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(11) Aude

Historic Village Château for sale - sublime views

€995,000

Reception Rooms: 5
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Land: 0.22 ha

Reference: J2-2301
995,000
£ 876,894
$ 1,131,305

Carcassonne 16th/17th C. sandstone castle sitting in walled gardens with courtyard, substantial stonework renovated, monumental fireplaces and 'plafond à la française’, plenty of scope for renovation and business development, edge of a hilltop village, short drive from market towns. The castle offers plenty of scope for further renovation and business development. a short drive from several market towns.

This majestic historic medieval listed Castle has about 300m² with another 600m² to be renovated. It is in Cathar country in the Occitanie region. It has kept much of its original character intact and offers exceptional and rare architectural feature. The current owners have made structural improvements, completely restored the west wing and great hall, & installed central heating to the occupied part. There are some remarkable elements such as oubliettes, canonniers for muskets, a rare monumental staircase, and a garrison room etc. The attic lends itself to a stunning conversion with modern comforts and efficiency and staggering views. The current owners have produced on site replicas of original early 16th century doors and repaired some of the originals, always using locally sourced oak, cedar and chestnut wood. Once renovated, the castle will offer around 900m² of living space on 3 levels with possibility to convert/rebuild more space. The east wing has interesting possibilities as a modern renovation project.
Ground floor: A monumental stone stairway leads from the entry hall to a landing with a south facing Renaissance window with original slab paving. Through a chestnut door on the left is the soldier’s room with a door leading to the porch of the east wing and another door to a corridor and landing leading to the cellar staircase. To the right of the entry hall through an oak door is the Great Hall with underfloor heating and a very high 'plafond à la française’ and monumental fireplace. To the west of the hall is the kitchen with an original stone sink, a new plafond à la française made with local cedar. Another door leads into the kitchen from the western porch. Two south west tower rooms consist of a pantry and WC, each with an oubliette and their oak and forged iron covers.Two original stone cupboards are in the kitchen & one in the pantry.


1st floor: To the left of the main staircase is the upper great hall and east and south facing 'summer bedroom’, with a door to upper level of the east wing with an ancient latrine. Two south east tower rooms were used as a Garderobe and servant’s quarter with many original 16th century features. The Upper great hall leads to the second level of the fully renovated west tower, with a living room with monumental fireplace. This leads to a study with custom built oak library and cedar mezzanine. Windows over courtyard, east entrance, and far reaching country views, west over the village and nearby hills. In south west tower rooms of the first floor is a child’s bedroom & a shower room - original built in stone cupboard. A steel staircase with old oak treads is access to the second floor along with the original stone monumental staircase.

2nd floor: Landings and then another. An impressive view to the north. Behind is a room with a dedicated fireplace of historical interest with traces of an older 'plafond à la française’ and gessoed wall. It is believed that this served as a retreat room with clues to the emergence of the humanist tradition. The attic has enough height and 5 separate defined areas to be converted perfectly into comfortable apartments with good insulation and modern comforts. One can clearly see the roof from this top level. The chateau originally had a hip roof, altered in the 1970’s. The current owners intended to restore this hip roof. Architectural drawings will be provided. The roof of the south east tower will be properly restored to an open air 'guette’.

Basement: The vaulted cellar has a separate wine cellar area, a heating room and a large area with the floor in terra cotta and lime walls with chestnut and oak doors and window frames made to high specifications on site.

Grounds
The grounds total 2154m² and include a formal north terrace, a west terrace, a large paved courtyard suitable for receptions and an east garden with three terraces. The first is a herb and vegetable garden, the second a lawn and the third has four raised stone beds. The views from the gardens encompass north, east and south across forests and the Pyrenees Mountains.

General Condition
The major structural works including roof over the uninhabited part of the chateau need to be completed. The windows and doors that have been replaced are executed to an extremely high standard of craftsmanship and include leaded and stained glass. Six of the seven monumental fireplaces have been repaired. The Chateau is connected to the mains village water and sewage and has a subterranean gas tank on site. The central heating has a wood and a gas boiler.

Comment
This is a unique opportunity to continue a quality renovation of a historic Castle in a region steeped in history, culture and a well known destination for nature lovers. It is set in an exquisite landscape and although deeply rural is within an easy drive of major French and Spanish cities, airports and Andorra. It benefits from the good food and beauty of France’s Provence but has not lost its authenticity. The department of the Aude is famous in France for its unspoiled and majestic countryside.

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