Information on buying a Château in France.
France has a wealth of these 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. Subsequently the financial crisis, triggered by the sub prime loan problems of 2007, has seen a correction in French property prices in the recession that followed.
Why Choose Sifex
With an extensive portfolio of French Châteaux for sale and many years' experience handling the sales of these historic buildings, Sifex is well equipped to assist those for whom the dream of owning a Castle in France is set to become a reality.
Our portfolio is updated daily as we are constantly seeking to expand our range of Châteaux to satisfy the demands of our international clientèle.
With our network of well-established French agents, we are able to offer the maximum information possible about the Chateaux on our books, this includes but is not limited to floor plans when available, additional photos, cadastral plans etc.
A grant for renovation may apply for listed properties ('classé'). This will translate to 'Bâtiments de France' agreeing to this (subject approval of architects and craftsmen used for correct historical maintenance).
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.
Points to consider
‘Pas de Nuissance’ – not near main arterial roads or neighbours
Unspoilt views – not overlooked by a water-tower (Chateau D’Eau)
From the 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 as surface area is much larger.
For a large castle you could well expect to spend between 50,000 to 90,000 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 900 and 1,700 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: email@example.com or telephone us on +44 (0)207 384 1200. Our office hours are 09.00 - 18.00 GMT Monday – Friday. If you leave a message, we will get back to you as soon as possible.