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Chateau in Sauveterre-de-Béarn , Pyrénées-Atlantiques , Aquitaine

€550,000 £477,978**
Ref: 120328CEL64
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ELEGANT TURN OF THE CENTURY CHÂTEAU TO RENOVATE + GATEHOUSE + OUTBUILDINGS + 1.86 ACRES: this impressive property is in desperate need of some Tender Loving Care! Located in a charming village in the beautiful Béarn, the new owners could transform the property into a splendid country residence, a wonderful wedding and events business, a stunning boutique hotel or a luxurious Bed and Breakfast business, guaranteeing discerning guests all year

Charlie ELLIS, your local Leggett agent, says :

Siret number: 400782488
Price €550 000
agency fees to be paid by the seller
Ref 120328CEL64
Town SAUVETERRE-DE-BéARN
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Dept Pyrénées-Atlantiques
Surface 750 M2* Plot Size 7512 M2
Bathroom 7 Bedrooms 12
Location
  • 50km or less to airport
  • Village property
Type
  • Chateau
  • Maison de Maitre
Features
  • Electricity on site
  • Garage
  • Barns / outbuildings
  • Private parking
  • Woodburner(s)
  • Character property
  • Detached
  • Guest house / gite
  • Business potential
Condition
  • To be renovated
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Although in need of complete renovation, this vast property of 750m² has huge business potential - and it could not be more conveniently located between the Pyrénées, the Basque coast, Biarritz, Pau, Bordeaux, Toulouse and Spain! Set in nearly two acres of grounds, the château has a huge professional kitchen and is perfect for transforming into a fabulous wedding and events venue, a boutique hotel or a stylish Bed and Breakfast business. It could also be used as a stunning country residence for the new owners, with plenty of room for accommodating family and friends! The property would also be ideal for hosting activity holidays, wellness and yoga retreats, art and writing workshops, cookery and Jurançon wine-tasting courses… or even murder mystery weekends, Escape Games, balls and concerts! The château would also be ideal for a high-end property developer. Read more ...

Built in the 1900s, this delightful château of 750m² is set in gardens and grounds of 7,512m² and has a professional kitchen, a gatehouse (89m²), numerous outbuildings and a splendid decorative fountain! Located in a rural village between Sauveterre-de-Béarn and Navarrenx, the property is perfect for creating a tourism-related business or for using as a luxurious family home or holiday home. Although in need of significant investment, the resulting property should be absolutely magnificent!

At the entrance gates to the château is a two-storey gatehouse/caretaker’s cottage, which the new owner could live in while the property is being renovated. A wide drive leads up to the front of the château and then continues around behind it to a carport and several outbuildings. The layout of the ground floor of the château includes a double-size sitting room, a double-size dining room, a library, a professional kitchen, a second smaller kitchen, a function room and five offices/studies. A utility room and laundry room are in an outbuilding accessible from the main kitchen.

Upstairs on the first and second floors, there are twelve spacious bedrooms and five dressing rooms/small bedrooms, along with six bathrooms and a shower room. There is also unconverted attic space which can be used for storage or for converting into additional bedrooms, if desired.

Outside, the peaceful gardens and grounds have been planted with specimen trees and shrubs – and there is plenty of space to install a swimming pool, a summer kitchen, a children's play area... At the back of the château, the various outbuildings could be transformed into more accommodation or used for hosting weddings and events, yoga retreats, activity holidays...

The town of Sauveterre-de-Béarn overlooks the Gave d’Oloron (river), where you can swim, go white-water rafting and enjoy riverside picnics. If you love walking, the Chemin de St-Jacques-de-Compostelle passes through the town en route for St-Jean-Pied-de-Port in the Basque Country. You will find a good choice of supermarkets, bars and several good restaurants in the town, along with a weekly market, a tennis club, a rugby club and many cultural events throughout the year. For a much larger choice of shops and amenities, the cities of Pau and Bayonne are not far away.

