511
12 bedroom French chateau for sale, Angers, Maine-et-Loire, Loire Valley
12 bedroom French chateau for sale, Angers, Maine-et-Loire, Loire Valley

PRICE REDUCED - • Stunning 16th & 19th Century Chateau • Beautifully presented • 27 hectare park/woodland • Stunning rural views over the river valley • Private and quiet setting • Excellent access......

1,500,000 EURREF: 203170
32 bedroom French chateau for sale, Saint Beauzeil, Tarn-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees
32 bedroom French chateau for sale, Saint Beauzeil, Tarn-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees

Magnificent manor house dating back to the Seventeenth Century, currently operating as a well established and successful luxury hotel with restaurant, bar and 22 en suite guest rooms. This quint......

1,470,000 EURREF: 202991
15 bedroom French chateau for sale, Ariege, Ariege, Midi-Pyrenees
15 bedroom French chateau for sale, Ariege, Ariege, Midi-Pyrenees

Charming and beautifully presented 17th Century chateau located in a very peaceful and picturesque area, right on the edge of a small village. Entirely and lovingly renovated, this beautifully and......

1,190,000 EURREF: 202637
8 bedroom French chateau for sale, Gers, Gers, Gascony
8 bedroom French chateau for sale, Gers, Gers, Gascony

PRICE REDUCED - Simply stunning and superbly presented 6 bedroom French Chateau with a vast total living area of 900m2, located just 35 minutes from Toulouse, International school and airport. Th......

2,550,000 EURREF: 202561
6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Aude, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon
6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Aude, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon

PRICE REDUCED - Spacious and beautifully presented, this charming French Chateau is located in the Aude area of the Languedoc-Roussillon region, set within a large plot of 7.78 hectares of land wi......

995,000 EURREF: 202273
10 bedroom French chateau for sale, Ariege, Ariege, Midi-Pyrenees
10 bedroom French chateau for sale, Ariege, Ariege, Midi-Pyrenees

PRICE REDUCED - Superb and spacious 18th Century French Chateau, located in the Ariege area of the Midi Pyrenees, an hour from Toulouse and skiing, 1 hour 15 minutes from Carcassonne, 2 hours 30 mi......

1,280,000 EURREF: 202272
8 bedroom French chateau for sale, Perpignan, Pyrenees-Orientales, Languedoc-Roussillon
8 bedroom French chateau for sale, Perpignan, Pyrenees-Orientales, Languedoc-Roussillon

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 t......

2,850,000 EURREF: 202095
7 bedroom French chateau for sale, Carcassonne, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon
7 bedroom French chateau for sale, Carcassonne, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon

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 are......

2,450,000 EURREF: 201589
4 bedroom French chateau for sale, Couiza, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon
4 bedroom French chateau for sale, Couiza, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon

Unique chance to become the owner of a piece of history with this Twelfth Century corner tower of a chateau, sympathetically restored over recent years to create a peaceful and special retreat. Th......

445,200 EURREF: 201143
7 bedroom French chateau for sale, Angouleme, Charente, Poitou-Charentes
7 bedroom French chateau for sale, Angouleme, Charente, Poitou-Charentes

Charming French Chateau with various outbuildings including a cottage, with a total living area of 448m2, located just 15km from the departmental capital of Angouleme with it's cosmopolitan range o......

1,990,000 EURREF: 200161
Superb French Chateau Hotel for Sale in the Ardennes with 33 Bedrooms
Superb French Chateau Hotel for Sale in the Ardennes with 33 Bedrooms

An exceptional French Chateau for sale close to the Belgian border in north-eastern France, a gateway to the beautiful and verdant Ardennes region, set in an estate of about 104 hectares (255acres)......

Enquire For PriceREF: 199445
18 bedroom French chateau for sale, Chateau Gontier, Mayenne, Pays-de-la-Loire
18 bedroom French chateau for sale, Chateau Gontier, Mayenne, Pays-de-la-Loire

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 p......

1,785,000 EURREF: 194244
13 bedroom French chateau for sale, Indre, Indre, Centre
13 bedroom French chateau for sale, Indre, Indre, Centre

Outstanding French chateau with an impressive estate of 24 hectares of in a stunning location overlooking the river Creuse. This private residence is situated in the heart of Central France on......

1,113,000 EURREF: 194238
4 bedroom French chateau for sale, Crest, Drome, Rhone-Alpes
4 bedroom French chateau for sale, Crest, Drome, Rhone-Alpes

In a dominant position in the heart of the Drome, this fabulous 'bastille' comes with fabulous views of the surrounding area. The property comes with 350m2 of living space around a beautiful cour......

1,380,000 EURREF: 194125
8 bedroom French chateau for sale, Bruniquel, Tarn-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees
8 bedroom French chateau for sale, Bruniquel, Tarn-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees

PRICE REDUCED - A charming and captivating French Chateau from the Eighteenth century beautifully set in classical landscaped gardens, complete with a maze. Included in this stylish property, ther......

910,010 EURREF: 193896
9 bedroom French chateau for sale, Villeneuve sur Lot, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine
9 bedroom French chateau for sale, Villeneuve sur Lot, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine

Charming and historic Chateau with a total of 9 bedrooms, located close to Villeneuve-Sur-Lot, on a plot of 23,000m2 with a swimming pool and 2 gites. This lovely stone built property is ripe for ......

630,700 EURREF: 193680
15 bedroom French chateau for sale, Abjat Sur Bandiat, Dordogne, Dordogne Perigord Vert
15 bedroom French chateau for sale, Abjat Sur Bandiat, Dordogne, Dordogne Perigord Vert

Immaculately renovated and simply impressive property which has been divided into 2 spacious holiday properties, together with an excellent separate owners accommodation, with a total of 15 bedroom......

