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If you’re dreaming of buying a unique property in south-west France - look no further… this impressive Medieval château has centuries of fascinating history, many splendid architectural features and huge business potential! Perfect for transforming into a boutique hotel, a Bed and Breakfast business, a wedding/events venue or even a heavenly yoga retreat/wellness centre, the property would also be perfect for a very spacious family home or a super second home, with plenty of room for accommodating friends and relatives. It would also be ideal for activity holidays or even murder mystery weekends – and discerning guests wanting to stay in this beautiful hilltop location will ensure you have bookings all year round! In addition, the holiday gîte can generate an income for you straight away with many holidaymakers wanting to be within easy reach of the Basque Country, the Béarn, the Pyrénées mountains and the Atlantic coast. Read more ...
Lot et Garonne -
Lot et Garonne
Pyrenees Atlantiques -
Lot et Garonne -
Pyrenees Atlantiques -
Located on a hilltop overlooking a tiny rural village in the heart of the Basque Country, this Medieval château of 800m² is situated inland from the coastal resorts of Biarritz and St-Jean-de-Luz. Set in an estate of 1.1 hectares, the château has panoramic views of the verdant Basque countryside in all directions, as well as fabulous views of the Pyrénées mountains beyond. The picturesque town of St-Jean-Pied-de-Port on the popular pilgrim route, the Chemin-de-St-Jacques-de-Compostelle, is to the south of the property; the lovely Béarn region, Pau and Lourdes are to the east.
Bought as a ruin, the current owners have lovingly restored the château over many years. The roof is new and much of the interior has now been beautifully renovated and decorated. Thought to have been built towards the end of the 15th century on the foundations of an ancient 12th-century building, many of the original architectural features remain, such as the four bartizans (wall-mounted turrets), which make this property so distinctive. Also, one of the bedrooms contains a small stage with a beautiful hand-painted proscenium arch, which had been painted over in the past to cover up some naked cherubs!
A decorative flight of stone steps lead up to the front door of the château, which opens into one of two entrance halls. There are three tastefully decorated reception rooms on the ground floor, each with an open fireplace: a large sitting room, a smaller sitting room and a formal dining room. The huge kitchen has gorgeous views of the grounds, as do the two ground-floor bedrooms. All the rooms on the ground floor open out to the garden. A wine cellar, utility room, storage rooms and pump room for the pool are located on the lower ground floor.
A wooden staircase leads up to the first floor and to a mezzanine sitting area and five bedrooms, one of which is a master bedroom suite with a dressing room and an en suite bathroom. Another of the bedrooms has a little stage with a painted proscenium arch. Also on this floor is a family bathroom.
Two further bedrooms, each with an en suite shower room, are located on the second floor, along with two loft-style spaces (one of 100m²), which could easily be converted into more rooms, along with the vast unconverted attic on the third floor.
Set in an estate of 1.1 hectares, the château has a stunning salt-water swimming pool (12m x 6m) and a two-storey barn of 400m², part of which has been converted into a beautiful guest gîte. The rest of the barn is used as a garage and for storage. At the front of the cottage is a decked terrace for outdoor dining - and beyond it is a covered dining terrace with a summer kitchen area. The two-bedroom guest cottage was created in 2012 and has been very tastefully decorated. It could be used both for self-catering holidays and or shorter Bed and Breakfast stays.
Situated in the Basque Country, but not far from the Béarn and its famous Jurançon vineyards, there are things to see and do all year round. For mountain lovers, there are several ski resorts not far away in the Pyrénées, as well as lakes and rivers for watersports and numerous beaches on the Atlantic coast for surfers and for family days out.
Lower ground floor:
- a wine cellar
- a utility room
- a pool machinery room
- storage rooms
- two separate entrance halls
- two sitting rooms
- a dining room
- a huge kitchen with a dining area
- bedroom 1 with a shower room and a WC
- bedroom 2
- a WC
- a large sitting area
- bedroom 3: a master bedroom suite with a dressing room and a bathroom
- bedroom 4 with a little stage and a painted proscenium arch
- bedroom 5
- bedroom 6
- bedroom 7
- a bathroom
- a WC
- bedroom 8 with a shower room and a WC
- bedroom 9 with a shower room and a WC
- two rooms under the eaves, one of which is 100m²
- access to unconverted attic space
- a south-west-facing decked terrace
- an open-plan sitting room/dining room/kitchen
- two bedrooms
- a bathroom
- a WC
The two-storey barn (400m² in total) comprises:
- the ground-floor gîte of 73m²
- a ground-floor garage/storage area of 127m² and an unconverted first floor of 200m² which could, between them, be transformed into two or three further gîtes or luxury bed and breakfast suites, or to create a conference room.
The château is surrounded by gardens and grounds of 1.1 hectares, planted with mature trees and shrubs. Set on a hilltop, the grounds in front of the château slope up to stone steps and an understated main entrance. The rest of the land around the château is flat, with lovely areas for outdoor dining and for children to play.
On the south-west-facing side of the château, a salt-water swimming pool of 12m x 6m has been installed, with room for a sun terrace next to it, if desired. The pool is enclosed by a wooden fence.
The château is currently used as a luxurious family home/holiday home but is absolutely perfect for creating a tourism-related business. There is much demand for high-quality holiday accommodation in the Basque Country and the neighbouring Béarn and this property is ideal for a boutique hotel, a chic Bed and Breakfast business or for hosting magnificent weddings, celebrations, corporate events... It would also be a great location for leisure activity holidays, such as painting workshops, yoga retreats or wine-tasting and cookery courses. Murder Mystery weekends are also a possibility! Alternatively, the property could be transformed into an idyllic wellness centre, or even a beautiful restaurant offering accommodation (very popular in this area)… The two unconverted rooms on the second floor could provide about 160m² of extra living space - the larger of which (100m²) would make an ideal conference room/art studio. The roof space on the third floor runs the entire length of the building and could also be converted.
The gîte can be rented out straight away to generate an income. The rentals are currently managed by somebody in the village, should you not be on site yourself. The furniture and equipment are not currently included in the property’s price, but the owners are open to negotiation… The unconverted space in the barn is ample for creating two or three more, B&B suites or for conference space.
SERVICES & TECHNICAL
Telephone & ADSL
Electric heaters and wood-burning stoves
Spring (provides water for an automatic watering system)
Telephone & ADSL
THE LOCAL AREA
The property is located in the picturesque French Basque Country in south-west France. St-Jean-Pied-de-Port, Pau, Lourdes and the Spanish border are an easy drive away, as are the famous beach resorts of Biarritz and St-Jean-de-Luz on the Atlantic coast. Toulouse, Bordeaux, San Sebastián and Bilbao are all within easy reach.
Popular with tourists all year round for hiking, mountain-biking, white-water rafting and fishing, this region also offers a choice of winter sports, including downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing – and several ski resorts are 60 – 90 minutes away from the property. For those preferring beach-based activities, the famous resorts of the Atlantic coast are about 30 – 45 minutes away, with surfing at Biarritz and Anglet, and family beaches at Hendaye and St-Jean-de-Luz.
Airports: Biarritz, Pau, Tarbes-Lourdes
Ferry: Bilbao, San Sebastián
Ski: Iraty, Issarbe, La-Pierre-St-Martin, Val-d’Azun, Gourette, Candanchú (Spain)
Beaches: Biarritz, St-Jean-de-Luz, Hendaye Plage, Hossegor, Tarnos...
Attractions: Le Train de La Rhune, Grottes de Sare, Grottes d'Isturitz et d'Oxocelhaya, Gorges de Kakuetta, Passerelle d’Holzarte
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