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Vineyard Pau (64)

Price: € 2,090,000
  • 650 m2
  • 10 bedrooms

A listed, perfectly restored, 14th & 16th century chateau in 14 ha of meadows and woods in the Béarn region. This property is in a region far from any polluting industries, just 45 minutes away from TGV train and international airport links in Pau and Tarbes and barely two hours from Bordeaux, with its TGV train station and international airport. It lies at the southern end of the Madiran area, on a hillside surrounded by woodland with an uninterrupted view of a little vineyard and hills to the west. The chateau stands, isolated, on an old feudal motte. The building is listed and the lawned grounds are a conservation area for orchids. Schools are 7km away with a sixth-form college in Pau. Half-way between the Pyrenean mountains (ski resorts) and the Atlantic ocean, the area is known for its mild climate and its pleasant way of life is legendary. The chateau and its grounds, now spanning a surface area of almost fourteen hectares, once formed a large stately estate, belonging to famous Gascony families from the 14th to the 19th century. This property is within the Madiran appellation and is therefore entitled to the rights attached to said appellation.The entrance to the chateau is to the east, on a large plateau just below the crest of the hill. The residence is not affected by the slope of the hillside which offers splendid views, steeped in a soft, generous eastern light.In addition to the residence, the former stables, now converted, span a large surface area, the aesthetics of their construction adding to the beauty of the property. This building could easily become a stables once again.Three horse loose boxes are housed below the chateau, to the east, between the woods and the fields.A swimming pool has been installed between the west facade of the chateau, a 16th-century listed dovecote and a copse, stretching down towards the valley. The soberness of the pool means that it blends in well with its surroundings.The chateauAccess 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 ...

reference : 494417 - Le Figaro Properties reference : 10855767