castles / chateaux for sale near challans in france

A 19th century, middle-class home, in parklands with many facets,
built next to vestiges of a 13th century castle in the north-west of Vendée
Challans, VENDEE pays-de-loire 85300 FR


This house is near to the beaches of Saint-Jean-de-Monts and just a few kilometres from the town centre of Challans. Nantes and its international airport are within easy reach (45 minutes). La-Roche-sur-Yon and its train station, providing links to Paris, are but 40 km away.


This property is in the midst of a historic town in the French department of Vendée, by the side of a church and near to shops and amenities. Surrounded by a stone wall, it is outstanding not only because of the magnificent middle-class house standing within its boundaries but also because of the imposing medieval tower that has been preserved. Said tower once belonged to the castle taken down by order of King Louis XIII. Other vestiges include a square tower, a postern and an aviary. It is accessed via impressive main gates. Two other, more discreet entrances are on the upper and lower boundaries of the parklands. The driveway, going to the house, continues around it to the outbuildings.

The house

This house, constructed in 1850, spans approx. 300 m² over three levels. The masonry is composed of dressed stone. The slate roof is in an excellent state of repair.
Four bedrooms, one of which is on the ground floor, and two suites make it possible to accommodate an entire family or to receive numerous guests. The first floor is enhanced with three terraces, enclosed with pear-shaped balusters. The interior lighting is automatic. The sanitation system is connected to mains drainage. The heating system combines a heat pump with a boiler for domestic hot water.

Ground floor
There are three separate entrances leading into this home. The everyday entrance hall provides access to a study which dominates the driveway and the parkland gates. The main features of this room are notably its fan-shaped tympanum over its wide window and its original cement floor tiles. It is followed by a lounge, with a view over the castle’s parklands, as well as a dining room. Tall, small-paned windows let in copious amounts of light which enhances the solid parquet flooring, laid in a herringbone pattern. Two fireplaces are ideal for roaring fires in the winter months. A back kitchen and a kitchen are reached via a corridor which leads to the back entrance hall, where a shower room has been installed, as well as to the basement and the main stairway going upstairs. A bedroom, with its own shower room, has been laid out on the ground floor next to the vast kitchen.
First floor
A landing provides access to a first suite comprising a bedroom, a study and a shower room with a toilet. The second suite has a corridor lined with cupboards, a study, a large bedroom with a fireplace, a private shower room and a toilet. The third bedroom is smaller. It also has its own shower room. All the bedrooms are bright and the view over the parklands helps to make them extremely pleasant. There is solid wood flooring throughout.
Second floor
A corridor provides access to the last two bedrooms in this house. They both have parquet flooring and air-conditioning. Each has its own shower room with toilet.

The guest house

This is the oldest section of the property. Constructed in 1750, it was renovated in 2013 and 2016. Spanning a floor surface area of approx. 150 m², it has an entrance hall providing access to a lounge, a fitted kitchen opening into a dining room and a toilet on the ground floor. Upstairs, three bedrooms and a living room make it possible to accommodate several guests or passing friends. A corridor also leads to a shower room. A vast, above-ground swimming pool, installed in the garden, is great for hot summer days.

The parklands

What is a castle without its parklands? The latter bears witness to the historical importance of the Bas-Poitou region’s fiefdom present in the Middle-Ages which watched over the road to Nantes. The future King Henry IV stayed a night here in 1588. It originally featured six semi-circular towers but only two remain: the King’s tower and the Daughters’ Tower. Enclosed by a stone wall, the 1.6 ha of parklands also include the old square tower, a stone building which is used as a museum and more than 200 m of ramparts dating from the 15th century. An old defensive tower features 18th century corbels. The French formal garden, on a lower level, acts as an invitation to take long walks, continued by the side of the lake or along the Seudre, which flows slowly by. In the shadiest, more picturesque section of the landscaped garden are an aviary and numerous varieties of one hundred year old trees. The view from here of the tall tower, the ramparts, the dry moat and the house can but captivate those taking a stroll.

Our opinion

This property has all the motifs of a painting from the Romantic period with medieval ruins, natural surroundings more or less tamed depending on the sector of the parklands and, in the middle, a robust, elegant house. It was designed to be worthy of the architecture that preceded it and blends in so well that it is possible to think that the remaining segment of rampart is actually part of it. The tall tower is quite harmonious. The interior decoration is tasteful, sometimes unusual. The German painter, Paula-Modersohn-Becker, considered it a wonderful place to live.

900 000 €
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Reference 572379

Land registry surface area 16528 m2
Main building surface area 320 m2

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Nadine Riant       +33 1 42 84 80 85



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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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