Have you ever dreamed of swapping your city pad for a fabulous property in the French countryside? Buying a castle or chateau can also provide great business opportunities.
Châteaux are always some of the most popular properties with those seeking a overseas property investment. They often make fantastic settings for luxury accommodation, restaurants and wedding venues, while ample grounds open the possibility of running equestrian schools, hunting and fishing activities and plenty more. Working orchards, olive groves and vineyards can also provide business angles for those keen to work the land as part of their fairytale dream.
Of course, owning your own castle isn’t cheap, but the variety of styles, sizes and conditions on the market means that there are châteaux available to suit a surprising range of budgets. Here, the experts at FrenchEntrée share a variety of options so that you too can escape to the chateau this spring….
Elegant chateau in Vendée, Loire
Situated at the exit of a village with shops and services, this 19th century property is surrounded by its beautiful park and benefits from a high-quality environment. Covering a total of 500sqm of living space, the chateau comprises small and large sitting rooms, dining room, study, large library, kitchen, back kitchen, laundry, beautiful stairway with wooden banisters leading to six bedrooms, a boudoir, oratory and 4 bathrooms. There is also an attic, cellar, outbuilding with garage, stable and a former caretaker’ s lodge.
French chateau in the Loire-Atlantique, between Nantes and La Baule
This charming chateau is situated 21 miles from the seaside, close to a small city with shops and services. Easily accessible by train or motorway, it benefits from a quiet environment, in the middle of its landscaped park. The property dates to the 19th century and is in coated stone and topped with slate roofs. Of about 450sqm of living space, over 3 levels, the property comprises dining room, sitting room, billiards’ room, kitchen, laundry, boiler room, cellar and storerooms. On the first floor there are five bedrooms, bathroom and shower rooms and laundry. Of about 4.4 acres of parkland, the property benefits from a wooded park with a pond, orchard and walled vegetable garden.
Characterful 19th century chateau in Normandy
A lovely river runs across this beautiful property located in Normandy, on the edge of a small village, 15 miles from the city of Rouen. This 19th century château comprises small and large sitting rooms, small and large dining rooms, large kitchen, 17 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms and a cellar. This château, with atypical architecture, offers very bright rooms with beautiful oak parquet flooring. The outbuildings are composed of a secondary lodge, two garages and a large building with workshop and barns.
And for the more adventurous… a castle for renovation in the Limousin
Perfect for renovation, the castle has been built in the 15th and 17th centuries. It used to be owned by the local priest and is set in a very calm village and with the surrounding 5.86 hectares of land. Built on top of the vaulted cellars, it comprises of 300 m² of habitable area and has been well looked after by the current owner of the property, the entire roof has been renewed. Two rooms in the oldest part of the castle have been converted into a kitchen and a bedroom with shower and toilet. The entrance hall has been totally renovated, opening out onto a lovely stone stairway. The property also comprises a barn measures 170 m² and another of 154 m². Fifty lime trees have also been planted along the driveway.