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(81) Tarn

Unique Chateau for sale with exceptional grounds.


Reception Rooms: 6
Bedrooms: 13
Bathrooms: 9
Land: 8 ha

Reference: B5-8360
£ 1,313,137
$ 1,694,115

Elegant and unique Chateau for sale, fully restored and equipped as a four star hotel, 1 hour from Toulouse, on the edge of a pretty little village with post office and boulangerie on the edge of the Montagne Noire, 1 hour 15 minutes from the international airport of Blagnac-Toulouse and 45 minutes from Carcassonne airport. The 18 hole international golf course of La Barouge is nearby. 1 hour to the Mediterranean beaches, two and and a half hour’s drive to the nearest ski resorts.

The present castle was built on the foundations of an outpost of the Romans who named the village and chateau, the earliest ‘ seigneur’ dating from 1277. During the 18th Century, the Chateau underwent significant modifications but fell into disrepair around1979. Now restored, the Chateau has over1200 m2 of habitable space with a further 300m2 of outbuildings and occupies a unique setting with stunning grounds of 8 hectares featuring a dramatic English garden with fountains, cascades and streams, leading to the woods above the Chateau and to one side, a beautiful Jardin à la Francaise by the famous landscape gardener, Le Notre. Gates lead to a driveway in front of the Château and a courtyard of 170m2 with an archway. To either side are various cellars, boiler room/pool filtration and old stables. Staff apartment in need of some refurbishment..Numerous attractive period features including parquet floors, fireplaces and trumeau, mirrors etc. For sale fully equipped and furnished.

Main Entrance: The front door gives access to a superb imposing Entrance Hall, 48.19m featuring an elegant double stone staircase with beautiful wrought iron banisters and original period frescoes depicting the seasons. Ceiling Height 6.74m. Double doors lead into the Reception area with black and white floor tiles and a plaster coat of arms surmounting Corinthian pillars, 42.55m. Double doors into the Main Salon with a parquet floor and double French windows onto the Jardin à la française. Plaster panelling and gilded plaster mouldings. 56.12m. Intercommunicating to the right is the Dining room, with a marble fireplace, also overlooking the garden, 34.89m. 2 kitchens of 26 and 35 m2, orangery / laundry room of 38 m2, library of 35 m2, 4 bedrooms of 23, 24, 34 and 35 m2, 4 bath/showers

First floor: Royal Suite with living room, large bedroom (4.5 m high) in the tower. Bathroom (bath, shower and toilet). 2 bedrooms of 35 m2 and 22 m2, each with a bathroom. 2 rooms, storage room. Large convertible attic.

Garden level of 350 m2: Various cellars, pool technical room, old stables. Boiler room, small 2-room apartment.

Grounds; The grounds are justifiably famous for their historic beauty and splendour. Double doors at the top of the hallway lead to the rear terrace with a swimming pool 17 x 5 metres with fountains. Stone Steps lead up to the English style garden with lawns and a ‘Rivière Russe featuring four descending pools with decorative fountains ( inspired by the Palace in St Petersburg). At the summit a Rivière `a la Anglaise consists of six pools and six waterfalls. Beyond and around this spectacle are pretty woods with numerous paths and steps. To the East is a beautiful ‘jardin à la Française’ by the famous André Le Notre whose work can also be seen at Versailles and Fontainebleau. There are numerous attractive paths and staircases through the woods. The owners from the middle ages to the 19th century are buried in the park.

Outbuildings; In the courtyard there are two coach houses, one with two bedrooms and one with four bedrooms as well as a garage for 2 cars. Parking space 12 - 14 cars.

Comments; This outstanding property is for sale fully furnished and equipped , (with the exception of certain personal and family effects). The Chateau would be equally ideal either as a luxurious family home or a hotel or other form of commercial venture. Beautiful views over the valley. Very peaceful setting.
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