Buying a French château is not as unattainable as you might think and the attractive prices for French property extend to many a prestige property and historical estate. In short, you don’t have to be a millionaire to own a piece of history in France.
For the price of an apartment in central London or even Paris, you could buy this 16th-century château on the outskirts of Cognac set in its own 2.7ha park with a pond fed by the river that borders the grounds. The property also comes with a period orangerie, stables and dovecote.
The château has been exceptionally well maintained, having been updated in the late 19th century and early 20th century, but the original character of the property remains intact with period fireplaces, solid oak staircases and beamed ceilings. You’ll feel like a king or queen stepping into the grand entrance hall which leads to a number of rooms including a grand dining room, a formal sitting room, and a more relaxed lounge and dining area. There are five bedrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms and views over the park. You could welcome guests in the various outbuildings too. home-hunts.com
500 482, €