Vineyard Pau (64)
- 650 m2
- 10 bedrooms
A listed, perfectly restored, 14th & 16th century chateau in 14 ha with 8 ha of vineyards, a new winery and optional stock in the Béarn region. Far from any polluting industries, just 45 minutes away from railway and international airport links in Pau and Tarbes and barely two hours from Bordeaux, this property lies at the far south of the Madiran area, on a hill surrounded by woodland with uninterrupted views of the vineyard and hills to the west. The château stands on an isolated mound. The building is listed and the grounds are a conservation area for orchids. Schools 7km away. Sixth-form college in Pau. Half-way between the mountains (ski resorts) and the Atlantic ocean, the area is known for its mild climate. The château and its grounds were once a major estate. From the 14th to the 19th century, it belonged to famous families of Gascony. The vineyard is within the Madiran appellation. The vineyard spans 70 acres plus 7.44 hectares farmed under tenancy. The modern wine store is in current use and the equipment was renewed in 2014/2015. Please enquire for details of the winery.The entrance to the château is to the east, on a large plateau just below the crest of the hill. The hillside location offers splendid views and the eastern light soft and generous. The wine store, located in the former stables adds to the beauty of the property. Horses are now housed below the château, to the east, between the woods and the fields. To the west of the château is a swimming pool, a 16th-century listed dovecote and copse that stretches towards the valley. The pool blends in well with its surroundings.The châteauAccess is via a tarmac lane that descends from the village. It leads to a large gate with two stone pillars. The gate opens onto a short driveway with lawns on either side. The driveway leads to an open courtyard supported up by a buttressed wall. A majestic cedar welcomes visitors. The building comprises three storeys with a converted loft. Its 14th-century stone construction has been spectacularly well restored. It has a warm golden sheen and the stones perfectly smooth. Although not huge, the building comprises a wide variety of architectural features including a square tower, a hexagonal tower and a pepperpot bartizan which resembles a sort of corner tower. The terrace to the west forms a belvedere. The smaller terrace to the south is more of a passageway. The layout is pleasing to the eye and makes for easy circulation within and around the building. A covered wooden balcony at loft level features on the north-east corner. The original rafters were so well-built that only minor restoration work was necessary. The roof is completely new, with a subtle mixture of flat and canal tiles. The main roof has flat tiles while add-on features such as porches have canal tiles. The copper gutters were fitted in 2010.Ground floorThe main building is divided into two parts, separated by a passageway, the entrance to which is through a door at the top of a flight of stairs. The left-hand side, the lowest part, has an intimate taverna with wood oven (31m²) and a billiard room (39m²), both of which set a leisurely tone to the abode. To the right, the highest part of the château houses the reception rooms: lounges and dining room, as well as kitchen. The latter is spacious (23m²), bright, airy, with all fittings and a hexagonal tiled tomette floor. 18m² pantry. Very practical laundry room (14m²). Wine cellar (13m²). The 50m² lounge and 40m² dining room each have fireplaces, one with a stone surround and the other with a brick overmantel. Pyreneen flagstone flooring. Freestone walls.First floorSimilar passageway as the ground floor. Bedroom (47m²) and bathroom (14m²) above the taverna and billiard room. To the right, a spiral staircase in the hexagonal tower leads to two ...
reference : 494417 - Le Figaro Properties reference : 10855767