France is renowned for being the home of some magnificent French chateau – grand country homes or palaces built for nobility – but not all the properties have survived intact. If the idea of owning your own chateau appeals, either for a second home, holiday residence or business enterprise, there are still some wonderful properties available, if you know where to look.
We’ve handpicked these two stunning examples, both of which would be the perfect backdrop to house an antiques, art or sculpture collection. One even comes with some very special, and historically recognised, Picasso frescoes included.
Historic chateau in Perigueux, Dordogne
Located in the Perigueux area of Dordogne in South West France, this stunning historical French chateau is a rare find that is currently on the market.
The chateau was first built in 1143, then rebuilt in 1740, and has been owned by the same family since the early 12th century. It’s never been changed or updated since, and retains all of its original features, contents and early 18th century elegance.
Step through the doors of this amazing chateau and you’ll find yourself in a light and airy elegant entrance hall, with a sweeping stone staircase and classic tiled floor.
Entertaining has always played an important role in this property and there’s no lack of space in which to continue this tradition. The drawing room is perfect for pre-dinner drinks or afternoon tea, there’s a large dining and banqueting hall for multiple course dinners and fine wine, and the grand salon offers 64m2 of space for relaxing on a lazy Sunday afternoon. There are doors leading out of the salon onto a large terrace, where you’ll find commanding views over the surrounding countryside – the perfect spot to unwind and take in the views.
The entertaining possibilities go beyond simply wining and dining – there’s plenty of space for live enterainment too. This French chateau comes with its own private theatre, beautifully styled in traditional 18th century design. The perfect place to put on a show for guests or hold a private soiree.
Having guests to stay is never a problem, thanks to the 25 bedrooms. If your guests enjoy an early morning swim, there’s a swimming pool outside, and if you need some quiet time to yourself to catch up on reading, there’s a well stocked library.
The property is being sold with many of its special contents, including items made especially for the family that include their family crest. The tapestries, in particular, were hand made in Aubusson and are said to be of world importance.
The property even includes its own private chapel with an ornate mini altar and stained glass windows.
As you’d expect with a chateau of this size, there are extensive grounds outside. In fact, the property sits on 530 hectares of land which is professionally managed, including 200 hectares of arable, meadows, woodland and a lake.
A newly constructed stable block is equipped with 17 loose boxes, a horse shower, tack room, office and a live-in apartment for a groom. For the keen rider, there are over 37km of private track to explore.
This very special property is a must-see if you love historical French chateau and would be a wonderful place for a collector of antiques to own and display their pieces in style.
For more details (price on application), contact:
Tel: +33 (0) 5 53 60 84 88 / 08700 11 51 51
Chateau de Castille
Located in Uzes, in the South of France, the chateau de Castille is three storey French chateau built on the 13th century foundations of a fortress. The property was remodeled in 1747 by Gabriel Joseph de Froment, Baron of Castille. Sadly it entered a period of neglect after his death in 1826, but it was later brought back to life by art historian and collector, Douglas Cooper (1911-1984), when he owned it between 1950 and 1977.
The entrance is accessed via an elegant tree lined driveway alongside large stone columns, inspired by de Froment’s travels to Italy.
In 1939 Cooper owned 137 paintings, including many masterpieces, allegedly making him the owner of the world’s largest collection of 20th century art. This collection included sculptures, drawings and paintings, plus an extraordinary collection of cubist works. He was close friends with many famous European artists during that time, including Pablo Picasso, Braque and Klee, and Picasso famously drew five floor to ceiling drawings on the wall of the eastern veranda. The five special frescoes made by the famous Spanish cubist artist, , along with other parts of the chateau, have been classed as ‘historical monuments’ by the French state.
A later owner of the Chateau de Castille hired the renowned interior decorator and antiques dealer Dick Dumas to transform the interior of the property. His design used warm shades to reflect the Provencal landscape and carefully combined traditional and elegant styles for a truly fitting interior design.
The beautiful chateau offers the chance to live a stunning and luxurious grand French chateau lifestyle. Inside the building there’s over 560 square metres of living space, including seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms and over 18 square metres of reception and living rooms, including a library.
Outside there are gorgeous gardens to enjoy, a two hectare park, a large pool, a staff house and further outbuildings.
It’s a truly remarkable building and a rare opportunity to own a property with an important historical art connection.
Available at a guide price of 8,900,000 EUR through Uzes Sotheby’s International Realty
Tel: +33 (0) 4 66 03 10 03