FOR SALE - AUDE - IMPRESSIVE CHATEAU FROM THE 13th CENTURY, NEAR LIMOUX
In a dominant position near Limoux, this impressive chateau dates from the late 13th century. On the foundations of the original keep, over a series of vaulted cellars of 356m², a 17th century structure joined the two original defensive towers.
The current chateau, of 1737m² with approximately 50 rooms, requires substantial renovation but offers tremendous commercial potential for tourist activities. The roof has been restored and maintained regularly since. On the edge of a quiet village, the chateau sits on 1.4 ha of landscaped grounds with a stunning view of the countryside and the Pyrenees Mountains.
This chateau has maintained most of its original features. A central monumental stone staircase serves the 3 above ground levels of the chateau including the two wings and the cellars. Additional staircases lead to other areas of the chateau.
The central part of the chateau offers large reception rooms.
On the ground floor:
- Large salon of 62m²
- Sitting room of 37m²
- Library of 51m²
- Office of 19m² (needing complete restoration)
On the first floor of the central section are:
- Large reception room of 110m² (and a ceiling height of 4,8m)
- A staircase leads to the second floor with a large room of 135m² located above the reception room
The owners live in a private apartment of 222m², on the 1st floor of the south wing, and offers:
- 3 bedrooms of 26m², 16m² and 9m²
- Large salon of 34m² with working fireplace
- Sitting room of 27m²
- Dining room of 18m²
The apartment is heated with a new oil furnace.
- The original kitchen of the Chateau of 57m² with stone floor and large fireplace is located in the south wing along with a number of annexes including one room of 25m² with the original bread oven
Above the owner's apartment are the former servant's quarters, a series of bedrooms of 25m², 17m², 15m², 19m², 19m². Each has its own dressing room.
The north wing offers numerous apartments and rooms, all of which need renovation.
On the ground floor:
- Large wine cellar of 110m²
1st and 2nd floor: Above this cellar, on the next two floors are 2 large rooms of 105m² and 110m².
There are also 5 vaulted cellars and 2 smaller hidden chambers that one might consider to be the medieval prison. The walls in this part of the chateau are more than 1,5m thick.
The chateau features many original features such as leaded windows, marble fireplaces, wood paneling and moldings, these are among the many elements of origins that make this property unique.
The main courtyard, facades and the chateau's 3 sided entrance are listed in the inventory of historical monuments. A substantial amount needs to be invested to restore the castle to its former glory as most elements of origins are still there.
The chateau sits in a landscaped park of approximately 1.4 hectares. The chateau overlooks a valley with views toward the Pic du Bugarach.
A lovely private garden is on the south side and an alley leads through iron gates to the village church.
This is a tranquil environment, yet amenities and shops are easy to reach as they are at only a few km. The Mediterranean Sea is at only 80km and the ski areas are at 40km. Carcassonne is at 40 minutes.
The well-known thermal station of ?Reine-les-Bains? is close by. Summer activities: hiking, kayaking on nearby rivers, as well as the music festival at ?Alete-les-Bains?.
Private development or a commercial entity would be perfect for this property.