castles / chateaux for sale in france saint jean de luz

In Saint-Jean-de-Luz, in 2 ha of parklands facing Mount La-Rhune,
a chateau and its chapel, both restored in the early 20th century, with a swimming pool
Saint-Jean-de-Luz, PYRENEES-ATLANTIQUES aquitaine 64500 FR

Location

Basque Country gem, Saint-Jean-de-Luz has known prestigious times and has been awarded the French “Land of Art and History” distinction by the Ministry of Culture.
Once a town of fishermen and corsairs, it is now a major tourist centre.
Saint-Jean-de-Luz’s seaside vocation began in the 1840’s, with the construction of hotels, sumptuous casinos and elegant villas on the seafront.
An SNCF train station in the middle of the town provides 2½-hour links to Bordeaux and 4½-hour links to Paris.
Spain is but a few kilometres away.

Description

This chateau and its chapel stand in a dominant position near to Chantaco golf course, 2 km from Saint-Jean-de-Luz town centre, making it possible to glimpse the bell tower of Saint-Jean-Baptiste church.
In 1926 in this renowned district, industrialist René-Thion-de-la-Chaume undertook the creation of a 50-ha golf course, on the edge of the river La-Nivelle.
Nearby, this 19th century property, sometimes referred to as “Saint-Jean-de-Luz castle”, extends over two hectares, facing Mount La-Rhune and looking down on to the river La-Nivelle.
The residence was purchased at the beginning of the 20th century by Professor Louis-Renon, doctor of the Hospitals of Paris and member of the French National Academy of Medicine. He entrusted its restoration to architect André-Bauer, from Bayonne, who added turrets and restored the chapel, consecrated by the Diocese of Bayonne, paved with Pyrenean slate.
Much neglected, this chateau was purchased once again in 1996, this time by two brothers who fell in love with it. They enthusiastically carried out seven years of restoration works so as to give it back its splendour of yesteryear.

Some history and background

The Basque Country is a land of tradition and old culture, the language of which is spoken by 28.4% of the population and understood by a further 4.8%. Located in the western Pyrenees, it straddles the border between France and Spain.
Town of corsairs and a royal city courtesy of Louis XIV and Marie-Thérèse of Austria’s wedding in 1660, this seaside town is heir to a wealth of historic and cultural heritage.
Place-Louis-XIV, one of the squares most frequented by the local population, is lined with magnificent residences bequeathed by rich ship owners.
The port, with some forty ships moored up, is still the Basque Country’s biggest fishing port, although whales are no longer fished.
As regards gastronomy, the Basque Country offers first-class local produce such as Espelette peppers, sheep’s cheeses, black cherries from Itxassou and Irouléguy wines.
Two thalassotherapy centres facing the Bay complete the Basque invitation to well-being.

The chateau

The main, impressive entrance gates open on to a gravelled area surrounding the chateau. A chapel, exuding a refined style, stands in the background. It is followed by a long row of plane trees, near to a swimming pool, laid out in front of the river La-Rhune.
Extensive grounds enable the impressive size of this building to come into its own with ease.
The eye is irresistibly drawn to its white facades and turrets, one round and the other square, which appear to want to rival the Pyrenean mountains in height. Featuring mullioned windows, they reflect a time which, here, gives the impression of continuing.
Spanning three levels, its internal architecture is typical of the region, in keeping with the sturdiness of the Basque character.


Base level
Two distinct uses define the vocation of this level.
One side was traditionally used for domestic tasks, with a garage near to the cellar, a bin storage area and a large boiler room; at the end, a back stairway provides easy access to the kitchens on the floor above.
The other side, communicating with the previous one, was used more for informal gatherings.
An immense room with a basket-handle, stone arch in its centre forms a sort of separation and makes it possible to entertain a large number of guests. The openings are smaller and the floor is covered with red terracotta tiles. A games room and a storage area are in a corner.
Set at right angles, on the south-west side, a library opens on to the parklands, the swimming pool and the small chapel. Two adjoining rooms are laid out as an additional kitchen. This level also includes two small bedrooms, with a communal shower room.

First level
Outside, a wide flight of steps goes up to the main entrance door. A small entrance lobby provides direct access to an immense vestibule, a key room in the centre of the house, taken up by an impressive, Basque-style, wooden stairway which goes upstairs to the bedrooms. It features herringbone parquet flooring and exposed ceiling joists.
The high ceilings are in proportion to the space divided into miscellaneous, spacious reception rooms: taking up the entire south facade, a lounge, extended by a round ladies’ sitting room, communicates with a dining room. A separate kitchen, fitted to professional standards, is at one end of this facade and opens on to a little external flight of steps. A short distance away are a toilet and a back stairway going down to the lower level. On the south side, following on from the large vestibule in use as a lounge, an immense terrace provides access to the parklands and completes this reception area, facing the Pyrenean mountains. A study, in the south-west corner, opens on to a spacious, covered terrace.

Second level
The impressive stairway in the large vestibule goes up to a floor composed of six bedrooms, all laid out along the landing. Each has its own bathroom, with a toilet, and some have built-in wardrobes or a dressing room. There is strip pattern parquet flooring throughout. Tall, mostly mullioned windows let in a maximum of light, helped by the high ceilings.
A corridor near to the little back stairway leads to a laundry room.

Our opinion

A privilege: here, everything is ready, both inside and in the parklands, for receiving guests in the manner of the “Belle Époque”.
This residence, set between the sea and the mountains, is of a reasonable size and meets the requirements of modern-day home comforts. It combines the classical charm of traditional construction with space and the view.
A perfect blend of elegance, a sober, somewhat austere appearance and an authentic, pleasant way of life.

Exclusive sale

6 380 000 €
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Reference 761404

Land registry surface area 2 ha 13 a 21 ca
Main building surface area 700 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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