Auction of the month
An historic château, visited by Henry IV no less, was due to be auctioned off with no reserve on 11 October. The 16th-century Château Charbonnières was entirely renovated seven years ago by the current owner who preserved the period character of the property but updated it to install modern comforts. It was originally priced at €9m in 2012 but hit the auction block this autumn without reserve, presenting an exciting opportunity for a buyer to purchase a slice of French history.
Offering some 3,000m2 of living space, the Renaissance château has more than 20 elegantly furnished rooms, a beautiful 18th-century kitchen and a private onebedroom suite. The owner will also be able to enjoy a gambling parlour, a cinema, a formal banquet room and a gym while the 32ha grounds provide direct access to a river. The property is set in the pretty countryside of the Perche natural regional park about 35 minutes away from Le Mans. As the magazine went to print just days before the auction, an update on the final sale price will be published in the next issue.