109596CEL64 - This unique 19th-century château of 527m² is close to the city of Pau in South-West France. The property was exquisitely renovated by the owners in 2014 - and the delightful conservatory on the south-facing façade was commissioned by them to add a spectacular finishing touch! Currently lived in as a splendid family home, the château could also be used for upmarket holiday rentals and...
109596CEL64 - This unique 19th-century château of 527m² is close to the city of Pau in South-West France. The property was exquisitely renovated by the owners in 2014 - and the delightful conservatory on the south-facing façade was commissioned by them to add a spectacular finishing touch! Currently lived in as a splendid family home, the château could also be used for upmarket holiday rentals and luxury city breaks to Pau, or as a stunning venue for hosting fabulous weddings and other events. In addition, the cottage and barn could be converted into holiday rental accommodation or transformed into function rooms or a studio for hosting art and writing workshops, wellness and yoga retreats, cookery and Jurançon wine-tasting courses... - Built in the 19th century, this magical château has been renovated and restored using the highest quality materials, fixtures and fittings possible. As well as retaining its period feel, the property now has many luxurious modern features, which include a bespoke south-facing conservatory, ceiling heating in the large salon and dining room, underfloor heating in the rest of the rooms on the ground floor and double glazing throughout.
The 9-hectare estate surrounds the château in all directions and the land would be ideal for keeping horses and other animals. If you work in and around Pau, this property is perfect for a spacious family home. Alternatively, the château and its outbuildings could be used for an upmarket tourism-related business or for hosting weddings and events.
The approach to the château is along a long drive with stunning views of the Pyrénées which unfold as you get closer to the building. You will immediately notice a metal footbridge linking the château's first-floor balcony to a lovely raised garden on the other side of the drive - and as you arrive at the château's front door, you will see a charming bell tower at the end of the building where steps lead down to a south-facing dining terrace.
The light and airy entrance hall leads into a superb double salon which has a marble fireplace and wood panel walls which were recovered and brought back from a ruined château in Spain. Adjacent to the double salon is a smaller second salon with stairs down to the lower ground floor. The large, south-facing formal dining room is conveniently located next to the beautifully equipped kitchen, which has a separate informal dining area. From the spacious formal dining room, double doors open into the wonderful conservatory, which has marvellous panoramic views of the Pyrénées. Another set of doors in the dining room opens out to a lovely east-facing dining terrace where you can enjoy breakfast in the morning sun.
On the first and second floors there are four elegant bedroom suites, each one with glorious views of the Pyrénées. Both floors have east-facing balconies - and the first-floor balcony has its own footbridge to a raised garden on the far side of the drive. The larger first-floor bedroom suite has a bedroom, a sitting room, a study and an en suite bathroom; the second suite has a bedroom, a study and an en suite shower room. On the second floor, the larger suite has a bedroom, a study, an en suite bathroom, a shower room and a WC; the second suite has a bedroom, an en suite shower room and a WC. On the third floor, there is plenty of attic space for storage or this could be converted into more bedrooms.
Situated on the Coteaux de Jurançon, the château is in a perfect location for anyone who loves both skiing and watersports. Spain and several Pyrénées ski resorts are under an hour away to the south - and the many Atlantic beach resorts are about 90 minutes away to the west. There are also numerous swimming lakes in the surrounding area. Toulouse and Bordeaux are just over two hours away.
Lower ground floor: - a boiler room (on a half-landing) - a utility room - a WC
Ground floor: - a terrace for outdoor dining - an entrance hall - a double-size salon with an open fireplace and wood panel walls - a smaller salon with stairs down to the lower ground floor - a formal dining room with access to the conservatory and the outdoor dining terrace - a huge south-facing conservatory - a kitchen with a dining area
First floor: - a balcony with access to a footbridge - a suite with a double-size bedroom, a sitting room, a study and an en suite bathroom - a suite with a double-size bedroom, a study and an en suite shower room
Second floor: - a balcony - a suite with a bedroom, a study, an en suite bathroom, a shower room and a WC - a suite with a bedroom, an en suite shower room and a WC
Third floor: - attic space to convert
- a double garage - a cottage to renovate - a barn to renovate - a former henhouse - a former porcherie
The double garage, cottage and barn are situated behind the château and are arranged in an L-shape around a courtyard. The total floor space of these three two-storey buildings is approximately 200m² on each level.
THE SWIMMING POOL AND ESTATE
The château has an extensive estate of 9 hectares, some of which is dense forest. The gardens and grounds around the château have been attractively landscaped and a paved terrace for dining alfresco is accessible via steps down from the bell tower at the far end of the building.
The heated, saltwater swimming pool (10.5m x 5.5m) has an electric security cover and is situated beyond the L-shape outbuildings. Next to the pool is a covered terrace (120m²) where a summer kitchen and barbecue area could be created, if desired.
This magnificent château is currently used as a luxurious family home, but could be absolutely ideal for creating an exclusive holiday-related business or impressive venue for hosting lavish weddings and events against a backdrop of beautiful landscaped grounds and panoramic views of the Pyrénées.
Once renovated, the cottage and barn could easily be rented out for holidays during the summer season, the skiing season and for cosy Christmas and New Year breaks. There is much demand for high-quality holiday accommodation in the Béarn, so offering upmarket accommodation, along with interesting leisure activity holidays, such as painting and photography workshops, wine-tasting, cookery courses or yoga retreats may well be of interest to you if this is the type of business you are hoping to set up. In addition, the conservatory could be used for a beautiful tea room or restaurant, with the possibility of luxurious overnight accommodation to make it an extra special treat!
SERVICES and TECHNICAL
Telephone + ADSL Double glazing throughout Electricity Gas central heating Mains water Septic tank
The château is located in the beautiful Béarn region in South-West France, not far from the Pyrénées, Pau, Lourdes, the picturesque Basque Country and the Atlantic coast. Toulouse, Bordeaux, San-Sebastián and Bilbao are all within easy reach.
Popular with tourists all year round for hiking, mountain-biking, white-water rafting and fishing, the region also has numerous ski resorts (60 minutes away) offering a range of winter sports, including downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding and snow-shoeing. For those who prefer beach-based activities, the Atlantic coast is about 90 minutes away where you can swim and surf at Biarritz, St-Jean-de-Luz, Hendaye, Hossegor...
If your interests are gastronomic, visit the daily markets throughout the Béarn and Basque Country to sample the locally produced Jurançon wines, tasty Bayonne ham and fabulous brebis, which is a cheese made using milk from sheep. The famous "Ossau-Iraty" brebis can be bought direct from farms in the Vallée d'Ossau to the south of the château, or you'll find it at any of the farmers' markets in the local towns and villages.