119083CEL64 - This fabulous Medieval château of 656m² is situated between Orthez and Pau in the Béarn. The main building and its two spacious gîtes have been beautifully renovated - and the period décor is a delight. With ten bedrooms in the château, three bedrooms in the guest apartment, a three-bedroom gîte and a two-bedroom gîte, you will always have plenty of room to accommodate friends and fa…
119083CEL64 - This fabulous Medieval château of 656m² is situated between Orthez and Pau in the Béarn. The main building and its two spacious gîtes have been beautifully renovated - and the period décor is a delight. With ten bedrooms in the château, three bedrooms in the guest apartment, a three-bedroom gîte and a two-bedroom gîte, you will always have plenty of room to accommodate friends and family! You might, however, prefer to live in one of the gîtes or in the guest apartment and transform the château into a chic boutique hotel, a luxurious Bed and Breakfast business, a heavenly yoga retreat/wellness centre or a stunning events venue for hosting weddings, seminars, murder-mystery weekends/Escape Games, relaxing leisure activity holidays... - Built in the 12th century, this superb château is perfect for a spacious family home, a holiday home, an upmarket tourism-related business or a wedding and events venue. The current owners have also created a self-contained guest apartment in one wing of the château and two gîtes in the grounds - and there are several outbuildings which could be converted into more gîtes. The château and gîtes are very well-maintained, ensuring that the new owners can move in straight away and will immediately feel at home!
The current owners bought the château in 2003 and have cleverly combined its Medieval architectural features with modern home comforts to create a cosy family home. Many of the rooms have oak panelled walls and ceilings, internal shutters on the windows and beautiful marble fireplaces. The flagstone floor in the entrance hall dates back to the 12th century, as do the stone vaulted ceilings and mullioned windows, which are identical to those used in the Château de Pau.
The front door opens into an entrance hall from where charming stone archways lead to the various reception rooms. The ground floor rooms comprise a double-size salon and a smaller salon, a formal dining room, a billiard room, a double-size kitchen with a dining area, a utility room, a wine cellar and a boot room. At the back of the building, there is a light and airy south-west-facing conservatory which has delightful views of the surrounding countryside.
From the entrance hall, a magnificent stone staircase leads up to the upper floors where you will find a total of ten bedrooms (two with en suite shower rooms), a study/library which could be used as an eleventh bedroom, two dressing rooms, a family bathroom, three shower rooms and three WCs. The separate guest apartment is in the north wing of the house and comprises an open-plan sitting room/dining room and a kitchen area, three bedrooms and a family bathroom.
The two-bedroom gîte is a short stroll away from the château. It has an open-plan sitting room/dining room with a kitchen area on the ground floor and two bedrooms and a shower room on the first floor. Behind the gîte is an above-ground swimming pool with a decked terrace, which is the perfect spot for a bit of sunbathing and to relax with an aperitif as the sun goes down!
Originally a gatehouse/caretaker's cottage, the three-bedroom gîte is located near the entrance to the estate. It has a sitting room, a dining room, a kitchen, three bedrooms, a bathroom and a WC. Outside, there is an above-ground swimming pool, a dining terrace and a lovely summerhouse!
Situated in the Béarn, the château is close to several rivers for exciting watersports, numerous ski resorts in the French and Spanish Pyrénées, along with surfing and family beaches on the Atlantic coast. The nearby Medieval market town of Orthez has numerous shops and other amenities, including the "Base de Loisirs d'Orthez-Biron" with its leisure lake and beach, where you can swim, sunbathe and picnic as if you are by the sea!
Ground floor: - a formal entrance hall - two salons - a dining room - a billiard room - a kitchen - a utility room - a wine cellar - a boot room - a south-west-facing conservatory
First floor: - a master bedroom suite bedroom with adjacent dressing room and shower room with WC - two further bedrooms - a family bathroom - a WC
Second floor: - a bedroom with an adjacent dressing room - three further bedrooms - an office/study/guest bedroom - two shower rooms - a WC
Third floor: - three bedrooms
THE GUEST APARTMENT (120m²)
Ground floor: - an open-plan sitting room/dining room with a kitchen area
First floor: - three bedrooms - a family bathroom
THE SMALLER GÎTE (75m²)
Ground floor: - an open-plan sitting room/dining room with a kitchen area
First floor: - two bedrooms - a shower room
THE LARGER GÎTE (130m²)
- a sitting room - a dining room - a kitchen - three bedrooms - a bathroom - a WC
THE COURTYARD AND GROUNDS
Enclosed in beautiful grounds of about 24,614m² (6 acres), the château is set at the end of a private driveway which brings you into a courtyard next to the main building where there is more than enough space for several cars to park in the shade. The larger gîte is located at the entrance to the estate and smaller gîte is to the south of the château. There is an unconverted barn beyond the smaller gîte where the grounds become woodland. To the north of the château is a collection of fortified farm buildings, including an orangery and former stables.
The property currently has an above-ground swimming pool next to the larger gîte and a second above-ground swimming pool behind the smaller gîte with a decked sun terrace. There are several areas of flat lawn which would be perfect for installing a much larger in-ground swimming pool, if desired, along with a paved sun terrace, a summer kitchen, a barbecue area...
The gardens and grounds, which are bordered by small river, are planted with numerous mature trees and shrubs, offering welcome shade during the summer months... and should you be planning to host weddings and other outdoor events, the manicured lawns are perfect for erecting one or more marquees or even a gazebo and decorative arches for wedding ceremonies!
This magnificent château is currently used as a family home, but the property is absolutely ideal for anyone hoping to set up a tourism-related business or events venue in this lovely part of France. There is much demand for top-quality holiday accommodation in the Béarn and this wonderful château with its extensive grounds could be transformed into a chic boutique hotel or Bed and Breakfast business without the need to make many changes to its existing layout. In addition, the numerous outbuildings could be used to create more gîtes in the future.
The apartment and gîtes can be rented out straight away for long-term or short-term stays - and demand is especially high during the summer months, the skiing season and for Christmas and New Year breaks. Situated between Pau airport and Biarritz airport, the property is also in an excellent location for attracting BandB guests who are en route either to the Pyrénées or to the Atlantic coast.
Hosting exclusive weddings and corporate events would also be a possibility, along with offering upmarket leisure activity holidays, such as painting and photography workshops, tours of the nearby Jurançon vineyards, wine-tasting and cookery courses, yoga and mindfulness retreats or music, dance and drama courses. Murder Mystery weekends and Escape Games in this atmospheric château would also be fun! Alternatively, the property could be used as a wellness centre... or even transformed into a beautiful tearoom or restaurant - and the possibility of offering overnight accommodation or relaxing weekend breaks to restaurant diners is something that is very popular in this area.
SERVICES and TECHNICAL
Telephone and ADSL Electricity Heating: gas central heating + woodburning stoves + open fireplaces Mains water Septic tank
The château is located in the beautiful Béarn region in south-west France and not far from Orthez, 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 (80 - 90 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 60 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.