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(81) Tarn

Elegant XIV/XVIIIth C Château & exquisite grounds


Reception Rooms: 7
Bedrooms: 9
Bathrooms: 8
Land: 8 ha

Reference: B5-8360
£ 1,540,132
$ 1,926,219

Ideally situated within 45 minutes of Carcassonne airport ,1 hr 15 minutes from Toulouse airport and 1 hr to Toulouse, this elegant and unique Château is on the edge of a pretty little village with post office and boulangerie on the edge of the Black Mountains (Montagne Noire). There is an 18 hole international golf course nearby, the nearest beaches are just over one hour away - and skiing, two and a half hours drive.

Built on the foundations of a Roman outpost, the property dates from the XIVth Century and was further modified in the XVIIIth Century when its owner married a wealthy lady who had previously been the governess of the English Princesses at Hampton Court. . It fell into disrepair by 1979 but was rescued by its present owner who has restored it meticulously in recent years. The Château has over 1200 m2 of habitable space with a further 300m2 of outbuildings. It is set in stunning grounds of 8 hectares featuring fountains, cascades and streams, a dramatic English garden leading to the woods above the Château and to the side a beautiful Jardin a la Francaise. Gates lead to a driveway in front of the Château and thence via a courtyard of 170m2 through an archway. To either side are various cellars, boiler room/pool filtration and old stables. There is also a flat which is currently being developed with a kitchen, living room, bedroom, shower & W.C. The property is actually equipped as a four star hotel as well as a private establishment and is near the Golf of Barouges.

Main Entrance: The front door gives access to a superb imposing Entrance Hall, 48.19m featuring an elegant double staircase with beautiful wrought iron banisters and original period frescoes depicting the seasons. Ceiling Height 6.74m. To the left:
East Wing; Double doors lead into the Reception area with black and white floor tiles and a plaster coat of arms surmounting Corinthian pillars, 42.55m. Double doors lead into the Main Salon, parquet floor, double French windows to the Jardin à la française. Plaster panelling and gilded plaster mouldings. 56.12m. Intercommunicating to the right is the Dining room, with carpet and marble fireplace, also overlooking the garden, 34.89m. Annexe of 4.87m. Kitchen 35.66m. Cellar and store room, 16.20m. Laundry room/orangerie, 38.98m. A small stairwell leads to the first floor.
Landing, 10.51m. Bedroom 18.7m Corridor 10.83m. Bedroom, 13.44m Kitchen. Shower room with bath, basin and W.C. 19.82. These rooms for personnel are in need of refurbishment.
Beyond the Reception area a corridor of 3.03m leads to a small Salon of 30.44 m. A private kitchen of 26.6m, a private Bedroom of 23.05m and a small room in the tower. Further Salon of 13.69m2. Shower basin, bidet and W.C. 8.4m.
Amenities; The East Wing has Central Heating whereas the West Wing has electrical heating.

West Wing: Double doors into an attractive Salon with ceiling height of 4.5 metres, black and white floor tiles and a pretty fireplace with plaster mouldings & ‘faux marble’ wall decoration, 32.75m2. Beyond is a Bedroom, 34.10m, with ensuite bath, shower, basin & W.C. ,8.05m. A corridor of 59.59 gives access to a walkway above the courtyard leading to the other wing. Further bedroom, 35.02m with bath, shower, two basins, W.C. & bidet, 11.49m. 3rd bedroom, 24.45m with shower, basin and W.C. 9.79m2. Living room in the tower of 20m2 with an old w.c.
A small staircase leads to:-
Upper Floor; Hall 5.01m, W.C. 2.95m, Bath with shower, bidet,basin & W.C, 12.12m. Further bedroom 22.04m, Bathroom with bath, shower, basin and W.C., 11.57m. Two store rooms off the corridor of 14.38m & 10.08m. Attractive Master Suite in the tower comprising Hall 4.95m, Living room, 12.43m, bedroom with exposed stone walls, 42m2 with a ceiling height of 4.5 m with exposed beams . Bathroom, shower, basin & bidet with W.C. 10.22m. Vast loft to develop.

Grounds; The grounds are justifiably famous for their historic beauty and splendour. Double doors at the top of the hallway lead to the rear terrace with a swimming pool 17 x 5 metres with fountains. Stone Steps lead up to the English style garden with lawns and a ‘Rivière Russe featuring four descending pools with decorative fountains ( inspired by the Palace in St Petersburg). At the summit a Rivière `a la Anglaise consists of six pools and six waterfalls. Beyond and around this spectacle are pretty woods with numerous paths and steps. To the East is a beautiful ‘jardin à la Française’ by the famous André Le Notre whose work can also be seen at Versailles and Fontainebleau. There are numerous attractive paths and staircases through the woods. The proprietors from the middle ages to the XIXth century are buried in the park.
Outbuildings; There are two coach houses in the courtyard as well as a garage for 2 cars. Parking space 12 - 14 cars.
First House: 100M2 on two floors with two bedrooms, a shower and W.C.
Second House: 250m2. Ground Floor; Bedroom, office, living room, kitchen, bathroom, basin and W.C. Big Garden. First Floor; With separate access, bedroom, bathroom and W.C.

Comments; This outstanding property is for sale furnished and equipped right down to cutlery, plates and sheets, (with the exception of certain personal and family effects). Would be ideal either as a luxurious family home or a commercial venture. Rare opportunity. There is also a book available on this beautiful property. Beautiful view over the valley. Very peaceful setting.