Ravishing 19th castle for sale in 14 ha with lake, gite and pool. Pyrenees Atlantiques

Aquitaine, Pyrénées-Atlantiques (64)

€1,100,000 ID: 156349

This stunning château is currently a wonderful family home, but it could also be transformed* (* subject to permission) into a boutique hotel or upmarket Bed and Breakfast business, or perhaps a fabulous wedding and events venue.

Located about 30 minutes away from Pau, the property is surrounded by Jurançon vines, which used to belong to the château – and at the front of the property is a picturesque lake fed by a river.

There are several outbuildings which could be converted into gîtes* - and it would be a beautiful location for hosting art and writing workshops, wellness and yoga retreats, cookery and Jurançon wine-tasting courses…

Built at the beginning of the 19th century, this magical château has been renovated and restored using the highest quality materials. As well as retaining a period feel, the property now has many luxurious modern features, which include a huge swimming pool, a marble terrace along the length of the façade, underfloor heating in the bathrooms and double glazing throughout.

The 14-hectare estate extends around the château and includes part of the hillside on the far side of a road, which is beyond the property's private lake. The front of the château overlooks the lake, which is deep enough for you to go swimming and boating.

If you work in and around Pau (30 minutes away), the property is easily accessible, making it perfect to use as a wonderful family home. Alternatively, the château and its outbuildings could be used for an upmarket tourism-related business or for hosting weddings and events.

The approach to the property is along a long drive with lovely views of the lake.

At the front of the building, steps lead up to a delightful south-facing marble terrace, which runs the whole length of the façade. From the front door, a light and airy central entrance hall leads into a library/study of 35m², which adjoins a huge salon of 86m². On the other side of the hall is a spacious formal dining room of 35m², which leads into a vast open-plan kitchen of 80m² with a dining area and a sitting area. All the floors on the ground floor are marble and all the rooms have direct access to the outdoor terraces and garden.

On the upper floors there are nine elegant bedrooms, each with an en suite bathroom. The bathrooms all have underfloor heating and top-of-the-range fixtures and fittings. On the first floor, there is a balcony overlooking the lake; on the second floor, there is a huge area of flat roof, which could be used as a terrace.

Outside, there is a heated swimming pool (20m x 7.5m), which is surrounded by a granite sun terrace. The adjacent pool house has a summer kitchen and bar area, along with a gym area and sauna. Behind the château, steps lead up to a one-bedroom guest cottage, two large barns and a workshop.

Set amidst Jurançon vines, the château is in a perfect location for anyone who loves both skiing and watersports. Spain and several Pyrénées ski resorts are less than an hour away to the south - and the many Atlantic beach resorts, such as Biarritz and St-Jean-de-Luz, are just over an hour away to the west. Toulouse and Bordeaux are about 90 minutes away.

THE CHÂTEAU

Ground floor:
- marble terrace running along the façade
- entrance hall with oak staircase (22m²)
- salon with marble fireplace and French doors out to the terrace (86m²)
- dining room with marble fireplace and French doors out to the terrace (35m²)
- vast open-plan kitchen ( (80m²)) with dining area, traditional wooden fireplace and spiral staircase to master-bedroom suite on the first floor
- library with marble fireplace (35m²)

First floor:
- balcony overlooking the lake
- master-bedroom suite (100m²) with marble fireplace, dressing room and en suite bathroom with underfloor heating (12m²)
- bedroom (49m²) with marble fireplace and en suite bathroom with underfloor heating (6m²)
- bedroom (47m²) with marble fireplace and en suite bathroom with underfloor heating (7m²)
- bedroom (35m²) with marble fireplace and en suite bathroom with underfloor heating (3m²)
- bedroom (16m²) with marble fireplace and en suite bathroom with underfloor heating (4m²)

Second floor:
- roof terrace
- bedroom (28m²) with marble fireplace and en suite bathroom with underfloor heating (3m²)
- bedroom (20m²) with marble fireplace and en suite bathroom with underfloor heating (4m²)

Third floor:
- two bedrooms, each with a marble fireplace and en suite bathroom

THE OUTBUILDINGS

- Two-storey Guest Cottage (90m² in total)
Ground floor: sitting room, kitchen, WC
First floor: mezzanine, bedroom with en suite bathroom

- Two-storey Pool House (55m² + 50m²)
Ground floor: summer kitchen, bar, wine store, gym area, sauna
First floor: home cinema

- Small barn of 60m² "au sol"

- Large barn of 150m² "au sol"

THE ESTATE AND SWIMMING POOL

The château has an extensive estate of 14 hectares, some of which is dense forest on the hillside facing the property. The gardens and grounds around the château have been attractively landscaped there are various terraces for dining alfresco.

The heated swimming pool (20m x 7.5m) has a natural granite surround. Next to the pool is a two-storey pool house with a fully fitted summer kitchen, a bar area, a gym area, a sauna and a wine store on the ground floor. On the first floor, there is a home cinema.

THE POTENTIAL! *

This magnificent château is currently used as a luxurious family home, but it is absolutely ideal for creating an exclusive holiday-related business or a truly impressive venue for hosting lavish weddings and events, against a backdrop of the château’s own lake and the surrounding hills covered with Jurançon vines!

The bedrooms are ready to welcome Bed & Breakfast guests straight away. The guest cottage and barn could be converted into gîtes and rented out to holidaymakers during the summer season, the skiing season and for cosy Christmas and New Year breaks. There is much demand for high-quality holiday accommodation in the Béarn, so offering upmarket gîtes and Bed and Breakfast suites, along with interesting leisure activity holidays, such as painting and photography workshops, wine-tasting, cookery courses, yoga retreats... may well be of interest to you.

If you are hoping to find a stunning château for hosting weddings and events, this picturesque property is obviously ideal. In addition, the beautiful Bed and Breakfast bedrooms will allow you to offer luxurious overnight accommodation to wedding guests as an extra specia treat!

(* please note that any change of use would be subject to the necessary permissions being granted)

SERVICES & TECHNICAL

Telephone + ADSL
Double glazing throughout
Electricity
Geothermal heating system + underfloor heating in the bathrooms in the château
Mains water
Septic tank system (needs replacing)

LOCAL AREA

The château is located in the beautiful Béarn in South-West France, not far from the Pyrénées and the Atlantic coast. The cities of Pau, Bordeaux, Toulouse, 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 (50 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 about 70 minutes 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

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  • Details

    Property Type
    Chateau
    Status
    Excellent
    Category/Setting
    B&B-Gites-Camping
    Grounds HA or legal
    Grounds over 10-20 HA
    Total living m2
    850 m²
    Plot size m2
    142,203 m²
    Scenery
    River
  • Room information

    Bedrooms
    10
    All bathrooms
    10
  • Special features

    • Double glazing
    • Barn
    • Sauna
    • Swimming pool
    • Guesthouse
    • Pool house
    • Workshop
    • Broadband internet