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Chateau in ARETTE , Pyrenees Atlantiques , Aquitaine

€246,100 £217,134**
Ref: 96070CEL64
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CHÂTEAU IN NEED OF COMPLETE RENOVATION! POOL + BARN + 1 ACRE: this elegant property is in desperate need of some Tender Loving Care! Located in a perfect holiday location in the foothills of the Pyrénées, the new owners could create a fantastic Bed and Breakfast business or a stunning boutique hotel, guaranteeing discerning guests all year round!

Charlie Ellis , your local Leggett agent, says :

Price €246 100
agency fees to be paid by the seller
Ref 96070CEL64
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Dept Pyrenees Atlantiques
Surface 400 M2* Plot Size 4950 M2
Bathroom 1 Bedrooms 12
  • 0-2KM to amenities
  • 50km or less to airport
  • Isolated
  • Chateau
  • Country House
  • Holiday Home
  • Barns / outbuildings
  • Business potential
  • Character property
  • Detached
  • Electricity on site
  • High speed internet
  • Mountain view
  • Private parking
  • Swimming Pool
  • Water on site
  • Well
  • Woodburner(s)
  • To be renovated
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Although in need of complete renovation, this huge property has great business potential! Set in one acre of grounds and perfect for transforming into a Bed and Breakfast property, a boutique hotel or even a wedding/events venue, it could also be a spacious family home for three generations 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! Read more ...

Built in 1852, this delightful château is set in gardens and grounds of 4,900m², with a swimming pool and a large two-storey barn. Located in a rural setting with fabulous views of the Pyrénées, the property is perfect for creating a tourism-related business or for using as a luxurious family home/holiday home. Although in need of significant investment, the resulting property should be magnificent!

The property includes two double-size reception rooms on the ground floor, each with French doors which open onto a paved terrace. Steps lead down to the garden, the swimming pool and a tree-lined drive. There is also a billiard room, complete with a game waiting to be finished!

Upstairs on the first and second floors, there are eight very large bedrooms and three small bedrooms/dressing rooms. There is also significant attic space for converting into additional bedrooms, if desired – ideal for creating a very luxurious Bed and Breakfast business or a boutique hotel.

This distinctive property is located in the beautiful Béarn region in the Vallée de Barétous, en route for the popular ski resort at La-Pierre-St-Martin in the Pyrénées. The resort has many mountain activities on offer to holidaymakers in the summer months as well as over the winter. The Medieval market town of Oloron-Ste-Marie is about 20 minutes away to the north of the property and the Spanish border is 40 minutes to the south. The pretty Basque farming villages in the Basque Country, with their distinctive white houses and dark red shutters, are about 10 minutes away!


Ground floor:
- a huge entrance hall with an open fireplace
- a vast sitting room with an open fireplace
- a vast dining room with an open fireplace
- a billiard room
- a kitchen
- a storage room

First floor:
- three large bedrooms
- two smaller bedrooms/dressing rooms
- a bathroom
- a WC

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

Attic space:
- vast unconverted attic space

GARDEN (4,900m²)

- a tree-lined drive
- gardens and grounds planted with trees and shrubs
- a swimming pool (in need of rehabilitation)
- a two-storey barn, which could be converted into additional accommodation


There is much demand for high quality holiday accommodation in the Béarn. The château is absolutely ideal for a Bed and Breakfast business, a boutique hotel or for hosting magnificent weddings, celebrations and corporate events. It would also be perfect for leisure activity holidays, such as painting workshops, yoga retreats or wine-tasting and cookery courses. Murder Mystery weekends are also a possibility - and increasingly popular in France!

Alternatively, the property could be transformed into a beautiful restaurant, which are also in short supply in this area…


Mains water
Oil-fired central heating (radiators fine, boiler needs replacing)
Septic tank
Slate roof replaced in 2009 and in very condition


A good choice of shops, restaurants and bars can be found in the local towns of Arette, Lanne-en Barétous and Aramits – along with weekly farmers’ markets. For a much bigger choice of shops and amenities, the riverside town of Oloron-Ste-Marie is about 20 minutes away and the city of Pau is under an hour away.

The area has many excellent schools, including a Collège in Arette and a university in Pau. The children are transported to school by bus should they need to travel away from the village, with a great choice of secondary schools at Oloron-Ste-Marie or Mauléon-Licharre. There is a regular bus to Oloron-Ste-Marie from Arette, which also goes up to the ski resort of La-Pierre-St-Martin during the skiing season.

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, including downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing. For those preferring beach-based activities, especially surfing, the famous resorts of Biarritz, Saint Jean de Luz and Hossegor on the Atlantic coast are an easy drive away...

Film buffs might be interested to know that the town of Oloron-Ste-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!

DRIVING TIMES (from the centre of Arette)

Pau Airport 1h 05m
Tarbes-Lourdes Airport 1h 30m
Biarritz Airport 1h 44m
Gare Oloron 20m
Long-distance coach (Flixbus) from Oloron 20m
Ferry-Bilbao 3h 25m

Issarbe 33m
La-Pierre-St-Martin 33m
Candanchú (Spain) 1h 04m
Iraty 55m
Val-d’Azun 1h 45m
Gourette 1h 16m

Biarritz, Grande Plage 1h 51m
Tarnos, Metro Plage 1h 49m

Aventure Parc Aramits 12m
Aquabéarn (Goès) 32m
Parc’Ours (Borce) 42m
Zoo d’Asson 1h 01m
Grottes de Bétharram 1h 13m
Gorges de Kakuetta 35m
Passerelle d’Holzarte 49m

Major Towns:
Oloron-Sainte-Marie 23m
Pau 58m
Lourdes 1h 32m
Toulouse 3h 03m
Bayonne 1h 40m
Biarritz 1h 50m
Bordeaux 3h 01m

Spanish Border:
Carretera del Roncal via La-Pierre-St-Martin 40m
Puerto de Larrau 1h
Tunnel de Somport 50m

Spanish Towns:
San-Sebastián 2h 16m
Bilbao 3h 11m
Zaragoza (Saragossa) 2h 51m
Madrid 5h 52m


DPE : The energy estimation cannot be produced owing to a lack of appropriate data that conforms to the "arrêté du 15 septembre 2006 relatif au DPE".

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