Reception Rooms: 2
Land: 2.8 ha
For sale.This splendid 14th Century defensive castle for sale, strategically positioned above its valley. The structure clearly epitomises its purpose with arrow slits to resist attack in its thick walls set into deep embrasures. As time went by mullioned windows were added and finally some of the windows were enlarged with the addition of decorative stained glass. Very authentic with original stone staircase with worn steps, carved period doors and an impressive stone facade.
Once used as a hunting lodge by King Henry 4th who became the King of France in 1590, the Chateau has a long and illustrious history. On the East facade is the original entrance and it is thought that there is a tunnel underground between the castle and the village below. The carvings within the stonework are particularly interesting. The coat of arms above the doorway bears the motto ‘ Wisdom starts with a fear of Jean de Gère’. On a romantic note, another stone carving in one of the bedrooms on the mullion windows is a love note from a certain Rachel De Gère which reads ‘ nothing is impossible’ with two interwoven hearts.
Ground Floor: 2 Entrance halls, one of 22.07m2 and the other of 10.8m2., Bedroom and ensuite shower room. Utility room and corridor.
First Floor: Kitchen and Living room 55.67m2
Second Floor:Mezzanine, three bedrooms and a shower room.
Third Floor: Three bedrooms and a shower room.
Stone built with a slate roof apparently in good condition.
Sympathetically restored to retain its period authenticity and character combined with modern day comforts this magnificent medieval building is now offered for sale as a seven bedroom property in 2.8 hectares of parkland with a 12 x 6 metre swimming pool, pool house and garage.
In the heart of the Vallée d’Ossau, an area rich in natural beauty and culture, this is the perfect property for anyone searching for an authentic retreat near the Pyrenees with easy access to skiing and a myriad of other outdoor activities. 35 minutes from the beautiful city of Pau with its castle and airport, 20 minutes from the ski resorts and the Spanish border and 50 minutes from Tarbes/Lourdes airport and Pau Airport. Toulouse airport is 2 1/2 hours drive.