€376 000 (HAI)**
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|Surface||371 M2*||Plot Size||10000 M2|
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All the grandeur of a full-blown château for the price of a manoir! This characterful 15th-century château de seigneur, with many original features, makes a spacious family home with plenty of room left over for the long-established chambres d’hôtes business. With two attractive barns easily converted into two large gîtes (or three smaller ones), it will provide a ready-made source of income just waiting to be developed further.
This visually stunning little château, dating in parts from the 15th century, was built as the residence of the seigneur of Dognen. Now home to a chambres d’hôtes business, it is also a working farm. It is sold with one hectare (2.5 acres) of garden, two barns just waiting to be converted into gîtes, a salt-water swimming pool with a solar cover, numerous outbuildings and (optionally) two large agricultural buildings.
With a ready-made income, it makes the perfect starting point for someone wanting to build on the reputation of the long-established chambres d’hôtes or to add further letting units by converting the two attractive barns in the front courtyard.
The owner is happy to be flexible about the 1ha included in the sale will be made up - for example, if you need the farm buildings, they can be included - if not, you could have a field without buildings instead. If you need more land, up to 5.3ha (13 acres) of good-quality farmland with river frontage is available in addition by negotiation.
COURTYARD & BARNS
Making a grand entrance through the imposing gateway you arrive into a gravel courtyard with two attractive barns to your left and the château straight ahead of you. The bars, in very good overall order, are arranged in an “L” shape and have an internal floor area of about 100m² and 80m² respectively. They could both easily be converted into three-storey gites with a good number of bedrooms.
A bank of solar panels on the south-facing rear roof of one of the barns brings in an annual income of 2000 € which is guaranteed until 2030.
You enter the house through the original 16-the century doorway into a small hallway at the bottom of the tower, which houses the original stone staircase up to the first and attic floors.
From the entrance hallway, you arrive at a good size reception area with a television room beyond it. To your left is a good-sized sitting room. Leaving the reception area to the right, you pass into a huge dining room with a massive fireplace. Beyond that is a large kitchen and a scullery, which leads to a good-sized laundry room. Behind the house is a vast conservatory overlooking the rear courtyard.
The ancient stone staircase in the tower winds up to the first floor, where there are four large bedrooms (one extremely large, used as a family room for the chambres d’hôtes) all but one benefitting from en suite shower rooms.
Continuing up the stone staircase, you arrive at the attic floor which, with its attractive wooden cladding, resembles the inside of a galleon as much as a château! The four bedrooms on this floor, used for chambres d’hôtes, all have an en suite shower room and reversible air conditioning.
THE LOCAL AREA
The tiny village of Dognen has a hairdresser and a garage but for your morning baguette and croissants, the nearest boulangerie is at Gurs (5 minutes by car). Navarrenx (9 minutes) has a range of small shops and restaurants but for more serious shopping, Oloron is just 21 minutes away.
Dognen is in the Béarn, one of the ancient French provinces in the south-western Pyrénées. It is close to the Spanish border, Pau, Lourdes, the picturesque Basque Country and the famous beach resorts of the Atlantic coast, such as Biarritz and St-Jean de Luz. Toulouse, Bordeaux, San Sebastián and Bilbao are all within easy reach.
Popular with tourists all the year round for hiking, mountain-biking, white-water rafting and fishing, the region also offers a range of winter sports (downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing) with easy access to numerous ski stations. For those preferring beach-based activities (especially surfing) the famous resorts of the Atlantic coast are less than two hours away (Biarritz, Saint Jean de Luz, Hossegor...).
Film buffs might be interested to know that the town of Oloron Sainte Marie and several of the picturesque villages of the Vallée d’Aspe have recently been chosen as film locations, most notably for two French films starring the Oscar winner, Jean Dujardin, and an English film, "Waiting for Anya" based on the Michael Morpurgo book set in France in the Second World War. Not only is the stunning, unspoilt countryside of the Béarn perfect for filmmakers, but enthusiastic locals are often encouraged to volunteer as extras to appear alongside the international film stars - next time, that could be you!
SHOPS & SERVICES
Dognen - hairdresser, garage
Gurs (3km, 5 minutes) - boulangerie, hairdresser
Navarrenx (9 minutes) - Intermarché supermarket, florist, perfumery, dry cleaners, bank, beauty salon, butcher, shoe shop, ironmonger, sports shop, restaurants...
Oloron Saint Marie (21 minutes) - Leclerc and Intermarché hypermarkets, Kiabi, But, Darty, hospital, all services, banks, théâtre, cinema, swimming pool, restaurants...
Pau (47 minutes) - everything you could possibly want!
DRIVING TIMES (from the centre of Dognen)
Train Oloron 19m
Long-distance coach (Flixbus) from Oloron 19m
Pau Airport 40m
Tarbes-Lourdes Airport 1h 04m
Biarritz Airport 1h 22m
Ferry Bilbao 3h 06m
La-Pierre-St-Martin 1h 7m
Issarbe 1h 02m
Gourette 1h 14m
Candanchú (Spain) 1h 20m
Iraty 1h 21m
Val d’Azun 1h 48m
Biarritz 1h 25m
Hossegor 1h 33m
Aquabéarn (Goès) 29m
Aventure Parc Aramits 36m
Parc’Ours (Borce) 1h
Zoo d’Asson 1h
Gorges de Kakuetta 1h 01m
Grottes de Bétharram 1h 12m
Passerelle d’Holzarte 1h 13m
Oloron Sainte Marie 21m
Bayonne 1h 12m
Lourdes 1h 15m
Biarritz 1h 21m
Toulouse 2h 30m
Bordeaux 2h 34m
Tunnel de Somport 1h 09m
Carretera del Roncal via La-Pierre-St-Martin 1h 15m
Puerto de Larrau 1h 26m
San Sebastián 1h 59m
Bilbao 3h 06m
Zaragoza (Saragossa) 3h 11m
Madrid 6h 06m
*These data are for information only and have no contractual value. Leggett Immobilier cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies that may occur.*
**The currency conversion is for convenience of reference only.
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