€4,500,000 | Built c.1480-1520 | 10 Bedrooms | 6 Bathrooms | 16 Acres
Loire Valley, France
It’s not often we find a property that’s been in the same family for 1,000 years. That’s exactly what you’re getting with this 15th century château on the banks of the Loire River. Recently reduced to €4.5 million, the remarkable authentic château sits on over 16 acres in the heart of the Sèvre-et-Maine wine growing area with superb formal gardens and parkland. Built on the remains of a medieval fortress that protected Brittany from France, the castle was built from 1480 to 1520 and extended in 1630, illustrious guests who have stayed here include Henry IV of France and Louis XIV. The vaulted cellars, approximately 1,291 square feet, date from before the year 1000, and can be reached from the ground floor. They are used for wine tasting and cocktail parties. The château is currently open to the public with outbuildings including a museum and a 1,600 square foot aviary containing butterflies and tropical plantings. The entrance to the courtyard is marked by an impressive square tower topped with a high roof, known as the Archives Tower, the archives of the family were kept there. Water-filled moats protect the courtyard on two sides. The interiors include fabulous reception rooms ranging in size from 538 square feet to 1,100 square feet, numerous sitting rooms and wonderful period features including 15th century walls, a monumental fireplace, coffered ceilings, parquet floors and terracotta tiled floors. This unique offering is on the market for €4.5 million with Sifex.