castles / chateaux for sale in france at the foot of the pyrenean mountains

A 19th century chateau, with a swimming pool, a tennis court and 5 ha of parklands,
1½ hours from Toulouse at the foot of the Pyrenean Mountains
Foix, ARIEGE midi-pyrenees 09000 FR

Location

This property nestles in the Ariège Pyrenees Nature Park, at the foot of the mountain chain, 1¼ hours from Toulouse and its international airport. The principality of Andorra and its ski resort, Grandvalira, are 1½ hours away as is Font-Romeu. The Mediterranean Sea is but 2½ hours away. A village with all shops and amenities is 10 minutes away, the town of Foix is 20 minutes away and it takes a good 30 minutes to reach the historic towns of Ax-les-Thermes, Mirepoix and Montségur. The land of the Cathars is another nearby centre of interest.

Description

Leaving Tarascon and its undulating urban area following the meanders of the river L’Ariège, the land irresistibly rises towards the Pyrenees. The road, climbing the welcoming sides of the mountain, leads to the entrance to the property. A row of trees borders the pathway that leads to the chateau and the outbuildings. An orchard comes into view, on the left-hand side, and further away on a lower level are the outbuildings. The chateau can be seen on the right-hand side, standing on a little promontory. An ornamental pool, where running water makes a melodious sound, indicates the direction to take. Further on stretch the parklands, planted with cedar and sequoia trees more than a hundred years old, the heights of which reflect the steeply sloping landscape. The swimming pool and the tennis court, at a distance from the chateau, do not disturb the harmony created by blending stone with vegetation.

The chateau

Constructed in the 19th century from quarry stone blocks, the facade is flanked by two streamline towers. The openings, doors and windows, in the main facade air the chateau. The wide terraces, adorned with decoratively-trimmed bushes covered with ivy, as well as the wisteria, growing up the towers, diminish the stern appearance of the chateau as a reflection of the Pyrenees and their abundant vegetation.


Ground floor
The entrance hall runs the width of the chateau to the impressive wooden stairway. Cement tiles enhance the floor. The 3.55 m high ceiling hints at the spaciousness of the interior.
On the left-hand side is a little lounge, with a white ceramic coal-burning stove. Openings facing south and west look refreshingly out over the Pyrenees and the parklands. Adjoining, but with its own access from the main entrance hall, is a large lounge. Its three large windows open on to the terraces and the parklands with their sequoia and Lebanon cedar trees. It also features parquet flooring and a marble fireplace for warming those cold winter evenings.
On the right of the entrance hall is a dining room, with a fireplace and a view over the Pyrenees. Two doors are set in a wall, one leading to the children’s dining room which precedes a guest toilet and the other to the kitchen. The kitchen is set out around a wide hearth, in which a bread oven has been installed. A door provides access to a storeroom. The back stairway goes up from the latter. A corridor also provides access to the kitchen from the entrance hall and leads to another storeroom.

First floor
The wide, impressive wooden stairway goes up to a landing, providing access to three bedrooms, two on the south side and one on the west side. The ceilings are 3.60 m high. This level has parquet flooring throughout. The first bedroom, on the right-hand side of the landing, is illuminated via two windows overlooking the parklands on the west side. It has a bathroom with a toilet. The second bedroom faces both south and west. It has a separate toilet laid out in the tower. On the left-hand side, the third bedroom faces south and the Pyrenees. It has its own separate toilet. A little corridor leads to a fourth bedroom with a separate toilet, laid out in the other tower. A fifth bedroom communicates with the fourth and opens on to the main corridor at the start of the previously mentioned little corridor. At the end of the main corridor is a bathroom, with a toilet on the back stairway landing. Two more, smaller bedrooms, initially reserved for children, face north over a terrace and the valley.
Second floor
The impressive stairway goes up to the second floor. A reading room on the landing is delimited by an atrium.
This level comprises six bedrooms, two of which have their own separate toilets laid out in the towers, a linen room and a bathroom with a toilet. Two of the six bedrooms face the setting sun, one has a double aspect, facing west and south, two others face south and the last one faces the rising sun. A concealed stairway goes up to an attic. There is wooden flooring throughout this level.

The outbuildings

The outbuildings comprise a small farm, standing below the chateau. Its independent access leads to a house and a rectangular building for accommodating animals and storing equipment. The house awaits restoration and is currently connected to a spring. The rest of the outbuildings, on a slightly higher level, comprise stables, barns, a woodshed and a converted dwelling that is currently rented.

The parklands

Sequoia and Lebanon cedar trees, impressive in size and number, appear to rule the parklands. These majestic trees, more than a hundred years old, match their Pyrenean surroundings. The parklands also include other species such as oak, acacia and horse chestnut trees. The orchard, planted with a wide variety of fruit trees including plum, pear, apple, peach, Mirabelle plum, quince, cherry and fig trees as well as redcurrant and blackcurrant bushes, will delight enthusiasts of homemade jams. Flat and slightly sloping grassy areas create a variety of different open spaces. The chapel, awaiting restoration, stands next to a hedge. A few vine stocks enhance the access to the outbuildings. A spring provides the property with water.
The 13x6 m swimming pool is heated via a heat pump and is installed near to an orangery and a greenhouse. A “fast-surface” tennis court, below the swimming pool and the chateau, is enclosed with fencing.

Our opinion

The hilltops, the peaks and the passes in the lower levels of the Pyrenees form a delightful backdrop between the cedar and the sequoia trees. With its tall facade between two towers, topped with candlesnuffer roofs, the chateau itself appears to have understood that such a vigorous and invigorating landscape demands equally impressive buildings. This family residence has long been a happy place to live. The time has come to put the finishing touches to its home comforts. With its outbuildings, it is ideal for mountain lovers, hiking enthusiasts or inhabitants of Toulouse seeking fresh air.

750 000 €
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Reference 527343

Land registry surface area 5 ha
Main building surface area 505 m2
Outbuilding surface area 1000 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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