Top 5 châteaux in South West France

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Dreaming of having your very own a fairy tale château in the French countryside? Make the dream a reality by buying one of these stunning properties in South West France

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There are an estimated 40,000 châteaux in France, and in South West France there are plenty of properties that can be picked up for under €1 million.

The level of renovation, size and facilities all have a bearing on how much investment will need to be put into the property. However, sometimes (as this selection shows) you can just move straight in and get down to business.

Châteaux are renowned for having exquisitely attractive exteriors, vast landscaped grounds with mature sweeping driveways, wonderful period features and spacious interiors.

If you are looking to buy a château in South West France, these five French properties, which are currently on the market, will give you a taste of just how much the market has to offer at the moment.

A life-changing investment in Narbonne

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This unique 19th century château (HH-10440771) is a rare find near the popular beaches of Narbonne and nestled between hilly woodland and vines. This property is brimming with opportunity, it really has so much to offer, including several revenue streams, including wine tourism, wine sales and gite rental.

Set on 300 hectares of land, which provide 40 hectares of vines and fields (26 of which are organic), the property possesses a completely modernised winery and wine shop. The wines are sold in bottle, notably in Paris and on the export market. The global annual turnover is approximately €250,000, with €220,000 corresponding to wine sales and €30,000 to the wine-tourism branch.

With three holiday cottages near the house and two swimming pools, it would be possible to make this a tourist hotspot. The rest of the land could be used for all different kinds of activities, from horse riding to quad biking excursions to the Cistercian Abbayede de Fontfroide, which it overlooks.

A long driveway of umbrella pines, a bandstand, ornamental lake, and a chapel (which could work well for weddings and other events) are all impressive features that make this property stand out, especially as there are so many airports close by and the Mediterranean Sea just around the corner. Contact Home Hunts for price details.

A fairy tale castle of your own in Carcassonne

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How about living in your very own castle, not far from La Cité in Carcassonne, one of the world’s most famous castles in the world? A 64-hectare estate with an exceptional 15th century property to explore (HH-10904344), this property is well positioned for accommodating the many tourists that visit the city as it comes with 14 character apartments and private terraces, offering 28 bedrooms overall.

There is also a restaurant in a vaulted hall for serving guests, which has a terrace, and an interior courtyard with a fountain, which adds a stylish, regal touch to the already impressive surroundings.

The interiors of this property are not what you might expect – it has been renovated and modernised to offer a pleasing mix of old and new, with high ceilings and light-filled rooms.

To top it all off, the leafy exterior terrace and the enormous swimming pool, with the château in the background, are just the most glorious places to relax or entertain, especially during the summer months. The price is available on application.

A romantic hideaway in Gascony

The ancient territory of Gascony is one of the few places left in France where wild romantic countryside and dream-like properties can be picked up at a price far lower than in most other areas.

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A magnificent seven-bedroom property (HH-11373699), surrounded by almost five hectares of beautiful fields and gardens in the heart of the Gascony countryside, this is a place where you can truly unwind and feel inspired. Bright and airy interiors that combine modernity and authenticity lead to a breath-taking swimming pool and terrace with stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

So all the family can have fun together, there is also a tennis court and playroom, along with two spare bedrooms for extra guests in the pigeonnier and attached cottage. Priced at €1,900,000, interested buyers should contact Home Hunts as soon as possible.

Live a luxurious lifestyle in Lot-et-Garonne

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If you want to live like a king or queen, but on a slightly lower budget, then this property will exceed all your expectations. Close to the prized region of the Périgord Noir this extraordinary 16th century priory (HH-9925771) has seven bedrooms, each of which have been decorated with the peak of luxury in mind.

The spacious, beautiful rooms will make you feel like you never want to leave and outdoors you will feel the same, with mature landscaped grounds overlooking the pretty local village.

At €1,275,000, this is a property that must be investigated if you’re looking for a château-type property in a popular area that stands out from the crowd.

Unforgettable property in the Aveyron

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A spectacular 14th century château (HH-8765812) with fairy tale turrets in the Aveyron countryside near Rodez, this property is a real bargain. Priced at €892,000, this shows just how much you can get for your money in some areas of France.

With 12 bedrooms, masses of living space, splendid landscaped gardens and an airport nearby, it has all the ingredients to make a successful B&B business. An enclosed pool and spacious decking area surrounding it, makes this property a potentially superb investment opportunity.

Home Hunts is receiving more enquiries than usual at the moment, so if one of these properties has grabbed your attention, don’t hesitate to call +33 (0)970 44 66 43 to find out more. If you are looking to buy a château in South West France, visit where hundreds of luxurious prime properties are listed.

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