THE CHATEAU (750m²)

Ground floor:
- an entrance hall
- a double-size sitting room with an open fireplace
- a double-size dining room with an open fireplace
- a library/billiard room
- a professional kitchen
- a second kitchen
- a pantry/scullery
- access to a utility room and a laundry room in an outbuilding
- a meeting/function room
- five rooms used as offices
- a waiting room
- a WC

First floor:
- a double-size bedroom
- seven further bedrooms
- three dressing rooms/smaller bedrooms
- five bathrooms
- a shower room
- a WC
- a storage room

Second floor:
- four bedrooms
- two dressing rooms/small bedrooms
- a WC

Attic:
- unconverted loft space


THE GATEHOUSE (89m²)

Ground floor:
- a sitting room
- a kitchen

First floor:
- two bedrooms
- a bathroom
- a WC


THE GROUNDS (7,512m²)

- gardens and grounds planted with trees and shrubs
- a decorative fountain (in need of rehabilitation)
- various outbuildings, which could be converted into additional accommodation: a two-storey outbuilding (120m²) with several rooms, a two-storey barn (2 x 100m²), an open-sided barn (70m²) currently used as a carport and a greenhouse (40m²)


THE POTENTIAL!

Subject to permission, this property would be absolutely ideal for anyone hoping to set up a tourism-related business or events venue in this lovely part of France. There is much demand for top-quality holiday accommodation in the Béarn and this wonderful château could be transformed into a boutique hotel or chic Bed and Breakfast business, attracting guests who want to be located halfway between the Pyrénées and the Atlantic coast. Demand is especially high during the summer months, the skiing season and for Christmas and New Year breaks.

Easily accessible from the airports at Biarritz and Pau, the château would be an excellent location for an impressive business headquarters and could be used for hosting corporate seminars and events, with the additional advantage of being able to offer accommodation to participants.

Hosting exclusive weddings and functions would also be a possibility, along with offering upmarket leisure activity holidays, such as painting and photography workshops, tours of the nearby Jurançon vineyards, wine-tasting and cookery courses, yoga and mindfulness retreats or music, dance and drama courses. Murder Mystery weekends and Escape Games in this atmospheric château would also be fun! Alternatively, the property could be used as a wellness centre… or even transformed into a beautiful tearoom or restaurant - and the possibility of offering overnight accommodation or relaxing weekend breaks to restaurant diners is something that is very popular in the Béarn and the Basque Country.


SERVICES & TECHNICAL

Telephone
Electricity
Electric radiators (gatehouse only) + open fireplaces
Mains water
Septic tank
Roof replaced in 2000 and in very good condition


LOCAL AREA

The château is located in the beautiful Béarn in South-West France, not far from the Pyrénées, the Atlantic coast, Pau and Lourdes. The cities of 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, the Béarn also has numerous ski resorts (60 minutes away) which offer a range of winter sports, including downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding and snow-shoeing. For those who prefer beach-based activities, the Atlantic coast is just over an hour away, where you can swim and surf at Biarritz, St-Jean-de-Luz, Hendaye, Hossegor...

If your interests are gastronomic, visit the daily markets throughout the Béarn and nearby Basque Country to sample the locally produced Jurançon wines, tasty Bayonne ham and fabulous Brebis, which is a cheese made using milk from sheep.

Airports: Pau, Biarritz, Tarbes-Lourdes
Train: Orthez, Pau, Oloron-Ste-Marie
Ferry: Bilbao, Santander

Ski: Issarbe, La-Pierre-St-Martin, Iraty, Val-d’Azun, Gourette, Candanchú (Spain)...
Beaches: Biarritz, St-Jean-de-Luz, Hendaye, Hossegor...

Attractions: Aqua Béarn, Parc’Ours, Grottes de Bétharram, Gorges de Kakuetta, Passerelle d’Holzarte, Le Petit Train d’Artouste…

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