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(33) Gironde

Farming chateau for sale near Bordeaux


Reception Rooms: 7
Bedrooms: 9
Bathrooms: 5
Land: 55 ha

Reference: E9-KM1071R
£ 2,055,192
$ 2,651,461

Charming farming château dating back to the 13th Century for sale in a lovely rural location and yet just one hour from Bordeaux.
The chateau is in need of some updating and has 600m2 with 9 bedrooms and additional outbuildings. The land of approximately 55 ha is composed of meadows and forest, including approximately 8 ha of AOC Bordeaux vines. The owners are in the process of registering it as an organic farm.
This striking fortified castle is set on top of a plateau overlooking the picturesque Bassanne Valley. The enterance is via a long private driveway. Built on a platform of rock, the original structure dates from the 13th Century. Over the centuries it has been developed and expanded to its current form. Designed as a modest fortress, behind the warlike appearance belies an aristocratic residence with two wings framing the tower set in a courtyard type manor. The owners know all the history and have many mentions in various historical books. Amongst the many historical features that remain intact are the medieval archery slots in the northwest wall used during times of siege.
Entry to the chateau is over a dry moat, spanned by an elegant stone bridge which originally formed a support for a bascule drawbridge  
Through the grand wrought iron and stone gate the formidable exterior protectively surrounds the sunny peaceful courtyard, perfect for an informal meal or mid-morning French breakfast. 
A formal entrance welcomes one into the spacious reception room which is overlooked by the magnificent staircase with carved stone balustrade. 
Retaining so much of its historical charm, the chateau features beautiful architectural elements including oversized stone fireplaces and vaulted ceilings. Each of the two separate wings, are independently heated and have their own kitchen, dining and living spaces, the chateau could easily become home to two families. 

The West wing’s grand reception hall with oversized fireplace and period timber features offers the perfect setting for a grand celebration, wine-tasting or other event. A kitchen leads through to a dining and living area and a library offers a tranquil space to unwind and relax. Similarly, the East wing with its own reception room with fire place, formal dining room and vaulted ceiling are a nice feature in this chateau. 
Storage needs are well catered for with a cellar accessed via stone stairwell left of the main entry. Down 2 levels into a very large vaulted ceiling area of 2 main rooms with an external entry from the rear of the building. 

Beautifully situated on an elevated platform, peaceful green views can be had of the surrounding grounds. 
Many commercial or leisure opportunities are available to the new owners.

Grounds and outbuildings-
With a total of approx. 55 ha, the property runs 30-50 head of cattle (not included in the sale) with large barn and feeding shed.
An additional building presents an opportunity to continue the current renovation project which should result in a separate accommodation of 2-3 bedrooms, kitchen and living area.
Additionally, the barn could be converted with a view to potential commercial accommodation.
Winemaking facilities are available for the approximate 8ha of AOC Bordeaux vines (currently sold in bulk). If cattle farming is not an option, seriously consider the development of an equestrian operation.  

The remaining 33 ha is made up of beautiful parks and meadows, lush gardens and your own private lake, 1ha in size.
There is also a lovely swimming pool.
It is worth mentioning that the current owners are progressing an accreditation of certified organic farming, which is near completion.

Located within the ‘magical’ hour of Bordeaux, this extraordinary chateau has stood the test of time, offering the new owners an opportunity to continue its long and fascinating story.
Airport-45 mins
Centre of town-10 mins

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