Happy Friday! Today I bring you a renovated 13th Century chateau in the Midi-Pyrénées, France. This property is listed on two websites: Prestige Property and Moulin, if you want to check out the listing!
This chateau has 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, an entrance hall with an ancient paved road running through it, and the most stunning staircase I have seen! There is additionally a roof terrace with views of the surrounding countryside, a medieval chapel (“not consecrated” – not sure what that means but it sounds intriguing!), a gorgeous garden, and an additional independent apartment with two further bedrooms!
Check out the fascinating description from the listing:
Recently renovated 13th Century Chateau, with 6 bedrooms, private chapel, garage, roof-top terrace with views over the village and surrounding hills, plus an independent 2 bedroom apartment and shop.
Step back in history and follow the footsteps Baron Henri de Rothschild once took. Built in 1253 by the King of France to assist his resistance against Spain, this beautiful chateau is situated in the heart of a lively, tourist village, surrounded by the stunning mountain scenery of the Ariege.
Over the centuries it has been the summer residence of Bishops and owned by Baron Henri de Rothschild.
Carcassonne with its medieval walled citadel and airport are just over an hour away; the spectacular Cathar Castle of Montségur is just a 20 minute drive and in under an hour, you have a choice of 3 ski resorts or in 1 ½ hours you can be on the slopes in Andorra.
From the moment you enter you are enveloped in the historical ambience of this wonderful building. Strolling through the ground-floor rooms, which are full of original features, via, what once is purported to have been a cobbled street, past the impressive wooden staircase which meanders upwards to the roof terrace, pulling aside the heavy curtain to reveal the private chapel – you can’t help but be transported back-in-time.
Entrance Hall (18m²)
Cobbled hall (48m²)
From the tapestry lined first-floor landing you will find an African themed ante-room; 4 bedrooms, 2 of which have ensuite shower-rooms; a guest lounge and a family bathroom.
Master suite & ensuite (30.4m² & 4m²)
Bedroom 2 (23.4m²)
Bedroom 3 (22m²)
Family bathroom (15m²)
Bedroom 4 & ensuite (21m² & 4.6m²)
Onwards up the majestic stairs to the second floor, via another delightful Middle Eastern themed ante room to the master suite, which comprises of a bedroom, ensuite shower-room, two dressing rooms and a large, double-aspect lounge.
Moving down the landing to a stunning bathroom, a sewing room and bedroom 6, with its dressing room and direct access to the roof terrace. The perfect place to watch the sunset over the village.
Bedroom 5 & ensuite (33.4m² & 4.6m²)
Dressing Rooms (12m² & 12.6m²)
Sewing room (6m²)
Bedroom 6 (24m²) & Dressing Room (5.3m²)
This property offers so much potential and is currently run as a chambres d’hôtes, allowing the owners to be completely separate from guests in their independent apartment which sits over an ‘old’ village shop – also included!!
If you are interested in history, have always wanted to own a château and would like to take over the reins of a successful business in the heart of Cathar country – then I have plenty more photos to share with you.