Specialists in the sale of Châteaux & Fine French Properties since 1989

Information on buying a Château in France.

France has a wealth of unique historic Châteaux for sale and in many instances, the prices still represent remarkable value. The advent of the internet stimulated worldwide interest in the French market for the lifestyle and accessibility and in the Château market in particular. Buyers now come from all corners of the globe. The international interest caused prices to rise to levels hitherto unseen.

There is a bit of a myth that French property takes a long time to sell. More recently the French market has become incredibly active. Be aware of this.

Why Choose Sifex

With an experience of over three decades, Sifex has successfully facilitated the sale of a multitude of prestigious properties throughout France. Our extensive portfolio of French Chateaux for sale equips us to cater to clients who aspire to own a property in France.

At Sifex, we view ourselves as "introducers", connecting you with the most suitable estate agent to fulfill your requirements. We function as your personal matchmaker for property, guiding you through every step of the process, from the initial visit to the final signature.

Our dedicated Sifex agent works closely with you to ensure that you receive the best possible service, from the beginning to the end. Whether you're a first-time buyer or a seasoned investor, we provide unwavering support throughout the process.

With an unbeatable network of agents throughout France, our bilingual team based in the UK is here to assist you at every step of the way. We comprehend that buying or selling property can be an intimidating process, but with us, you can be assured of a smooth experience.

As consultants, we provide a neutral and informed overview of the French property market, offering you a competitive edge. Additionally, we understand that finding the ideal property can be a time-consuming and intricate process. That's why we take care of it all. We value your time, and hence we ensure that appointments are scheduled realistically to make the best possible use of your time as well as the agents' time. We are committed to taking care of all the details so that your experience is as stress-free as possible.

Listed properties

When you own a listed property in France, you can apply for a loan or subsidies to finance the renovation work. In either case, any renovation of a listed property will have to be approved by architects from 'Bâtiment de France' before works can be carried out.
Listed properties are subject to various restrictions on development so it is worth noting that if a property is eligible for 'listing', the process is likely to take months.

ISMH tax breaks

There are numerous advantages to buying a property that is designated as a Monument Historique:

  • You can receive valuable guidance and support from the organization in charge of preserving and maintaining historic properties.
  • In certain cases, these properties may be exempt from inheritance tax.
  • There are grants available for improvement projects (subject to specific conditions).
  • You can deduct certain expenses, such as the costs of renovations, insurance, land taxes, and some loan interest, from your taxable income at a rate of 50%.
  • If you open the building to the public for a certain number of days each year and keep the property for at least 15 years (whether as an individual or as part of an SCI "de Famille"), these expenses become 100% deductible.
  • Maintenance/Renovation costs

    From a structural point of view, it is important to be aware that the costs of renovating a substantial property can be considerable.
    Running costs of a chateau are greater than most properties as the surface area is much larger.
    For a large castle you could well expect to spend between 50,000 to 100,000 Euros a year on running costs including lighting, heating, insurance and maintenance.
    Our agents advise that as a benchmark you could expect to spend anything between 1000 - 2000 Euros per square metre (the former probably for outbuildings – the latter if it is a total rebuild) on a renovation project.
    If the property is merely in need of internal modernisation (e.g. kitchens, bathrooms and heating) you can generally halve this figure. It is best to find a property where the roof has been well maintained - especially if it is vast.

    We recommend that you read our section on buying a property in France which can be found under ‘Buying’. View our selection of Châteaux for sale, or to receive details of Châteaux from Sifex, contact us on email: info@sifex.co.uk or telephone us on +44 (0)207 384 1200. Our office hours are 09.00 - 17.00 GMT Monday – Friday. If you leave a message, we will get back to you as soon as possible.

    Regional Information

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    Buying In France

    Read our guide to buying a property in France. The process could be slightly different to your own countries process.