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The Best Chateaux on the Market - July 2018

A guide to chateaux in France with details of ten of the best

Chateaux in France - the crème de la crème of French property

If you think of a grand home in France, the first image that comes to mind is a chateau. A French chateau has to be the ultimate dream, your very own castle in the land of great castles (Owning a chateau in France). Of course, not everyone has a budget that would normally stretch to purchasing a castle, but if you take a look at the selection of chateaux for sale in 2018, you might find it isn't out of the question after all.

Is a chateau the same as a castle?

Although the literal translation of chateau is castle, it isn't really a correct or accurate definition. Some chateaux are certainly well described as castles, if they were built to have defensive qualities and were fortified, as many were, but others were simply built to house the nobility or important families of the town at the time. Hence, not all chateaux are the same, far from it. The variety is infinite, and chateaux can range from relatively unassuming (although always a little special) country houses to being impossibly grand, opulent and enormous!

Buying a chateau in France - the advantages

If your chateau is a listed historical monument, it comes along with certain advantages as well as restrictions. On the positive side, there are tax breaks and grants available for restoration works in addition to maintenance grants (Property grants available in France). France is well known to care deeply for its monuments and so this help is offered to preserve the heritage.

Consider the disadvantages too

However, to every upside there is a downside. Any alterations you may wish to make have to be approved, and this can take a long time. The authorities may also insist that you use only certain traditional materials, again, at extra expense. Owning a listed chateau may also cause a few problems with the neighbours, as if their properties are within 500 metres of yours, any alterations they wish to make also must be approved in the same way! A further point to watch out for could be the infamous Wealth Tax (French Wealth Tax). After all, if you live in a castle, you can hardly claim to be impoverished!

Costs of a chateau in France

Finally, remember that, availability (or not) of maintenance grants notwithstanding, a chateau is always old. A bit like the old adage of land being a commodity in increasingly short supply, nobody makes chateaux any more. While this is good in investment terms, as you are never going to suffer from a sudden oversupply of this type of property flooding the market so the value should always hold good, it also means that, as with any old property, there will be a never ending stream of work to be done to keep it in tip top condition.

Choosing your chateau

Like horses for courses, there are chateaux and there are chateaux, each type and individual property fulfilling varying requirements. When it comes to price, the sky is the limit, but there are cheaper options too. Location is another story, as is the style of the chateau you choose. Below is a selection of ten of the best (and most varied) chateaux that are currently on the market. Work out your budget, and take your pick!

 
 

For lovers of nature and the outdoor life! Situated In the West Wing of a 3 storey Chateau
Languedoc-Roussillon
Aude

NOW SOLD

For lovers of nature and the outdoor life! Situated In the West Wing of a 3 storey Chateau

135,000 Euros

For lovers of nature and the outdoor life! Situated In the West Wing of a 3 storey Chateau, House occupying 2 of the storeys with Superb views of The Pyrenees. Private Garden 576m². Private Pool 6m x 4m approx. Pergola. Shed. Private parking for 3 vehicles in front of the property. 1.5km from a large village with a full range of shops, 2 restaurants etc. Equestrian Centre, lake, river, walks..... Lounge /Diner 29.5m² with access to the Garden and Pool plus a window with super views.

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Manoir / Chateau, 14 beds, 11 bathrooms, 7 hectares, 2 swimming pools, massive barn
Poitou-Charentes
Vienne

Manoir / Chateau, 14 beds, 11 bathrooms, 7 hectares, 2 swimming pools, massive barn

436,000 Euros

This is going to take a lot of describing! Big manoir / chateau, very impressive, with two houses attached, two swimming pools and a big barn set in 7 hectares of beautiful countryside. Into the main house we have a lovely art deco tiled hall which goes straight through the house - lovely start. To the left we have a big basic kitchen with big pantry beyond. To the right we have a big dining room with super parquet floor and to the rear of this a big sitting room with marble fireplace.

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Beautiful Château, situated in the middle of its own land of 2.24 hectares (5.5 acres)
Midi-Pyrénées
Gers

NOW SOLD

Beautiful Château, situated in the middle of its own land of 2.24 hectares (5.5 acres)

495,000 Euros

Beautiful Château, situated in the middle of its own land of 2.24 hectares (5.5 acres) with Century old trees, close to a vibrant market town with all facilities (shops, schools, restaurants).

