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The Best Chateaux on the Market - 2019

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 2019, 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!

 
 

19th Century historic chateau estate with 15 hectares and vineyard
Poitou-Charentes
Vienne

19th Century historic chateau estate with 15 hectares and vineyard

495,000 Euros

Must be sold reduced by a further 155 000€ Situated just 15 km from Poitiers is this historic chateau built by 2 kings for the governor of Chatellerault, set on a 15-hectare estate and 4.5-hectare vineyard.

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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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Escape to the Chateau
Aquitaine
Dordogne

Escape to the Chateau

595,000 Euros

A 16th Century CHATEAU with 12 bedrooms. Beautifully maintained, land, loads of POTENTIAL a€' great business OPPORTUNITY...

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Property with 18h century castle on 10 acres of land
Auvergne
Allier

Property with 18h century castle on 10 acres of land

641,500 Euros

Beautiful property, consisting of an 18th centurycastle with annexes, moat and 4 ha land, on dominant position on a hill in aquiet and green environment, at the feet of the Montage Bourgonnaise. The castle, with 600 m2 living space, is entirely renovated 'dans sonjus'. Panoramic view at the surroundings hills and the Montagne Bourbonnaise fromthe stoop of the castle and the garden.

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Unique 17th century Chateau with main residence, gites, apartments, B&B, restaurant, ...
Languedoc-Roussillon
Hérault

Unique 17th century Chateau with main residence, gites, apartments, B&B, restaurant, ...

682,000 Euros

Located at the outskirts of the town, historic south-facing stone 17th century Chateau offering main residence, gites, 4 apartments, B&B, restaurant, snackbar, art gallery and winery set around a central courtyard reached via a stone archway, on 19365 m² of land with four hundred years old cedars, lawned gardens, seating area, courtyard with pond, campsite, outbuildings, large parking and pool. Beautiful and unique place, ideal for wellness or personal development courses.

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Confolens (16) -  A superb18th century château, 4 bedroom detached gatehouse, 4 bedroom house
Poitou-Charentes
Charente

Confolens (16) - A superb18th century château, 4 bedroom detached gatehouse, 4 bedroom house

748,800 Euros

A lovely small chateau, dating back to the 18th Century, magnificently restored, retaining numerous original features and set in 10 hectares of beautiful gardens, park and paddocks. The chateau is approached along an attractive tree lined driveway.

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*** Excellent value for money *** 19th century Château, 600m² living space, 12 bedrooms,
Languedoc-Roussillon
Aude

*** Excellent value for money *** 19th century Château, 600m² living space, 12 bedrooms,

750,000 Euros

This chateau from the 19th century is located in the countryside of Carcassonne, Languedoc Roussillon, South of France. It has been restored 3 years ago while preserving most genuine and ancient features; heating electricity and plumbing are new. The rooms are bright and spacious. The neighbouring farm used to be part of the property; its grounds surround the chateau. The chateau enjoys a splendid view, in total peacefulness,

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Fully renovated stunning 16th cent 4 bed chateau + renovated 3 bed house, land, stables, lake
Poitou-Charentes
Charente

Fully renovated stunning 16th cent 4 bed chateau + renovated 3 bed house, land, stables, lake

999,975 Euros

This is a unique opportunity to buy a very high quality ‘inch by inch’ sympathetically renovated Château situated in a stunning elevated location with panoramic views overlooking its own land and lake, the lovely Limousin countryside and a pretty French village on the horizon.

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

*** 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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Additional articles which may be of interest:


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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