583,000 EURREF: 188072
Charming Loire Chateau for Sale with 10 bedrooms near Tour
Charming Loire Chateau for Sale with 10 bedrooms near Tour

- 16th Century Chateau - Moat, courtyard, park, etc. - Workshop/studio + guest accommodation. - Pool + guardians/gardener’s lodge - Superb location - 20 mins from Tours “You can’t have it all” …. ......

3,456,000 EURREF: 187257
20 bedroom French chateau for sale, La Vieille Lyre, Eure, Normandy
20 bedroom French chateau for sale, La Vieille Lyre, Eure, Normandy

18th Century chateau located in Burgundy, at the hedge of a village in a charming valley. This 18th & 19th Century French Chateau has a living area of around 1,700m2, set out over (4 levels) whic......

1,500,000 EURREF: 183982
Spectacular French chateau estate in the Jura
Spectacular French chateau estate in the Jura

PRICE REDUCED - Only a 45 min drive from Geneva (90 km) or 10 mins by helicopter, circled by a mountain chain allowing the sun to shine over the property, an exceptional and historic chateau and it......

15,000,000 EURREF: 120200
18 bedroom French Chateau for sale, 1 hour drive West of Paris
18 bedroom French Chateau for sale, 1 hour drive West of Paris

Spectacular castle located west of Paris, in Normandy, only 100km from Paris by motorway A13. This outstanding property comprises a medieval-styled chateau with around 1,225m2 of living space over......

8,800,000 EURREF: 179629
6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Chantilly, Oise, Picardy
6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Chantilly, Oise, Picardy

Fairy tale French Chateau dating back to the Fourteenth Century, located less than an hour from Paris and only 35km from Charles de Gaulle airport. The chateau stands in 55 hectares of lovely g......

4,200,000 EURREF: 174893
11 bedroom French chateau for sale, Montguyon, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes
11 bedroom French chateau for sale, Montguyon, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes

This stunning property has it all. An imposing, beautifully presented 6 bedroom Master's house, separate 1 bed apartment, 2 two bedroom gites AND an up and running retail outlet (if required) offe......

689,000 EURREF: 170166
6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Orne, Orne, Normandy
6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Orne, Orne, Normandy

Overlooking the countryside, French classical property erected in the 18th century with symmetrical outbuildings across the formal courtyard. Chateau of about 720sqm of living space: Hall, Great ......

2,250,000 EURREF: 156606
17 bedroom French chateau for sale, Aubigny sur Nere, Cher, Centre
17 bedroom French chateau for sale, Aubigny sur Nere, Cher, Centre

Located 170km South of Paris, not far from Burgundy, in Aubigny sur Nere and close to Bourges, this exceptional historic castle erected in the 15thc (on older bases) and completed with wings in the......

4,950,000 EURREF: 153913
14 bedroom French chateau for sale, Normandy, Eure, Normandy
14 bedroom French chateau for sale, Normandy, Eure, Normandy

PRICE REDUCED - Historic chateau in Normandy Impressive chateau dating back to the 15th and 18th centuries (Historic Monument) in excellent condition: 6 reception rooms, 14 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms......

4,800,000 EURREF: 152269
9 bedroom French chateau for sale, Pont Audemer, Eure, Normandy
9 bedroom French chateau for sale, Pont Audemer, Eure, Normandy

40 km from Deauville, attractive neoclassical mansion constructed in 1835 overlooking a town with all services. 433 sqm of living space with 5 reception rooms with marble floors, fitted kitchen......

1,380,000 EURREF: 152247
16th Century Chateau for sale  in Nord-Pas-de-Calais. Northern France.
16th Century Chateau for sale in Nord-Pas-de-Calais. Northern France.

PRICE REDUCED - Splendid 16th Century period chateau listed as Historic Monument (Grade 1), circled by water-moats and set in park of about 5 hectares, with outbuildings and gatehouse. There is som......

2,650,000 EURREF: 119961
4 bedroom French chateau for sale, Bergerac, Dordogne, Aquitaine
4 bedroom French chateau for sale, Bergerac, Dordogne, Aquitaine

With exceptional views, a pretty French chateau for sale of 450m2 with vineyard, parkland and woodland totalling 11 hectares which includes a swimming pool with pool house. The chateau includes a ......

Enquire For PriceREF: 111984
12 bedroom French chateau for sale, South West Brittany, Finistere, Brittany
12 bedroom French chateau for sale, South West Brittany, Finistere, Brittany

In West Brittany, along the South coast . An attractive chateau of 800m2 of living space (reception rooms and 12 ensuite bedrooms) set in a breathtaking situation overlooking the sea and a hilly l......

8,700,000 EURREF: 139099
A superb shooting Estate in Normandy
A superb shooting Estate in Normandy

A French Chateau at this price point is being marketed with discretion. Please contact us for details.

7,000,000 EURREF: 137413
French chateau for sale, North West of Paris, Yvelines, Paris-Ile-de-France
French chateau for sale, North West of Paris, Yvelines, Paris-Ile-de-France

French château with classical architecture dating back to the 17th century and rebuilt in 1802. About 1200 sqm of living space (walls and roofs entirely renovated), completed with its courtyard of......

12,000,000 EURREF: 136843
10 bedroom French chateau for sale, 50km west of Paris, Eure-et-Loir, Centre
10 bedroom French chateau for sale, 50km west of Paris, Eure-et-Loir, Centre

PRICE REDUCED - At only 50 km West of Paris by motorway A12 Nearby a village, charming property of about 800 sqm of total usable space, 10 bedrooms, comprising a main house, a guest's house. Garag......

1,600,000 EURREF: 130464

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