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Charming chateau dating from the end of the 19th Century!
Poitou-Charentes
Charente-Maritime

Charming chateau dating from the end of the 19th Century!

523,550 Euros

Located close to the village of Nieul le Virouil around 8kms from the town of Mirambeau is this lovely château in excellent condition. Set in its own grounds of approx. 1.2 hectares with a small lake and a heated pool. Downstairs: Entrance hall. Living room, dining room, fitted kitchen and wc. 1st Floor: 3 bedrooms one with ensuite shower room plus Family bathroom. 2nd floor: 3 bedrooms, shower room and wc. Various outbuildings including a garage, hangar, boiler room and pump room for the pool

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French Chateau, restored and comfortable, in North Creuse.
Limousin
Creuse

French Chateau, restored and comfortable, in North Creuse.

577,000 Euros

French Chateau, restored and comfortable, in North Creuse. Nice buildings and surroundings. On 1.7 ha. (4.32 acres)Accomodation size : 420 m2 Bedrooms : 10 Land : 1,7 hectareThe entire château has been carefully restored to a high standard, including the external woodwork, heating system, bathroom and toilet facilities, insulation... It is therfore totally ready and waiting to be developed or lived in. Some paintings only remain to be done, according to your own taste.

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*** Priced to sell *** Splendid unusual Chateau from 1860, with 2 apartments, conference room,
Languedoc-Roussillon
Aude

*** Priced to sell *** Splendid unusual Chateau from 1860, with 2 apartments, conference room,

1,250,000 Euros

This Chateau was inspired by Italian architecture; a Florentine style façade with a round covered terrace at the entrance attracts immediately the eye. It is an absolute dream to sit on this terrace and overlook the park with its pond and far view and to enjoy the beautiful nature. The Château offers many original features like high ceilings, original wall paintings, a beautiful stair hall way, different wooden parquet floors, marble fireplaces and is well maintained and in good condition.

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*** Good value for money *** Impressive Chateau, 14th-18th Century, full of character and
Midi-Pyrénées
Tarn

*** Good value for money *** Impressive Chateau, 14th-18th Century, full of character and

1,695,000 Euros

This charming Chateau, located in the greater Carcassonne area, Languedoc Roussillon, South of France, has been renovated with care and taste to a very high standard over many years by the actual owner. Most of the bedrooms in the Chateau are en-suite, are flooded with light and are very comfortable sizes. 3 apartments are located in the Chateau, the 2 other ones are in the outbuildings situated at the entrance to the property.

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Chateau de Thouron
Limousin
Haute-Vienne

Chateau de Thouron

2,280,000 Euros

beautiful chateau from the 18th century built by the architect BROUSSAUD details are to complex to add , please contact us for a full description

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19th Century Chateau with 30 rooms in Provence
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Bouches-du-Rhône

19th Century Chateau with 30 rooms in Provence

2,250,000 Euros

Stunning 19th Century Chateau on 26000 m² of land near Arles. The property includes the actual chateau, a caretaker's lodge and another house in need of renovation. One part of the chateau is habitable in its present condition and another part would need to be renovated. The roof is in very good condition. Would be ideal for a tourism project. Contact us for further information or to view the property. France Property Angels - English Speaking Estate Agent and Professional Property Finders.

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*** Good value for money *** Elegant and impressive 18th Century Château 1200m² living space,
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Bouches-du-Rhône

*** Good value for money *** Elegant and impressive 18th Century Château 1200m² living space,

7,000,000 Euros

This imposing Château dating from 1704 is located on the outskirts of a village in Provence, South of France, with all amenities in easy reach of big cities, TGV as well as the international airport in Marseille and the beaches. The Chateau with a 44m long façade has been renovated 15 years ago while preserving the ancient features: rare parquet or terracotta floors, high moulding ceilings with roses, marble fireplaces,

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Canal du Midi Property - From the Languedoc to the Med
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The Sale of State Owned Property in France
House Renovations in France
Owning Gites and Chambres d'Hotes (B&Bs) in France

About the author

Joanna Simm moved to the Languedoc area of south-west France in October 2004 having found her property through French Property Links.

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