This hand-picked selection of luxury châteaux offer easy access to Paris, elegant interiors, landscaped grounds and historic architecture…
France is famous for its spectacular châteaux, but while the Loire Valley is particularly renowned for its selection, welcoming more than three million visitors each year, every region in France is home to architecturally striking châteaux, both to visit and to buy.
For those who want to keep in touch with life in the capital, there are abundant châteaux properties on the market with different prospects, from holiday homes to permanent estates and income opportunities.
For buyers looking to invest in a luxury château around an hour’s drive from Paris, this list offers some of the best that are currently for sale and available to view through Home Hunts.
A star property in Renée Saint-Cyr
This exceptional six-bedroom château has caught the eye of some high profile buyers over the years, including French film actress Renée Saint-Cyr and fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. Located in Melun, in the Seine-et-Marne department in the Île-de-France region, this breath-taking château offers luxury and serenity just one hour from Paris. Super-fast access is also possible by helicopter as it also comes with permission to take off and land in the grounds.
Perfect for entertaining, this property has hosted many fashion shows and events over the years. It comprises six buildings in total: the family home; the wine cellar and work studio; three guest houses and a caretaker’s residence.
Inside the main house is filled with spacious, bright rooms, all of which have been tastefully decorated and designed. Outside is a glorious lush green park with tall shady trees, an orchard, a tennis court and a swimming pool (one where you are able to swim against the current).
A stunning property, with a unique history that will attract buyers looking to buy luxurious and fashionable property outside of Paris, the price is available on application.
The great estate in Garches
Located near Garches, which is about 11km west of Paris, this spectacular five-bedroom château was built in the late 19th century. Since then, however, it has been entirely renovated to the highest possible standard to incorporate modern technology and home comforts. Built over four floors it even has an elevator.
The interiors are presidential in their look (the property is sold fully furnished) and the indoor swimming pool is flooded with natural light and beautiful Romanesque features. Outside the parkland comprises ancient trees and mature gardens all set within stone walls. Further highlights include a tennis court and a caretaker’s house,
Peace, privacy and proximity to Paris are guaranteed by this outstanding château, which is on the market for €6,662,500.
Fit for a king in Fontainebleu
The Château de Fontainebleu is renowned for its splendid architecture dating from 12th to the 19th century, and particularly for its horseshoe-shaped Louis XIII staircase. For buyers looking for a property with a similar architectural look, then this impressive Louis XIII château, which is also in Fontainebleu, would be an authentic and elegant choice.
With some of its stand-out details including original fireplaces, staircases, wrought ironwork and a stone and marble entrance hall, this property offers the right buyer huge investment potential. With around 40 bedrooms split over three levels, as well as an outbuilding, it could offer a lucrative business income, perhaps as a conference venue or as a high-level chambre d’hôte. This property is on the market for €4,450,000.
The main event in the Île-de-France
This 20-bedroom 19th century château is located in the Île-de-France area around an hour’s drive from Paris. In a tranquil part of the countryside, the property is currently set up for events and seminars, thus meeting the inspection standards that are required for operating in the public sector.
Set in immaculate, landscaped-designed grounds and with each room having been tastefully decorated, this exceptional property offers a potentially lucrative investment prospect.
With a private six-hectare park that is filled with beautiful, centuries-old trees, this stunning property is an opportunity of a lifetime for a buyer looking to acquire property in France which operates as a business venture. Priced at €3,600,000, a viewing is highly recommended.
Dating from the 10th century, Montfort L’Amaury is a picturesque commune steeped in history and culture that is just 40 minutes from Paris. This unique eight-bedroom château, which was built in 1825, is set at the edge of a forest and has been spectacularly restored and decorated by the renowned interior designer David Hare.
Spanning three levels, each room has been classically styled with interior highlights including a master bedroom with antique fireplace that overlooks the forest, floor-to-ceiling windows in the ground floor rooms, a steam room and a gym.
Outside an enclosed 2.5-acre park is home to ancient trees, a river and a lake, which is perfect for a quiet afternoon stroll. For those looking for a longer trail, the 50,000-acre forêt de Rambouillet is just three minutes away.
A must-view property, this luxury château is on the market for €2,200,000.
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