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The Best Chateaux on the Market in 2017

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 2017, 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!

 
 

A beautiful chateaux style village house
Centre Val de Loire
Indre

A beautiful chateaux style village house

278,200 Euros

This beautiful chateaux style village house is situated in the lively little town of Chaillac where there are a selection of small shops and services as well as a lovely swimming and fishing lake and plenty of free parking. The larger town of St Benoit du Sault with supermarket and more shops and services is around 5 minutes away by car, a station is about a 20 minute drive with direct trains to Paris, and Limoges with its International Airport is around 45 minutes away.

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Hunting Chateau, 9 bedrooms, 650m2
Poitou-Charentes
Vienne

Hunting Chateau, 9 bedrooms, 650m2

435,000 Euros

Beautifully renovated early 19th Century hunting chateau with 4200m2 of landscaped garden and large south-facing walled courtyard. Lovely circular drive and classic curving stone steps to entrance hall. Generously proportioned, the property offers 4 stylish reception rooms, 9 bedrooms, 3 luxury bathrooms, large fitted kitchen (52m2), cave, marble fireplaces, spiral staircase, renovated roof, oil-fired CH, new electrics, plumbing, septic. 20 mins from Poitiers airport, train and conveniences.

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18th century Chateau with 12 bedrooms and pool set in 3ha
Midi-Pyrénées
Hautes-Pyrénées

18th century Chateau with 12 bedrooms and pool set in 3ha

450,000 Euros

Château / Manor house comprising 18th century house and 19th century annex, well restored with light well proportioned rooms and separate gite, sold fully furnished. In all the property provides 12 bedrooms, 10 shower rooms/bathrooms, a fenced pool and well lit, elegant reception rooms. Established park of 3 ha. 6 of the bedrooms are part of an independent unit which may be let as a well equipped and upmarket gite.

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20th century château set in about 11 acres
Poitou-Charentes
Charente

20th century château set in about 11 acres

477,000 Euros

This very spacious 20th century château set over 3 floors with cellars below comes with over 45,000m2 of land.

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Striking Chateau nr Saumur with Pool and Gites
Pays de la Loire
Maine-et-Loire

Striking Chateau nr Saumur with Pool and Gites

821,500 Euros

This Striking Chateau is situated North of Saumur, although spacious it is of a comfortable size. Further accommodation in the Coachhouse and Gatekeepers lodge. Large swimming pool and small pigeonnier. 2 paddocks

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Beautiful 15th Century Chateau
Poitou-Charentes
Charente

Beautiful 15th Century Chateau

936,000 Euros

Set in an elevated and quiet position, with stunning views and surrounded by it own grounds which include a 3 bedroomed guest cottage, barn, garaging for 4/5 cars, stables, gardens, paddocks and a pretty lake.

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Castle From The Xiii Century Near Cordes Sur Ciel
Midi-Pyrénées
Tarn-et-Garonne

Castle From The Xiii Century Near Cordes Sur Ciel

1,499,000 Euros

Situated 50 minutes from Toulouse and Alibi by autoroute, Near St Antonin this extremely charming stone château dates from the XIII century. Fully renovated to a high standard, it includes a guest house, an infinity swimming pool and lovely landscaped gardens. Peaceful hilltop setting with unique view of a nearby medieval bastide and dramatic surrounding scenery. Rural and yet only a few minutes from a local café, restaurants and general store.

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*** Reduced Price *** Splendid unusual Chateau from 1860, with 2 apartments, conference room,
Languedoc-Roussillon
Aude

*** Reduced Price *** Splendid unusual Chateau from 1860, with 2 apartments, conference room,

1,580,000 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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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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*** 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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Additional articles which may be of interest:


Canal du Midi Property - From the Languedoc to the Med
Leisure Lakes of the Languedoc - Perfect Property Location?
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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