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Chateau in GAN , Pyrenees Atlantiques , Aquitaine

€488,130 £444,930**
Ref: 103761CEL64
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CHÂTEAU TO RENOVATE! Located between the mountains and the sea, the new owners could create a wonderful family home/holiday home, luxurious Wellness centre or host relaxing retreats! With gardens and grounds of 3.4 hectares (8.5 acres), 13 rooms and a stone tower, the château could easily be transformed into fantastic Bed and Breakfast suites or even a stunning boutique hotel, welcoming guests all year round.

Charlie Ellis , your local Leggett agent, says :

Price €488 130
agency fees to be paid by the seller
Ref 103761CEL64
Town GAN
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Dept Pyrenees Atlantiques
Surface 333 M2* Plot Size 34205 M2
Bathroom 3 Bedrooms 6
Location
  • 50km or less to airport
  • Hamlet property
Type
  • Chateau
  • Country House
  • Family Home
  • Holiday Home
Features
  • Business potential
  • Character property
  • Detached
  • Double glazing
  • Electricity on site
  • High speed internet
  • Mountain view
  • Private parking
  • Water on site
Condition
  • Habitable
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This delightful château has enormous potential either as an impressive family home/holiday home, or as a superb business property, such as a boutique hotel, luxurious Bed and Breakfast suites, a Wellness centre or a tranquil venue for retreats, spa breaks, leisure activity holidays, murder mystery weekends… Although in need of some renovation, the château is perfectly habitable on the ground floor, allowing you to move in straight away to start project-managing your dream transformation! Read more ...

Built in about 1850, this unique château of 333m² is set in mature gardens and grounds of 3.4 hectares (8.5 acres). Located in a completely rural, hilltop setting, yet just minutes away from lively Béarnaise towns and villages, the property is perfect for creating a tourism-related business or for using as a luxurious family home/holiday home with plenty of room for entertaining friends and relatives. Although in need of investment to complete the renovations which have already been started, the resulting property should be magnificent!

The approach to the château is via a tiny country lane, which then becomes a private drive sheltered by huge trees. The property is on a hilltop overlooking the beautiful Béarnaise countryside.

At the front of the château, steps lead up to the front door and an entrance hall with a painted feature ceiling. On the ground floor, there are four reception rooms, a kitchen, a bathroom, a WC and access to the large courtyard behind the château. The courtyard has ample room for parking several cars.

On the first floor, there are six bedrooms, two bathrooms and two WCs. There is also significant attic space on the second floor for converting into additional bedrooms, if desired – ideal for creating a very luxurious Bed and Breakfast business or a boutique hotel.

The city of Pau is less than 20 minutes to the north of the property – the Pyrenean ski resorts and Spanish border are to the south. If you fancy a day on the beach in Biarritz or St-Jean-de-Luz, the Atlantic coastal resorts are under 90 minutes away, where you’ll find exciting beaches for surfing or calmer waters where all the family can swim and sunbathe.

THE CHÂTEAU (330m²)

Ground floor:
- a courtyard
- a covered terrace with a view over the grounds and beyond to the Pyrénées
- an entrance hall with a painted feature ceiling
- a huge sitting room with an open fireplace
- three more spacious reception rooms
- a kitchen
- a bathroom
- a WC
- a boiler room
- a spiral staircase to the first floor

First floor:
- six bedrooms
- two bathrooms
- two WCs
- a staircase to the second floor

Second floor:
- vast, unconverted attic space

Lower ground floor:
- a large cellar


GARDENS & GROUNDS

- gardens and grounds of 34,205m² (8.45 acres)
- wooded areas planted with centuries-old trees and shrubs
- some meadowland, some forest


THE POTENTIAL!

There is much demand for high-quality holiday accommodation in the Béarn. The château would be absolutely ideal for a Bed and Breakfast business, a boutique hotel or for hosting retreats, Wellness breaks and even corporate events. It would also be perfect for leisure activity holidays, such as painting, photography or yoga workshops, or wine-tasting and cookery courses using delicious local produce and the Jurançon wines this area is famous for. Murder Mystery weekends and Escape games are also a possibility - and are increasingly popular in France!

Alternatively, the property could be transformed into a beautiful restaurant or bistro, or even a chic teashop for serving upmarket cream teas...!

Located a short drive away from Pau, the area is popular with both French and overseas tourists, especially for skiing, cycling, walking, horse riding – and even pilgrims following the Chemin-de-St-Jacques-de-Compostelle into Spain. In particular, the Pyrénées attract visitors to the mountains all year round, especially during the skiing season – and the Atlantic beach resorts, such as Biarritz, are perfect for a day trip, yet far away enough to escape from the crowded coastal resorts to the peace and tranquillity of the Béarn.


SERVICES & TECHNICAL

Telephone + ADSL
Electricity
Double glazing on the ground floor
Central heating with gas and wood boilers + woodburning stoves
Mains water
Septic tank


THE LOCAL AREA

A good choice of supermarkets, restaurants and bars can be found in the villages in the surrounding area - and there are local farmers’ markets most days of the week. For a much bigger choice of shops and amenities, the city of Pau is less than 20 minutes away and has just about everything you could possibly need, including excellent schools and a university. Pau also has an International school, which teaches the English national curriculum.

The château is close to the Vallée d’Ossau, which is named after the Ossau river, the Gave d’Ossau. The valley extends to the Spanish border, where you can ski at Gourette, or catch a small open train at Artouste to travel high into the mountains. The area is also known for its sheep’s cheese, Ossau-Iraty. The GR10 is accessible at Gourette and it is possible to join the Chemin de St-Jacques-de-Compostelle at Arudy to join the main route at the Medieval market town of Oloron-Ste-Marie.


DRIVING TIMES (from the centre of Gan)

Travel:
Pau Airport 29m
Tarbes-Lourdes Airport 47m
Biarritz Airport 1h 26m
Gare Gan 03m
Long-distance coach (Flixbus) from Pau 22m
Ferry Bilbao 3h 09m

Ski:
Issarbe 1h 11m
La-Pierre-St-Martin 1h 16m
Candanchú (Spain) 1h 29m
Iraty 1h 3m
Val-d’Azun 1h 11m
Gourette 51m

Beaches:
Biarritz, Grande Plage 1h 35m
Tarnos, Metro Plage 1h 33m

Attractions:
Aventure Parc Aramits 46m
Aquabéarn (Goès) 23m
Parc’Ours (Borce) 1h 07m
Zoo d’Asson 31m
Grottes de Bétharram 36m
Gorges de Kakuetta 1h 13m
Passerelle d’Holzarte 1h 27m

Major Towns:
Pau 19m
Oloron-Sainte-Marie 24m
Lourdes 54m
Toulouse 2h 22m
Bayonne 1h 24m
Biarritz 1h 34m
Bordeaux 2h 25m

Spanish Border:
Carretera del Roncal via La-Pierre-St-Martin 1h 24m
Puerto de Larrau 2h 21m
Tunnel de Somport 1h 15m

Spanish Towns:
San-Sebastián 1h 59m
Bilbao 2h 53m
Zaragoza (Saragossa) 3h 13m
Madrid 6h 13m

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