castles / chateaux for sale in france camargue region

In the Camargue Nature Park with 25 hectares,
a classical, 19th century chateau and its outbuildings
Arles, BOUCHES-DU-RHONE provence-cote-dazur 13200 FR

Location

This property, set in the peace and quiet of the Camargue Nature Park, is 20 minutes from Arles, its TGV train station and the motorway; 20 minutes from the sea, 15 minutes from shops, primary and secondary schools, sixth form colleges, hospitals as well as local bus services.

Description

Watered by a little stream, this estate has long been established. The original, traditional Mas house, spanning a floor surface area of approx. 380 m², is now the annex house. Built in the 18th century, it flanks the west side of the chateau and is accompanied on the north side by 840 m² of outbuildings (fermenting room, stable and sheepfold).
The actual chateau consists of a large middle-class residence which was built in the late 19th century by a rich trader from Marseilles.
Extending the east side of the chateau is a vast shed, connected to a building which is topped with a more recently constructed pergola.
The elegant architecture of this shed is reminiscent of an orangery. Its facade feature five bays, composed of ogee arches with gothic fanlights. Between the arches, sealed oculi enhance the architrave. An old, square, stone building watches over the entrance to the property. A small folly stands at the end of an area laid to lawn in front of the chateau. This was a pavilion built as a full-size model to help at that time in the choice of decor for the construction to be built.

The chateau

This chateau exudes an eclecticism of styles, featuring the combined influence of the Renaissance period via the bas-relief frieze featuring griffin motifs and the medallions crowning the facade; classicism via the alignment of the latter and the superposition of Corinthian order capitals and pilasters on the second floor, Ionic order on the first floor and Doric Order on the ground floor; Venetian architecture via the triangular arched upstairs windows and French architecture via the numerous balustrades. The facades are composed of sculpted dressed stone.
The building is topped with a terrace roof, encircled by a balustrade, on which stands a square aedicula, adorned with corner pilasters and gothic openings, all crowned with a stone cupola, decorated with scales.


Ground floor
On the south facade, a terrace with balusters leads to a vestibule that opens into a large lounge, with a fireplace, and is continued east by a south-facing dining room. These two living areas have picture windows that let copious amounts of light into the rooms. Then, still facing east, is a large through kitchen. A door opens on to the northern section of the grounds with a covered, corner balcony corridor that delimits a private area where a swimming pool could easily be installed.
A door on the east side communicates with the orangery which, following renovation works, could be transformed into a living room, spanning approx. 100 m². It, too, is flooded with light via gothic windows.
A door on the south side opens on to a terrace adjoining the one mentioned earlier.
A door on the west side leads to a bedroom in use as a study which opens on to the balcony corridor and is followed by a lobby providing access to a bathroom, a laundry room and a boiler room. Another door leads to the farm and the outbuildings.
A corridor behind the living rooms leads to a stairway going up to the first floor.

First floor
The landing leads, on the west side, to a bathroom with two wash-hand basins and, on the east side, to a through master bedroom, with its private, south-facing terrace, spanning approx. 16 m². Another room on the south side, used as a library-games room, is followed by three south-facing bedrooms, with their gothic windows, and lastly to a bathroom, with two wash-hand basins, and a separate toilet. Stairs go up from the landing to the second floor.
Second floor
Unlike the other two floors, this one has not been renovated. Everything, apart from the floors, awaits works. A corridor at the top of the stairs leads to a storage room on the north side and continues to two bedrooms as well as a toilet. On the south side, it leads to two bedrooms and a toilet. All the bedrooms on this level are illuminated via gothic windows.
Terrace
Facing the main entrance, the kitchen and the master bedroom, south-facing, shady terraces provide a view over open spaces, meadows and parklands.
A stairway on the second floor goes up to the terrace roof, enhanced with balusters. The top of the stairway is covered by an aedicula which, standing on this terrace, also awaits renovation.
The covered, corner balcony corridor on the north facade is another area that could do with improvement works to enhance its conviviality.

The orangery

An orangery, spanning approx. 100 m² and adjoining the chateau’s east gable, is also in need of renovation works. Its gothic openings and its 19th century exterior walls are sculpted.

The parklands

These parklands are planted with miscellaneous species of now mature trees. Spanning approx. 2 ha, they are laid out on the north-east side of the chateau, thus protecting it from the wind whilst providing much appreciated coolness.

The pavilions

In front of the gateway to the chateau stands a small square, one-storey building. A small folly lies dormant in the parklands. Both are in need of renovation.

The driveway

A private, gravel driveway, stretching several hundreds of metres off the secondary road, separates the chateau from the farm and its outbuildings. A little stream flows through the grounds and it is worthy of note that the property has a right to water from the Rhône. Plane trees, over a hundred years old, enhance the surroundings with their wide-reaching branches.

The old farmhouse

To the west of the chateau, a 17th century farmhouse, built of hard stone, spans approx. 380 m² of living space over two levels. It is enhanced by several adjoining outbuildings. All await internal renovation. Walls and roofs are in a good state of repair.

An outbuilding

North of the farm and the chateau, a stone building, spanning approx. 840 m², houses a fermenting room, in use as a storeroom, an old sheepfold and a workshop.

Our opinion

This estate, reflecting its construction period, would be perfect for a gentleman farmer who appreciates life in the country whilst being near to a large town and communication routes and who is seeking the comfort of a large, luxurious home. The property is enhanced by the presence of a farm, land and outbuildings that would make it possible to carry out profit-making or large-scale leisure activities.
The proximity of natural surroundings and the sea make it possible to enjoy outdoor activities such as sailing, fishing, hunting, horse riding, driving all-terrain vehicles, etc.
The neighbouring property, with 300 m² of living space, a hectare of land and a lake, is also up for sale. It would complete this estate perfectly in the event of a commercial activity.

Exclusive sale

3 260 000 €
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Reference 229162

Land registry surface area 25 ha 43 a 37 ca
Main building surface area 340.00 m2
Outbuilding surface area 1310.00 m2

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NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.

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